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March 3 2015

The first ever photograph of light as a particle and a wave


Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle.

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March 3 2015

How Scientists Have Made Bullets Out Of Light


Light bullets are not the deadly things their names make them out to be. They are, however, decidedly weird. To make a light bullet, researchers have to make a pulse of laser light that is continuously re-focusing itself.

When you turn on a flashlight, or even a laser beam, and shine it across the room, what happens to the beam as it travels? It fans out.

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March 2 2015

Are humans getting cleverer?


IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?

It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a self-deprecating one about themselves. But a new study, published in the journal Intelligence, provides fresh evidence that in many cases this may actually be true.

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March 2 2015

Bionic Eye Lets Blind Man See Again


A bionic eye implant is now allowing a blind man to see the outlines of his wife after 10 years in darkness.

The implant, called a retinal prosthesis, consists of a small electronic chip that is placed at the back of the eye to send visual signals directly into the optic nerve. This bypasses the damaged cells in the man's retina.

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March 2 2015

Bitcoin revolution could be the next internet, says Bank of England


The arrival of electronic currencies could revolutionise the way Britons pay for goods and services, in much the same way as the internet shook up how we access information, the Bank of England has said.

Cashless forms of payment like the cryptocurrency Bitcoin “potentially combined with mobile technology, may reshape the mechanisms for making secure payments”, the central bank said.


Related: Physicists make 'weather forecasts' for economies

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March 2 2015

New 'Cryogenic' Clock Developed In Japan Accurate For 16 Billion Years


Japanese researchers have developed a pair of time-keeping devices that are so accurate, they'll lose one second every 16 billion years, so, more than three times the age of the Earth, and 3 billion years older than the Universe itself.

Created by physicists led by Hidetoshi Katori from the Riken Research Institute, these 'cryogenic optical lattice clocks' are so accurate, they beat the caesium atomic clocks that are currently being used to define what a 'second' is.

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March 2 2015

Is your busy schedule affecting your health? Time might not be the problem


The modern schedule is infamously frantic, leaving many of us feeling constantly pressed for time. But that feeling may not have much to do with time itself, according to a new study. "Feeling pressed for time impacts how consumers spend time, and how much they are willing to pay to save it. From a consumer standpoint, feeling pressed for time can have many harmful consequences such as poorer health, trouble sleeping, and depression. By pausing to breathe or envision the source of stress in a more positive light, people can enjoy the time they actually have in a healthier and happier way,"


Related: Meditation can reduce chronic neck pain, study shows

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March 2 2015

Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity


People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also absorb smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.


Related: Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin, affecting behavior and psychiatric disorders

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March 2 2015

The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods


The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler.

There has been much discussion as to whether variations in the strength of the Sun have played a role in triggering climate change in the past, but more and more research results clearly indicate that solar activity - i.e. the amount of radiation coming from the Sun - has an impact on how the climate varies over time.

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March 2 2015

Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age


A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations.

The Ross Sea is likely to have been a shelter for emperor penguins for thousands of years during the last ice age, when much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice.

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March 2 2015

10,000-year-old woolly rhino carcass discovered with fur, eyes and horns still intact


The frozen remains of a baby woolly rhinoceros thought to be over 10,000 years old have been discovered in one of the coldest parts of northern Russia.

The remains of the 18-month-old rhino named “Sasha”, which are the first of their type to ever be found, have been preserved so well in Siberia’s permafrost that an ear, an eye, a skull and the majority of its fur, have remained intact on the carcass.

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March 2 2015

850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk


The oldest human footprints found outside Africa, dated at between 850,000 and 950,000 years old, have been discovered on the storm-lashed beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk, one of the fastest-eroding stretches of the British coast. Within a fortnight, the sea tides that had exposed the prints last May destroyed them, leaving only casts and 3D images made through photogrammetry (stitching together hundreds of photographs) as evidence that a little group from a long-extinct early human species had passed that way.

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March 2 2015

Ancient Egyptian seal believed to show Ramesses the Great is discovered in a charity shop


You get excited over the discovery of a vintage coat or pretty vase in a charity shop.

But one treasure hunter has come across an ancient Egyptian seal that could be more than 3,000 years old, among people’s discarded junk.

Archaeologist James Balme, who paid just £12 ($19) for the seal on a charity website, believes it bears the cartouche of Ramesses the Great, who ruled Egypt between 1,279 and 1,213BC.

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March 2 2015

Rare Roman Tombstone Discovered in England


A 1,800-year-old tombstone was discovered at a Roman cemetery in England this week. Because of its inscription, archaeologists know who was buried in the grave: a 27-year-old woman named Bodica.

"It's incredibly rare," said Neil Holbrook, of Cotswold Archaeology.


Related: Cathedral Grave May Have Belonged to a Medieval Knight

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March 2 2015

Archaeologists unearth lost fortress of Genghis Khan in western Mongolia


Japanese and Mongolian archaeologists said Feb. 26 that they have discovered the remains of a 13th-century military outpost established for Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan (c. 1162-1227) in southwestern Mongolia.


Related: Found Islamic Coins Hidden Inside Viking Age Shield Boss

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March 2 2015

Anger at Angkor: Cambodians upset over naked western tourists at temples


Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction – the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat – is suffering from a form of overexposure. At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.

Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping off at Angkor archaeological park, a sprawling Unesco World Heritage Site that drew 2 million visitors last year.

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March 2 2015

Call for Stonehenge access ban to curb 'annual vandalism'


Revellers at solstice celebrations should be banned from getting close to Stonehenge in order to prevent "annual vandalism", a heritage group has said.

The Heritage Journal said the monument was daubed with graffiti, stuck with chewing gum and marked with oil.

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