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February 14 2015

UK Scientists: Aliens May Have Sent Space Seeds To Create Life On Earth


Scientists in the U.K. have examined a tiny metal circular object, and are suggesting it might be a micro-organism deliberately sent by extraterrestrials to create life on Earth.

The University of Buckingham reports that the minuscule metal globe was discovered by astrobiologist Milton Wainwright and a team of researchers who examined dust and minute matter gathered by a high-flying balloon in Earth's stratosphere.


Alt: Is this picture a 'seed' sent to Earth by aliens? Scientists discover mysterious organism

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February 14 2015

We’re Closer Than Ever to a Birth Control Pill for Men


For dudes who like to notch their belts or track miscellaneous pants-related data, the fact that men produce 1,500 sperm every second seems impressive. But that comes at a cost: babies. Women can choose among a wide variety of birth control methods, but options for men are limited to slip-ons or snips. For now.

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February 14 2015

Schizophrenia, Depression and Addiction All Linked to Similar Loss of Brain Matter


Diagnoses as different as depression, addictions and schizophrenia are all linked to a similar pattern of gray-matter loss in the brain, a new study finds.

The results hint at an underlying biological cause for these mental illnesses.

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February 14 2015

In the Brain, Romantic Love Is Basically an Addiction


“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it,” Albert Einstein reportedly said. I’d like to broaden the definition of addiction—and also retire the scientific idea that all addictions are pathological and harmful.


Related: How Math Can Help You Find True Love

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February 14 2015

Is recess the most important class of the day?


Recess is more than just a chance for kids to burn off some pent up energy.

“Recess isn’t normally considered part of school climate, and often is shortchanged in tight fiscal times, but our research shows that it can be a critical contributor to positive school climate in low-income elementary schools”.

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February 14 2015

Synaesthesia: How people can taste colours, feel sounds and overwhelmingly make music


When Lowell, a Canadian electro-pop musician, listens to “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, she sees a wave of blue water crashing over her.

When she hears the experimental group Animal Collective, the layered synths, clicks and vocals in the music create multiple textures and colours, so listening becomes like looking through a kaleidoscope.

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February 14 2015

Scientists Propose a Sixth Basic Taste: Fat


Humans are thought to be able to taste five qualities but technological advances combined with sophisticated research means we can now test for more subtle tastes we haven’t known about. In a paper we published this week, we show there’s now enough evidence to consider fat a taste quality.

Taste acts as the gatekeeper of ingestion – if a potential food is deemed suitable for consumption it may be swallowed, if not rejected. To guide this decision, we have five taste qualities: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.

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February 14 2015

Your Brain May Want That Bottle Of Soda Because It's Easy To Pick Up


Here at Goats and Soda, we can't resist a good story about goats. The same goes for soda. So we were intrigued to learn that soda plays a part in a new book called How the Body Knows Its Mind by Sian Beilock, a psychologist at the University of Chicago.

Her book is about the ways in which our bodies affect our brains. To show how, Beilock did a study that sought to answer the question: When you decide whether or not you like an object, might you be making that decision based on how easy it is to pick the object up?

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February 14 2015

Plastic waste heading for oceans quantified


About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, say scientists.

The new study is said to be the best effort yet to quantify just how much of this debris is being dumped, blown or simply washed out to sea.


Alt: Ocean plastic is likely disappearing into the food chain, new study indicates

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February 14 2015

Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat


Before anyone tries to cool the Earth with technologies that could counteract global warming, there needs to be a lot more research into the benefits and risks. That's the conclusion announced Tuesday by a scientific panel convened by the prestigious National Research Council to assess "climate geoengineering" — deliberate attempts to alter the global climate.


Related: US faces worst droughts in 1,000 years, predict scientists

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February 14 2015

Will Pacific Island Nations Disappear as Seas Rise? Maybe Not


Reef islands can grow and change shape as sediments shift, studies show.

"If you were faced with the threat of the disappearance of your nation, what would you do?"

That's the question Enele Sopoaga, the prime minister of the tiny Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu, asked fellow world leaders at the United Nations climate summit in Lima, Peru, in December.

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February 14 2015

Hadrian's Wall faces threat from 'night hawkers'


Land around Hadrian's Wall, a Roman ruin and one of Britain's top tourist attractions, is being damaged by illegal treasure hunters known as "night hawkers", officials said Thursday.


Alt: Illegal 'nighthawkers' damage Hadrian's Wall

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February 14 2015

Potential 'killer blow' to King Richard III revealed


New film footage revealing for the first time details of the potential killer blow that claimed the life of King Richard III has been released by the University of Leicester.


Alt: Richard III Killed by Sword Thrust Upwards Into Neck

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February 14 2015

Skeletons in 6,000-Year-Old Embrace Found in Cave


A 6,000-year-old romance has been uncovered in a Greek cave as archaeologists unearthed the skeletons of an undisturbed Neolithic couple locked in an embrace.

Found in the Alepotrypa, or foxhole, one of the Diros caves in southern Greece, the prehistoric remains were positioned curled into the fetal position, as if spooning each other. The grave also contained broken arrowheads.

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February 14 2015

Oldest twin remains found in Siberia


The world's oldest set of human twins, buried with their young mother have been found by a team of researchers investigating an early Neolithic cemetery in Siberia.

The skeleton of the woman was exhumed in 1997 from a hunter-gatherer cemetery in south-eastern Siberia. Found with 15 marmot teeth — decorative accessories which were probably attached to clothing — the remains were photographed and labelled, but were not investigated by anthropologists, until recently.

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February 14 2015

Egyptian Alexandria - Ancient underwater finds revealed the Pharaonic roots of the Ptolemaic City


Alexandria, located on the Mediterranean coast in Egypt, has seen many changes in its 2,300 year history. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C., at its height it rivalled Rome in its wealth and size, and was the seat for the Ptolemaic dynasty. However, through history not all agreed on the how to regard the Hellenistic city with a royal Egyptian past. An underwater temple discovered by marine divers off the eastern coast shed light on the pharaonic nature of ancient Alexandria.

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February 13 2015

Rosetta stone-style stele unearthed in the Mediterranean coast


CAIRO: A 2,200 year-old “an upright stone slab bearing a commemorative inscription” was unearthed at the Mediterranean coast, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced Thursday.

The stele, which was discovered at Taposiris Magna archaeological site on Lake Mariout, southwest of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, “dates to the reign of Ptolemy V Epiphanes (204B.C-180B.C) of the Ptolemaic Dynasty (332 B.C.-30 B.C) that has ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.”.

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