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May 10 2015

New exoplanet too big for its star challenges ideas about how planets form


The Australian discovery of a strange exoplanet orbiting a small cool star 500 light years away is challenging ideas about how planets form.

"We have found a small star, with a giant planet the size of Jupiter, orbiting very closely," said researcher George Zhou from the Research School of Astrophysics and Astronomy at The Australian National University.

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May 9 2015

Ancient star raises prospects of intelligent life


Can life survive for billions of years longer than the expected timeline on Earth? As scientists discover older and older solar systems, it's likely that before long we'll find an ancient planet in a habitable zone. Knowing if life is possible on this exoplanet would have immense implications for habitability and the development of ancient life, one researcher says.

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May 9 2015

Russian spacecraft Progress comes crashing back to Earth and burns up on re-entry, agency says


A Russian spacecraft that started spiralling out of control after a failed attempt to resupply the International Space Station has come crashing back to Earth.

The Progress M-27M craft burned through the atmosphere in a fireball on Thursday night, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

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May 9 2015

Human vs machine as top poker pros take on AI


IT'S humans versus machine at the Rivers casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Four professional poker players are squaring up to an artificial intelligence over two weeks, duking it out by playing a total of 80,000 hands of poker for a $100,000 cash prize.

This may turn out to be the latest instalment in a grand tradition of computers beating us at our own games.

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May 9 2015

This is the first road-legal big rig that can drive itself


Last night, atop the Hoover Dam, Freightliner unveiled the Inspiration Truck — a partially autonomous big rig that could save lives, mitigate driver fatigue and stress, and reduce CO2 emissions up to 5 percent. Daimler, which owns Freightliner, says it has done more than 10,000 miles of testing on the truck. And now it's street-legal, having been officially granted one of Nevada's "Autonomous Vehicle" license plates.

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May 9 2015

Can This Awesome Solar-Powered Plane Make It Across the Pacific?


Later this week, a single-seat, solar-powered plane with a wingspan longer than that of a Boeing 747 will take off from Nanjing, China, headed for Honolulu. For a normal passenger jet, that's about a 12-hour flight. Solar Impulse 2, the 5,000-pound plane powered by nothing but sunshine, will take five days.

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May 9 2015

Phobias in children could be overcome with help of tuberculosis drug, researchers say


Common phobias in children of spiders, dogs or flying could be overcome with the help of an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis, researchers say.

Macquarie University researchers administered the drug D-cycloserine to 35 children aged between 6 and 14.

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May 9 2015

How Onions May Be Used as Artificial Muscles


Onions can bend, contract and elongate just like muscles

Imagine getting an onion transplant to replace an injured muscle. It may sound absurd, but new research published in the journal Applied Physics Letters suggests that onions have ideal properties for use as artificial muscles.

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May 9 2015

Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot


Vaccines don't always make it into the people who need them the most. Many require a syringe and a needle to enter the bloodstream and create immunity. And that means a doctor or nurse has to do the job.

But with if a vaccine could be delivered by simply applying a patch?


Related: Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

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May 9 2015

New Type of Stem Cell Could Make It Easier to Grow Human Organs


A newly discovered type of stem cell could help provide a model for early human development—and, eventually, allow human organs to be grown in large animals such as pigs or cows for research or therapeutic purposes.


Related: New clues into how stem cells get their identity

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May 9 2015

Researchers shine light on origin of bioluminescence


In the mountains of Virginia, millipedes have bright yellow and black colors to warn enemies that they are toxic and not worth eating. Their cousins in California convey this warning in a very different way—by glowing in the dark.

But bioluminescence at least in one millipede may have evolved as a way to survive in a hot, dry environment, not as a means to ward off predators, according to scientists publishing this week (Monday, May 4) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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May 9 2015

Giant Whales' Mouths Have Unique Nerves: They Stretch


Newly discovered nerves in the mouths of massive whales can unfold, nearly doubling in length, and recoil like a bungee cord. These stretchy nerves could explain how the whales are able to eat by ballooning their mouths during dives.

Researchers discovered the surprisingly elastic nerves after collecting samples from a commercial whaling station in Iceland.

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May 9 2015

Last Mammoths Spent Final Years on Solitary Island


Researchers have now sequenced the genome of the woolly mammoth and have concluded that the last members of the species probably died on an isolated island, where inbreeding may have led to a population too small to be sustainable.

The scientists used DNA from two specimens, the 45,000-year-old soft tissue remains of a woolly mammoth found in northeastern Siberia, and a 4,300-year-old tooth from one found on Wrangel Island, a Russian territory in the Arctic Ocean that was separated from the mainland by rising sea levels about 12,000 years ago.

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May 9 2015

Turkey’s Culture Ministry denies claims of botched restorations of ancient mosaics


The Culture and Tourism Ministry has refuted claims that the restoration of ancient mosaics in the southern city of Hatay has seriously damaged the works, saying the photos published in the press were taken during the initial phase of the restoration.

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May 9 2015

Pirate Captain Kidd's 'treasure' found in Madagascar


Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have discovered treasure belonging to the notorious 17th-Century Scottish pirate William Kidd.

A 50kg (7st 9lb) silver bar was brought to shore on Thursday on the island of Sainte Marie, from what is thought to be the wreck of the Adventure Galley.

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May 9 2015

Incredible 40,000-year-old bracelet believed to be the oldest ever found


A unique green stone bracelet discovered beside ancient human remains in a Siberian cave is 'the oldest ever found' dating back around 40,000 years, say Russian experts.

The intricate modern-looking piece of polished jewellery - perhaps belonging to a prehistoric princess - was made of chlorite by the Denisovans, a long extinct early human grouping, it is believed.

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May 9 2015

Ancient Egyptian army headquarters and huge military cemetery discovered


The headquarters of the ancient Egyptian army have been discovered on the eastern bank of the Suez Canal.

The find was announced by Egypt's Antiquities Ministry, with the fortress dating back around 3,500 years.

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