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May 23 2015

Global ocean trawl reveals plethora of new lifeforms


A team of researchers who spent three and a half years on a schooner fishing for microscopic creatures in the world’s oceans have reported the initial results of their survey — revealing a rich, diverse array of planktonic life.

The haul, details of which are analysed in five papers published today in the journal Science1–5, includes a catalogue of more than 40 million microbial genes — most of which were not previously known — as well as some 5,000 genetic types of virus, and an estimated 150,000 kinds of eukaryote (complex cells), many more than the 11,000 types of marine eukaryotic plankton already known.

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May 23 2015

Two sides of supernova origin revealed


Thermonuclear supernovae can be caused by two different processes, confirm scientists.

The findings, published in separate papers in this week's Nature, resolve a long-standing debate about the origins of these stellar explosions, and how they are used to measure cosmic distances across the universe.

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May 23 2015

NASA Discovers A Super-Distant Galaxy That's 300 Trillion Times Brighter Than The Sun


Talk about brilliant! NASA says it has discovered the brightest galaxy ever seen--a super-distant collection of stars that shines with the intensity of more than 300 trillion suns.

The record-setting galaxy lies some 12.5 billion light-years from Earth and is an example of a new class of celestial objects known as extremely luminous infrared galaxies (ELIRGs).

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May 23 2015

Vesta has no moons – is it unlucky or did it eat them?


The biggest asteroids walk alone. A decades-long search for moons orbiting Vesta, the second-heaviest asteroid in the main belt, has finally come up empty, raising questions about how such massive rocks remain loners.

Nearly 100 main-belt asteroids have satellites, and most of them were found without a dedicated search. But although we have searched for moons around Vesta since 1987, using ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, none has turned up.

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May 23 2015

Ceres Bright Spots Sharpen But Questions Remain


The latest views of Ceres’ enigmatic white spots are sharper and clearer, but it’s obvious that Dawn will have to descend much lower before we’ll see crucial details hidden in this overexposed splatter of white dots. Still, there are hints of interesting things going on here.

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May 23 2015

UFO Spotted At PGA Tournament


Did a UFO share the field of view of a flying golf ball during a PGA tournament in Florida? Upon first examination, this is some approach shot.


Related: Natural Luminous Phenomena and Norway’s Hessdalen Lights
Related: Green Jellyfish UFO Seen Over the Netherlands
Related: Strange UFO Spotted Over Siberian UFO Hotspot

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May 23 2015

What IS this strange sound from the sky? Noise heard across the globe for nearly a decade


A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing to baffle people all over the world - as well as giving those who hear it sleepless nights.

Sounding like a trumpet or a collective from a brass section of an orchestra, a selection of videos shot from the Canada to Ukraine, via the U.S., Germany and Belarus show strange goings on above us.

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May 23 2015

Ghosts scare staff away from luxury rental building


Doormen have been quitting their jobs at a luxury rental building in Brooklyn that was once a hospital, sources said, spooked by eerie visions, sounds and even smells — sparking talk that the high-rise is haunted.

The 123 On The Park building on the southeast edge of Prospect Park was built on the site of the Caledonian Hospital, which closed in 2003.

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May 23 2015

Smoked Mummy Helps Villagers Connect with 'Ghost World'


The smoked mummy of a village chief in Papua New Guinea has gotten a makeover, helping members of his clan connect with his spirit in the "ghost world."

The mummy, also a former shaman and warrior named Moimango, was lashed by the elements over the past several decades, causing his body to deteriorate. But scientists were able to restore Moimango's body using materials from the jungle.

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May 23 2015

Scientists Are Making Modern-Day Mummies in the Lab


The ancient Egyptian practice of preserving bodies through mummification is no longer the preferred method to pay homage to our dead, but it is still alive and well in research labs.

We’ve learned a lot about mummification from historical texts and actual mummies, but to truly understand the original embalmers’ secrets, scientists are following millennia-old recipes to make modern-day mummies. In turn, these 21st century mummies are producing new insights about their ancient forebears.

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May 23 2015

Section of ancient Jerusalem aqueduct uncovered


A section of Jerusalem’s Lower Aqueduct, which brought water to Jerusalem more than two millennia ago, was uncovered in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Umm Tuba during the construction of a new sewer line, it was announced Thursday.

The ancient aqueduct was discovered during digging last month by the Gihon Water Company, which was laying new pipes to modernize the sewer system in the Umm Tuba and Sur Baher neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

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May 23 2015

Remains of Bronze-Age Cultic Priestess Hold Surprise


An iconic Bronze Age girl who was buried in Denmark about 3,400 years ago came from a foreign land, a new analysis of her hair and teeth suggests.

The Egtved girl was named after the village where she was found. All of her bones were missing from her remains, but her clothing, hair, nails and some teeth were still in pristine condition.

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May 23 2015

In The 18th Century, Wig-Stealing Bandits Roamed England's Countryside


You may have heard tales of the highwaymen who, long ago, roved the old British highways in search of gold and silver coins to steal. But, it turns out, that there was also another treasure they sought: wigs.

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May 23 2015

King Henry I, like Richard III, could be buried in a car park, say archaeologists


The remains of another English king could be lurking underneath a 21st-century car park, archaeologists and historians have said. After the well-publicised exhumation in 2012 of Richard III from beneath a council lot in Leicester, attention has shifted to the possibility that Henry I, the youngest son of William the Conqueror, could be lying in similar circumstances in Reading.

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May 23 2015

Gold Artifacts Tell Tale of Drug-Fueled Rituals and "Bastard Wars"


They ruled the vast grasslands of Eurasia for a thousand years, striking fear into the hearts of the ancient Greeks and Persians. But they left no cities or settlements behind, only massive grave mounds, called kurgans, dotting the steppes from Mongolia to the Black Sea.

Now one of those kurgans, located in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, has yielded an intriguing discovery: golden artifacts that are shedding light on the shadowy world of the Scythians, fierce nomads whose exploits—and drug-fueled rituals—were chronicled by the Greek historian Herodotus.

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May 23 2015

Hundreds of Dice, Game Pieces Found in Utah Cave Shed Light on Prehistoric Gambling


A cave on the shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake is giving archaeologists a rare glimpse into a seldom-studied aspect of life in the ancient West — prehistoric gambling.

Researchers exploring the cave, known simply as Cave 1, have identified hundreds of dice, hoops, carved sticks and other trinkets used in indigenous games of chance and skill.

Based on what they’ve found so far, they project that there are more than 10,000 such items still waiting to be uncovered, making it likely the largest deposit of ancient gambling artifacts ever found in the western U.S.

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May 22 2015

Our bond with dogs may go back more than 27,000 years


Dogs' special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 21. Earlier genome-based estimates have suggested that the ancestors of modern-day dogs diverged from wolves no more than 16,000 years ago, after the last Ice Age.


Alt: DNA hints at earlier dog evolution

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