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May 12 2015

Researchers find new insight into who drew the Nazca Lines


Researchers have analysed 100 recently discovered geoglyphs engraved into the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, as well as nearby shards of ancient ceramics, providing new clues about the creators of the mysterious Nazca Lines.

It's believed that the huge, complex engravings, which range from simple geometric line drawings to detailed images of animals and extraterrestrial-looking beings, were created by the native local cultures between 200 BC and 600 AD, but very little detail is known about why they were drawn.

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May 12 2015

Viking Age Started Earlier than Previously Thought, Archaeologists Say


Previously, the dawn of the Viking Age has been dated to a June 793 raid by Norwegian Vikings on Lindisfarne. But a new study, led by Dr Steve Ashby of the University of York, UK, shows that Vikings were traveling from Norway to the vital trading center in Ribe on Denmark’s west coast as early as 725.

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May 12 2015

Alaska researchers turn up 12,300-year-old artwork


At the edge of a spruce forest in Interior Alaska, archaeologists have unearthed bone pendants that might be the first examples of artwork in northern North America.

During the last two summers, teams led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Ben Potter have expanded the breadth of the Mead Site, a white spruce bench that overlooks Shaw Creek Flats north of Delta Junction.

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May 12 2015

Is this the oldest toy ever found in Europe?


At first glance, it may look like a strange sculpture or even a mangled piece of piping, but this unique object is claimed to be the oldest toy in Europe.

The Thracian bronze artefact in the shape of a stork’s head dates to the Late Bronze Age, between 1,500 and 1,200 BC.

It was discovered by locals near the town of Zlatograd in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria and is made from a mixture of bronze and silver.

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May 12 2015

New dinosaur's keen nose made it a formidable predator, Penn study finds


A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a species of dinosaur closely related to Velociraptor, the group of creatures made infamous by the movie "Jurassic Park." The newly named species likely possessed a keen sense of smell that would have made it a formidable predator.

The specimen, roughly 75 million years old, was discovered by paleontologist Robert Sullivan in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area of New Mexico in 1999.

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May 12 2015

'Dino-chickens' reveal how the beak was born


Biologists have created chicken embryos with dinosaur-like faces by tinkering with the molecules that build the birds' beaks.

The research, details of which are published today in Evolution1, does not aim to engineer flocks of hybrid ‘dino-chickens’ or to resurrect dinosaurs, says Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, a palaeontologist now at the University of Chicago in Illinois, who co-led the work.


Alt: Reverse Engineering Birds’ Beaks Into Dinosaur Bones

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May 12 2015

2-Million-Year-Old Skin Found in South Africa


Researchers excavating a site containing Australopithecus remains have announced that one of the fossils had skin on. The six fossils discovered so far have been dated to 2 million years ago and belong to the species Australopithecus sediba, which combined features of both the original Australopithecus, the first erect hominin species, and of modern Homo species. The find is all the more fascinating because, in addition to this being possibly the oldest hominin skin ever discovered, the fossils contain traces of organic matter from the food these ancient human ancestors ate.

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May 12 2015

Million-Year-Old Bubbles Reveal Antarctica's Oldest Climate Snapshot


A whiff of air frozen in ice for 1 million years provides a new snapshot of Earth's ancestral climate.

Scientists uncovered the ancient climate record from Antarctic blue ice. The ice core was drilled from a region called the Allan Hills, about an hour by plane from the McMurdo research station. Bubbles inside the ice are tiny windows into Earth's former atmosphere. Gases such as carbon dioxide and methane were trapped and preserved inside the bubbles when snow fell in the past.

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May 12 2015

Hawaii Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Power by 2045


Hawaii is on the verge of being the first state in the U.S. to set a goal of generating all of its electricity from renewable energy sources.

Under a bill the Hawaii Legislature passed this week, 100 percent of the state’s electricity would be generated with renewables by 2045. If Gov. David Ige approves the measure—he has until the end of June to sign it—it will put the state’s climate goals far ahead any other, and extend Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative through mid-century. The initiative aims to reduce the state’s dependency on oil, which generates most of its electric power.

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May 12 2015

Dying Trees Can Send Food to Neighbors of Different Species via ‘Wood-Wide Web’


No tree is an island, and no place is this truer than the forest. Hidden beneath the soil of the forest understory is a labyrinth of fungal connections between tree roots that scientists call the mycorrhizal network. Others have called it the wood-wide web.

The connections are made by the filaments of fungi that grow in and around plant roots and produce many of the forest mushrooms we know and love. They bond trees so intimately that the more you learn about them, the more it is a struggle to view any tree as an individual.

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May 12 2015

Spiders sprayed with nanotubes have spun the toughest fibre ever measured


Spider silk is already one of the toughest materials around, but scientists have now made it even stronger by spritzing spiders with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes.

In fact, the resulting super silk that the spiders produced in their webs is the toughest material ever measured, demonstrating strength and toughness beyond "anything that has been possible before".


Related: What if spiders could fly? In Chicago, perhaps they do

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May 12 2015

Fingerprints give away more than identity


The one-of-a-kind pattern of ridges and valleys in a fingerprint may not only betray who was present at a crime scene. It may also tattle about what outlawed drugs a suspect handled.

With advanced spectroscopy, researchers can detect and measure tiny flecks of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin — in some cases as little as trillionths of a gram — on a lone fingerprint.


Related: Massachusetts town says it will stop arresting drug addicts — and will get them medical help instead

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May 12 2015

Sri Lanka first nation to promise full protection of mangroves


Sri Lanka has become the first nation to promise the comprehensive protection of all of its mangroves, as it launches a major replanting programme.

Hundreds of Sri Lankan coastal communities have been recruited for their conservation by the Small Fishers Federation – a local non-governmental organisation – with money from an NGO in California called Seacology.

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May 11 2015

Colombia to stop spraying coca crops with glyphosate herbicide


Colombian authorities must stop using the controversial herbicide glyphosate—also known by its brand name Roundup—to eradicate illicit coca plantations, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday.

After the World Health Organization warned in March that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic," Santos's cabinet called into question whether to continue the air war on coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine.

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May 11 2015

Brazil plans to ‘nationalise’ rainforest in pioneering plan to protect Amazon


The Brazilian rainforest could be effectively nationalised under a draft bill being considered by the country’s MPs.

The proposed legislation would recognise the sovereignty of Brazil over the Amazon’s natural resources and set up a national Amazonian policy council with the aim of enshrining environmental protection and regulating economic activities in the rainforest.

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May 11 2015

Shipping Containers Grow Food Anywhere


The food tech startup Freight Farms is giving new life to old shipping containers, and at the same time giving impetus to locally grown food.

At the Collision technology conference in Las Vegas, the company showed off its basil sprouts nurtured in a used cargo container equipped to let crops flourish just about anywhere.

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May 11 2015

Eat More Plants to Improve Health, Combat Climate Change


Cut back on the beef, dairy, sweets and savory snacks, but feel free to munch away on more fruits, vegetables and cereals, if you’d like a more climate-friendly and healthy diet, according to recent research conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Related: Global carbon dioxide levels break 400ppm milestone

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