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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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April 16 2014

Czech Republic: Wolves return after a century absence


A hidden camera has captured an image of a wolf crossing a wooded clearing in the Czech Republic, a hundred years after the predator disappeared from the area, it's been reported.

There have been some signs near the town of Doksy suggesting a wolf may be in the region, Radio Prague reports. But wolves haven't roamed free in Bohemia since the late 19th Century.

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April 16 2014

Male monkey cares for dying partner


A wild male marmoset has been seen and filmed embracing and caring for his dying partner.

The female accidentally fell from a tree in the forests of Brazil and the male comforted her as she lay dying.

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April 16 2014

Birds choose best building materials


Birds can learn to choose the best building materials for their nests, according to scientists.

It was previously thought that birds' choice of nest material was determined by their genes - with each type of bird having an "innate nest template".

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April 16 2014

Unusual Bacteria Gobbles Up Carbon in the Ocean


A single strain of marine bacteria called Alteromonas may consume as much dissolved carbon in the ocean as an entire, diverse bacterial community, according to a new study.

The finding may help researchers better understand how carbon cycling works in marine ecosystems.

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April 16 2014

Not Everyone Needs Probiotics, Suggests Study of Hunter-Gatherer Guts


After taking an antibiotic or catching an intestinal bug, many of us belt down probiotic drinks to restore the “natural balance” of organisms in our intestines. Probiotics are one of the fastest growing products in the food industry, now added to yogurts, drinks, and baby food. Yet, not everyone needs them to stay healthy. A new study of the gut bacteria of hunter-gatherers in Africa has found that they completely lack a bacterium that is a key ingredient in most probiotic foods and considered healthy.

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April 16 2014

Dislike: Facebook May Hurt Women's Body Image


&#8203; It used to be magazines and TV that made some women feel badly about their bodies, but now Facebook may be doing the same thing, according to researchers.

A new study of college women in the United States shows that the more time a woman spends on Facebook, the more likely she is to dislike her appearance.

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April 16 2014

Barbie Exposure May Limit Girls' Career Imagination


The ubiquitous Barbie doll: she’s been everything from a football coach to a surgeon. But girls who play with Barbie may have their ambition stunted—that’s according to a study in the journal Sex Roles. [Aurora M. Sherman and Eileen L. Zurbriggen, “Boys Can Be Anything”: Effect of Barbie Play on Girls’ Career Cognitions].

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