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April 8 2015

Green Roofs Get Lift As France Makes Them de Rigueur


Roofs bedecked in plants gain popularity as a way to reduce a building's energy use and stormwater runoff.

France, long the world's arbiter of haute couture, is taking aesthetics to a loftier level: the rooftop.

As it spruces up its green portfolio ahead of global climate talks in December, France approved a law last week that requires the roofs of new commercial buildings be covered—at least in part—by either solar panels or plants.

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April 8 2015

A Bold Plan to Plant 1 Billion Trees a Year With Drones


An engineering firm in the United Kingdom wants to change the world 1 billion trees at a time, and they’re relying on drones to do it.

The team at BioCarbon Engineering has developed an experimental system that uses drones to plant thousands of trees per day in deforested areas. The aerial technique is cheaper and faster than planting trees manually, and makes it possible for conservationists to counteract voracious industrial appetites for trees.

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April 8 2015

Zero Deforestation arrangement for Palm oil to be implemented by KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut


Yum! Brands, the organization that claims KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, on Thursday reported a zero deforestation arrangement for its palm oil sourcing. The move came after forceful battles by ecological gatherings that argued that the restaurants weren’t doing what’s needed to guarantee the palm oil they used to cook food wasn’t connected to human rights misuses, obliteration of peat lands, and logging of rainforests.


Related: Is Chocolate Driving Monkeys into Extinction?

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April 8 2015

The hoo's hoo of gibbon communication


The secret communication of gibbons has been interpreted for the first time, researchers report. The research reveals the likely meaning of a number of distinct gibbon whispers, or 'hoo' calls, responding to particular events and types of predator, and could provide clues on the evolution of human speech.


Alt: Gibbons WHISPER secrets to each other: Apes found to communicate with soft 'hoos' about predators and their neighbours

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April 8 2015

Scientific world abuzz about an unpublished paper that could permanently change human DNA


Scientists around the world are anticipating the results of a Chinese study that would mark the first time DNA in a human embryo has been modified in a way that would carry into future generations.

Although the embryos would be for study only, and not intended for implantation, the research would mark a significant milestone: the first time human DNA had been altered so substantially that it would change the “germ line” — the eggs or sperm of any child produced from the embryo.

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April 8 2015

New study hints at spontaneous appearance of primordial DNA


The self-organization properties of DNA-like molecular fragments four billion years ago may have guided their own growth into repeating chemical chains long enough to act as a basis for primitive life, says a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of University of Milan.

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April 8 2015

Volcanic Eruptions May Have Helped Some Life Forms Survive An Apocalypse


Volcanoes are often painted as harbingers of destruction—and for good reason. But sometimes, they can help life survive, by feeding energy-starved ecosystems elemental carbon.

That’s exactly what researchers now think happened 252 million years ago, when the Earth was rocked by the most devastating mass extinction in its history. At the end of the Permian period, a series of events precipitated the death of over 90% of all terrestrial and marine species.

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April 8 2015

Back to Brontosaurus? The Dinosaur Might Deserve Its Own Genus After All


It may be one of the most famous dinosaurs of all time. The trouble is that shortly after being discovered, the Jurassic creature fell into an identity crisis. The name for the long-necked, heavy-bodied herbivore Brontosaurus excelsus—the great “thunder lizard”—was tossed into the scientific wastebasket when it was discovered that the dinosaur wasn't different enough from other specimens to deserve its own distinct genus.

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April 8 2015

Europeans were dark-skinned until 8,000 years ago: Pale skin brought to Europe from Near East


It has been at the root of division and persecution for centuries, but it seems that the white skin of most modern Europeans did not evolve in Europe at all.

Now genetic research has revealed that ancient European populations were dark skinned for far longer than had originally been thought.

Rather than lightening as early humans migrated north from Africa around 40,000 years ago due to lower levels of sunlight, these first Homo sapiens retained their dark skin colour.

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April 8 2015

Natural selection may be growing taller Dutch people


The Dutch have grown in average height by 20 centimeters in the last 200 years. What's behind the growth spurt?

One team of researchers hypothesizes in the April 8 Proceedings of the Royal Society B that it's reproductive advantage.


Alt: Scientists try to answer why Dutch people are so tall

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April 8 2015

Ancestors lost their ability to detect sex pheromones to make men more faithful


We are expected to spend $45 billion on perfumes by 2018, but why are humans so obsessed with smelling fragrant?

A new book suggests that our fascination with scent started with our ancient ancestors and stretches back millions of years.

It could even be the reason why we are able to live in dense societies while living a mainly monogamous lifestyle.

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April 8 2015

Geologists claim stats, science prove Jesus buried in Jerusalem with wife and supposed son


An Israeli geologist believes he has found the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem, and this time, the tomb of his supposed son is buried along with him.

After 150 chemical tests, Canadian- Israeli filmmaker-journalist Simha Jacobovici and geoarcheologist Arye Shimron claim they’ve reached a scientific breakthrough with theological implications.


Alt: Findings Reignite Debate on Claim of Jesus’ Bones, NYT

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April 8 2015

Native American mound-builder society experienced rapid agricultural development


Researchers are saying that the mound-building Fort Ancient culture of eastern North America experienced a rapid increase in maize production, then went through a slow decline over the ensuing years.

Based on a recent &#948;13C and 87Sr/86Sr isotope analysis study of human tooth enamel sampled from burials at sites associated with the 1000 - 1750 CE Native American Fort Ancient culture.

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April 8 2015

A sledgehammer to civilisation: Islamic State’s war on culture


As masked men with sledgehammers and drills stood amid priceless antiquities in Mosul museum in late February, a narrator on this Islamic state video read a justification for what was about to come.

“The so-called Assyrians and Akkadians and others looked to gods for war, agriculture and rain, to whom they offered sacrifices,” he said. “The prophet Mohammed took down idols with his bare hands when he went into Mecca,” he added, underscoring the seventh-century precedent that the terror group has used to underpin its recent rampages.

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April 8 2015

Archaeologists uncover 4,200-year-old Tombs of ancient Egyptian priests


Though the tombs of two ancient Egyptian priests excavated recently had been vandalized and their bones scattered across the burial chamber many centuries ago, beautiful paintings on the walls and some objects are intact.

The paintings and some artifacts show the priests were involved in the sacred rite of mummification.

The remains of the deceased were in the tombs but had been strewn about. Experts believe the Sixth Dynasty tombs from about 4,200 years ago were vandalized in the Seventh or Eighth dynasties during the 21st century BC.

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April 7 2015

The forgotten pyramids of Sudan


More than 200km from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the remains of an ancient city rise from the arid and inhospitable terrain like a science-fiction film set. Nestled between sand dunes, the secluded pyramids seem to have been forgotten by the modern world, with no nearby restaurants or hotels to cater to tourists.

The Nubian Meroe pyramids, much smaller but just as impressive as the more famous Egyptian ones, are found on the east bank of the Nile river, near a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. The pyramids get their name from the ancient city of Meroe, the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient African kingdom situated in what is now the Republic of Sudan.

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April 7 2015

Por Bajin: The mystery hidden in Siberia


ON A small island in the middle of a remote lake in Siberia lies a puzzling sight.

Welcome to the Por Bajin (also spelt Por-Bazhyn) ruins, located between the Sayan and Altai ranges, close to the Mongolian border. It’s an area almost completely unaffected by civilisation.

And nobody knows exactly what the Por Bajin is.

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