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January 12 2015

Should tourists be banned from Antarctica?


This season around 37,000 tourists are expected to visit Antarctica - home to about 20 million pairs of breeding penguins. But is it ethically acceptable to go on holiday to such a pristine environment?

Enfolded in two glacial arms the bay before us sparkles ultramarine, the water flecked with ice-lilies and dotted with bits of floating icebergs.

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January 12 2015

Earthquakes, tsunamis and a naked tribe. It’s Chile, not just the Gal&aacute;pagos, that inspire


Reports of the botanist’s round-the-world voyage are dominated by his findings in the Galápagos. The much longer time he spent in Chile and what he saw there have been overlooked – until today.


Related: Teeny, Tiny Relative of Komodo Dragon Discovered in Australia

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January 12 2015

Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme


On a trip to Congo, anthropologist Nathalie Fernando of the University of Montreal played 11 excerpts of Western songs to 40 Pygmies. Some songs, such as "Cantina," trigger positive feelings in Westerners. Others, like the Psycho theme or Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, trigger negative or sad feelings in Westerners.

But the Pygmies didn't hear the music that way.

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January 12 2015

This company is using virtual reality to make 360-degree movies


For the last two years in a row, the Oculus Rift has been our choice for the Best in Show at CES. It has gone from a scrappy startup to a $2 billion acquisition by Facebook. At the same time Samsung and Google have made big announcements about a push into augmented and virtual reality.


Related: Would you let this droid walk your dog? $999 human-sized Luna could usher in the age of the personal robot

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January 12 2015

I Rode 500 Miles in a Self-Driving Car and Saw the Future. It’s Delightfully Dull


I was a few hours outside of Los Angeles, tooling down I-5 at the wheel of a sleek Audi A7 on a gorgeous day when a little girl in an SUV smiled and waved. I waved back.

With both hands.

This immediately freaked her out, and she started jumping up and down. All I could do was laugh, knowing my vigorous wave was in no way a safety hazard. In fact, I hadn’t touched the steering wheel in more than an hour.

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January 12 2015

How 3-D printing could revolutionize war and foreign policy


3D printing will revolutionize war and foreign policy, say experts, not only by making possible incredible new designs but by turning the defence industry—and possibly the entire global economy—on its head.

"Defence contractors want to sell you an item but also want to own the supply chain for 50 years," he says.


Related: 3D printing could soon save knees from arthritis

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January 12 2015

Denmark champions wind power, sets record


Denmark has had a record year for wind power production. Denmark got 39.1 percent of its overall electricity from wind in 2014. That figure is according to the country's Climate and Energy Ministry.

In fact, said EurActiv.com, that figure "makes the country the world's leading nation in wind-based power usage." In January 2014 alone, power from wind made up 61.4 percent of electricity consumption. By contrast, wind energy contributed to just 18.8 percent of the overall electricity production in Denmark in 2004.

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January 12 2015

Small volcanic eruptions partly explain 'warming hiatus'


The "warming hiatus" that has occurred over the last 15 years has been partly caused by small volcanic eruptions.

Scientists have long known that volcanoes cool the atmosphere because of the sulfur dioxide that is expelled during eruptions. Droplets of sulfuric acid that form when the gas combines with oxygen in the upper atmosphere can persist for many months, reflecting sunlight away from Earth and lowering temperatures at the surface and in the lower atmosphere.

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January 12 2015

NASA’s Newest Satellite Will Prevent Droughts and Predict Floods


Over the past few years, NASA has been actively bolstering its fleet of climate-focused satellites. From launching the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 on July 2, 2014, to greenlighting a satellite that will monitor Earth’s forests in 3D, the agency is ramping up research on the planet’s environmental health, and for good reason, as a brief stroll through our “climate change” tag will attest.

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January 12 2015

&#8203;Planet Hackers


The scientists had whipped themselves into a frenzy. Gathered in a stuffy conference room in the bowels of a hotel in Berlin, scores of respected climate researchers, mostly middle-aged, mostly white, and mostly men, were arguing about a one-page document that had tentatively been christened the &#8203;“Berlin Declaration.” It proposed ground rules for conducting experiments to explore how we might artificially cool the Earth—planet hacking, basically.

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January 11 2015

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll soon extend life ‘well beyond 120’


Fixing the ‘problem’ of ageing is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions is pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications

In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead of it rising due to age-related disease, the average person would – statistically speaking – live 1,000 years.

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January 11 2015

Ancient Replica of Osireion Unearthed in Egypt


Archaeologists from the Min Project have discovered an ancient reproduction of Osireion in Theban Necropolis, an area of the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes in Egypt.

The find, dubbed Kampp 327, is a multi-level complex built sometime between 8th and 6th century BC.

It is part of an older and bigger architectural structure known as the Tomb of Min.

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January 11 2015

Mummy Poo Solves 700-Year-Old Murder Mystery


Analysis of fecal matter from the natural mummy of Cangrande della Scala, a medieval warlord and the patron of the poet Dante Alighieri, has established the Italian nobleman was poisoned with a deadly heart-stopping plant known as Digitalis or foxglove.

The most powerful man in the history of Verona, to whom Dante dedicated part of the “Divine Comedy,” Cangrande della Scala (1291-1329) died at the age of 38 on 22 July 1329.

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January 11 2015

Archaeologists Uncover Possible Royal Escape Tunnel at Biblical Site


A team of archaeologists excavating at the ancient site best known as Bethsaida not far from the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee have encountered what they suggest may be what is left of an escape tunnel that was used by the city’s royal elite during the times of ancient Israel and Judah.

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January 11 2015

Ancient burial remains in Okinawa cave may fill void in Japanese ancestry


The discovery of probably one of the oldest burial sites in Japan could shed more light on the country's prehistory and the emergence of primitive culture.

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha announced Dec. 11 that it found human remains dating back more than 9,000 years at the Sakitari-do cave site in Nanjo, Okinawa Prefecture.

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January 11 2015

Prehistoric Easter Islanders Didn't Experience a Simple Collapse, Say Researchers


Scientists may be coming a little closer to the truth about what happened to the prehistoric inhabitants of Easter Island, the island in the southeastern Pacific far off the coast of Chile where, some scholars have theorized, an entire civilization (the Rapa Nui) collapsed due to runaway population growth, land mismanagement, the Polynesian rat, or warfare, or some combination of the three. Alternatively, some scholars have pointed to the possibility of population decimation due to smallpox, syphilis, and tuberculosis introduced by new European arrivals in the 18th century.


Alt: Easter Island's Demise May Have Surprising New Explanation

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January 11 2015

Huge circle in Antarctic ice hints at meteorite impact


During a routine flight over the Antarctic ice shelf on 20 December last year, geophysicist Christian Müller spotted something strange: a huge, 2-kilometre-wide circle on the ice.

Müller, a contractor with research consultants Fielax from Bremerhaven, Germany, was in Antarctica as part of a polar survey conducted by the German Alfred Wegener Institute. Six days after spotting the weird ice-ring, he and his colleagues returned and flew over the site at two different altitudes, to photograph and scan it. Their working theory is that the ring marks an ice crater left by a large meteorite that slammed into Antarctica in 2004.

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