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July 5 2015

Ancient 'mummy' unearthed from 'lost medieval civilisation' near Arctic, claim scientists


The expected but as yet unopened human remains are wrapped in birch bark and it is likely that this 'cocoon' contains copper which - combined with the permafrost - produced an accidental mummification.

Archeologists working at the site, near Salekhard, say they suspect the remains are of a child or teenager from the 12th or 13th centuries AD.

The new find matches others discovered at Zeleny Yar, belonging to a mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia despite its position on the edge of the Siberian Arctic.

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July 5 2015

Study: Hitler’s Poor Decisions Linked To Parkinson’s Disease


Parkinson’s disease may have caused Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler to make reckless decisions due to the neurological disorder’s degenerative effects.

A new study, “Understanding the Influence of Parkinson’s Disease on Adolf Hitler’s Decision-Making During World War II,” was conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Raghav Gupta and a team of researchers.


Alt: Did Parkinson's disease lose Hitler the war? Study claims the condition made the Fuhrer reckless and violent

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July 5 2015

Cuba Ends Mother-To-Child HIV


With only a handful of babies born with HIV or syphilis in 2013, Cuba has become the first country to earn certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of the diseases. WHO and United Nations officials announced the achievement on Tuesday (June 30).

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July 5 2015

Implantable 'artificial pancreas' could help diabetes patients control their blood sugar


Living with Type 1 diabetes requires constant monitoring of blood sugar levels and injecting insulin daily. Now scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research the development of an implantable "artificial pancreas" that continuously measures a person's blood sugar, or glucose, level and can automatically release insulin as needed.

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July 5 2015

New concrete composite can heal itself


In the human body, small wounds are easily treated by the body itself, requiring no further care. For bigger wounds to be healed, the body may need outside assistance. Concrete is like a living body, in that it can self-heal its own small wounds (cracks) as an intrinsic characteristic. However, cracks do not heal easily in conventional concrete due to its rather brittle nature, which calls into question the effectiveness of self-healing in conventional concrete materials with no control over crack formation.

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July 5 2015

Dutch team reveals 'energy-positive' family car


The Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) student team from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) today presents its new solar-powered car. Stella Lux is an intelligent, solar-powered family car that generates more power than it uses.

The car has a range of at least 1,000 km in the Netherlands, with enough space for four people, and is fitted with a specially designed navigation system.

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July 5 2015

Underwater farmers grow strawberries in balloon gardens


This is a snapshot of life at one of the world's strangest farms. In the eerie blue light, a diver drifts between underwater greenhouses, where the first seeds of the year – basil, strawberry, lettuce and beans – were planted last week.

The transparent "biospheres" beneath the Bay of Noli, in Savona, Italy, are part of the three-year-old Nemo's Garden project, which aims to find innovative ways of growing crops in places that lack freshwater or fertile soil.

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July 5 2015

Rainbow of Fluorescent Corals Found—Why Do They Glow?


Deep beneath the surface of the Red Sea, a rainbow of glowing corals have been discovered that's unlike anything scientists have ever seen.

"I was indeed surprised to find such a great color diversity at these greater depths," said Jörg Wiedenmann, a marine biologist at the U.K.'s University of Southampton.

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July 5 2015

Slo-mo reveals how enigmatic sprites explode in the atmosphere


It's a mysterious fireworks show, sometimes seen from a plane far above storm clouds. This video of a sprite – an intense flash of light in the upper atmosphere when a thunderstorm rages below – is shedding light on what causes the phenomenon, which can disrupt communication signals.


Alt: Mystery of the celestial sprites solved? Slow motion video reveals how gravity waves may be causing 'alien' light shows in Earth's atmosphere

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July 5 2015

Hoped-for dark matter flash might instead be the corpses of stars


Dark matter is keeping to the shadows. A potential sign of the mysterious stuff may actually be due to the husks of dead stars.

For decades astronomers have suspected the existence of a form of matter, called dark matter, that doesn't emit or absorb visible light and is five times more abundant in the cosmos than normal matter.

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July 5 2015

MOD to release UK's top secret UFO 'X-Files' that 'could prove aliens exist'


CONFIDENTIAL government reports into Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings - dubbed the "British X-Files" - could be made publicly available within EIGHT months.

The major boost for alien hunters can be exclusively revealed by Express.co.uk on World UFO Day, which campaigners are using to call for the release of all such records globally.


Related: Russian Official Proposes International Investigation Into U.S. Moon Landings

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July 5 2015

Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert


They are often portrayed on screen as little green men with elongated limbs and saucer-like eyes. From E.T to the X-Files, aliens from outer space have captured our imagination for decades.

Yet a new book from a leading evolutionary biologist argues that if they exist and we ever encountered them, they would look very similar to us.


Alt: 'Map of life' predicts ET. (So where is he?)

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July 5 2015

New Horizons spacecraft sees strange black spots on Pluto's equator


Recent images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal four mysterious dark spots that appear to be evenly spaced along Pluto's equator.

Each of the spots is about 300 miles in diameter and has a surface area similar in size to the state of Mississippi, NASA scientists report.

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July 5 2015

New Horizons Has Detected Methane on Pluto


With less than two weeks to go before its historic flyby, the Ralph instrument aboard the New Horizons spacecraft has confirmed the presence of frozen methane on Pluto—something scientists first detected as far back as 1976.

Methane, or CH4, is a colorless, odorless gas that’s present in Earth’s atmosphere and subsurface. Some of our methane comes from abiogenic processes, like volcanism, but the vast majority of it is produced by organisms. The methane on Pluto, on the other hand, has more ancient roots.

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July 5 2015

Ceres Spots Continue to Mystify in Latest Dawn Images


The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape.


Alt: White Spots, Lone Mountains, and Other Funny Business on Ceres

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July 5 2015

Long-term life support on Mars should be possible someday, study says


When the first two human colonists land on Mars, they could step into their ready-made living quarters, remove their space helmets and inhale deliciously breathable air.

The quarters would have an optimal mixture of gases for human respiration, and be perfectly pressurized, air-conditioned and thoroughly filtered, if a design paper by a space life-support company becomes reality.


Alt: How to build a house on the red planet: Mars One claims to have solved how humans will survive in a space colony

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July 4 2015

Our mostly dry planetary neighbors once had lots of water—what does that imply for us?


We already knew about Venus. We had our suspicions about Mars. Now we’re sure.

Our two closest solar system neighbors once had oceans – planet-encircling, globe-girdling, Earth-like oceans. But waterbearing planets are fragile. Venus didn’t have the right stuff and lost her oceans to space. We have the smoking gun. And now we know that Mars, also, poor Mars, couldn’t hold on. Mars has lost to space at least 80% of all the water it once had.

Et tu, Earth? What about you? More to the point, what about us?

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