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December 12 2014

Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors' bones


Navajo and Hopi Nations are fighting for the protection of Arizona burial grounds as one of the world’s largest coal companies seeks extension of its mining permit.


Related: Raids by uncontacted Amazon tribes raise fears of violence

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December 12 2014

Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century


Since the early 2000s scientists have been sounding the alarm that pollinating bees are being stricken with disease or mysteriously vanishing from their hives.

However, analysis of species diversity in Great Britain shows a decline in pollinating bees and wasps that began far earlier than scientists had suspected.


Alt: Bee losses followed World Wars

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December 12 2014

Great wall of trees keeps China's deserts at bay


CHINA is holding back the desert, for now. The Great Green Wall – a massive belt of trees being planted across China's arid north in what might be the largest ecological engineering project on the planet – seems to work, according to a new study.

"Vegetation has improved and dust storms have decreased significantly in the Great Green Wall region, compared with other areas," says Minghong Tan of the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research in Beijing. But whether planting trees is a long-term solution remains disputed.

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December 12 2014

New Dates Tie Volcanic Flood to Dinosaur Extinction


An incredible outpouring of lava 66 million years ago could have set off environmental changes that killed off the dinosaurs, a new study finds.

The research reports precise dates for India's Deccan Traps, mountain-high piles of basalt lava flows that cover as much territory as France. The youngest lava flows emerged 66.29 million years ago, about 250,000 years before the Chicxulub space rock crashed into eastern Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The findings could revive the idea that the Deccan Traps caused the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction — a hypothesis long pushed aside in favor of the asteroid impact.

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December 12 2014

Ponds or pounding are both possible origins for life


IT'S hard to think of two more wildly different possibilities: did life on Earth get its start amid the gentle bubbles of a "warm little pond", as Darwin put it, or was it born amid the colossal blows of space rocks slamming into our young planet?

The Rosetta spacecraft has now found water in the coma of comet 67P – the tenuous envelope of gas forming around the comet as it approaches the sun. That's not unexpected: water has already been detected in other comets.

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December 12 2014

Soggy space rocks brought water to young moon


The moon is thought to have formed when a Mars-sized object smashed into the early Earth about 20 to 100 million years after the solar system coalesced. The heat from this impact should have left the moon drier than a bone, so Alberto Saal at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and his colleagues were surprised when they found 50 parts per million of water trapped inside tiny spheres of lunar volcanic glass in 2008.

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December 12 2014

Could Ancient Mars Have Supported Life? Water Isn't the Only Key


Ancient Mars featured flowing rivers and sizable lakes — but that doesn't mean the Red Planet definitely could have supported life, one prominent researcher stresses.

The presence of liquid water is just one of many factors that researchers need to take into account when investigating the past or present habitability of Mars or any other cosmic body.


Related: Curiosity's 'Whale Rock' Emerged from Mars' Wet Past

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December 12 2014

Radiation Belts Shield Earth From High-Energy Particles


The pair of radiation belts surrounding Earth stop high-energy particles in their tracks, a new study reveals.

Data gathered by NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes, which launched in August 2012, show that the donut-shaped Van Allen belts present a nearly impenetrable barrier to high-energy electrons, keeping them from hitting Earth.


Related: NASA 'Admitted To Apollo Hoax' In Orion Video, Say Obviously Mistaken Conspiracy Theorists

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December 12 2014

Cosmic Mystery Solved? Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted


Astronomers may finally have detected a signal of dark matter, the mysterious and elusive stuff thought to make up most of the material universe.


Alt: Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter

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December 11 2014

Mystery of where Earth's water came from deepens: Comet water is different


The mystery of where Earth's water came from got murkier Wednesday when some astronomers essentially eliminated one of the chief suspects: comets.

Over the past few months, the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe closely examined the type of comet that some scientists theorized could have brought water to our planet 4 billion years ago. It found water, but the wrong kind.


Alt: Rosetta discovers water on comet 67p like nothing on Earth

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December 11 2014

Massive merger: Two giant blue stars are about to meld


The brightest object in a nearby star cluster, thought for decades to be a single star, is actually two massive stars in the process of merging. The pair lies about 13,000 light-years from Earth in the minor Northern Hemisphere constellation of the Giraffe. Astronomers have long known the object as MY Camelopardalis.

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December 11 2014

Lunar Mission One: A chance to bury your DNA on the dark side of the Moon


A proposed mission to the Moon led by British scientists – largely funded by donations from the public – could pave the way for the construction of a lunar observatory, organisers have claimed.

If successful, it will involve the first exploration of the Moon’s south pole, the site of the deepest impact crater in the solar system.

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December 11 2014

New 'high-entropy' alloy is as light as aluminum, as strong as titanium alloys


Researchers from North Carolina State University and Qatar University have developed a new "high-entropy" metal alloy that has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other existing metal material.

High-entropy alloys are materials that consist of five or more metals in approximately equal amounts. These alloys are currently the focus of significant attention in materials science and engineering because they can have desirable properties.

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December 11 2014

Halving of malaria deaths 'tremendous achievement'


Global efforts have halved the number of people dying from malaria - a tremendous achievement, the World Health Organization says.

It says between 2001 and 2013, 4.3 million deaths were averted, 3.9 million of which were children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.


Related: Promising compound rapidly eliminates malaria parasite

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December 11 2014

Nature's Dark Side: Symbiotic Relationships Can Produce Vampire Birds


Have you seen those birds that climb around the rhinos, picking away parasites, and thought, "Ah, nature can provide inspirational stories of peaceful cooperation"? Get ready to have your illusions shattered. Those birds are on their way to being vampires.

The creation of a vampire starts innocuously. A bird notices a tasty-looking bug on a large animal, and down it goes to eat the bug. Over time, the animal adjusts to the bird's diet, and ignores the bird's light pecks and tweaks at its body.

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December 11 2014

Researchers document aviary eggshell with iridescence for the first time


A team of researchers with members from New Zealand, Czech Republic and the U.S. has documented for the first time an example of an aviary egg that has iridescence. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team describes their study of eggs laid by great tinamou, which revealed the nature of the egg coloring.

In investigating the eggs, the researchers found that they were iridescent—they look to be different colors depending on the angle they are viewed from—a first for an avian eggshell.

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December 11 2014

Mystery Solved? How Butterflies Came to Look Like Dead Leaves


The secret of how butterflies came to look like leaves may have been revealed—fittingly, by an insect that gave wings to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

The question of how the closed wings of dead leaf (or oakleaf) butterflies from the Kallima genus came to perfectly resemble brown leaves—from their veins down to tiny fungus spots—has been hotly debated.

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