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April 17 2014

A weird black ring appeared in the sky in England and then disappeared


This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video. After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was.

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April 17 2014

'World's most haunted island' up for auction


A lease of a Venetian island described as one of the most haunted places in Italy is due to be auctioned off next month as the Italian state desperately seeks to raise revenue.

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April 17 2014

Rome's foundation pushed back 200 years


Archaeologists excavating Lapis Niger, an ancient shrine in the Roman Forum, have found a wall that predates Rome's official founding year of 753BC by up to two hundred years.

According to Italian newspaper Il Messagero, the wall was made from blocks of volcanic tuff, the product of volcanic eruptions, and was designed to channel water from the small river Spino...

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April 17 2014

Spanking May Encourage Misconduct


Spanking encourages children to misbehave, according to a new study.

New research on real-time audio recordings of parents punishing their children and found that spanking was significantly more common than parents admit.

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April 17 2014

Artists brains are 'structurally different' claims new study


It’s a truism to say that artists see the world differently from the rest of us, but new research suggests that their brains are structurally different as well.

The small study, published in journal NeuroImage, looked at the brain scans of 21 art students and 23 non-artists using a scanning method known as voxel-based morphometry.

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April 17 2014

Marijuana Physically Alters the Brain Even For 'Casual' Users


A new study has found that casual marijuana use - a relatively un-touched research topic - can alter important portions of the human brain.

According to USA Today, researchers discovered physical brain alterations in subjects who used marijuana less than four times per week on average. The changes were seen in volume, shape and density in two areas of the brain most associated with motivation and mental illness.

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April 17 2014

Historical data shows impact on Cherokee skull size


Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee have found that environmental stressors – from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War – led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people.

The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.

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April 17 2014

Chilean Mummies Reveal Signs of Arsenic Poisoning


People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.

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April 17 2014

Mummified by accident in copper masks almost 1,000 years ago: but who were they?


Academics restart work to unlock secrets of mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia on edge of the Siberian Arctic.

The 34 shallow graves excavated by archeologists at Zeleniy Yar throw up many more questions than answers. But one thing seems clear: this remote spot, 29 km shy of the Arctic Circle, was a trading crossroads of some importance around one millennium ago.

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April 17 2014

New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins


Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and the rest of our planet's living kingdoms. How did it all begin?

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April 17 2014

Earliest ancestor of land herbivores discovered


New research from the University of Toronto Mississauga demonstrates how carnivores transitioned into herbivores for the first time on land.

"The evolution of herbivory was revolutionary to life on land because it meant terrestrial vertebrates could directly access the vast resources provided by terrestrial plants," says paleontologist Robert Reisz, a professor in the Department of Biology. "These herbivores in turn became a major food resource for large land predators.".

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April 17 2014

Fossils Suggest Modern Sharks Are More Evolved Than Previously Thought


Paleontologists have long thought that sharks hit on the right combination of body shape and internal anatomy early on, and that evolutionary forces didn't tinker much with the design over the following hundreds of millions of years. But a handful of bones in a 325-million-year-old shark-like fossil could upend this idea.

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April 17 2014

Meteorite impact craters may have hosted early life on Earth


A new study from Western explores the possibility that Earth’s earliest life forms may have been cultivated by a meteorite impact event.

The research team from Western’s Faculty of Science and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), which included post-doctoral fellow Haley Sapers and professors Gordon Osinski and Neil Banerjee, investigated rocks from Nördlinger Ries, a 24-kilometer-wide depression located in Bavaria, Germany, and discovered what is purportedly the first-ever microbial trace fossils from within an impact crater.

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April 17 2014

Climate instability linked to human mobility in ancient Sahara


Over millennia, the Sahara has gone through cycles of greening and aridity. During times when this region was lush and covered with bodies of water, it supported a wide variety of life, including human.

Arizona State University bioarchaeologists Christopher Stojanowski and Kelly Knudson are studying the remains of some of these ancient humans to understand how their changing climate affected their ability and need to move across the landscape.

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April 17 2014

Unwrapping Ancient Egypt


In a new book, Egyptologist and former museum curator Dr Christina Riggs challenges the scientific and medical approach that has become commonplace. Unwrapping Ancient Egypt sheds light on both the past and contemporary practices of collecting, displaying and presenting ancient Egypt – and especially Egyptian mummies – in museums and the media.

“Egyptian mummies may pull crowds, but focusing on them only as bodies means we overlook what was arguably much more important from an ancient Egyptian point of view: their wrappings,”...

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April 17 2014

Weird Digital Mirror Reveals Internal Organs


By combining Microsoft Kinect’s motion-capture camera with medical imaging tests, French researchers have created a “digital mirror” that appears to peel back the skin of users and expose their organs.

Scientists from the University of Paris-South collected high-resolution images from the Pet scans, X-Rays and MRI scans of volunteers. Using the Kinect camera to track the movement of two dozen joints, they were able to translate the medical images into life-like animations...

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April 17 2014

Americans wary of futuristic science, tech


Americans are generally excited about the new technology they expect to see in their lifetimes. But when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous.

Those are the findings in a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, which sought to gauge public opinion about our rapidly changing world of science and tech.

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April 16 2014

T. rex didn't need proper arms thanks to its neck


Tyrannosaurus rex was the most terrifying animal that ever lived, apart from its silly little arms, which were no use for anything. Now it seems this giant predator did not need proper arms, because its head and neck were so powerful.

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