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January 19 2015

Asteroid set to narrowly miss us, will be visible from Earth


An asteroid a third of a mile wide is set to narrowly pass by Earth next week.

The rock, code-named 2004 BL86, will pass by at about three times the distance of the moon. Though that is a safe distance, it’s a close encounter for an asteroid.

On January 26, the rock will fly past about 745,000 miles from Earth.

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January 19 2015

Greenland's Iron Age came from space


Somewhere between five and ten thousand years ago, a meteorite crashed through the atmosphere over Greenland.

A few thousand years later, the meteorite gave rise to an Iron Age in Greenland -- three hundred years before Icelandic farmers brought iron and agriculture to the south of the world’s largest island.


Alt: People of the Arctic worked meteorite iron 1,200 years ago

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January 18 2015

Astrophysicists Prove That Cities On Earth Grow in the Same Way As Galaxies in Space


The way galaxies evolve from variations in matter density in the early universe is mathematically equivalent to the way cities grow from changes in population density on Earth, say cosmologists.

Urban sociologists have long known that a set of remarkable laws govern the large-scale interaction between individuals such as the probability that one person will befriend another and the size of the cities they live in.

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January 18 2015

Speed of light not so constant after all


Light doesn’t always travel at the speed of light. A new experiment reveals that focusing or manipulating the structure of light pulses reduces their speed, even in vacuum conditions.

A paper reporting the research, posted online at arXiv.org and accepted for publication, describes hard experimental evidence that the speed of light, one of the most important constants in physics, should be thought of as a limit rather than an invariable rate for light zipping through a vacuum.

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January 18 2015

This Ancient Pigment Could Soon Be Used to See Through Your Skin


Egyptian blue was one of the famous pigments of the ancient world. Not only was it a scientific achievement, it has become an important historical signifier because it only came from contact with Egypt. It's now being used in advanced technology that see right through your skin.


Related: Archaeologists make unique discoveries in Egypt

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January 18 2015

How to Recreate a Sloppy Ancient Greek Drinking Game


NEW ORLEANS — More than 2,000 years before the invention of beer pong, the ancient Greeks had a game called kottabos to pass the time at their drinking parties.

At Greek symposia, elite men, young and old, reclined on cushioned couches that lined the walls of the andron, the men's quarters of a household. They had lively conversations and recited poetry. They were entertained by dancers, flute girls and courtesans. They got drunk on wine, and in the name of competition, they hurled their dregs at a target in the center of the room to win prizes like eggs, pastries and sexual favors. Slaves cleaned up the mess.

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January 18 2015

Treasure Hunters Find Mysterious Shipwreck in Lake Michigan


Beneath the cold waves of Lake Michigan rests an aging shipwreck, its wooden planks encrusted with brown-and-gray zebra mussels, that may be the remnants of a 17th-century ship called the Griffin, two Michigan-based treasure hunters say.

French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle built the Griffin in 1679, but it was lost in Lake Michigan the same year.

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January 18 2015

Earth Can Contaminate Alien Meteorites Quickly, Study Shows


A team of scientists has published the results of an investigative survey into the Sutter's Mill meteorite that landed in California in 2012.

The results reveal that the meteorite contained a number of features associated with minerals such as olivines, phyllosilicates, carbonates, and possibly pyroxenes, as well as organics.

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January 18 2015

Dealing with Space Junk: The Rocky Road Ahead


Earth is encircled by an orbiting junkyard.

Following 50 years of space exploration and utilization, more than 22,000 pieces of space junk at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide are now being tracked in Earth’s orbit.

And hundreds of thousands to millions of bits of space flotsam are too small to be spotted with current tracking capabilities.

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January 18 2015

UFO Flies By Space Station In NASA Emergency Evacuation Video — Or Was That Just A CBS News Error?


A UFO was clearly visible flying past the International Space Station in a CBS News televised report on the NASA evacuation of the space station earlier this week. The footage aired by CBS was taken a something of a revelation by UFO watchers — but what does the CBS footage really show?


Related: NASA live stream cuts out after alien UFO sighting, claims blogger
Related: Purple Pulsating UFO Still Perplexing People in England

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January 18 2015

Air Force UFO files hit the web


The fabled Project Blue Book, the Air Force's files on UFO sightings and investigations, have tantalized and frustrated extraterrestrial enthusiasts for decades. But this week, nearly 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records — a trove that would make Agent Fox Mulder's mouth water — hit the web.


Alt: Can you solve some of the world’s biggest UFO mysteries? Rare microfilms of alien sightings are now available online for free

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January 18 2015

Google expects public in driverless cars in two to five years


The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years.

Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians.


Related: Automakers Rethink Seats for Self-Driving Cars

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January 18 2015

Have We Been Tricked Into Fearing Artificial Intelligence?


Earlier this week, an organization called the Future of Life Institute issued an open letter on the subject of building safety measures into artificial intelligence systems (AI). The letter, and the research document that accompanies it, present a remarkably even-handed look at how AI researchers can maximize the potential of this technology.


Related: Positive thinking about AI
Related: Elon Musk spends $10 million to stop robot uprising

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January 18 2015

Steam Machine Turns Poop into Clean Drinking Water


Bill Gates wants to turn your poop into clean drinking water, and he's got just the machine to do it.

In a recent blog post and video, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist showed off what he called an "ingenious machine," a steam-powered sewage processor that burns up solid waste and creates both potable water and electricity.

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January 18 2015

Could laser light and nanoparticles replace chemotherapy?


Physicists from the University of Copenhagen and doctors from Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, have joined forces to test whether malignant tumours can be removed by using nanoparticles and laser light instead of unpleasant chemotherapy treatment.

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January 18 2015

Cancer deaths will be eliminated for all under 80 by 2050, new research predicts


Deaths from cancer will be “eliminated” for all age groups except the over-80s by 2050, if recent gains in prevention and treatment carry on apace, experts have said.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) and King’s College London said the UK was at a “special point in history” and could set a bold ambition to eradicate cancer-related mortality in people aged under 80 “during the course of the coming 20 to 30 years”.


Related: Cancer is the 'best death' – so don't waste billions trying to cure it, says leading doctor

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January 18 2015

Sedentary behavior trumps fat as a killer


If you had but one New Year's resolution to keep, maybe it should be to get up and move a little more.

New research shows that for men and women across the spectrum of body mass index and belt size, those who got even a little exercise - burning up about 100 calories a day in physical activity - were less likely to die of any cause over a 12-year period than those who were entirely sedentary.


Related: A Bit of Walking Takes Strain Out of Running a Marathon

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