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February 26 2015

Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries


Isis militants have reportedly ransacked Mosul library, burning over a hundred thousand rare manuscripts and documents spanning centuries of human learning.

Initial reports said approximately 8,000 books were destroyed by the extremist group.


Related: Oregon police seize Native American relics headed for black market

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February 26 2015

Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa


Where did our species come from, and how did we get from there to everywhere?

Genetic studies have supplied a convincing answer to the first question: Our modern human ancestors evolved in Africa, then swept across Eurasia beginning some 60,000 to 50,000 years ago. Now, a pair of American archaeologists claim to have uncovered the route those early Homo sapiens took on their way to populating the planet.

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February 26 2015

Artificial intelligence can learn Atari games from scratch, say scientists


Is a robot uprising coming in 2015? Maybe – but only to show you up at the arcade.

Led by researchers Demis Hassabis and Volodymyr Mnih, Google-owned DeepMind Technologies has created an artificial intelligence capable of playing simple video games with minimal training. They described their breakthrough today in Nature.


Related: Google's patent is for odor-removing wearable

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February 26 2015

Bionic reconstruction gives men first prosthetic hands controlled by mind


Three Austrians have had their injured hands replaced with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.

The three men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as “bionic reconstruction”, which involves a voluntary amputation, the transplantof nerves and muscles and learning to use faint signals from them to command the hand.


Related: Bionic limbs like Luke Skywalker's in Star Wars gets a step closer New research will focus on how to produce a hand that can sense pressure and temperature

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February 26 2015

Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish


A team of researchers from Italy, Israel and the United Kingdom has succeeded in generating mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering. The scientists grew a leg muscle starting from engineered cells cultured in a dish to produce a graft. The subsequent graft was implanted close to a normal, contracting skeletal muscle where the new muscle was nurtured and grown.


Related: Watch a blind man use a bionic eye to see his wife for the first time in a decade

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February 26 2015

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims


A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.

Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off.

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February 26 2015

Monster black hole from early cosmos challenges physics


The discovery of a supermassive black hole from the early cosmos is set to rewrite physics, say scientists.

An international team of astronomers detected a black hole 12 billion times the mass of our Sun, they report today in the journal Nature.


Related: Could classical theory be just as weird as quantum theory?

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February 26 2015

Ancient Life on the Moon — From Earth


The possibility that terrestrial fossils are preserved in Moon rocks makes lunar exploration even more appealing.

Study of the Moon has documented that it is an ancient world— a planetary object whose intense geologic evolution in the early years of the Solar System led to rapidly declining activity and its current quiescence. These are the very properties that allow us to use its largely unchanging surface to recover the record of events that occurred in the distant past.

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February 26 2015

Earth's other 'moon' and its crazy orbit could reveal mysteries of the solar system


We all know and love the moon. We're so assured that we only have one that we don't even give it a specific name. It is the brightest object in the night sky, and amateur astronomers take great delight in mapping its craters and seas. To date, it is the only other heavenly body with human footprints.

What you might not know is that the moon is not the Earth's only natural satellite.


Related: Pluto a Planet Again? It May Happen This Year

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February 26 2015

Ceres: Bright spot on dwarf planet is a twofer, NASA spacecraft finds


NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has snapped even clearer views of Ceres, but its surface just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. A strange bright spot on the dwarf planet now appears to have a companion spot shining right next to it.

Bright spots are often thought to have icy origins, though a Dawn project member has said that the readings from Ceres don’t appear consistent with pure water ice. However, the mission’s lead scientist has now floated another possible explanation.

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February 26 2015

Comets Are Like Deep Fried Ice Cream, Scientists Say


NASA researchers think they understand why comets have a hard, crispy outside and a cold but soft inside — just like fried ice cream.

Two NASA spacecraft have interacted with a comet surface, and both found a crunchy exterior and somewhat softer, more porous interior. Scientists know that comets are made of a mixture of rock and ice, but up until now they could not fully explain this change in texture from the inside to the outside.

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February 26 2015

Dozens of new craters suspected in northern Russia


Respected Moscow scientist Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky has called for 'urgent' investigation of the new phenomenon amid safety fears.

Until now, only three large craters were known about in northern Russia with several scientific sources speculating last year that heating from above the surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions, and from below, due to geological fault lines, led to a huge release of gas hydrates, so causing the formation of these craters in Arctic regions.

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February 26 2015

Miami archeological dig unearths evidence of sea rise


When Carr started to piece together where the 1860s-era bricks were found - about a foot below the water table - and what he knew about construction, he came to a surprising conclusion: the artifacts provided proof that sea level in the area had risen more than a foot in the last century. Neither the bricks nor coconut palms would have existed on submerged land.


Related: Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found.

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February 26 2015

Egypt: After the Flood


In its 7000 years of history, no event changed Egypt more profoundly than the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

It was an engineering project to rival any of the works of the Pharaohs. Upon its completion in 1970, the Aswan High Dam forever changed the heartbeat of the river Nile. The cycle of floods and unpredictable famines came to an end, and for the first time Egypt appeared to have something that had previously seemed unimaginable: water security.

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February 25 2015

Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK


A wind of change is blowing through the UK's power stations. Renewable sources of energy like wind turbines could soon generate more electricity than nuclear power stations.

The contribution of renewables towards keeping the lights on more than doubled from 6.8 per cent in 2010 to 14.9 per cent in 2013, according to the Office of National Statistics. Nuclear power, at 19 per cent, is in slow decline – no new power stations have been built since 1995, when it contributed more than 25 per cent of the UK's electricity.

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February 25 2015

Is the world ready for GM animals?


The use of genetically engineered animals could revolutionise whole areas of public health and agriculture, according to advocates. But is the world ready for modified mosquitoes and GM salmon?

Back in the 1950s, two American scientists came up with a revolutionary idea to eliminate a longstanding scourge of livestock farming.


Related: What Did Charles Darwin Put In His Mouth? Pretty Much Everything.

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February 25 2015

Bacteria Pipe Food To Each Other Using Tiny Tubes


Throw me a line here! Or how about a nanotube? In a new study, biologists discovered that hungry E. coli bacteria are able to request food from their neighbors by sending a tiny tube over to them. Other E. coli bacteria, or even bacteria of a different species, respond by piping nutrients into the tube, over to the requester. Efficient!

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