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February 8 2015

Earthly Extremophiles Prompt Speculation about Alien Life


Discoveries of extreme life here on Earth often provoke speculation about what might lurk in other worlds. And so it was, when I reported on January 21 that fish were found living in an isolated corner of the ocean beneath 740 meters of ice in Antarctica: People asked what this might mean for finding life on distant worlds such as Europa, a moon of Jupiter that very likely harbors an ocean of liquid water beneath a crust of ice.

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February 8 2015

UFO Buzzed French Nuclear Power Plant Says Director


Several unidentified flying objects have been spotted over nuclear power plants in France and Belgium over the last few months, and the story has been all over European news.


Related: ‘Mystery Boom’ Reports May Have Drone Connection, Researcher Says
Related: Twin UFO ‘Ships’ Hover Over Vero Beach, Caught On Video — But What Does The Tape Really Show?
Related: Dark UFO resembling a flying horse is caught on film hovering by erupting Mexican volcano

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February 8 2015

Has Bigfoot been spotted in Yellowstone Park?


Video taken at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA appears to show as many as four bigfoot roaming around between the trees.

The footage shows several bison in the foreground, but among the trees at the back it is possible to see four elusive figures. However, only one of the figures continues to walk across the snow.


Related: Loch Ness Monster Photo Wins Prize But is it Nessie?

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February 8 2015

Scientists crack a great mystery: Why do cats love sleeping in cardboard boxes?


Scientists may have cracked the answer to one of the great mysteries of the animal kingdom: why do cats sleep in cardboard boxes?

Anyone who lived with a cat has probably come home to find their feline companion sleeping in a strange place. Carelessly discarded cardboard boxes are as good as any.


Related: Florida 'zombie cat' crawls out of grave

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February 8 2015

Inside the California Prison Where Inmates Train Rescue Dogs


Prison may seem like the worst possible place to train a dog, especially at a facility like the California State Prison in Los Angeles County, home to the kinds of criminals we often think of as society’s worst.

But last year, a select group of the prison’s inmates—many serving life sentences for heinous crimes of murder and kidnapping—helped give rescue dogs a second life by caring for them, training them, and after an intensive 12-week program, turning them over to an adoptive family.

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February 8 2015

Babies Understand Friendship, Meanies and Bystanders


Babies who are just over a year old already comprehend complex social interactions — they understand what other people know and don't know, and expect them to behave accordingly, new research shows.


Related: Baby's genes, not mom's, may trigger some preterm births
Related: Dutch babies trump US peers in laughing, smiling, cuddling
Related: BPA and 'BPA-free' alternative linked to fetal brain changes

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February 8 2015

Banish smartphones and computers from bedroom to get a good sleep, say scientists


Health experts have warned for years watching television before bed is bad for sleep.

But now researchers say other gadgets like tablets, smartphones and mp3 players should also be banished from the bedroom because they are having a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing.


Related: Study suggests sleeping drugs can increase risk of Alzheimer’s

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February 8 2015

Can pot treat depression?


Marijuana appears to ease symptoms of depression caused by chronic stress, new research with animals suggests.


Related: Does Binge-Watching Make Us Depressed? Good Question
Related: Facebook can cause depression in people who compare themselves with others
Related: Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'
Related: 'Darwinian' test uncovers an antidepressant's hidden toxicity

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February 8 2015

Red wine antioxidant can prevent memory deterioration


You'd expect red wine to make remembering harder not easier, but in fact it helps prevent age related memory decline, according to new research.

Scientists at Texas A&M say it's all down to the wonder antioxidant resveratrol, also found in the skin of red grapes, some berries and peanuts.


Related: Another reason to drink wine: It could help you burn fat, study suggests

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February 8 2015

Both cause and cure for diabetes could be in your gut


Having the wrong kind of gut bugs might help cause type-1 diabetes. But a genetically engineered form of a microbe found in some dairy products could trick intestine cells into making much-needed insulin.

The discovery that "the wrong bacteria" can make type-1 diabetes more likely comes from a 3-year analysis of 33 Finnish infants genetically identified to be at a higher risk of diabetes.

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February 8 2015

Did fecal transplant make woman obese?


The case of a normal-weight woman who rapidly became obese after receiving a fecal transplant from an overweight relative has raised new concern over the screening of donated stool.

The patient, who underwent the novel procedure to treat a recurring bacterial infection in her intestines, has gained more than 40 pounds since the transplant and continues to gain weight.


Related: Oatmeal for Breakfast May Result in Greater Fullness, Lower Calorie Intake at Lunch

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February 8 2015

China is Turning Fecal Sludge Into ‘Black Gold’


Heinz-Peter Mang is obsessed with turning human waste into gold. As millions of Chinese move to cities, the German engineer is convinced the country is on the way to hitting the jackpot.

A growing portion of China’s toilet waste is converted into fertilizer and biogas. In Beijing, 6,800 tons of human excrement are treated each day by some estimates: enough to fill almost three Olympic-size swimming pools.

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February 8 2015

Thousand-year-old Egyptian mummies found floating in sewage


If there’s any indication that the underbelly of Egypt is still teeming with priceless cultural relics, it’s the fact that a number of said relics have ended up in the country’s sewage system. Police have found several ancient sarcophagi floating down a sewage canal in Egypt, likely ditched by people digging illegally in the area.


Related: Archaeologist begins dig in the Sudan, Nile River Valley area

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February 8 2015

The palm sized tablets that reveal what life was like for Jews exiled in Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon


A new exhibition of ancient clay tablets discovered in modern-day Iraq is shedding light for the first time on the daily life of Jews exiled to Babylon 2,500 years ago.


Related: Tomb raiders arrested in Ashkelon National Park for looting, damaging ancient site
Related: Nicaragua canal developers collect 15,000 relics along route

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February 8 2015

Archaeologists use airborne lasers to solve mystery of Angkor's demise


A team of University of Sydney archaeologists, led by Dr Damian Evans, have used groundbreaking laser imaging to map central Angkor and to help identify how unstable climate change damaged the city's water system and contributed to its demise. Their groundbreaking work is the subject of a new SBS documentary.

Professor Roland Fletcher leads the Greater Angkor Project in Cambodia, a major international effort to map the great pre-industrial, dispersed, low-density city, covering an area of about 1,000 sq km.

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February 8 2015

Mysterious Stone Carving May Contain Old Message


A weighty stone carved with a mysterious pattern that may be writing has been discovered in a garden in Leicester, England.

The hefty carving was up for sale as a garden ornament when archaeologist and TV presenter James Balme found it. The carving, which was very dirty, may have been plowed up many years ago, Balme said. Despite the carving's poor shape, he thought it was no ordinary ornament; so he purchased it and carefully cleaned it.

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February 7 2015

Newfound 'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' Discovered in Ancient Text


A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher who has studied the text.

Anne Marie Luijendijk, a professor of religion at Princeton University, discovered that this newfound gospel is like no other. "When I began deciphering the manuscript and encountered the word 'gospel' in the opening line, I expected to read a narrative about the life and death of Jesus as the canonical gospels present, or a collection of sayings similar to the Gospel of Thomas (a non-canonical text)," she wrote in her book "Forbidden Oracles?: The Gospel of the Lots of Mary".

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