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January 9 2015

Wind-powered freighters


To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With VindskipTM, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas. Software developed by Fraunhofer researchers will ensure an optimum use of the available wind energy at any time.

International shipping is transporting 90 percent of all goods on earth.

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January 9 2015

US military is developing SILENT motorcycles


An elite group of special forces silently race across enemy lines on stealth motorcycles that fighters would never suspect were coming.

That's the scenario the US military is hoping for with its development of the 'Silent Hawk' – a hybrid engine dirt bike for use in reconnaissance missions.


Related: Bamboo bike recharges mobile devices, external batteries by peddling

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January 9 2015

Nasa throws robot into volcano to explore fissures, could help understand alien planets


Nasa is to throw a small robot into a volcano that will help explore the fissures and volcanic vents.

Nobody really knows how volcanoes erupt, and the experiment will shed light on what actually goes on inside a volcano, as well as being practice for exploring similar areas on the moon and Mars. So Nasa is sending the robot to explore a volcanic fissure — a crack that erupts magma.

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January 9 2015

Are volcanoes the energy source of the future?


The Reykjanes Peninsula, a finger of black rock jutting out over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge from Iceland's southwestern coast, has long leveraged its unique volcanic geology into economic opportunity. Its spectacularly carved edifices and vast lava fields draw naturalists from around the globe, while geothermal pools heated by deposits of steam and magma deep below ground provide the anchor for a thriving resort economy.

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January 9 2015

Rock art draws scientists to ancient lakes


Life imitates art. And sometimes science does the same. Seven thousand year-old rock paintings in the Sahara desert have, somewhat serendipitously, helped uncover evidence of ancient lake beds.

Researchers discovered the mineral remnants of the lake while studying a region well-known for its rock art. The most famous example is the Cave of the Swimmers, which provided a setting in the movie "The English Patient." The drawings in the cave depict humans that appear to be swimming, floating and diving. And yet this area in southwestern Egypt is one of the driest in the world.

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January 9 2015

Pharaonic Rock Carvings Found in Egypt


A rare wall relief showing an unidentified pharaoh has been discovered within the sandstone quarries of Gebel el Sisila, north of Aswan.

Carved into the vertical face of the quarry wall, some 5 feet above the ground, the stela depicts the pharaoh presenting offerings to Thoth, the ancient god of wisdom, and Amun-Ra, the king among gods.

“It’s particularly rare for these two deities to be portrayed together,”.

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January 9 2015

An Ancient Musical Instrument Has Been Discovered In China


Chinese archaeologists working in Hubei province's Zaoyang City have unearthed an ancient stringed instrument dating back thousands of years. It's said to be the earliest ever found in China.

It's called a "se" and it was found near a frame that holds chime bells. They were among a number of items pulled up by archaeologists working at the site, a complex of tombs which measures 4,920 feet (1,500 meters) by 2,620 feet (800 meters).

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January 9 2015

Dogs Migrated to America After Humans


The first people who migrated to the Americas did not bring their dogs with them, suggests a new study that concludes dogs likely first came to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago.

If the new research holds true, then the first successful dog migrations to the Americas post-dated the first human migrations by thousands of years. The findings are published in the Journal of Human Evolution.

“Dogs are one of the earliest organisms to have migrated with humans to every continent, and I think that says a lot about the relationship dogs have had with humans,”.

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January 8 2015

Jesus Might Not Have Been Judas' Only Victim


Exactly how much the Bible intersects with history has been a matter of debate for a long, long time — and it's a thorny subject, with no easy answers. But still, looking at the intersection can make things very interesting. For example, Judas Iscariot might have been a member of an order of assassins.

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January 8 2015

Uncovering twenty-five century-old mystery behind ancient Greek coins


Researchers at Macquarie University's Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS) have joined forces with scientists from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), on a joint research program to solve a twenty-five century-old mystery behind the technology used to produce a special variety of ancient Greek coins.

First minted around 540 BC in the cities of Southern Italy (modern Basilicata and Calabria), incuse coins show the same image on the front and back – but the image on the back is sunk into the metal so that it appears as a negative or incuse version of the front.

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January 8 2015

Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck


Gleaming cast metal called orichalcum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found in Atlantis, has been recovered from a ship that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Sicily.

The lumps of metal were arriving to Gela in southern Sicily, possibly coming from Greece or Asia Minor. The ship that was carrying them was likely caught in a storm and sunk just when it was about to enter the port.

"Nothing similar has ever been found," Tusa said. "We knew orichalcum from ancient texts and a few ornamental objects.".

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January 8 2015

Who Built The Mysterious Pyramid of the French Riviera?


Along the French Riviera, close to the town of Falicon, stands one of the most curious monuments found anywhere in Europe.

Built from small, roughly-shapen limestone slabs, a topless, ruined pyramid can be seen rising amidst the foliage on the hill of Mont Chauve just outside Nice. The strange ruins, portions of which were likely removed over the years for use in the construction of homes nearby, sits directly over the entrance to a cave, known locally as la bauma die ratapignata (The Cave of the Bats), which may once have been sealed off with a heavy door or other fabricated entrance.

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January 8 2015

'Tomb' of Osiris discovered: structure built to represent Egyptian god's mythical resting place


An eerie blackened ‘tomb’ belonging to Osiris – the ancient Egyptian god of gods – has been unearthed.

It is thought that the symbolic burial site was used in rituals to connect the god of the afterlife’s vast powers with the pharaohs.

The unusual structure was built during the 25th Dynasty between 760 and 525BC and was uncovered at the Al-Gorna necropolis on the west bank of the River Nile near Luxor, Egypt.

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January 8 2015

Searching for Genghis Khan's lost tomb from space


The long lost location of Genghis Khan's tomb may finally be uncovered through the use of satellite imagery.

Albert Yu-Min Lin, from the University of California, San Diego, set up a project asking anyone interested to tag potential sites of the burial through images taken from space.


Related: Chinese archaeologists find 2,800-year old burial of chariots and horses

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January 8 2015

Renaissance-Era Italian Warlord Was Poisoned, Mummy Reveals


Forensic scientists in Italy have uncovered a mummy murder mystery.

A Renaissance-era warlord who dropped dead in 1329 wasn't killed by a nasty stomach illness, as had been previously suspected; he was actually poisoned, an autopsy of his corpse reveals.

Scientists say they've found traces of digitalis, or foxglove — a beautiful but potentially heart-stopping plant — in the digestive tract of Cangrande della Scala of Verona.

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January 8 2015

Musician's Recreation of Ancient Sumerian Songs Will Haunt You


These songs are examples of how art and science can come together to create something incredible. Musician Stef Conner learned to read several ancient Babylonian and Sumerian tablets written in cuneiform script, using historians' research to figure out likely pronunciation. Just listen to the results.

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January 8 2015

From pygmies to hipsters, scientists find music really is universal


The 19th century writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called music the “universal language of mankind” and now there may be scientific proof he was right.

Whether enjoyed by a hipster in a dive bar in downtown Montreal or at a Pygmy ceremony in the depths of the Congolese rainforest new research has found that music can emotionally affect different groups in precisely the same way.

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