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March 14 2015

Coral Pyramids in Micronesia Date Back to Middle Ages


On a remote Pacific island not much bigger than Manhattan, there are ancient pyramids built out of living coral. New evidence reveals that these tombs could be up to 700 years old — much older than experts had previously thought.

The royal tombs are tucked away in an artificially built ancient city called Leluh just off the mainland of Kosrae, a Micronesian island. Leluh was home to Kosraean high chiefs (as well as some lower chiefs and commoners, too) from about 1250 until the mid-1800s, when foreign whalers, traders and missionaries started to arrive on the island.

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March 14 2015

Was Silbury Hill a Neolithic LIGHTHOUSE? Ancient mound was built as a beacon, expert claims


The ancient mound of Silbury Hill was built as lighthouse and harbour to help Neolithic traders navigate waterways, an expert has claimed.

Archaeologists have long speculated that the enormous manmade structure in Wiltshire was an ornate grave or a ceremonial altar used in rituals.

But a cartographer and local historian claims he has found evidence of a stone avenue between the mound and the nearby stone circle of Avebury.

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March 14 2015

Discovery demystifies origin of life chirality phenomenon


The origin of life is still a mystery with many unsolved puzzles. How were molecules created? How did they assemble into large structures? Among the conundrums, the "homochirality" phenomenon upon which amino acids and sugars form is particularly fascinating.

University of Akron A. Schulman Professor of Polymer Science Tianbo Liu has discovered that Mother Nature's clear bias toward certain amino acids and sugars and against others isn't accidental.


Related: 'Quantum jitters' could form basis of evolution, cancer

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March 14 2015

East London genome project to track down beneficial genes


Scientists are planning to sequence the genes of 100,000 south Asian people in London, in an ambitious project to track down rare beneficial genes that protect against conditions from heart disease to cancer.

The Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in London have among the highest rates of poor health in Britain, with twice the average number of deaths from heart disease and five times the rate of type 2 diabetes. But within this population, scientists predict, there will be people who are unexpectedly healthy, whose genes could be conferring extreme resilience to disease.

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March 14 2015

Utah cops swear mysterious voice crying for help led them to unconscious toddler in submerged car


Four Utah police officers said they heard a voice distinctly call out for help when they found a vehicle submerged upside-down in a river.

But when they flipped the vehicle over, they discovered there was nobody in the car who was able to speak, reported Deseret News.

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March 14 2015

Pre-crime software recruited to track gang of thieves


Predictive policing is on the rise in the US, UK and Europe. The technique now faces one of its toughest challenges: the Felony Lane Gang

THEY always choose the line at the bank farthest from CCTV – that's how the Felony Lane Gang got its name.


Related: NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

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March 14 2015

Japan space scientists make wireless energy breakthrough


Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly, in a key step that could one day make solar power generation in space a possibility, an official said Thursday.

Researchers used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power -- enough to run an electric kettle -- through the air with pinpoint accuracy to a receiver 55 metres (170 feet) away.

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March 14 2015

Fusion researchers make breakthrough: Control intense heat bursts in fusion experiments


Researchers from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have made a major breakthrough in understanding how potentially damaging heat bursts inside a fusion reactor can be controlled. Scientists performed the experiments on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, a tokamak operated by General Atomics in San Diego. The findings represent a key step in predicting how to control heat bursts in future fusion facilities including ITER, an international experiment under construction in France to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy.

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March 14 2015

Loophole in theory offers insight into the 'lithium problem'


There's not as much lithium in the universe as predicted, and scientists aren't sure why. According to the theory of big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN), isotopes of the three lightest elements—hydrogen, helium, and lithium—were created within the first 20 minutes after the big bang. The theory predicts with remarkable accuracy the observed amounts of hydrogen and helium, but its estimate for lithium is three times too high.

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March 14 2015

After two years lying dormant, the Large Hadron Collider again revs up


The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, last seen discovering the Higgs boson, switches back on after a two-year hiatus nearly twice as powerful as before.

As the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the LHC is already famous. The collider, located near the foothills of the Jura Mountains west of Geneva, Switzerland, is where scientists finally chased down the long-hypothesized particle known as the Higgs boson.

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March 14 2015

Monster Flare Explodes From the Sun With Energy of Millions of H-Bombs


The first monster solar flare of the year exploded from the Sun today, causing disruption to radio communications here on Earth for a time. It packed the energy of millions of hydrogen bombs exploding simultaneously.

To be fair, that kind of energy release is typical of solar flares in general. But this one was an X-class flare — the most powerful category.

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March 14 2015

The Corrugated Galaxy—Milky Way May Be Much Larger Than Previously Estimated


The Milky Way galaxy is at least 50 percent larger than is commonly estimated, according to new findings that reveal that the galactic disk is contoured into several concentric ripples. The research, conducted by an international team led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Heidi Jo Newberg, revisits astronomical data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey which, in 2002, established the presence of a bulging ring of stars beyond the known plane of the Milky Way.

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March 14 2015

Fastest star in our galaxy propelled by a thermonuclear supernova


A team of astronomers, including UH M&#257;noa astronomer Eugene Magnier, used the 10-meter Keck II and Pan-STARRS1 telescopes in Hawai&#699;i to find a star that breaks the galactic speed record. It travels at about 1,200 kilometers per second (about 2.7 million mph), a speed that will enable the star to escape from our Milky Way galaxy.

“At that speed, you could travel from Earth to the moon in 5 minutes,” Magnier commented.

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March 14 2015

NASA launches 4 spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA launched four identical spacecraft Thursday on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun's magnetic fields.

The unmanned Atlas rocket - and NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft - soared into a clear late-night sky, right on time. Within two hours, all four observatories were flying free.

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March 14 2015

'Sideways' Alien Earths May Still Be Able to Support Life


An Earth-size waterworld tilted on its side may still be able to support life, if the oceans aren't too shallow, a new study suggests.

As long as the entire world is covered in oceans at least 165 feet (50 meters) deep, temperatures would be moderate enough at the poles to support life. Even at the equator, which would be the chilliest part of that world since it only would receive a bit of sunlight in spring and fall, life could still exist.

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March 13 2015

Hopes warm for alien life: Nasa probe finds hot springs on Saturn's moon


A small moon that circles Saturn harbours a warm water ocean beneath its thick icy crust, according to research that makes the distant body a prime target in the search for life elsewhere.

The discovery means Enceladus, a 300 mile-wide moon of the ringed planet, is the only place beyond Earth that is known to be hydrothermally active, providing a natural heating system for the subsurface ocean.

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March 13 2015

Jupiter's Moon Ganymede Has a Salty Ocean with More Water than Earth


A salty ocean is lurking beneath the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found.

The ocean on Ganymede — which is buried under a thick crust of ice — could actually harbor more water than all of Earth's surface water combined, according to NASA officials. Scientists think the ocean is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) thick, 10 times the depth of Earth's oceans, NASA added. The new Hubble Space Telescope finding could also help scientists learn more about the plethora of potentially watery worlds that exist in the solar system and beyond.

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