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May 5 2015

800-year-old rune stick unearthed during excavation of Danish city


The little stick found underneath the streets of Odense, Denmark’s third largest city, is only 8.5 centimetres in length -- but it isn’t just any old stick. The so-called rune stick was made in the early 13th century, said Odense City Museums in a press release.


Related: World's oldest handwritten parchment letter heads to London for exhibition of philatelic treasures

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May 5 2015

World's Oldest Blood Found in Famed "Iceman" Mummy


The world's oldest known blood cells have been found on Ötzi the Iceman, according to the latest research on the 5,300-year-old mummy.

What's more, the discovery proves that the Stone Age homicide victim had a quick, if not painless, death.

Ötzi has been the subject of extensive postmortem investigations ever since his corpse was discovered in an Alpine glacier on the Austrian-Italian border in 1991.

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May 5 2015

Can this blood test predict cancer years early?


A simple blood test might one day predict cancer years before an actual diagnosis.

Researchers say that a distinct pattern—characterized by a rapid shortening of blood telomeres followed by a stabilization three or four years before cancer is diagnosed—could ultimately yield a new biomarker to predict cancer development with a blood test.

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May 5 2015

China's Manufacturers Are Shifting Towards Zero-Labor Factories


A company in South China’s Guangdong province is building the city’s first zero-labor factory. It’s an effort to address worker shortages and rising labor costs, but the rise of semi-autonomous “smart factories” could be a sign of things to come, in China and elsewhere.

As China Daily is reporting, local authorities in Guangdong are introducing its “robot assembling line” strategy.

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May 5 2015

Odd Push in Drug-Averse Norway: LSD Is O.K.


In a country so wary of drug abuse that it limits the sale of aspirin, Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, is pushing what would seem a doomed cause: the rehabilitation of LSD.

It matters little to him that the psychedelic drug has been banned here and around the world for more than 40 years. Mr. Johansen pitches his effort not as a throwback to the hippie hedonism of the 1960s, but as a battle for human rights and good health.

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May 5 2015

Can't sleep? Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique


You've tried a warm bath, a hot, milky drink and even counting sheep, but you're still lying wide awake wondering why you can't fall asleep.

Now, one scientist claims he has a way of getting insomniacs to slip into a slumber in just 60 seconds – and it doesn't involve prescription drugs or strange lighting.


Related: Waterfall video uploaded to YouTube helps people with insomnia

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May 5 2015

Probiotics May Help Relieve Seasonal Allergies


Probiotics, or "good bacteria," may be helpful to people with seasonal allergies, a new review suggests.

Researchers analyzed the results from more than 20 previous studies and found that hay fever sufferers may get some benefits from using probiotics, improving their symptoms and quality of life.

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May 5 2015

Pollen and clouds: April flowers bring May showers?


The main job of pollen is to help seed the next generation of trees and plants, but a new study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M shows that the grains might also seed clouds.

The unexpected findings demonstrate that these wind-carried capsules of genetic material might have an effect on the planet's climate. And they highlight a new link between plants and the atmosphere.

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May 5 2015

Fjords are 'hotspots' in global carbon cycling


While fjords are celebrated for their beauty, these ecosystems are also major carbon sinks that likely play an important role in the regulation of the planet's climate, new research reveals.

The finding is newly published in the international journal Nature Geoscience.

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May 5 2015

Volcanoes may cause drastic temperature shifts on distant super-Earth


Forty light years from Earth, scientists have found an extreme planet where the atmospheric temperature was observed swinging wildly from 1,800 to 4,900 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of a two-year period.

Astronomers cannot yet say for certain what might be responsible for these drastic shifts in temperature, but in a new study, they suggest massive volcanoes on the planet's surface may be to blame.

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May 5 2015

Meteors Delivered Gold to Baby Earth, New Study Hints


Not all that glitters is gold. But Earth would have a lot less of the glittery stuff if not for a massive rain of meteors about 3.9 billion years ago, according to a new study.

Based on analysis of some of the world's oldest rocks, scientists have the first direct evidence that a cataclysmic meteor shower changed early Earth's chemical composition.

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May 5 2015

Evidence of briny water on Mars


Data collected on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover and analyzed by University of Arkansas researchers indicate that water, in the form of brine, may exist under certain conditions on the planet's surface.

The finding, published in the May 2015 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, is based on almost two years of weather data collected from an impact crater near the planet's equatorial region.

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May 5 2015

Parkes telescope scientists discover 'strange signals' from kitchen microwave


The strange signals detected by the Parkes telescope in central-west NSW were not intergalactic signals but instead, emissions escaping from a microwave in the site's kitchen, scientists say.

Scientists at the radio telescope facility are researching "fast radio bursts" which could be intergalactic signals.

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May 4 2015

Mysterious Glow Detected At Center Of Milky Way Galaxy


A mysterious glow has been observed at the center of the Milky Way, and scientists are struggling to figure out exactly what's causing it.

One possibility is that the high-energy X-rays that make up the baffling glow are "'howls' of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions." At least that's the way NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put it in a rather playful news release entitled "NASA's NuStar Captures Possible 'Screams from Zombie Stars.".

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May 4 2015

Astronomers Seek Super-Size Hubble Successor to Search for Alien Life


On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope rode a space shuttle into low Earth orbit to become the most productive observatory in history. A quarter-century on, the universe may be the same but our understanding of it is not, forever transformed by the pristine ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared vistas revealed by the Hubble’s 2.4-meter mirror high above Earth’s atmosphere.

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May 4 2015

This Medieval Prayer Wheel Is More Than 1,000 Years Old And No One Knows How To Use It


The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Order Of The Diagram Written Here Teaches The Return Home.”

Think Parcheesi or Sorry.

But then think again. The board is not cardboard or plastic; it’s 1,035-year-old vellum. And there are no dice — just prayers.

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May 4 2015

Zombie bacteria may help heal wounds


Bacteria killed with silver can destroy living bacterial strains through a novel mechanism dubbed 'the zombie effect', a new study has found.

In the study, strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa were killed with silver nitrate solution, a common antibacterial agent.

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