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June 3 2014

Fossil-theft phenomenon has petrified forest visitors returning 'keepsakes'


Many visitors to one of Utah's lesser-known state parks seem to think there is an ancient curse hanging over the area. They typically have a string of rotten luck that proves — to them at least — the curse is real.

Guilt-ridden former visitors often send chunks of petrified wood back to the park, apologizing for having stolen it years before.

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June 2 2014

Egypt turns to technology in effort to protect ancient treasures from looters


The closest comparison is Swiss cheese: holes in vast swaths of land where looters, armed with machine guns and bulldozers, take to ancient archaeological sites in search of loot. To the untrained eye, these holes, visible in satellite images, seem haphazard. But to experts, these deep pits, spanning hectares of land, are the work of sophisticated traffickers.

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June 2 2014

Objects from Tutankhamun’s war chariots to be restored


The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, but even now some of the amazing treasures it held are unknown to most of us. Decorated gold leaf-on-leather objects forms one such group which is currently undergoing restoration by an Egyptian-German team at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The objects, which have never been adequately studied, were part of Tutankhamun’s war chariots, the trappings of the horses and the sheaths of weapons. Although they are not presently in good condition it is clear that they posses an unusual beauty.

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June 2 2014

Neolithic houses built at Stonehenge - but not without modern tools


Stonehenge has acquired new neighbours, four deceptively spacious detached houses, newly built in an area where planning permission even for a new cowshed is problematic.

The first fires have been lit, the first food – bread made from flour ground beside the hearth on a stone quern – cooked, and slightly to the surprise of their landlords, the first residents, some house martins, have moved in. From Monday visitors are welcome to duck their heads under the low lintels and come in.

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June 2 2014

Medieval identity theft


A case of medieval identity theft might have allowed an unusually rare Pocket Bible from the 13th century to find a home at the University of South Carolina. If researchers can establish that the hand-lettered book was once part of the holdings of a pre-Reformation English monastery or friary, they'll bring to light a truth hidden nearly 500 years ago.

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June 2 2014

Prehistoric Rock Art Defaced in Utah


On the Sunday before Memorial Day, when much of America was enjoying their holiday weekend, some vandals in Utah decided it would just be a swell idea to carve their initials and the date onto a rock. The problem? The rock was also home to a beautiful piece of rock art that had survived in the Utah wilderness for centuries.

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June 2 2014

3-D bioprinting builds a better blood vessel


The tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep our organs working properly has been a conundrum for scientists trying to make artificial vessels from scratch. Now a team has made headway in fabricating blood vessels using a three-dimensional bioprinting technique.

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June 2 2014

Wear a Superman t-shirt to boost exam success


Wearing a Superman t-shirt or a white coat can improve exam performance, researchers have found.

Students put through mental ability tests and found that those wearing plain t-shirts gained an average of 64 per cent compared with those in Superman t-shirts who scored an average of 72 per cent.


Related: What you wear can change your brain

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June 2 2014

Sleepy brains neglect half the world


A new study shows that drowsiness alters awareness in much the same way as a common form of brain damage

Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a patient with hemispatial neglect might eat food from only one side of their plate, dress on only one side of their body, or shave or apply make-up to half of their face, apparently because they cannot pay attention to anything on that the other side.

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June 2 2014

Rainy days make us just as happy as sunshine


Rainy days don’t have to get you down, a happiness expert has claimed.

Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioral Science at the London School of Economics, said that people only feel miserable in bad weather because they dwell on it too much.

Studies have shown that people who live in warm, sunny climates are no happier that those in chilly, wet climes.

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June 2 2014

Can Drones Offer New Ways to Predict Storms, Save Lives?


While Amazon may deliver your new book via drone, the continued study of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) could increase the amount of weather data collected to better predict storm intensities and save lives in the path of severe weather.

According to experts, warnings for violent storms such as tornadoes could increase from 20 minutes to 60 minutes, an increase that could save thousands of lives and give people more time to protect their property.

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June 2 2014

Curved screens make our brains light up with pleasure


THE future looks curvy. A spate of gadgets sporting concave displays has already been launched, and the big manufacturers will soon be hurling yet more TVs and smartphones with curved screens on to the shelves. Rumours continue to swirl that even Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6 will bend to the craze later this year.

There's more to the trend than just a novel shape, though.

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June 2 2014

MoD creates 'coldest object in the universe' to trump GPS


The MoD is pouring millions of pounds into research on a “quantum compass” that will be far more accurate than GPS and immune to jammers or hackers, with potential applications in everything from nuclear submarines to your next smartphone.

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June 2 2014

Solar plane set for inaugural flight


A solar-powered plane that will be taken on a round-the-world journey in 2015 is set to make its inaugural flight on Monday.

The Solar Impulse 2 will take off from Payerne airfield in Switzerland.

It is a larger, upgraded version of the aircraft that flew across America last year with adventurers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg at the controls.

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June 2 2014

Middle-Class Americans Leading The Solar Rooftop Revolution


According to recent Center for American Progress (CAP) studies, middle-class America is buying into the solar market. This is great news — rooftop solar isn’t just for mansions and millionaires anymore; it is accessible to suburban households across the country. How will the power industry and legislators react to this power being in the hands of the people?.

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June 2 2014

How To Prove That Light Can Be Converted Into Matter


In 1934, two American physicists theorized that if one could make two photons collide, the collision would produce two positron-electron pairs—and thus convert light into matter. If proven in a lab, the process would be a pure demonstration of Einstein's theory of relativity, E=mc2, which states that the mass of an object is also a measure of its stored energy.

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June 2 2014

NSA Collects Millions of Facial Photos Daily, Snowden Documents Say


The National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting millions of images a day for facial-recognition purposes.

The documents reveal that the NSA is using new software to mine social media, emails, text messages and other digital communications for images. They also show the agency is capable of and interested in intercepting forms of communication beyond text and audio.

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