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April 3 2015

Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways


Many of us, particularly those who prefer to eat our cake and look like we have not done so, have a love-hate relationship with artificial sweeteners. These seemingly magical molecules deliver a dulcet taste without its customary caloric punch. We guzzle enormous quantities of these chemicals, mostly in the form of aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, which are used to enliven the flavor of everything from Diet Coke to toothpaste. Yet there are worries. Many suspect that all this sweetness comes at some hidden cost to our health, although science has only pointed at vague links to problems.

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April 3 2015

Can less TV time cut diabetes risk?


For each hour a person spends watching TV daily, his or her risk of developing diabetes increases by as much as 3.4 percent.

In the same study, researchers also report that a well-known lifestyle intervention already proven to increase physical activity levels and decrease weight has now been shown to successfully reduce participants’ time spent sitting and watching television.

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April 3 2015

AI interns: Software already taking jobs from humans


People have talked about robots taking our jobs for ages. Problem is, they already have – we just didn't notice

FORGET Skynet. Hypothetical world-ending artificial intelligence makes headlines, but the hype ignores what's happening right under our noses. Cheap, fast AI is already taking our jobs, we just haven't noticed.


Related: Video games beat interviews to recruit the very best

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April 3 2015

Research: When it Comes to Visual Activities, Video Gamers Learn Faster


Score one for gamers. An experiment at Brown University has found a correlation between people who frequently play video games and their ability to retain learning about two quickly learned visual activities. The results suggest that video game playing not only improves player performance but also builds up the capacity to improve performance.

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April 3 2015

A robot prepared for self-awareness


A year ago, researchers at Bielefeld University showed that their software endowed the walking robot Hector with a simple form of consciousness. Their new research goes one step forward: they have now developed a software architecture that could enable Hector to see himself as others see him. "With this, he would have reflexive consciousness," explains Dr. Holk Cruse, professor at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University. The architecture is based on artificial neural networks.

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April 3 2015

Lower-leg exoskeleton could take the work out of walking


The market is undoubtedly there. Country strolls. Visits to museums. Weekend shopping trips. How much easier they would be wearing an unpowered, lower-leg, carbon fibre exoskeleton.

Though cumbersome to say, the device itself is sleek and simple, using only a spring, wire and clutch mounted on a carbon fibre frame to take some of the slog out of bipedal locomotion.

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April 3 2015

Preternatural machines


Robots came to Europe before the dawn of the mechanical age. To a medieval world, they were indistinguishable from magic

In 807 the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad, Harun al-Rashid, sent Charlemagne a gift the like of which had never been seen in the Christian empire: a brass water clock. It chimed the hours by dropping small metal balls into a bowl. Instead of a numbered dial, the clock displayed the time with 12 mechanical horsemen that popped out of small windows, rather like an Advent calendar.

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April 3 2015

The oldest known complaint letter


Most people are not malicious, but that doesn't stop anybody from getting upset. And to try to restore the balance, you might just complain. And how long has this been going on?! A long time. The oldest known complaint letter, and let me emphasise a written complaint letter, goes back 3750 years.

It's not a coincidence that each of the oldest written languages were invented by civilisations that lived along rivers.

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April 3 2015

Shocking Discovery: Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake


An ancient Egyptian masterpiece, hailed by some scholars as the "Mona Lisa" of Egyptian painting, is in fact a fake created in the 19th century, a researcher says. But the painting may conceal an authentic Pyramid Age piece underneath.

The "Meidum Geese," as modern-day Egyptologists and art historians call it, was supposedly found in 1871 in a tomb located near the Meidum Pyramid, which was built by the pharaoh Snefru (reign 2610-2590 B.C).

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April 3 2015

Egyptian Artifacts Salvaged from Robbed Tomb in Israel


In an underground cave in Israel, archaeologists have unearthed 3,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts that had been spared by tomb robbers.

Inspectors with the Israel Antiquities Authority's (IAA) Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery say they found pickaxes and other signs of looting in a cave near Kibbutz Lahav in southern Israel.

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April 3 2015

Turin Egyptian Museum gets overhaul of pharaonic proportions


For the earliest Egyptologists, a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Turin was considered indispensable. The museum's new director is seeking to return the almost 200-year-old museum to its one-time prominence, boosted by an overhaul of the collection and exhibit space of near-pharaonic proportions.


Related: Among the Many Items Joining King Tut In the Afterlife ... Four Socks?

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April 2 2015

World's oldest pyramid? Ancient structure in Indonesia could be up to 20,000 years old


Egypt’s oldest pyramid was built almost 5,000 years ago but a similar structure hidden beneath rubble could be up to four times older.

If true, the claim could rewrite prehistory and shed light on an obscure yet powerful and advanced ancient civilisation.


Related: From Indonesia To Turkey New Archaeological Discoveries Uncover The Mysteries Of A Lost Civilisation by Graham Hancock, 16 January 2014

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April 2 2015

‘Little Foot’ pushes back age of earliest South African hominids


Lucy’s species, an East African hominid line called Australopithecus afarensis, had a South African counterpart, a new study finds.

A nearly complete fossil skeleton from South Africa’s Sterkfontein Caves dates to 3.67 million years ago, making it roughly 1 million years older than any other South African hominid, say geochemist Darryl Granger of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and his colleagues. Dubbed Little Foot by one of its discoverers, the skeleton represents a new species, Australopithecus prometheus, the scientists contend in the April 2 Nature.

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April 2 2015

Human language evolved with a ‘Big Bang’, study says


Prevailing theories suggest that human language evolved slowly from a series of simple grunts and noises, to a complex spoken language between 75,000 and 100,000 years ago.

But now, according to a new study in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers believe the rise of complex language took place relatively rapidly, not as a series of gradual changes as has been described previously.


Alt: Our ancestors DIDN’T grunt and mumble: Scientist says early human speech evolved rapidly into complex sentences

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April 2 2015

Oxygen-depleted toxic oceans had key role in mass extinction over 200 million years ago


Changes in the biochemical balance of the ocean were a crucial factor in the end-Triassic mass extinction, during which half of all plant, animal and marine life on Earth perished, according to new research involving the University of Southampton.

The study, published in the upcoming edition of Geology, reveals that a condition called 'marine photic zone euxinia' took place in the Panathalassic Ocean- the larger of the two oceans surrounding the supercontinent of Pangaea.

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April 2 2015

Ancient Seashells Sported Flashy Colors, Patterns


Ancient seashells in museum collection tend to look drab white, but high tech equipment reveals many ancient shells displayed distinctive patterns and colors.

Given the uniqueness of their appearance, some of the shells were determined to belong to newly documented species of cone snails, which are predatory mollusks. They are described in the current issue of the journal PLOS ONE.

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April 2 2015

Dinosaur 'Romeo and Juliet' Found Buried Together


A dinosaur couple that appears to have died together after wooing each other has been identified in remains unearthed at the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

The dino couple, named Romeo and Juliet since they are reminiscent of Shakespeare's famous doomed lovers, were entombed together for over 75 million years, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports.

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