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June 15 2014

3D printer to fly to space in august, sooner than planned


A 3-D printer intended for the International Space Station has passed its NASA certifications with flying colors—earning the device a trip to space sooner than expected. The next Dragon spacecraft, scheduled to launch in August, will carry the Made In Space printer on board.

"Passing the final tests and shipping the hardware are significant milestones, but they ultimately lead to an even more meaningful one – the capability for anyone on Earth to have the option of printing objects on the ISS.

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June 14 2014

Two giant planets may cruise unseen beyond Pluto


The monsters are multiplying. Just months after astronomers announced hints of a giant "Planet X" lurking beyond Pluto, a team in Spain says there may actually be two supersized planets hiding in the outer reaches of our solar system.

When potential dwarf planet 2012 VP113 was discovered in March, it joined a handful of unusual rocky objects known to reside beyond the orbit of Pluto.

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June 14 2014

"Scan Europa's Ocean for Signs of Life with Jupiter's Radio Waves" --NASA Astrobiologists


In Arthur C Clarke's 2010 A Space Odyssey, the supercomputer HAL issues a last instruction to the Discovery crew ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE. Now, NASA scientists have a better idea.


Related: Radio signals from Jupiter could aid search for life

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June 14 2014

And Another One! Third Intense Solar Flare in 24 Hours


Following two very powerful explosions of radiation yesterday, the sun this morning let loose with yet another X-class solar flare.

Scientists say more may be coming in the days ahead — just as the region of the sun that’s all hot and bothered rotates into a more Earth-directed position.

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June 14 2014

Map of universe questioned: Dwarf galaxies don't fit standard model


Dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies defy the accepted model of galaxy formation, and recent attempts to wedge them into the model are flawed, reports an international team of astrophysicists. A new study pokes holes in the current understanding of galaxy formation and questions the accepted model of the origin and evolution of the universe.

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June 14 2014

New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything


In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless.

But when you have something specific in mind that you don’t know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend’s house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift through the volume of information online and know how to search for it. Or, the opposite problem can occur – we can look up anything on the Internet, but how can we be sure we are finding everything about the topic without spending hours in front of the computer?.

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June 14 2014

Preserving the Battle of Hastings from “contamination”


THE Battle of Hastings is regularly fought all over again by enthusiastic re-enactors, before large crowds of spectators. The problem is that they are depositing material that could compromise the archaeology of the historic site. But now the University of Huddersfield’s Dr Glenn Foard – one of the world’s leading battlefield archaeologists – is developing a unique project designed to unearth whatever genuine material survives from 1066.

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June 14 2014

Did the Great Sphinx of Egypt Originally Have a Different Head?


It's too small. That's the problem that many see with the head of the Great Sphinx at Giza in Egypt: proportionately, it's much too small for the massive leonine body that it sits upon. Does this suggest that once, way back in antiquity, it originally had a different head...like that of a lion?

English geologist Colin Reader is one who thinks so, and in the video he cites another strange fact about the Sphinx's head as evidence for the theory.

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June 14 2014

Human language's deep origins appear to have come directly from birds, primates


Human language builds on birdsong and speech forms of other primates, researchers hypothesize in new research. From birds, the researchers say, we derived the melodic part of our language, and from other primates, the pragmatic, content-carrying parts of speech. Sometime within the last 100,000 years, those capacities fused into roughly the form of human language that we know today.

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June 14 2014

Why Did Our Brains Stop Expanding?


The following is excerpted from Return to the Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection between Neurochemistry and Consciousness by Tony Wright and Graham Gynn

In the forest the human brain was expanding and expanding at a phenomenal rate. Sometime at around 200,000 to 150,000 years ago, this process came to an end. The brain stopped expanding and started to shrink. This key point in our evolutionary journey has been noted but rarely addressed, and its significance comprehensively ignored.

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June 14 2014

Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?


Just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise can boost low-income college students’ academic performance. The effect is large enough to close the achievement gap.

Ever seen a teacher or camp counselor make the whole class do jumping jacks before beginning a lesson? It wasn’t just a ploy to exhaust the kids hyped up on Pixy Stix.

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June 14 2014

Gauging local illicit drug use in real time could help police fight abuse


The war on drugs could get a boost with a new method that analyzes sewage to track levels of illicit drug use in local communities in real time. The new study could help law enforcement identify new drug hot spots and monitor whether anti-drug measures are working.

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June 14 2014

Jamaica to decriminalize personal marijuana possession


The Jamaican government has decided to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining the trickle of countries moving to soften laws on the drug known on the Caribbean island as "ganja."

Minister of Justice Mark Golding made the announcement at an afternoon news conference on Thursday saying that Jamaica's Dangerous Drugs Act would be formally amended this summer.

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June 14 2014

How Psychedelics Saved My Life


I was drawn to journalism at a young age by the desire to provide a voice for the ‘little guy’. For nearly a decade working as a CNN investigative correspondent and independent journalist, I became a mouthpiece for the oppressed, victimized and marginalized. My path of submersion journalism brought me closest to the plight of my sources, by living the story to get a true understanding of what was happening.

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June 14 2014

Seeking Alaska’s Bigfoot


Available right now is a new book from author Dennis Waller. Its title: In Search Of The Kushtaka: Alaska's Other Bigfoot. This is an excellent read for anyone fascinated by cryptozoology in general and Bigfoot in particular.

The Kushtaka – or Land-Otter Man – is a creature that plays a major role in the lore, legends and history of the Tlingit people; Native Americans who had their origins in the rainforests of southeast Alaska. There is, however, something very strange about the Alaskan beast.

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June 14 2014

Strange Beasts of Japan’s Far North


The indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido have a long folklore of an ancient race of dwarf-like people thought to have inhabited the land long before humans arrived.

The Ainu knew these creatures as the Koropokkuru, also written in other ways, such as Kor-pok-un-kur, Koro-pok-guru, and Koro Pokunguru. They are also sometimes referred to as the Tsuchigumo. The name Koropokkuru is most commonly translated as “the people who live under the burdock leaves,” and implies the diminutive size of the creatures. In some stories a whole family was said to be able to fit underneath one burdock leaf, with one such leaf measuring about 4 feet across.

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June 14 2014

Crayfish may experience form of anxiety


Crustaceans may be able to experience some emotions, a study published in the journal Science suggests. Researchers in France have found that crayfish seem to show anxiety, a feeling previously thought to be too complex for these primitive animals.

It follows a number of studies that suggest that crustaceans can also feel pain.

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