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March 20 2015

Interpersonal trust erodes over time in the online world, experts say


When people interact in an Internet community, they experience higher levels of trust initially. But as time passes and more information comes to light about other users, they are more wary, according to new Stanford research.

Technology reduces overall uncertainty and promotes trust between strangers. But at the same time, it erodes some of the serendipity involved in meeting new people.


Related: Trust increases with age; benefits well-being

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March 20 2015

Broken Hearts Can Be A Matter Of Life And Death: The Real Dangers Of Heartbreak


The proverbial broken heart threatens anyone brave enough to put his love and trust into someone else’s hands. It’s that emotional phenomenon your mother warned you about during infamous teen angst years. But what happens when a broken heart is more than just a flood of feelings and actually enters into a physical, sometimes life-threatening state?

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March 20 2015

Beliefs Can Trigger Asthma Attacks


Asthma attacks can be scary and painful—yet some of them may be avoidable if asthma sufferers can alter their expectations. Evidence is mounting that believing an odor or activity will trigger an asthma attack is sometimes all it takes to induce real physical symptoms.

In one recent study, 17 patients with moderate, persistent asthma took whiffs of a nonirritating odorant.

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March 20 2015

Speaking a second language may change how you see the world


Where did the thief go? You might get a more accurate answer if you ask the question in German. How did she get away? Now you might want to switch to English. Speakers of the two languages put different emphasis on actions and their consequences, influencing the way they think about the world, according to a new study. The work also finds that bilinguals may get the best of both worldviews, as their thinking can be more flexible.

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March 20 2015

Tongues may have evolved from a mouthful of water


Lolloping on their pectoral fins to forage for food over ground, mudskippers have adapted to life in and out of water. Now, slow-motion X-ray video shows how these amphibious fish use a mouthful of water like a tongue to capture and swallow food on land – a finding that may offer a glimpse into how fleshy-tongued terrestrial tetrapods evolved from fish 400-350 million years ago.


Alt: Fish Uses "Water Tongue" to Grab Prey on Land

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March 20 2015

Spiders Weave Their Webs Based on Dietary Needs


Spiders can customise their webs to make sure they get the diet they need, new research suggests.

In response to their diet, they optimise the size, strength and stickiness of their webs for catching whatever prey is around, say researchers today in the Royal Society journal Open Science.


Related: 'Sparklemuffin' and 'Skeletorus' spider species discovered by university graduate student

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March 20 2015

Mystery of Darwin's 'strange animals' solved


When Charles Darwin visited South America on HMS Beagle in the 1830s, he discovered fossils of several hefty mammals that defied classification, such as Macrauchenia, which looked like a humpless camel with a long snout; or Toxodon, with a rhino’s body, hippo’s head and rodent-like teeth — which he described as “perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered”.

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March 20 2015

Beetles beat out extinction


Today's rich variety of beetles may be due to an historically low extinction rate rather than a high rate of new species emerging, according to a new study. These findings were revealed by combing through the fossil record.

"Much of the work to understand why beetles are diverse has really focused on what promotes speciation,".

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March 20 2015

Crocodile ancestor was top predator before dinosaurs roamed North America


A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor may have filled one of North America's top predator roles before dinosaurs arrived on the continent. Carnufex carolinensis, or the "Carolina Butcher," was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling crocodylomorph that walked on its hind legs and likely preyed upon smaller inhabitants of North Carolina ecosystems such as armored reptiles and early mammal relatives.

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March 20 2015

How an ancient whale skull could point to humanity's birthplace


A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.

The whale (Ziphiidae) lived when the East African plateau was substantially lower and covered by dense forests, the researchers said.


Related: First dolphins appeared millions of years earlier than previously thought

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March 20 2015

Study raises concerns over big, rapidly thinning Antarctic glacier


Scientists have raised concerns about a large, rapidly thinning glacier in Antarctica, warning it could contribute significantly to rising sea levels.

They say they've discovered two openings that could channel warm seawater to the base of the huge Totten Glacier and bring the threat of potentially disastrous melting.

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March 20 2015

Lopsided ice on the moon points to past shift in poles


What little ice remains on Mercury and Mars is mostly confined to the planets’ poles, as one would expect, because the sun shines the least in those regions. Not so on the moon. Much of the moon’s ice, which lurks beneath the surface, is found in an area 5.5° away from the north pole and in a matching region 5.5° from the south pole, scientists announced here this week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The data suggest that in the past, the moon’s axis of rotation—and hence its poles—shifted.

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March 20 2015

Lava tubes safe enough for Moon base


Natural tunnels known as lava tubes could safely house permanent bases on the Moon, scientists have said.

The underground volcanic structures have previously been proposed as ideal sites for human settlements.

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March 20 2015

Could Water Have Carved Channels On Mars Half A Million Years Ago?


Could water have carved channels on Mars as recently as 500,000 years ago? If that’s the case, it would boost the case for relatively recent life on the Red Planet.

There’s abundant evidence showing that Mars was wet early in its 4.5 billion history, but new research suggests that the water comes in cycles, providing opportunities for life to take a hold in between the long, cold ice ages.

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March 19 2015

'Northern lights' observed on Mars


A Nasa spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet has detected a mysterious aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

The Maven mission observed these "Christmas lights" for five days leading up to 25 December last year.


Related: Powerful Magnetic Storm Produces Beautiful Aurora Around the World

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March 19 2015

Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?


With recent news headlines proclaiming that dozens of people have been selected as finalists for a Martian astronaut corps, it might seem like a trip to this alien world might finally be close at hand.

But let's have a little reality check. What are the chances that we really will see people on the Red Planet in the next couple of decades?


Related: I’m on list to be a Mars One astronaut –but I won’t see the red planet

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March 19 2015

Mysterious, isolated Mashco-Piro tribe ventures out of threatened Peru forests


Dressed in loincloths and speaking an unknown language, the Mashco-Piro, one of the last isolated peoples on Earth, are increasingly venturing out of their forests in Peru — to the government’s distress.

Authorities say encroachments on the Amazon rainforest by illegal loggers may be forcing the Mashco-Piro, a tribe of hunter-gatherers, into some of their first recorded contacts with the outside world.


Alt: Peru’s Mashco-Piru tribe are one of the last isolated peoples on Earth

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