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October 15 2014

Ancient boy-racers: Discovery of Iron Age chariot proves our ancestors loved a Sunday drive or two


Our addiction to cars – or at least nifty runabouts – may be more deeply rooted in the national character than we think.

Recent archaeological research has revealed how Iron Age Britons so loved their family chariots that sometimes they even donated them to the gods.


Alt: Archaeologists in England unearth 'find of a lifetime'

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October 15 2014

Viking treasure haul unearthed in Scotland


A haul of Viking treasure has been unearthed from a field in south west Scotland by an amateur using a metal detector.

Derek McLennan, a retired businessman from Ayrshire, made the find in Dumfriesshire in September.

In total, more than 100 items were recovered, including armbands, a cross and brooches.

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October 15 2014

Fossilized Bladder Stone Found in Medieval Cemetery


It may look innocuous now, but this little stone may have killed someone 700 years ago.

The rough, kidney-shaped object was found in a medieval cemetery in Poland, and a new analysis has revealed it is actually a rather large bladder stone.

The stone was discovered in Gda&#324;sk, a city on the Baltic coast of northern Poland, where archaeological excavations in 2001 uncovered a medieval burial ground that contained a thousand graves.

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October 14 2014

Storm God Worship: Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel


A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.

While archaeologists have not fully excavated the cult complex, they can tell it was quite large, as the courtyard alone was 52 by 52 feet (16 by 16 meters). Inside the complex, researchers discovered three connected cups, fragments of facemasks, massive jars that are almost as big as a person and burnt animal bones that may indicate sacrificial rituals.

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October 14 2014

New Subatomic Particle Offers Strong Insights


A newly discovered subatomic particle will provide opportunities to learn about how the most powerful of nature's forces operates.

It takes a big team to investigate the very small. In the case of the new meson Ds3*(2860),- that meant 800 authors on the papers in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D announcing its discovery.

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October 14 2014

The Strange and Radical New World of 3-D Printed Body Parts


A few years ago, if a horrific infection ate your jawbone, doctors had to build makeshift mandibles from your fibula, a process that left you sliced open as surgeons painstakingly whittled away at replacement bone. Yech.

Today they can just hit Control-P: Based on MRI and CT scans of your busted-up body parts, hyperspecialized 3-D printers produce custom replacements, no sculpture skills required. As biomedical engineer Scott Hollister says: “We don't all have to be Michelangelos anymore.”.

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October 14 2014

Breakthrough batteries last 20 years, charge 70 percent in two minutes


Over the years, consumer electronics have improved in almost every way, becoming thinner, lighter, and more pixel-packed, all while increasing exponentially in performance. But beating at the heart of many mobile devices and even electric cars is a technology that hasn’t kept up with the rapid pace of innovation: batteries. Specifically, lithium-ion batteries.

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October 14 2014

Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested


Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice.

Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords.

"We sometimes call it the invisible biometric,".

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October 14 2014

Learn to Make Stone-Age Tools to Help Study the Origins of Language


Our ancestors started making tools at around the same time they learned to speak, and some scientists believe that the two skills share the same neurological pathways. To test this hypothesis, a team of researchers is going to monitor the brains of modern people as they learn how to make Stone Age-style hand axes.

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October 14 2014

Smell Turns Up in Unexpected Places


Smell is one of the oldest human faculties, yet it was one of the last to be understood by scientists. It was not until the early 1990s that biologists first described the inner workings of olfactory receptors — the chemical sensors in our noses — in a discovery that won a Nobel Prize.

Since then, the plot has thickened. Over the last decade or so, scientists have discovered that odor receptors are not solely confined to the nose, but found throughout body — in the liver, the heart, the kidneys and even sperm — where they play a pivotal role in a host of physiological functions.

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October 14 2014

Study finds crocodiles are sophisticated hunters


Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting.

New University of Tennessee, Knoxville, research published in the journal Ethology Ecology and Evolution shows just how sophisticated their hunting techniques can be.

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October 14 2014

How to hide like an octopus


Cephalopods, which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, are among nature’s most skillful camouflage artists, able to change both the color and texture of their skin within seconds to blend into their surroundings — a capability that engineers have long struggled to duplicate in synthetic materials. Now a team of researchers has come closer than ever to achieving that goal, creating a flexible material that can change its color or fluorescence and its texture at the same time, on demand, by remote control.

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October 14 2014

Some adolescents adept at media multitasking, Research by high school students reveals


Telling youths who are juggling multiple electronic devices to 'focus on the task at hand' may not always be good advice, according to research. Contrary to popular belief that multitasking leads to poor performance, researchers found the opposite is true for adolescents who spend a lot of time switching between media devices and tasks. "Maybe practice really does make perfect," one investigator said.

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October 14 2014

This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person


When Concetta Antico looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. “Around the edge I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue,” she said. “It’s like a mosaic of color.”

Antico doesn’t just perceive these colors because she’s an artist who paints in the impressionist style. She’s also a tetrachromat, which means that she has more receptors in her eyes to absorb color.

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October 14 2014

Broccoli Extract May Reduce Autism Symptoms


A chemical called sulforaphane derived from broccoli sprouts may help improve symptoms in some people with autism, a small new study suggests.

The study looked at 40 boys and men with autism, who were between ages 13 and 27. For 18 weeks, 26 of the participants received between 9 and 27 milligrams of sulforaphane daily (depending on their weight), while the remaining 14 participants received a placebo.

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October 14 2014

Aluminium poisoning may trigger Alzheimer’s disease, claims professor


Professor Chrisopher Exley of Keele University claims that aluminium present in everyday items like cosmetics and food may be building up in the brain and causing Alzheimer's disease

Writing in the journal Frontiers in Neurology he said: “We are all accumulating a known neurotoxin in our brain from our conception to our death.

“The presence of aluminium in the human brain should be a red flag alerting us all to the potential dangers of the aluminium age .

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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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