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July 2 2015

Remains of sea creature washed up in Far East


With fur on its tail and twice the size of a human being, no one yet knows what the animal is.

The remains of an unidentified sea animal with fur on its tail have been washed ashore in the Far East. Found near the airport at Shakhtersk, on Sakhalin Island, its appearance is unlike anything ever found in Russia.

'I can confidently say that this is some kind of a dolphin. However, it has fur. It's unusual. Dolphins do not have any fur.'


Related: Mystery Of Loch Ness UFO Photo Deepens

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July 2 2015

New Zealand Becomes Home to Latest Wave of ‘Mystery Booms’


In recent weeks, reports of night time “mystery booms” have persisted across parts of New Zealand, with Whanganui being the latest location to receive the strange rumblings.

At around 10:15 PM local time on Wednesday evening, many locals reported hearing a loud, thundering “boom” which caused some residents to feel their homes shaking. John Ristau, an area seismologist, also told the New Zealand Herald that minor seismic readings above background levels were reported at that time. A small earthquake was considered unlikely as a source, however.

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July 2 2015

Studies show that “inception” is possible—at least in sleeping mice


Scientists have been poking around in mice brains a lot recently. They’ve found that they have dreams, and that those dreams can be manipulated.

Research (paywall) by scientists at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution in Paris has shown that scientists can influence mouse dreams, in a way reminiscent of the 2010 science fiction movie Inception.

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July 2 2015

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg thinks telepathy tech is on its way


Besides virtual reality, laser-toting satellites and artificial intelligence, what other futuristic technologies is Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg interested in? Oh, you know, telepathy.

“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like,” wrote Zuckerberg.

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July 2 2015

Polarised light and the super sense you didn’t know you had


Dr Juliette McGregor explores new insights into the ability to perceive polarisation of light in humans

Ever fancied having a superpower? Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world? OK, it’s not X-ray vision, but your eyes do have abilities that you might not be aware of.

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July 2 2015

Putting a Face to DNA: How New Tech Gives Hope in Cold Cases


Here's how it used to work: DNA found at a crime scene would be collected and then compared to a database. It was really only helpful if it happened to match an existing criminal profile.

But now a new technology could help solve cases that have been "cold" for decades.

In December, a company in Virginia called Parabon began offering a new way to use DNA from crime scenes to generate a composite sketch and give police another tool in their hunt for suspects.

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July 2 2015

Pre-Crastination: The Opposite of Procrastination


Procrastination is a well-known and serious behavioral problem involving both practical and psychological implications. Taxpayers commonly put off submitting their annual returns until the last minute, risking mathematical errors in their frenzy to file. Lawmakers notoriously dawdle and filibuster before enacting sometimes rash and ill-advised legislation at the eleventh hour. And, students burn the midnight oil to get their term papers submitted before the impending deadline, precluding proper polishing and proofreading. For these reasons, we are cautioned not to procrastinate: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. He who hesitates is lost. Procrastination is the thief of time.

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July 2 2015

Doing Good Deeds May Help Socially Anxious People Mingle


New research suggests that performing acts of kindness could help socially anxious people to not shy away from others.

People who suffer from social anxiety are more than just a little shy. They usually feel so threatened or anxious about interacting with others that they often actively avoid socializing.


Alt: Anxious? Try doing a good deed: Acts of kindness makes us feel more comfortable meeting others

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July 2 2015

Money Can Buy Happiness If You Spend It Wisely


Great thinkers have often warned us: when seeking happiness, do not rely on worldly goods. Science bears out the advice—people with more wealth are not happier. Yet how you spend your funds does matter. Research reveals a few strategies that increase long-term contentment.

Spend on experiences, not goods.

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July 2 2015

Even Graphics Can Speak With a Foreign Accent


Language is not just words. We communicate visually as well, but even our visual symbols are not a universal language. And just as the same gesture can have different meanings from culture to culture, the way visual information is used in graphics can have different meanings depending on the cultural context.

Take the color of money, for instance. Charles Apple, an American visual journalist, was working for a newspaper in South Africa when one consultant proposed using green for the business section. But the client prefered blue. “Not every country has green money,” Apple says.

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July 2 2015

Single-celled predator evolves tiny, human-like 'eye'


A single-celled marine plankton evolved a miniature version of a multi-cellular eye, possibly to help see its prey better, according to University of British Columbia (UBC) research published today in Nature.

In fact, the 'ocelloid' within the planktonic predator looks so much like a complex eye that it was originally mistaken for the eye of an animal that the plankton had eaten.

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July 2 2015

Bearded dragons switch sex in the heat


One species of Australian lizard switches sex when temperatures rise in the outback, a new study has found.

Central bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) with male chromosomes become females that are capable of producing twice as many eggs as standard females, report researchers in today's issue of the journal Nature.

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July 2 2015

Dagger-like Canines of Saber-toothed Cats Took Years to Grow


New research shows that the fearsome teeth of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis fully emerged at a later age than those of modern big cats, but grew at a rate about double that of their living relatives.

The findings, published today in the journal PLOS ONE and based on a new technique that combines isotopic analysis and x-ray imaging, for the first time provide specific ages for developmental events in Smilodon, notably in their teeth.

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July 2 2015

The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii


On a sweltering summer afternoon, Antonio Irlando leads me down the Via dell’Abbondanza, the main thoroughfare in first-century Pompeii. The architect and conservation activist gingerly makes his way over huge, uneven paving stones that once bore the weight of horse-drawn chariots. We pass stone houses richly decorated with interior mosaics and frescoes, and a two-millennial-old snack bar, or Thermopolium, where workmen long ago stopped for lunchtime pick-me-ups of cheese and honey. Abruptly, we reach an orange-mesh barricade. “Vietato L’Ingresso,” the sign says—entry forbidden. It marks the end of the road for visitors to this storied corner of ancient Rome.

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July 2 2015

Athenian Wealth: Millions of Silver Coins Stored in Parthenon Attic


Millions of silver coins may have been stored in the attic of the Parthenon,one of the most famous structures from the ancient world, a research team says.

The attic of the Parthenon is now destroyed and the coins would have been spent in ancient times. The researchers made the discovery by reconstructing the size of the attic, analyzing ancient records to extrapolate how large the reserves may have been and re-examining archaeological work carried out decades ago.

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July 2 2015

New pre-Inca tombs and Mochica temple found


Archaeologists discovered 14 pre-Inca tombs and a Mochica temple dating back to around 4,000 years ago in the region of Lambayeque.


Related: What It's Like to Travel the Inca Road Today

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July 1 2015

South Africans used milk-based paint 49,000 years ago


An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden slabs.

While the use of ochre by early humans dates to at least 250,000 years ago in Europe and Africa, this is the first time a paint containing ochre and milk has ever been found in association with early humans in South Africa, said Paola Villa, a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and lead study author.

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