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July 17 2014

Gullies on Mars Carved by Dry Ice, Not Water


Running water didn't create the channels that crisscross the surface of the Red Planet, a new study suggests.

The gullies of Mars remain active and tend to form during cold weather, implicating frozen carbon dioxide — also known as "dry ice" — rather than liquid water, researchers said.

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July 17 2014

Physicists detect process even rarer than the long-sought Higgs particle


Scientists running the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful "atom smasher," report the first evidence of a process that can be used to test the mechanism by which the recently discovered Higgs particle imparts mass to other fundamental particles.

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July 17 2014

Single hotspot may be the source of many ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays


People make a big deal about the energies reached by the Large Hadron Collider, to the extent that they filed suit to block its operation over fears it would destroy the Universe. But as the physicists running the accelerator noted in their response, when it comes to high energies, nature got there first. While the LHC will eventually reach energies of 14 Tera-electronVolts, a cosmic ray called the Oh-My-God particle struck Earth with an energy of 300 Exa-electronVolts—over 10,000,000 times more energetic.

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July 17 2014

Stalking the Shadow Universe


For centuries people have found meaning — or thought they did — in what they could see in the sky, the shapes of the constellations echoing old myths, the sudden feathery intrusion of comets, the regular dances of the planets, the chains of galaxies, spanning unfathomable distances of time and space.

Since the 1980s, however, astronomers have been forced to confront the possibility that most of the universe is invisible, and that all the glittering chains of galaxies are no more substantial, no more reliable guides to physical reality, than greasepaint on the face of a clown.

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July 17 2014

There Is Some Hope That We Aren't Living Inside a Computer Simulation


Philosopher Nick Bostrom's famous Simulation Argument suggests it's highly probable that we live inside a supercomputer. But one philosopher takes this hypothesis to task, arguing in a new paper that there are other post-human scenarios that need to be taken into account.

Before we get started, it's important to note that this discussion is limited to the philosophical arguments in support of the simulation hypothesis. But the day is coming when physicists may be able to prove or disprove it more scientifically.

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July 16 2014

10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh


Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region.

"The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers."

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July 16 2014

Life on Europa? NASA Wiil Put $25 Million Toward Quest


NASA says it's setting aside $25 million for designing scientific instruments to address questions about the habitability of Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter. Europa is thought to have a hidden ocean that could sustain life. The agency's announcement of opportunity calls for scientists to propose experiments for a Europa probe that could be launched in the 2020s. Next year, about 20 proposals will be chosen to receive shares of the $25 million for further study.

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July 16 2014

Huge Space Telescope Needed to Seek Life on Alien Planets


Humanity will probably have to wait a few decades to find out if life is common beyond our own solar system.

While NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — which is scheduled to launch in 2018 — will be capable of finding signs of life on nearby exoplanets, a broad and bona fide hunt for life beyond Earth's neighborhood will require bigger spacecraft that aren't even on the agency's books yet, experts say.

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July 16 2014

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds large iron meteorite on Mars


The meteorite is made of iron and about 2 metres long, which is about the width of the Nasa rover that found it. It is the first meteorite that Curiosity has found on Mars. Scientists have named it Lebanon – presumably because of its shape.

Meteorites are lumps of rock and metal that fall from space and impact the surface of a planet. They are time capsules, usually representing the shattered fragments of doomed worlds from the beginning of our solar system.

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July 16 2014

Rosetta's target is 'double' comet


Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired some sensational new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

The pictures show that 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears to be not one but two objects joined together. It is what scientists call a "contact binary".

How the comet came to take this form is unknown.

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July 16 2014

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future


Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.

Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to , but the weight often comes right back. That may be because it's such a hassle to count calories — tracking everything you order or cook at home.

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July 16 2014

Biohackers reengineering baker's yeast to make vegan cheese


A group calling themselves biohackers, from the San Francisco Bay area has created an Indiegogo project called "Real Vegan Cheese!" Their goal is to create cheese that is every bit as good as that made from mammalian milk, without using the mammal.

Those who adhere to veganism eschew anything made from animal parts, thus in addition to avoiding eating meat, they also stay away from dairy products such as cheese. Many people have tried to create a palatable substitute, but most would agree, the results have been less than satisfactory.

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July 16 2014

Could Autoluminescent Trees Be The Streetlights Of The Future?


It’s one of many recent luminant innovations, such as glow-in-the-dark sidewalks and roads fit for Tron, that are trying to disrupt the way we light our world at night. Scientists and DIY hobbyists alike are working to make self-glowing plants bright enough so that we can one day read a book or light a street corner by them.

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July 16 2014

Are Werewolves Taking Over a Philippine Island?


When over 200 members of a small Philippine island’s goat population end up strangled with their stomachs ripped open and vital organs removed and the killings just happen to coincide with occurrences of a full moon, there are plenty of mythical creatures to suspect. Filipino folklore has stories of the Sigbin, a goat-like blood sucker with large ears, and the Aswang, a vampire-werewolf combination. But on Sibale Island in the Romblon province, they blame werewolves.


Related: Islanders prepare to fight ‘wolves’

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July 16 2014

Otzi's non-human DNA: Opportunistic pathogen discovered in Iceman tissue biopsy


Otzi’s human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists analyzed the non-human DNA in the sample. They found evidence for the presence of Treponema denticola, an opportunistic pathogen involved in the development of periodontal disease.

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July 16 2014

Ancient Priest's Tomb Painting Discovered Near Great Pyramid at Giza


A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The painting shows vivid scenes of life, including boats sailing south on the Nile River, a bird hunting trip in a marsh and a man named Perseneb who's shown with his wife and dog.

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July 16 2014

Four-winged flying dinosaur unearthed in China


A new species of prehistoric, four-winged dinosaur discovered in China may be the largest flying reptile of its kind.

The well-preserved, complete skeleton of the dinosaur Changyuraptor yangi features a long tail with feathers 30cm in length – the longest ever seen on a dinosaur fossil. The feathers may have played a major role in flight control, say scientists in the latest issue of Nature Communications, in particular allowing the animal to reduce its speed to land safely.

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