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August 18 2014

World's oldest true dolphin species discovered


Waseda researchers have described the earliest example of a true dolphin in the known fossil record.

In an article published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Waseda Department of Earth Sciences researchers (lead author Mizuki Murakami) conclude that the specimen, which was originally categorized in 1977 as Stenella kabatensis, actually belongs to the Eodelphis kabatensis species. This means that true dolphins existed 2 to 7 million years earlier than had been previously suggested by fossil records, and aligns with the results of molecular studies.

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August 18 2014

'Butterfly-headed' flying reptiles were social say paleontologists


An ancient flying reptile with a bizarre, butterflylike head has been unearthed in Brazil.

The newfound reptile species, Caiuajara dobruskii, lived about 80 million years ago in an ancient desert oasis. The beast sported a strange bony crest on its head that looked like the wings of a butterfly, and had the wingspan needed to take flight at a very young age.

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August 18 2014

Giant Armored Dinosaur Unearthed in China


Farmers in China have unearthed the nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile armored dinosaur that may be one of the largest ankylosaurs. The finding suggests that this group of beasts grew to be big early in their evolutionary history, researchers say.

The new finding is in line with the growth trend seen among dinosaurs beginning in the Cretaceous Period, the heyday of the dinosaurs, when they reached their greatest diversity, the researchers said.

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August 18 2014

Unearthed Neanderthal site rich in horse bones


A site in southwestern France found to be rich in the bones of horses and other large herbivores has provided important insights into the hunting and scavenging habits of Neanderthals.

A team of archaeologists from the French archaeological agency Inrap have unearthed hundreds of bones at the Middle Paleolithic site in Quincieux dating back 35,000 to 55,000 years.

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August 18 2014

Origin of Egyptian mummies pushed back 2000 years


Mummies are old. No, really: the ancient Egyptians were deliberately mummifying their dead as many as 2000 years earlier than previously thought.

It had been assumed that before about 2500 BC, when Egyptians wanted to mummify their dead, they placed the wrapped bodies outside and let the hot, dry air and desert sand do the hard work. Deliberate mummification with preserving oils and resins was thought to be a much later development.

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August 17 2014

Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'


A new study provides fresh insights into the life of early modern humans before they left Africa following a massive comparative study of stone tools.

Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics.

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August 17 2014

Scientists to explore how insects evolved ultrasonic hearing abilities over millennia


A grant of £250,000 from The Leverhulme Trust has been awarded to a team of scientists led by the University of Lincoln, UK, to study how a group of insects evolved incredible ultrasonic hearing abilities.

A cochlear organ for frequency selectivity was thought to be unique to hearing in mammals until a similar mechanism for frequency analysis was found in the ears of bushcrickets in South American rainforests two years ago.

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August 17 2014

Earth's early life endured long asteroid bombardment


IT WAS a blitzkrieg with no let-up. Earth may have been pounded by massive asteroids for a billion years longer than we thought, with the impacts only stopping about 3 billion years ago. If that is true, early life had to endure a bombardment that periodically melted Earth's surface.

The planet formed 4.5 billion years ago, and chunks of rock many kilometres across continued falling onto it for hundreds of millions of years. It seemed there was a final burst of impacts around 3.9 billion years ago – and by 3.8 billion years ago it was all over. The first fossils of life are very slightly younger.

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August 17 2014

Four Billion Year-Old Mystery of Last Universal Common Ancestor Solved


A four billion-year-old mystery surrounding the one common ancestor of all life on Earth has been solved by scientists.

All life evolved from a single celled organism known as life's Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA). However, few details are known about what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved.

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August 17 2014

Why Do Creationists Place So Much Importance On A Prehistoric Mollusk?


Along the Grand Canyon section of the Colorado River sits a canyon that was carved out of redwall limestone by flowing water. There, the rocks contain fossils of the orthocone nautioloid, which lived 500-200 million years ago. But a prominent young-Earth creationist says they're solid proof of Noah's flood.

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August 17 2014

Supernatural 'Jinn' Seen as Cause of Mental Illness Among Muslims


It may be common for psychiatric patients who are Muslim to attribute their hallucinations or other symptoms to "jinn," the invisible, devilish creatures in Islamic mythology, researchers in the Netherlands have found.

The findings demonstrate one way in which culture may influence how people perceive their psychotic symptoms, and could help Western psychiatrists better understand patients who have an Islamic background.

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August 17 2014

Cannabis-Based Batteries Could Charge Your Phone in Seconds—And Change the Way We Store Energy


On top of its vast medicinal benefits and a “high” that’s safer and mellower than alcohol, what if cannabis could also power a cheap, sustainable super battery and forever change the energy game? It sounds like a far-fetched dream cooked up by Cheech and Chong after a bong rip or three, but it’s possible, according to a team of researchers at the University of Alberta.

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August 17 2014

Making an e-bike out of a bicycle with conversion kit


Some people like the idea of a plain bicycle, the way it requires the body to pedal naturally, with its return on investment being good health and fitness. But wait a minute. Electric bike riders prefer their e-bikes to cars, say they have more fun, and like the practical benefits of picking up speed and the machine's extra support. Micah Toll, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering, has come up with a kit that can transform an ordinary bicycle into an e-bike’.

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August 17 2014

Ghost busters and UFO hunters tap top tools of the trade


The market is awash with devices dedicated to assisting the hunt for aliens and angels, ghosts and demons.

It’s a familiar enough scenario. You’re sitting in your lounge room, not expecting guests, and the doorbell rings. You have no way of knowing at that moment whether your visitor is, say, a bike-borne evangelist eager to audition you for the tabernacle choir, or, to borrow from the late Douglas Adams, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal looking for lunch.

The potentially fatal indecision thus engendered, you will be pleased to know, can be easily dismissed through the purchase via Amazon of a nifty device called a UFO-02 Detector, described as a ‘‘magnetometer interfaced with micro controller for detecting magnetic anomalies’’.

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August 17 2014

Is That a New Hangar in Area 51?


There’s always something going on in Area 51, the US government’s secretive air base in Nevada. This time it’s not accidental tourists but what appears to be the construction of new hangar at the end of a runway.

This is not the first unusual hangar built recently in Area 51. In 2007, satellite images showed a new large hangar that analysts believed was built for testing a new super bomber to replace the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

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August 17 2014

Higgs boson could also explain the earliest expansion of the Universe


Fedor Bezrukov from the RIKEN–BNL Research Center and Mikhail Shaposhnikov from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne propose that the Higgs boson, which was recently confirmed to be the origin of mass, may also be responsible for the mode of inflation and shape of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. "There is an intriguing connection between the world explored in particle accelerators today and the earliest moments of the existence of the Universe," explains Bezrukov.

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August 17 2014

Rare blurring of black hole light spotted


Scientists have captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days.

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