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January 6 2015

Coronal Hole Spotted On The Sun Is Hundreds Of Times Bigger Than The Earth


Talk about big!

A dark hole hundreds of times bigger than the Earth has been spotted on the surface of the sun. A photo of the enormous "coronal hole" (below) was snapped by a camera aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Jan. 1, 2015.

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January 6 2015

End of the world: Humans could be killed off by hail of comets from passing stars


Humans could be wiped out by two dwarf stars that will drop a torrent of comets onto Earth, according to a new theory.

If the comets do kill of humans, it could mean that we are wiped out ahead of the the normally expected ways — an asteroid crashing into us or the death of the sun.

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January 6 2015

‘Climate hacking,’ while easy and efficient, may be too risky


Some people might argue that the greatest moral challenge of our time is serious enough to justify deliberately tampering with our climate to stave off the damaging effects of global warming.

Geoengineering, or “climate hacking”, to use its more emotive nickname, is a direct intervention in the natural environments of our planet, including our atmosphere, seas and oceans.

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January 6 2015

How A Position Of Power Can Change Your Voice


Most radio reporters, I think it's fair to say, think about their voices a lot, and work to sound powerful and authoritative. I know my voice has changed since my very first radio story 10 years ago

That's why I was intrigued by a recent study in the journal Psychological Science on the voice of authority. Scientists wanted to hear if people's voices change in predictable ways when they are put into positions of power. Plus, they wondered if listeners could detect those changes.

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January 6 2015

Chimpanzees select nut-cracking tools taking account of up to five different factors


Are chimpanzees sensitive to the effect of an object's properties on nut-cracking efficiency and plan their tool selection accordingly? An international team of researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has now investigated the selection of hammers used for cracking Coula edulis nuts by wild chimpanzees in the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire, taking into account the availability of potential tools at the site and time at which each tool selection episode occurred.

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January 6 2015

Whale Genes Offer Hints to Longer Lifespans


In a search for genes that fight off aging, researchers have now charted the bowhead whale genome.

Bowheads are filter feeders found only in the Arctic, and are some of the largest mammals on Earth. Old harpoon points found in bowheads suggest the whales live for some 200 years.

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January 6 2015

Weight loss drug fools body into reacting as if it has just eaten


Diet drug tested in mice mimics signals produced at start of meal, burning fat, reducing blood sugar and increasing metabolism.


Alt: 'Imaginary meal' tricks body into losing weight

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January 6 2015

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find


Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.

But for the first time scientists think they know what is causing the effect. The body, it seems, views red meat as a foreign invader and sparks a toxic immune response.

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January 6 2015

Porridge could be key to a long and healthy life, says Harvard University


A small bowl of porridge each day could be the key to a long and healthy life, after a major study by Harvard University found that whole grains reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.

Although whole grains are widely believed to be beneficial for health it is the first research to look at whether they have a long-term impact on lifespan.

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January 6 2015

Fructose More Toxic than Table Sugar in Mice


When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.


Related: Vitamin B may counter negative effect of pesticide on fertility

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January 6 2015

New discoveries about Dark Age farming found in the dirt


Two researchers are taking a new twist on long-published research about what an ancient civilization did for a living.

W. Flint Dibble, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in the Department of Classics, and Daniel J. Fallu, a doctoral student in archaeology at Boston University, will present their new discoveries surrounding a key site from the Greek Dark Age on Jan. 9, at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Society for Classical Studies (SCS, formerly known as the American Philological Association), in New Orleans.

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January 6 2015

Listen to the 3000-Year-Old Trumpets of King Tutankhamun


Among the treasures found when Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb was opened in 1923 were two ornate trumpets, one made of silver and the other of bronze. In 1939, BBC radio broadcast the sound of the trumpets to listeners around the world. And, thanks to the internet, now you can too.

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January 6 2015

Rapid Desert Formation May Have Destroyed China's 1st Kingdom


The first known Chinese kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands rapidly transformed into deserts, possibly driving its people into the rest of China, a new study finds.

This new finding suggests that the kingdom may have been more important to Chinese civilization than experts had thought, researchers say.

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January 6 2015

Let in the Light: Ancient Roman Fort Designed for Celestial Show


The gateways of an ancient Roman fort in Britain are roughly aligned with the light from the sun during the summer and winter solstices — a design that would have resulted in a striking scene on the shortest and longest days of the year, a researcher says.

The fort had four gateways facing one another. During the summer solstice, the sun would rise in alignment with the fort's northeastern and southwestern gates, and set in alignment with its northwestern and southeastern gates, the researcher reported in the new study.

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January 6 2015

Stones challenge dating of Easter Island collapse


Easter Island’s farming society reorganized rather than collapsing before Europeans arrived in 1722, a new study suggests.

Residents of Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, sharply reduced farming at two previously thriving settlements decades before European explorers showed up, say archaeologist Christopher Stevenson of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and his colleagues.

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January 5 2015

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM — It started 15 years ago with plans to expand the Tower of David Museum. But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.

They knew it had been used as a prison when the Ottoman Turks and then the British ruled these parts. But, as they carefully dug down, they eventually uncovered something extraordinary: the suspected remains of the palace where one of the more famous scenes of the New Testament may have taken place — the trial of Jesus.

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January 5 2015

Inside the Mysterious Underground City That's 5,000 Years Old


The discovery of a previously unknown ancient city came as a late Christmas present for archaeologists in Turkey when they made a major find on Dec. 28.

A series of ruins that contain buildings, hidden churches and water channels was found in the Turkish town of Nevsehir, which is known for 'fairy chimney' rock formations.

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