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January 17 2015

Meteorites are Byproducts, not Building Blocks


According to a team of scientists co-led by Prof Maria Zuber of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Prof Jay Melosh of Purdue University, meteorites are byproducts of planet formation rather than planetary building blocks.

Meteorites have long been regarded as relics of the early Solar System. These objects are studded with chondrules – millimeter-scale, previously molten, glassy spherules.


Alt: Asteroids May Not Be Planet Building Blocks After All

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January 17 2015

Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star: One in 'Goldilocks' zone


NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a star with three planets only slightly larger than Earth. The outermost planet orbits in the 'Goldilocks' zone -- where surface temperatures could be moderate enough for liquid water and perhaps life to exist.


Related: Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought

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January 17 2015

Lost Beagle2 probe found 'intact' on Mars


The missing Mars robot Beagle2 has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact.

High-resolution images taken from orbit have identified its landing location, and it looks to be in one piece.

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January 17 2015

Solar Panels Floating on Water Will Power Japan's Homes


Nowadays, bodies of water aren't necessarily something to build around—they're something to build on. They sport not just landfills and man-made beaches but also, in a nascent global trend, massive solar power plants.

Clean energy companies are turning to lakes, wetlands, ponds, and canals as building grounds for sunlight-slurping photovoltaic panels. So far, floating solar structures have been announced in, among other countries, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Italy.

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January 17 2015

Thorium Power Is the Safer Future of Nuclear Energy


Nuclear power has long been a contentious topic. It generates huge amounts of electricity with zero carbon emissions, and thus is held up as a solution to global energy woes. But it also entails several risks, including weapons development, meltdown, and the hazards of disposing of its waste products.

But those risks and benefits all pertain to a very specific kind of nuclear energy: nuclear fission of uranium or plutonium isotopes.

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January 17 2015

Researchers find salmon semen can be used to extract rare earth elements from waste


A team of researchers affiliated with several academic/research facilities in Japan has found that dried salmon semen can be used to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from liquid ore waste. In their paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, the team describes how they came up with the idea, the process they used, and the prospects of using their technique in commercial applications.

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January 17 2015

Sewage sludge could contain millions of dollars worth of gold


If the holy grail of medieval alchemists was turning lead into gold, how much more magical would it be to draw gold from, well, poop? It turns out that a ton of sludge, the goo left behind when treating sewage, could contain several hundred dollars’ worth of metals—potentially enough to generate millions of dollars worth of gold, silver, and other minerals each year for a city of a million people.

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January 17 2015

Scientists Drill through 2,400 Feet of Antarctic Ice for Climate Clues


Scientists have drilled into one of the most isolated depths in all of the world’s oceans: a hidden shore of Antarctica that sits under 740 meters of ice, hundreds of kilometers in from the sea edge of a major Antarctic ice shelf. Humans have never glimpsed this place; reaching it required seven years of planning and 450 tonnes of fuel and gear. But understanding what is happening down there, so far from human view, will be crucial for predicting the future fate of Antarctica’s ice sheets amid rising temperatures.


Related: 2014 was Earth's warmest year on record, data show

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January 17 2015

Tiny plant fossils a window into Earth’s landscape millions of years ago


An international team led by the University of Washington has discovered a way to determine the tree cover and density of trees, shrubs and bushes in locations over time based on clues in the cells of plant fossils preserved in rocks and soil. Tree density directly affects precipitation, erosion, animal behavior and a host of other factors in the natural world. Quantifying vegetation structure throughout time could shed light on how the Earth’s ecosystems changed over millions of years.

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January 17 2015

Items lost in the Stone Age are found in melting glaciers


Around 7,000 years ago the Earth was enjoying a warm climate. Now glaciers and patches of perennial ice in the high mountains of Southern Norway have started to melt again, revealing ancient layers.

“Actually we should be slowly approaching a new ice age. But in the past 20 years we have witnessed artefacts turning up in summer from increasingly deeper layers of the glaciers,”.

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January 17 2015

The Myth and Enduring Mystery of the Carnac Stones


Though its name bears resemblance to Upper Egypt’s ancient ceremonial temple, the commune known as Carnac, located in southern Brittany, France, is associated with the mysteries of the ancients for more than just its name. For here, a neolithic mystery also exists, involving ancient standing stones numbering in excess of 3,000.

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January 17 2015

Archaeologists: Remains of bustling city found near new bridge


There’s a lot archaeologists still don’t know about the American Indian culture in our region; For one, East St. Louis was a bustling city chock full of immigrants. Around 1000 A.D., it was bigger than nearby Cahokia Mounds site and it thrived for about 150 years.

“This is the first big city in North America,” said Brad Koldehoff, the chief archaeologist for the state.


Related: Peru's 'second Machu Picchu' is opening up

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January 17 2015

Bone Tool Made By Neanderthals Found in France


Our current understanding of human evolution and behavior may change completely, now that University of Montreal researchers have discovered a bone tool from the Neanderthal era which appears to have had multiple uses. The tool was found at an archaeological site in France.

Loc Doyon, a member of the university’s Department of Anthropology, participated in these digs and stated, “This is the first time a multi-purpose bone tool from this period has ever been discovered. It proves that Neanderthals were able to understand the mechanical properties of bone and knew how to use it to make tools, abilities usually attributed to our species, Homo sapiens.”.

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January 17 2015

Ancient Piece of Leather Found in Burnt City


A Bronze Age piece of leather adorned with drawings has been discovered. The artefact was found during recent excavations at the 5200-year-old Burnt City, known as Shahr-e Sukhteh in Persian, in south-eastern Iran.

It is incredibly uncommon to find organic material from over 5,000 years ago; environmental factors decay delicate items, causing them to rapidly deteriorate over time. As such, the leather found in the Burnt City is an incredibly rare discovery.

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January 17 2015

Woolly mammoth cloning attempt revives ethical debate


Herds of woolly mammoths could be lumbering across the Canadian tundra in the near future if a Korean company's project works out.

Earlier this year, Seoul-based Sooam Biotech took flesh and blood samples from a very well-preserved mammoth. The mammoth, nicknamed "Buttercup," was discovered on an island in Siberia in 2013. Sooam hopes to clone her, bringing back a species that has been extinct for several thousand years – a process that scientists call de-extinction.

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January 16 2015

Scientists Extract DNA from 45,000-Year-Old Kangaroo, Wallaby


Australian researchers have managed to extract DNA from two extinct marsupials: a giant short-faced kangaroo (Simosthenurus occidentalis) and a giant wallaby (Protemnodon anak).

“The ancient DNA reveals that extinct giant wallabies are very close relatives of large living kangaroos, such as the red and western grey kangaroos,” said Dr Bastien Llamas of the University of Adelaide’s Australian Cente for Ancient DNA, who is the first author of a paper published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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January 16 2015

Ancient Egyptian fortress unearthed in Sinai


The 3,000 year-old ruins and foundations of the largest known fortress in Egypt were unearthed at the ancient fortified city of Tell Habua near the Suez Canal, said Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al- Damaty Saturday.

“The discovery is significant as it reflects the details of the ancient Egyptian military history. It is a model example of Ancient Egypt’s military architecture, as well as the Egyptian war strategies through different ages."

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