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March 1 2014

Meteorite May Harbor Evidence of Mars Life: Study


Have signs of ancient Martian life been found inside a Red Planet meteorite?

A team of scientists says that microscopic tunnels and carbon-rich spherules that stud the interior of a Martian meteorite known as Yamato 000593 may have been formed by Red Planet organisms long ago, NBC News reported today (Feb. 25).


Related: Mars Meteorite with Odd 'Tunnels' & 'Spheres' Revives Debate Over Ancient Martian Life

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March 1 2014

Rule-breaking black hole blows weirdly powerful winds


A black hole in a nearby galaxy is blowing a mighty wind. The black hole is about 100 times the mass of the sun but is causing the emission of millions of times more energy, breaking a long-accepted rule about the way black holes feed. The discovery suggests that even small black holes may play a larger role in galaxy evolution than previously realised.

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March 1 2014

UFO photos in latest release of Snowden documents


The latest release of Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents includes a PowerPoint from a British communications department regarding online covert operations and deception. A few of the slides inexplicably include pictures of UFOs.


Related: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations, by Glenn Greenwald

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March 1 2014

Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ


Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.


Related: British agents spied on Yahoo users' 'intimate' webcam images, Snowden files reveal

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March 1 2014

Can David Nutt wean us off the demon drink with his alcohol substitute?


Cancer incidence is set to increase by 70% globally between now and 2024, according to the World Health Organisation's World Cancer Report published earlier this month. The report states that much of the increase will be down to lifestyle factors – not just smoking, but also physical inactivity and excessive consumption of sugar (leading to obesity) and alcohol.

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March 1 2014

Monsanto's Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests


A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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March 1 2014

Researchers make a water filter from the sapwood in tree branches


If you've run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there's a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick. The improvised filter should trap any bacteria, producing fresh, uncontaminated water.

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March 1 2014

Drought coincided with decline of Indus Civilisation


Scientists from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilisation, which spanned present-day Pakistan and India, suggesting that climate change could be why many of the major cities of the civilisation were abandoned.

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March 1 2014

Spain prehistoric cave art gems reopen to lucky few


With its 14,000-year-old red bison, Spain's Altamira cave paintings reopened to a handful of visitors Thursday, giving them a glimpse of some of the world's most spectacular prehistoric art.

Renowned for vivid paintings of beasts and animal-headed humans, the Altamira cave closed in 2002 because breath and microscopic fungi introduced by visitors threatened to ruin the prehistoric paint.

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March 1 2014

Fossilized human feces from 14th century contain antibiotic resistance genes


A team of French investigators has discovered viruses containing genes for antibiotic resistance in a fossilized fecal sample from 14th century Belgium, long before antibiotics were used in medicine.

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March 1 2014

Medieval Candelabra Hints at Forgotten Sea Routes


A 10th-century candelabra found off the coast of the Spanish island of Ibiza may be a clue to long-forgotten shipping routes in that era.

But the candelabra's use and origin remain a stubborn mystery, researchers report in the journal Archivo Español de Arqueología.

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March 1 2014

Storms and floods unearth unexploded wartime bombs


There has been a dramatic increase in the number of wartime bombs unearthed because of the winter storms and flooding.

Bomb disposal teams in the South West have dealt with double the number of unexploded ordnance than in the same period last year.

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March 1 2014

Ancient 'great leap forward': Cyanobacteria sheds light on how complex life evolved on earth


Plankton in the Earth's oceans received a huge boost when microorganisms capable of creating soluble nitrogen 'fertilizer' directly from the atmosphere diversified and spread throughout the open ocean. This event occurred at around 800 million years ago and it changed forever how carbon was cycled in the ocean.

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February 28 2014

Mysterious 'Earthquake Lights' Might Be Explained


Mysterious flashes of lightning sometimes herald earthquakes, and now scientists may have discovered why: Shifting grains surrounding faults in the Earth may generate an electric charge.

This strange flickering, known as earthquake lights, can occur before or during quakes. Recent findings suggest earthquake lights seem to happen at rifts where pieces of the Earth are pulling apart from each other.

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February 28 2014

Decline of Bronze Age ‘megacities’ linked to climate change


Climate change may have contributed to the decline of a city-dwelling civilization in Pakistan and India 4,100 years ago, according to new research.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilisation, which spanned present-day Pakistan and India, suggesting that climate change could be why many of the major cities of the civilisation were abandoned.

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February 28 2014

Have Russians Discovered Ancient 'Super-Megalithic' Architecture in Siberia?


Are these images posted to a Russian blog evidence for one of the greatest megalithic constructions ever discovered, or are they just a geological quirk of nature, like the Japanese site of Yonaguni seems to be? My votes on the latter, but I look forward to further investigation.

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February 28 2014

Jersey site that was last Neanderthal home is studied


An ice age site said to be one of the last known places Neanderthals lived is being studied to assess storm damage.

La Cotte in St Brelade, Jersey, was hit by south-westerly storms including winds of up to 100mph in February.

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February 28 2014

History of Ancient Los Angeles Was Driven by Its Wetlands, 8,000-Year Survey Finds


It may be hard to visualize if you’ve been through drought-stricken southern California lately, but much of what’s now Los Angeles was once a teeming wetland. And a new landmark survey going back 8,000 years has found that human settlement in the region has ebbed and flowed with the levels of the sea and the waters of the Los Angeles River.

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