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March 5 2014

Purported Sasquatch tracks found on Vancouver Island


A hairy creature conjuring the Sasquatch of North American folklore is stomping around Vancouver Island, according to a young First Nations man who claims he had a startling encounter with the beast.

Fisheries officer Luke Swan Jr. told CTV News he was out in his boat patrolling Ahousaht territory near Tofino last Wednesday when he saw a mysterious figure crouching on the coast.

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March 5 2014

Scientific Research Suggests We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen


Can your brain detect events before they even occur? That was the stunning conclusion of a 2012 meta-analysis of experiments from seven independent laboratories over the last 35 years, which found that the human body "can apparently detect randomly delivered stimuli occurring 1-10 seconds in the future" (Mossbridge, Tressoldi, & Utts, 2012).

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March 5 2014

First LSD tests in decades show terminal patients gained valuable and lasting insights


Results have been posted online from the first controlled trial of LSD in more than 40 years.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease published results Tuesday from a Swiss study that tested the effects of the drug as a complement for talk therapy for 12 people nearing their end of life.


Related: LSD Study Breaks 40 Years of Research Taboo

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March 5 2014

D.C. Council votes to eliminate jail time for marijuana possession


Possessing marijuana and smoking it in the privacy of one’s home would no longer be criminal offenses in the nation’s capital under a bill passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council, putting the District at the forefront of a simmering national debate over decriminalization.

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March 5 2014

Older Adults Who Binge Drink Don't Live as Long


Older adults who binge drink at least once a month may be setting themselves up for an earlier grave, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that men and women in their mid-50s to mid-60s who engaged in binge drinking — even when their total number of weekly drinks was considered moderate — had an increased risk of dying over a 20-year period compared with regular, moderate drinkers.

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March 5 2014

Protein-rich diet ‘just as bad as smoking’, scientists claim


Middle-aged people who eat protein-rich food are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone who only eats a little, according to a new study.

The researchers said eating a lot of protein increased the risk of cancer almost as much as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

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March 5 2014

The price of a long, healthy life may be reduced fertility


Would you be prepared to sacrifice your fertility in order to live longer? It's an almost inconceivable dilemma, but one day we could be offered a choice between having children and enhancing our chances of reaching a grand old age.

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March 5 2014

Mother's diet linked to premature birth


Pregnant women who eat a "prudent" diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and who drink water have a significantly reduced risk of preterm delivery, suggests a study published on bmj.com today.

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March 5 2014

Rewilding: Bring in the big beasts to fix ecosystems


THE sky is purple and the wind is fierce on top of the cliff. David Burney has to shout as he explains what we're looking at. Below us is the Makauwahi Cave, which contains the remains of plants and animals going back thousands of years. It is revealing what the Hawaiian island of Kauai was like before people arrived. Here you can find the bones of moa-nalo, the giant flightless ducks that once ruled Hawaii.

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March 5 2014

Elephants Landscaped Ice Age Europe Into a Park


Extinct long-tusked elephants, rhinos and other giant plant-eaters may have landscaped prehistoric Europe into a mixture of open park-like spaces and clumps of forests, until humans came on the scene, new research finds.

Ecologists recently examined beetle fossils for hints of hungry mega-gardeners’ influence on the environment, along with signs that the ecosystem radically changed when humans expanded into Europe.

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March 5 2014

When Trilobites Ruled the World


WASHINGTON — Trilobites may be the archetypal fossils, symbols of an archaic world long swept beneath the ruthless road grader of time. But we should all look so jaunty after half a billion years.

At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Brian T. Huber, chairman of paleobiology, points to a flawless specimen of Walliserops, a five-inch trilobite that swam the Devonian seas around what is now Morocco some 150 million years before the first dinosaurs hatched.

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March 5 2014

New Texts Found in 'Dead Sea Scroll' Caves


An archaeologist says he discovered nine tiny scrolls with biblical text from the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed, according to news reports.

The newfound scrolls, which date back to about 2,000 years ago, were hidden inside three leather tefillin cases, also known as phylacteries, traditionally carried by observant Jewish men.

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March 5 2014

Talking Neanderthals challenge the origins of speech


We humans like to think of ourselves as unique for many reasons, not least of which being our ability to communicate with words. But ground-breaking research by an expert from the University of New England shows that our ‘misunderstood cousins,’ the Neanderthals, may well have spoken in languages not dissimilar to the ones we use today.

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March 4 2014

X-ray analysis suggests Neanderthals spoke languages similar to our own


Researchers have found evidence to suggest that Neanderthals may have spoken languages not too different from ones currently used by humans.

Scientists at the University of New England used 3-D X-ray imaging to examine the hyoid bone from 60,000-year-old Neanderthal remains discovered about 25 years ago in Israel.

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March 4 2014

Neanderthals may have helped East Asians adapting to sunlight


Hominins and their closest living relative, chimpanzees, diverged approximately 6.5 million years ago on African continent. Fossil evidence suggests hominins have migrated away from Africa at least twice since then. Crania of the first wave of migrants, such as Neanderthals in Europe and Peking Man in East Asia, show distinct morphological features that are different from contemporary humans (also known as Homo sapiens sapiens).

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March 4 2014

30,000-year-old virus from permafrost is reborn


French scientists said Monday they had revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.

Wakening the long-dormant virus serves as a warning that unknown pathogens entombed in frozen soil may be roused by global warming, they said.

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March 4 2014

Plants convert energy at lightning speed


A new way of measuring how much light a plant can tolerate could be useful in growing crops resilient to a changing climate, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London.

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March 4 2014

Live fast, die young strategy spawned Amazon tree boom


A "live fast, die young" life history strategy could have been a key factor behind today's high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists have suggested.

The researchers hope the findings will shed light on why some groups of trees in the biodiversity hotspot contain hundreds of species.

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