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April 10 2014

Seed returned from the International Space Station stuns scientists by blooming years early


There are numerous fascinating experiments taking place on the International Space Station (ISS) at any time, including efforts to monitor how plants grow in space.

But a tree that was grown from a cherry pit that travelled into space five years ago and is now back in solid ground is baffling scientists after it bloomed far earlier than its terrestrial counterparts.

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April 10 2014

Private Moon Race Will Be Televised, Aims for 2015 Lunar Landing


A new generation may see a moon landing broadcast on live TV in the next couple of years.

Teams of engineers are rushing to put a robotic spacecraft on the moon in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which is offering up to $30 million in prize money for the lunar feat. This week, the Science Channel and Discovery Channel announced that they will cover the moon race, from testing to the liftoff to the live lunar landing of the winning team.

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April 9 2014

APOCALYPSE NOW: Why a rare astrological event LAST NIGHT could herald the 'End of Days'


Mars, Earth, and the Sun all aligned last night, a rare 'opposition of the planets' that only happens once every 778 days. But what made this event so remarkable is that it occured precisely a week before everyone on earth will see the first of FOUR dark red 'blood moons', an extraordinary event some Christians believe represents the End of Days and the second coming of Christ.

The King James Bible predicts: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes," [Joel 2:31].

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April 9 2014

How plants become zombies


Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead.

"For the first time, we can reveal how this remarkable manipulation takes place," says Professor Saskia Hogenhout from the John Innes Centre.

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April 9 2014

Living organ regenerated for first time: Thymus rebuilt in mice


Scientists have succeeded in regenerating a living organ for the first time. Researchers rebuilt the thymus -- an organ in the body located next to the heart that produces important immune cells. The advance could pave the way for new therapies for people with damaged immune systems and genetic conditions that affect thymus development.

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April 9 2014

Can robots have social intelligence?


Visiting Eric Horvitz at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Wash., is a full-service experience.

At the building's first-floor bank of elevators, situated on a busy corridor, a "smart elevator" opens its doors, sensing that you need a ride.

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April 9 2014

Britain's first cloned dog born after £60,000 test tube procedure


Britain's first cloned dog has been born after a £60,000 test tube procedure, a television programme will reveal.

The tiny dachshund puppy, weighing just over 1lb, was born in Seoul, South Korea, at the end of last month following a competition advertised in the UK offering the procedure free of charge.

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April 9 2014

See what a child will look like using automated age-progression software


It's a guessing game parents like to ponder: What will my child look like when she grows up? A computer could now answer the question in less than a minute.

University of Washington researchers have developed software that automatically generates images of a young child's face as it ages through a lifetime. The technique is the first fully automated approach for aging babies to adults that works with variable lighting, expressions and poses.

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April 9 2014

Meet your unborn child – before it's even conceived


WILL my baby be healthy? It's a question that concerns every prospective parent. Now a service that creates digital embryos by virtually mixing two people's DNA will give a clearer glimpse of their possible child's health, and perhaps much more – before it has been conceived.

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April 9 2014

Meet Your Inner Fish—and a few other animals left inside you


Neil Shubin's day job consists of two apparently unrelated tasks. He teaches anatomy to medical students at the University of Chicago, and he studies evolution by looking at fossils of ancient fish (he also runs a lab that experiments on modern ones). But the work he does while moonlighting as a popularizer of science neatly ties these two things together. The human anatomy has deep roots in the evolutionary past, and some of our key features date back to an odd-looking fish called Tiktaalik that Shubin found high in the Canadian Arctic.

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April 9 2014

Shape of human ear may have evolved to mirror acoustics in natural world


Have you ever wondered why most natural languages invariably use the same spatial attributes -- high versus low -- to describe auditory pitch? Or why, throughout the history of musical notation, high notes have been represented high on the staff? According to neuroscientists, high pitched sounds feel 'high' because, in our daily lives, sounds coming from high elevations are indeed more likely to be higher in pitch.

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April 9 2014

Message in a Bottle May Be World's Oldest


More than 100 years ago, a young German man named Richard Platz stuffed a message into a brown beer bottle, then tossed the bottle into the Baltic Sea during a nature hike.

Platz, the 20-year-old son of a baker, had no way of knowing that his message would survive two world wars, the Great Depression and the Cold War — not to mention more than a century of brutal winters and ocean storms.

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April 9 2014

No Bones About It: Technology Made Ancient Humans Less Active


Human bones can serve as a historical record of their owners' lifestyles, and now ancient human skeletons from Central Europe may reveal how humans shifted from rugged nomads to plow-pushers, researchers say.

Leg bones of people living in the Danube River valley became weaker after 5,300 B.C., around the time when agriculture emerged in Europe, a new study suggests.

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April 9 2014

Genome analysis confirms humans and Neandertals interbred


Study rules out alternative explanation for genetic similarities between the archaic hominid and people in Europe and Asia today

Technical objections to the idea that Neandertals interbred with the ancestors of Eurasians have been overcome, thanks to a genome analysis method described in the April 2014 issue of the journal GENETICS.

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April 9 2014

Mummies in the CT scanner: disease, beauty tips and jewellery exposed


The "astonishingly well preserved" Egyptian singer Tamut wore a glamorous wig, was adorned with amulets but suffered furred arteries and may have died of a heart attack

For a stylish Ancient Egyptian lady the thought of appearing in public without her wig may have proved horrifying.

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April 9 2014

Massive Turquoise Trade Network of Ancient Pueblos Revealed


About a millennium ago, the ancestral Pueblo Indians in the Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico obtained their precious turquoise using a large trade network spanning several states, new research reveals.

In the new study, researchers traced Chaco Canyon turquoise artifacts back to resource areas in Colorado, Nevada and southeastern California.

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April 9 2014

Flint tools dated 14,000 years ago


Primitive tools dug up by archaeologists in South Lanarkshire have been dated at 14,000 years old - making them the earliest evidence of humans in Scotland.

The discovery follows a study of more than 5,000 flint artefacts recovered from fields at Howburn, near Biggar, from 2005 to 2009.

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April 9 2014

Do the ancient stone walls of Saksaywaman in Peru contain hidden communication?


Lying on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco in Peru, lies the remarkable walled complex of Saksaywaman (Sacsayhuaman), believed to have been built by the Inca. The site is famous for its remarkable large dry stone walls with boulders carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar, displaying a precision of fitting that is unmatched in the Americas.

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