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May 8 2015

Egypt: Replica Pharos Lighthouse plans approved


Plans to rebuild one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pharos Lighthouse, have been approved by Egyptian authorities, it's reported.

The feat of ancient engineering, which is also known as the Lighthouse of Alexandria, was completed around 280BC, and is estimated to have been between 110m and 130m high.


Alt: Alexandria Lighthouse to be reassembled in original location

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May 8 2015

Neanderthals changed hunting strategy with climate change


Neanderthals occupying the Amud Cave in what is today northern Israel showed exploitation of different hunting territories depending upon the climate in which they lived, suggests researchers in a recent study.

Gideon Hartman of the University of Connecticut and colleagues from an international group of universities and research institutions came to this conclusion by reconstructing the hunting ranges of Neanderthals who occupied the cave at two distinct Ice Age occupational phases separated by about 10,000 years.

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May 8 2015

3 Arrested In California For Operating 3,000-Year-Old Masonic Police Department


It was a plot to rival Foucault's Pendulum: Police in Los Angeles arrested three people in connection with operating a fictitious police department they said was 3,000 years old and had jurisdiction over 33 states and Mexico.


Alt: Group Claiming To Be Descendants Of Knights Templar Arrested In Impersonating Police Officers

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May 8 2015

Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy


Detectives claim to have revealed how Jesus Christ looked as a child – based on computer forensics and the world’s most famous relic.

Using the Turin Shroud, the supposed burial cloth of Jesus, police investigators have generated a photo-fit image from the negative facial image on the material. And from this they reversed the ageing process to create an image of a young Jesus, by reducing the size of the jaw, raising the chin and straightening the nose.

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May 8 2015

Mysterious galactic signal points LHC to dark matter


It is one of the most disputed observations in physics. But an explanation may be in sight for a mysterious excess of high-energy photons at the centre of the Milky Way. The latest analysis1 suggests that the signal could come from a dark-matter particle that has just the right mass to show up at the world’s largest particle accelerator.


Related: LHC restart sees first collisions

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May 8 2015

Sun Unleashes Powerful Flare, Knocks Out Global Radio


After a long period of calm, the sun awoke from its slumber and erupted with one of the most powerful solar flares of the year on Tuesday.

The X2-class flare exploded from the sun’s limb over a region of intense magnetic activity designated AR (active region) 2339. Although it wasn’t Earth-facing, the flare still had a dramatic effect on Earth — the high-energy extreme-ultraviolet and X-ray radiation bathed our planet’s uppermost atmosphere, causing waves of ionization.

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May 8 2015

This machine can make salty water drinkable — using only the sun’s rays


The American engineers who traveled to rural India two years ago believed they were going to help poor villagers get rid of microbes in their drinking water. But soon after their arrival, they began hearing about a different problem: salt.

Those complaints inspired new technology that could some day supply water to thirsty villages and drought-stricken farms in other parts of the world. The MIT team developed a solar-powered water desalination system that uses the sun’s energy to turn brackish liquid into contaminant-free water safe for drinking and for crops.

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May 8 2015

Designer drugs hit dangerous lows to bring new highs


NBOMe overdoses have been appearing in U.S. emergency rooms since around 2012, but little is known about the drugs. They are one of many designer drugs, produced as alternatives for classic but illegal substances such as cocaine, LSD and marijuana. Each one comes in versions that are more dangerous than the drugs they were made to replace.


Related: Texas House panel approves full legalization of marijuana

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May 8 2015

Carrot or stick? Punishments may guide behavior more effectively than rewards


When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective -- the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment suggests that punishments are more likely to influence behavior than rewards. The results stem from a study involving 88 students at a university.

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May 8 2015

Dogs' Hormones Adjust to Match Those of Owners


The bond between dogs and humans is so deep that dog hormones actually synchronize to match those of their owners and handlers, a new study finds.

The study, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Physiology & Behavior, adds to the growing body of evidence that dogs and humans connect at both conscious and subconscious levels that can impact their core biochemistry.


Related: Why female dogs are the friendliest: Maternal instincts mean they are much more likely to interact with humans than males

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May 8 2015

Fire ants roll 'snowballs' to dig a tunnel


Fire ants are known to dig complex tunnels through sand and soil. Now videos reveal that they can work with several types of building materials, excavating pieces the same size as their heads as well as slippery particles.

To test their abilities, Daniel Goldman from the Georgia Institute of Technology and colleagues filmed mini-colonies of 100 fire ants in the lab as they constructed underground nests out of spherical glass particles of different sizes and degrees of wetness.

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May 8 2015

Animal Tracking Could Help Predict Earthquakes


The recent earthquake in Nepal demonstrated yet again how difficult it is to reliably predict natural disasters. While we have a good knowledge of the various earthquakes zones on the planet, we have no way of knowing exactly when a big quake like the 7.8-magnitude event in Nepal will happen.

But we know that many animals seem able to sense the onset of such events.

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May 8 2015

From the depths of a microscopic world, spontaneous cooperation


Maybe it's not such a dog-eat-dog world after all. A clever combination of two different types of computer simulations enabled a group of Illinois researchers to uncover an unexpectedly cooperative group dynamic: the spontaneous emergence of resource sharing among individuals in a community. Who were the members of this friendly, digitally represented collective? Escherichia coli, rod-shaped bacteria found in the digestive systems of humans and many other animals.

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May 8 2015

Researchers report possible discovery of sixth DNA base, methyl-adenine


DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the main component of our genetic material. It is formed by combining four parts: adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine (A, C, G and T), called bases of DNA. They combine in thousands of possible sequences to provide the genetic variability that enables the wealth of aspects and functions of living beings.

In the early 80s, to these four "classic" bases of DNA was added a fifth.

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May 8 2015

New form of DNA modification may carry inheritable information


Scientists at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and China have described the surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms, and algae.

Common DNA modifications occur through methylation, a chemical process that can dramatically change gene expression, which regulates the eventual production of proteins that carry out the functions of an organism.

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May 8 2015

Flower find provides real-time insight into evolution


A Stirling scientist who discovered a new Scottish flower has made an unexpected second finding which provides unique insight into our understanding of evolution.

Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin, a Plant Evolutionary Biologist at the University of Stirling, first unearthed a new species of monkeyflower on the bank of a stream in South Lanarkshire, Southern Scotland in 2012.

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May 7 2015

Discovery of missing link between the 2 main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals


Scientists have discovered a “missing link” between the two main life-forms on earth which could help to explain the evolution of organisms with complex cells like those found in all animals including humans.


Alt: Single-Celled Critter Now Earliest Human Ancestor?

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