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January 26 2015

Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years


Melbourne, the southernmost state capital of the Australian mainland, was established by Europeans a couple hundred years ago at the juncture of a great river and a wind-whipped bay. Port Phillip Bay sprawls over 750 square miles, providing feeding grounds for whales and sheltering coastlines for brine-scented beach towns. But it’s an exceptionally shallow waterway, less than 30 feet in most places. It’s so shallow that 10,000 years ago, when ice sheets and glaciers held far more of the planet’s water than is the case today, most of the bay floor was high and dry and grazed upon by kangaroos.

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January 26 2015

55,000-Year-Old Neanderthal Tool Found in France


A team of scientists led by Dr Luc Doyon of the University of Montreal has unearthed a rare prehistoric bone tool at the Grotte du Bison in Burgundy.

The bone tool in question is believed to have been made by Neanderthals from a reindeer bone circa 55,000 years ago.

“This is the first time a multi-purpose bone tool from this period has been discovered,”.

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January 26 2015

Egypt conservationists to sue over 'botched' Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun mask repair


An Egyptian conservation group said Friday it will sue the antiquities minister over a "botched" repair of the mask of King Tutankhamun that left a crust of dried glue on the priceless relic.

The golden funerary mask, seen Friday by AFP at the Egyptian Museum, showed the sticky aftermath of what appears to have been overzealous use of glue to fix the mask's beard in place.

A museum official, who spoke anonymously to avoid repercussions, told AFP the beard had fallen of accidentally when the mask was removed from its case last year to repair the lighting.

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January 26 2015

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids


Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to a Sicilian former art dealer. Police estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and frescoes at about 50 million euros ($58 million).


Related: Ancient water distribution system found under Union Pacific Railroad tracks
Related: Experts excavate 3 unidentified graves in Madrid chapel as Spain hunts for Cervantes' remains

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January 26 2015

What the World Will Speak in 2115


A century from now, expect fewer but simpler languages on every continent

In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use. He mixed words from French, German and English and gave his creation the name Volapük, which didn’t do it any favors. Worse, Volapük was hard to use, sprinkled with odd sounds and case endings like Latin.


Related: Probing the deep history of human genes and language

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January 26 2015

College Claims Copyright On 16th Century Michelangelo Sculpture, Blocks 3D Printing Files


For many years we've been warning that intellectual property wars over things like music and movies were just a preview to the sort of insanity that would come about when 3D printing goes mainstream. We've seen some copyright takedowns of 3D printed objects in the past, but here's an absolutely crazy one.

Jerry Fisher, a photographer in Sioux Falls South Dakota, was interested in 3D printing and 3D image capture. So he went and photographed two local bronze casts of Michelangelo statues, one of Moses which is on display at Augustana College and is co-owned by Augustana and the City of Sioux Falls, and another of David, which is in a local city park.

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January 26 2015

They Want to Believe: UFO Hunters Plan Database to Track Sightings


An investigative organization has kick-started the creation of a worldwide UFO database, which will allow people around the globe to report their supposed extraterrestrial encounters.

A new tool from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) promises to help demystify the mystique that rides along with skywatchers' interpretations that extraterrestrial intruders are cruising Earth's airspace.


Related: Project Blue Book: US Air Force UFO documents revealed

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January 26 2015

Was it the work of a field marshal? MI5 spent years trying to decipher crop circles


MI5 spent years trying to decipher crop circles amid fears they were being used to guide Nazi bombers, secret documents from the Second World War have revealed.

The files, held in the National Archives, show how British spies suspected Nazi sympathisers were sending secret messages to the enemy using ground markings.

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January 26 2015

Heavy-Metal Frost May Coat Mountains On Venus


Exotic metallic frost and crusts loaded with crystals might shroud the highlands and mountains of Venus, researchers say.

Venus has long been mysterious to scientists because dense clouds hide its surface. Any probes that have landed on the planet survived only a few hours before getting destroyed, because Venus is the hottest world in the solar system: Surface temperatures reach 870 degrees Fahrenheit (465 degrees Celsius), more than hot enough to melt lead.

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January 26 2015

Why is Andromeda coming toward us?


I don't want to alarm you, but there's a massive galaxy heading our way and will collide with us in a few billion years. But aren't most galaxies speeding away? Why is Andromeda on a collision course with the Milky Way?

I don't want to freak you out, but you should be aware that there's a gigantic galaxy with twice our mass headed right for us.

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January 26 2015

The First Humans on Mars will be Virtual Explorers


Imagine sitting at your desk, donning a virtual reality headset and then walking around on the surface of Mars, studying rocks and turning up new discoveries while sitting in your office chair. Though this may sound like science fiction, if a new partnership between NASA and Microsoft bears fruit, the first humans on Mars may not need to leave Earth.

Although a fully-immersive experience may be some time off, the “OnSight” project is currently being developed by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to allow scientists to carry out science operations along side NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity.

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January 26 2015

'Faster-Than-Light' Illusion Could Help Unveil Cosmic Secrets


An experiment that creates the illusion of an object traveling faster than the speed of light could be a real-world tool for studying the cosmos, according to research presented this month at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.


Related: Scientists slow the speed of light

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January 26 2015

How Three Guys With $10K and Decades-Old Data Almost Found the Higgs Boson First


On a fall morning in 2009, a team of three young physicists huddled around a computer screen in a small office overlooking Broadway in New York. They were dressed for success—even the graduate student’s shirt had buttons—and a bottle of champagne was at the ready. With a click of the mouse, they hoped to unmask a fundamental particle that had eluded physicists for decades: the Higgs boson.

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January 26 2015

Is the Personal Robot Finally Here?


She's a personal assistant, photographer, butler and home security guard all in one — and she's a robot.

Robotbase, a robotics company headquartered in New York City, is developing a personal robot that can perform a variety of daily functions at home or at work— everything from turning on lights to managing social calendars.

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January 26 2015

Behold a Material So Water Repellent That Liquid Just Bounces Off


Behold, a material so water-repellent that liquid drops just bounce off the surface.

Two scientists at the University of Rochester, Chunlei Guo and Anatoliy Vorobyev, have created a metal surface that is so hydrophobic that it makes Teflon look like superglue by comparison.


Related: Scientists Turn Pure Metal into Glass

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January 25 2015

When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter tomorrow


Decades in the making, Iter, a huge experimental nuclear fusion reactor in rural France, could be the site of breakthroughs that will provide limitless, clean energy and secure the planet’s future

The countryside of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in Provence is a serene terrain of thickly wooded hills.

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January 25 2015

Rosetta Comet 'pouring' more water into space


There has been a significant increase in the amount of water "pouring" out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission's Philae lander touched down in November 2014. The 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) comet was releasing the earthly equivalent of 40 ounces (1.2 liters) of water into space every second at the end of August 2014.

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