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January 31 2015

650-Year Drought Triggered Ancient City's Abandonment


A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts that largely prompted people to abandon the city for greener opportunities, a new study finds.

Scientists have long debated whether it was drought or cultural forces that led to the abandonment of Cantona, a once-fortified city located just east of modern-day Mexico City.

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January 31 2015

Body Art: Otzi the 5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Had 61 Tattoos


Four thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study.

Finding the new body art, located on the lower side of Ötzi's right ribcage, "was a big surprise because we didn't expect to see a new tattoo," said Albert Zink, the study's senior researcher and head of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman at the European Research Academy in Italy.

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January 31 2015

How did humans evolve? Taiwan fossil complicates picture


Found sitting at the depths of a submarine channel off the shores of Taiwan, a recently discovered fossil may add another small piece to the puzzle of how humans evolved.

The fossil, a partial jaw with still­-attached teeth, is the first of an ancient hominin – a member of a taxonomic group that includes the genus Homo and its extinct relatives – found in Taiwan. And by exhibiting subtle differences between characteristics of the uncovered fossil and others located across the region, the discovery may provide further evidence that a variety of human lineages existed in eastern Asia thousands of years ago.

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January 31 2015

Hair Loss Cure Isn't Here Yet, But Experimental Stem Cell Approach Looks Promising


Hats off to researchers in California. They've taken what appears to be a big step toward the development of a cure for hair loss, a condition that affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. alone.

The scientists, working at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., showed that stem cells derived from human skin can be used to grow hair--at least in mice.

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January 31 2015

DNA clues could predict when people will die


A biological clock in people's DNA could tell could tell scientists how long they will live.

Researchers have found that chemical changes in DNA can help us understand people’s “biological age” — a measure of how old their body is that seems to be able to predict when people are going to die.

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January 31 2015

Animal DNA on the Go Seen for First Time


A type of DNA for the first time has been observed moving from one cell to another in animals.

Genetic material called mitochondria convert energy from food into a form that can be used by cells. In the experiment, a tumor cell without mitochondrial DNA formed tumors after pulling in DNA from normal cells.

“Our findings overturn the dogma that genes of higher organisms are usually constrained within cells except during reproduction,".

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January 31 2015

Baby chicks think small numbers belong on the left, just like us


A new study found that chicks associate the left side with smaller numbers and the right side with higher numbers.

To see how this relates to you, let's begin with our own, short experiment. Imagine the numbers 1-10 in a horizontal line.


Alt: Bird brain? Study says chicks count like we do

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January 31 2015

Baleen whales hear with their bones, study finds


A biologist and an engineer have published a study in the journal PLOS ONE that suggests the skulls of baleen whales have evolved the ability to feel sound in their bones.


Related: Ageing whales: Scars reveal social secrets - "By following them over four years and cataloguing them based on each individual's numerous scars, the scientists were able to reveal new social insights.Most striking were the long-term relationships the whales appeared to form."
Related: A rare megamouth shark just washed up in the Philippines

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January 31 2015

When Ant-Eating Bears Arrive, A Native Plant Thrives


Biologist Josh Grinath seized a rare chance to study an ecosystem from top to tiny bottom when a black bear blundered through his Rocky Mountain meadow research plot, gobbling up ants and gnawing on equipment.

When the hungry bear appeared, wreaking havoc on ant nests for a high-protein snack, Grinath decided to track the cascading effects of this top predator.


Related: Polar bear penises are getting weaker

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January 31 2015

Pitcher Plant Captures Prey in Batches


Carnivorous plants hold a place of special fascination in elementary science classrooms and botany labs alike. Many of these plants have an obviously predatory look about them (think: Venus flytrap). But pitcher plants, as successful as they are at capturing insects for their nutrients, don't make a lot of sense at first glance. A new study aims to make sense of the fact that the plants’ traps aren’t always slippery along the edges, even though a slippery edge would, in theory, catch more insects not sure of their footing.

A new study, published this month in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that design quirk may be intentional.

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January 31 2015

New flower discovered in Australia smells like rotting fish


A new species of plant has been found in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, and it sure does not smell like roses. Identified by local botanist Greg Steenbeeke from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, this little sunset-coloured, 2-centimetre-tall flower has been named Thismia megalongensis.

T. megalongensis belongs to a genus of plants commonly known as 'fairy lanterns', because their shape and warm, glowing colour make them look like you could just pick one up and light a room with it - if you were the height of an iPhone.

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January 31 2015

Icebergs 'have sound signature'


Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, scientists report.

Researchers in Poland, the UK and US have found different types of icebergs have their own acoustic signature as they calve away from the ice.

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January 31 2015

The two faces of Mars: Moon-sized celestial object crashed into south pole


The two hemispheres of Mars are more different from any other planet in our solar system. Non-volcanic, flat lowlands characterize the northern hemisphere, while highlands punctuated by countless volcanoes extend across the southern hemisphere. Although theories and assumptions about the origin of this so-called and often-discussed Mars dichotomy abound, there are very few definitive answers. Geophysicists are now providing a new explanation.

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January 31 2015

Meteorite may represent 'bulk background' of Mars' battered crust


NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth. It's been shown to be a 4.4 billion-year-old chunk of the Martian crust, and according to a new analysis, rocks just like it may cover vast swaths of Mars.


Related: Gully patterns document Martian climate cycles
Related: 'Knobby terrain' a sign of Mars's explosive past

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January 31 2015

Cosmic inflation: New study says BICEP detection was wrong


Scientists who claimed last year to have found a pattern in the sky left by the super-rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang were mistaken.

The signal had been confounded by light emission from dust in our own galaxy.


Related: Could a new proposed particle help to detect Dark Matter?

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January 31 2015

Does time pass?


Philosopher Brad Skow’s new book says it does — but not in the way you may think.

“If you walk into a cocktail party and say, ‘I don’t believe that time passes,’ everyone’s going to think you’re completely insane,” says Brad Skow, an associate professor of philosophy at MIT.

He would know: Skow himself doesn’t believe time passes, at least not in the way we often describe it, through metaphorical descriptions in which we say, as he notes, “that time flows like a river, or we move through time the way a ship sails on the sea.”


Related: Black holes do not exist where space and time do not exist, says new theory

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January 30 2015

Does Milky Way hide a portal to the distant Universe?


Our Milky Way could be harbouring a cosmic "wormhole"—that exotic short cut across the Universe made famous in science fiction shows and films—according to a team of scientists in India, Italy and the USA.

It could even be traversable, according to the team.


Alt: Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

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