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April 6 2014

Does a junk food diet make you lazy? UCLA psychology study offers answer


A new UCLA psychology study provides evidence that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary — not the other way around.

Life scientists led by UCLA's Aaron Blaisdell placed 32 female rats on one of two diets for six months.

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April 6 2014

Ketamine may help treat depression, UK study finds


The first UK study to give ketamine to severely depressed patients has found that it had dramatic positive effects on some long-standing sufferers who had not responded to other treatments.

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April 6 2014

Scientists smash barrier to growing organs from stem cells


Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have overcome one of the greatest challenges in biology and taken a major step toward being able to grow whole organs and tissues from stem cells. By manipulating the appropriate signaling, the U.Va. researchers have turned embryonic stem cells into a fish embryo, essentially controlling embryonic development.

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April 6 2014

Satellite Images May Predict Volcanic Eruptions


Volcanology has come a long way since the days of Pompeii. Now, satellite-based systems offer a way of measuring whether a volcano is likely to erupt soon.

Satellite radar maps show that volcanoes usually deform before an eruption. Measuring that deformation from space could make it possible to forecast when volcanoes will erupt, especially in remote areas that can't be accessed easily by scientists on the ground, researchers say.

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April 6 2014

'Like a giant elevator to the stratosphere:' Newly discovered atmospheric phenomenon


An international team of researchers headed by Potsdam scientist Dr. Markus Rex from the Alfred Wegener Institute has discovered a previously unknown atmospheric phenomenon over the South Seas. Over the tropical West Pacific there is a natural, invisible hole extending over several thousand kilometres in a layer that prevents transport of most of the natural and humanmade substances into the stratosphere by virtue of its chemical composition.

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April 6 2014

New Atomic Clock Is Most Accurate Timekeeper Yet


A new atomic clock unveiled Thursday (April 3) is three times more accurate than the one previously used to keep official time in the United States, making it the most precise timekeeper yet developed.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said the new clock — known as NIST-F2 — will serve as the time and frequency standard for the country.

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April 6 2014

Permanent tattoos inked by hacked 3D printer


WOULD you dare to let a 3D printer ink your next tattoo?

During a recent electronics workshop at the ENSCI-Les Ateliers design school in Paris, a group of students decided to swap a MakerBot's extruder for a pen.

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April 6 2014

Someday, you may store your solar or wind power in a 'rhubarb battery' from Harvard


One of the greatest technical problems facing the development of renewable sources is storing the collected energy for later use. If your home or business is solar-powered, come the evening you have to buy electricity or use very expensive batteries to keep the lights on. Utilities with large-scale solar and wind farms have the same problem managing these intermittent power sources. And much of the power from the always-on nuclear and coal plants goes to waste at night because demand is low and it’s too expensive to store the energy.

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April 6 2014

Researchers open path to finding rare, polarized metals


Drexel University researchers are turning some of the basic tenets of chemistry and physics upside down to cut a trail toward the discovery of a new set of materials. They're called "polar metals" and, according to many of the scientific principles that govern the behavior of atoms, they probably shouldn't exist.

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April 6 2014

Mystery Mammals of Japan’s Rivers


The waterways of Japan have long been home to many mysteries, with a large number of accounts of various strange creatures lurking in the depths of Japans rivers, lakes, and coasts. Among such bizarre reports as reptilian serpents, merbeings, and giant fish, we can find a particular grouping of water cryptids in Japan that seems to sit in a category all its own; mysterious animals that, due to their behaviors or appearance, seem to most closely match some kind of mammal in nature.

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April 6 2014

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash


Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.

But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing equipment, cargo container parts, or plastic shopping bags, a new narrative is emerging in the hunt for the missing plane: There's more garbage out there than you think. Most of it is plastic. And marine life ingests it, with catastrophic consequences.

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April 6 2014

Researcher dives into archaeology's next frontier


As a specialist in prehistoric underwater archaeology, Dr Jonathan Benjamin looks at rising sea levels a little bit differently from most people.

His fascination with them began when as a PhD candidate at Edinburgh University he came across the work of the Danish archaeologists Anders Fischer and Søren H Anderson.

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April 6 2014

FBI Raids Real 'Indiana Jones' Home


A team of law-enforcement officials including FBI agents has swooped down on a rural home in Indiana that houses a bizarre collection of artifacts from around the world.

"I have never seen a collection like this in my life except in some of the largest museums," Larry Zimmerman, professor of anthropology and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, told The Indianapolis Star. Zimmerman added that he is "frankly, overwhelmed.".

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April 6 2014

‘Hidden Architecture’ of 1,000-Year-Old Village Discovered in New Mexico


For more than 40 years, archaeologists have been coaxing what they could from the traces of an ancient Puebloan settlement in New Mexico they call Blue J.

Buried under a thousand years’ worth of eroded stone and wind-blown sand, Blue J has intrigued experts with what little it has revealed: the outlines of nearly 60 households, situated around a series of open plazas, the masonry and building styles dating their construction to the 11th century.

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April 6 2014

Dinosaur tracks: Prehistoric chase scene reconstructed


Scientists have digitally reconstructed the scene of a dinosaur chase - preserved in the mud of an ancient river bed in Texas.

The tracks were left by two dinosaurs more than 110 million years ago.

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April 6 2014

Yellowstone bison fleeing impending supervolcano? No. (+video)


Yellowstone bison are responding to a much deeper instinct, say Yellowstone officials.

A viral video titled "ALERT! Yellowstone Buffalo Running for Their Lives!" has attracted over 1 million page views and has prompted hundreds of anxious inquiries via Facebook, Twitter, email, and phone calls to park officials.

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April 5 2014

Ancient Egyptian weather report describes result of massive volcanic eruption


An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world’s oldest weather reports—and could provide new evidence about the chronology of events in the ancient Middle East.

A new translation of a 40-line inscription on the 6-foot-tall calcite block called the Tempest Stela describes rain, darkness and “the sky being in storm without cessation, louder than the cries of the masses.”

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April 5 2014

Duncan still unsure of mystery boom


DUNCAN, Okla._Stephens County is still dealing with a case of a phantom boom.

Wednesday night, just after 6:00 p.m., several folks were rattled after hearing what sounded like a large explosion nearby. Twenty-four hours later, Duncan residents and officials alike are still stumped, which has caused the mystery blast to be the talk of the town.

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