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January 28 2015

At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought


Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult," archaeologists suggest, and hurried sacrifices to a water god to try to stave off the fall of their civilization.

At the Cara Blanca site in Belize, archaeologists report the discovery of a water temple complex: a small plaza holding the collapsed remnants of a lodge and two smaller structures.

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January 28 2015

Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican society's demise was more complex than just weather


A team of researchers with members from Mexico, the U.S. and Germany has found that the demise of the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican society centered around a city known as Cantona, was likely due to a combination of weather and politics.


Alt: Early Mesoamericans affected by climate change

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January 28 2015

Easter Island mystery: Why did the native culture die out?


Long before the Europeans arrived on Easter Island in 1722, the native Polynesian culture known as Rapa Nui showed signs of demographic decline. However, the catalyst has long been debated in the scientific community. Was environmental degradation the cause, or could a political revolution or an epidemic of disease be to blame? A collaborative study suggests that the island's native culture reacted to natural environmental barriers to producing sufficient crops.

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January 28 2015

Crude conspiracy theories could be right, study shows


Researchers have for the first time provided strong evidence for what conspiracy theorists have long thought - oil is often the reason for interfering in another country's war.

Throughout recent history, countries which need oil have found reasons to interfere in countries with a good supply of it and, the researchers argue, this could help explain the US interest in ISIS in northern Iraq.

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January 28 2015

Scientists discover way to unboil an egg – and the results are not as pointless as that sounds


A major study backed by the US and Australian governments has made a revolutionary breakthrough – they have managed to unboil an ordinary egg.

And while that may sound like a monumental waste of time and money, the results actually have huge implications for cancer treatments, biotechnology and a broad range of food production processes.

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January 28 2015

Desert Tawny Owl: New Species of Bird Discovered


A group of ornithologists led by Dr Manuel Schweizer from the Natural History Museum of Bern in Switzerland has described a new cryptic species of owl that inhabits the desert areas of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Yemen.

The newly-discovered species, named the Desert Tawny Owl, belongs to the earless owl genus, Strix.

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January 28 2015

How Earth’s earliest life overcame a genetic paradox


On ancient Earth, the earliest life encountered a paradox. Chains of RNA—the ancestor of DNA—were floating around, haphazardly duplicating themselves. Scientists know that eventually, these RNA chains must have become longer and longer, setting the stage for the evolution of complex life forms like amoebas, worms, and eventually humans. But under all current models, shorter RNA molecules, having less material to copy, would have reproduced faster, favoring the evolution of primitive organisms over complex ones.

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January 28 2015

Modern languages show no trace of our African origins


The evolution of human culture is often compared to biological evolution, and it’s easy to see why: both involve variation across a population, transmission of units from one generation to the next, and factors that ensure the survival of some variants and the death of others. However, sometimes this comparison fails. Culture, for instance, can be transmitted “horizontally” between members of the same generation, but genes can't.

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January 28 2015

What Facebook Addiction Looks Like in the Brain


For many Facebook users, the urge to like a kitten video or snoop on a high-school flame is almost irresistible.

As it turns out, this type of "Facebook addiction" may show up in the brain: A new study found that the brains of people who report compulsive urges to use the social networking site show some brain patterns similar to those found in drug addicts.


Related: Why the modern world is bad for your brain

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January 28 2015

Healing the mind: Science shows yoga can help treat depression, anxiety


Yoga has long been a popular form of exercise and meditation, but science is starting to confirm the ancient practice has the power to treat depression and anxiety.

With one in five Canadians dealing with a form of mental illness at some point in their lives, physicians are beginning to look beyond traditional methods of treatment, such as therapy or medication. Some are turning to yoga.


Related: Warped Brain Lobes Could Underlie Depression Symptoms

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January 28 2015

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids


HINT: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life

Our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence or ability—along with confidence in that ability—is a recipe for success. In fact, however, more than 35 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings.

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January 28 2015

Learn to Count like an Egyptian


Last semester, I began my math history class with some Babylonian arithmetic. The mathematics we were doing was easy—multiplying and adding numbers, solving quadratic equations by completing the square—but the base 60 system and the lack of a true zero made those basic operations challenging for my students.

Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics compares learning Egyptian math to learning a new language. “Spanish is stupid,” he told a junior high Spanish teacher after a run-in with an irregular verb. Irregular verbs can make a language seem arbitrary to an outsider.

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January 28 2015

Experts Say King Tut's Busted Burial Mask May Be Repairable


Late last week it was revealed that the beard from King Tut's burial mask was hastily glued back on with epoxy after being accidentally knocked off by a maintenance crew. After inspecting the priceless artifact, a German restoration specialist says it can probably be fixed.

We have some more information for you about this incident, both in terms of what happened and what's going to happen next.

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January 28 2015

Ancient underwater forest discovered off Norfolk coast


Nature experts have discovered a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old under the sea close to the Norfolk coast.

The trees were part of an area known as 'Doggerland' which formed part of a much bigger area before it was flooded by the North Sea.


Alt: Diver finds 10,000-year-old FOREST which originally stretched as far as Europe hidden under the North Sea (images)

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January 28 2015

Blackbeard's Booty: Pirate Ship Yields Medical Supplies


Archaeologists are excavating the vessel that served as the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, and the medical equipment they have recovered from the shipwreck suggests the notorious buccaneer had to toil to keep his crew healthy.

Blackbeard is the most famous pirate who ever lived. His real name was Edward Teach (or possibly Thatch).

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January 27 2015

Ancient Iceman’s Tattoos Mapped


New research has revealed previously unknown tattoos on a man who had been preserved in ice for over 5,000 years.

By using advanced imaging techniques to analyse the ancient man, named Ötzi, the new tattoos were discovered on his chest.


Alt: Ötzi the iceman's hidden tattoos uncovered: Scans reveal previously unseen inkings on 5,300-year-old mummy's ribcage (images)

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January 27 2015

Bones From Era of Alexander the Great Raise More Questions Than Answers


Media reports and the blogosphere are fueling speculation that the remains of a woman found in a massive tomb in northern Greece may belong to Alexander the Great’s mother, Olympias, who was executed when she was about 60 years old.

The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports reported last week that the remains of five individuals have been found in the burial chamber of the elaborate tomb beneath what is known as Kasta Hill in the ancient city of Amphipolis.

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