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September 30 2014

Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand


Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.

The remote archipelagos of East Polynesia were among the last habitable places on Earth that humans were able to colonize. In New Zealand, human history only began around 1200-1300, when intrepid voyagers arrived by boat through several journeys over some generations.

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September 30 2014

Ancient Musical Chamber Discovered in Turkey


Archaeologists working at the site of Issos in the province of Hatay, Turkey, a thriving city beginning in about 545 B.C. and lasting several millennia down to the Ottoman period, have discovered an ancient music chamber according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

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September 30 2014

Can Your Favorite Song Make You Smarter?


Whether your favorite song is Bach’s "Toccata And Fugue In D Minor" or Lil Wayne’s "Let It Rock," your brain reacts to it in the same way.

This finding surprised researchers, who reported their work in Scientific Reports, given the huge range of musical preferences.

When we hear our favorite music, our thoughts tend to shift inward, activating the default mode network (DMN) a network of brain regions that's active when a person is awake but at rest. Our favorite songs also seem to spark a conection between our auditory circuts and the hippocampus, a region responsible for memory and emotions.

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September 30 2014

Are You a “Pre-crastinator”?


Each of us, at times, can be a procrastinator, putting off something that is hard to do or that we don’t want to do. But three researchers at Pennsylvania State University think we humans may also be precrastinators—hurrying to get something done so we can cross it off our mental to-do list, even if the rush ends up being wasteful. The researchers also claim to have coined the term “precrastination.”.

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September 30 2014

Using the brain to forecast decisions


In research published on 09/28/2014 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists show that neural recordings can be used to forecast when spontaneous decisions will take place. "Experiments like this have been used to argue that free will is an illusion," says Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, who led the study, "but we think that interpretation is mistaken.".

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September 30 2014

Dolphins are attracted to magnets


Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France, in a study in Springer's journal Naturwissenschaften – The Science of Nature. Their research, conducted in the delphinarium of Planète Sauvage in France, provides experimental behavioral proof that these marine animals are magnetoreceptive.

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September 30 2014

How Many Lakes on Earth? Researchers Finally Know


Until now, no one knew for sure how many lakes exist on Earth.

Blame geography — most of the world's lakes are in places where humans don't live, said David Seekell, an environmental scientist at Umea University in Sweden. "This is something one would have assumed had been done long ago, and was in a textbook somewhere," Seekell said.

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September 30 2014

Turbulent sea-like formation could be first new cloud type in 50 years


It looks like the heaving waves of an angry sea, and it's making its way towards an official classification - meet undulatus asperates, tipped to be the world's newest type of cloud.

Cloud classification goes all the way back to 1802, when British pharmacist Luke Howard first presented his paper, "On the modification of clouds”, in which many of the classifications we use today were first proposed, including cirrus, cumulus, stratus, and Nimbus.

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September 30 2014

DNA signature found in ice storm babies


The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds.

Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm. Five months after the event, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant during the disaster and assessed their degrees of hardship and distress in a study called Project Ice Storm.

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September 30 2014

Why Deadly Japan Volcano Erupted Without Warning


The death toll at Japan's Mount Ontake volcano climbed to 36 today (Sept. 29), with rescue crews still searching for missing people.

The eruption caught the hikers by surprise this weekend. More than 250 people were exploring shrines and resorts at the 10,062-foot-high (3,067 meters) peak, the country's second-tallest volcano.


Related: Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?

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September 29 2014

On the Hunt for a Sprite on a Midsummer’s Night


LAMY, N.M. — Every summer evening at 7 o’clock, Thomas Ashcraft receives a personalized weather report. It is monsoon season, and he is getting advice from a meteorologist in Colorado on where to look for the massive thunderstorms that erupt over the western High Plains.

Armed with sensitive cameras and radio telescopes, Mr. Ashcraft hunts for sprites — majestic emanations of light that flash for an instant high above the thunderheads, appearing in the shapes of red glowing jellyfish, carrots, angels, broccoli, or mandrake roots with blue dangly tendrils. (Weather buffs call the tall, skinny ones “diet sprites.”) No two are alike.

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September 29 2014

Why did Pirates Fly the Jolly Roger?


Piracy has likely long been a feature of the open seas, following the earliest trade routes of the Aegean and Mediterranean. Cilicians were active in the Mediterranean and tolerated by the Roman Empire for the slaves they provided, and were only reigned in when they gained such a presence as to become a threat to the Empire’s grain supply in 67 BCE. The Senate approved “a comprehensive and systematic strategy and an astutely humane policy to the vanquished” to eliminate the Cilicians within a matter of months (1). Despite this historical legacy, the familiar skull and crossbones that many of us associate with piracy is a recent development, emerging in the late 17th-century with the rise of the pirates of the Caribbean.

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September 29 2014

Kew Gardens opens drugs festival with chance to try 'mind-altering' plants


Kew Gardens are giving visitors the opportunity to sample mind-altering plants as part of a new season focusing on intoxication and drugs.

The Plant Connoissuers’ Club, a workshop which will be run by what Kew Garden calls architectural foodsmiths Bombas & Parr, will give visitors the “opportunity to try an unusual plant”. The workshops will run from September 20 to October 13.

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September 29 2014

Mysterious New Poison Dart Frog Found; Is Size of Fingernail


A new species of poison dart frog so teeny it can fit on a fingernail has been discovered in a rain forest in Panama, a new study says.

Measuring just 12.7 millimeters in length, the newly described Andinobates geminisae remains something of a mystery, according to the study team. For one, the mini-amphibian “looks nothing like” its closest genetic relatives in the region.

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September 29 2014

'Extinct' cat-sized chinchilla found alive in shadows of Machu Picchu


Below one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a living, cat-sized mammal that until now was only known from fossils.

The Machu Picchu arboreal chinchilla rat (Cuscomys oblativa) was first described from two enigmatic skulls discovered in Incan pottery sculpted 400 years ago.

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September 29 2014

Building an Ark for the Anthropocene


WE are barreling into the Anthropocene, the sixth mass extinction in the history of the planet. A recent study published in the journal Science concluded that the world’s species are disappearing as much as 1,000 times faster than the rate at which species naturally go extinct. It’s a one-two punch — on top of the ecosystems we’ve broken, extreme weather from a changing climate causes even more damage. By 2100, researchers say, one-third to one-half of all Earth’s species could be wiped out.

As a result, efforts to protect species are ramping up as governments, scientists and nonprofit organizations try to build a modern version of Noah’s Ark.

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September 29 2014

High-Tech Weapons of the Ancients


If you’re someone who is interested in the theory that thousands of years ago certain factions of the human race possessed technologies that exceeded those of today, then you may want to invest in a brand new book. Its title is The Ark Of The Covenant And Other Secret Weapons Of The Ancients.

As the title of the book suggests, the bulk of the material is focused upon the Ark of the Covenant – which is, without doubt, one of the most mysterious, and mystifying “things” referred to in the pages of the bible

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