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March 22 2014

American student decodes 1,800-year-old letter sent by Egyptian soldier to his family


A student has decoded a 1,800-year-old letter sent by an Egyptian soldier to his family which bears striking similarities to those serving on the front line today.

Graduate Grant Adamson, of Rice University in the United States, cracked the words on the document after being assigned the task in 2011 during a summer institute at Brigham Young University in Utah.

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March 22 2014

New book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impact


The 200th anniversary of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history will be marked by the publication of a new book by University of Illinois professor Gillen D'Arcy Wood. If you think the title character might be Vesuvius, or Krakatoa, or maybe Pinatubo, you're wrong. Wood's focus is Tambora – a mountain in the Indonesian archipelago that erupted so violently in April of 1815 that today, it is ranked as "super colossal" on the scientific Volcanic Explosivity Index. And the explosion was only the first dose of Tambora's destructive power.

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March 22 2014

The Gods of Olympus


With a few cosmetic adjustments, the ancient Greek gods could almost be mistaken for an archetypal family from a modern American television show. There's the strong but flawed patriarch (Zeus), the nagging wife (Hera), a mischievous, lovable child (Hermes), and two neatly contrasting pairs of older children.

Scratch the surface, however, and things become somewhat stranger.

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March 22 2014

Ancient Sheep Poop Reveals Desert Island's Secret Past


On the floor of a cave in a remote desert island in Mexico, scientists stumbled across a mat of urine-hardened poop, dating back to more than 1,500 years ago. The fossilized dung offers surprising evidence that bighorn sheep once lived on the uninhabited island, a new study claims.

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March 22 2014

Unique chromosomes preserved in Swedish fossil


Researchers have made a unique discovery in a well-preserved fern that lived 180 million years ago. Both undestroyed cell nuclei and individual chromosomes have been found in the plant fossil, thanks to its sudden burial in a volcanic eruption.

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March 21 2014

Airborne Iron May Have Helped Cause Past Ice Ages


It seems straightforward: Iron-rich dust floating on the wind falls into the sea, where it nourishes organisms that suck carbon dioxide from the air. Over time, so much of this greenhouse gas disappears from the atmosphere that the planet begins to cool. Scientists have proposed that such a process contributed to past ice ages, but they haven’t had strong evidence—until now.

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March 21 2014

The Amazon Women: Is There Any Truth Behind the Myth?


Strong and brave, the Amazons were a force to be reckoned with in Greek mythology—but did the fierce female warriors really exist?

I loved watching the “Wonder Woman” TV series when I was a girl. I never wanted to dress like her—the idea of wearing a gold lamé bustier and star-spangled blue underwear all day seemed problematic—but the Amazonian princess was strong and resourceful, with a rope trick for every problem.

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March 21 2014

Ancient proteins may hold megafauna secrets


Ancient proteins could hold the key to unlocking the secrets of Australia's lost giant megafauna, a new paper suggests.

The paper highlights the work of an international team in using ancient proteins to fill in gaps of understanding that ancient DNA cannot provide, in particular the presence of diseases in ancient times.

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March 21 2014

Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA


A MURDER has been committed, and all the cops have to go on is a trace of DNA left at the scene. It doesn't match any profile in databases of known criminals, and the trail goes cold. But what if the police could issue a wanted poster based on a realistic "photofit" likeness built from that DNA?

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March 21 2014

Eyes are windows to the soul -- and evolution


Why do we become saucer-eyed from fear and squint from disgust? These near-opposite facial expressions are rooted in emotional responses that exploit how our eyes gather and focus light to detect an unknown threat, according to a new study.

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March 21 2014

New Sensor Paves the Way for Night Vision Contact Lenses


Contact lenses sharpen our blurry vision, and free us from the hassle of pushing sliding glasses back up our noses. But the future of contacts is nigh: Researchers have created a super-thin infrared sensor that could lead to the development of night vision contact lenses.

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March 21 2014

Human nose can detect at least 1 trillion odors — far more than thought, says study of smell


New-car smell. Fresh-cut grass. Baking bread.

Although our universe of aromas seems infinite, new research shows how many odors our noses can actually detect: at least 1 trillion. The results of the experiment exceeded the most commonly reported guess — 10,000 smells — by a factor of a hundred million.

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March 21 2014

Woman Develops Remarkable Ability To Draw After Suffering Brain Injury


Two years ago, Pip Taylor suffered serious bruising to her brain after tripping and cracking her head on a flight of stairs — an injury that now appears to have endowed her with an incredible ability to draw.

Pip Taylor, a 49-year old woman from England's Liverpool, claims she used to be "terrible" at drawing before the accident and was advised against being an artist at school.

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March 21 2014

No coincidence? Statistics and the outrageously unlikely


In his superlative The Improbability Principle, David J. Hand makes sense of bizarre patterns in Bible codes, lightning strikes and even drug trials

PEOPLE thought it was a fix when the Bulgarian lottery announced the same six winning numbers on two consecutive draws in 2009. The national sports minister launched an investigation, but found no tampering; the repetition was mere chance.

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March 21 2014

Einstein's Lost Theory Discovered ... And It's Wrong


Earlier this week, physicists they'd seen evidence of ripples in the fabric of space and time from just moments after the Big Bang. Such ripples were predicted almost a century ago by Albert Einstein.

Einstein's theory of relativity is arguably the 20th century's greatest idea. But not everything he did was right: Some newly uncovered work from the brilliant physicist was wrong. Really, really wrong.

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March 21 2014

Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics


Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.

The minuscule ripples in space-time are the last prediction of Albert Einstein's 1916 general theory of relativity to be verified. Until now, there has only been circumstantial evidence of their existence. The discovery also provides a deep connection between general relativity and quantum mechanics, another central pillar of physics.


Related: 'One of the Greatest Discoveries in the History of Science' Hasn't Been Peer-Reviewed—Does It Matter?

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March 21 2014

Surface of Titan Sea is mirror smooth, scientists find


New radar measurements of an enormous sea on Titan offer insights into the weather patterns and landscape composition of the Saturnian moon. The measurements, made in 2013 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveal that the surface of Ligeia Mare, Titan's second largest sea, possesses a mirror-like smoothness, possibly due to a lack of winds.

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March 21 2014

A Massive Solar Superstorm Nearly Blasted The Earth In 2012


Back on July 23, 2012 a furious solar magnetic storm just grazed our planet. Had it erupted just nine days earlier, it would have hit us, causing extensive damage to our technological infrastructure. It would have been a geomagnetic catastrophe the likes of which we've never seen. Scientists say the close shave should serve as an important wake-up call.

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