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March 12 2014

6,000-year-old crown found in Dead Sea cave revealed


The world’s oldest crown, which was famously discovered in 1961 as part of the Nahal Mishar Hoard, along with numerous other treasured artefacts, are to be revealed in New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the 'Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel' exhibit.

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March 12 2014

Uncovering the Ancient Mysteries of Cosma


At once both monumental and obscure, it stands within a visually serene yet ruggedly remote setting. Named after its nearby namesake village of Cosma, nestled in the upper Nepeña Valley of central Peru, it is a relatively unexplored complex that includes three human-made mounds thought by archaeologists to be nearly 3,000 years old. During the summer of 2014, it will become a destination for a small team of archaeologists and students who will, for the first time, begin serious archaeological excavations at the site.

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March 12 2014

Damage to Cusco’s twelve-angled stone may be irreversible


Cultural authorities are warning the public that the recent damage inflicted on Cusco’s twelve-angled stone could be permanent.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 9, a vandal armed with a can of red spray paint scrawled what appear to be his or her initials on the twelve-angled stone, which is located in the historical center of Cusco.

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March 11 2014

Why King Tut's DNA is fueling race wars


We've all heard stories of the miraculous tomb of King Tutankhamun, son of the rebel king Akhenaten who believed in monotheism. Trying to learn more, Egyptian scientists recently sequenced his DNA. Here's how their discoveries became racially and politically charged events.

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March 11 2014

Mayan warrior queens wielded profound power, says researcher


A University of Calgary archaeologist is sharing new evidence to suggest powerful warrior queens in the Mayan civilization were not an anomaly.

According to Kathryn Reese-Taylor, a large contingent of Mayan warrior queens emerged between 600 to 800 AD.

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March 11 2014

A Mesolithic face from Southern Europe


A study conducted into the genomes of a European Mesolithic hunter -gatherer known as La Brana 1 has been published in the journal Nature. The study involved sequencing a 7,000-year-old Mesolithic skeleton discovered at the La Brana-Arintero site in Leon, Spain, to retrieve a complete pre-agricultural European human genome.

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March 11 2014

Dark Skin May Have Evolved to Protect Against Skin Cancer


When it comes to skin color, the idea that we're really all the same isn't just a utopian dream. A look at skin cancer from an evolutionary perspective suggests that maybe once we were all white; then we were all black; then some of us went back to white.

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March 11 2014

Sun's energy influences 1,000 years of natural climate variability in North Atlantic


Changes in the sun's energy output may have led to marked natural climate change in Europe over the last 1000 years, according to researchers at Cardiff University.

Scientists studied seafloor sediments to determine how the temperature of the North Atlantic and its localised atmospheric circulation had altered.

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March 11 2014

Caves discovered in Patagonia may unlock secrets of how continents formed


Chilean and French scientists have discovered a network of underground caves on a remote island in Patagonia that could provide valuable clues as to how continents were formed.

The group found the system of around 20 limestone caves this week during a research trip to Diego de Almagro island off the far southwest coast of Chile.

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March 11 2014

U.S. Geological Survey confirms: Human activity caused 5.7 quake in Oklahoma


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a press release yesterday indicating that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 was unintentionally human-induced.

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March 11 2014

Strange Signal From Galactic Center Is Looking More and More Like Dark Matter


The more that scientists stare at it, the more a strange signal from the center of the Milky Way galaxy appears to be the result of dark matter annihilation. If confirmed, it would be the first direct evidence for dark matter ever seen.

Dark matter is a mysterious, invisible substance making up roughly 85 percent of all matter in the universe.

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March 11 2014

Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs?


A thin disk of dark matter running through the Galaxy might be behind the large meteorite strikes that are thought to be responsible for some of Earth’s mass extinctions, including that of the dinosaurs, two theoretical physicists have proposed.

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March 11 2014

Einstein’s Lost Theory Describes a Universe Without a Big Bang


In 1917, a year after Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity was published—but still two years before he would become the international celebrity we know—Einstein chose to tackle the entire universe. For anyone else, this might seem an exceedingly ambitious task—but this was Einstein.

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March 11 2014

Is the lopsided Universe telling us we need new theories?


The Universe is incredibly regular. The variation of the cosmos' temperature across the entire sky is tiny: a few millionths of a degree, no matter which direction you look. Yet the same light from the very early cosmos that reveals the Universe's evenness also tells astronomers a great deal about the conditions that gave rise to irregularities like stars, galaxies, and (incidentally) us.

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March 11 2014

Take that, space junk! Australian scientists to zap debris with lasers


It may sound like science fiction but an Australian team is working on a project to zap orbital debris with lasers from Earth to reduce the growing amount of space junk that threatens to knock out satellites with a “cascade of collisions”.

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March 11 2014

New Technique Could Help Scientists Detect Alien Life... in Four Years


A team of astrobiologists has described a new method of detecting not just water, but life, on distant worlds. There's just one problem – the telescope we need to do it won't be on line until 2018.

Heavy atmospheres (like Earth's) keep water from drifting off planet and into space, so astronomers like to look for them when searching for potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system.

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March 11 2014

Researchers pinpointing the source of Martian meteorites called ‘shergottites’


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – About 5 million years ago, an asteroid or comet slammed into Mars so hard that rocks and other debris launched into space.

After traveling millions of years, some eventually landed on Earth, becoming the biggest of three main types of meteorites hailing from the Red Planet.

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March 11 2014

Alien moons could bake dry from young gas giants' hot glow


When we think of where else life might exist in the universe, we tend to focus on planets. But on a grander cosmic scale, moons could prove the more common life-friendly abode.

A single gas giant planet in the not-too-warm, not-too-cold habitable zone around its star—where Earth and Mars correspondingly reside—could host several livable moons.

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