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April 6 2015

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?


Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said.

But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — won't fix the problem.


Related: Human waste blamed for turning one in 10 of Britain's male clams into females

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April 6 2015

Turning back time by controlling magnetic interactions


In many materials, macroscopic magnetic properties emerge when microscopically small magnets align in a fixed pattern throughout the whole solid. In a publication in Nature Communications, Johan Mentink, Karsten Balzer and Martin Eckstein from the University of Hamburg at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) have predicted that the interactions causing this alignment can be changed almost instantaneously and reversibly under the influence of a laser pulse.

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April 6 2015

Personalized cancer vaccines may fight tumors


Cancer treatments that harness the body’s immune system to wipe out tumors have begun paying off for some patients for whom all other therapies have failed. Now, a small clinical study has found support for a newcomer on the cancer immunotherapy front. Injected with a vaccine designed to match specific mutations in their tumors, three patients with advanced melanoma had a strong immune response and in two their tumors shrunk or stabilized, at least temporarily. Although the study was mainly meant to test safety, the results suggest it holds promise for stopping tumors from growing.

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April 6 2015

Fear of spiders became part of our DNA during evolution, say scientists


Arachnophobia could be a product of human evolution, according to new research.

Spiders presented such a great danger to humans during the early evolutionary stages that a fear of the species became part of our DNA.

In Africa, early in human evolution, those with a keen ability to spot the creatures outlived their less wary counterparts.

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April 6 2015

Childhood ADHD Linked to Secondhand Smoke


Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home are up to three times more likely to have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) as unexposed kids, according to a new study from Spain.

The association was stronger for kids with one or more hours of secondhand smoke exposure every day, the authors found. And the results held when researchers accounted for parents' mental health and other factors.

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April 6 2015

Cleaning with Bleach May Lead to Childhood Infections


A splash of bleach can kill germs on a kitchen counter, but it may also cause health problems in children, a new study finds.

Children in the study who lived in homes or went to schools where bleach was used for cleaning had higher rates of influenza, tonsillitis and other infections, compared with kids who weren't exposed to bleach, the researchers found.

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April 6 2015

Why slimy cheats don’t win: 'Cheating' amoebae don't survive better than 'cooperating' amoebae


Darwin's evolutionary theory predicts survival of the fittest. So why do different survival tactics co-exist, if evolution should always favor the winning strategy? To answer that question scientists have been studying a single-celled amoeba, also known as slime mold, which displays certain behaviors that have been labelled as "cheating" or "cooperating.".

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April 6 2015

How to improve your luck and win the lottery twice (possibly)


A British couple have just won £1m in the EuroMillions lottery for a remarkable second time. In doing so, they have beaten odds of more than 283 billion-to-one. So are they exceptionally lucky, and is there anything we can all do to increase the chances of experiencing such good fortune?

A few years ago I conducted a large-scale investigation into luck.

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April 6 2015

Study finds being exposed to Buddhist concepts reduces prejudice and increases prosociality


Researchers from Belgium and Taiwan have found that being exposed to Buddhist concepts can lead to increased prosocial behavioral intentions and undermine prejudice towards others.

Buddhism contains a variety of teachings and practices – such as meditation – intended to help individuals develop a more open-minded and compassionate personality. Unlike the three dominant monotheistic religions, it does not draw a sharp line between believers and unbelievers.


Related: US court rules in favour of school yoga classes

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April 6 2015

Consumers Spend Less When They Think About The Future


It's hard for consumers to save money because they are often impatient when shopping and do not think about the long-term consequences of spending money.

"We've known that being aware of the benefits of not spending and being patient contribute to savings, but our research finds that one or the other is not enough. For consumers to be motivated to save money, they need to both consider the future financial consequences and care enough about their financial future when spending money," write authors Daniel M. Bartels and Oleg Urminsky.

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April 6 2015

Where does my personality fit in?


New research maps the personality of 380 places in Great Britain. Where do you fit in?

From the pushy Londoner to the dour Scot, stereotypes about different personalities across Britain have been a feature of national life and the butt of countless jokes for centuries.

So is there anything to learn from the largest study ever conducted into the psychological landscape of the country? Are any of the old cliches remotely true?.

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April 6 2015

Why can’t English speakers say what they smell?


As Ludwig Wittgenstein nearly wrote: “If a dog could talk, we could not understand him.” This is because while your average dog would be discoursing happily on thousands of subtle variations of smell, we humans, with our inferior nasal apparatus, would be unable to grasp what they were talking about.


Related: How the Manx language came back from the dead

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April 6 2015

How Cavepeople Got Their Rocks Off: Stone Age Dildos


Maybe due to the religious myths that have been hammered into our collective consciousness for millennia, human beings, especially in the west, have a tendency to see ourselves as once innocent, and now depraved. Once upon a time, we did it as nature intended us to, but now it’s all porno and sex toy shops. In fact, there are a lot of examples of prehistoric sex toys to be found all over the world. These “ice-age batons,” as archeologists like to call them, are clearly not your average stone tool.

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April 5 2015

Altamura Man yields oldest Neanderthal DNA sample


A team of researchers working in Italy has confirmed that Altamura Man was a Neanderthal and dating of pieces of calcite which were on the remains has revealed that the bones are 128,000 to 187,000 years old. In their paper published in the Journal of Human Evolution, the team describes how they extracted a small bone sample and examined it and what they found by doing so.

Altamura Man was discovered in a cave in southern Italy in 1993 by cave explorers. The finding was reported to researchers at the University of Bari.

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April 5 2015

Real Paleo, Kennewick Man, Ate Mostly Seafood


Analysis of the 9,000-year-old remains of the so-called Kennewick man who lived in what is now Washington state reveals this actual Paleo man didn’t eat much big game but rather got the bulk of his calories from fish and other seafood.

The finding not only throws off some common perceptions of what paleo men actually ate, but also adds some mystery to the fully intact skeleton found in 1996 in Kennewick, Washington.

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April 5 2015

Neanderthals were killed off by diseases from modern humans - but gave us resistance to some illness


Modern humans have been blamed for killing off the Neanderthals by out competing them, breeding with them and even outright murdering them.

But new research suggests it may actually have been infectious diseases carried by our modern ancestors as they migrated out of Africa that finished them off.

Scientists studying the latest genetic, fossil and archaeological evidence claim that Neanderthals suffered from a wide range of diseases that still plague us today.

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April 5 2015

Did woolly mammoths die out because of osteoporosis?


The woolly mammoth became extinct as a result of crippling bone disease that left them unable to fend off predators, according to startling new evidence from Russia.

It was previously thought that the hairy beast simply died out from post-Ice Age climate change and being hunted to extinction by early man.

But now a new theory is set to re-write the history books after the examination of more than 23,500 mammoth bones found them riddled with osteoporosis and lacking in calcium.

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