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September 10 2014

Sun-powered desalination for villages in India


Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water -- and much of that area is not served by an electric grid that could run conventional reverse-osmosis desalination plants. Sun-powered desalination could deliver clean water for off-grid villages.

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September 10 2014

'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems


Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter.

The researchers are not shining light through crystal – they are transforming light into crystal. As part of an effort to develop exotic materials such as room-temperature superconductors, the researchers have locked together photons, the basic element of light, so that they become fixed in place.

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September 10 2014

Britain’s X-traordinary Files – Declassified


Out, right now, is the brand new book from David Clarke: Britain's X-traordinary Files. As you may guess from its title, the book deals with British Government records on an astonishingly wide and varied body of paranormal phenomena.

What Dave Clarke’s new book demonstrates, however, is what else the world of officialdom has had in its sights over the years. Some of it, as now-declassified files reveal, was not just weird. It was what we might term beyond weird.

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September 10 2014

The Islamic Roots Of Science Fiction


You probably already knew that Islam was having a scientific golden age during Europe's middle ages, and making tons of scientific and medical discoveries. (Which is why we use words like "algebra.") But you might not know that some of the earliest proto-science fiction came from the Islamic world.

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September 10 2014

Ancient Charm Suggests Earliest Use of Magic in Christian Religion


In the old testament, the story of the Israelites wandering in the desert presents one of the most curious mysteries of the Christian Bible; the source of “manna,” a miracle food that rained from the heavens and provided sustenance.

While often depicted as light-colored and scattered like sand or frost upon the ground, arriving with the dew in the morning, the description given in the book of Numbers described a substance actually more like that of bdellium, a dark-colored, aromatic gum extracted from trees in the Middle East.

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September 10 2014

New evidence suggests Robin Hood was a Yorkshireman


Experts say the famous outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor was not from Nottinghamshire but Doncaster or Pontefract.

Officials in Doncaster say the public has been "hoodwinked" about Robin Hood and have launched a crusade to declare him as the son of the town.

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September 10 2014

Who's Buried in Largest Tomb in Northern Greece? New Finds Raise Intrigue


Fans of ancient history are laying bets on who was buried in the dark heart of a massive marble-walled tomb that is slowly coming to light in northern Greece.

Dating to the tumultuous years surrounding the death of Alexander the Great, between about 325 and 300 B.C., the tomb is the largest ever found in northern Greece—a resting place monumental enough for royalty.

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September 10 2014

Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found


One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says.

Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them.

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September 10 2014

Math Explains How Lobsters Swim


Scientists have uncovered how crustaceans co-ordinate their curious Mexican wave-style swimming movement.

A team of four mathematicians and a biologist from the US have shown that the creatures' technique is highly efficient and is hard-wired in a simple neural circuit.

The work is one of only a few examples where a neural circuit underlying a particular behaviour has been understood.

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September 10 2014

Long-forgotten secrets of whale sex revealed


In dolphins and whales, the pelvis is widely considered to be a good-for-nothing remnant of legged days past. But that pelvic bone didn't become useless when the animals switched from walking to swimming: It may be downright vital for successful reproduction.

A new study published in the journal Evolution reports that the bones have actually continued evolving. No longer adapted to support hind legs, the pelvis has been swayed by sexual selection.

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September 9 2014

Ancient Egyptian Art Opens Window on Mammal Extinctions


Images of lions, giraffes, wildebeests and other creatures depicted on ancient Egyptian artifacts have helped scientists create a 6,000-year record of local mammal extinctions, according to a new study. Several of the extinction episodes correlate with known periods of drought and rapid human population growth.


Related: Climate and Civilization Killed Egypt's Animals

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September 9 2014

Museum Plans to Restore Ancient Egyptian Throne Room


Any visitor would find it difficult to miss the Penn Museum's iconic red granite sphinx. Resting center stage in the museum's Lower Egyptian Gallery space, one doesn't need to know that its estimated 15 tons of stone make it massive—the eyes already have it. It is touted as the third largest known sphinx in the Western Hemisphere. Originally quarried at Aswan by the ancients over 3,000 years ago in Upper Egypt, it was then floated down the Nile river to grace the sacred enclosure of Ramesses II's Temple to Ptah at ancient Memphis.

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September 9 2014

Warrior's 3,900 year old suit of bone armour unearthed in Omsk


Archeologists are intrigued by the discovery of the complete set of well-preserved bone armour which is seen as having belonged to an 'elite' warrior. The armour was in 'perfect condition' - and in its era was 'more precious than life', say experts.

It was buried separate from its owner and no other examples of such battle dress have been found around Omsk. Analysis is expected to determine its exact age but Siberian archeologists say it dates from 3,900 to 3,500 years ago.

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September 9 2014

Royal bronze chariot found after 3,000 years


A bronze chariot made during the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC) has been found in Qishan county, Shaanxi province - and archaeologists believe it may be a ceremonial vehicle used by princes.

"We found the chariot, which was buried 1.2 meters underground, in farmland at the village of Hejia," Zhang Yawei, director of the county's Zhouyuan Museum, told China Daily on Saturday. "We were surprised that it is large with a high bronze content." .

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September 9 2014

ISIS’ Antiquities Sideline


The territorial gains made by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have provoked fears — as well as tentative news reports — that archaeological sites in those countries are being attacked and looted, much as sites in Iraq were at the outset of the second Iraq war.

ISIS does not seem to have devoted the manpower of its army to the active work of looting archaeological sites. Rather, its involvement is financial. In general, ISIS permits local inhabitants to dig at these sites in exchange for a percentage of the monetary value of any finds.

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September 9 2014

Clever trout rival chimpanzees at choosing good allies, study finds


Don’t play games with the coral trout – it might just outmaneuver you. These fish appear to be just as skilled as chimpanzees at picking the best, most able allies to help them nab some food, new research shows.

The findings, described in Current Biology, show that fish may have remarkable cognitive abilities that are usually assigned to warm-blooded, bigger-brained species -- including humans.

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September 9 2014

Your Fingertips Perform Brain-like Calculations


Your brain has a lot to think about, so if there’s a way to outsource a few mental tasks to save bandwidth, it’s going to do it. Now researchers have discovered another such workaround: the neurons in your fingertips perform some computational tasks independently of the brain.

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