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October 10 2014

Greek Bronze Age ended 100 years earlier than thought, new evidence suggests


Conventional estimates for the collapse of the Aegean civilization may be incorrect by up to a century, according to new radiocarbon analyses.

While historical chronologies traditionally place the end of the Greek Bronze Age at around 1025 BCE, this latest research suggests a date 70 to 100 years earlier.

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October 9 2014 (updated October 10 2014)

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known


The oldest cave painting known until now is a 40,800-year-old red disk from El Castillo, in northern Spain.

Other archaeologists of human origins said the new findings were spectacular and, in at least one sense, unexpected. Sulawesi’s cave art, first described in the 1950s, had previously been dismissed as no more than 10,000 years old.


Alt: Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art (pictures)

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October 9 2014

Ancient Human Feces May Give Clues on First Inhabitants of the Americas


Ancient human feces preserved more than 14 millenia may provide clues about the first inhabitants of the Americas. Coprolites in Paisley Caves prove that people migrated to the Americas earlier than previously thought. Carbon dating of the feces and other artifacts places them at approximately 12,300 BCE. At that time, Oregon was a grassy plain surrounding a lake. Bison, horse, camel and waterfowl were plentiful in the area and their bones found in the caves. People were collecting a variety of plants and roots which demonstrates a knowledge of the local flora.

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October 9 2014

Skeleton of Possible 'Witch Girl' Found


An archaeological dig in northern Italy has unearthed the remains of a 13-year-old-girl buried face-down -- evidence, archaeologists say, that despite her young age, she was rejected by her community and seen as a danger even when dead.

Dubbed by Italian media as “the witch girl,” the skeleton was unearthed at the complex of San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera, by a team of the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology at the Vatican.

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October 9 2014

Haiti wreck not Columbus flagship - Unesco


Experts examining a wreck off the coast of Haiti say it is not that of a ship which took explorer Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492.

"There is now indisputable proof that the wreck is that of a ship from a much later period," experts from the UN's cultural body Unesco announced.

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October 9 2014

Alien Big Cat May Be Lurking Again in Australia


Stories about big cats in Australia go back to the 1860s but many in this area started at the end of the Second World War. It was rumored that Americans stationed at the HMAS Albatross Naval Base near Nowra kept panthers or pumas as mascots and released them before leaving in the gully in the Shoalhaven state forest where it’s believed they bred and spread.

Sightings were frequent enough over the years that the NSW Department of Agriculture sent a warning letter to the National Parks and Wildlife Service and hired wildlife ecologist, Johannes Bauer, who issued this opinion.

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October 9 2014

Hungry black hole eats faster than thought possible


Astronomers have discovered a black hole that is consuming gas from a nearby star 10 times faster than previously thought possible. The black hole -- known as P13 -- lies on the outskirts of the galaxy NGC7793 about 12 million light years from Earth and is ingesting a weight equivalent to 100 billion billion hot dogs every minute.

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October 9 2014

The Stray Dogs That Became Soviet Space Heroes


The dogs were caught in Moscow’s alleyways, and soldiers and doctors selected strays that were no heavier than about 13 pounds and no taller than about 14 inches, the dimension of the rocket’s nosecone. Chernushka, shown here during a routine weight check, went up into orbit in September 1963 accompanied by a mannequin human. She made it back safely.

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October 9 2014

New York Court to Weigh Legal Rights of Chimps


A New York appeals court will consider this week whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in what experts say is the first case of its kind.

For Steven Wise, the lawyer behind the case involving a chimp named Tommy, it is the culmination of three decades of seeking to extend rights historically reserved for humans to other intelligent animals.

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October 9 2014

Geckos on Australasia side of Wallace Line found to be growing to twice the size of those in Asia


A team made up of several researchers from Australia and one from the U.S. has found that bent toed geckos living on the Australasia side of The Wallace Line are evolving to grow up to twice the size of those in Asia. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team notes that geckos living on the island of New Guinea have grown particularly large.

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October 9 2014

Can sugary drinks ruin teens’ memory?


Teenagers who drink large amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages may be at higher risk for memory problems.

Researchers found adolescent rats that freely consumed large quantities of liquid solutions containing sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in concentrations comparable to popular sugar-sweetened beverages experienced memory problems and brain inflammation, and became pre-diabetic.


Alt: Sugar linked to memory problems in adolescent rats

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October 9 2014

Other people can tell whether your partner is cheating on you


We can identify a surprising amount of information about each other from the briefest of glimpses - a process that psychologists call thin-slicing. In the latest study in this area, a group led by Nathaniel Lambert have explored whether we can watch a romantic couple interact and tell within minutes whether one of them is a cheat.

Fifty-one student participants (35 women) in a relationship answered survey questions about their own infidelities toward their current partner.

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October 9 2014

Computers turned into powerful allies in fight against AIDS


Effective treatment of HIV-virus is a race against time: Many of the drugs that have been potent killers of HIV-virus, have today lost their power, because the virus has become resistant to them. As a result science must constantly develop new drugs that can attack the virus in new ways.

Now researchers from the University of Southern Denmark present a method to speed up the important development work up with an order of several hundred percent.

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October 9 2014

Scientists Fuse Man and Machine: Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Prosthetics Now 'Clinical Reality'


Man and machine have been fused together in a long-term stable state, with mind controlled prosthetic arms now a "clinical reality".


Alt: Scientists Create Mind-Controlled Prosthetics That Move, Feel Sensations

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October 9 2014

Children to be implanted with 3D printed ears


Children with deformities will soon be given 3D printed ears after scientists developed a ground-breaking technique to correct birth defects.

Professor Alex Selfalian and his team at University College London have discovered that the structure of the ear can be printed using a biological ‘ink’ which builds the shape of the organ.

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October 9 2014

Blind people have four times more nightmares than sighted people


A new Danish study shows that blind people have considerably more nightmares than people with normal sight and those who became blind later in life.

It’s something that 41-year-old Heidi Andersen, who was born blind, can recognise. She is often plagued by nightmares and her sleep interrupted by fears of being hit by passing traffic, falling on the ground, and being followed.

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October 8 2014

Life after death? Largest-ever study shows 'out of body' and 'near-death' experiences may be real


There is scientific evidence to suggest that life can continue after death, according to the largest ever medical study carried out on the subject.

A team based in the UK has spent the last four years seeking out cardiac arrest patients to analyse their experiences, and found that almost 40 per cent of survivors described having some form of “awareness” at a time when they were declared clinically dead.


Alt: First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever scientific study

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