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December 17 2014

Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed in Egypt


The remains of a child, laid to rest more than 1,500 years ago when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, was found in an ancient cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies, according to a team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The cemetery is now called Fag el-Gamous, which means "Way of the Water Buffalo," a title that comes from the name of a nearby road.

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December 17 2014

'Ancient Music of Babylon' Recorded for 1st Time


A singer with folk roots and a guy who "plays a mean lyre" have recorded haunting songs that sound something like ancient Babylonian music, Raw Story reports. No one knows what Babylonians listened to—the tunes are long-lost—but singer/composer Stef Conner says she relied on the natural stresses and rhythms in Babylonian poetry.

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December 17 2014

Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered


New research has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid the foundations of European musical tradition.

The earliest known practical example of polyphonic music - a piece of choral music written for more than one part - has been found in a British Library manuscript in London.

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December 17 2014

Why do Americans love ancient grains?


Would you like to taste the health-giving grain found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun? Or feast on the unprocessed kernels said to have been stored on the ark by Noah? Or how about a vodka made from traditionally farmed Bolivian quinoa? If any of this whets your appetite, you are not alone.

In the past five years there has been an explosion in popularity of so-called "ancient grains" in the American food market.

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December 17 2014

Drone Footage Shows Extent Of Greenpeace's Damage To Peru's Nazca Site


Last week, Greenpeace activists provoked international outrage when they undertook a publicity stunt, trespassing on the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site. Newly released done footage shows how much damage they left behind.

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December 17 2014

How a Flying Laser Built a 3-D Map of a Massive Alaskan Forest


Big ol’ Alaska. The state that can swallow Texas, Montana, and California with room for a New England-size dessert. The Last Frontier is vast, yet threadbare of roads. Settlements are motes on the terrain. There’s so much space, so much of it inaccessible, that the US Forest Service—charged by Congress with keeping track of the nation’s timber—readily admits that more than one-quarter of the state’s forest has never been inventoried. But that’s about to change.

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December 17 2014

New Energy Device Is Made from Peanuts


Scientists in Canada have created a hybrid sodium ion capacitor (NIC) from peanut shells in a pioneering study bridging the gap between conventional ion batteries and supercapacitors.

A hybrid ion capacitor is capable of storing charge both electrostatically and electrochemically, providing an intermediate in terms of energy and power between traditional batteries and supercapacitors.

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December 17 2014

Intelligent Bicycle Warns of Danger


The Netherlands launched its first-ever intelligent bicycle, fitted with an array of electronic devices to help bring down the high accident rate among elderly cyclists in the bicycle-mad country.

Developed for the government by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the intelligent bicycle prototype runs on electricity, and sports a forward-looking radar mounted below the handlebars and a camera in the rear mudguard.

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December 17 2014

Snowden spying leaks prompt millions to protect data


Recent revelations about government-backed surveillance have prompted millions of people to do more to keep their data private, suggests a survey.


Related: Rights groups release anti-surveillance software

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December 17 2014

Changing Our DNA through Mind Control?


A study finds meditating cancer patients are able to affect the makeup of their DNA

“I think, therefore I am” is perhaps the most familiar one-liner in western philosophy. Even if the stoners, philosophers and quantum mechanically-inclined skeptics who believe we’re living an illusion are right, few existential quips hit with such profound, approachable simplicity. The only catch is that in Descartes’ opinion, “we” – our thoughts, our personalities, our “minds” – are mostly divorced from our bodies.

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December 17 2014

The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts


When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies

Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.

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December 17 2014

A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients


Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. That's a disturbing paradox of modern medical care.

And it doesn't matter where in the world you're hospitalized. From the finest to the most rudimentary medical facilities, patients are vulnerable to new infections that have nothing to do with their original medical problem. These are referred to as healthcare-acquired infections, healthcare-associated infections or hospital-acquired infections.

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December 17 2014

Hearing aids may lead to better balance


Hearing aids do more than help older adults hear what’s going on around them. A new small study suggests they may also improve balance.

The research shows that patients with hearing aids in both ears perform better on standard balance tests when their hearing aids are turned on compared with when they are off.

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December 17 2014

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?


Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests

In the past few days you may well have scribbled out a shopping list on the back of an envelope or stuck a Post-it on your desk. Perhaps you added a comment to your child’s report book or made a few quick notes during a meeting. But when did you last draft a long text by hand?

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December 17 2014

Teen marijuana use falls as more states legalize


Teen alcohol and drug use -- including marijuana use -- was down across the board in 2014.

That's the big take-home from the 2014 Monitoring the Future study by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, which was released Tuesday morning. The MTF is an annual survey of 40,000 8th-graders, 10th-graders and 12th-graders. It's notable both for its size and for the fact that it was conducted this past spring.

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December 17 2014

Herd mentality: Are we programmed to make bad decisions?


A natural desire to be part of the 'in crowd' could damage our ability to make the right decisions, a new study has shown.

Research led by the University of Exeter has shown that individuals have evolved to be overly influenced by their neighbours, rather than rely on their own instinct. As a result, groups become less responsive to changes in their natural environment.

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December 16 2014

Ancient DNA reveals rise of the power horse


Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Black Caviars and Secretariats.

Understanding the genetic changes involved in equine domestication, which earlier research traced to the wind-swept steppes of Eurasia 5,500 years ago, has long been high on the wish list of evolutionary geneticists because of the important role that taming wild horses played in the development of civilisation.

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