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January 4 2015

Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy


Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. A new study by University of Georgia professor Edward Kipreos suggests that changes in how people think about time dilation—the slowing of time predicted by Albert Einstein—can provide an alternate explanation of dark energy.

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January 4 2015

How NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Hunt for Signs of Past Life


How habitable was Mars in the past? Since NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars in August 2012, it has helped answer a few of these questions in the area surrounding its equatorial landing site of Gale Crater.

Most notably, in March 2013, Curiosity investigators announced extensive evidence of a lake bed or river system in a region that NASA dubs "Yellowknife Bay.".

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January 4 2015

Mystery Object Appears Near Milky Way's Monster Black Hole


A mystery object at the center of the galaxy has astronomers scratching their heads, and a new piece of information won't be solving the case before the New Year.

In yet another twist to a saga of astronomical proportions, astronomers now say a gas cloud called G1 made a tight orbit around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy 13 years ago. The object could be one in a series of gas clouds, the second of which may soon become a snack for the black hole.

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January 4 2015

Mystery at the sun's south pole: Nasa reveals huge 'coronal hole' on the solar surface


There were no fireworks on the sun to welcome in the New Year - and in fact, scientists say the end of the year was relatively quiet on the solar surface.

However, the sun has started 2015 with a mysterious event - a huge hole has appeared.

Known as a coronal hole, the phenomenon occurred near the south pole - and is seen as a dark area covered all of its base in these stunning images.

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January 4 2015

Cyclone Tracy: Aboriginal people foresaw 'bad event' in Darwin


It is Darwin folklore that right before Cyclone Tracy hit the city on Christmas Eve 1974, Aboriginal people had already deserted the town.

Historians have struggled to find facts to back up the rumour, and even suggested it may have been a way authorities avoided their duty of care to Aboriginal people.

But from time to time some people have suggested it could be true.

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January 4 2015

Here is how the ancient Greeks and Romans dealt with hangovers


Slightly over-indulged in wine this festive season? Suffering from throbbing headache, dry mouth, and nausea after the office Christmas party? The hair of the dog somehow does not appeal? Are you looking for time-tested cures? Fear not: these Greek and Roman remedies to alleviate a hangover or prevent one will come in handy.

Dilute your wine with water – the water will temper the heating effect of the wine. The Greeks and Romans frowned upon anyone who drank their wine “neat”, as in their opinion, this showed clear lack of self-control.

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January 4 2015

Mid-Norway Vikings among the first to sail to British Isles


Archaeological findings show that Vikings from mid- and western Norway were among the first to make the trip to the British Isles.

Vikings living in Trøndelag, a region in the middle part of Norway, were among the first in Scandinavia to travel west.

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January 4 2015

Byzantine shipwrecks reveal advanced shipbuilding techniques


A trove of ancient Byzantine ships found in waters near Istanbul, Turkey, displayed more advanced construction than scholars previously knew for that era. The ships include two unique Byzantine galleys propelled by oars, which are the first of their kind to be salvaged and were previously known only from text and images.

Officials are planning a large museum to show the ships, which date back between 800 and 1,500 years, but it may be several years before their hulls are prepared to the point that they may be exhibited.

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January 4 2015

Mayan Civilization Declined and Ultimately Died Due to Long Droughts


New research centered on the world famous "Blue Hole" in Belize suggests the ancient Mayan civilization died out due to a massively long drought.

According to Live Science, researchers found minerals in the underwater cave that indicated a past drought that lasted for approximately 100 years, from 800 A.D. to 900 A.D. For the past several centuries, the Mayans were prospering on the Yucatan Peninsula, but their decline began in 700 A.D.

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January 3 2015

China's Remote Fortresses Lose Residents, Gain Tourists


Massive earthen structures once sheltered clans from warlords and bandits. Can they be prototypes for "green" buildings?

It started like a game. How many of these strange, fortress-like structures could I tally from a vehicle window? They were so big, looming like spaceships in the countryside of Fujian Province in southeastern China. Every village seemed to have at least one, two, more.

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January 3 2015

Bird carcasses along Pacific shore baffle biologists


The carcasses of thousands of small birds called Cassin's auklets have been washing ashore over the last few months from Northern California up to the north coast of Washington.

Scientists along the Pacific Coast have been trying to determine what is causing the large die-off of the birds this winter.

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January 3 2015

Guide for healthy eating may consider environment


The government issues dietary guidelines every five years to encourage Americans to eat healthier. This year's version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.

A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods—possibly at the expense of meat.

The beef and agriculture industries are crying foul, saying an environmental agenda has no place in what has always been a practical blueprint for a healthy lifestyle.

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January 3 2015

Skin Fat Helps Protect Against Infections, Study Finds


Fat cells just under a person's skin may be the first responders to invading bacteria, buying time until the white blood cells arrive at a wound site, according to a new study.

The new findings suggest that the task of fighting infections is not solely the responsibility of the immune system, the researchers said. Moreover, fat cells may fight infections by producing antimicrobial compounds, lab experiments in mice and human fat cells showed.

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January 3 2015

Year of birth significantly changes impact of obesity-associated gene variant


Investigators working to unravel the impact of genetics versus environment on traits such as obesity may also need to consider a new factor: when individuals were born. A new study finds that the impact of a variant in the FTO gene that previous research has linked to obesity risk largely depends on birth year, with no correlation between gene variant and obesity in study participants born in earlier years and a far stronger correlation than previously reported for those born in later years.

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January 3 2015

Surprise! The most important skill in science or self-improvement is noticing the unexpected


If I could ensure that kids come away from science class with one thing only, it wouldn’t be a set of facts. It would be an attitude—something that the late physicist Richard Feynman called “scientific integrity,” the willingness to bend over backward to examine reasons your pet theories about the world might be wrong. “That is the idea that we all hope you have learned in studying science in school,” Feynman said in a 1974 commencement speech. “We never say explicitly what this is, but just hope that you catch on by all the examples of scientific investigation.”

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January 3 2015

Personalised learning lets children study at their own pace


THE teachers at Summit Public Schools in California don't stand in front of the class and deliver the same lesson. In fact, they don't teach lessons at all. Instead, semi-autonomous software guides children through the syllabus, with a teacher on hand to answer questions and explain more complicated concepts.

The idea is that children work best when setting their own goals and moving at a pace that suits them. Evidence from early pilot studies shows that pupils learn more effectively this way than with traditional teaching.

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January 3 2015

Scientists explain how stem cells and 'bad luck' cause cancer


Why are some types of cancer so much more common than others? Sometimes it’s due to faulty genes inherited from one’s parents and sometimes to behaviors like smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. But in most cases, it comes down to something else – stem cells.

This is the intriguing argument made by a pair of researchers from Johns Hopkins University. In a study published Friday in the journal Science, they found a very high correlation between the differences in risk for 31 kinds of cancer and the frequency with which different types of stem cells made copies of themselves.

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