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September 5 2014

Famous Milgram 'electric shocks' experiment drew wrong conclusions about evil, say psychologists


For more than 50 years, anyone seeking proof that humans are capable of evil need only refer to the electric shocks administered by volunteers in the famous Milgram Experiment.

Now psychologists have found that the study, which showed how ordinary people will inflict extraordinary harm upon others, if someone in authority gives the orders, may have been completely misunderstood.

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September 5 2014

Try Again: Why Some People Persist in the Face of Setbacks


Whether people continue to pursue their goals in the face of setbacks, or give up, may depend on how much control they feel they have over a situation, a new study suggests.

The study also found that changes in certain brain areas were related to persisting with goals after encountering setbacks.

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September 5 2014

Air cabin crews have a greater risk of skin cancer


Pilots and flight crews on airliners are twice as likely as the general population to develop life-threatening melanoma skin cancer. The extra risk most likely comes from aircrew's increased exposure to sunlight penetrating the aircraft windows and windshields.

Total UV radiation is twice as intense at altitudes of 9000 to 10,000 metres – the cruising height of passenger planes – than at ground level.

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September 5 2014

How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up


Every second, people around the world drink more than 26,000 cups of coffee. And while some of them may care only about the taste, most use it as a way to deliver caffeine into their bloodstream. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

Many of us get our caffeine fix in tea, and still others drink mate, brewed from the South American yerba mate plant. Cacao plants produce caffeine, too, meaning that you can get a mild dose from eating chocolate.

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September 5 2014

Archerfish target shoot with 'skillfully thrown' water


Archerfish hunt by shooting jets of water at unsuspecting insects, spiders, or even small lizards on leaves or twigs above, knocking them into the water below before gobbling them up. Now, a study in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 4 finds that those fish are much more adaptable and skillful target-shooters than anyone had given them credit for. The fish really do use water as a tool, the researchers say, making them the first known tool-using animal to adaptively change the hydrodynamic properties of a free jet of water.

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September 4 2014

Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life


A mushroom-shaped sea animal discovered off the Australian coast has defied classification in the tree of life.

A team of scientists at the University of Copenhagen says the tiny organism does not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom.

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September 4 2014

Egypt’s oldest pyramid being destroyed by company hired to restore it, claim activists


IT’S an invaluable piece of history, yet the oldest pyramid in Egypt is being destroyed by the company hired to restore it, say activists.

According to the Non-stop Robberies movement, the company hired by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities to restore the Pyramid of Djoser, in the ancient burial ground of Saqqara, has broken preservation laws requiring that any new construction be less than 5 per cent of the preserved structure.

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September 4 2014

Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past


The ancient city of Dura-Europos sits on a bluff above the Tigris River a few miles from Syria's border with Iraq, its mud-brick walls facing a bleak expanse of desert. Just a year ago the city's precise grid of streets—laid down by Greek and Roman residents 2,000 years ago—was largely intact. Temples, houses, and a substantial Roman outpost were preserved for centuries by the desert sands.

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September 4 2014

Why Do We Build Walls Around Our Cities?


At almost the instant when humans started building cities, we figured out ways to put walls around them. The often violent history behind those walls is still affecting urban life today, in ways you may not realize.

In the early 1960s, eminent scholar Lewis Mumford published a massive tome called The City in History. He argued that cities evolved largely as military entities, and their walls were the most obvious sign of their profoundly warlike character.

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September 4 2014

3D printer in space: What will it print first?


The first 3D printer ever to fly in space will blast off this month, and NASA has high hopes for the innovative device's test runs on the International Space Station.

The 3D printer, which is scheduled to launch toward the orbiting lab Sept. 19 aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule, could help lay the foundation for broader in-space manufacturing capabilities, NASA officials said. The end result could be far less reliance on resupply from Earth, leading to cheaper and more efficient missions to faraway destinations such as Mars.

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September 4 2014

Welcome to Laniakea: our home in the cosmos


We are part of a galactic supercluster called Laniakea, which contains a hundred million billion stars, according to a new study.

The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, provides our most detailed cosmic address yet.

"This has been a work of decades, but it's a very human quality to want to know where we live in the bigger scheme of things,".

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September 4 2014

Researchers discover new clues to determining the solar cycle


Approximately every 11 years, the sun undergoes a complete personality change from quiet and calm to violently active. The height of the sun's activity, known as solar maximum, is a time of numerous sunspots, punctuated with profound eruptions that send radiation and solar particles out into the far reaches of space.


Related: Have Scientists Solved The Mystery Behind The Sun's 11-Year Cycle?

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September 4 2014

Children’s brains shaped by music training


Musical training tunes the developing brain, scientists report in the Sept. 3 Journal of Neuroscience. After two years in a music enrichment program, children in Los Angeles had more sophisticated brain responses to spoken syllables than kids who had only a year of training.

Researchers led by neuroscientist Nina Kraus of Northwestern University studied 44 children enrolled with the Harmony Project, an organization that brings music training to kids in low-income communities.

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September 4 2014

Nature or nurture? It's all about the message


Simply telling people that hard work is more important than genetics causes positive changes in the brain and may make them willing to try harder, a study shows. "Giving people messages that encourage learning and motivation may promote more efficient performance," said the lead investigator. "In contrast, telling people that intelligence is genetically fixed may inadvertently hamper learning.".

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September 4 2014

Xenon, Argon Banned for Athletes. Is Krypton Next?


An-inert gas used to anesthetize hospital patients, as a satellite propellant and inside movie projector bulbs has been officially banned by for use by endurance athletes looking to boost their oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Xenon and its Nobel gas companion, argon, are now on the World Anti-Doping Authority’s list of banned substances list for athletes competing in all Olympic events beginning Sept. 1.

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September 4 2014

Vest And Scarf Made From Spider Silk


This silk scarf and vest have a nice drape and pretty color, but that's not why everyone here at Popular Science covets them. No, we're wishing they were ours because they're made of super-strong, transgenic spider silk. Functional and good-looking! Our favorite.

The clothes were woven from silk produced by silkworms with a spider gene engineered into them. A mix of spider and silkworm proteins actually emerges from the spinners in the silkworms' mouths. The resulting hybrid material is made up of less than 1 percent spider proteins, yet it's 53 percent tougher than regular silk.

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September 4 2014

Greenery power: Charge your phone using a plant


The way we power our towns and cities is changing. Solar, wave and wind energy are just some of the renewable sources that could, with time, make our current reliance on fossil fuels a thing of the past.

But what about clean, renewable energy from the planet's lawns, plants, paddy fields and wetlands? It sounds a little outlandish, but for nearly a decade researchers in the Dutch town of Wageningen have been painstakingly working towards that very goal.

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