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May 15 2015

To make smokers healthy, it helps to make them wealthy, study finds


Would the promise of an $800 payout motivate you to quit smoking? And if so, what’s the most effective way to dangle that reward?

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania sought to answer those questions, with help from more than 2,500 smokers who either worked for CVS Caremark or were their family members or friends.


Related: Brains of smokers who quit successfully might be wired for success

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May 15 2015

Every bite you take, every move you make, astrocytes will be watching you


Chewing, breathing, and other regular bodily functions that we undertake “without thinking” actually do require the involvement of our brain, but the question of how the brain programs such regular functions intrigues scientists. Scientists have now shown that astrocytes play a key role. Astrocytes are star-shaped glial cells in our brain. Glial cells are not neurons – they play a supporting role.

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May 15 2015

Early European may have had Neanderthal great-great-grandparent


One of Europe’s earliest known humans had a close Neanderthal ancestor: perhaps as close as a great-great-grandparent.

The finding, announced on 8 May at the Biology of Genomes meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, questions the idea that humans and Neanderthals interbred only in the Middle East, more than 50,000 years ago.

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May 15 2015

Early men and women were equal, say scientists


Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists.

A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their group lives and who they live with. The findings challenge the idea that sexual equality is a recent invention, suggesting that it has been the norm for humans for most of our evolutionary history.

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May 15 2015

Study explores the moment when ancient societies began to 'take a village to raise a child'


Hillary Clinton once famously said, "It takes a village to raise a child." It turns out that's been true for centuries: New research by a University of Utah anthropologist explains how and why mothers in ancient societies formed cooperative groups to help raise their children.Karen Kramer, an associate professor of anthropology, published a study in the Journal of Human Evolution titled, "When Mothers Need Others: Life History Transitions Associated with the Evolution of Cooperative Breeding.".

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May 15 2015

Gold-Filled Tomb of Chinese 'Survivor' Mom Discovered


A Ming Dynasty tomb containing gold treasures has been discovered at a construction site in Nanjing, China. However, the real treasures may be two stone epitaphs that tell the story of the person buried there — Lady Mei, a woman who went from being a concubine to becoming a political and military strategist.

The epitaphs, found inside the brick tomb, reveal that Lady Mei was a 21-year-old "unwashed and unkempt" woman who "called herself the survivor."

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May 15 2015

Mosaics in Turkey’s south were not ‘botched,’ says restorer


The restorer heading the reportedly “botched” restoration of ancient mosaics in the southern province of Hatay has denied the accusations, saying even the smallest movement of stones would have changed the size of the mosaic.

Celal Kucuk, the restorer who was heading the restoration works of the Roman-era mosaics in the Hatay Archaeology Museum, said the “botching” claims were false, as even if one of the small stones were moved an inch from its original place, the mosaic itself would need to be enlarged.

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May 15 2015

How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology


Don your leather jacket and fedora, strap on a satchel, and get that bullwhip cracking: It’s time to explore the mythical intersection of Hollywood fantasy and real-world discovery.

Three decades ago, Indiana Jones’s swashbuckling brand of archaeology inspired a generation of moviegoers. Now a new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum pays homage to the actual artifacts and archaeologists that inspired Indy’s creation.

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May 15 2015

Archivists Are Rescuing Old Manuscripts Using Dry Ice


In their battle against time, archivists have picked up a new weapon to bring back old manuscripts: dry ice.

One of the big problems in preserving papers, or getting a closer look at old, salvaged papers has been figuring out how to get beneath the grime of history to what’s waiting below. Obviously, the old standards of soap and water are far from ideal for cleaning paper. So what does an archivist do?

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May 14 2015

MH370 search discovers uncharted shipwreck


The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has discovered an uncharted shipwreck in the southern Indian Ocean.

Peter Foley, who heads the search team, said the find was "fascinating... But it's not what we're looking for".

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May 14 2015

Rare Spanish Shipwreck From 17th Century Uncovered Off Panama


Archaeologists searching for real-life pirates of the Caribbean stumbled on a mysterious shipwreck in 2011. Now after years of historical detective work, they know what they discovered.

In 1681, the Spanish merchant ship Encarnación sank during a storm near the mouth of the Chagres River on the Caribbean side of Panama. Built in Veracruz, Mexico, the cargo vessel was part of the Tierra Firme fleet, the economic lifeline of 17th-century Spain.

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May 14 2015

Rogue Antimatter Found in Thunderclouds


When Joseph Dwyer’s aeroplane took a wrong turn into a thundercloud, the mistake paid off: the atmospheric physicist flew not only through a frightening storm but also into an unexpected—and mysterious—haze of antimatter.

Although powerful storms have been known to produce positrons—the antimatter versions of electrons—the antimatter observed by Dwyer and his team cannot be explained by any known processes, they say. “This was so strange that we sat on this observation for several years,” says Dwyer, who is at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

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May 14 2015

Two-thirds of Earth is covered in clouds


Forget Earth as a pale blue marble, or perhaps a water planet, decades of satellite observations show Earth is actually dominated by clouds.

A new global cloud map based on nearly a decade of NASA satellite data have found that about 67 per cent of Earth's surface is covered by clouds at any given time.

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May 14 2015

Scientists show 'breaking waves' perturb Earth's magnetic field


The underlying physical process that creates striking "breaking wave" cloud patterns in our atmosphere also frequently opens the gates to high-energy solar wind plasma that perturbs Earth's magnetic field, or magnetosphere, which protects us from cosmic radiation. The discovery was made by two University of New Hampshire space physicists, who published their findings in the online journal Nature Communications Monday, May 11, 2015.

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May 14 2015

Darwin Predicted This Animal's Existence Decades Before Its Discovery


Here’s a great Charles Darwin story you may not have heard before: In 1862, the famed naturalist foretold the discovery of an unusual animal, based on his observations of a species of orchid endemic to Madagascar. The creature was ultimately discovered in 1903—some 20 years after Darwin’s death.

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May 14 2015

Ants use math to plan their routes


Ants’ movements seemingly hide or mirror mathematical patterns. If we could tap into their inaudible squeaks they might just be saying to each other “Hey, shall we use Gaussian and Pareto distributions for this one, buddy?”

Authors of a new study found apparently random changes in the direction of the insects followed mathematical patterns – in particular those Gaussian and Pareto distributions.

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May 14 2015

Writing and speaking are totally separate in the brain


If you suffer brain damage that dramatically affects your ability to speak, your ability to write could be completely unaffected—or vice versa.

While writing evolved from speaking, the two brain systems are now so independent that someone who can’t speak a grammatically correct sentence aloud may be able write it flawlessly, new research shows.


Related: Multiple Colors Can Trick the Mind

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