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March 9 2014

South Pacific island's earliest inhabitants relied primarily on foraging, not horticulture


Early Lapita inhabitants of Vanuatu, a South Pacific Island, ate fish, marine turtles, and wild or domestic animals, rather than relying on horticulture during early colonization, according to a study published March 5, 2014, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rebecca Kinaston from University of Otago in New Zealand and colleagues.

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March 9 2014

Why marine fish don't go into the deeper blue


Fish appear to be absent from the ocean's greatest depths, the trenches from 8,400 to 11,000 m. A team told Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about this in a study titled "Marine fish may be biochemically constrained from inhabiting the deepest ocean depths."

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March 9 2014

Deer supposedly extinct 85 years ago discovered in Vietnam


A deer thought to have become extinct 85 years ago has been found at a nature reserve in Vietnam's central province of Thanh Hoa.

A pair of Roosevelt's Muntjacs, also known as Roosevelt's barking deer, was caught on a camera trap set up by scientists surveying barking deer populations.

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March 9 2014

New bird family discovered in Asia


A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.

Scientists investigating families within the Passerida group of perching birds identified 10 separate branches in their tree of life.

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March 8 2014

Do elephants call ''human!''?


African elephants make a specific alarm call in response to the danger of humans, according to a new study of wild elephants in Kenya.

Researchers from Oxford University, Save the Elephants, and Disney's Animal Kingdom carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble.

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March 8 2014

Did That Just Happen? How Your Brain Alters Mental Timelines


It sounds like a scene from a detective novel: The witness sees a body falling from the window, and then hears a loud noise that sounds like the body hitting the ground. But what if the noise actually came before the fall?

Navigating through our memories of past events seems to be easy task, but we don't always get it right.

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March 8 2014

Orgasm Machine For Women Could Deliver Climaxes At The Push Of A Button


Scientists have designed a machine that they say can help women achieve orgasm at the push of a button.

The device, which is a little smaller than a pack of cigarettes, uses electrodes attached to the patient's spine to trigger an orgasm via remote control. Doctors think it could help women who are unable to achieve orgasm by other means.

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March 8 2014

Birdsong is not all about sexual selection: Female birds sing much more often than previously though


In 71 percent of all songbird species with available data, the female sings, too. This is remarkable because in the wake of Darwin’s theory of evolution, birdsong has generally been seen as a characteristic of male birds, allowing them to compete with other males and attract females. The exciting question now is how females apparently repeatedly lost their song in the course of evolution.

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March 8 2014

Honeybees reveal that evolution is stranger than you ever realized


Darwin's idea of natural selection is simple. Good mutations are passed on, because the animals who have them will survive to reproduce. But how do you pass on those good mutations in honeybee colonies, where most bees are sterile workers who never have babies? A group of researchers decided to find out.

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March 8 2014

Modern Human faces Neanderthal across the Danube


In Palaeolithic Europe 40,000 years ago, two different human species; anatomically modern humans and Neanderthals met for the first time. This collision of cultures resulted in our survival, while the Neanderthals vanished forever.

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March 8 2014

How apes and humans evolved side by side


In a new book, a paleoanthropologist incorporates his research with a synthesis of a vast amount of research from other scientists who study primate evolution and behavior. The book explains how apes and humans evolved in relation to one another, and why humans became a bipedal, tool-making, culture-inventing species.

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March 8 2014

Europe's most monstrous dinosaur had bird-sized teeth and Lithgovian legs


Time-travel in Europe just got a lot less carefree, with the discovery of the hugest known land predator on the continent, with legs as long as the actor John Lithgow, and teeth the size of warbling wrens. It is called Torvosaurus gurneyi.

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March 8 2014

Crystal clear: How one tiny grain of zircon can tell us so much about our planet


A tiny grain of crystal barely visible to the naked eye has confirmed that the Earth is a very ancient place indeed.

Scientists estimate that the crystal of zircon is 4.374 billion years old – give or take six million years – which lies very near to the date when the planet itself formed during the birth of the solar system about 180 million years prior to this.

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March 8 2014

Meteorites on Earth May Be From Ancient Crater on Mars, Study Says


A crater on Mars appears to be the source of a type of meteorite widely found on Earth, scientists from the University of Oslo in Norway reported Thursday.

The meteorites, called shergottites, may have come from the 34-mile-wide (55-kilometer-wide) Mojave Crater. The results, if confirmed, would have implications for ancient volcanism on Mars—suggesting it stopped earlier in the planet's history than some scientists believe—as well as the planet's formation.

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March 8 2014

What caused this huge asteroid to disappear mysteriously?


200,000-ton asteroids don't usually just disappear into space (okay, maybe sometimes do), but when astronomers at NASA trained the Hubble on this asteroid, they were puzzled to see it was falling apart right before their eyes, the first time they'd ever seen such a sight.

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March 8 2014

Winklevoss twins use bitcoins to buy Virgin Galactic space flight tickets


The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, who once accused the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, say they have used bitcoins to buy tickets for a trip on one of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flights.


Related: Native American tribes adopt Bitcoin-like currency, prepare to battle US government

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March 8 2014

California couple may have to return $10 million treasure trove


A US couple who unearthed gold coins worth more than $10 million might have to return them as they may have been stolen, a report said.

The California couple uncovered eight cans filled with more than 1,400 coins on their property, in what is believed to be the most valuable treasure trove ever discovered in the United States.

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March 8 2014

Native American’s ‘journey’ and how they survived the last Ice Age


Researchers have discovered how Native Americans may have survived the last Ice Age after splitting from their Asian relatives 25,000 years ago.

Academics at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Universities of Colorado and Utah have analysed fossils which revealed that the ancestors of Native Americans may have set up home in a region between Siberia and Alaska which contained woody plants that they could use to make fires.

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