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March 15 2015

Listening to classical music modulates genes that are responsible for brain functions


Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a latest study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evolutionary background of sound perception across species.

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March 15 2015

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears


When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company?

What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"?

Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, says composer and University of Maryland music professor David Teie.

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March 15 2015

Cockroaches Accumulate Light to See in the Dark


Cockroaches could inspire superheroes if they weren't so repulsive. Some species can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes. Others can survive blasts of strong radiation, subsist on paper and dried glue, or live for weeks without a head. Recently researchers discovered another superpower: the nocturnal creatures can see in near–pitch black by pooling light signals over time, like time-lapse photography.

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March 15 2015

Are worms more intelligent than we thought? Study reveals that they have free will


Will the same worm respond differently in a situation depending on what it is thinking?

According to new research studying neurons within microscopic roundworms, the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’.

They found that worms would choose to respond to a nearby odour depending on what they were ‘thinking’ about - suggesting they have free will just like humans.


Alt: Analysis of worm neurons suggests how a single stimulus can trigger different responses

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March 15 2015

Mystery of Male Swordfish Courtship Ritual Revealed


The first photographic evidence of a male swordfish courting a possible mate has been published, ending a decade-old mystery

Claims that swordfish court their mates date back to the 19th century, but science had never confirmed the phenomenon. Now, Spanish scientists have documented this reproductive behavior, including the first photographs showing a male circling a female as she prepares to lay millions of eggs for fertilization.

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March 15 2015

Whales on the Wrong Side of the World


In May 2010, a whale showed up on the wrong side of the world.

A team of marine biologists was conducting a survey off the coast of Israel when they spotted it. At first they thought it was a sperm whale. But each time the animal surfaced, the more clearly they could see that it had the wrong anatomy. When they got back on land, they looked closely at the photographs they had taken and realized, to their shock, that it was a gray whale. This species is a common sight off the coast of California, but biologists had never seen one outside of the Pacific before.

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March 15 2015

Yellowstone Park hot spring turned green by good luck coins tossed in by tourists


A famous hot spring in Yellowstone Park has slowly turned from a deep blue to surreal green and yellow as a result of many years of visitors throwing coins in it.

The Morning Glory hot spring pool in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park has changed dramatically since the 1950s, thanks to an accumulation of coins, rubbish and natural debris.

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March 15 2015

Date of Armenia’s Birth, Given in 5th Century, Gains Credence


Movses Khorenatsi, a historian in the fifth century, wrote that his native Armenia had been established in 2492 B.C., a date usually regarded as legendary though he claimed to have traveled to Babylon and consulted ancient records. But either he made a lucky guess or he really did gain access to useful data, because a new genomic analysis suggests that his date is entirely plausible.

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March 15 2015

Isis ransacking of ancient Assyrian city confirmed by Iraq's head of antiquities


Iraq’s director of antiquities has confirmed that Islamic State militants have ransacked the ancient city of Dur-Sharrukin near Mosul, the group’s latest assault on the country’s millennia-old heritage.


Related: ISIS is waging war on history. It's time to intervene

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March 15 2015

Ancient statues destroyed by ISIS fake, real ones safe – report


The ancient statues that Islamic State militants smashed in Mosul on camera last month have been proved to be exact replicas of precious artifacts of Iraqi heritage. The real masterpieces of antiquity are said to be in Baghdad.

“They were copies. The originals are all here,” Baghdad’s museum director told Germany’s Deutsche Welle.

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March 15 2015

World's Oldest Pretzel Found in Germany


German archaeologists announced this week they have discovered what could be the world’s oldest pretzel.

Unearthed during a large excavation on the “Donaumarkt” in Regensburg, an area nearby the Danube which was destroyed in the 1950-60s, the charred pretzel fragments are believed to be 250 years old. They were recovered beneath a floor in a structure long known to be a bakery.

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March 15 2015

Extinct Baby Woolly Rhino Remains Found in Siberia


The remains of a baby woolly rhino that roamed the Earth at least 10,000 years ago have been discovered in a frozen riverbank in Siberia, researchers said.

The rhino calf, nicknamed "Sasha" after the hunter and businessman who found it, is the only complete young specimen of the extinct species ever found, according to scientists at the Yakutian Academy of Sciences in Russia, to whom the creature was donated for study.

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March 15 2015

Oldest known sponge found in China


A team of researchers with members from China, the U.S. and France has identified an ancient sponge found in a geologic formation in southern China and have dated it to 600 million years ago. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team claims the sponge is the oldest ever found and likely represents a group of descendants that is an ancestor of all sponges.

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March 15 2015

Fossilised remains of human-sized 'lobster' discovered in Morocco


A filter-feeding “lobster” as big as a human took the place of whales 480 million years ago, a new fossil discovery has shown.

The two-metre prehistoric creature, whose remains were unearthed in Morocco, belonged to the family of anomalocaridids, the early ancestors of modern crustaceans, insects and spiders.

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March 15 2015

Caver finds 20,000 year-old drawings


Prehistoric cave drawings have been discovered in the northern region of Cantabria, dating back about 20,000 years, making the area "the European capital of rock art".

The discovery is the first time that Paleolithic art had been found in the immediate area, the government of Cantabria said in a statement on Thursday.

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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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