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May 4 2015

Music Does Not Improve Memory


Although music may help some people relax when they're trying to concentrate; it doesn't help them remember what they're focusing on, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology challenged younger and older adults to listen to music while trying to remember names. College-aged participants had no problems -- the music didn't affect their performance.

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May 4 2015

That Goldfish Problem? Pelicans Were on It


Earlier this month you may remember reports (including our own) about a Colorado lake swarming with invasive, non-native goldfish.

The estimated 3,000 to 4,000 goldfish in Colorado’s Teller Lake #5 made national headlines as an example of released domestic fish run amok. But it turns out the solution was simple: hungry pelicans.


Related: Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an 'empty landscape'

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May 4 2015

Venom-Squirting Scorpions Blind Enemies with Toxin


Some scorpions are able to spray their venom, an ability they use defensively to try to temporarily disable predators, allowing the stinging arachnids to escape the jaws of death, a new study suggests.


Related: Lazy sunfish are actually active predators

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May 4 2015

A Feel for Flight: How Studying Bat Touch Could Help Build Better Planes


Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats’ impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively studied, the contribution of touch has been largely overlooked.

“This study provides evidence that the sense of touch plays a key role in the evolution of powered flight in mammals,”.

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May 4 2015

Ancient DNA Tells a New Human Story


Imagine what it must have been like to look through the first telescopes or the first microscopes, or to see the bottom of the sea as clearly as if the water were gin. This is how students of human prehistory are starting to feel, thanks to a new ability to study ancient DNA extracted from bodies and bones in archaeological sites.

Low-cost, high-throughput DNA sequencing—a technique in which millions of DNA base-pairs are automatically read in parallel—appeared on the scene less than a decade ago.

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May 4 2015

4,400-year-old statue of Egyptian pharaoh found


Belgian archaeologists uncovered a statue of Pharaoh Sahure in Egypt’s southern governorate of Aswan on Tuesday, the Egyptian website Mada Masr reported.

The statue is reportedly one of very few artifacts believed to date to the rule of Sahure, between 2487 and 2475 BCE.

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May 4 2015

Ancient Egyptian army camp discovered in North Sinai


Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty has announced the discovery of an ancient Egyptian army camp in the Tjaru Fortress in North Sinai.

A number of storage sites, dating back to Thutmose III and Ramses II, seals bearing the name of King Thutmose III, as well as mass graves of soldiers who died in battles during the 26th Dynasty have also been discovered.

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May 4 2015

Ancient Magic: The Illusions Created in Temples by Amazing Inventions


Imagine you’re in an ancient temple, dimly lit by rays of sunlight peaking in. A worshipper lights a fire on the altar, and steps back. A statue beside the altar begins to move! It pours libations to the god for whom the temple is built. A door behind the altar opens of its own accord, and the statue of that god appears.

But behind the mystique was the ingenuity of inventors, not the miracles of the gods.


Related: The Use of DMT in Early Masonic Ritual

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May 3 2015

Mysterious Nazca Line Geoglyphs Formed Ancient Pilgrimage Route


The Nazca Lines, a series of fantastical geoglyphs etched into the desert in Peru, may have been used by two separate groups of people to make pilgrimage to an ancient temple, new research suggests.

But the purpose of the desert etchings may have changed over time. The earliest Nazca Lines were created so pilgrims could view the markings along a ritual processional route, the researchers said.

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May 3 2015

Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?


The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe that may have contributed to the devastation, according to a team of University of California, Berkeley, geophysicists.

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May 3 2015

100 million-year-old insect discovered perfectly preserved


An extinct cockroach that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs has been found trapped in amber. The fossilised insect, called Manipulator modificaputis, was found in a mine in Myanmar.

It was part of a family of cockroaches that actively hunted prey, according to Peter Vršanský from the Geological Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Günter Bechly from the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, who examined the fossil.

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May 3 2015

Lobster colour change mystery solved


For the first time scientists have come up with a precise explanation for why lobsters change colour from blue/black to red when cooked.

And the findings could have uses in the food industry and even in the delivery of some anti-cancer drugs.

When alive and living in the sea, lobsters are naturally a dark-blue/black colour.

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May 3 2015

New bird species discovered in China


A new bird species has been discovered in central China by an international team of scientists. This shy brown bird, named the Sichuan bush warbler, Locustella chengi, breeds in the mountainous region of the Sichuan Basin at 1000-2300 m elevation. Its winter home is currently unknown. This bird was first noticed whilst singing its distinctive song in May 1992 by two members of the research team, who thought it might be something new.


Related: Birds Are in a Tailspin Four Years After Fukushima

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May 3 2015

Pesticides alter bees' brains, making them unable to live and reproduce adequately


In research report published in the May 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists report that a particular class of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" wreaks havoc on the bee populations, ultimately putting some crops that rely on pollination in jeopardy. Specifically, these pesticides kill bee brain cells, rendering them unable to learn, gather food and reproduce. The report, however, also suggests that the effects of these pesticides on bee colonies may be reversible by decreasing or eliminating the use of these pesticides on plants pollenated by bees and increasing the availability of "bee-friendly" plants available to the insects.

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May 3 2015

Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus


It took 15 years and hundreds of millions of vaccines. But North America and South America have officially eradicated rubella, health authorities said Wednesday. Rubella is only the third virus eradicated from people in the Western Hemisphere.

Also known as German measles, rubella causes only a mild illness in children, with a rash and sometimes a fever.

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May 3 2015

Computing after Moore’s Law


Fifty years ago this month Gordon Moore published a historic paper with an amusingly casual title: “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits.” The document was Moore’s first articulation of a principle that, after a little revision, became elevated to a law: Every two years the number of transistors on a computer chip will double.

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May 3 2015

Selling on eBay? Make the asking price an ODD number


Getting the best price for your unwanted wares online can seem like a fine art, but researchers have found a simple trick that could see your bids soar.

Economists plotted how much goods listed on eBay sold for and discovered that items with precise prices attract higher offers than those with round numbers, such as $1,000.


Related: Selling on eBay? Get higher bids with a red background

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