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September 24 2014

Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases


Ancient Greek vases have revealed the hidden names of Amazons, mythology's warrior women, in a report deciphering ancient languages unspoken for millennia.

In the forthcoming study of pottery dating from 550 B.C. to 450 B.C., study lead author Adrienne Mayor and J. Paul Getty Museum assistant curator David Saunders translated Greek inscriptions into their phonetic sounds for 12 ancient vases from Athens. The inscriptions appear next to scenes of Amazons fighting, hunting, or shooting arrows.

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September 24 2014

Haida Gwaii underwater expedition may have revealed earliest site of human habitation in Canada


VANCOUVER - Researchers using a robotic underwater vehicle off British Columbia's northern coast believe they may have found the earliest evidence of human habitation in Canada.

Unfortunately, the site that could date back almost 14,000 years lies beneath hundreds of metres of water in the ocean around the Haida Gwaii archipelago.

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September 24 2014

I'm reverse-engineering Mesopotamian hit songs


Are there any traces of Babylonian music, which hasn't been heard for over 3000 years?
We have the text of lots of poems from ancient Mesopotamia, and it seems likely that some were originally songs of a sort. We have the words, but the music was either not written down or is lost. I thought it would be exciting if we could listen to these poems as they were meant to be heard. The reason I think we can do this is that the language of the poems – their stresses, intonation and rhythm – provides clues about musical style..

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September 23 2014

Ancient campfires led to the rise of storytelling


Sometime about 400,000 years ago, humans learned to fully control fire. This breakthrough radically changed our diets, because we could now cook food, but did it transform our culture as well? A study of evening campfire conversations by the Ju/’hoan people of Namibia and Botswana (pictured above) suggests that by extending the day, fire allowed people to unleash their imaginations and tell stories, rather than merely focus on mundane topics.


Related: Campfire chat a chance for social bonding

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September 23 2014

‘Gravitational waves’ may have been space dust


Scientists who caused a global sensation when they announced the discovery of gravitational waves may have been fooled by bits of dust floating about in space.

Researchers at Harvard University called a press conference in March to reveal that they had spotted the cosmic signature of ripples in space left over from the spectacular expansion of the early universe. The dramatic claim was hailed as one of the most important scientific discoveries of the century and promised a new era of physics.

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September 23 2014

Will ET Be Here Soon? NASA Brings Scientists, Theologians Together To Prepare


Looking for extraterrestrial life is akin to a search for a cosmic needle-in-a-haystack, as evidenced by the above incredible Hubble Space Telescope image showing approximately 10,000 galaxies.

In large part, thanks to NASA's Kepler spacecraft, more than 1,400 planets have been identified beyond Earth.

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September 23 2014

It's okay: electromagnetic force hasn't changed in 10 billion years


Astronomers using three of the world's most powerful telescopes say they've found no change in one of nature's fundamental forces over the past 10 billion years.

The study, reported on ArXiv.org, examined the strength of the electromagnetic force -- one of the four fundamental forces of nature and the one responsible for holding atoms and molecules together.

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September 23 2014

Einstein's "Time Dilation" Prediction Verified


Physicists have verified a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity with unprecedented accuracy. Experiments at a particle accelerator in Germany confirm that time moves slower for a moving clock than for a stationary one.

The work is the most stringent test yet of this ‘time-dilation’ effect, which Einstein predicted. One of the consequences of this effect is that a person travelling in a high-speed rocket would age more slowly than people back on Earth.

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September 23 2014

Childhood mentors have positive impact on career success


New research from North Carolina State University finds that young people who have had mentors are more likely to find work early in their careers that gives them more responsibility and autonomy -- ultimately putting them on a path to more financially and personally rewarding careers.

"We wanted to look at the long-term impacts on mentees in naturally occurring mentorship relationships, rather than participants in formal mentorship programs,".

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September 23 2014

Researchers develop app that can tell what babies want when they bawl


Researchers in Taiwan have developed a smartphone app that can analyze crying patterns of newborn babies and determine what the infants want from their parents.

A team led by a researcher at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology developed the software by studying 100,000 bits of recorded data of infants’ crying patterns in cooperation with the pediatric department at the National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei.

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September 23 2014

Scientists create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading


A team of Stanford researchers has developed a protein therapy that disrupts the process that causes cancer cells to break away from original tumor sites, travel through the blood stream and start aggressive new growths elsewhere in the body.

This process, known as metastasis, can cause cancer to spread with deadly effect.

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September 23 2014

The Path to DMT: Psychedelic Drugs, Meditation, and the Pineal Gland


[Excerpted from DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible by Rick Strassman, MD.]

The notion of Hebrew Bible prophecy as a model for the DMT experience, and for the Western psychedelic drug experience in general, started forming in my mind several years after completing my drug studies in the mid-1990s. That research project represented the culmination of a decades-long interest in the biology of spiritual experience that began during my undergraduate training in the late 1960s. In these next two chapters, I trace the impetus for my research; its intellectual, biological, personal, and spiritual backdrops; the data that the project generated; and how those data forced me to search outside my preexisting models for more adequate ones. That search ultimately led to the Hebrew Bible and its notion of prophecy.

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September 23 2014

Tuscan demon-busters told to go by the book after a rise in irregular exorcisms


Church leaders in Florence fear that the practice of exorcism is getting out of hand as gung-ho priests mistake mental health problems for demonic possession.

The situation is so serious that the city’s Archbishop, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, has written to remind clergy that exorcisms must be undertaken only in certain situations and with permission.

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September 23 2014

Belief In Guardian Angels Makes People More Cautious: Survey


Cinderella had her fairy godmother and George Bailey from It’s A Wonderful Life had Clarence. And both the guardian angels gave these characters hope when they had none. But these are just stories. Do real people have guardian angels? The Washington Times states that most Americans do believe in guardian angels who keep them safe in a dangerous world. And according to a new study, it's this belief that keeps them from taking risks, which non-believers would be more inclined to take.

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September 23 2014

Where did the green 'alien eggs' come from that washed up on a Sydney beach?


Visitors from outer space or a natural phenomena? Surfers and early morning walkers were stunned to find thousands of 'alien eggs' on a Sydney beach this weekend.

Locals in Dee Why, on the city's North Shore, reported seeing a large number of the strange objects which had washed ashore overnight.

But rather than the green spheres being something from another planet, scientists explained they were a type of sponge-like seaweed that forms egg shapes possibly to protect themselves from predators.

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September 23 2014

Mown grass smell sends SOS for help in resisting insect attacks


The smell of cut grass in recent years has been identified as the plant’s way of signalling distress, but new research says the aroma also summons beneficial insects to the rescue. Such findings may help plant breeders know how to develop new varieties that are more resistant to insects and drought.

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September 23 2014

Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation


Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.

Norway will pay the impoverished West African country $150m (£91.4m) to stop deforestation by 2020.

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