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August 17 2014

Earth's early life endured long asteroid bombardment


IT WAS a blitzkrieg with no let-up. Earth may have been pounded by massive asteroids for a billion years longer than we thought, with the impacts only stopping about 3 billion years ago. If that is true, early life had to endure a bombardment that periodically melted Earth's surface.

The planet formed 4.5 billion years ago, and chunks of rock many kilometres across continued falling onto it for hundreds of millions of years. It seemed there was a final burst of impacts around 3.9 billion years ago – and by 3.8 billion years ago it was all over. The first fossils of life are very slightly younger.

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August 17 2014

Four Billion Year-Old Mystery of Last Universal Common Ancestor Solved


A four billion-year-old mystery surrounding the one common ancestor of all life on Earth has been solved by scientists.

All life evolved from a single celled organism known as life's Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA). However, few details are known about what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved.

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August 17 2014

Why Do Creationists Place So Much Importance On A Prehistoric Mollusk?


Along the Grand Canyon section of the Colorado River sits a canyon that was carved out of redwall limestone by flowing water. There, the rocks contain fossils of the orthocone nautioloid, which lived 500-200 million years ago. But a prominent young-Earth creationist says they're solid proof of Noah's flood.

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August 17 2014

Supernatural 'Jinn' Seen as Cause of Mental Illness Among Muslims


It may be common for psychiatric patients who are Muslim to attribute their hallucinations or other symptoms to "jinn," the invisible, devilish creatures in Islamic mythology, researchers in the Netherlands have found.

The findings demonstrate one way in which culture may influence how people perceive their psychotic symptoms, and could help Western psychiatrists better understand patients who have an Islamic background.

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August 17 2014

Cannabis-Based Batteries Could Charge Your Phone in Seconds—And Change the Way We Store Energy


On top of its vast medicinal benefits and a “high” that’s safer and mellower than alcohol, what if cannabis could also power a cheap, sustainable super battery and forever change the energy game? It sounds like a far-fetched dream cooked up by Cheech and Chong after a bong rip or three, but it’s possible, according to a team of researchers at the University of Alberta.

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August 17 2014

Making an e-bike out of a bicycle with conversion kit


Some people like the idea of a plain bicycle, the way it requires the body to pedal naturally, with its return on investment being good health and fitness. But wait a minute. Electric bike riders prefer their e-bikes to cars, say they have more fun, and like the practical benefits of picking up speed and the machine's extra support. Micah Toll, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering, has come up with a kit that can transform an ordinary bicycle into an e-bike’.

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August 17 2014

Ghost busters and UFO hunters tap top tools of the trade


The market is awash with devices dedicated to assisting the hunt for aliens and angels, ghosts and demons.

It’s a familiar enough scenario. You’re sitting in your lounge room, not expecting guests, and the doorbell rings. You have no way of knowing at that moment whether your visitor is, say, a bike-borne evangelist eager to audition you for the tabernacle choir, or, to borrow from the late Douglas Adams, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal looking for lunch.

The potentially fatal indecision thus engendered, you will be pleased to know, can be easily dismissed through the purchase via Amazon of a nifty device called a UFO-02 Detector, described as a ‘‘magnetometer interfaced with micro controller for detecting magnetic anomalies’’.

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August 17 2014

Is That a New Hangar in Area 51?


There’s always something going on in Area 51, the US government’s secretive air base in Nevada. This time it’s not accidental tourists but what appears to be the construction of new hangar at the end of a runway.

This is not the first unusual hangar built recently in Area 51. In 2007, satellite images showed a new large hangar that analysts believed was built for testing a new super bomber to replace the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

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August 17 2014

Higgs boson could also explain the earliest expansion of the Universe


Fedor Bezrukov from the RIKEN–BNL Research Center and Mikhail Shaposhnikov from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne propose that the Higgs boson, which was recently confirmed to be the origin of mass, may also be responsible for the mode of inflation and shape of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. "There is an intriguing connection between the world explored in particle accelerators today and the earliest moments of the existence of the Universe," explains Bezrukov.

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August 17 2014

Rare blurring of black hole light spotted


Scientists have captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days.

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August 17 2014

Comets forge organic molecules in their dusty atmospheres


Scientists have made incredible 3D images of the ghostly atmospheres surrounding comets ISON and Lemmon. These new observations provided important insights into how and where comets forge new chemicals, including intriguing organic compounds.

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August 17 2014

Gravity Isn’t The Only Thing Holding Asteroids Together: Study


How do asteroids hold their rubble piles together? Previously, scientists said it was a combination of friction and gravity. But new observations of asteroid 1950 DA reveals something else is at work. The asteroid is rotating too quickly for gravity to keep it together, so what’s going on?


Related: Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Is Actually a Pile of Rubble

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August 17 2014

How Will Earth's Leaders Respond to a Real Asteroid Threat?


Asteroids have pounded Earth in the past and will continue to do so in the future. If a big one lines the planet up in its crosshairs, civilization itself could be imperiled.

Now, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has taken a step toward combating the asteroid threat. A special U.N. action team on near-Earth objects (NEOs) has recommended the creation of an International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), which is designed to gather and analyze NEO data and provide timely warnings to national authorities if a potentially hazardous NEO were to threaten Earth.

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August 16 2014

Asteroid that 'could end human life' defying gravity as it moves towards Earth, scientists say


Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by causing several devastating impacts.

Instead, small changes could be made to its surface to disrupt the forces keeping it together and cause it to break up in outer space.

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August 16 2014

Sweat-powered battery could charge your phone


A sweaty gym workout is not only good for your health - it could also energise your phone.

A tattoo that produces power from perspiration has been unveiled at the American Chemical Society meeting.

The biobattery is fuelled by lactate - which is naturally present in sweat after vigorous exercise.

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August 16 2014

Driverless cars could change lives for disabled people, if we let them


With testing already happening in the US and trials given the green light in the UK, the autonomous car seems like more of a possibility than ever. Aside from the early adopters who want to be part of the newest technology trend, the autonomous car has enormous potential to help those who, for whatever reason, can't drive themselves.

We've seen over the past few decades that technology can have a transformative effect on the lives of disabled people. But these benefits can only be realised if the technology itself is designed and regulated with the needs of all users in mind.

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August 16 2014

By 2025, ‘sexbots will be commonplace’


According to a new report that looks at how continuing improvements to artificial intelligence and robotics will impact society, “robotic sex partners will become commonplace” by 2025. A large portion of the report also focuses on how AI and robotics will impact both blue- and white-collar workers, with about 50% of the polled experts stating that robots will displace more human jobs than they create by 2025.

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