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November 7 2014

'Ghostly presence' created in lab


Feelings of a ghostly presence - the sense that someone is close-by when no-one is there - lie in the mind, a study has concluded.

Scientists say that they have identified the parts of the brain that are responsible for generating these spooky sensations.

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November 7 2014

The World’s Best Paranormal Job Title


One of the reportedly most haunted railroad stations in the world has filled what has to be the best-named paranormal job in the world. The management at Leamington Spa station in the town of Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, England, has hired Nick Rees to be its “supernatural liaison officer.”

Why does Leamington Spa station need a supernatural liaison officer? According to employees of Chiltern Railways, owner of the station, because both workers and passengers are being bothered by paranormal events.

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November 7 2014

Lake Champlain’s Sea Monster Makes a Sound


Dedicated believers in Champ, the legendary sea monster reputed to be inhabiting Lake Champlain, sit patiently monitoring high-tech surveillance equipment in hopes of recording an indication of its presence. They may have finally picked up its sound and that sound may help determine its real identity.

The tales of Champ date back to legends passed on by Abenaki and Iroquois tribes, but the first recorded sighting was in 1609 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who gave the lake his name and claimed to have seen a 12-meter-long giant snake-like creature in it.

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November 7 2014

First Amphibious "Sea Monster" Found; Fills Evolutionary Gap


A new species of dinosaur-era sea reptile that could live on both land and in water has been unearthed in China—the first amphibious "sea monster" ever found.

The ichthyosaur, whose discovery was announced Wednesday, fills a crucial gap in the evolution of these dolphin-like predators, which thrived in Jurassic seas about 200 million to 145 million years ago. The reptiles could grow to 65 feet (20 meters) in length, about as long as a tractor-trailer.

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November 7 2014

Finding Spinosaurus: A Dinosaur Bigger Than T. Rex


A century ago, scientists unearthed fossils of a gigantic carnivorous dinosaur bigger than Tyrannosaurus rex in the Sahara desert, but until recently, paleontologists thought the fearsome beast was lost to history.

Known as Spinosaurus, the colossal predator sported a massive finlike sail on its back and a 3-foot-long (0.9 meters) jaw full of jagged teeth. Bigger than both T. rex and Gigantosaurus, it lived in the swamps and rivers of North Africa during the Cretaceous Period, about 112 million to 97 million years ago.

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November 7 2014

Dinosaur Life-or-Death Chases Recreated


Large plant-munching dinosaurs used a number of tactics, including kicking, biting and running for their lives, to avoid becoming the dinner of a dino like T. rex, a new study finds.

The study, published this week in the Indiana University Press compendium "Hadrosaurs," helps to explain why the fossils for these and other plant-eating dinosaurs often outnumber those for carnivores. Many outwitted, outfought and outlasted the big carnivores.

Some even resorted to karate-style kicks and tail whacks.

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November 7 2014

Fossil’s Unusual Size and Location Offer Clues in Evolution of Mammals


Four years ago, while searching for fish fossils on Madagascar, paleontologists came upon what proved to be a well-preserved cranium of a mammal that lived about 66 million to 70 million years ago, in the closing epoch of the mighty dinosaurs.

Such a discovery, expected to provide new and important insights into early mammalian evolution, is rare anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.


Alt: 66-million-year-old critter from Madagascar rewrites early mammalian history

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November 7 2014

Limb cells turned into genitals in lab


In order for vertebrates to evolve from the sea to the land, some drastic evolutionary changes were needed.

Their ancient sea-dwelling ancestors had no need for external sex organs whereas their land relatives did.


Alt: Genesis of genitalia: We have one. Lizards have two. Why?.

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November 6 2014

Egg shape 'helped birds survive' asteroid impact


The shape of birds' eggs could have helped them survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs, new research proposes.

A team analysed the geometric properties of eggs from 250 million years ago (Mesozoic Era) to today.

Before the extinction event about 65 million years ago, eggshells had notable differences to the lineage that survived.

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November 6 2014

How to talk like a stone-age man: A fascinating new book reveals how our ancient ancestors spoke


Here’s how to talk like a stone-age man: say the word ‘pu’. Your mouth is pursed, your nose is narrowed. You are blowing out a breath, as if to dispel a bad smell.

In the Stone Age, the sound pu meant exactly what it means today.

This is how language began. The earliest words in English date back at least 8,000 years — and they describe themselves: we can work out what the words meant by the shapes our lips form when we say them.

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November 6 2014

Landmark archive of 10 million Gaelic words launched


Researchers have completed the first phase of the world's most extensive digital archive of Scottish Gaelic texts as part of a landmark project to revolutionise access and understanding of the language to public around the world.

The Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) project is already the most comprehensive publicly accessible reference point for the Gaelic language and culture, having been worked on by researchers from Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow for the past eight years.

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November 6 2014

Japan's Kamikaze Winds, the Stuff of Legend, May Have Been Real


An ancient story tells of the kamikaze, or "divine wind," that twice saved Japan from Kublai Khan's Mongol fleets. So powerful was the legend that centuries later thousands of World War II pilots known as kamikazes would sign up to protect Japan again, by crashing their planes in suicide missions.

Now University of Massachusetts Amherst ecologist Jon Woodruff says he has uncovered evidence of some truth to the legend of the ancient kamikazes, typhoon-strength winds that saved Japan from Kublai Khan in the 13th century.

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November 6 2014

270-Year-Old Shipwreck May Soon Reveal Its Secrets


A British warship that sank off the coast of England 270 years ago may soon reveal its secrets.

The U.K. Secretary of State for Defense has given the go-ahead to Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., a deep-ocean exploration company based in Tampa, Florida, to mine the HMS Victory for archaeological artifacts at risk of being damaged.


Related: Wreck of 17th-Century Dutch Warship Discovered

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November 6 2014

Woman ‘pushed by the weight of her conscience’ returns stolen artifact to Pompeii after 50 years


Fifty years after a Canadian woman stole a precious antiquity while on a tour of the ruins of Pompeii, regret finally got the better of her, so she made a pilgrimage back to the site near Naples to return it, according to Italian authorities.

The woman, unnamed but identified as a 70-year-old Canadian from Montreal, whose identity the National Post has learned independently, illustrates the abiding power of regret, and how the urge for atonement can persist even when the crime is long forgotten.

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November 6 2014

The Positive Emotional Impact of Sad Music


A personal memory: One day during my teen years, a period when I was discovering classical music, I put on a recording of Brahms’ wistful “Clarinet Quintet.” I distinctly remember my mother’s reaction to what she was hearing: “It’s beautiful, but why would you want to listen to something so sad?”

Why indeed? Few people seek out sadness, but most of us do turn to melancholy music from time to time. What do we get out of the experience?.

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November 6 2014

Working irregular shifts can age the brain by extra 6.5 years, study finds


Working shifts significantly damages people’s ability to think and remember, and doing so for at least a decade “ages” the brain by an extra six and a half years, new research has found.

The findings are the latest to link working outside normal hours to an increased risk of health problems.

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November 6 2014

A Push to Back Traditional Chinese Medicine With More Data


Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that some people have hot constitutions, making them prone to fever and inflammation in parts of the body, while others tend to have cold body parts and get chills.

Such Eastern-rooted ideas have been developed over thousands of years of experience with patients. But they aren’t backed up by much scientific data.

Now researchers in some the most highly respected universities in China, and increasingly in Europe and the U.S., are wedding Western techniques for analyzing complex biological systems to the Chinese notion of seeing the body as a networked whole.

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