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January 30 2015

Does Milky Way hide a portal to the distant Universe?


Our Milky Way could be harbouring a cosmic "wormhole"—that exotic short cut across the Universe made famous in science fiction shows and films—according to a team of scientists in India, Italy and the USA.

It could even be traversable, according to the team.


Alt: Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

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January 30 2015

Earth-sized planets discovered in Milky Way around Kepler-444 increase chances of ancient alien life


Five Earth-sized planets have been identified around a distant star in the Milky Way galaxy in a discovery that raises the possibility of eventually finding another rocky planet where water-based life may exist, scientists said.


Alt: Ancient planets are almost as old as the universe
Alt: Oldest Planetary System Discovered, Improving the Chances for Intelligent Life Everywhere

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January 30 2015

Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system


Astronomers say they have discovered a planet with a gigantic ring system that is 200 times larger than that around Saturn.

It is the first such structure detected around a planet beyond our Solar System.

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January 30 2015

Asteroid Miners May Get Help from Metal-Munching Microbes


Asteroid mining may become a multispecies affair.

The asteroid-mining firm Deep Space Industries (DSI) is investigating the feasibility of injecting bioengineered microbes into space rocks far from Earth, to get a jump on processing their valuable resources.

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January 30 2015

How Asteroid Magnetic Fields Could Have Protected Hitchhiking Lifeforms


Our planet's trusty magnetic field—an invisible barrier created by the churning of molten-hot matter in Earth's core—protects us from the lethal space radiation that engulfs most of the known universe. Without this field, Earth today would look as barren as Mars. Scientists have a hard time imagining how life anywhere could exist without one.

According to a new study out today, magnetic fields like Earth's may have been far more common in our early universe than scientists ever suspected.

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January 30 2015

Where did Earth’s nitrogen come from?


Take a deep breath. About 78 percent of the air you inhaled is the most abundant pure element found on Earth. Besides its role in the atmosphere, it’s used in all sorts of products: fertilizers, propellants, you name it. It's also an essential component of DNA and proteins. It’s called nitrogen.
But it's something of a mystery. The nitrogen found on Earth doesn’t match the nitrogen found in the Sun or in the tails of comets. Those sources have nitrogen isotope fractions that differ from those on Earth. So how did nitrogen get to Earth in the first place, and where did it come from?

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January 30 2015

‘Island on Fire’ recounts enormous 18th century eruption


In the last five years, volcanic eruptions in Iceland have disrupted air travel twice, triggering the cancellation of thousands of flights and causing billions of dollars of losses to airlines. But those geophysical flare-ups are brief whiffs compared with past eruptions on the island: Starting in June 1783, one of the largest lava flows in modern times spilled from a 27-kilometer-long volcanic fissure called Laki in southern Iceland.

In Island on Fire, science writers Kanipe and Witze, recount that fateful eight-month-long eruption.


Alt: A Visit to the Forgotten Volcano That Once Turned Europe Dark

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January 30 2015

Global warming won't mean more storms: Big storms to get bigger, small storms to shrink


Atmospheric physicists predict that global warming will not lead to an overall increasingly stormy atmosphere, a topic debated by scientists for decades. Instead, strong storms will become stronger while weak storms become weaker, and the cumulative result of the number of storms will remain unchanged.


Related: 'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'

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January 30 2015

Satire has a history of informing during times of crisis


Just as only the jester can tell the King the truth, satire performs a vital function in democratic society by using humor to broach taboo subjects, especially in times of crisis, according to a book by Penn State researchers.

"Robust satire is often a sign of crisis and the ability to share and consume it is a sign of a free society," said Sophia McClennen, professor of international affairs and comparative literature and director of Penn State's Center for Global Studies. "We see satire emerge when political discourse is in crisis and when it becomes important to use satirical comedy to put political pressure on misinformation, folly and the abuse of power.".

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January 30 2015

Unconscious Thought Not So Smart after All


If you have to make a complex decision, will you do a better job if you absorb yourself in, say, a crossword puzzle instead of ruminating about your options? The idea that unconscious thought is sometimes more powerful than conscious thought is attractive, and echoes ideas popularized by books such as writer Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling Blink.

But within the scientific community, ‘unconscious-thought advantage’ (UTA) has been controversial. Now Dutch psychologists have carried out the most rigorous study yet of UTA—and find no evidence for it.

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January 30 2015

Menstrual Cycle May Affect Attempts to Quit Smoking


A woman's menstrual cycle may have an effect on her nicotine cravings, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Montreal and its affiliated Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal found that women crave cigarette more strongly during their periods.

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January 30 2015

Your Immune System Is Made, Not Born


Some people seem better than others at fighting the flu, and you might suspect they were born that way. A new study of twins, however, suggests otherwise.

In one of the most comprehensive analyses of immune function performed to date, researchers analyzed blood samples from 105 sets of healthy twins. They measured immune cell populations and their chemical messengers—204 parameters in all—before and after participants received a flu shot.

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January 30 2015

'Alcohol archaeologist' creates authentic ales and wines using 2,000-year-old residues in pots


What did the humans enjoy drinking - and use to get merry - 9,000 years ago?

That’s the question an ‘alcohol archaeologist’ has been attempting to answer, by tracing back some of the world’s most ancient brews.

By analysing the residues found on fragments of pottery and studying references in texts, he has managed to recreate a number of ancient beers and wines that were all but lost to history.

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January 30 2015

1st Americans Used Spear-Throwers to Hunt Large Animals


Despite a lack of archaeological evidence, the first North Americans have often been depicted hunting with spear-throwers, which are tools that can launch deadly spear points at high speeds. But now, a new analysis of microscopic fractures on Paleo-Indian spear points provides the first empirical evidence that America's first hunters really did use these weapons to tackle mammoths and other big game.

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January 30 2015

Corpse of 200-Year-Old Monk Found in Lotus Position


The amazingly intact remains of a meditating monk have been discovered in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia, according to a report in Mongolia’s Morning News.

The mummified body, which was covered in animal skin, has been sitting in the lotus position for about 200 years.

According to the report, no information is so far available as to where the body was found.

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January 30 2015

Ancient Surgery Techniques Tested by Scientists in Siberia


Neurosurgeon Aleksei Krivoshapkin and scientists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science examined the holes in the skulls of ancient human remains discovered in the Altai Mountains, and concluded that brain surgery was performed 2,300 years ago with just one tool. “Honestly, I am amazed. We suspect now that in the time of Hippocrates, Altai people could do a very fine diagnosis and carry out skillful trepanations and fantastic brain surgery,” Krivoshapkin told The Siberian Times.

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January 29 2015

Modern humans and Neanderthals: A Mediterranean romance?


It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its high, vaulted ceiling and allowed Israeli searchers to rappel into its dark interior.

Seven years after the discovery of Manot Cave in western Galilee, researchers argued in Nature on Wednesday that the 55,000-year-old skull cap may have belonged to a hypothesized group of modern humans who, after venturing out of Africa, associated and interbred with Neanderthals in the Middle East and then moved on to colonize Europe.


Alt: Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa

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