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April 1 2014

'British scientists clone dinosaur': They haven't, they won't and they never will - here's why


An extraordinary story of the world’s first cloned dinosaur has got a lot of traction on Twitter and inspired alarmist comparisons to Jurassic Park. It is also, not unexpectedly, a complete fake.

The article claims that scientists at Liverpool’s John Moores University are currently incubating a baby Apotosaurus nicknamed "Spot", after retrieving the creature’s DNA from a fossil and injecting it into the womb of an ostrich.

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April 1 2014

Black death burial site uncovered


Skeletons unearthed during excavations for a new London rail line are victims of the Black Death pandemic that swept western Europe in the 14th century, DNA tests reveal.

Researchers say the skeletons' teeth contain DNA traces of the Yersinia pestis bacterium, which was responsible for the Black Death plague.

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April 1 2014

Did a Dolphin Really Say 'Sargassum'?


While Dr. Dolittle-like conversations with animals are still years away, they are more in the realm of reality now since researchers recently announced that a dolphin used a whistle it had been taught meant “sargassum,” a brown seaweed familiar to marine mammals

This particular whistle, along with others for “scarf” and “rope” (manmade objects that dolphins enjoy playing with), previously were invented by researchers and introduced to the dolphins, with the hope that the dolphins might incorporate the sounds into their own “vocabulary.”

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April 1 2014

Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling


The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.

It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.

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April 1 2014

Can science stop sharks attacking humans?


Sharks have patrolled the oceans for at least 400 million years and evolved into a huge range of remarkable species.

There are deep sea lantern sharks that glow in the dark, wobbegong sharks that grow shaggy beards, and majestic, plankton-sifting whale sharks - the biggest fish in the sea.

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April 1 2014

Vibration may help heal chronic wounds


Wounds may heal more quickly if exposed to low-intensity vibration, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The finding, in mice, may hold promise for the 18 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, and especially the quarter of them who will eventually suffer from foot ulcers. Their wounds tend to heal slowly and can become chronic or worsen rapidly.

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April 1 2014

Breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology


Scientists have managed to create artificial nanostructures called metamaterials that can 'bend light.' But the challenge has been making enough of the material to turn invisibility cloaks into a practical reality. New research, however, may have just cracked that barrier.

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April 1 2014

Transparent Armor Inspired by Oyster Shell


Two new scientific papers in the last week describe ways to make new kinds of armor that take inspiration from humble mollusks: the abalone and the windowpane oyster. Researchers for both teams, one from France the other from MIT, say they don’t think it will be long before soldiers, and perhaps our cars, will be outfitted bio-inspired armor, windshields or heat shields.

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April 1 2014

‘Electronic skin' equipped with memory


Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person’s movements, receive diagnostic information and release drugs into skin.

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April 1 2014

Scientists Grow Muscles in the Lab That Can Heal Themselves


Biomedical engineers have developed lab-grown skeletal muscles that can flex as strongly as the natural-born items, work the way they're supposed to when they're implanted in mice — and even heal themselves if they're hurt.

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April 1 2014

Grammar hardwired into our brains


Shoes two blue or shoes blue two: which phrase makes more sense?

Certain grammatical rules may be hardwired into our brains so we have an instinctive sense of how certain types of words should be grouped together, no matter what language we speak, a new study suggests.

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April 1 2014

You really CAN tell how intelligent a man is just by looking at him, scientists say


Researchers have found we have an inbuilt ability to tell how intelligent a man is just by looking at them.

The team from the Czech Republic found people we unable to perform the same deduction on women.

The team admit they are baffled as to how we do it - and say it does not appear to be based on symmetry of the alignment of features.

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April 1 2014

The Math Genius Who Invented His Own Language


Giuseppe Peano was, in his time, a towering mathematical genius. He was also a man who did a number of very unusual things - like making up a language, and insisting on lecturing his college students in it.

