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January 14 2015

Offering to goddess reveals reach of late 15th century Aztec empire


In May 2008 a team of researchers forming part of the Templo Mayor project of the historic centre of Mexico City, discovered a large offering which had been placed underneath an enormous statue of the goddess Tlaltecuhtli.

Underneath Mexico City lie the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, and at its centre was the Templo Mayor. The project researchers believe that this offering was made during the reign of Ahuizotl, who was ruler of the Aztec empire for sixteen years, from 1486 to 1502, and in that time conquered 45 Mesoamerican territories.

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January 14 2015

Mystery of Siberia's strange throat singing solved: 'Human bagpipe' singers have unique vocal cords


If you try to emulate the strange low songs of throat singers from Siberia, you will probably be disappointed.

Scientists have discovered that the uniquely shaped vocal cords of people living in the Altai mountain region in southern Siberia means that only they can perform the eerie melodies composed centuries ago, which have been passed down generations.

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January 14 2015

As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall


Americans who live in the mountains seem to have lower rates of lung cancer than those closer to the beach -- a pattern that suggests a role for oxygen intake, researchers speculate.


Alt: Can inhaled oxygen cause cancer?

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January 14 2015

Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought


Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents as Class 2B Carcinogens. Another entry on that same list is radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF). The main sources of RF/EMF are radios, televisions, microwave ovens, cell phones, and Wi-Fi devices.

Uh-oh. Not another diatribe about the dangers of our modern communication systems?

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January 14 2015

Napping helps infants form memories, study shows


Babies are champion learners: Born with just a few basic reflexes, they quickly teach themselves to navigate their world by observing, remembering and making sense of their surroundings, the language spoken around them and the nature of such elusive notions as time, space and permanence.

Babies are also champion nappers, snoozing away the majority of each day in brief interludes of peaceful slumber.

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January 14 2015

Study: Eat school lunch after recess


Because of a federal rule, kids throw away millions of dollars of fruits and vegetables every single day at school.

But a new study shows a simple, no-cost trick that should leave federal policy makers saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

When recess takes place before kids sit down to eat – instead of after - fruit and vegetable consumption increases by 54%.

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January 14 2015

Robots learn to use kitchen tools by watching YouTube videos


Robotic systems that are able to teach themselves have been developed by researchers. Specifically, these robots are able to learn the intricate grasping and manipulation movements required for cooking by watching online cooking videos. The key breakthrough is that the robots can 'think' for themselves, determining the best combination of observed motions that will allow them to efficiently accomplish a given task.

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January 14 2015

Zap Your Brain to Change Your Mood


I had my brain zapped to change my mood, and I lived to tell the tale. At a private demo with Thync at CES 2015, I experienced a futuristic electroshock therapy aimed at making me feel better.

It involved sitting with a small module attached to my forehead for 15 minutes while electric currents passed through my nerves to my brain.

Since the product is still being finalized, Thync declined to let us photograph the prototype module nor describe its shape, offering only screenshots of its app.

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January 14 2015

How to Kill Insects with Visible Light


Zzzzzzap! Ahhh, the gratifying sound of another insect biting the dust on a humid summer night. The hauntingly seductive blue glow of the bug zapper attracts thousands of unsuspecting insects to their untimely demise. Phototactic creepy-crawlies simply cannot resist moving toward the light, and when they arrive, a 2,000-volt wire mesh awaits them.

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January 14 2015

What Can We Do If an Asteroid Threatens Earth? Europe Starts Planning


What should humanity do the next time a space rock threatens Earth? European officials recently spent two days figuring out possible ways to respond to such a scenario, with the aim of drawing up effective procedures before the danger actually materializes.

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January 14 2015

Scientists Pinpoint Saturn With Exquisite Accuracy


Scientists have paired NASA's Cassini spacecraft with the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system to pinpoint the position of Saturn and its family of moons to within about 2 miles (4 kilometers). The measurement is some 50 times more precise than those provided by ground-based optical telescopes. The feat improves astronomers' knowledge of Saturn's orbit and benefits spacecraft navigation and basic physics research.

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January 14 2015

No Alien Signals Detected From Kepler's New Exoplanet


SETI has pointed a powerful radio telescope array at the Kepler Space Telescope's most recent exoplanetary discovery in the hope of detecting an artificially-generated radio signal. Alas, the world is not transmitting, and probably isn't home to an extraterrestrial intelligence.

SETI, which stands for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, utilized the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), located in at Hat Creek Radio Observatory, 290 miles northeast of San Francisco, Calif., to study HIP 116454b, an exoplanet 180 light-years away in the constellation Pisces.

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January 13 2015

Have We Found Alien Life?


Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others

Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.

“All the textbooks say it shouldn’t be possible,” he says, “but by golly, those things just keep growing on the electrode, and there’s no other source of energy there.”

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January 13 2015

‘Junk DNA’ from million-year-old viruses actually plays vital role in human intelligence: study


A study released today by researchers at Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses may be responsible for creating the complex neural networks that make up the human brain.

For many years, the endogenous retroviruses that comprise about 5 percent of human DNA were thought to be “junk” — that is, sequences of DNA that do not encode protein sequences and therefore cannot self-replicate.

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January 13 2015

220-Year-Old Time Capsule Buried by Sam Adams & Paul Revere Opened


In 1795, then-Massachusetts Gov. Samuel Adams, famed patriot Paul Revere and Col. William Scollay buried a time capsule under the Massachusetts State House cornerstone in Boston, and now, after more than 200 years, its contents have been revealed.

On Jan. 6, officials from the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston carefully excavated and opened the capsule.

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January 13 2015

Rapid Desert Formation May Have Destroyed China's 1st Kingdom


The first known Chinese kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands rapidly transformed into deserts, possibly driving its people into the rest of China, a new study finds.

This new finding suggests that the kingdom may have been more important to Chinese civilization than experts had thought, researchers say.

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January 13 2015

Environment, not cash, encourages L.A. residents to save electricity


What does it take to get the average Angeleno to shut off the lights, or unplug a few power-swilling appliances and e-gadgets?

According to UCLA researchers, the least effective way to get a Los Angeles family to save electricity is by telling them how much they'll save in the process -- mostly because it's not a whole lot.

Instead, researchers said it was far more persuasive to tell energy consumers just how many pounds of pollution their power usage generated, and how that pollution has been linked to diseases like cancer and childhood asthma.

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