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March 4 2014

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Precious Metals vs. Precious Life: Destruction of the Amazon by Sergey Baranov

Sky Cults and UFO Encounters in Ancient Egypt by Xaviant Haze

How to visit Ancient Sites - Mindfulness & Meditation by Gary Evans

The Connection of Fractals, Sound and the Solar System by David Carr

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March 4 2014

Could mushrooms be the cure for cancer?


Behold the mighty mushroom. Neither plant nor animal, the mysterious fungus is a class, or kingdom, of its own, and has fascinated cultures around the world for centuries. But while they do make a tasty omelette filling, does the real magic of mushrooms lie not in their flavour, but in their potential to combat one of our biggest killers – cancer?

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March 4 2014

Study of antibody evolution charts course toward HIV vaccine


In an advance for HIV vaccine research, a scientific team has discovered how the immune system makes a powerful antibody that blocks HIV infection of cells by targeting a site on the virus called V1V2. Many researchers believe that if a vaccine could elicit potent antibodies to a specific conserved site in the V1V2 region, one of a handful of sites that remains constant on the fast-mutating virus, then the vaccine could protect people from HIV infection.

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March 4 2014

Great Ormond Street doctors aim to grow ears from fat


Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London are aiming to reconstruct people's faces with stem cells taken from their fat.

The team has grown cartilage in the laboratory and believe it could be used to rebuild ears and noses.

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March 4 2014

Spending more time in the dark could boost hearing in old age


In the Marvel Comic Daredevil our eponymous hero is the victim of a radioactive spill, leaving him blind but also with an extraordinary heightening of his other senses, particularly hearing.

For Julie, her superhuman hearing isn't the result of radioactivity, but is instead due to the reorganisation of neurons in her brain, enhancing her sense of hearing after the loss of her sight at the age of 16.

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March 4 2014

Women's Brains More Resilient


Women are able to carry higher levels of genetic defects without getting brain development disorders such as autism, supporting the possibility of a "female protective effect," finds a new study.

The study gives clues as to why 50 percent more males typically have an intellectual disability than females, and why boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.

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March 4 2014

The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics


Each night at dinnertime, a familiar ritual played out in Michael Green's home: He'd slide a stainless steel sippy cup across the table to his two-year-old daughter, Juliette, and she'd howl for the pink plastic one. Often, Green gave in. But he had a nagging feeling. As an environmental-health advocate, he had fought to rid sippy cups and baby bottles of the common plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA), which mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a long list of serious health problems.

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March 4 2014

Nepal to force Everest climbers to collect rubbish


Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of garbage under new rules designed to clean up the world's highest peak, a Nepalese official said Monday.

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March 4 2014

Iron Man-like Exosuit to Expand Ocean Exploration


Scientists have long believed that organisms and chemical compounds found in the ocean's depths could help them solve many medical mysteries . The greatest challenge has been access. The bioluminescent creatures of interest live hundreds of meters down and cannot survive at surface pressure. Yet neuroscientists interested in studying possible connections between patterns of bioluminescence and human brain activity don’t have the equipment needed to observe deep-sea fish in their native environment.

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March 4 2014

Ninety-five per cent of world's fish hide in mesopelagic zone


An international team of marine biologists has found mesopelagic fish in the earth's oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought.

UWA Professor Carlos Duarte says mesopelagic fish – fish that live between 100 and 1000m below the surface – must therefore constitute 95 per cent of the world's fish biomass.

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March 4 2014

New Hebrides trench: First look at unexplored deep sea


Scientists have had the first look at the life that thrives in one of the deepest spots in the ocean.

An expedition to the unexplored New Hebrides trench in the Pacific has revealed that cusk eels and crustaceans teem more than 7,000m (23,000ft) down.


Related: Climate change affects fish living in the deepest parts of the ocean, scientists claim

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March 4 2014

How Earth was watered


Early Earth's accidental deluge via water-carrying comets has long been a stumbling block for those interested in life on other planets.

Scientists agree that life needs water to evolve. But if water only arrives through chance impacts with comets, then life elsewhere might indeed be rare.

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March 3 2014

Water vapor detected in the atmosphere of a hot Jupiter


California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers using data gathered at the W. M. Keck Observatory have developed a new technique for planetary scientists that could provide insight into how many water planets like Earth exist within our universe.

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March 3 2014

No 'life as we know it' on super Earths


For a rocky planet to be habitable it must be no bigger than Earth or its crushing atmosphere will be deadly to life, according to new research.

The findings have dashed hopes that life as we know it can exist on super Earths - planets larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.

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March 3 2014

Volatile Sunspot Makes Third Trip around the Sun


One of the Sun's most recently active sunspot regions has made its third migration around the star, NASA reported Friday.

Sunspots are magnetically strong regions of the solar surface that are generally cooler than their surrounding regions, leading to their dark appearance on the solar surface.

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March 3 2014

What happens when we exceed the universe's speed limit?


As far as universal limits go, the speed of light gets all the glory. But did you know there is a different speed limit for particles? It's called the GZK limit, and some people think it has already been exceeded. Which has some pretty weird implications for the laws of the universe.

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March 3 2014

Scientists pinpoint exotic new particle


In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket.

Physicists in Germany and the United States have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton.

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March 3 2014

'Photon glue' enables a new quantum mechanical state


Like a spring connecting two swings, light can act as photon glue that binds together the quantum mechanical properties of two vastly different materials.

The effect could harness the most useful characteristics from each material for hybrid solar cells and high efficiency lighting, among other applications.

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