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April 6 2014

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash


Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.

But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing equipment, cargo container parts, or plastic shopping bags, a new narrative is emerging in the hunt for the missing plane: There's more garbage out there than you think. Most of it is plastic. And marine life ingests it, with catastrophic consequences.

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April 6 2014

Researcher dives into archaeology's next frontier


As a specialist in prehistoric underwater archaeology, Dr Jonathan Benjamin looks at rising sea levels a little bit differently from most people.

His fascination with them began when as a PhD candidate at Edinburgh University he came across the work of the Danish archaeologists Anders Fischer and Søren H Anderson.

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April 6 2014

FBI Raids Real 'Indiana Jones' Home


A team of law-enforcement officials including FBI agents has swooped down on a rural home in Indiana that houses a bizarre collection of artifacts from around the world.

"I have never seen a collection like this in my life except in some of the largest museums," Larry Zimmerman, professor of anthropology and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, told The Indianapolis Star. Zimmerman added that he is "frankly, overwhelmed.".

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April 6 2014

‘Hidden Architecture’ of 1,000-Year-Old Village Discovered in New Mexico


For more than 40 years, archaeologists have been coaxing what they could from the traces of an ancient Puebloan settlement in New Mexico they call Blue J.

Buried under a thousand years’ worth of eroded stone and wind-blown sand, Blue J has intrigued experts with what little it has revealed: the outlines of nearly 60 households, situated around a series of open plazas, the masonry and building styles dating their construction to the 11th century.

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April 6 2014

Dinosaur tracks: Prehistoric chase scene reconstructed


Scientists have digitally reconstructed the scene of a dinosaur chase - preserved in the mud of an ancient river bed in Texas.

The tracks were left by two dinosaurs more than 110 million years ago.

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April 6 2014

Yellowstone bison fleeing impending supervolcano? No. (+video)


Yellowstone bison are responding to a much deeper instinct, say Yellowstone officials.

A viral video titled "ALERT! Yellowstone Buffalo Running for Their Lives!" has attracted over 1 million page views and has prompted hundreds of anxious inquiries via Facebook, Twitter, email, and phone calls to park officials.

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April 5 2014

Ancient Egyptian weather report describes result of massive volcanic eruption


An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world’s oldest weather reports—and could provide new evidence about the chronology of events in the ancient Middle East.

A new translation of a 40-line inscription on the 6-foot-tall calcite block called the Tempest Stela describes rain, darkness and “the sky being in storm without cessation, louder than the cries of the masses.”

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April 5 2014

Duncan still unsure of mystery boom


DUNCAN, Okla._Stephens County is still dealing with a case of a phantom boom.

Wednesday night, just after 6:00 p.m., several folks were rattled after hearing what sounded like a large explosion nearby. Twenty-four hours later, Duncan residents and officials alike are still stumped, which has caused the mystery blast to be the talk of the town.

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April 5 2014

Tiny power generator runs on spit


Saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy sufficient to run on-chip applications, according to an international team of engineers.

Microbial fuel cells create energy when bacteria break down organic material producing a charge that is transferred to the anode.

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April 5 2014

'Unbreakable' security codes inspired by nature


A revolutionary new method of encrypting confidential information has been patented by scientists inspired by their discoveries from human biology, which model how the heart and lungs coordinate their rhythms by passing information between each other.

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April 5 2014

Kinetic kangaroo that can hop on forever


It may sounds like something from an dystopian Antipdoean nightmare but scientists have invented an unstoppable robot kangaroo.

Festo, the bio-engineering company behind 2011's creepily lifelike seagull, have developed 'BionicKangaroo' which is able to emulate the jumping behaviour or real kangaroos.

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April 5 2014

Dingo is a unique species, scientists say


Australia's dingo is a unique species, not a kind of wild dog as previously believed, according to a new study that definitively classifies the country's largest land predator.

The research by Australian scientists, published in the Journal of Zoology, resurrected the species name Canis dingo, first adopted in 1793 by Friedrich Meyer, a German naturalist.

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April 5 2014

Variety the spice of life for pollinating insects


Planting a variety of flowers on farmland could boost the number and diversity of pollinating insects, according to new research.

The paper, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says the vital bugs would also benefit from a summer rest period, where fields are left to grow without cutting or grazing.

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April 5 2014

Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?


For lovers of fatty tuna belly, canned albacore and swordfish kebabs, here's a question: Would you be willing to give them up for several years so that you could eat them perhaps for the rest of your life?

If a new proposal to ban fishing on the open ocean were to fly, that's essentially what we might be faced with.

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April 5 2014

New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar


The release of new photographs of an indigenous group living in extreme isolation in the Amazon rain forest has stirred fresh controversy and new concerns over the fate of the region's so-called uncontacted tribes.

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April 5 2014

Indigenous societies' 'first contact' typically brings collapse, but rebounds are possible


It was disastrous when Europeans first arrived in what would become Brazil—95 percent of its population, the majority of its tribes, and essentially all of its urban and agricultural infrastructure vanished.

A new study of Brazil's indigenous societies led by Santa Fe Institute researcher Marcus Hamilton paints a grim picture of their experiences, but also offers a glimmer of hope to those seeking ways to preserve indigenous societies.

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April 5 2014

Peru volcano: Do growing rumblings point to a big eruption to come?


The most active volcano in Peru is living up to its explosive reputation.

Ubinas volcano has been rumbling and occasionally venting gas over the past six months, but on Monday it erupted a 1,000-foot pillar of ash. In addition, a dome of red-hot lava has welled up over the past week, reaching almost 400 feet across, completely filling the pit left by the explosions in 2006, during the volcano's last active period.

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April 5 2014

Mercury has a long history of exploding volcanoes


Throughout extended periods of its history, the surface of Mercury crackled with volcanic explosions, a new analysis suggests.

Considering the fact that Mercury wasn’t supposed to have explosive volcanism in the first place, the findings are surprising—and could have implications for understanding how the planet formed.

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