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October 14 2014

Cocaine before pregnancy can leave kids feeling angry


Women who use cocaine while pregnant are more likely to be harsh to their toddlers later—which in turn can lead to children who are aggressive as kindergartners.

A new study that examines direct and indirect effects of prenatal drug use followed more than 200 mother and child pairs. The work suggests that it is not only prenatal drug exposure, but also conditions related to drug use that can influence negative behavior in children.

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October 14 2014

Hitler was 'a regular user of crystal meth', American Military Intelligence dossier reveals


Last year, newly published letters written by Nobel prize winner Heinrich Böll appeared to confirm that Nazi troops took crystal methamphetamines in order to stay awake and motivated, despite the desperate conditions they faced on the front line.

Now, new research has revealed that Adolf Hitler was himself a regular user of the drug, now a Class A, prized among addicts for its feeling of euphoria but feared for its mental destructiveness.

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October 14 2014

Columbus Day and the Sanitization of History


The strife that has engulfed Christopher Columbus’s legacy in recent years has put the concept of an Indigenous People’s Day at the forefront of discussion.

A polarizing historical figure whose life has been defined, by many, for his astonishing level of courage and intestinal fortitude; nevertheless, such impressive traits should never blur the fact that he oversaw a murderous quest for material riches that resulted in the utter demise of a people. Each year, as October 12th comes and goes, a question is raised – what are we celebrating about his life?


Related: Five scary Christopher Columbus quotes that let you celebrate the holiday the right way.

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October 13 2014

How a Total Lunar Eclipse Saved Christopher Columbus


Monday marks Columbus Day for people in the United States, but did you know there was a lunar twist to the famous explorer's journey?

On Oct. 12, 1492, Columbus came ashore on an island northeast of Cuba, which he later named San Salvador (Holy Savior). Over the next 10 years Columbus would make three more voyages to the "New World." On his fourth and final voyage, while exploring the coast of Central America, Columbus found himself in dire straits.

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October 13 2014

Icebergs once drifted to Florida, new climate model suggests


Using a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age about 21,000 year ago, oceanographer Alan Condron of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has shown that icebergs and meltwater from the North American ice sheet would have regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida. The models are supported by the discovery of iceberg scour marks on the sea floor along the entire continental shelf.

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October 13 2014

Why Asia's Glaciers Are Mysteriously Expanding, Not Melting


Glaciers around the world are melting, retreating and even vanishing altogether. But in the mountainous Karakoram region of Asia — home to K2, the second-highest peak on Earth — the glaciers aren't melting. If anything, some are expanding.

Now, scientists have found an explanation for this mysterious glacial stability. While precipitation is increasing across the Himalayas, most of this moisture drops in the summer — except in Karakoram, where snow dominates the scene.

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October 13 2014

Fish fail to see reflections as rivals


Not all cichlids react aggressively to their reflections, casting doubt on the use of mirrors in behavioural studies

Mirrors are often used to elicit aggression in animal behavioural studies, with the assumption being that creatures unable to recognize themselves will react as if encountering a rival. But research suggests that such work may simply reflect what scientists expect to see, and not actual aggression.

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October 13 2014

Britain to hunt for King Harold’s body to test theory about his death


King Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, has long been thought to have been killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. But British archaeologists are to test a theory he survived on the anniversary of the famous battle this Tuesday.

The battle, on October 14 1066, marked a turning point in British history as the Normans conquered medieval England.

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October 13 2014

Cave art and harpoon tips show African roots of our creative genius


On the third-floor corridor of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, in a battered metal locker, archaeologist Alison Brooks has filed away two small cardboard boxes. Each contains several toothbrush-sized instruments made of bone. With their delicate serrated blades, these would have been highly effective weapons.

Nor is there doubt about their targets – for the exquisitely carved blades were found under nine feet of mud at Katanda, on the banks of the Semliki river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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October 13 2014

Remains of oldest Norman ever found ‘fills gap in our knowledge of pre-Neanderthal evolution’


On a bend of the river Seine near Rouen in Normandy, archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest Norman ever discovered.

The three bones from the left arm of a pre-Neanderthal should shed fresh light on a little-known period. In particular, they could help scientists to understand the evolution of the squat, muscular hunters who died out 30,000 to 40,000 years ago, just after the first humans arrived in what is now Europe.

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October 13 2014

Mosaic uncovered in northern Greece could mark royal Macedonian tomb


Two days after bones found in northern Greece were confirmed to be those of Alexander the Great’s father, archaeologists excavating a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis have uncovered an intricate floor mosaic that could signal another royal Macedonian grave.

The mosaic, measuring three metres by 4.5 metres wide, depicts a horseman with a laurel wreath driving a chariot and two horses after Hermes, the Greek god of travel and guide to the underworld.

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October 13 2014

Archeologists unearth ancient village in an Arizona national park


Archeologists have unearthed a village believed to be about 1,300 years old and containing more than 50 sandstone-walled homes at a U.S. national park in northeastern Arizona, one of the researchers said on Friday.

The discovery was made by a team that surveyed part of the Petrified Forest National Park during the summer and broadly dated the homes and other artifacts found at the site to between 200 AD and 700 AD.

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October 13 2014

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?


Clifford the Big Red Dog looks fabulous on an iPad. He sounds good, too — tap the screen and hear him pant as a blue truck roars into the frame. “Go, truck, go!” cheers the narrator.

But does this count as story time? Or is it just screen time for babies?

It is a question that parents, pediatricians and researchers are struggling to answer.

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October 13 2014

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria


From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten the life of the patient the device is meant to help: blood clotting and bacterial infection.

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers may have a solution.

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October 13 2014

AWAREness Beyond Death?


Excerpted from Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, by Greg Taylor

A critical care doctor and expert in the field of resuscitation, Sam Parnia has been fascinated with the question of what happens to consciousness at the moment of death since the time he lost a patient as a student doctor at the age of 22. Parnia’s joint fascination with resuscitation and the near-death experience (NDE) led him to establish the AWARE project, which is now a major collaboration between doctors and researchers in the coronary units of medical centers and hospitals across the globe.

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October 13 2014

Make your own memories: one day you’ll be able to replace the bad ones with good ones


Researchers and clinicians are using drugs to suppress the emotional impact of traumatic memories. They have been able to implant false memories in flies and mice, so that innocuous environments or smells seem to be “remembered” as threatening. They are showing that memory is not like an old celluloid film, fixed but fading; it is constantly being changed and updated, and can be edited and falsified with alarming ease.

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October 13 2014

Mysterious Metal Object Falls From Sky in New Jersey


Get all of your New Jersey jokes out of the way now. Finished? This one is no joke. Workers at a New Jersey waste water treatment plant (OK, you can do one more joke on that being redundant) report a square piece of metal fell from space and no one, official or unofficial, seems to know where it came from.

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