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September 24 2014

Political ideologies have their own scents, according to study


Past research has highlighted the link between scent and sexual attraction – and a new study has suggested that people with similar political ideologies can also sniff out compatibility.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that people subconsciously prefer the scent of those who share their political attitudes, Live Science reported.

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September 24 2014

Some meditation sparks better brain performance


Different types of meditation have qualitatively different effects on the mind and body, report researchers. Whereas the Vajrayana style of Buddhist meditation produces an arousal response, the Theravada style produces a relaxation response.

In particular, the research team found that Vajrayana meditation, which is associated with Tibetan Buddhism, can lead to enhancements in cognitive performance.

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September 24 2014

Norway: Four-year-old sleepwalks 5km to nearby town


A four-year-old Norwegian girl has terrified her family by sleepwalking over 5km (3 miles) to a nearby town on a stormy night, wearing just her underwear and a pair of thin boots.

Police found the girl unharmed in the town of Honningsvag on the northern island of Mageroeya after locals called at 06:30 on Monday, the Finnmark Dagblad reports. Her aunt - who is looking after the girl and her three young siblings while their mother went on holiday - thought her niece was asleep in bed when the police rang.

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September 24 2014

On/off switch for aging cells discovered by scientists


An on-and-off “switch” has been discovered in cells that may hold the key to healthy aging. This switch points to a way to encourage healthy cells to keep dividing and generating, for example, new lung or liver tissue, even in old age.


Related: Exercising May Bolster Your Brain Wires in Old Age

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September 24 2014

Walking off depression and beating stress outdoors? Nature walks linked to improved mental health


Large scale study says group nature walks linked with significantly lower depression and perceived stress, enhanced mental well-being

They are common suggestions to remedy stress: You just need a breath of fresh air. Walk it off. Get out and see people.

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September 24 2014

Are Pro Athletes Prone to Violence?


Several professional athletes have made the news recently for charges of domestic violence, including athletes in the National Football League and the U.S. women's soccer team. But are elite athletes actually more prone to domestic violence than other people?

It's difficult to know for sure.

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September 24 2014

Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases


Ancient Greek vases have revealed the hidden names of Amazons, mythology's warrior women, in a report deciphering ancient languages unspoken for millennia.

In the forthcoming study of pottery dating from 550 B.C. to 450 B.C., study lead author Adrienne Mayor and J. Paul Getty Museum assistant curator David Saunders translated Greek inscriptions into their phonetic sounds for 12 ancient vases from Athens. The inscriptions appear next to scenes of Amazons fighting, hunting, or shooting arrows.

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September 24 2014

Haida Gwaii underwater expedition may have revealed earliest site of human habitation in Canada


VANCOUVER - Researchers using a robotic underwater vehicle off British Columbia's northern coast believe they may have found the earliest evidence of human habitation in Canada.

Unfortunately, the site that could date back almost 14,000 years lies beneath hundreds of metres of water in the ocean around the Haida Gwaii archipelago.

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September 24 2014

I'm reverse-engineering Mesopotamian hit songs


Are there any traces of Babylonian music, which hasn't been heard for over 3000 years?
We have the text of lots of poems from ancient Mesopotamia, and it seems likely that some were originally songs of a sort. We have the words, but the music was either not written down or is lost. I thought it would be exciting if we could listen to these poems as they were meant to be heard. The reason I think we can do this is that the language of the poems – their stresses, intonation and rhythm – provides clues about musical style..

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September 23 2014

Ancient campfires led to the rise of storytelling


Sometime about 400,000 years ago, humans learned to fully control fire. This breakthrough radically changed our diets, because we could now cook food, but did it transform our culture as well? A study of evening campfire conversations by the Ju/’hoan people of Namibia and Botswana (pictured above) suggests that by extending the day, fire allowed people to unleash their imaginations and tell stories, rather than merely focus on mundane topics.


Related: Campfire chat a chance for social bonding

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September 23 2014

‘Gravitational waves’ may have been space dust


Scientists who caused a global sensation when they announced the discovery of gravitational waves may have been fooled by bits of dust floating about in space.

Researchers at Harvard University called a press conference in March to reveal that they had spotted the cosmic signature of ripples in space left over from the spectacular expansion of the early universe. The dramatic claim was hailed as one of the most important scientific discoveries of the century and promised a new era of physics.

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September 23 2014

Will ET Be Here Soon? NASA Brings Scientists, Theologians Together To Prepare


Looking for extraterrestrial life is akin to a search for a cosmic needle-in-a-haystack, as evidenced by the above incredible Hubble Space Telescope image showing approximately 10,000 galaxies.

In large part, thanks to NASA's Kepler spacecraft, more than 1,400 planets have been identified beyond Earth.

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September 23 2014

It's okay: electromagnetic force hasn't changed in 10 billion years


Astronomers using three of the world's most powerful telescopes say they've found no change in one of nature's fundamental forces over the past 10 billion years.

The study, reported on ArXiv.org, examined the strength of the electromagnetic force -- one of the four fundamental forces of nature and the one responsible for holding atoms and molecules together.

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September 23 2014

Einstein's "Time Dilation" Prediction Verified


Physicists have verified a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity with unprecedented accuracy. Experiments at a particle accelerator in Germany confirm that time moves slower for a moving clock than for a stationary one.

The work is the most stringent test yet of this ‘time-dilation’ effect, which Einstein predicted. One of the consequences of this effect is that a person travelling in a high-speed rocket would age more slowly than people back on Earth.

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September 23 2014

Childhood mentors have positive impact on career success


New research from North Carolina State University finds that young people who have had mentors are more likely to find work early in their careers that gives them more responsibility and autonomy -- ultimately putting them on a path to more financially and personally rewarding careers.

"We wanted to look at the long-term impacts on mentees in naturally occurring mentorship relationships, rather than participants in formal mentorship programs,".

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September 23 2014

Researchers develop app that can tell what babies want when they bawl


Researchers in Taiwan have developed a smartphone app that can analyze crying patterns of newborn babies and determine what the infants want from their parents.

A team led by a researcher at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology developed the software by studying 100,000 bits of recorded data of infants’ crying patterns in cooperation with the pediatric department at the National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei.

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September 23 2014

Scientists create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading


A team of Stanford researchers has developed a protein therapy that disrupts the process that causes cancer cells to break away from original tumor sites, travel through the blood stream and start aggressive new growths elsewhere in the body.

This process, known as metastasis, can cause cancer to spread with deadly effect.

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