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June 8 2014

Wearable submarine to hunt for 2000-year-old computer


Like an underwater Iron Man, a diver will fly around the wreck of an ancient Greek ship later this year, looking to shed light on the Antikythera mechanism

THE world's most advanced robotic diving suit is getting ready to help search for one of the world's oldest computers.

Called Exosuit, the suit has a rigid metal humanoid form with Iron Man-like thrusters that enable divers to operate safely down to depths of 300 metres.

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June 8 2014

New articles on GrahamHancock.com


See three new articles recently posted on GrahamHancock.com:

  1. Odin and Gunnlod: the celestial shamanic message of the world's ancient sacred mythology by David Mathisen
  2. The Old Man and his Daughter by David Mathisen
  3. Trashmageddon: Living in a Dying World by Sergey Baranov

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June 8 2014

Vandals destroy prehistoric rock art in Libya's lawless Sahara


TADRART ACACUS, Libya— Vandals have destroyed prehistoric rock art in lawless southern Libya, endangering a sprawling tableau of paintings and carvings classified by UNESCO as of "outstanding universal value."

Located along Libya's southwestern tip bordering Algeria, the Tadrart Acacus mountain massif is famous for thousands of cave paintings and carvings going back up to 14,000 years.

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June 8 2014

Mitochondrial DNA of first Near Eastern farmers is sequenced for the first time


In the research, published in the journal PLOS Genetics, experts analysed samples from three sites located in the birthplace of Neolithic agricultural practices: the Middle Euphrates basin and the oasis of Damascus, located in today’s Syria and date at about 8,000 BC.

Agricultural and husbandry practices originated around 12,000 years ago in a region of the Near East known as the Fertile Crescent.

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June 8 2014

Students Build the First Eukaryotic Chromosome from Scratch


In March undergraduate students in Johns Hopkins University's Build a Genome course announced they had made a yeast chromosome from scratch—and history, too. It is the first time anyone has synthesized the chromosome of a complex organism, a landmark achievement in the field of synthetic biology. It is also a triumph for the movement known as DIY biology.

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June 8 2014

Newborns exposed to dirt, dander, germs may have lower allergy, asthma risk


Infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life appear less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma, according to results of a recent study. Those who encounter such substances before their first birthdays seem to benefit rather than suffer from them.

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June 8 2014

Fasting for two days could regenerate the immune system, according to research


It’s often used as a quick weight loss method – but fasting could also help the body to fight off disease. Refraining from food for as little as two days can regenerate the immune system, helping the body to fight infection, according to a new study.

Scientists at the University of Southern California said the findings could have major implications for the elderly and people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients.

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June 8 2014

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?


Funding for laughter and humor research is low—so low that when Mary Bennett, director of the Western Kentucky University School of Nursing, wanted to look into the effect of laughter on the immune system, she found herself scrounging, asking other researchers for vials and other equipment from their labs. "It's really hard to get taken seriously when you say you study laughter," she says.

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June 8 2014

Sleep's role in memory formation discovered: do you get enough?


Sleep's role in improving memory has been discovered by scientists in the US and China. Using advanced microscopy, researchers witnessed the formation of new connections between the brain's synapses during sleep, proving the key role of sleep in creating memories.

Although it is well known that sleep plays an important role in memory, what actually happens inside the brain was unknown.

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June 8 2014

Bosses should allow staff afternoon naps at work to boost productivity, scientists say


Workers should be allowed naps in the afternoon and encouraged to clock-in whenever they want, to encourage a more creative and productive workforce, an academic has suggested.

Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, said people have become ‘obsessed’ with sleeping only during the night.

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June 8 2014

Brain Integration Could Be Key To Creativity: Study


Shedding some light on the age-old question of whether creativity is a question of nature or nurture, researchers have identified "brain integration" as a recurring characteristic among creative people in a small new study.

Brain integration is also referred to as mind-brain development, marked by openness to learning and to broader understanding without letting negative emotions obstruct interests.

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June 8 2014

Last original Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez passes away


Chester Nez, the last original Navajo Code Talker, has passed away in his Albuquerque home.

Nez was recruited with 28 other Native Americans by the U.S. Marines to create a code the Japanese couldn't crack during World War II.

Nez went into kidney failure Wednesday morning. He was 93.

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June 8 2014

The Last Alchemist


"Technically, chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change", said the fictional chemist Walter White on the hit television show Breaking Bad. "Electrons change their energy levels. Molecules change their bonds. Elements combine and change into compounds. But that's all of life, right? It's the constant, it's the cycle. It's solution, dissolution.

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June 8 2014

Human stem cells successfully transplanted, grown in pigs


A new line of genetically modified pigs will host transplanted cells without the risk of rejection, opening the door for future stem cell therapy research. One of the biggest challenges for medical researchers studying the effectiveness of stem cell therapies is that transplants or grafts of cells are often rejected by the hosts.

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June 8 2014

Mice avoid booze if their dad was a ‘drinker’


Even before conception, a father who chronically drinks to excess can shape his son’s vulnerability to alcohol use disorders, according to a new study with mice.

Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the research shows that male mice that were chronically exposed to alcohol before breeding had male offspring that were less likely to consume alcohol and were more sensitive to its effects.

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June 8 2014

Blind cavefish are able to 'count'


Blind cave-dwelling fish are able to discriminate between different quantities, scientists say.

The fish, found beneath the deserts in Somalia, learned to identify the greater of two groups of sticks placed at opposite ends of a tank.

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June 7 2014

Chimps outwit humans in games of strategy


In contests drawn from game theory, chimpanzee pairs consistently outperform humans in games that test memory and strategic thinking.

A new study, conducted with chimps at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute, involved a simple game of hide-and-seek that researchers call the Inspection Game.

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