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November 8 2014

Children from lost civilisation 'helped build' geoglyph some 6,000 years ago


Remarkable new details about giant moose released as archaeologists confirm stone structure is world's oldest.

Children were involved in the construction of a geoglyph in the Urals which was only discovered thanks to images taken from space. It predates Peru's famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years, archaeologists have announced. But they are no nearer answering why ancient man made it, nor can they yet fathom which group built the geoglyph; archeological traces found so far in the area do not show a culture with sufficient refinement.

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November 8 2014

Middle Eastern Big Circles Are Big Mysteries


When you look up from Earth, you see stars. When you look down, you see circles – crop circles, geoglyphs like the Nazca lines, Siberian holes. Archeologists in Jordan recently used satellites to take high-definition photographs of some other famous circles – the aptly-named Big Circles of the Middle East.

Three of the Big Circles in what is now Jordan were first discovered and photographed in the 1920s by British pilot Lionel Rees. Made from low walls of stone, he noted that they were about 1,200 feet in diameter and almost perfectly round.

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November 8 2014

9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found Frozen in Time


Hidden away under frozen ground for nearly 10,000 years, an extremely well-preserved bison mummy is finally ready to give up its secrets.

In 2011, members of the Yukagir tribe in northern Siberia discovered the remains of a steppe bison (Bison priscus), an extinct ancestor of the modern bisonthat still roam the plains of North America and northern Europe. The almost perfectly preserved bison was transported to the Yakutian Academy of Sciences in Siberia, where researchers made plans to perform a necropsy, an autopsy performed on animals.

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November 8 2014

Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?


The flavors we savor are never just about taste.

Our taste buds allow us to distinguish the basic characteristics of food, like sweet, salty, bitter and sour. But we use our noses to sense more subtle flavors. Our sense of smell is what allows us to savor fine wines, delicately seasoned broths and complex curries.

So is it possible to trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it?

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November 8 2014

The female nose always knows: Do women have more olfactory neurons?


Individuals show great diversity in their ability to identify scents and odors. More importantly, males and females greatly differ in their perceptual evaluation of odors, with women outperforming men on many kinds of smell tests.

Sex differences in olfactory detection may play a role in differentiated social behaviors and may be connected to one's perception of smell.


Related: How To Make 'Noise-Cancelling Headphones' For Your Nose

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November 8 2014

Bats sabotage rivals' senses with sound in food race


Bats were "jammed" the moment they were about to hone in on their insect prey, making them miss their target.

The rival that emitted the call was then able to capture and eat the insect for itself.

This is the first time scientists have witnessed this behaviour in one species - the Mexican free-tailed bat - a team reports in Science journal.

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November 8 2014

How lemur poop helps rainforests thrive


A majority of Madagascar’s 101 species of lemurs are threatened with extinction, a fact that could spell trouble for the rainforests they call home.

New research shows the positive impacts lemurs can have on rainforest tree populations, which raises concerns about the potential impact their disappearance could have on the region’s rich biodiversity, researchers say.

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November 8 2014

Rainforests ‘out of danger’ thanks to global giants


The battle to save the rainforest is finally being won, according to a leading conservationist previously known for his pessimism.

The dramatically improved prospects for the rainforests have been triggered by a switch in land use from slash-and-burn subsistence farming to the production of commodities such as soy, palm oil, cattle and wood pulp, according to Rhett Butler, founder of the influential Mongabay.com website that tracks the world’s tropical forests.

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November 8 2014

Japanese scientists succeed in making mice transparent


Invisibility may still be the stuff of fiction, but researchers in Japan have developed a way to make mice almost totally transparent.

Using a method that almost completely removes color from tissue, researchers say they can now examine individual organs or even whole bodies without slicing into them, offering a “bigger picture” view of the problems they are working on.

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November 8 2014

The Elixir of Life for Produce


Scientists at startup Apeel Sciences have figured out the secret to doubling lifespans. Not our lifespans, alas, but those of fruits and veggies. Naturally.

It's a big deal. Worldwide, we throw away about a third of our food: some $750 billion per year—even more in the United States. One reason is rot: food goes bad before we can bite in. In response, James Rogers, Ph.D., and his team have developed an array of all-natural films for produce that prolongs its life—up to 200 percent in some cases—and reduces the need for pesticides. They're products for growers and grocers alike.

While Apeel's films won't replace pesticides, they could make a dent.

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November 8 2014

A Non-GMO Way To Get More, Tastier Tomatoes


People who grow tomatoes want varieties that produce as much saleable crop as possible. People who eat tomatoes are less interested in yield, and more in taste. The tension between taste and yield can get pretty intense. What's a poor tomato plant to do?

Enter Zach Lippman, a plant geneticist from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. "Our interest is in how we can boost productivity, yield, fruit production, without compromising any of the fruit quality traits such as size and flavor," he says.

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November 8 2014

Two new articles on GrahamHancock.com


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November 8 2014

Horizons 2014: Graham Hancock “Psychedelics and Civilisation, Light and Darkness”


Graham Hancock investigates the possibility that by demonising and criminalising the use of psychedelics, rather than seeking out ways to harness their power for altering consciousness in safe and nurturing spaces, our society may have set itself on a profoundly negative path — a path that might even deny us the next step in our own evolution as a species.

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum that examines the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and spirituality.

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November 8 2014

Casting Out Demons: Pope Francis Declares Support for Exorcisms


Pope Francis recently expressed his approval of a group of exorcists meeting at the Vatican this week. While exorcisms, in which demonic spirits are driven out of a supposedly possessed person, may seem a dark practice relevant only on TV screens, they have long been recognized by the Catholic Church and several religions.

This week, more than 300 members of the International Association of Exorcists are attending the convention, which is focused on the impact of the occult and Satanism on people today, The Catholic Sun reported.

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November 7 2014

Your Childhood Beliefs on Afterlife Stick With You


Childhood beliefs about the soul and afterlife stick with people as they age, shaping their views in adulthood, even if they say otherwise, a new study finds.

The study is the first to examine explicit, or stated, and implicit, or longstanding but not consciously admitted, beliefs on the soul and afterlife, said researcher Stephanie Anglin, a doctoral student in psychology at Rutgers University. She examined how these personal beliefs develop, change and persist from childhood through adulthood.

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November 7 2014

Humans, baboons share cumulative culture ability


The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given humankind language and technology. While it was thought to be limited to humans until now, researchers have recently found that baboons are also capable of cumulative culture.

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November 7 2014

If Mars Once Hosted Life, How Would We Know?


Despite a few press-stopping false alarms and a long-standing sci-fi fascination, there’s no evidence of biology — microscopic, trilobitish, or creepily humanoid — on Mars.

But that hasn’t stopped the Curiosity rover from running around saying “This spot would have been habitable” and “That spot definitely has water.” And it hasn’t stopped astronomer Nathalie Cabrol from searching for the ever-elusive “biosignatures”: evidence, like geological graffiti, that proclaims “LIFE WUZ HERE.”.

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