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April 1 2014

Monks use crowdfunding to restore Rome cell used by St Francis of Assisi


Crowdfunding and medieval history have come together in Rome, with a group of Franciscan monks using the internet to raise funds to restore a dusty cell apparently used by St Francis of Assisi.

Located in the Trastevere district, the church of San Francesco a Ripa looks much like any of the other 900 churches in the Eternal City.

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April 1 2014

Boudicca’s Burial Discovered at Kings Cross


The archaeological world was reeling today from the news that a team of researchers has made the discovery of the century at the site of the Kings Cross rail development in London.

Professor M. Maus, leading an archaeological team from the London Institute of Studies, was able to reveal to the press the burial site of the famous flame haired Queen of the Iceni; Boudicca.

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March 31 2014

What's the matter with Stonehenge?


This weekend I took friends visiting from Peru to see Stonehenge, Britain's most renowned ancient monument, which they were naturally very keen to see. We were stunned and horrified by what we found there. This world heritage site is managed on behalf of humanity by "English Heritage" who are clearly gripped by a bureaucratic, unimaginative mindset and who are in the process of turning the megalithic circle and its surroundings into something with about as much charm and mystery as Disneyland. Anyone who has been to Stonehenge within the last year will know that things were bad before, but they are a thousand times worse now. One must go first to the newly built visitor centre about a mile from the henge, and then be taken by shuttle bus or on a little supposedly ecologically friendly "train" drawn by Land Rover [See Photo] to the site where you are of course not allowed to approach the stones themselves but are kept at a distance by ropes and barriers. The theme park atmosphere induced by the shuttle bus and/or "train" ride completely destroys the mystery and creates an atmosphere in which the megaliths appear to be held captive, tamed, forced into obedience by the narrow-minded officials who have imposed their control on the site. No longer does it feel in any way that this is an English heritage or a British heritage or a world heritage monument of great mystery and spiritual power but rather that we are confronted by a beaten, destroyed, subjugated, enslaved monument castrated by the dead hand of bureaucracy. People are still able to walk in the surrounding fields half a mile or so away nearby the Neolithic long barrows and round barrows in the vicinity of Stonehenge but I have no doubt that this freedom, too, will soon be removed. Meanwhile the English Heritage organisation who are responsible for Stonehenge appear to have done little to dissuade the Ministry of Defence from building housing blocks at the exact point on the horizon where the sun at the summer solstice rises in line with the heel stone at Stonehenge. Nonetheless, if enough public opposition is registered it may still be possible to stop this silly and unnecessary housing plan (there is plenty of room to build these houses elsewhere) so please add your signature to this petition which I signed this morning and which must be completed and delivered tomorrow, 1 April 2014. Meanwhile Stonehenge does remain fully open to the public on four days a year, the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and the Winter and Summer Solstices. On the Spring Equinox 2014 my friends at Megalithomania filmed this short video at Stonehenge which addresses the Ministry of Defence housing plans and shows some of the construction work being done by English Heritage to tame the site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqLQaP0E17I.


Save Stonehenge Sunrise Horizon - ACT NOW! email them directly: DIO-ArmyBasing@mod.uk - Deadline is April 1st 2014!

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March 31 2014

Yellowstone earthquake: Biggest in 34 years, but not the 'big one'


Yellowstone National Park, which sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanoes, was struck on Sunday by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the biggest recorded there since February 1980, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The tremor, a relatively light event by seismic standards, struck the northwest corner of the park and capped a flurry of smaller quakes at Yellowstone since Thursday, geologists at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations said in a statement.

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March 31 2014

The biggest tsunami recorded was 1,720 feet tall and chances are good it will happen again


Fifty years ago this week, the Great Alaska Earthquake ravaged the Pacific Northwest, killing more than 100 people. Nine-tenths of those weren’t caused by the earthquake, though, but by a series of tsunamis that pummeled the coast, one of which towered 219 feet (66 meters) high.

They come taller than that, though.

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