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June 28 2015

Stonehenge's sun-disc revealed: Rare 4,500-year-old gold decoration found in grave near sacred site


One of the earliest known pieces of metalwork in Britain, found just a few miles from Stonehenge, has gone on display to the public for the first time.

The gold sun-disc, which was forged around 4,500 years ago at around the same time the main circle of Stonehenge was erected, was discovered in the Bronze Age burial mound of a local chieftain.

Thought to represent the sun, the thin sheet of embossed gold features a cross at the centre surrounded by a circle. Each is decorated with dots that glint in the sunlight.

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June 28 2015

Archaeologists Unearth 7,000-Year-Old Chalcolithic Workshop for Flint Tools in Bulgaria’s Kamenovo


A “huge” workshop for flint tools dating back to the Late Chalcolithic, or about 4,500-4,200 years ago, has been discovered by Bulgarian archaeologists in archaeological excavations of a settlement mound near the town of Kamenovo, Razgrad District, in Northeast Bulgaria.

The flint workshop has been found somewhat unexpectedly since the archaeologists started out their digs with the aim of excavating part of a Chalcolithic necropolis.

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June 28 2015

5,500-Year-Old Fingerprint Found on Ceramic Vessel


Danish archaeologists doing a survey ahead of the construction of the Femern Belt link scheme, an immersed tunnel that will connect the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish island of Lolland, have found a 5,500-year old-ceramic vessel bearing the fingerprint of the artisan who made it.

The vessel is known with the name “funnel beaker,” a kind of ceramics which features a flat bottom with a funnel shaped neck.

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June 28 2015

'Ancient Greek' political system may have emerged more than a million years ago


It is seen as a defining feature of civilisation that emerged relatively recently from the intellectual crucible of ancient Greece.

New research, however, suggests the roots of democracy can be traced back more than a million years and that it played a key role in the evolution of our species.

In a new scientific paper, a group of anthropologists suggest human political systems began evolving as soon as our primate ancestors began living in groups.

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June 28 2015

Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter and Venus converge in night sky


Jupiter and Venus will merge into a dazzling "super-star" in the Western horizon by the end of June, NASA says.

The conjunction of the two planets has been building during the month of June and will culminate in a spectacular display on June 30. “Every night in June, the separation between Venus and Jupiter will visibly shrink,” says NASA.

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June 28 2015

June 30th Gets a Leap Second Because Earth's Rotation is Slowing Down


If you’re the sort of person who lives by the motto that every second counts, next week, you get to put your money where your mouth is. That’s because, as we first learned back in January, we’re all being gifted a leap second on June 30th.

Leap seconds can wreak havoc across the Internet, but, as NASA explained in detail this week, they’re essential in order to compensate for our planet’s slowing rotation.


Alt: NASA Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second

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June 28 2015

Maximize Happiness by Planning Your Time Wisely


Happiness just can't be forced. Studies have shown that trying to feel happier in a given moment backfires, actually making people feel worse. And simply paying attention to one's level of happiness tends to make the glass look half-empty. So how can you gain the many rewards of happiness—which include better health and stronger relationships—without forcing it? New findings suggest rather than trying to boost happiness in the moment, a more effective route is to maximize your odds by making a concerted effort to plan your time around activities you think you will enjoy.

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June 28 2015

Does Music Give You Math Skills? It's a Tricky Equation


Denny Gulick began playing piano at age 4. With perfect pitch and a knack for memorization, he was a natural.

When Gulick was 5, his father gave him math multiplication tables that extended up to 16, and taught him pi to 15 decimal places, something Gulick has never forgotten. His mind seemed equally adapted to music and math, a perfect harmony — though one did not necessarily influence the other.

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June 28 2015

How Eating Foods With Healthy Bacteria Can Help Bust A Bad Mood


When a bad mood strikes, it's tempting to lean into the emotions and just ride it out. But there are ways to take a more proactive approach -- even with what you eat. Emerging research suggests that the bacteria living in your gut may be impacting your mood, and changing what you eat can be the bad-mood-buster you've been looking for.

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June 28 2015

Schizophrenia May Be the Price We Pay for a Big Brain


Plenty of us have known a dog on Prozac. We have also witnessed the eye rolls that come with the mention of canine psychiatry. Doting pet owners—myself included—ascribe all kinds of questionable psychological ills to our pawed companions. But in fact, the science suggests that numerous nonhuman species do suffer from psychiatric symptoms. Birds obsess; horses on occasion get pathologically compulsive; dolphins and whales, especially those in captivity, self-mutilate. And that thing when your dog woefully watches you pull out of the driveway from the window—that might be DSM-certified separation anxiety.

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June 28 2015

Our eye sockets give us a wider field of view than other apes


Among primates, humans are the kings of lateral thinking – and also of lateral vision. It seems that the shape of our eye sockets means we can view more of our world without moving our head than other great apes.

This may have given our ancestors an edge when they descended from forests into savannahs – but whether it drove our evolution or was the consequence of it is unclear.

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June 28 2015

Violent videos show apes may have sense of right and wrong


Chimpanzees may have a sense of right and wrong that echoes human concepts of morality, a study has found.

Two groups of the apes paid more attention to film clips of an infant chimp being killed by its own kind than clips showing other acts of violence.

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June 28 2015

Survival of the Feces: Why Some Caterpillars Look Like Poop


Curling up to look like a pile of poop might not sound appealing, but it's a useful strategy that some species of caterpillars use to hide from hungry birds, a new study finds.

The moment the caterpillar uncurls, birds are more likely to realize that it's not a pile of excrement but rather a tasty snack, said study researcher Toshitaka Suzuki, a postdoctoral fellow of evolutionary studies at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Kanagawa, Japan.

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June 28 2015

Songbirds have a thing for patterns


You might think that young children would first learn to recognize sounds and then learn how those categories of sounds fit together into words. But that isn't how it works. Rather, kids learn sounds and words at the same time. Now, researchers present evidence from European starlings showing that songbirds learn their songs in much the same way.

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June 27 2015

Rats 'dream' paths to a brighter future


When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new UCL research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society.

The researchers monitored brain activity in rats, first as the animals viewed food in a location they could not reach, then as they rested in a separate chamber, and finally as they were allowed to walk to the food. The activity of specialised brain cells involved in navigation suggested that during the rest the rats simulated walking to and from food that they had been unable to reach.

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June 27 2015

'Bee Highway' Protects Endangered Pollinators


From flower emblazoned cemeteries to rooftop gardens and balconies, Norway's capital Oslo is creating a "bee highway" to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production.

"We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it," Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the Bybi, an environmental group supporting urban bees, which is leading the project.

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June 27 2015

Planting coral could save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, say scientists


Humans could save the Great Barrier Reef from global warming by transplanting corals that survive heat stress, say scientists.

A new joint study by the Australian institute of marine science (AIMS) in Townsville and the University of Texas has found a genetic basis for tolerance of higher temperatures in coral.

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