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October 25 2014

Robot will beam live Moon pictures to Oculus users


Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robot which they plan to land on the Moon to act as eyes for Earth-bound space enthusiasts.

It works in tandem with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

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October 25 2014

MIT computer scientists can predict the price of Bitcoin


Scientists have crunched data to predict crime, hospital visits, and government uprisings — so why not the price of Bitcoin?

A researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems recently developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of the infamously volatile cryptocurrency Bitcoin, allowing his team to nearly double its investment over a period of 50 days.

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October 25 2014

Cancer-killing stem cells engineered in lab


Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.

In experiments on mice, the stem cells were genetically engineered to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumours, without killing normal cells or themselves.

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October 25 2014

Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans


Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, and also is used in thermal paper cash register receipts. Now, research conducted at the University of Missouri is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans.

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October 25 2014

Ancient fingerprint found in Catalhoyuk


Excavations at the 10,000-year-old Boncuklu mound have unearthed finger prints on kiln objects.

The fingerprints are being examined by Dr. Lori Hager, a specialist on the subject.

The fingerprints have been found on broken, nail-sized objects made in a kiln.

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October 24 2014

Mysterious 4,000-Year-Old 'CD-ROM' Code Cracked


A fired-clay disk from the Second Millenium B.C. may finally have had some of its markings decoded.

The mysterious "Phaistos disk," found in 1908 in a palace called Phaistos on the island of Crete, contains symbols on both sides, in a spiral configuration meant to be read from the outside toward the center. It is estimated to date from about 1,700 B.C.


Alt: The 'first CD-ROM': 4,000-year-old Phaistos Disk 'stores' a spiral-shaped prayer to a mother, expert claims

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October 24 2014

Is this the world's oldest secret code?


The Idol is the oldest wooden statue in the world, estimated as having been constructed approximately 9,500 years ago, and preserved as if in a time capsule in a peat bog on the western fringe of Siberian. Expert Svetlana Savchenko, chief keeper of Shigir Idol, believes that the structure's faces carry encoded information from ancient man in the Mesolithic era of the Stone Age concerning their understanding of 'the creation of the world'.

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October 24 2014

New generation of archaeologists takes ancient Egypt into 21st century


Five years ago, if archaeologists digging up pharaonic ruins in Egypt found any human bones, they would usually throw them away. “Most Egyptian archaeological missions looked at human remains as garbage,” said Afaf Wahba, a young official at Egypt’s antiquities ministry.

But osteology, the study of bones, is standard practice on digs outside Egypt – and Wahba wants Egyptian teams to follow suit.

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October 24 2014

Egyptian Philae obelisk revealed anew


Fresh information is being obtained on the Philae obelisk, the stone monument that played such a key role in helping to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Today, the pink granite shaft stands on the UK National Trust's Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset, where it was brought from the Nile in the 1820s.

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October 24 2014

A musician composes a solar soundtrack


Robert Alexander converts solar data into sound, revealing hidden messages from our star

Before tuning in to the rhythms of the sun, Robert Alexander (left) watched dancers’ movements and translated them into music. “When they got bigger,” he says, “the sound would get bigger.”

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October 24 2014

Organic Molecules in Titan's Atmosphere Appear to Defy Conventional Thinking


While studying the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan’s windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations. These newobservations give us new insights into how organic molecules, the building blocks of life, form and evolve in a planet-like environment.

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October 24 2014

Exomoons Could Be Abundant Sources Of Habitability


With about 4,000 planet candidates from the Kepler Space Telescope data to analyze so far, astronomers are busy trying to figure out questions about habitability. What size planet could host life? How far from its star does it need to be? What would its atmosphere need to be made of?

Look at our own solar system, however, and there's a big gap in the information we need. Most of the planets have moons, so surely at least some of the Kepler finds would have them as well. Tracking down these tiny worlds, however, is a challenge.

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October 24 2014

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?


In February of 1960, the American magazine Look ran a cover story that asked, "Should a Girl Be First in Space?" It was a sensational headline representing an audacious idea at the time. And as we all know, the proposal fell short.


Alt: As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men

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October 24 2014

Hovering 'UFO' found in 16th Century painting in monastery


A strange disc pouring smoke and hovering over buildings has been found in a monastery wall painting thought to date from the 16th century - and UFO researchers claim it is just one of many old paintings which seem to show evidence of visitors from another world.

The image is painted on the wall on a 14th century church in Sighisoara - thought to the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure on whom the Dracula legend is based.

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October 24 2014

Real-Life Tractor Beam Pulls in Particles


The invisible force that pulls in the Millennium Falcon spacecraft to the Death Star in "Star Wars" movies is still far from becoming a reality, but physicists have developed a miniature version of sorts: a tractor beam that can reel in tiny particles.


Alt: Tractor beam breaks distance record

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October 24 2014

The day UFOs stopped play


Sixty years ago a football match ground to a halt when unidentified flying objects were spotted above a stadium in Florence. Did aliens come to earth? If not, what were they?

It was 27 October 1954, a typically crisp autumn day in Tuscany. The mighty Fiorentina club was playing against its local rival Pistoiese.

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October 24 2014

Wind farms outstrip nuclear power


The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.

Wind made up 14.2% of all generation and nuclear offered 13.2%.

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