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August 26 2014

Taung Child's skull and brain not human-like in expansion


The Taung Child, South Africa's premier hominin discovered 90 years ago by Wits University Professor Raymond Dart, never ceases to transform and evolve the search for our collective origins.


Related: Early Human Ancestor's Brain Didn't Grow Like Modern Humans'

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August 26 2014

Archaeologists Discover 15 Previously Unknown Monuments Buried Around Stonehenge


The mystery surrounding Stonehenge has suddenly deepened -- literally. A first-of-its-kind study suggests that 15 previously undiscovered or poorly understood monuments lie hidden under the ancient stone monument and its surroundings.

For the study, researchers used a variety of techniques -- including ground-penetrating radar and 3D laser scanning -- to create a highly detailed subsurface map of the entire area.

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August 26 2014

Scientists manipulate magnetically levitated objects


Researchers from Harvard University have discovered how to orientate small objects in any direction using magnetic levitation.

Methods to manipulate small objects are crucial to manufacture complex structures such as electronic components in assembly lines.

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August 26 2014

Secrets of the Manhattan Project Leaked 1500 Times During World War II


The World War II program to develop an atomic bomb was the largest secret project ever undertaken by the U.S. government. But newly-declassified documents reveal how it hard it was to keep things secret as the weapon neared completion. Information leaks were everywhere, even in church sermons.

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August 26 2014

Saturn's Titan --"The 'Rosetta Stone of the Origin of Life?”


Luckily for researchers, there is a possible laboratory in our solar system to help us better understand the conditions on Earth before life arose — a situation sometimes referred to as a “prebiotic” environment. That location is Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, that has fascinated researchers for decades, particularly after NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Saturn in the 1980s. The missions revealed a moon completely socked in with haze, which is a different experience to those used to gazing at Earth’s airless, cratered moon.

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August 26 2014

Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis


Though galaxies look larger than atoms and elephants appear to outweigh ants, some physicists have begun to suspect that size differences are illusory. Perhaps the fundamental description of the universe does not include the concepts of “mass” and “length,” implying that at its core, nature lacks a sense of scale.

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August 26 2014

Holding a Mirror to Their Natures: Looking at Twin Personality Through Look-alikes


When twins have similar personalities, is it mainly because they share so much genetic material or because their physical resemblance makes other people treat them alike?

Most researchers believe the former, but the proposition has been hard to prove. So Nancy L. Segal, a psychologist who directs the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton, decided to test it — and enlisted an unlikely ally.

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August 26 2014

Study shows lesbians have more orgasms.


Who has better sex: heterosexuals or homosexuals? You might have your own guesses, but these scientists surveyed over 6,000 people on the internet to generate some hard data on how often people experienced orgasm with a familiar partner. Turns out that homosexual and heterosexual men have similar orgasm frequencies (~85%), while women on average have lower (~63%) rates of orgasm. However, if you separate heterosexual and homosexual women, there’s a big difference.

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August 26 2014

How You Play With Dolls Predicts Your Parenting


Wondering how your relationship will change when you have kids? Pick up a doll, a new study suggests.

Researchers watched 182 couples in the third trimester of pregnancy playing with a infant-sized doll, and then examined the couples’ interactions with their babies nine months after birth.

Couples who were supportive of each other with the doll tended to be equally positive in their real-life parenting relationship. Those who criticized each other with the doll kept criticizing each other with their babies.

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August 26 2014

Exposure to Toxins Makes Granddaughters More Susceptible to Stress


Women with ancestral exposure to toxins may be more susceptible to stress, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University found that female rats whose great grandparents were exposed to vinclozolin become much more vulnerable to stress. Males who have the same combination of ancestral exposure and stress do not have the same adverse effects.


Related: Smoking during pregnancy may affect grandchildren's growth

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August 26 2014

Cancer is as old as multicellular life on Earth and will probably never be completely eradicated


Richard Nixon declared war on cancer 43 years ago.

He was about one billion years too late.

According to a recent study, cancer has been around as long as multicellular life — and it’s not going anywhere.

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August 26 2014

Graham: Judgement Hall of Osiris



Thanks to Niels Vergouwen for permission to share his brilliant cartoon here. Such a perfect comment on the religious intolerance and bigotry swirling in the world today. Niels' website: http://www.couldbeworse-comic.com/index.html. Check out the archive: http://www.couldbeworse-comic.com/archief.html

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August 26 2014

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermont’s “full-blown heroin crisis.” Since 2000, he said, the state had seen a 250 percent increase in addicts receiving treatment. The courts were swamped with heroin-related cases. In 2013 the number of people charged with heroin trafficking in federal court in Vermont increased 135 percent from the year before, according to federal records.


Related: End the prohibition of heroin - A cop’s experience tells him the drug war is doing more harm than good.

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August 26 2014

Medical marijuana could reduce painkiller abuse, study suggests


Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation's scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it's set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients.

The new research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds that deaths associated with the use of opiate drugs fell in 13 states after they legalized medical marijuana.

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August 26 2014

Marijuana Use Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence In Married Couples, Study Finds


Past research has indicated that couples who abuse substances are at a greater risk for divorce, in part because substance abuse often leads to an increase in domestic violence.

However, new research has found that when it comes to marijuana use, the opposite effect occurs: couples who frequently use marijuana are actually at a lower risk of partner violence.


Related: China is busting pot farmers from space

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August 25 2014

The Moon Smells: Apollo Astronauts Describe Lunar Aroma


The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer.

With NASA's six Apollo lunar landing missions between 1969 and the end of 1972, a total of 12 astronauts kicked up the powdery dirt of the moon, becoming an elite group later to be tagged as the "dusty dozen.".

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August 25 2014

Whole organ 'grown' in world first


A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland.

A group of cells developed into a thymus - a critical part of the immune system - when transplanted into mice.

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