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October 2 2014

UFO Appears Above Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters


Ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have drawn tens of thousands of citizens, taking to the streets, demonstrating their opposition to news that China will choose the candidates for the upcoming 2017 election.

During one of those protests, the crowd got a little something extra as a brightly lit object appeared in the sky above the throng, moving slowly at first and then, as the BBC caught it on camera, the UFO suddenly shot up in the air out of sight.

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October 2 2014

How do you get from dinosaur arms to bird wings? It's all in the wrist


Has a team of Chilean scientists finally put an end to the decades-long debate over how birds evolved from dinosaurs? Well, not entirely. But they have clarified some critical details about one small but significant part: the wrist.

Led by University of Chile biologist Alexander Vargas, the team sought to understand how the wrist evolved from a rigid fixture in dinosaurs to the hyperflexible structure found in the wings their only known living descendants.

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October 2 2014

Ghosts of mother's sexual past show up in fly offspring, study shows


What if that sexual partner you'd rather forget remained forever a part of your life?

Sydney scientists have shown for the first time that offspring can resemble their mother's previous sexual partner – in flies, at least.


Related: Previous Sex Partners' Semen Can Influence Fly Offspring

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October 2 2014

UV light removes 80% of allergens from peanuts


Scientists are using pulsed light to remove allergens from peanuts in the hope that most people will be able to eat them safely.

If allergens can be cut from 150 milligrams of protein per peanut to below 1.5 milligrams, 95 percent of people with peanut allergies would be safe, researchers say.

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October 2 2014

Yes, Some Rainbows Only Have One Color


Not all rainbows are as colorful as their reputation suggests. There are some spectacular monochrome rainbows, when the conditions are right. The cooler shades drop out of the rainbow, leaving bands of yellow, orange, and red. Sometimes the rainbow narrows down to a bright red streak of light.

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October 2 2014

Tibetan plateau gets wired up for monsoon prediction


The gigantic, remote Tibetan plateau is being flooded with sensors in an unprecedented attempt to understand its influence on climate — especially the Asian monsoons, which caused deadly flooding in India and Pakistan in September. The US$49-million Chinese effort could help to predict extreme weather — both in Asia and as far afield as North America — and give scientists a steer on how climate change affects these events.

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October 2 2014

Woodstock New York’s Main Streets Act as a Giant Cosmic Calendar and Compass


It’s not hard to speculate; long before modern roads crisscrossed our landscape, before carriage roads, wagon roads and railroads existed, when nothing but a network of foot paths connected important places, some of these paths may have held a very particular importance themselves. Many were probably used by ancient populations as transportation routes and corridors from village to village, connecting important renewable resources or from waterway to waterway, acting as portages for light craft. Others may have been used for more ceremonial purposes and aligned with celestial events such as equinox and solstice sunrises and sunsets. Could some of these original pathways still exist and be discernable today? Well, the answer is yes.


See also: Happy Autumnal Equinox! by Walter Cruttenden for GrahamHancock.com

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October 2 2014

'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface


A massive feature on the moon formed due to lunar rifts, in a surprise revision to earlier theories, research shows. Previously, scientists thought the moon's Ocean of Storms was a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers have found it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed.


Related: Solving the mystery of the 'man in the moon': Volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon's largest basin

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October 2 2014

Huge Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Is Made of Toxic Cyanide


A giant cloud that covers the south pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a surprisingly poisonous nature: It's made of cyanide. The giant cloud, first spotted by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012, is the size of Egypt and covers Titan's south pole.

The discovery suggests that the air above Titan's poles can get much cooler than previously thought, scientists said.

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October 2 2014

Titan's Enigmatic "Magic Island" Continues To Baffle Scientists


Remember that bizarre "magic island" on Titan's northern seas? The one that suddenly emerged and then inexplicably disappeared? Well, it's baaa-aaack — and it's changed.

So this thing — whatever it is — is clearly evolving. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring the progress of the mysterious feature, which resides in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. It appears to cover an area about 100 square miles (260 square km) in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's largest seas.

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October 2 2014

This Huge Alien Planet Is Making Its Host Star Age Prematurely


A nearby star is not acting its age, thanks to the influence of a massive exoplanet.

The close-orbiting alien planet, known as WASP-18b, is apparently disrupting the magnetic field of its host star so much that the object is behaving like a much older star, researchers said.

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October 2 2014

This Physicist Says She Has Proof Black Holes Simply Don't Exist


Scientists have lots of bizarre theories about black holes. Black holes gobble up everything that gets too close, even light. They can cause time to slow. They contain entire universes.

But here's something about black holes you might not have heard: they simply don't exist.

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October 2 2014

If the Large Hadron Collider made music, what would it sound like?


Helping scientists to discover the Higgs boson was, it seems, just one of the Large Hadron Collider’s talents. It turns out that CERN’s particle accelerator can write a decent tune too.

Seven physicists from the facility have proved it by translating data collected by the Large Hadron Collider’s four experiments – ATLAS, ALICE, CMS and LHCb – into music using “data sonification” technology.

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October 2 2014

Living close to wind farms could cause hearing damage


Living close to wind farms may lead to severe hearing damage or even deafness, according to new research which warns of the possible danger posed by low frequency noise.

The physical composition of inner ear was “drastically” altered following exposure to low frequency noise, like that emitted by wind turbines, a study has found.

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October 2 2014

Your Sense of Smell Could Predict When You'll Die


If you want to know how long you'll live, your nose might help you sniff out the answer, a new study suggests.

In a study of older adults, researchers have found a link between the inability to identify certain scents— like peppermint or fish — and an increased risk of mortality over the next five years. Known as "olfactory dysfunction," the loss of smell is an even stronger predictor of when a person will likely die than conditions such as heart failure, cancer or lung disease, according to researchers at the University of Chicago.

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October 1 2014

Microsoft is trying to predict the future, and so far it's succeeding


Back in June, Microsoft gave Windows Phone's personal assistant the ability to make predictions on World Cup games. It started off as a fun little novelty — the AI inside your phone is making a guess! — but it quickly became a lot more than that: the assistant, Cortana, was actually predicting the outcomes correctly. It ended up nailing all 15 of the knockout games.

That's because Cortana's data was coming from Microsoft's own research arm, and Microsoft is now looking to invest more heavily in its ability to predict the future.

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October 1 2014

Meet Amelia: the computer that's after your job


A new artificially intelligent computer system called 'Amelia' – that can read and understand text, follow processes, solve problems and learn from experience – could replace humans in a wide range of low-level jobs

In February 2011 an artificially intelligent computer system called IBM Watson astonished audiences worldwide by beating the two all-time greatest Jeopardy champions at their own game.

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