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December 5 2014

Japan Launches Asteroid-chasing Probe to Bring Space Rock Samples to Earth


A Japanese spacecraft has launched on an ambitious mission to blast a hole in an asteroid and return samples of the space rock back to Earth.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 asteroid mission blasted off Tuesday (Dec. 2) at 11:22 p.m. EST (0422 GMT Dec. 3) from the country's Tanegashima Space Center, where the local time at liftoff was 1:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. If all goes well, the spacecraft should return samples of the asteroid 1999 JU3 to Earth in late 2020, JAXA officials said.


Related: Orion: highly anticipated Nasa launch postponed after multiple attempts

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December 4 2014

Traces of possible Martian biological activity inside a meteorite


Did Mars ever have life? Does it still? A meteorite from Mars has reignited the old debate. An international team that includes scientists from EPFL has published a paper in the scientific journal Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, showing that martian life is more probable than previously thought.


Alt: Meteorite May Contain Proof of Life on Mars, Researchers Say

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December 4 2014

NASA's Journey to Mars


NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.

Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system.


Alt: NASA Is Launching a Spacecraft That Will Take Humans to Mars

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December 4 2014

Europa Life: Could ‘Extreme Shrimp’ Point To Microbes On That Moon?


For all of the talk about aliens that we see in science fiction, the reality is in our Solar System, any extraterrestrial life is likely to be microbial. The lucky thing for us is there are an abundance of places that we can search for them — not least Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter believed to harbor a global ocean and that NASA wants to visit fairly soon. What lurks in those waters?.

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December 4 2014

Ravens Have Social Abilities Previously Only Seen In Humans


Humans and their primate cousins are well known for their intelligence and social abilities. You hear them called bird-brained, but birds have demonstrated a great deal of intelligence in many tasks.

However, little is known about their social skills. A new study shows that ravens are socially savvier than we give them credit for. They are able to work out the social dynamics of other raven groups, something which only humans had shown the ability to do.

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December 4 2014

Even Great Tits Pass on Traditions


Where you’re from can dictate a lot about how you do things. In the United States, you drive on the right side of the road, in England — the left. Your home state may have its own traditions about what kind of foods you eat (seafood in Maine or cheese steak in Philly, for example).

It turns out humans aren’t the only ones with local traditions. New research on the humble little bird the great tit shows that even these birds conform to local traditions. In this case, researchers were able to test the small birds’ technique when opening a puzzle box containing a tasty mealworm.


Alt: Birds conform to local 'traditions'

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December 4 2014

Why House Cats Generally Don't Care (About You)


House cats often appear aloof and indifferent toward their human companions. But it's not just an act — they actually don't care. A recent study of the domestic cat genome reveals why.

Scientists from the Genome Institute at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis sequenced the first house cat reference genome, and discovered that house cats may not be that genetically different from wild cats. This may explain why house cats seem to ignore their human companions and instead behave like they have their own agenda. Maybe they're acting like wild cats.

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December 4 2014

Why a ravening wolf is a sheep’s best friend


Culling wolves doesn’t save the lives of the sheep and cattle they feed on, according to new research which found that the more wolves that are killed the greater the risk to local livestock of being eaten.

Washington State University researchers discovered that it is counterproductive to shoot and trap wolves because losses in their numbers change the animals’ social behaviour, and encourages them to eat more sheep and cattle.

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December 4 2014

Ants Are Cleaning Up the Streets of NYC


In the words of the great ecologist E. O. Wilson, ants are among the “little things that run the world.” It turns out they even help clean the streets of New York City.

Over a period of six days, a team from North Carolina State University dropped hot dogs, cookies and potato chips around a 150-block section of New York City to study how much food-waste scavengers could eat in 24 hours.


Alt: City ants are garbage eating, rat-fighting machines

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December 4 2014

Why Men Love Lingerie: Rat Study Offers Hints


Just as lingerie turns on human males, tiny jackets do the same for male rats, a new study finds.

In an unusual study, researchers allowed virgin male rats to have sex with females wearing special rodent "jackets." Later, when scientists gave the males a chance to mate again, the animals preferred to mate with jacket-wearing female rats rather than with unclad ones.

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December 4 2014

Court Hears Second Case for a Chimpanzee’s Legal Rights


Another chimpanzee had his day in court.

Judges at an appeals court in Rochester, New York heard arguments yesterday that Kiko, a chimpanzee owned by a couple in Niagara Falls, should be considered a legal person with a right to not be owned or imprisoned.

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December 4 2014

World's Oldest Art Identified in Half-Million-Year-Old Zigzag


A zigzag engraving on a mussel's shell may transform scientific understanding of what has long been considered a defining human capacity: artistic creativity.

Until now, the earliest evidence of geometric art was dated from 70,000 to 100,000 years ago. Scratched into rocks found in South African caves, those engravings signified behavioral modernity: Homo sapiens' unique cognitive journey into a sophisticated world of abstraction and symbol.


Alt: World’s Oldest Engraving Upends Theory of Homo sapiens Uniqueness

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December 4 2014

Mystery as 100 brains go missing from the University of Texas


About 100 pickled brains have gone missing from an American university, leaving professors scratching their heads.

Officials at the University of Texas, in Austin, believe students may have stolen the organs, which are preserved in jars of formaldehyde, for Halloween pranks or to use as bizarre ornaments.

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December 4 2014

Archaeologists find vast medieval palace buried under prehistoric fortress at Old Sarum


Archaeologists in southern England have discovered what may be one of the largest medieval royal palaces ever found – buried under the ground inside a vast prehistoric fortress.

The probable 12th century palace was discovered by archaeologists, using geophysical ground-penetrating ‘x-ray’ technology to map a long-vanished medieval city which has lain under grass on the site for more than 700 years.

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December 4 2014

Aboriginal gravesites halt $40M development plan in Abbotsford


A B.C. developer is calling on the province to fix gaps in heritage conservation laws, after the City of Abbotsford recently rejected his bid to build a farm equipment dealership on a property believed to be the site of aboriginal mass graves.

“This is a huge problem,” said John Glazema, director of Corpus Management Group, who lives in Abbotsford. “I feel betrayed because there shouldn't be these types of encumbrances against private properties without having it highlighted on land title.”.

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December 4 2014

How old is that house? Archaeologists find some of Britain's oldest houses in Snowdonia


Snowdonia is renowned for its ancient monuments and houses, set against streams and mountains and adored by residents and visitors.

A scheme to date some of them, launched five years ago in a plan which gathered momentum as it unravelled more and more of the landscape’s history, began with the informed assumption that most of the signs of building work left behind would come from the 17th century.

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December 4 2014

Elite Families Stay Elite for Centuries


Rich families stay rich and poor families stay poor, according to a new study that finds that English people whose ancestors were elite in the 1100s are still likely part of the upper crust today.

The study echoes work in other countries that has found that social status budges little over generations, even in the face of massive social changes, said study researcher Gregory Clark, an economist at the University of California, Davis.

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