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July 4 2015

Our mostly dry planetary neighbors once had lots of water—what does that imply for us?


We already knew about Venus. We had our suspicions about Mars. Now we’re sure.

Our two closest solar system neighbors once had oceans – planet-encircling, globe-girdling, Earth-like oceans. But waterbearing planets are fragile. Venus didn’t have the right stuff and lost her oceans to space. We have the smoking gun. And now we know that Mars, also, poor Mars, couldn’t hold on. Mars has lost to space at least 80% of all the water it once had.

Et tu, Earth? What about you? More to the point, what about us?

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July 4 2015

Signs of Water Ice Detected on Comet Surface


Patches of water ice appear to be speckled across the surface of a comet, according to a new study using observations from a European space probe.

The Rosetta spacecraft, currently orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, spotted 120 bright, reflective spots on the surface of the comet that were at least a few meters (about 6 feet) in size. While their composition is still being examined, the spots tend to appear in areas that are shaded by the sun, scientists noted. The researchers also note that there have been no significant changes to the spots after a month of observations.

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July 4 2015

The universe won't end with the Big Crunch but the Big Rip, scientist claims


If the thought of the universe collapsing in on itself wasn't bleak enough, a new theoretical model envisions something even more apocalyptic – every atom being ripped apart.

The Big Rip would see everything from galaxies to planets to moons to matter to space-time itself torn apart, a conclusion to the generally accepted Big Bang theory that wouldn't happen for around 22 billion years.

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July 4 2015

Big Bang Nixed --"Our Universe Evolved from the Black Hole of a Collapsed 4-D Star"


“For all physicists know, dragons could have come flying out of the singularity,” said Niayesh Afshordi, an astrophysicist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. Big Bang was a mirage from collapsing higher-dimensional star, theorists propose. While the recent Planck results “prove that inflation is correct”, they leave open the question of how inflation happened. A new The study could help to show how inflation was triggered by the motion of the Universe through a higher-dimensional reality.

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July 4 2015

New method of quantum entanglement vastly increases how much information can be carried in a photon


A team of researchers led by UCLA electrical engineers has demonstrated a new way to harness light particles, or photons, that are connected to each other and act in unison no matter how far apart they are —a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement.

In previous studies, photons have typically been entangled by one dimension of their quantum properties—usually the direction of their polarization.

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July 4 2015

Cats 'control mice' with chemicals in their urine


Cat v mouse: it is probably the most famous predator-prey pairing, enshrined in idioms and a well-known cartoon.

And cats, it turns out, even have chemical warfare in their anti-mouse arsenal - contained in their urine.

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July 4 2015

Male Kangaroos’ Arms Evolved to Pound the Crap out of Each Other


When you look at a kangaroo or a wallaby, it’s obvious the animal is well built for bouncing around the outback. What may be less obvious is that its arms are built for fighting—if it’s male, that is. Males of these species have disproportionately long arm bones. And the more brawling a species does, the more exaggerated the difference between the beefy-armed males and their normal-limbed mates.

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July 4 2015

Monkey uses a tool … to pick her nose


It’s no longer surprising when a primate other than us uses a tool. But to pick a nose? That’s what a bearded capuchin named Acacia did one day while lounging around in a national park in Brazil (see video, above). Males of these small New World monkeys are famous for wielding sticks to poke under rocks and into cracks to flush out lizards. Yet after a decade of observing this group of 54 monkeys, researchers had almost never seen a female use a tool.


Alt: Capuchin monkeys use sticks to pick their NOSE: Primate captured on video using a tool to groom herself

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July 4 2015

Lazy ants sit around doing nothing while their nest mates work


Cheer up, lazy bones, you are not alone, even hard-working ant societies have workers that don't quite pull their weight.

"It's just the sort of a thing that anyone who's ever worked on social insects has noticed: 'Oh look, half of them are standing around doing nothing'," says Daniel Charbonneau from the University of Arizona.

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July 4 2015

'Centipede from Hell' Found in World's Deepest Caves


Lurking in some of the world’s deepest caves is the aptly named Hades centipede, just discovered in Croatia.

The centipede, whose name refers to the Greek god of the underworld, is a top predator in caves that are located nearly 4,700 feet beneath the Earth’s surface.

“When I first saw the animal and its striking appearance, I immediately realized that this is a new, hitherto unnamed … species,”.

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July 4 2015

Spiders can 'sail across water like ships'


Spiders are able to travel across water like ships, using their legs as sails and silk as an anchor.

The arachnids were already known to take to the air on "ballooning" flights, using their silk to catch the wind and carry them up to 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) a day, scientists have discovered.

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July 4 2015

2nd shipwreck confirmed from 13th century Mongolian invasion


MATSUURA, Nagasaki Prefecture--A shipwreck found here is the second confirmed vessel from a 13th century Mongolian fleet that foundered in a typhoon in a failed attempt to invade Japan.


Alt: Mongol ship sent by Genghis Khan's grandson to invade Japan before it was destroyed by 'kamikaze' typhoon is discovered underwater after 700 YEARS

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July 4 2015

Saving Mes Aynak


A 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan is under threat of demolition as a Chinese mining company, eager to access the world's largest untapped copper deposits, closes in.

China Metallurgical Group Corp (MCC) wants to extract the $100bn worth of copper lying beneath the ruins of the ancient Buddhist city of Mes Aynak.

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July 4 2015

Isis militants destroy 2,000-year-old statue of lion at Palmyra


Islamic State jihadis have destroyed a 2,000-year-old statue of a lion outside the museum in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s antiquities director has said.

Maamoun Abdelkarim said the statue, known as the Lion of al-Lat, was an irreplaceable piece.


Alt: ISIS Destroys More Artifacts in Syria and Iraq

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July 4 2015

New article: The Obelisks of Egypt, by Derek Negus


In April of 2015 I had the opportunity to visit Egypt during which time I viewed the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan and the two Obelisks at Karnak which are the topic of this paper. I am an architectural technician who for fifty years has been figuring out how to build the Architect’s designs; thus, when looking at the Obelisks, the question arose – how did they construct and erect these amazing structures. I make no claim to be an “expert” but only that I approach everything with an open and enquiring mind, a beginner’s mind open to all possibilities.

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July 4 2015

Ancient bobcat buried like a human being


About 2000 years ago in what is today western Illinois, a group of Native Americans buried something unusual in a sacred place. In the outer edge of a funeral mound typically reserved for humans, villagers interred a bobcat, just a few months old and wearing a necklace of bear teeth and marine shells. The discovery represents the only known ceremonial burial of an animal in such mounds and the only individual burial of a wild cat in the entire archaeological record, researchers claim in a new study6.

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July 3 2015

Woolly Mammoth Clones Closer Than Ever, Thanks to Genome Sequencing


Scientists are one step closer to bringing a woolly mammoth back to life.

A new analysis of the woolly mammoth genome has revealed several adaptations that allowed the furry beasts to thrive in the subzero temperatures of the last ice age, including a metabolism that allowed them to pack on insulating fat, smaller ears that lost less heat and a reduced sensitivity to cold.

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