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February 17 2015

Ancient East Asians mixed and mingled multiple times with Neandertals


East Asians got a double dose of Neandertal ancestry. That’s the conclusion of two new studies seeking to explain why East Asians inherited 15 to 30 percent more Neandertal DNA than Europeans did. The results appear in the March 5 American Journal of Human Genetics.

Recent research has suggested that Neandertal DNA is slightly detrimental to modern humans, making some people more prone to certain diseases, for example.

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February 17 2015

Rain in Spain unearths fossilised trees that predate dinosaurs


A recent spate of appalling weather in northern Spain has led to the discovery of perfectly preserved fossilised trees, which scientists believe could be 300 million years old – a period well before dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

While the unusually intemperate climate has caused chaos for locals and holidaymakers, the high winds and heavy rain that struck the Cantabrian coast last week have washed away huge amounts of sand, unearthing the remains of the trees, which scientists have hailed as a significant find.

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February 17 2015

How Was The Great Pyramid At Giza Constructed?


In this article, John McCauley uses his experience as an Architect and Construction Manager to critically analyse the construction scheme for building the Khufu pyramid and the popular theory of the use of an internal ramp.


Related: Inside Tutankhamun's Tomb: Photos from the day archaeologists opened the burial chamber

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February 17 2015

Pilbara digs debunk timeline for ancient tool development


Recent archaeological digs at Barrow Island and the Montebello Islands off the Pilbara coast have revealed a number of artefacts which have helped build a unique record of coastal habitation by early humans.

UWA archaeologist Peter Veth says edge-ground stone axes were made there earlier than had been thought, but that inhabitants were yet to fit points to spears.

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February 17 2015

Site C floods will wash away 12,000 years of human history


Archeologist Jonathan Driver was part of the team that uncovered, more than 30 years ago, what was at that time one of the rarest archeological finds in Canadian history: A treasure trove of evidence of human occupation in Northern B.C. that dates back to the end of the last ice age.

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February 17 2015

Ancient rocks show life could have flourished on Earth 3.2 billion years ago


A spark from a lightning bolt, interstellar dust, or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first life on Earth. But what happened next? Life can exist without oxygen, but without plentiful nitrogen to build genes - essential to viruses, bacteria and all other organisms - life on the early Earth would have been scarce.

The ability to use atmospheric nitrogen to support more widespread life was thought to have appeared roughly 2 billion years ago. Now research from the University of Washington looking at some of the planet's oldest rocks finds evidence that 3.2 billion years ago, life was already pulling nitrogen out of the air and converting it into a form that could support larger communities.

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February 16 2015

Scanning the Amazon forest in Brazil to look for evidence of occupation by ancient civilisations


Scientists are to scan the Amazon forest in Brazil to look for evidence of occupation by ancient civilisations.

A drone will be sent up with a laser instrument to peer through the canopy for earthworks that were constructed thousands of years ago.


Alt: Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places

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February 16 2015

Mysterious Indo-European homeland may have been in the steppes of Ukraine and Russia


What do you call a male sibling? If you speak English, he is your “brother.” Greek? Call him “phrater.” Sanskrit, Latin, Old Irish? “Bhrater,” “frater,” or “brathir,” respectively. Ever since the mid-17th century, scholars have noted such similarities among the so-called Indo-European languages, which span the world and number more than 400 if dialects are included. Researchers agree that they can probably all be traced back to one ancestral language, called Proto-Indo-European (PIE). But for nearly 20 years, scholars have debated vehemently when and where PIE arose.


Alt: European languages linked to migration from the east

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February 16 2015

The contagious thought that could kill you


To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.

Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.

We have long known that expectations of a malady can be as dangerous as a virus.

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February 16 2015

Musical software helps mothers push babies out faster


PUSH! It's a familiar instruction to women giving birth, and an important one for those on body-numbing drugs. Epidurals and spinal injections can make it a struggle for women to push their baby out. But a new device that signals the baby's progress can help women to learn when and how to push, speeding up labour and reducing the risk of problems.

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February 16 2015

True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25


True adulthood does not begin in the western world until 25 because young people are putting off settling down for longer, a psychiatrist has claimed.

Although the transition from child to adult is traditionally marked at 18, in fact, crucial neurological changes are now still happening into the mid-20s.


Related: Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness

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February 16 2015

Chimps from good families do better in fights


For chimpanzees, just like humans, teasing, taunting and bullying are familiar parts of playground politics. An analysis of 12 years of observations of playground fights between young chimpanzees in East Africa finds that chimps with higher-ranked moms are more likely to win.

The results come from an analysis of daily field notes recorded from 2000 to 2011 at Gombe National Park in western Tanzania. Stored in the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center at Duke University and also at The George Washington University.

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February 16 2015

The Hives of Others: Bees Wage War across Species


Jane Goodall discovered 40 years ago that chimpanzees wage war. Until then, she thought they were “rather nicer” than humans. But her shocking observation of animal warfare was not the first. It was the second. By then scientists had known for at least 80 years that we were not the only species to kill others of our own kind. Some insects do it, too.


Related: When bees grow up too fast, the colony collapses

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February 16 2015

You Can Force Birds to Be Friends, but It Won’t Stick


As anyone who’s made valentines for a whole elementary-school class knows, kids are often pushed into social groups not of their choosing. Scientists tried the same thing with wild birds and found it pretty easy to coax them into new cliques. The birds hung out with their new social circles even when they didn’t have to. But once the experiment ended, those friendships dissolved faster than a candy conversation heart.

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February 16 2015

Oil Eating Microbes Have Worldwide Underground Connections


Living deep underground ain't easy. In addition to hellish temperatures and pressures, there's not a lot to eat. Which is why oil reservoirs are the microbes’ cornucopia in this hidden realm.

Microbes feast on many oil reservoirs, but it has been unclear how the micro-organisms got to those locales. One proposal has been that the microbes colonize a pool of dead algae corpses and then go along for the ride as the pool gets buried deeper and deeper and the algae slowly become oil. That’s the so-called "burial and isolation" hypothesis.

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February 16 2015

'Shadow biosphere' might be hiding strange life right under our noses


Biologists have proposed the existence of a “shadow biosphere”—an undiscovered group of living things with biochemistry different from what we’re used to. Most of life’s diversity on our planet is too small to see, making microbes the most likely place to look for these new types of life. Already, new discoveries are shaking our beliefs about what life is. Recently discovered giant, amoeba-infecting viruses blur the line between life and nonlife—although they rely on their hosts for essential biological functions, the bacteria-sized viruses have complex genomes. Such unexpected discoveries suggest that we shouldn’t define what we are searching for by what we know is already out there.

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February 16 2015

Gardener's Twofer: First Ketchup 'N' Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market


Love growing potatoes and tomatoes? This spring, gardeners in the U.S. (and Europe) will be able to get both tuber and fruit from a single plant.

It even has a catchy name: Ketchup 'n' Fries.

This isn't a genetically modified organism but a plant of two different nightshades: the top of a cherry tomato grafted onto a white potato.


Related: Monarch butterfly endangered, Monsanto product zaps 900 million

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