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April 15 2014

Did the CIA Possess Djinn-Infested Jewellery?


We’re all familiar with the idea of the genie (the bastardized Western version of the Djinn) appearing out of bottles to make sketchy deals with all too eager humans, but the use of jewellery and other worn accessories for magick and religious purposes dates back as far as 100,000 years ago, with artifacts appearing in places like Israel and Northern Africa.

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April 15 2014

A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built To Track the End of the World


A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it's just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.

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April 15 2014

Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say


A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery.

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April 15 2014

Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula


A piece of research in which a UPV/EHU group is participating indicates that 1,000 years separate the records of the presence of the two species.

The meeting between a Neanderthal and one of the first humans, which we used to picture in our minds, did not happen on the Iberian Peninsula.

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April 15 2014

The Mysterious "Accidental Mummies" of Medieval Siberia


Russian archaeologists are once again digging at Zeleniy Yar, a remote excavation site near the Arctic circle. This same site produced nearly a dozen extraordinary mummies a few years ago — including unintentionally preserved corpses wearing copper masks. The researchers are now hoping to learn more about this mysterious northern community.

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April 15 2014

Whose fault is your lager hangover? Blame it on migrating birds


Lager drinkers can thank the birds for their favourite tipple. That is the conclusion of US scientists who say the yeast involved in making their beloved amber nectar could have been spread round the planet by migrating birds.

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April 15 2014

The Most Useful Animals on Earth Died Thousands of Years Ago


Many animals have been useful to humankind. Dogs have hunted with us. Horses have carried us around and plowed our fields. Cats have ... I don't know. It'll come to me. In any case, perhaps the most useful animals in the modern world performed their service by dying thousands of years ago.

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April 15 2014

Mysterious Ancient Moroccan Rock Pile Explained


The origin of the giant pile of boulders a Moroccan village rests precariously on has long mystified scientists. But the mystery has now been solved: the boulders are the result of a catastrophic rockfall that occurred 4,500 years ago in the High Atlas Mountains, scientists find.

A glacier apparently made the Moroccan cliffs prone to collapse, suggesting rockfalls elsewhere in the world might be due to a similar process, researchers said.

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April 14 2014

Drones: Archaeology's Newest Tool to Combat Looting


The scenes are haunting. A video camera strapped to the nose of a drone aircraft first shows only a spinning, sunlit horizon in the barrens of southern Jordan. Then the camera swoops, low and slow, over a hilltop whose surface recalls photographs of the lunar battlefields of World War I Europe. Crater after crater gouge the hill's stony surface. It looks like the aftermath of a murderous artillery barrage.

But the holes aren't the result of explosions. Each has been dug, laboriously, one spadeful at a time, by an army of looters.

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April 14 2014

Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought


It is already known as the eternal city, and if new archaeological findings prove correct Rome may turn out to be even more ancient than believed until now.

Next week, the city will celebrate its official, 2,767th birthday. According to a tradition going back to classic times, the brothers Romulus and Remus founded the city on 21 April in the year 753BC.

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April 14 2014

Neanderthal Children Played With Toy Axes, Say Experts


Stone Age children may have played with toy axes and gone to school, researchers believe.

Archaeologists have studied Neanderthal sites across Europe, collecting bones and artefacts, building a picture of everyday life in prehistoric communities.

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April 14 2014

Does a baby's name affect its chances in life?


When parents spend hours poring over baby name books they may imagine that their choice will have a major impact on their child's life. But do names make a difference? Two recent books put this idea under the microscope.

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April 14 2014

Green tea benefits memory


Green tea can improve your cognitive function, in particular the working memory, a new study by researchers at the University of Basel suggests.

The findings could pave the way for promising treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia, researchers add.

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April 14 2014

First UK study of ketamine for people with severe depression


The first UK study of the use of ketamine intravenous infusions in people with treatment-resistant depression has been carried out in an NHS clinic by researchers at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford.

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April 14 2014

Thinking About Death Can Make You Value Life More


Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often?

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April 14 2014

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of U.S. Clean Air Act


The rise and fall of acid rain is a global experiment whose results are preserved in the geologic record.

Forty-five years ago, acid rain was killing fish and dissolving stone monuments on the East Coast. Air pollution rose beginning with the Industrial Revolution and started to improve when the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1970 required coal power plants and other polluters to scrub sulfur out of their smokestacks.

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April 14 2014

Ocean Acidification robs reef fish of their fear of predators


Research on the behavior of coral reef fish at naturally-occurring carbon dioxide seeps in Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea has shown that continuous exposure to increased levels of carbon dioxide dramatically alters the way fish respond to predators.

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April 14 2014

Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation?


An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

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