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March 28 2014

Do animals have a sense of humour?


Right now, in a high-security research lab at Northwestern University's Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics in Illinois, scientists are tickling rats. Their goal? To develop a happiness pill. But their efforts might also produce some of the best evidence yet that humour isn't something experienced exclusively by humans.

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March 28 2014

Try some pig pheromone to stop unruly dogs barking


If your dog is misbehaving, you might want to spray it with pig pheromones.

Androstenone is found in boar saliva and helps induce sows to mate. Now it is the active ingredient in a spray marketed as being able to calm boisterous dogs.

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March 28 2014

Foraging bats can warn each other away from their dinners


A new call that some bats use to tell other foraging bats to 'back off' from bugs they've claimed for themselves has been identified by scientists. This sound, called a 'frequency-modulated bout,' warns other bats away from prey. The researchers are first to report this ultrasonic social call produced exclusively by flying, foraging male big brown bats, in a new article.

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March 28 2014

The Ark: Could Noah's Tale Be True?


The new film "Noah" stars Russell Crowe as the man chosen by God to collect pairs of Earth's animals on a massive ark to save them from a global flood. The film, which opens March 28, is sizing up to be a Biblical blockbuster, replete with star power and stunning special effects. But how realistic is it?

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March 28 2014

Discoveries Challenge Beliefs on Humans’ Arrival in the Americas


SERRA DA CAPIVARA NATIONAL PARK, Brazil — Niede Guidon still remembers her astonishment when she glimpsed the paintings.

Preserved amid the bromeliad-encrusted plateaus that tower over the thorn forests of northeast Brazil, the ancient rock art depicts fierce battles among tribesmen, orgiastic scenes of prehistoric revelry and hunters pursuing their game, spears in hand.

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March 28 2014

'Richard III remains' found in Leicester car park have doubt cast upon them


Leading archaeologists have challenged one of the most sensational discoveries of the last century, insisting there is no proof that the man with the twisted spine found in a Leicester car park was really the last Plantagenet, Richard III.

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March 28 2014

Domesticated African cattle originated in the Fertile Crescent


Geneticists and anthropologists previously suspected that ancient Africans domesticated cattle native to the African continent nearly 10,000 years ago. Now, a team of University of Missouri researchers has completed the genetic history of 134 cattle breeds from around the world. In the process of completing this history, they found that ancient domesticated African cattle originated in the “Fertile Crescent,” a region that covered modern day Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Israel.

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March 28 2014

New Excavations Explore 6,000-Year-Old Settlement in Israel


Located within the fertile plain of the Jezreel valley in northern Israel, the archaeological site known as Ein el-Jarba has been yielding finds that are beginning to tell a story of a people who lived there more than 6,000 years ago, before the pyramids arose in Egypt and before the ancient Canaanites dominated the region.

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March 28 2014

Skeleton from 5th ancient Egyptian dynasty found in Abusir


A Czech archaeological team working on a site in Abusir on Monday unearthed the skeleton of a top governmental official, referred to as Nefer during studies carried out in his tomb after it was discovered last year.

Nefer held several titles in the royal palace and the government during the reign of the fifth dynasty king, Nefereer-Ka-Re. He was the priest of the king's funerary complex, the supervisor of the royal documents scribes and also of the house of gold.

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March 28 2014

Restoration of Khufu’s boat


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) invited a number of Egyptian and foreign journalists to a press conference last week in order to announce the beginning of the third phase of the restoration project on Khufu’s second solar boat and to raise awareness of the Japanese contribution to the preservation of Egypt’s archaeological heritage.

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March 27 2014

Astronomers find new dwarf planet - hints of much larger one hidden on the edge of the Solar System


Astronomers have discovered a new small planet at the edge of the Solar System and in the process have received tantalising support for the idea that there may be a much larger planet still waiting to be discovered even further away.

In a separate development, another team of researchers have startled seasoned sky watchers by finding an asteroid with its own orbiting ring system similar to the famous rings of Saturn.

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March 27 2014

First Asteroid With Rings Discovered


Saturn has rings, of course, and so do the other gas giants of our solar system—Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune—albeit wispier ones than Saturn's.

But until now it seemed that only giant planets had the gravity to hold on to the billions of bits of orbiting ice and dust that make up a ring.

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March 27 2014

Mars-mimicking chamber explores habitability of other planets


A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the Red Planet. They do it within their Mars environmental simulation chamber, which is specially designed to mimic conditions on the fourth planet from the sun -- right down to its infamous Martian dust.

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March 27 2014

Titan Project explores the smallest building blocks of matter


Our world is made up of particles so tiny they may actually be points in space. These are quarks, relative newcomers to the physics conversation that were not even postulated until the mid-1960s. Put them together and you get protons and neutrons. Put those together and you get the nuclei of atoms. Put those together and you get you and your universe.

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March 27 2014

Gravitational-Wave Finding Causes "Spring Cleaning" in Physics


On 17 March, astronomer John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics presented long-awaited evidence of gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space — that originated from the Big Bang during a period of dramatic expansion known as inflation.

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March 27 2014

It Seems More and More Certain That We Live in a Multiverse


Last week, physicists announced that they'd discovered evidence of gravitational waves in the early universe, which makes it more likely that our universe began with a bang and inflated from there. But that also means a whole host of other things, including possible multiverses.

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March 27 2014

Vikings' sunstones a navigation light


Viking sailors may have been able to navigate after sunset, despite having no magnetic compasses and relying on sun compasses, says a team of researchers from Hungary and Sweden.

The trick may have been to combine the power of a sun-compass, which is a sort of modified sundial, with that of sunstones to create what they are calling a "twilight board".

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March 27 2014

Diet and journeys taken in Sahara Desert thousands of years ago analysed through bone


The diet and journeys taken by those who lived in the Sahara Desert thousands of years ago are being analysed through their teeth and bones.

Our knowledge of past civilisations is gleaned from what is left behind – the shards of pots, traces of dwellings and goods from graves. And just as these are clues to the everyday behaviours of individuals long gone, so too are their bodily remains.

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