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May 11 2015

Could eating fruit be making you hungrier?


Scientists have discovered why you may experience that feeling of emptiness in your stomach after eating a fruit salad.

Writing for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Southern California found that the naturally occuring sugar in fruit, fructose, leaves people feeling hungrier and desiring more food.

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May 11 2015

Ebola in Man's Eye Turns It From Blue to Green


The Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood, researchers said.

Dr. Ian Crozier, an American doctor, was diagnosed with Ebola in September 2014 while working in Sierra Leone with the World Health Organization. He was sent back to the United States to Emory University Hospital’s special Ebola unit in Atlanta, Georgia.

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May 11 2015

If you’re a mosquito magnet, blame your parents


It’s not just popular imagination: mosquitoes bite some people more than others. We don't really understand why, but a recent paper in PLOS One suggests that genes could play a role in the attractiony.

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May 11 2015

First-Ever In-Home Toilets Spotted for Ants


Other than dung beetles, most animals try their best to avoid poop. Humans typically build entire rooms designed to flush the stuff away. The ick factor evolved for good reason: fecal matter is a great place for microorganisms to live and grow, some of which can lead to serious infection and illness.

Like us, many insects that live in colonies have evolved ways of keeping their nests and hives sanitary.

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May 11 2015

Ancient Brain Shows How Animals Evolved Heads


One of the oldest brains ever discovered is providing clues on how the world's first heads evolved.

The over 500-million-year-old brain, described in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology, suggests that rudimentary brains emerged before defined heads. Defined heads likely emerged later to protect brains.

The ancient brain belonged to a crustacean called Odaria alata, which had a pair of large eyes on stalks that made it look like the tiny organism was wearing deely boppers. Scientists also often say that Odaria alata looked like a submarine.

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May 11 2015

Ancient Figurine Raises Questions About Neolithic Cultures


A discovery in south-central Israel has raised interesting questions about the first human settlements in the Middle East and challenged the long-held belief that they all belonged to the Yarmukian culture. The figurine, found at a dig aimed at rescuing possible archaeological artefacts before a water company lays a pipe at the location, looks like a fertility goddess and was most probably used for ritualistic purposes, Haaretz reports, citing the archaeologists who took part in the dig.

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May 11 2015

Highest stone circle in southern England found on Dartmoor


The highest stone circle in southern England has been found on a weather-battered slice of moorland in Devon.

Situated 525 metres (1,722ft) above sea level, the ancient site is the first stone circle to be found on Dartmoor for more than a century.

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May 11 2015

Ancient Irish ate very little beef or fish despite abundance of both


There was an “extraordinarily high” number of cattle here from earliest times and an abundance of fish in the waters, yet Irish people ate very little beef or fish, a new paper has found.

UCD honorary professor of archaeology Liam Downey and environmental archaeologist Dr Ingelise Stuijts collated and analysed a body of research that looked at food consumed from the time of the earliest documentary sources up to the late 17th century.

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May 11 2015

What is a Pyramid doing in the Heart of Rome?


The Great Pyramid of Giza is undoubtedly one of the most well-known icons of ancient Egypt. Nevertheless, similar pyramids are found scattered all throughout Egypt and beyond. Egyptian-style pyramids have been found south of the border in modern day Sudan. These pyramids were built by the rulers of the Kingdom of Kush. In 30 BC, Egypt became a province in the Roman Empire, and the Romans even launched a military expedition into Kushite territory in 23 BC.

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May 11 2015

City living in Roman Britain meant longer lives but worse teeth


Rural living today may conjure up instant images of health and wholesomeness. But it wasn't always that way – new evidence from hundreds of rural and urban skeletons buried during the Roman occupation of southern England suggests that at that time, town-dwellers had the last laugh.

"The assumption is always that if you're living in the countryside it's healthier," says Rebecca Redfern of the Museum of London, who headed the investigation. "But we found that urban dwellers were more likely to reach old age than their rural counterparts.".

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May 11 2015

Medieval Death Sculptures Were Least Flattering Selfies Ever


Paying an artist to sculpt a dead, emaciated, and nearly naked version of yourself sounds pretty bizarre; but that’s only because it’s out of fashion. According to Christina Welch, some wealthy individuals and families in the Late Middle Ages paid premium prices for carved cadaver selfies.

Sometimes people commissioned death sculptures of themselves while they were still alive; sometimes families has them made, either before or after a loved one's death.

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May 10 2015

Archaeologists in India Discover Ancient Hero Stones that Retell Epic Battles and Honorable Deaths


Intricately carved ancient Hero Stones can be found across India. These decorated stone markers serve as monuments to honorable deaths, commemorating fallen heroes and ferocious warriors who sacrificed themselves in order to protect lives and land. Archaeologists in Andhra Pradesh have found two Hero Stones dating to the ninth and tenth century A.D. which are still used in local worship during festivals.

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May 10 2015

Traces of flowers placed on a Palaeolithic tomb are found


The burial of the so-called Red Lady, dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic, was discovered in El Mirón cave (Cantabria) in 2010. The Journal of Archaeological Science has devoted a special edition to all the studies conducted at this unique burial site, because there are hardly any Palaeolithic tombs like this one which is intact and which has not been contaminated.


Alt: The 'Red Lady of El Mirón' was covered in FLOWERS: Scientists find 16,000-year-old fossilised pollen in mystery tomb

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May 10 2015

Natural rockface or tribal sculpture? Peru and US’s Hunt Oil don’t care


The recent “rediscovery” of the “Harakbut Face” in the Amazon raises fears about gas exploration.

Do you see what that man in the photo above sees in the rock in front of him? That’s what some Harakbut indigenous people call the “Rostro Harakbut” - the “Harakbut Face” - located in a spectacular, super-remote part of the south-east Peruvian Amazon.

Is the “Rostro” natural - whatever that means really - or has it been sculpted, or does that even matter?


Related: Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water

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May 10 2015

I won human rights for a chimpanzee


You've been granted a groundbreaking court order that means Stony Brook University in New York has to legally justify keeping two research chimpanzees. What happened?
We filed a petition under a habeas corpus statute, which is usually used to bring a prisoner or detainee before a court to determine if detention is lawful. For the first time, a judge has ordered someone detaining chimpanzees to come to court and argue that it is legal. The arguments will hinge upon whether two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, are entitled to legal personhood rather than being viewed as legal things.

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May 10 2015

To Zoom In, Bats Say “Ahh!”


In the future when touch screens are obsolete and we control our devices by facial gesture, maybe we’ll zoom in and out the same way a bat does it. We’ll open our mouths wide to narrow our field of focus. To see the bigger picture, we’ll purse our lips tightly. But while we’ll only be reading the news or shopping online, bats are operating one of the coolest sensory systems owned by a mammal.

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May 10 2015

Human bat uses echoes and sounds to see the world


WHAT is it like to be a bat? It's a question philosophers interested in consciousness like to ponder. Yet a few people already have something of a bat's world view.

Brian Borowski, a 59-year-old Canadian who was born blind, began teaching himself to echolocate aged 3. He clicks with his tongue or snaps his fingers as he moves about, unconsciously decoding the echoes.

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