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October 7 2014

'Copycat' Bearded Dragons Mimic Their Peers


The scaly bearded dragon is the first reptile to show it can imitate a peer, and all for the price of a mealworm, new research suggests.

In a new study, researchers trained a 3-year-old female bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) how to open a sliding screen door with her head. Once successful, the lizard entered the doorway and ate a mealworm prize. Other bearded dragons then watched a video of the lizard opening the door, and scientists monitored whether the other animals imitated the behavior.

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October 7 2014

Birds colour-match their nests for camouflage


Now here's a clever design trick. Birds actively match the colour of their nests to their surroundings to blend in.

To test if birds choose to camouflage their nests or whether they are well-camouflaged simply because of the colour of available building tools, like twigs and leaves, Ida Bailey and her team at the University of St Andrews, UK, performed a spot of redecorating.

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October 7 2014

Sloth Bears Confirmed Extinct in Bangladesh


A massive project to assess the health of wildlife in Bangladesh has confirmed conservationists’ longstanding suspicions that sloth bears no longer exist in that country.

Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) could once be found throughout India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. (A separate subspecies lives on the island nation of Sri Lanka.) Overhunting during the British colonial rule caused all populations of this lanky, shaggy, white-snouted species to crash by the end of the 19th century.


Related: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

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October 7 2014

Alternative Source of Tire Rubber Gains Traction


Rubber: there's nothing like the real thing. Manufacturers use synthetic rubber in toys and rubber bands and even passenger car tires, but higher performance products such as truck and aircraft tires demand the natural stuff. The problem is, almost all the natural rubber in the world comes from a single species of tree, Hevea brasiliensis, crops of which cannot be scaled up easily to meet future demand. So the tire industry, seeking a new source of natural rubber, has turned to a species that was last used in World War II: a flowering shrub known as Parthenium argentatum, or guayule.

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October 7 2014

No need for water, enzymes are doing it for themselves


New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology - that enzymes need water to function. The breakthrough could eventually lead to the development of new industrial catalysts for processing biodiesel.

Enzymes are large biological molecules that catalyse thousands of different chemical reactions that are essential for all life, from converting food into energy, to controlling how our cells replicate DNA.

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October 7 2014

Scientists create crystal which would allow us to breathe underwater


Being able to breathe underwater has long been a fascination for mankind, but the bulky oxygen tanks and face masks take some of the romance out of it.

They could soon no longer be needed however, thanks to the creation of the "Aquaman Crystal", or to use its proper name, "[{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O".

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October 6 2014

Making oxygen before life: Oxygen can form directly from carbon dioxide in upper atmosphere


About one fifth of the Earth's atmosphere is oxygen, pumped out by green plants as a result of photosynthesis and used by most living things on the planet to keep our metabolisms running. Scientists have now shown that oxygen can be formed directly from carbon dioxide in the upper atmosphere, changing models of how the atmosphere evolved early in Earth's history.

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October 6 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday Will Be a Rare 'Selenelion'


Observers of Wednesday morning's total lunar eclipse might be able to catch sight of an extremely rare cosmic sight.

On Oct. 8, Interested skywatchers should attempt to see the total eclipse of the moon and the rising sun simultaneously. The little-used name for this effect is called a "selenelion," a phenomenon that celestial geometry says cannot happen.

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October 6 2014

Virgin Galactic 'On the Verge' of Private Space Launches, Richard Branson Says


One decade after a huge milestone in commercial spaceflight, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson thinks his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic's spaceship, is "on the verge" of another breakthrough in the industry.

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October 6 2014

Nearby Star Unleashes Flare 10,000 Times Bigger Than Any From Our Sun


Our sun's largest solar flare looks pretty wimpy next to this one.

NASA's Swift satellite spotted the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting stellar flares ever recorded from a nearby red dwarf star in April. And now, astrophysicists reveal that the flares were as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded.

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October 6 2014

Bizarre Shape of Uranus' 'Frankenstein' Moon Explained


The strange appearance of Uranus' moon Miranda may finally have an explanation.

Miranda resembles Frankenstein's monster — a bizarre jumble of parts that didn't quite merge properly. Now, researchers suggest they may know why Miranda looks so odd: Constant squeezing and stretching from Uranus caused the moon's insides to heat up and churn.

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October 6 2014

Extraterrestrial Intelligence Doesn’t Necessarily Require Big Brains


It’s reasonable to assume based on our experience on Earth that there is a direct correlation between intelligence and complexity; the average human brain weighs about three pounds and contains about 86 billion neurons (about one-quarter of them in the neocortex), each neuron a distinct cell of less than 100 microns that rivals an average terrestrial microorganism in complexity. And while we have yet to find anything in the natural world that’s quite as neurologically complex as a human brain, we’ve seen some evidence that microbes working together in large numbers can demonstrate swarm intelligence.

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October 6 2014

Search for Alien Life Should Target Water, Oxygen and Chlorophyll


The next generation of space telescopes hunting for signs of extraterrestrial life should focus on water, then oxygen and then alien versions of the plant chemical chlorophyll, a new study suggests.

In the past 20 years or so, astronomers have confirmed the existence of nearly 2,000 worlds outside Earth's solar system. Many of these exoplanets lie in the habitable zones of stars, areas potentially warm enough for the worlds to harbor liquid water on their surfaces.

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October 6 2014

Police investigate UFO sighting


SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. - Breckenridge Police say they are investigating reports of three "shiny" objects in the sky Friday morning.

"NORAD is not tracking any anomalies in that location. We are investigating," said Army Major Beth Smith, NORAD spokesperson.

Multiple people have called in to report the objects floating in the sky. The Summit County Sheriff's Office is also investigating.

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October 6 2014

What Are the “Alien Eggs” of Sydney?


What’s green, spongy, and washed up on the beach? No, I’m literally asking: what’s green, spongy, and washed up on the beach? Because nobody seems to know.

One member of the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club remarked (with tongue almost certainly in cheek): “They look like alien eggs or something.” The name stuck, and now almost every headline about these little Tribble-like creatures fits the phrase “alien eggs” in somewhere. But they’re clearly not eggs—they’re fibrous and porous and appear to be made out of seaweed—and they’re probably not alien. So what are they?.

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October 6 2014

Scientist creates eye tracker for £43


A scientist has created a budget device that can control a computer by tracking eye movement after stumbling on a £9.95 web camera being sold with a games console – a huge saving from the £20,000 that a similar apparatus used for medical research would have cost at the time.

Faisal and his team reconfigured two of the cameras and fixed them to a harness which attaches to the head, making a £43 device that opens up the use of computers to the 6 million people in the UK with restricted hand movement.

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October 6 2014

Huge majority thinks 'war on drugs' has failed, new poll finds


An increasing proportion of Britons favours a more liberal approach to drugs and would support decriminalisation strategies, according to a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Observer.

An overwhelming majority also believes that the so-called "war on drugs" is futile, with 84% saying that the decades-long campaign by law enforcement agencies against the global narcotics trade can never be won.

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