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June 30 2014

Supercooled livers boost transplant hopes


A new "supercooling" technique keeps rat livers alive three times longer than before, boosting hopes for easing shortages of human transplant organs, report scientists.

The method involves cooling the livers while flushing them with oxygen and nutrients and preserving them in a solution containing a form of antifreeze.

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June 30 2014

Drone on a Wire: UAVs Could Perch on Power Lines to Recharge


Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have a big problem: their limited battery power. But researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are developing a way to extend the range by having drones act like birds. If a drone can land on a power line, the thinking goes, then it can exploit the electricity running through power lines to recharge.

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June 30 2014

Tofu Ingredient Can Be Used In Solar Cell Production


Magnesium chloride, the chemical used to make tofu and bath salts, could become a key ingredient in the production of solar cells, according to a University of Liverpool study.

Researchers said that Cadmium chloride is currently an important part of solar cell technology, used to manufacture solar panels around the world. Due to the substance's high toxicity, workers practise elaborate safety measures to protect themselves during production. They also implement special disposal measures when discarding the panels.

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June 30 2014

New to Google Earth: Ancient Flying Reptiles


Want to find the nearest pterosaur? There's an app for that — or a database, at least.

A newly developed website catalogs more than 1,300 specimens of extinct flying reptiles called pterosaurs, thus enabling users to map out the ancient creatures on Google Earth. The goal is to help researchers find trends in the evolution and diversity of these ancient winged reptiles.

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June 30 2014

Designers recreate stone age tools with space age technology


For more than a million years, the simple stone hand axe was one of our most important tools, but in the age of smartphones and virtual reality it can be hard to understand how revolutionary it really was. In their design series "Man Made," Dov Ganchrow and Ami Drach use 3D printing to make the tool's importance a little more clear.

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June 30 2014

Is it a fake? The tricky business of authenticating rock art


This week, The Australian reported that a hand stencil found in a controversial coal mining development in the Blue Mountains was a “fake”. The story has also been reported by the BBC and was picked up by Andrew Bolt at the Herald Sun.

Community concerns have been high about this development. The extension of the mine, near the Garden of Stones area, has reportedly attracted over 500 objections.

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June 30 2014

New article: What's what with the cave?


The Chauvet cave was painted approximately 30,000 years ago and the dreams were buried and sealed for 20,000 years by a land slide. The site and its contents were discovered in 1994 and rocked the world!

Now, other images that appear to have been hidden within the paintings have been found that seem to reveal specific designs and intentional masking which may tell a story, or message, that could be massively important from an artistic and historical point of view.

What could these images be telling us?

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June 30 2014

Remains of ancient child reburied in Montana


WILSALL – The 12,600-year-old remains of an infant boy were reburied Saturday in a Native American ceremony after scientists recovered DNA from the child discovered in central Montana in 1968.

The boy’s remains were put back as close as possible to the original burial site. Two film crews, about 30 American Indian tribal representatives from Montana and Washington, and others attended the reburial ceremony, The Billings Gazette reported.

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June 30 2014

The Hammer of Thor


A small hammer dating to the 10th century was found recently on the Danish Island of Lolland. Over 1000 of these amulets have been found across Northern Europe but the pendant from Lolland is the only one with a runic inscription.

This particular torshammere (Thor’s Hammer Amulet) was found at Købelev and reported to the Museum Lolland-Falster archaeologist Anders Rasmussen by detectorist Torben Christjansen.

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June 30 2014

For 3,000 years humans have altered the Yellow river


For thousands of years, Mother Nature has taken the blame for tremendous human suffering caused by massive flooding along the Yellow River, long known in China as China’s Sorrow and Scourge of the Sons of Han. Now, new research from Washington University in St. Louis links the river’s increasingly deadly floods to a widespread pattern of human-caused environmental degradation and related flood-mitigation efforts that began changing the river’s natural flow nearly 3,000 years ago.

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June 30 2014

The Search for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon


When we talk about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, we’re generally talking about things that we can safely assume actually existed. This becomes a little trickier when you’re talking about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is a lost wonder in more than one sense: not only can we find no remaining pieces of the gardens now, but we have only outlandish and contradictory documentary evidence that they ever existed in the first place.

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June 29 2014

Zahi Hawass is on the stump again for ancient Egypt's Pharaohs


For many years, Zahi Hawass has been the living face of ancient Egypt, an ambassador for long-dead Pharaohs who uses his high-wattage personality, telegenic showmanship and knack for wading confidently into controversy to preserve both their star power and the monuments that hordes of laborers built at their command.

The Pharaohs — and his homeland — may need him more than ever now, even though he was unseated from his post as Egypt's chief of antiquities during the tumult and political upheaval that started with the January 2011 protests in Tahrir Square and turned into a revolution.

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June 29 2014

Rare Incan 'Calculators' Found in Peru


Archaeologists working in Peru have discovered 25 well-preserved quipus, an ancient string-based device used to solve mathematical problems and to assist in record-keeping.

The find was made in the archaeological complex of Incahuasi, south of Lima, Alejandro Chu, reports Peru This Week. The items were found in ancient warehouses, or kallancas, and not in a funerary context as is the norm, making this a rather unique find. The placement of the quipus suggests they were used for administrative purposes. Incahuasi was one of the most important strategic cities built by the Incas in the valley of Lunahuana.

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June 29 2014

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still


One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.

It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked up at the shower head, and it was as if the water droplets had stopped in mid-air”, he says. “They came into hard focus rapidly, over the course of a few seconds”. Where you’d normally perceive the streams as more of a blur of movement, he could see each one hanging in front of him, distorted by the pressure of the air rushing past.

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June 29 2014

New article: The Optical Universe, by Chris Plouffe


I wanted to use this article as an introduction to “The Optical Universe”. A Nature based Science and Philosophy to help explain the Universe and everything in it. This work is inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla, Viktor Schauberger, and especially Walter and Lao Russell. So I will begin by sharing a description of how I feel this all works and how this can help mold the world into a better place.

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June 29 2014

Could We Be Wrong About The Speed Of Light?


A challenge has been thrown down to the consistency of the speed of light, based on an anomaly from the most closely observed supernovae of all time.

In 1987 astronomers witnessed the only supernova in 400 years close enough to Earth to see with the naked eye. The first hint of the event came not from telescopes, but neutrino detectors.

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June 29 2014

Mysterious X-ray signal intrigues astronomers


A mysterious X-ray signal has been found in a detailed study of galaxy clusters using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton. One intriguing possibility is that the X-rays are produced by the decay of sterile neutrinos, a type of particle that has been proposed as a candidate for dark matter.

While holding exciting potential, these results must be confirmed with additional data to rule out other explanations and determine whether it is plausible that dark matter has been observed.

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