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February 21 2015

New tattoo removal cream promises to fade ink, doesn't hurt and only costs £3


A Canadian student has developed a new method of tattoo removal that could save people a good deal of pain and expense, allowing them to get rid of regrettable tats by simply rubbing cream into them.

"When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which you see the burns, the scarring, the blisters, in this case, we've designed a drug that doesn't really have much off-target effect," 27-year-old PhD student and inventor Alec Falkenham told CBC.

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February 21 2015

Tobacco plants could help dying bumblebees stay healthy


Chomping on tobacco is not the first thing that springs to mind when considering how to lead a healthier life – yet the nicotine-rich plant is exactly what bees should feast on if they want to reverse their alarming decline.

Scientists have discovered the naturally occurring chemicals found in the flowers of tobacco and other plants can reduce infection levels of a common bumblebee parasite by more than 80 per cent.

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February 21 2015

Ants Maintain 'Toilets' in Their Nests, First-Ever Study Shows


The first in-depth look at ant bathroom habits has found that some of the insects maintain "toilets" in their intricate underground colonies.

Scientists studying black garden ants discovered that the bugs pile their waste in dedicated corners of their nests. This makes sense: With thousands of ants confined to such a small space, organization is key.


Related: Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships

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February 20 2015

A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia


In 2010, scientists made a startling discovery about our past: About 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of living Europeans and Asians.

Now two teams of researchers have come to another intriguing conclusion: Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of Asians at a second point in history, giving them an extra infusion of Neanderthal DNA.

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February 20 2015

Ancient Shrines Used for Predicting the Future Discovered


Three shrines, dating back about 3,300 years, have been discovered within a hilltop fortress at Gegharot, in Armenia.

Local rulers at the time likely used the shrines for divination, a practice aimed at predicting the future, the archaeologists involved in the discovery say.

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February 20 2015

Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down


Meditation, primarily a 2,500-year-old form called mindfulness meditation that emphasizes paying attention to the present moment, has gone viral.

The unrelenting siege on our attention can take a good share of the credit; stress has bombarded people from executives on 24/7 schedules to kids who feel the pressure to succeed even before puberty. Meditation has been lauded as a way to reduce stress, ease physical ailments like headaches and increase compassion and productivity.


Related: Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2015

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February 20 2015

Human DNA enlarges mouse brains


For centuries, biologists have wondered what made humans human. Once the human and chimp genomes were deciphered about a decade ago, they realized they could now begin to pinpoint the molecular underpinnings of our big brain, bipedalism, varied diet, and other traits that have made our species so successful. By 2008, almost two dozen computerized comparisons of human and ape genomes had come up with hundreds of pieces of DNA that might be important. But rarely have researchers taken the next steps to try to prove that a piece of DNA really made a difference in human evolution.

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February 20 2015

Brain-altering devices have hit the mainstream


Motivation and habit change are hard, and no heart-monitoring bracelet is going to magically solve that problem.

But there are wearables that can. Thync, a brain-shocking wearable, has been heralded as the first mood-altering device on the market. Through gentle shocks, you can use Thync to give yourself energy or calm yourself down, and the team is working on expanding those capabilities.

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February 20 2015

A good night's sleep keeps your stem cells young


Environmental stress is a major factor in driving DNA damage in adult hematopoietic stem cells, researchers have found, concluding that a good night's sleep keeps your stem cells "young."


Related: Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens
Related: Common biomarkers of sleep debt found in humans, rats

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February 20 2015

Beethoven’s own irregular heart rhythms may have inspired his most famous works


Many scientists have speculated that Beethoven had an arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm), and some of his music is evidence of that. It seems that certain parts of the opening of the Piano Sonata in E-flat major (Opus 81a) were “transpositions” of irregular heart rhythms.

In fact, in the book A History of the Disorders of Cardiac Rhythms by German electrophysiologist Berndt Lüderitz, he mentions that Beethoven was thought to have an arrhythmia. I looked further and found that a few others had mentioned this as well.

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February 20 2015

Crocodiles Play, Too, Study Says—Why Do Animals Have Fun?


Several crocodile relatives amuse themselves by splashing water and giving each other piggyback rides, a new study says.

When Vladimir Dinets first heard several years ago that a Cuban crocodile at Ohio's Toledo Zoo appeared to be playing with an inflatable ball, he didn't think anything of it—at first.

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February 20 2015

Sea Snail Teeth Top Spider Silk as Strongest Material on Earth


Step aside, Spider-Man: The world's strongest stuff isn't your silk; it's sea snail teeth.

The teeth of the common limpet species (Patella vulgata) are tougher than Kevlar and stronger than spider silk, researchers report in the Feb. 18 issue of the Royal Society journal Interface.

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February 20 2015

Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures'


The animals in the ocean have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period - and not by chance.

That is the finding of a huge new survey of marine life past and present, published in the journal Science.

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February 20 2015

Some Rain Falls Faster than Physics Says It Should


Some radical raindrops are flouting the rules: The wet-weather drips seem to be breaking a physical speed limit, sometimes falling 10 times faster than they should, scientists have found.

Like all objects in free fall, raindrops move according to the laws of physics. One of those laws puts a barrier on how fast a free-falling object can travel. This terminal velocity is reached when the downward tug of gravity equals the opposing force of air resistance.

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February 20 2015

Moon Water Ingredient More Plentiful on Slopes Facing Lunar South Pole


Future moon colonists seeking water should focus on crater slopes that face the moon's south pole rather than those that face the equator, according to new data.

That conclusion comes after NASA's long-running Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) discovered there is very slightly more hydrogen — 23 parts per million by weight, on average — in "polar-facing slopes." Hydrogen could be a sign of lunar water since it, along with oxygen, form to make water. If this hypothesis is confirmed and there is enough water available, future colonists could mine the liquid rather than transporting it from Earth.

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February 20 2015

Mars Hills Hide Icy Past


A complex network of isolated hills, ridges and small basins spanning 1400 km on Mars is thought to hide large quantities of water-ice.

Phlegra Montes stretches from the Elysium volcanic region at about 30ºN and deep into the northern lowlands at about 50°N, and is a product of ancient tectonic forces. Its age is estimated to be 3.65–3.91 billion years.


Related: Searching for signs of Mars life could destroy them

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February 20 2015

Lithium comes from stellar explosions


A large amount of lithium, one of the key elements in the chemical evolution of the cosmos, is produced by stellar explosions called novae.

The findings, reported in the journal Nature, provide the first direct evidence that lithium, which is used for lithium-ion batteries in computers, smart phones and eco-cars, is produced by stellar objects.

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