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February 26 2014

How Moroccan Ruler Could Sire 1,000 Kids Revealed


Sultan Moulay Ismaïl of Morocco, "The Bloodthirsty," reputedly sired hundreds of children and perhaps more than a 1,000. Now computer simulations suggest this could have been possible if the ruler had sex about once a day for 32 years.

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February 26 2014

Sriracha Chemistry: How Hot Sauces Perk Up Your Food And Your Mood


Anyone who has ever drizzled, doused or — heck — drenched their food with Sriracha knows the hot sauce can make almost any dish taste better.

But could these spicy condiments also make us a little happier?

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February 26 2014

Fried and grilled meat may raise risk of diabetes and dementia


Toxic chemicals found at high concentrations in fried and grilled meats may raise the risk of diabetes and dementia, researchers say.

US scientists found that rodents raised on a Western-style diet rich in compounds called glycotoxins showed early signs of diabetes, along with brain changes and symptoms that are seen in Alzheimer's disease.

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February 26 2014

Scientists demonstrate first contagious airborne WiFi virus


Researchers at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that WiFi networks can be infected with a virus that can move through densely populated areas as efficiently as the common cold spreads between humans.

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February 26 2014

Pope revolutionizes Vatican by opening finances to scrutiny


Pope Francis on Monday revolutionized the Vatican's scandal-plagued finances, inviting outside experts into a world often seen as murky and secretive and saying the church must use its wealth to help the poor.

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February 26 2014

Living in Leicester is a nightmare! Half the UK's bad dreams are reported in the Midlands town


Living in Leicester, Leeds and Norwich is enough to give you nightmares according to dream research.

Residents of these places reported having the most bad dreams, while people in Swansea, Hull and Nottingham had the most positive dreams.

The data was taken from an online tool called Jar of Dreams that scans tweets for dream-related keywords.

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February 26 2014

World begins 2014 with unusual number of extreme weather events


There have been heatwaves in Slovenia and Australia, snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have been 10C above normal. Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere has had the warmest start to a year ever recorded, with millions of people sweltering in Brazilian and southern African cities.

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February 26 2014

Chinese man first to sue government over smog


A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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February 25 2014

'Biggest observed meteorite impact' hits Moon


Scientists say they have observed a record-breaking impact on the Moon.

Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a mass of about half a tonne crashing into the lunar surface last September.

They say the collision would have generated a flash of light so bright that it would have been visible from Earth.

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February 25 2014

No Mars For Muslims? Mars One Asks Imams To Rescind Fatwa


Martian colonization is a risky proposition. So risky, in fact, that a group of Islamic leaders in the United Arab Emirates issued a religious ruling saying Muslims should not go to the Red Planet. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) ruling compares a Mars mission to suicide, and says that those who attempt it can expect the same consequences in the afterlife.

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February 25 2014

Sun Erupts with Huge X-Class Flare, Biggest of 2014


Solar maximum may be starting to wane, but the sun has no intention on slipping into the stellar doldrums quietly. At 7:50 p.m. EST on Monday (00:50 UTC, Feb. 25), a sunspot emerging from the southeastern limb of our nearest star unleashed its magnetic fury, exploding with an X5-class flare.

X-class solar flares are the most powerful classification of flare and, if pointing toward Earth, can cause radiation storms and impact our planet’s upper atmosphere, interfering with satellites and global communications. In this case, however, the flare erupted perpendicular to the direction of Earth, so its impact will be minimal.

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February 25 2014

Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery


Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are impossible to isolate from matter under ordinary circumstances. To study them, you need to "make" them by running particles into each other at ultra-high speeds, billions or trillions of times.

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February 25 2014

Neanderthals Faced Extinction Before Humans Appeared


Western Europe may have undergone a population crisis during a cold stretch of the Neanderthal era, a new study of mitochondrial DNA sequences suggests.

"The fact that Neanderthals in Western Europe were nearly extinct, but then recovered long before they came into contact with modern humans came as a complete surprise to us," study co-author Love Dalén, associate professor at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, told Phys.org.

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February 25 2014

Japanese archaeologists discover 3,000-year-old tomb with vivid murals in Egypt


Japanese archaeologists have unearthed a near-pristine tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official who served as a temple's chief brewer 3,000 years ago.

The site, on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor, dates from the 12th century B.C. and has beautifully preserved murals in vivid colors.

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February 25 2014

Mystery Voynich manuscript gets preliminary alphabet


For nearly a decade, linguists and cryptologists have obsessed over the medieval Voynich manuscript, vigorously debating whether it represents a long-lost language, or gibberish. Now some of its symbols have been matched to sounds.

Stephen Bax at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, has mapped only 14 symbols so far, but some linguists are following the development of his preliminary "Voynich alphabet" with interest.

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February 25 2014

Indus Script Based on Sanskrit Language


Inscriptions on Indus seals give details about animals sacrificed and nature of ceremony. Some ceremonies were performed for obtaining remission of sins and others were for pleasing the souls of dead ancestors (Pithru Karma ceremony).

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February 25 2014

Brain scans show jazz musicians ‘speak’ music


When jazz musicians “trade fours” they use parts of the brain linked to the structure of spoken language, but not those tied to spoken meaning.

“Trading fours” is a jazz pattern in which musicians play brief alternating solos, usually four bars in length, introducing new melodies in response to each other’s ideas, and then elaborating on and modifying them over the course of a performance.

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February 25 2014

Did Nazis Study Insects for Use in Biological Warfare?


Was the Nazi SS studying insects with the intent of launching a bug-based attack? A new analysis of archived documents concludes that, yes, they were.

Scholars have known for decades the feared SS (Schutzstaffel or "protection squadron") in Nazi Germany had established an entomological research institute at the Dachau concentration camp. Documents that survived World War II describe experiments related to biological warfare.

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