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October 31 2014

Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists


Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.

Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters (1,312 feet) in diameter. Why they are so similar is unknown but the similarity seems “too close to be a coincidence" said researcher David Kennedy.

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October 31 2014

70,000-Year-Old Mammoth Skeleton Uncovered in Idaho


The skeleton of a mammoth was discovered this month on the banks of a reservoir in Idaho. Paleontologists have rescued part of its skull and a tusk, but there could be a lot more buried below the surface.

"We may even have a complete mammoth," said Mary Thompson, a vertebrate paleontologist and senior collections manager at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. "This is very unique for us.".

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October 31 2014

Asteroids closer to home may get us to Mars


Scanning the skies for near-earth asteroids might be the best first step for getting humans to Mars.

In a comment article in the Oct. 30 Nature, MIT planetary scientist Richard Binzel argues that NASA should abandon the Asteroid Redirect Mission, the space agency’s plan to snag a space rock and jockey it into lunar orbit for astronauts to explore.


Alt: Asteroids could be used as ‘stepping stones’ to Mars

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October 31 2014

NASA's plan to capture an asteroid? Bad idea, scientist says


NASA goal to snag an asteroid and bring a space rock close to Earth is a distraction from the effort to send humans to Mars, a top asteroid expert says.

In a commentary in the journal Nature, planetary scientist Richard Binzel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (a.k.a. ARM) “a multibillion-dollar stunt.” The strongly worded text comes after a National Research Council report in June offered multiple routes to get to Mars -- including the asteroid-snagging plan -- but didn’t recommend one over any other.

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October 31 2014

3D printing may make individualized medicine more affordable


The latest innovation in medical 3D printing is a 3D printer that could one day make customized medicines on demand, currently under development by the University of Central Lancashire in Preston in the UK.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) team says that the machine - which is awaiting a patent application - can "print" a tablet with a precise quantity of medicine that can be taken by a patient.

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October 31 2014

3-D Printed Gardens Can Grow in Any Shape


You’ve probably seen stories about the myriad uses for 3-D printing technology, in which specially-designed printers spray layers of material onto designs to create objects: chocolate candy, transplant organs, entire houses and guns, to name a few.

Sony computer scientist Yuichiro Takeuchi has figured out a way to print entire gardens filled with herbs and flowers, which can then be planted in empty lots or on rooftops, or on vertical surfaces such as building walls. Or pretty much anyplace else for that matter.

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October 31 2014

Exoskeleton will carry closer touch with digital world


A team of roboticists in China is behind Dexmo, a hand-capturing device that uses a mechanical exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is designed for the user to touch the digital world. It will transmit a person's finger movement on to several rotational sensors and the data is transmitted directly to a device or back to a host computer, where the team's SDK performs their special kinematics algorithm to regenerate a hand model.


Related: Through 3D-printed prosthetic, Illinois students lending a hand in Ecuador

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October 31 2014

'Shazam for birds' app set for spring launch


An app that can automatically recognise bird sounds is to be launched in time for spring, its creators have said.

Warblr has been developed by two scientists using a grant from Queen Mary University of London.

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October 31 2014

Bearded dragon's colour matches body clock


The charismatic Australian bearded dragon changes colour in sync with its circadian rhythm, researchers have found.

The study, published today in PLoS ONE , shows that the dragon continues to change from dark colours during the early part of the day, to light at night, even when kept in the dark for 24 hours.


Related: Is Smell the Key to an Octopus’s Heart?

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October 31 2014

Butterflies learn to speak like ants


We don’t think of ants and butterflies as big talkers. But critical conversations occur between Maculinea caterpillars and Myrmica ants. Ants carry the 2-week-old caterpillars into their nests, where the caterpillars mimic the sounds made by queen ants and so get red carpet treatment. In 2009, researchers discovered that worker and queen ants have distinct calls and that caterpillar intruders get more food, care, and protection than the ants’ own larvae.

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October 31 2014

Arachnophobia chopped out of a man's brain


Scared of the dark? Terrified of heights? Spiders make you scream? For the first time, a person's lifelong phobia has been completely abolished overnight. Unfortunately, it required removing a tiny bit of the man's brain, so for now, most people will have to find another way to dispel their fears.

The phobia was abolished by accident. A 44-year-old business man started having seizures out of the blue.

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October 31 2014

A new type of brain cell has been discovered


Researchers have described a never-before-seen brain cell shape, which appears to have evolved to transmit signals more effectively.

A strange new type of nerve cell, or neuron, has been observed in the brain that transmits information without involving the cell body - and, incredibly, it appears to be better at transmitting information than regular brain cells.

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October 31 2014

Musicians Are Better Multitaskers


New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.

We all call it “multitasking,” but psychologists insist that’s a misnomer. Since we can’t actually focus on more than one thing at a time, the skill is really “task switching“—the ability to alternate smoothly and easily between two sets of mental tasks.

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October 31 2014

Algal virus found in humans, slows brain activity


It’s not such a stretch to think that humans can catch the Ebola virus from monkeys and the flu virus from pigs. After all, they are all mammals with fundamentally similar physiologies. But now researchers have discovered that even a virus found in the lowly algae can make mammals its home.


Alt: A Virus Found In Lakes May Be Literally Changing The Way People Think

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October 31 2014

The British are born to be miserable, new research finds


“The British do not expect happiness,” claimed English writer Quentin Crisp – and it appears he may have been right.

New research from the University of Warwick has indicated that Britons are genetically programmed to be grumpy.

The British, French and Americans are all predisposed to be grumpier than nations such as Denmark because they possess a “short form” version of the gene which regulates the amount of serotonin – the chemical which controls happiness – within the brain.

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October 31 2014

Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – the drug laws don’t work


The UK government’s comparison of international drug laws, published on Wednesday, represents the first official recognition since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act that there is no direct link between being “tough on drugs” and tackling the problem.

The report, which has been signed off by both the Conservative home secretary, Theresa May, and the Liberal Democrat crime prevention minister, Norman Baker, is based on an in-depth study of drug laws in 11 countries ranging from the zero-tolerance of Japan to the legalisation of Uruguay.

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October 30 2014

Humans, Chimps and Why We Need Personhood for All


We accord rights to babies, the profoundly disabled and elderly people with dementia. Is Tommy the ape that different?

Advocates of animal rights are eagerly awaiting the results of a case brought before a New York state appellate court in Albany earlier this month that will decide if a chimpanzee named Tommy is a person. The judge’s decision may be handed down at any time between late October and December. If, in the eyes of the law, 26-year-old ape Tommy is deemed a person, he will be released from the small cage where he is kept in isolation by his owner near Gloversville, New York, and sent to an ape sanctuary in Florida.

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