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May 25 2015

Britain still deeply divided because of Henry VIII reformation, says Cambridge prof


Britain will never be a united nation because rifts created during the reformation, in the time of Henry VIII, are still shaping culture and politics, a Cambridge academic has claimed.

Professor Robert Tombs said that the UK was still deeply divided into left and right, which emerged from the ‘anti-establishment’ breakaway protestant groups in the North and traditional Anglican and Catholic communities in the South.

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May 25 2015

Ring a bell? Dig could uncover Big Ben’s daddy


Such is the state of disrepair of the Palace of Westminster that experts say the famous bell tower that houses Big Ben is gradually leaning over. But as time runs out for the old bell, its once equally renowned ancestor, Great Tom, could emerge from the past this summer as archaeologists conduct the first excavation at parliament in a generation.

The original tower was built around 1288 during the reign of Edward I, a little further from the river than the current tower, which was built in 1859 and is officially called the Elizabeth Tower – though in the public imagination it is firmly identified with its 16-tonne bell.

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May 25 2015

Machu Picchu site to be expanded, Peru says, 5 more Inca trails to open


Machu Picchu, the undisputed jewel of Incan archeology, is going to be expanded significantly – tourists will be able to see even more of the breathtaking site.

Government authorities announced this week a four-year plan that will open to the public many more structures that are part of the vast complex located in the southern province of Cusco.

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May 25 2015

Cyber-archeology May be the Way to Remember Artifacts Destroyed by Militants


When ISIS bulldozed the 3,000 year-old city of Nimrud, countless artifacts were lost. There are clandestine groups working to halt the destruction of Iraqi heritage through education and smuggling, while nearby countries are guarding what they can. But now many fear that all that remains of Nimrud’s impressive winged bull statues, intricate relief carvings and ancient walls are photos. Still, even those photos can be valuable. Archaeologists are using those images to create 3D reconstructions that can be studied digitally, reports Jonathan Webb for BBC News.

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May 25 2015

Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?


ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

“This is the entire world’s battle,” said Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim on Wednesday, referring to the imminent entry of ISIS troops into the ruin-rich city of Palmyra.

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May 25 2015

Astronomers show ancient Rome's sun


New Zealand astronomers have helped re-create the skies above Rome for simulations showing how ancient emperors built structures to align with the movements of the sun.

Waikato University researchers calculated the alignment of the sun and stars from thousands of years ago for the project, for the History Channel.

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May 25 2015

Aboriginal languages could reveal scientific clues to Australia’s unique past


The loss of Australian aboriginal languages could obstruct access to unique scientific information regarding Australia’s ancient geological history, according to a story reported this week by BBC News.

Ancient Australian aboriginal legends passed down over millennia appear to verify recent scientific discoveries regarding Australia’s ancient past. For example, cave art suggests an ancient knowledge of the heavens including beliefs in visits by ancient astronauts and a previously untapped record of natural history among the stars.

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May 25 2015

Genies Blamed For School Sickness, Possessions


Last week in Saudi Arabia nearly 200 elementary and middle school students “refused to attend classes after nine students claimed that genies — or jinn, as they are better known in the Arabic world — had made them sick” according to ArabNews.com, which added that “the students had fainted and experienced spasms at the start of the second semester, prompting many parents to believe jinns were present at the school.”

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May 25 2015

Strange Orb Visits Space Walk of Fame Museum


Are aliens checking out the exhibits at the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum to get a feel for when humans might be capable of visiting their planet? Is the facility haunted by the ghost of a guy in a balloon-powered lawn chair wanting to be recognized? Those are just some of the questions being asked by employees at the Florida museum after security camera footage twice showed a mysterious orb in the building recently.

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May 24 2015

Has the mystery of Death Valley's sailing stones been solved?


It is a mystery that has baffled scientists for decades - how the 'sailing' stones of Death Valley in California apparently move by themselves.

The phenomenon has even been spotted in other countries, most notably in the Manchego lagoon Altillo Chica in Spain.

Now researchers say they have finally solved the puzzle - and say slippery bacteria in the key.

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May 24 2015

Intuition May Reveal Where Expertise Resides in the Brain


Sometimes a solution just appears out of nowhere. You bring your multipage spreadsheet to the finance department, and within seconds the accountant tells you something isn't quite right without being able to say what. You're perched on a narrow ledge halfway up Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, 1,000 feet above deck, searching for the continuation of the climb on the granite wall that appears featureless, when your senior climbing partner quickly points to a tiny series of flakes: “Trust me, this is it.”

Understanding computer code, deciphering a differential equation, diagnosing a tumor from the shadowy patterns on an x-ray image, telling a fake from an authentic painting, knowing when to hold and when to fold in poker. Experts decide in a flash, without thought.

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May 24 2015

Iron levels in brain predict when people will get Alzheimer's


Does this qualify as irony? Our bodies need iron to be healthy – but too much could harm our brains by bringing on Alzheimer's disease.

If that's the case, measuring people's brain iron levels could help identify those at risk of developing the disease. And since we already have drugs that lower iron, we may be able to put the brakes on.


Related: Depression Linked with Parkinson's Disease Risk

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May 24 2015

Can good food protect your ears from loud noises?


A healthy diet may offer some protection from hearing loss due to noise exposure, however it can’t reverse hearing damage, a new study shows.

Researchers examined the eating habits of 2,366 people who answered questionnaires about their health and were given a four-part hearing test. The findings showed a strong connection between a healthy diet, hearing, and noise exposure.

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May 24 2015

Electronic diet pill tricks you into thinking you're full


A company have developed an electronic pill that convinces the stomach it is full.

When swallowed, the pill, designed by MelCap Systems, activates an external magnet to position it in a specific spot in the stomach, either near the lower esophagus or vagus nerve - one of two nerves that extend from the brain to the abdomen.


Alt: Electronic pill that helps you slim by tricking your tummy

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May 24 2015

Game over for joysticks? VR headset lets players interact with characters using just their EYES


Gamers could soon be dropping their joysticks and pushing their mouse to one side as eye-control becomes the latest way to play games.

Using the movement of the head and eyes, gamers using the Fove virtual reality device will be able to control games with the blink of an eye.

By making eye contact with virtual characters possible, gamers will also be able to use expressions and emotions to communicate and even influence actions.

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May 24 2015

VR Avatars Mimic Users' Facial Expressions


Virtual reality avatars just got more personal. Now, they can imitate a computer user’s facial expressions when they laugh, smile or even frown and interact with other players’ avatars.

Researchers at the University of Southern California enlisted the help of the Oculus Rift headset for 3-D gaming to create sensors that can detect a person’s facial expressions and replicate them in virtual reality in almost real-time.

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May 24 2015

New 'deep learning' technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error


UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.

They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks—putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more—without pre-programmed details about its surroundings.

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