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September 6 2014

Ancient boat and Stone Age settlement found


Archaeologists are currently raising and examining what is being called the oldest boat ever found in Denmark.

The ancient six to seven metre long vessel is estimated to be 6,500 years old – in comparison, the oldest Pyramid in Egypt is a mere 4,500 years old – and although it is damaged, archaeologists are finding it very interesting.

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September 6 2014

1,500-Year-Old ‘Last Supper’ Papyrus Casts New Light on Early Christianity


Dr Roberta Mazza at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Research Institute has discovered what she says is the world’s oldest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy as a protective charm. The intriguing papyrus document from Roman Egypt, which appears to be nearly 1,500 years old and refers to the Last Supper and ‘manna from heaven,’ casts new light on early Christianity – just 300 years after the Roman emperor Constantine converted to the religion.

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September 5 2014

Introducing Dreadnoughtus - the newly discovered biggest dinosaur ever


The discovery of a new supermassive species of dinosaur, one of the biggest ever found, is detailed in new research published today.

With a 37-foot neck and weighing in at 65 tonnes - the equivalent of seven Tyrannosaurus Rex – the 85-foot Dreadnoughtus schrani was one of the largest dinosaurs to walk the earth. It is the biggest land animal for which a body mass can be accurately calculated, say scientists.

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September 5 2014

Ancient Mammal Relatives Were 'Night Owls'


Mammals were long thought to have evolved nocturnal lifestyles as a way to co-exist with dinosaurs, but new research finds that nighttime behavior may have evolved 100 million years earlier than mammals did.

The eye bones of ancestors of modern mammals that lived more than 300 million years ago, such as the sail-finned carnivore Dimetrodon, suggest that at least some of these animals were already active at night, researchers say.

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September 5 2014

Tragedy: Russia’s orbiting zero-g sex geckos have all died


Several weeks back, we learned of the harrowing tale of the zero-g sex geckos: blasted into low Earth orbit aboard the Russian Foton-M4 satellite as part of a biological experiment to study reproduction in microgravity, the sex geckos mission was endangered almost from the beginning when Russian space agency Roscosmos lost positive control over the geckos’ spacecraft. Roscosmos was able to receive telemetry, but it couldn't send commands. Without ground control, the Foton-M4 would slowly decay out of orbit and enter the atmosphere uncontrolled.

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September 5 2014

The Rains Of Titan Change When They Hit Underground Reservoirs: Study


Titan — that moon of Saturn that has what some scientists consider precursors to elements for life — is a neat place to study because it also has a liquid cycle. But how the hydrocarbons move from the moon’s hundreds of lakes and seas into the atmosphere and the crust is still being examined.

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September 5 2014

'Soccer-ball' robots to patrol space for deadly junk


IN SPACE, junk can make you scream. The International Space Station (ISS)regularly changes orbit to avoid colliding with derelict satellites, rocket stages and other objects whizzing around Earth at thousands of kilometres per hour. Soon robots may fly out to assess the danger presented by the vast array of objects not already tracked by radar.

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September 5 2014

Hayabusa 2: Japan's New Asteroid Mining Plans Could Hold Answer to Life on Earth


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning to launch a new probe into space to mine the asteroid 1999 JU3. This is the second attempt at mining an asteroid after the last spacecraft, Hayabusa, failed in its core mission.

The new spacecraft, named Hayabusa 2, has been completed and is ready and waiting to ship to its launch site.

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September 5 2014

NASA Wants Your Future Predictions for Asteroid-bound Time Capsule


If you have any predictions about the state of space exploration a decade from now, NASA would like to hear them.

The space agency is inviting the public to contribute messages and pictures to a "time capsule" aboard the Osiris-Rex spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in 2016. The probe will collect samples from an asteroid and return the material to Earth in 2023.

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September 5 2014

The First Successful Demonstration Of Brain-To-Brain Communication In Humans


For the first time ever, neuroscientists have demonstrated the viability of direct — and completely non-invasive — brain-to-brain communication in humans. Remarkably, the experiment allowed subjects to exchange mentally-conjured words despite being 5,000 miles apart.

It's the neuroscientific equivalent of instant messaging.

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September 5 2014

'Smart' chopsticks unveiled in China


Electronic chopsticks that can detect whether food is unsafe to eat have been unveiled by Chinese tech company Baidu.

The search giant said the utensils could detect unsanitary cooking oil - a common concern in the country.

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September 5 2014

Wrecked knees? Nose cartilage can fix them


IF YOU need a new knee, look no further than the end of your nose. It turns out that nasal cartilage is a good substitute for the knee's natural shock-absorbing tissue – so much so that nine people have undergone the first nose-to-knee cartilage transplant.

Unlike many tissues in the body, cartilage, which covers and cushions the surface of joints, has little capacity to regenerate once damaged. Sports injuries or falls can lead to loss of cartilage, but it also degenerates in diseases like osteoarthritis. Treatment options are limited and people often need to have the entire joint replaced with an artificial one.

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September 5 2014

When Peace Officers Dress for War


Unrest in Missouri may stem, in part, from changes to police culture centuries ago

Much has been written about how the militarized response of local police made matters worse in Ferguson, Mo., following the Michael Brown shooting on August 9. Many point to the antiterrorism push to arm cops with military-grade weapons and gear following 9/11. But critical changes in community–police interactions—changes made as early as the 1800s—may have contributed to the tragedy with the creation of a permanent "siege mentality" on the part of police officers.


Related: The angry face makes people look stronger

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September 5 2014

Famous Milgram 'electric shocks' experiment drew wrong conclusions about evil, say psychologists


For more than 50 years, anyone seeking proof that humans are capable of evil need only refer to the electric shocks administered by volunteers in the famous Milgram Experiment.

Now psychologists have found that the study, which showed how ordinary people will inflict extraordinary harm upon others, if someone in authority gives the orders, may have been completely misunderstood.

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September 5 2014

Try Again: Why Some People Persist in the Face of Setbacks


Whether people continue to pursue their goals in the face of setbacks, or give up, may depend on how much control they feel they have over a situation, a new study suggests.

The study also found that changes in certain brain areas were related to persisting with goals after encountering setbacks.

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September 5 2014

Air cabin crews have a greater risk of skin cancer


Pilots and flight crews on airliners are twice as likely as the general population to develop life-threatening melanoma skin cancer. The extra risk most likely comes from aircrew's increased exposure to sunlight penetrating the aircraft windows and windshields.

Total UV radiation is twice as intense at altitudes of 9000 to 10,000 metres – the cruising height of passenger planes – than at ground level.

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September 5 2014

How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up


Every second, people around the world drink more than 26,000 cups of coffee. And while some of them may care only about the taste, most use it as a way to deliver caffeine into their bloodstream. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

Many of us get our caffeine fix in tea, and still others drink mate, brewed from the South American yerba mate plant. Cacao plants produce caffeine, too, meaning that you can get a mild dose from eating chocolate.

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