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March 8 2015

Aerial laser imaging throws new light on Waterloo battlefield


Aerial images, using the latest laser detection technology have been released by Belgian archaeologists that reveal hidden features from the battlefield site.

The high definition images taken from the air using LIDAR, a technology used to make computer terrain models and high definition maps shows just how much the landscape has changed since the battle was fought two hundred years ago.

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March 8 2015

Vincent Van Gogh May Have Hidden 'The Last Supper' Within One Of His Most Famous Paintings


Vincent Van Gogh, most known for "Starry Night" and losing his left ear, may have left one final secret up his sleeve. His iconic painting "Cafe Terrace at Night" depicts a group of anonymous patrons enjoying an evening in Arles, France. Yet new research suggests that the individuals lurking in the group of 12 -- with a central, long-haired figure, another departing in the shadows and golden lookers-on -- may not be so nameless after all. Yes, it's possible that one of van Gogh's most famous artworks contains an allusion to an even more famous painting: Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper."

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March 8 2015

You Look Hotter After 1 Drink, But Not 2


People who are trying to impress a date with their good looks might want to limit themselves to one drink, a new study finds.

People in the study were rated as more attractive after one glass of wine, but not after two glasses of wine, compared with when they were sober, according to the study published Feb. 25 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.

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March 8 2015

Baby Got Back: Male Preference For Curved Spines May Explain Why They Love Big Butts


A recent study has presented yet another explanation for why many men prefer women with curvy backsides. The study found that evolution has preferred women with a spine curvature of 45 degrees because it allowed them to remain mobile throughout pregnancy without risk of injuring themselves. Researchers believe this finding may partially explain why modern man remains so infatuated with this feature in potential female partners.

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March 8 2015

We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business


Did you take a lunch break yesterday? Are you planning to take one today? Chances are the answer is no. Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people steps away for a midday meal. Most workers are simply eating at their desks.

But studies have also found that the longer you stay at work, the more important it is to get outside of the office, even if it's just for a few minutes, because creativity can take a hit when you don't change environments.

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March 8 2015

Autism is largely down to genes, twins study suggests


Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

The King's College London team said 181 of the teenagers had autism, but the risk was far higher in identical twins where one twin had autism, as they share the same DNA.


Related: Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows

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March 8 2015

Scent-trained dog detects thyroid cancer in human urine samples


A trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients' urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign (noncancerous) 88.2 percent of the time, according to a new study, to- be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

"Current diagnostic procedures for thyroid cancer often yield uncertain results, leading to recurrent medical procedures and a large number of thyroid surgeries performed unnecessarily,"


Related: Sorry, But Your Dog Can't Remember That Fun Game Of Fetch

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March 8 2015

How Do Birds Know When to Migrate?


The timing of bird migrations is one of the most intriguing phenomena in nature, and scientists are still working to solve its mysteries.

According to Ian Newton, author of The Migration Ecology of Birds, many long-distance avian migrants are remarkably regular in their departure and arrival dates, and that’s a crucial part of their continued survival.


Related: Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back
Related: Dead Birds Mysteriously Fall From Sky in Tennessee

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March 8 2015

Edison's 'Lost' Idea: A Device to Hear to the Dead


One of Thomas Edison's little-known ambitions was to build a device to hear the voices of the dead, according to a nearly lost chapter of the inventor's memoirs which is being republished in France this week.

The American, who developed the phonograph and is often cited, inaccurately, as being the first to come up with the light bulb, wanted to create a sort of "spirit phone" that recorded the utterances of departed souls.


Related: Disneyland Surveillance Catches Ghost Hanging Around After Hours... Because Who Wouldn't?

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March 7 2015

The strange world of felt presences


On 20 May 1916, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean reached Stromness, a whaling station on the north coast of South Georgia. They had been walking for 36 hours, in life-threatening conditions, in an attempt to reach help for the rest of their party: three of their crew were stuck on the south side of the island, with the remainder stranded on Elephant Island.

They did not talk about it at the time, but weeks later all three men reported an uncanny experience during their trek: a feeling that “often there were four, not three” men on their journey.

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March 7 2015

Confident? Your voice gives you away in milliseconds


Watch what you say, or rather, how you say it. People judge how confident you are in just 0.2 seconds.

Xiaoming Jiang and Marc Pell of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, made this discovery by attaching 64 electrodes to the heads of volunteers and taking electroencephalograms (EEGs) while they listened to recorded statements.

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March 7 2015

Have a sense of purpose in life? It may protect your heart


Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt and presented on March 6 at the American Heart Association's EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore.

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March 7 2015

Potential weight-loss agent from a tree is almost too good to be true


It has qualities so remarkable, it could come from the land of Oz (and could become the television doctor's next big thing, too): a compound derived from a tree growing in South and Central America prompted obese mice to lose 20% to 30% of their weight. It also allowed normal, healthy mice to chow down on fatty foods -- as much as they wanted -- and never become obese, accumulate excess fat or develop diabetes.

Oh, and it only worked in females.

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March 7 2015

Why The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely 'Backwards'


Paul Andrews of McMaster University in Ontario surveyed 50 years' worth of research supporting the serotonin theory of depression, which suggests that the disease is caused by low levels of the "happiness" neurotransmitter, serotonin.

But Andrews argues that depression may actually be caused by elevated levels of serotonin.


Related: New study brings medicine closer to non-addictive painkillers
Related: Overuse of Antibiotics Caused Infections by Bug That Killed 29,000 in 1 Year

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March 7 2015

Bans don't help smokers quit, researchers say


No significant change in home habits of smokers have been observed in the aftermath of a ban on smoking in public spaces, researchers report. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the authors write.


Related: Secondhand smoke exposure in womb linked to eczema in childhood

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March 7 2015

Urine power to light camps in disaster zones


A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England, is proving that urine can generate electricity.


Related: German city of Hamburg introduces water-repellent paint to fight public urination

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March 7 2015

Students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic


Three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and extruder that turns plastic waste into the material needed for 3D printing.

Called ProtoCycler, the machine can grind plastic, such as pop bottles and Lego, and melt it into a filament that can be fed into 3D printers.

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