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March 11 2015

New Self-Cleaning Paint Could Put An End To Washing Your Stuff


How great would it be to own a car that cleaned itself? Or clothing that resisted even tough stains like coffee and wine? You may soon find out.

A new paint developed by researchers overseas can be applied to clothes, paper, glass, and steel and--when combined with adhesives--retains its remarkable self-cleaning properties even after it's been scuffed and scratched.

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March 11 2015

Scientists have made concrete using plastic waste


Researchers from James Cook University in Australia have created concrete that's reinforced by plastic waste, rather than steel. The technique, which is a first in Australia, will greatly reduce the environmental impact of concrete, and we can't help but wonder why we're not doing this already.

“Using recycled plastic, we were able to get more than a 90 percent saving on CO2 emissions and fossil fuel usage compared to using the traditional steel mesh reinforcing"

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March 11 2015

Lynx to be reintroduced into wild in Britain after a 1,300-year absence


Lynx are to be reintroduced into the wild in Britain after a 1,300-year absence, under an ambitious “rewilding” plan drawn up by a conservation charity.

The Lynx UK Trust would release up to 18 of the cats onto private estates in Aberdeenshire, Cumbria and Norfolk if the idea is given the go-ahead by Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage.

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March 11 2015

Rodent recall: false but happy memories implanted in sleeping mice


Scientists have succeeded in creating false but happy memories in mice, in the first demonstration of memory manipulation during sleep.

In the study, positive feelings about a particular place were artificially written into the animal’s memory, which caused them to seek out that place in search of a reward when they woke up.

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March 11 2015

Cockroaches have personalities, study finds


Researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles found that the much-maligned cockroach has its own personality and even displays different character traits. The discovery could explain why cockroaches are considered such great survivors and able to adapt to inhospitable surroundings.

Scientists studied the behavior of Periplaneta americana, or the American cockroach, when exposed to light.

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March 11 2015

Blue blood on ice: How an Antarctic octopus survives the cold


An Antarctic octopus that lives in ice-cold water uses an unique strategy to transport oxygen in its blood, according to research published in Frontiers in Zoology. The study suggests that the octopus's specialized blood pigments could help to make it more resilient to climate change than Antarctic fish and other species of octopus.

The Antarctic Ocean hosts rich and diverse fauna despite inhospitable temperatures close to freezing. While it can be hard to deliver oxygen to tissues in the cold due to lower oxygen diffusion and increased blood viscosity, ice-cold waters already contain large amounts of dissolved oxygen.

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March 11 2015

Crystal amaze: how a chameleon changes colour revealed


It is one of nature’s most spectacular displays and now scientists have shown how the chameleon changes colour.

A study has found that the lizards possess a layer of skin cells that contain floating nanocrystals. The tiny crystals are roughly evenly spaced throughout the cell and this spacing determines the wavelength of light that the cells reflect.

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March 11 2015

Psychoactive Plant May Hold Key to Reversing Diabetes


A chemical found in ayahuasca has the potential to regenerate pancreas cells that have been lost to diabetes.

The researchers honed in on the main culprits in diabetes: beta cells. These cells concentrate in the pancreas in little clusters called islets, and they produce the insulin necessary to keep the body’s blood sugar levels stable.

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March 11 2015

Involved dads are happier at work, experience less job-family conflict


The more time fathers spend with their children on a typical day, the greater job satisfaction and less conflict between work and family they experience, according to a new study by Northeastern University researchers.

They found that companies also stand to benefit from these positive work-related outcomes for involved fathers—the more time dads spend with their children, the more likely they are to experience work-family enrichment and the less likely they are to think about quitting their jobs.


Related: Male partner's healthier lifestyle may help infertile obese female conceive

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March 11 2015

DNA mutation clock proves tough to set


Mathematicians keep refining pi even though they know it to more than 12 trillion digits; physicists beat themselves up because they cannot pin down the gravitational constant beyond three significant figures. Geneticists, by contrast, are having trouble deciding between one measure of how fast human DNA mutates and another that is half that rate.

The rate is key to calibrating the ‘molecular clock’ that puts DNA-based dates on events in evolutionary history.

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March 10 2015

With Gene Therapy We Could Direct Our Own Evolution


Human genetic engineering is not new; it has been going on for a long, long time — naturally. Ancient viruses are really good at inserting themselves and modifying human gene code. Over millennia, constant infections would come to mean that 8 percent of the entire human genome is made up of inserted virus code. All this gene recoding of our bodies occurred under Darwin’s rules, natural selection and random mutation. But nonrandom, deliberate human genetic engineering is new, and it is a big deal.


Related: Is Most of Our DNA Garbage?

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March 10 2015

Millions of modern men found to be descendants of 11 Asian dynastic leaders


Geneticists from the University of Leicester have discovered that millions of modern Asian men are descended from 11 powerful dynastic leaders who lived up to 4,000 years ago - including Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan.

The study, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust and published in the journal European Journal of Human Genetics, examined the male-specific Y chromosome, which is passed from father to son, in more than 5,000 Asian men belonging to 127 populations.

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March 10 2015

Cavers Find Ancient Hoard of Coins and Jewelry in Israel


While spelunking in northern Israel, cavers stumbled upon a hidden stash of ancient coins and jewelry from the era of Alexander the Great, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (March 9).

IAA officials suspect locals may have put these artifacts in the cave for safekeeping during a time of political unrest 2,300 years ago — but they wouldn't have been the first. Archaeologists who inspected the cave found even more ancient objects inside, some 6,000 years old.

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March 10 2015

Archaeologists Return to Unearth Base of the Roman Sixth Legion


Other than agriculture, very little can be seen in the field of el-Manach. It is quiet and flat, the soil clearly worked as any farmer’s field would be in this part of Israel. But beneath its surface lie the material vestiges of what at one time, about 1800 years ago, was a major encampment of Roman soldiers. MAJOR is the operative word, because this encampment constituted the military headquarters of the Legio VI Ferrata, or the Roman Sixth Legion, which, during its time, secured Rome’s hold of northern regions of the province of Syria-Palaestina with its strategic location near important imperial roads.

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March 10 2015

Giant Iron Age tomb discovered


THE giant tomb of a Iron Age Celtic prince discovered just 100km from Paris in Champagne contains “exceptional” archaeological treasures “fitting for one of the highest elite of the end of the first Iron Age”.

Archaeologists from French national agency Inrap made the find under a 40m tumulus on the edge of a business park at Lavau. Covering nearly 7,000m2 and surrounded by a palisade and ditch, the tomb is larger than the cathedral in nearby Troyes.

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March 10 2015

Mysterious Jade Artifact May Have Been Offering to Ancient Gods


A mysterious corncob-shaped artifact, dating to somewhere between 900 B.C. and 400 B.C., has been discovered underwater at the site of Arroyo Pesquero in Veracruz, Mexico.

Made of jadeite, a material that is harder than steel, the artifact has designs on it that are difficult to put into words. It contains rectangular shapes, engraved lines and a cone that looks like it is emerging from the top. It looks like a corncob in an abstract way archaeologists say.

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March 10 2015

Unraveled: Why Chile's Chinchorro Mummies Are Turning into Black Ooze


The famous Chinchorro mummies, which have remained preserved in Chile for more than 7,000 years, are now under threat from increased levels of moisture.

Humid air is allowing bacteria to grow, causing the mummies' skin "to go black and become gelatinous," said Ralph Mitchell, a professor emeritus of applied biology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who examined the rotting mummies.


Alt: Saving Chilean mummies from climate change

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