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January 6 2015

New discoveries about Dark Age farming found in the dirt


Two researchers are taking a new twist on long-published research about what an ancient civilization did for a living.

W. Flint Dibble, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in the Department of Classics, and Daniel J. Fallu, a doctoral student in archaeology at Boston University, will present their new discoveries surrounding a key site from the Greek Dark Age on Jan. 9, at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Society for Classical Studies (SCS, formerly known as the American Philological Association), in New Orleans.

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January 6 2015

Listen to the 3000-Year-Old Trumpets of King Tutankhamun


Among the treasures found when Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb was opened in 1923 were two ornate trumpets, one made of silver and the other of bronze. In 1939, BBC radio broadcast the sound of the trumpets to listeners around the world. And, thanks to the internet, now you can too.

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January 6 2015

Rapid Desert Formation May Have Destroyed China's 1st Kingdom


The first known Chinese kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands rapidly transformed into deserts, possibly driving its people into the rest of China, a new study finds.

This new finding suggests that the kingdom may have been more important to Chinese civilization than experts had thought, researchers say.

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January 6 2015

Let in the Light: Ancient Roman Fort Designed for Celestial Show


The gateways of an ancient Roman fort in Britain are roughly aligned with the light from the sun during the summer and winter solstices — a design that would have resulted in a striking scene on the shortest and longest days of the year, a researcher says.

The fort had four gateways facing one another. During the summer solstice, the sun would rise in alignment with the fort's northeastern and southwestern gates, and set in alignment with its northwestern and southeastern gates, the researcher reported in the new study.

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January 6 2015

Stones challenge dating of Easter Island collapse


Easter Island’s farming society reorganized rather than collapsing before Europeans arrived in 1722, a new study suggests.

Residents of Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, sharply reduced farming at two previously thriving settlements decades before European explorers showed up, say archaeologist Christopher Stevenson of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and his colleagues.

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January 5 2015

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM — It started 15 years ago with plans to expand the Tower of David Museum. But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.

They knew it had been used as a prison when the Ottoman Turks and then the British ruled these parts. But, as they carefully dug down, they eventually uncovered something extraordinary: the suspected remains of the palace where one of the more famous scenes of the New Testament may have taken place — the trial of Jesus.

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January 5 2015

Inside the Mysterious Underground City That's 5,000 Years Old


The discovery of a previously unknown ancient city came as a late Christmas present for archaeologists in Turkey when they made a major find on Dec. 28.

A series of ruins that contain buildings, hidden churches and water channels was found in the Turkish town of Nevsehir, which is known for 'fairy chimney' rock formations.

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January 5 2015

Mars dream could be made reality by device inspired by children's toy


One day, when humans have arrived on Mars, we might credit a children's toy for getting us there.

Inspired by the classic stacking rings toy, Nasa engineers at the Langley Research Centre in Hampton have built an inflatable heat shield that could help land large spacecraft on the surface of Earth's nearest neighbour.

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January 5 2015

NASA Spacecraft Approaching Dwarf Planet Ceres


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has begun approaching Ceres ahead of a historic March arrival at the mysterious dwarf planet.

Dawn has officially entered the Ceres approach phase, after recently emerging from behind the sun relative to Earth and thus coming back into reliable communication range. The probe is now about 400,000 miles (640,000 kilometers) from Ceres and is cruising toward the 590-mile-wide (950 km) object at 450 mph (725 km/h), NASA officials said.

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January 5 2015

Vaporized Metals Could Replace Paint


Those Harvard researchers sure don’t mess around.

Evidently unsatisfied with the status quo, a team from the university’s Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering have come up with an alternative for one of mankind’s oldest endeavors — painting stuff.

Well, kind of. A recent report from the university details a new process for ultra-lightweight coloring technology. Designed for use in manufacturing, the system would replace latex and gloss with electron beams and vaporized metals.

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January 5 2015

New technologies harvest energy from movements, sound and more


Fed up with constantly having to recharge or replace batteries in your ever-expanding trove of electronic gadgets? The solution may be just a few steps away.

"Energy harvesting" promises to power innumerable consumer devices, often with nothing more than your body's movement or heat. Dozens of companies around the world already offer such products, primarily for controlling lighting and temperature-control systems, but many experts believe the market for the technology could explode thanks to electronic gadgets being developed for the Internet of Things.

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January 5 2015

Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips


Great balls of cells! Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand.

These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.

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January 5 2015

These Robots Learn How to Cook by Watching YouTube. Forget 'MasterChef'


Researchers have developed a way for teaching robots how to properly use tools by having the robots watch videos on YouTube.

The researchers that developed the method are from NICTA, which is Australia's Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence, and the University of Maryland. The researchers published a paper regarding the study, which the team will be presenting within the month at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence's 29th annual conference.

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January 5 2015

The Unlikely Genius of Fruit Flies


There's a reason we don’t generally compliment someone by saying they’re smart as a fruit fly. There’s no evidence that individual fruit flies can demonstrate higher-order cognitive function—or much lower-level cognitive function, for that matter.

But as we’ve learned with bees, groups of insects can sometimes demonstrate a downright creepy amount of intelligence. Get enough of them in a room together, and they’re capable of something approaching telepathy.

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January 5 2015

Killing for DNA: A predatory device in the cholera bacterium


Scientists have uncovered the unconventional way that the cholera bacterium stabs and kills other bacteria to steal their DNA, making it potentially more virulent. Cholera is caused when the bacterium Vibrio cholerae infects the small intestine. The disease is characterized by acute watery diarrhea resulting in severe dehydration.

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January 5 2015

Want fewer highway deaths? Build the animals some bridges


Growing up in rural Iowa, roadkill was basically a fact of life. Skunks were the most dreaded, for obvious reasons, but cars mowed down raccoons, squirrels, pets, and — sometimes fatally for drivers and passengers — deer. Roads often pass through ecosystems where a lot of animals make their homes. Which is why, when Montana's department of transportation wanted to build a new road, they built a land bridge for wildlife.

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January 5 2015

Could an Animal’s Name Save It from Extinction?


If all goes according to plan, cement and concrete maker Lafarge will continue turning a limestone hill in Malaysia into a quarry. It would be business as usual for Lafarge, but bad news for Charopa lafargei, a recently discovered snail that lives only on that hill. The gastropod's name is no coincidence. For the first time, taxonomists have named a species after the entity that could cause the creature's extinction.

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