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July 10 2014

Scientists discover radio emissions from fireballs


Streaking across the sky at more than 50 kilometers per second at atmospheric heights of more than a 90 kilometers high, researchers using the first station of University of New Mexico's Long Wavelength Array (LWA) saw something new that had never been seen before; something that could hold a treasure trove of new information in the world of physics.

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July 10 2014

NASA finds friction from tides could help distant earths survive, and thrive


As anybody who has started a campfire by rubbing sticks knows, friction generates heat. Now, computer modeling by NASA scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets traveling in dangerous orbits.

The findings are consistent with observations that Earth-sized planets appear to be very common in other star systems. Although heat can be a destructive force for some planets, the right amount of friction, and therefore heat, can be helpful and perhaps create conditions for habitability.

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July 10 2014

Salt on Mars May Have Melted Red Planet's Ice


Water could have flowed on the surface of Mars with the help of salts in the Martian soil that can melt ice, just as salts on Earth can be used to melt ice on slippery winter roads and sidewalks, researchers say.

These findings suggest "the shallow subsurface of Mars could be habitable," study co-author Nilton Rennó, a planetary and atmospheric scientist at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, told Live Science.

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July 9 2014

Water Shaped Mars' Highlands, New Red Planet Map Shows


An incredibly detailed new map of Mars' southern highlands shows how profoundly liquid water sculpted the region long ago, scientists say.

"This map depicts the complicated sequence of geologic processes that have served to modify ancient, rugged highland terrains surrounding the Hellas impact basin and shows evidence for the persistent effects of water and ice in degrading the Martian surface," David Crown, of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) in Tucson, Arizona, said in a statement.

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July 9 2014

Liquid water on Mars can and DOES exist- but only for a few hours every day in the spring and summer


Most of our studies of Mars so far have focused on whether water could have once existed on its surface millions or billions of years ago.

But now researchers at the University of Michigan say small amounts of liquid water could form on the planet today - despite its below-freezing temperatures.

To come to the conclusion they created chambers that mimic the conditions on Mars, and found that they were able to make liquid water form for brief periods of time.

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July 9 2014

Remains of Long-Lost Temple Discovered in Iraq


Life-size human statues and column bases from a long-lost temple dedicated to a supreme god have been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

The discoveries date back over 2,500 years to the Iron Age, a time period when several groups — such as the Urartians, Assyrians and Scythians — vied for supremacy over what is now northern Iraq.

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July 9 2014

Reconstructing prehistoric languages


When University of Kentucky student Erica Mattingly enrolled in one of Andrew M. Byrd's linguistics courses, she had no idea she would be rewriting history—or at least re-speaking it.

Byrd, assistant professor of linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and his students have drawn national attention for their groundbreaking work to reconstruct and understand prehistoric languages.

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July 9 2014

Some Bees Shout 'That Nectar's Ours!'


Imagine you're a bee and you just located a prime nectar source. You want to alert your hivemates, but not attract competitors. What should you do?

Some bees devise a special "whisper" to discretely let bees in their colony know about a food source, but others, new research has shown, "shout" it out loud with a message along the lines of, "This is good nectar and it's all ours or -- watch out!"

In the case of bees, the insects aren't actually shouting, but signalling to each other and outside bees using information-rich pheromone trails.

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July 9 2014

Mantis shrimp use 'nature's sunblock' to see UV


The colorful little guy pictured above puts the eyes of every other animal to shame. Whereas humans receive color information via three color receptors in our eyes, mantis shrimp (Neogonodactylus oerstedii) have 12. Six of these differentiate five discrete wavelengths of ultraviolet light, researchers report online today in Current Biology.

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July 9 2014

Newfound Wasp Literally Has Skeletons in Its Closet


A newly discovered wasp has been keeping a gruesome secret: It stuffs ant corpses into the walls of its home.

As far as scientists know, the behavior is unique in the animal kingdom. The new creature has been named Deuteragenia ossarium, or the "bone-house wasp," after the historical ossuaries piled high with human skeletons found in monasteries or graveyards.

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July 9 2014

Will eating insects ever be mainstream?


“Why not eat insects?” asked American pamphleteer Vincent Holt in 1885, proof that selling the idea of insect-eating to meat’n'two veg culture is nothing new.

There are already 2 billion people worldwide who routinely eat bugs, but entomophagy is having a foodie moment in the western world. Insects are even a novelty on the UK food scene. They’re mainly found as subversive garnishes for salads or cocktails, or on the menus of experimental pop-up restaurants.

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July 9 2014

Sugar May Harm Brain Health


A poor diet can eat away at brain health. Now a study in Neurology helps elucidate why. It suggests that eating a lot of sugar or other carbohydrates can be hazardous to both brain structure and function.

Diabetes, which is characterized by chronically high levels of blood glucose, has been linked to an elevated risk of dementia and a smaller hippocampus, a brain region critical for memory.

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July 9 2014

US scientist's mutated H1N1 flu virus 'poses a threat to human population if it should escape'


One of the world’s leading vaccine experts has questioned the scientific rationale behind controversial research on the 2009 strain of pandemic flu virus undertaken by Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Stanley Plotkin, who pioneered the development of the rubella vaccine and has also worked on vaccines against polio, rabies and chickenpox, said that Professor Kawaoka has not been able to answer serious questions about the validity of his research into mutated forms of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus.

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July 9 2014

The Largest Extinction in Earth’s History May Have Been Caused by Microbes


At the end of the Permian period, about 252 million years ago, animals started dying at ferocious rates. In just 20,000 years 90 percent of all species on the planet had gone extinct. What triggered this die-off? Researchers have been trying to figure that out for decades.

Because the scale of the extinctions was so large, paleobiologists and geochemists started looking for an equally massive disaster as the root cause. Some proposed that an asteroid struck Earth, similar to what ended the reign of the dinosaurs.

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July 9 2014

Biggest ever flying bird and the beast that dwarfed it


Was this the biggest bird ever to grace the skies? With a wingspan of about 6.4 metres, Pelagornis sandersi was nearly twice the width of a wandering albatross, the living bird with the greatest wingspan, at 3.5 metres.

Its size puts it on a par with the similarly whopping Argentavis, which was estimated to have a wingspan of 7 metres but may have been smaller than that. Either way, they were all dwarfed by the extinct flying reptile Quetzalcoatlus northropi, perhaps the largest pterosaur, with a wingspan of up to 11 metres.

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July 9 2014

Ancient Dinosaur DNA May Hold Key to Cure Cancer, Other Human Diseases


The DNA of dinosaurs could unlock the key to a powerful method of healing for humans. According to reports, researchers from Manchester University have discovered evidence while examining ancient dinosaur fossils.

Lead researcher Professor Phil Manning, along with colleagues, studied the fossilised remains of a gorgosaurus, a dinosaur believed to be 72 million years old and an ancient ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex. They had found that the 26-feet high creature had the ability to heal from serious illness and restore broken bones.

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July 9 2014

Triceratops horns evolved over time


Aligning the results of classical biological studies and those in palaeontology is rarely easy. The fossil record is great for demonstrating many things about past life on Earth over large timescales and that involve big changes such as the origins of major groups of organisms. Biology is generally the reverse, with even long-term studies on fast-breeding species unlikely to get through too many generations and observe the major changes that are routine in studies of fossils that span millions of years.

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