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March 20 2015

How an ancient whale skull could point to humanity's birthplace


A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.

The whale (Ziphiidae) lived when the East African plateau was substantially lower and covered by dense forests, the researchers said.


Related: First dolphins appeared millions of years earlier than previously thought

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March 20 2015

Study raises concerns over big, rapidly thinning Antarctic glacier


Scientists have raised concerns about a large, rapidly thinning glacier in Antarctica, warning it could contribute significantly to rising sea levels.

They say they've discovered two openings that could channel warm seawater to the base of the huge Totten Glacier and bring the threat of potentially disastrous melting.

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March 20 2015

Lopsided ice on the moon points to past shift in poles


What little ice remains on Mercury and Mars is mostly confined to the planets’ poles, as one would expect, because the sun shines the least in those regions. Not so on the moon. Much of the moon’s ice, which lurks beneath the surface, is found in an area 5.5° away from the north pole and in a matching region 5.5° from the south pole, scientists announced here this week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The data suggest that in the past, the moon’s axis of rotation—and hence its poles—shifted.

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March 20 2015

Lava tubes safe enough for Moon base


Natural tunnels known as lava tubes could safely house permanent bases on the Moon, scientists have said.

The underground volcanic structures have previously been proposed as ideal sites for human settlements.

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March 20 2015

Could Water Have Carved Channels On Mars Half A Million Years Ago?


Could water have carved channels on Mars as recently as 500,000 years ago? If that’s the case, it would boost the case for relatively recent life on the Red Planet.

There’s abundant evidence showing that Mars was wet early in its 4.5 billion history, but new research suggests that the water comes in cycles, providing opportunities for life to take a hold in between the long, cold ice ages.

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March 19 2015

'Northern lights' observed on Mars


A Nasa spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet has detected a mysterious aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

The Maven mission observed these "Christmas lights" for five days leading up to 25 December last year.


Related: Powerful Magnetic Storm Produces Beautiful Aurora Around the World

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March 19 2015

Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?


With recent news headlines proclaiming that dozens of people have been selected as finalists for a Martian astronaut corps, it might seem like a trip to this alien world might finally be close at hand.

But let's have a little reality check. What are the chances that we really will see people on the Red Planet in the next couple of decades?


Related: I’m on list to be a Mars One astronaut –but I won’t see the red planet

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March 19 2015

Mysterious, isolated Mashco-Piro tribe ventures out of threatened Peru forests


Dressed in loincloths and speaking an unknown language, the Mashco-Piro, one of the last isolated peoples on Earth, are increasingly venturing out of their forests in Peru — to the government’s distress.

Authorities say encroachments on the Amazon rainforest by illegal loggers may be forcing the Mashco-Piro, a tribe of hunter-gatherers, into some of their first recorded contacts with the outside world.


Alt: Peru’s Mashco-Piru tribe are one of the last isolated peoples on Earth

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March 19 2015

Natural sleep cycles identified in rural community


A new study has identified a rural community in Brazil that still follows the earlier sleep and wake times similar to pre-industrial times. The team of researchers studied the population of Baependi, a small rural town in south-eastern Brazil, whose sleep/wake cycle is much more aligned with that of our ancestors.

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March 19 2015

After testosterone rush of hunting, men's 'love hormone' surges upon return home


From hunting grounds to athletic fields to trading floors, men moving together in packs, and sometimes alone, are typically engaged in what anthropologists term "male status competition." And their levels of testosterone--the hallmark hormone of maleness--tend to rise accordingly.

But a new study explores the nurturing, familial side of men who engage in such primal activities, often to support, feed or bring honor to their families. It finds that that side, too, is expressed hormonally, when a man arrives home to his family bearing dinner (or perhaps a paycheck or a trophy).

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March 19 2015

DNA study shows Celts are not a unique genetic group


A DNA study of Britons has shown that genetically there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK.

According to the data, those of Celtic ancestry in Scotland and Cornwall are more similar to the English than they are to other Celtic groups.


Related: Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds

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March 19 2015

Gem Engraved with Goddess' Image Found Near King Herod's Mausoleum


A translucent orange gem engraved with an image of a goddess of hunting has been found near a mausoleum built by Herod the Great, the king of Judea who ruled not long before the time of Jesus.

The carnelian gem shows the goddess Diana (or her Greek equivalent, Artemis) with a sumptuously detailed hairstyle and wearing a sleeveless dress, with a quiver behind her left shoulder and the end of a bow protruding from her right shoulder. Both Diana and Artemis were goddesses of hunting and childbirth.

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March 19 2015

Remains of Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, 'found in convent'


The remains of literary giant Miguel de Cervantes have been found nearly four centuries after his death, a team of Spanish researchers has said.

“He’s there,” historian Fernando de Prado told the Guardian on Tuesday, referencing fragmented bones found in the floor of the crypt. “We know that some of these bones belong to Cervantes.”.

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March 19 2015

Cultivated papaya owes a lot to the ancient Maya, research suggests


A genetic study of papaya sex chromosomes reveals that the hermaphrodite version of the plant, which is of most use to growers, arose as a result of human selection, most likely by the ancient Maya some 4,000 years ago.

The study, reported in the journal Genome Research, homes in on a region of papaya's male sex chromosome that, the study indicates, gave rise to the hermaphrodite plants.

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March 19 2015

How The Great French Wine Blight Changed Grapes Forever


One hundred fifty years ago, the Great French Wine Blight nearly wiped out an industry that today produces some 40 billion bottles of wine a year. The only solution was a radical fusion of species that remains essential to the success of the wine market. Here's the story of how humanity hacked the wine grape.

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March 19 2015

9 Historical Mysteries Solved By Astronomy


History is filled with mysteries that can be answered by the position of the moon, the nature of the tides, and the time of year when an event occurred. Here are mysteries of battles, art, and literature, that were solved thanks to astronomical detectives.

Who uses the skies to solve historical mysteries? Astrophysicist and forensic astronomer Donald W. Olson and his team at Texas State University use their astronomical tools to solve all manner of mystery.


Related: To understand the pyramids and Stonehenge, look up – not down

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March 19 2015

Meteor mistaken for sinking ship's distress flare


The hunt for a sinking ship that launched a distress flare was cancelled - after lifeboat crews discovered it was actually a meteor.

Numerous eagle-eyed families living off the Cumbrian coast sent Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team reports of seeing the ship's flare, prompting a full-scale sea rescue operation.

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