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August 11 2014

Less Materialism Can Lead To Happier Consumers, Healthier Environment


The pursuit of true happiness can lead to satisfying lifestyles and a healthier environment, according to a recent study.

Researchers suggest that this can be achieved with less materialism.

"For decades, consumerism has been on a collision course with the environment, with consumer appetites draining the planet of natural resources and accelerating global warming. One view is that we need to change consumption in order to save the planet, but what if we approached it from the other way around? What if what's good for the consumer meets what's good for the environment?"

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August 11 2014

Are psychedelics the next medical marijuana?


In March 2014, for the first time in over 40 years, a study of the therapeutic benefits of lysergic acid diethylamide — more commonly known as LSD — was published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. It showed that LSD-assisted psychotherapy significantly reduced anxiety in individuals with "life-threatening diseases," including Parkinson's disease and breast cancer.

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August 11 2014

New virtual reality computer system that distracts patients from the agony of their wounds


A hospital in Holland has developed a breakthrough treatment for burns patients.

Patients with severe burns usually need to be sedated so they can bear the pain. However, this has downsides because the drugs can interfere with other aspects of the treatment.

Martini Hospital in Groningen, Holland, has developed a new pain management system that does not involve extra medication.

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August 11 2014

Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery


INVESTIGATORS have shed new light on one of ­Australia’s greatest aviation mysteries.

Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.

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August 11 2014

UFOs Sightings In Germany And Brazil: Do Aliens Really Exist?


New video footage showing a suspected triangular UFO hovering over the Germany sky has reignited the age-old debate of the existence of aliens.

The video was recorded in June this year, but another two more similar videos showing UFOs flying over the Brazil sky only gives strength to those who believe in aliens.

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August 11 2014

Physicists create water tractor beam


Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.

The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered they can control water flow patterns with simple wave generators, enabling them to move floating objects at will.

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August 11 2014

Silicon: After the chip, another revolution?


Summer is upon us and you are almost certainly planning at least one trip to the beach. This year, as you lie back in the sun, take a moment to reflect upon how much of the world economy is built on the stuff.

I don't mean "built on sand" in a philosophical sense, however true that may be. I'm talking about three technological revolutions that are literally based on sand, one of which is only just beginning and, if it lives up to its potential, has mind-boggling implications.

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August 11 2014

Researchers show that how fast you drive might reveal exactly where you are going


In our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on their premiums.

What these drivers may not know is that they could be revealing where they are driving, a privacy boundary that many would not consent to cross.

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August 11 2014

Geothermal energy has success in Nevada, wants to spread to the rest of the west


RENO, NV—On an uncharacteristically rainy day in Western Nevada, a small tour bus of journalists rumbled past security gates at the Ormat Steamboat Complex in Washoe County. We were there to learn about geothermal power, a renewable energy resource produced by transferring heat from underground rocks up to power plants.

Most people think of Iceland when they think of geothermal power. On that island, approximately 90 percent of homes are heated by geothermal energy. But some 12 gigawatts of geothermal power are generated worldwide, and the US is one of the largest producers of it, generating nearly 3.4 gigawatts in 2013.

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August 11 2014

Massive smart light lab tests tech to slash emissions


HUNDREDS of lights are being erected in a Danish industrial park in a suburb of Copenhagen. When ordinary citizens pass through the area, they'll be taking part in a massive experiment to work out how we should light our cities in the future.

Street lamps can be a major drain on resources: lighting accounts for around 6 per cent of global greenhouse emissions. In 2009, for example, Los Angeles spent around $15 million and pumped out 111,000 tonnes of carbon to light up its streets. No wonder councils want to find ways of making lighting smarter and more efficient.

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August 11 2014

Chile earthquake triggered icequakes in Antarctica


In 2010, a powerful magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck off the coast of central Chile, rocking much of the country and producing tremor as far away as Argentina and Peru. But a new study suggests its effects were felt even farther away—in Antarctica. In the wake of the Maule temblor, the scientists found, several seismic stations on the frozen continent registered “icequakes,” probably due to fracturing of the ice as the planet’s crust shook.

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August 11 2014

Ahoy! Old ships' logs help forecast the future


These days we can find out the temperature anywhere in the world by clicking on our closest device, so why do we need weather observations from over 100 years ago?

Clement Wragge understood the importance of keeping weather records.

The colourful 19th century Queensland meteorologist saw the possibility of forecasting and tracking the path of tropical cyclones using weather observations from ships' logs.

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August 10 2014

Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago


OUR direct ancestors may have found their way out of Africa much earlier than we think. As new fossil remains emerge from China and south-east Asia, the traditional story of how we left Africa is being challenged.

The accepted view is that Homo sapiens evolved in Africa 200,000 years ago and stayed there until 60,000 years ago, when they struck out through the Middle East and spread around the world.

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August 10 2014

A New Explanation for ‘New’ Man


A discovery in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, reported 10 years ago, moved one scientist to hail it as “the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.” The fragmentary bones, but only one full skull, of several individuals led the discoverers to conclude that these were remains of a previously unknown extinct species of humans.

The Australian and Indonesian scientists named the species Homo floresiensis. Some took to calling these unusually little people, who had apparently lived on the island as recently as 15,000 years ago, the hobbits.

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August 10 2014

Losing Maya Heritage to Looters


Deep in the jungle in the north of Guatemala, along deep-rutted 4x4 tracks, the pyramids of the great Maya city of Xultún are hidden under heavy vegetation and oddly symmetrical hills. But crudely cut tunnels in the sides of the hills signal a modern intrusion.

The tunnels are the work of "huecheros"—the local slang term for antiquity looters, derived from the Maya word for armadillo. On a building overlooking an ancient plaza, the looters scrawl a message, brazen and taunting: "We, the huecheros, stuck it to this place.".

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August 10 2014

Egypt makes slow gains against antiquities thefts


CAIRO — Tucked in a corner of the Egyptian Museum, a gilded statue of King Tutankhamen is badly broken, its arm detached and a mound of gold flakes chipped off its torso.

At least the statue — one of thousands of objects looted from museums and archaeological sites during more than three years of political unrest — made it back here.

Antiquities thefts spiked in the wake of the revolt in 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak and led to a security breakdown.

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August 10 2014

All Hail King Richard! Details of Elaborate Burial Unveiled


After years of heated controversy over the rightful resting spot for King Richard III, officials have finally decided on the reinterment details for the remains of the 15th-century English ruler.

His remains will be laid to rest on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Leicester Cathedral during one of three services to honor the English king, the University of Leicester announced yesterday (Aug. 7).

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