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March 25 2014

Ancient DNA deciphers our past


Huge advances in the ability to gather and decode ancient DNA from humans and animals have meant a paradigm shift for science, writes Annie Hastwell.

"Why did the chicken cross the Pacific?"

"Animals leave more of a signal on the landscape, you're more likely to find lots of chicken bones than lots of human bones," explains Cooper, who heads the Centre.

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March 25 2014

Monster turtle fossils re-united


Two halves of a fossil bone found more 160 years apart have finally allowed scientists to scale one of the biggest sea turtles that ever lived.

Atlantochelys mortoni was originally described from a broken arm bone, or humerus, found in the 1840s in the US state of New Jersey.

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March 25 2014

New genetic research shows we have more in common with Neanderthals than we thought


Should you find yourself in the Natural History Museum between now and the end of September, wander past the diplodocus to the back of the central hall and turn left to make your way to the Jerwood gallery. In there, you’ll find an astonishing collection of stone tools, cut-marked bones and other evidence of the one million years of human habitation in Britain.

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March 25 2014

Storms reveal 7,500-year-old ‘drowned forest’ on north Galway coastline


Irish News

Parts of extensive forests dating back 7,500 years that once marked Ireland’s Atlantic rim have been spectacularly exposed by the recent storms hitting the west coast. The powerful winds and pounding sea swell which stripped away layers of sand and stone shoreline have revealed patches of a “drowned” forest along the north Galway coastline west of Spiddal.

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March 25 2014

Britain urged to sign up to shipwreck treaty to protect underwater heritage


Britain's rich maritime legacy is under threat from commercial treasure hunters who are accused by experts of plundering and destroying the nation's underwater heritage.

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March 25 2014

Googling the Nazca Lines


The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.

They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima.

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March 25 2014

Egyptian Grape Guard's Ancient Contract Decoded


An ancient labor contract by a guard hired to protect a vineyard in ancient Egypt has been deciphered. Scrawled in Greek on a piece of dark brown papyrus, the document dates back to the 4th century A.D., a new research paper claims.

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March 24 2014

Colossal pharaoh statues of Amenhotep III found in Egypt’s temple city Luxor


ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt's famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.

The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their original sites in the funerary temple of the king, on the west bank of the Nile.

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March 24 2014

Skulls reveal Mayans used spiked clubs


Nasty skull fractures are a sign Mayan armies engaged in open warfare with weapons that included spiked clubs, new research suggests.

The findings come from a study of skulls recovered from 13 sites, including the important Mayan capital of Mayapan, in northwest Yucatan, Mexico.

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March 24 2014

Monmouthshire's flower planting plan to halt bee decline


Wildflowers are to be planted in Monmouthshire to increase pollination and help reduce the decline of bees.

Some grassed areas such as roadside verges and cemeteries will also be cut less often to allow existing plants to set seeds.

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March 24 2014

Ancient clam gardens nurture food security


A three-year study of ancient clam gardens in the Pacific Northwest has led researchers to make a discovery that could benefit coastal communities' food production. The researchers discovered that ancient clam gardens made by Aboriginal people produced quadruple the number of butter clams and twice the number of littleneck clams as unmodified clam beaches.

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March 24 2014

Continents grow by cuddling together


When a continent collides with another it doesn't just latch on to the landmass, it actually wraps itself around it, a new study shows.

The three dimensional computer simulations, reported in the journal Nature, provide scientists with a detailed view of how continents grow at their margins.

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March 24 2014

Could diamonds be a computer's best friend?


For the first time, physicists have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire. In the experiment, electrons did not flow through diamond as they do in traditional electronics; rather, they stayed in place and passed along a magnetic effect called "spin" to each other down the wire—like a row of sports spectators doing "the wave."

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March 24 2014

How to read digitally – at 600 words a minute


You don’t even have to move your eyes with the latest speed-reading apps

In 2005, a company called ICUE addressed the imminent problem of reading books from tiny screens by proposing a slew of new reading techniques. Their system allowed you to read hundreds of books in a variety of new ways, including a format wherein each word of the text flashed up on the screen in turn, at high speed.

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March 24 2014

Engineering team designs 'living materials'


Inspired by natural materials such as bone—a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells—MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

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March 24 2014

Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed


Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.

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March 24 2014

The unconscious mind can detect a liar -- even when the conscious mind fails


When it comes to detecting deceit, your automatic associations may be more accurate than conscious thought in pegging truth-tellers and liars, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The findings suggest that conscious awareness may hinder our ability to detect whether someone is lying, perhaps because we tend to seek out behaviors that are supposedly stereotypical of liars, like averted eyes or fidgeting. But those behaviors may not be all that indicative of an untrustworthy person.

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March 24 2014

Older dads have less attractive kids? This fertility debate is getting ugly


Hold on to your hats and gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen, because there is life-changing news afoot: older dads have uglier children. Yes, you read that right. Choose to breed with a man twice your age and your spawn are likely to have faces that barely even a mother could love. In fact, one anthropologist from Vienna University stated that "someone born to a father of 22 is already 5%-10% more attractive than a 40-year-old father and the difference grows with the age gap".

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