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June 16 2015

Injured jellyfish seek to regain symmetry, study shows


Self-repair is extremely important for living things. Get a cut on your finger and your skin can make new cells to heal the wound; lose your tail—if you are a particular kind of lizard—and tissue regeneration may produce a new one. Now, Caltech researchers have discovered a previously unknown self-repair mechanism—the reorganization of existing anatomy to regain symmetry—in a certain species of jellyfish.

The results are published in the June 15 online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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June 16 2015

Self-awareness not unique to mankind


Humans are unlikely to be the only animal capable of self-awareness, a new study has shown.

Conducted by University of Warwick researchers, the study found that humans and other animals capable of mentally simulating environments require at least a primitive sense of self. The finding suggests that any animal that can simulate environments must have a form of self-awareness.

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June 16 2015

Toothed whales have survived millions of years without key antiviral proteins


Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have determined that toothed whales lack functional Mx genes—a surprising discovery, since all 56 other sequenced mammals in the study possess these genes to fight off viruses like HIV, measles and flu.

Modern toothed whales, including dolphins, orcas and sperm whales, have inherited defunct copies of the Mx1 and Mx2 genes, profoundly altering their immune systems.

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June 16 2015

How Magna Carta Went Viral


In a world before the printing press, how did news of the famous document make the rounds?


Related: Magna Carta, 'This Awful Thing' That Shaped Legal Rights, Turns 800
Related: Q&A: the legal significance of Magna Carta

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June 16 2015

Bones in Alexander the Great Tomb Give Up Few Secrets


It’s a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes, with a backstory that puts “Game of Thrones” to shame: Who was laid to rest in a lavish, gold-filled Macedonian tomb near Vergina, Greece? The tomb, discovered in 1977, might be the final resting place of Philip II of Macedon, conqueror of Greece and father of Alexander the Great, who would push his father’s empire to the edge of India.

Or, it might be the grave of the distinctly less impressive Philip III Arrhidaios (also written as Arrhidaeus), the half brother of, and figurehead successor to, Alexander the Great.

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June 16 2015

Ancient DNA reveals how Europeans developed light skin and lactose tolerance


Food intolerance is often dismissed as a modern invention and a "first-world problem". However, a study analysing the genomes of 101 Bronze-Age Eurasians reveals that around 90% were lactose intolerant.

The research also sheds light on how modern Europeans came to look the way they do – and that these various traits may originate in different ancient populations. Blue eyes, it suggests, could come from hunter gatherers in Mesolithic Europe (10,000 to 5,000 BC), while other characteristics arrived later with newcomers from the East.

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June 16 2015

1,500-Year-Old Church Found Near Israel's Main Highway


Workers widening Israel’s main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have stumbled upon the remnants of a 1,500-year-old church, Israel officials said on Wednesday.

Located at the entrance to Abu Gosh, a village some eight miles west of Jerusalem, the church was part of a Byzantine period road station which provided spiritual and material refreshments to those traveling between Jerusalem and the coastal plain.

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June 16 2015

Israeli archaeologists find ancient inscription of Biblical name


JERUSALEM - Israel's antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible.

The name "Eshbaal Ben Beda" appears on a large ceramic jar. Eshbaal of the Bible was a son of King Saul.

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June 16 2015

Climate Change Might Be Destroying This Ancient Peruvian Archaeological Site


When El Niño last lashed Peru's bone-dry north in 1998, the main plaza in Trujillo, which lies along the coast, flooded and bodies buried in the city's cemetery were disinterred. Chan Chan — an ancient mud citadel on the coastal city's fringes — was defenseless.

The weather phenomenon triggered by abnormally warm waters in the Pacific Ocean transformed the thousands-year-old temples into pools and the persistent rains eroded the site's ramparts.

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June 16 2015

Variations in atmospheric oxygen levels shaped Earth's climate through the ages


Variations in the amount of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere significantly altered global climate throughout the planet's history. Efforts to reconstruct past climates must include this previously overlooked factor, a new University of Michigan-led study concludes.

Oxygen currently comprises about 21 percent of Earth's atmosphere by volume but has varied between 10 percent and 35 percent over the past 541 million years.

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June 16 2015

Vulnerability made us human: how our early ancestors turned disability into advantage


A new evolutionary theory explains how critically small populations of early humans survived, despite an increased chance of hereditary disabilities being passed to offspring.

Anthropologists at the University of York and Newcastle University have studied how our earliest ancestors coped during periods when the population dwindled, and have developed a model of early hominins as 'Vulnerable Apes'.

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June 16 2015

Real-Life 'Jurassic World' Dinos May Be 10 Years Off, Scientist Says


Dino-chicken. Chickosaurus. Squawkasaurus Rex. None of these sound quite as terrifying as the reptilian star in "Jurassic World," which set box-office records when it opened this past weekend. Dubbed Indominous rex, the behemoth is a fictitious chicken-based dinosaur that was created in a lab — an idea that is not so far-fetched, says a famed dinosaur hunter.

Why, of all things, a chicken? As it turns out, fossilized dinosaur DNA that is still viable has been impossible to find so far … and may not even exist. But the secret coding of dinosaurs is alive and well at your local Colonel Sanders.

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June 16 2015

Life was miserable for dinosaurs in the tropics


Raging fires, droughts, food shortages and extreme climate change help to explain why most dinosaurs failed to populate the tropics for more than 30 million years after these iconic prehistoric animals first emerged, according to a new study.

Only a few small-bodied meat-eating dinosaurs eked out a living near the equator around 200 million years ago, reports the study, which is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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June 16 2015

Triceratops had self-sharpening teeth


In "Jurassic World," kids visiting the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo get to ride on and feed a triceratops. Turns out that's not such a good idea: University of Florida researchers recently learned that the three-horned dinos had self-sharpening teeth.

The discovery came about when UF mechanical engineer Greg Sawyer got a call from a paleontologist, who said that no matter how much he polished triceratops teeth before putting them under a microscope, he couldn't get them flat.

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June 15 2015

100-Year-Old Turtle, the Last of Her Kind, Could Soon Be a Mom


Now, normally a single set of damaged sexual organs wouldn’t make that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things. But nothing about the Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is normal. Only a single mated couple of this species remains anywhere in the world. The two massive turtles, each estimated at more than a century old, have lived together in captivity at China’s Suzhou Zoo since 2008. (Two other Yangtze turtles, both male, live in Vietnam.) Although they have engaged in mating behavior several times over the years, the female has never laid fertile eggs.

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June 15 2015

Polar bears seen killing and eating dolphins that have been forced north by global warming


Bears have been seen catching and eating dolphins for the first time ever, after the marine mammals were left stuck in the Arctic Ocean because of global warming.

It marks the first time that bears have been seen killing and eating dolphins. Usually, the dolphins only go up north during the warmer summer — but this year they have arrived in spring.

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June 15 2015

Ice age camel DNA discovered in Canada change theories on species


Miners in north-western Canada have discovered ice age camel bones whose DNA is forcing scientists to redraw the family tree of the now-extinct species.

Grant Zazula, a paleontologist with the Yukon’s department of tourism and culture, said three fossils recovered from a gold mine in the Klondike in 2008 are the first western camel bones found in the territory or Alaska in decades.

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