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December 7 2014

California drought most severe in 1,200 years, study says


Californians are living through the most severe three-year drought in the last 1,200 years, according to a new study published this week in an American Geophysical Union journal.

Although other three-year periods have been drier, 2012-14 stands as perhaps the worst drought in a millennium due in part to “anomalously low” precipitation and “record-high” temperatures, the study said.


Related: Arabian Sea Humpback Whale Isolated for 70,000 Years

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December 7 2014

Mastodons Disappeared From Ancient Beringia Before Humans Arrived


It seems the mastodons had already left the scene by the time early Americans arrived on the ancient Beringia landmass about 13,000 - 14,000 years ago. A re-dating of mastodon bones reveals that the extinct mammals, related to the modern day elephant, disappeared from the area during a glacial period more than 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Existing age estimates of American mastodon fossils indicate that these extinct relatives of elephants lived in the Arctic and Subarctic when the area was covered by ice caps—a chronology that is at odds with what scientists know about the massive animals' preferred habitat.

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December 6 2014

Stuff just keeps on getting older....


Stuff just keeps on getting older....
Check out the 4 links below for full details:
  1. http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/worlds-oldest-engravings-discovered-500000-year-old-shells
  2. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13962.html
  3. http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/shell-fossil-in-java-shows-earliest-known-human-pattern-creation/story-fnjwl1aw-1227144411681
  4. http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/society-culture/76936-trinil-shell-art-archaeology-homo-erectus

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December 6 2014

Why Time Can't Go Backward: Physicists Explain


“Time is what keeps everything from happening at once,” wrote Ray Cummings in his 1922 science fiction novel “The Girl in the Golden Atom,” which sums up time’s function quite nicely. But how does time stop everything from happening at once? What mechanism drives time forward, but not backward?

In a recent study published in the journal Physical Review Letters, a group of theoretical physicists re-investigate the “Arrow of Time” — a concept that describes the relentless forward march of time — and highlight a different way of looking at how time manifests itself over universal scales.

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December 6 2014

Bio-Drone Grows, Flies, then Dissolves When Done


Drones are everywhere these days and their numbers are growing. They’re used to map the environment, track wildlife, survey dangerous areas, and even being tested for delivery.

Like much of technology, though, when a drone breaks or becomes lost, it becomes garbage.

A team of researchers participating in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) — an event focused on synthetic biology — submitted a novel drone that can self-assemble anywhere to do its job and then melt into a harmless puddle of sugar, if it gets lost.

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December 6 2014

Old Laptop Batteries Get New Life Providing Energy To Poor


A group of scientists in India have developed a way to recycle discarded lithium-ion laptop batteries into easily charged sources of light and power. Researchers in Bangalore developed prototype devices that can be used to provide hours of light to people who don't have access to the electrical grid.

The prototypes are called UrJar, a play on the Hindi words for energy (urja) and box (jar).

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December 6 2014

Platypuses are full of mystery


The platypus is one of the oddest animals you’ll ever see. Aboriginal Australian legend says that the platypus was born after a female duck mated with a water-rat. British naturalist George Shaw, who in 1799 was the first person to officially describe the animal for science, originally thought the dead specimen he’d been sent was a hoax. The weirdness goes beyond your first glance at their duck bills and webbed feet.

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December 6 2014

Clever crows show some 'spooky' traits


Crows are more clever than you might think. They use tools to get food, can plan ahead and even can remember human faces.

Zoologists are always fascinated with complex behaviors shaped by evolution, such as nest building. But occasionally, they are stumped by what University of Oxford zoologist Alex Kacelnik calls "spooky" behaviors for which there is no ready explanation.

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December 6 2014

Case for Chimpanzee Rights Rejected by Appeals Court


The plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit seeking legal rights for a chimpanzee has lost his case—for now.

A New York appeals court this morning rejected the lawsuit, filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, on behalf of Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp kept alone by his owners in an upstate warehouse.

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December 6 2014

Electric eels 'remotely control their prey'


A jolt from an electric eel does more than stun its prey, scientists say.

A study, reported in the journal Science, has now shown that eels can use their electric organs to remotely control the fish they hunt.

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December 6 2014

Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields


Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers. "Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world," said one expert. "Seed applications of neonicotinoids are often viewed as cheap insurance against pest problems, but our results suggest that they can sometimes worsen pest problems and should be used with care."

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December 6 2014

World on course for warmest year


This year is in the running to be the hottest globally and for the UK since records began, early estimates show.

In the first 10 months of 2014, global average air temperature was about 0.57 Celsius above the long-term average.


Related: Eating less meat essential to curb climate change, says report

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December 6 2014

Reversible Ammonia Battery Harvests Waste Heat to Generate Electricity


An efficient method to harvest low-grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries, according to Penn State engineers.


Related: Buckyballs enhance carbon capture: Environmentally friendly material targets flue gases, wells

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December 6 2014

This Incredibly Advanced Prosthetic Is Powered By Robotics Technology


Borrowing from the same technology that allows modern bipedal robots to walk, researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed powered prosthetics that allow amputees to walk on a moving treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.

Bipedal humanoid robots are capable of walking, running, jumping, and climbing stairs autonomously. But the same can't really be said about modern prosthetics, which limit similar actions in humans.

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December 6 2014

Dirt provides new insight into Roman burials


A team of archaeologists led by the University of Bradford has unveiled the first scientific evidence of frankincense being used in Roman burial rites in Britain.


Related: Giant Ancient Roman Water Basin Uncovered
Related: Shackled individuals found in Gallo-Roman cemetery in southwest France

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December 6 2014

5,000-year-old Harappan stepwell found in Kutch, bigger than Mohenjodaro's


AHMEDABAD: A 5,000-year-old stepwell has been found in one of the largest Harappan cities, Dholavira, in Kutch, which is three times bigger than the Great Bath at Mohenjo Daro.

Located in the eastern reservoir of Dholavira by experts from the Archaeological Survey of India working with IIT-Gandhinagar, the site represents the largest, grandest, and the best furnished ancient reservoir discovered so far in the country.

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December 6 2014

Evidence suggests Jason and the Golden Fleece was based on true events


The ancient Greek myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece was likely rooted in reality - linked to an historical voyage to the ancient kingdom of Colchis to learn their extraction methods of the famed “golden sands”, geologists in Georgia suggest.

Geologists in Georgia have found evidence that links one of the most famous Greek myths to actual events that took place in an ancient city steeped in gold.

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