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October 12 2014

Drought exposes once-submerged Oregon town to archaeological dig


Record drought on the U.S. West Coast has exposed the ruins of an Oregon hamlet once submerged under the waters of a man-made reservoir, allowing a rare opportunity for an archaeological excavation, a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation official said on Thursday.

The tiny community of Klamath Junction was once home to two gas stations and a cluster of homes and other buildings that date back to the 1920s, but its residents were relocated and the structures inundated as part of a 1960 irrigation project that extended a reservoir known as Emigrant Lake.

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October 12 2014

Mysterious shipwreck found in Cayuga Lake


Beneath Cayuga Lake's churning waves, a boat's planks and woodwork are shrouded in a green-hue of sunlight reflected through 70 feet of water.

The boat is a mostly intact, mid-1800s canal boat discovered in 2013. The hull and deck are identifiable, albeit covered in algae and mussels. Ports leading to the vessel's cargo holds are still defined, a huge rudder remains attached and the bow is uncompromised.

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October 12 2014

The Truth Behind The Malibu Underwater 'Alien Base'


A little more than 6 miles off the coast of Point Dume in Malibu, California, an unusual-looking structure sits on the sea bed floor. Based on images obtained on Google Earth, the oval-shaped object has a huge flat top and what appear to be pillars or columns that seem to reveal the entrance to a darker, inner place.

The anomaly -- for the moment, we'll call it that -- is approximately 2,000 feet below the surface of the water, measuring nearly 3 miles wide. What exactly is this thing?

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October 12 2014

Siberian exploding holes 'are the key to Bermuda Triangle' - scientists


Same phenomenon of discharge of gas hydrates 'led to crater formation in Russia and disappearance of ships in Atlantic'.

The craters - two in Yamal and one on the Taymyr peninsula - were revealed during the summer, leading to urgent analysis by scientists as well as a wave of speculation suggesting the cause was aliens from outer space, meteorites, or stray missiles.

Now respected Science in Siberia journal has come up with a coherent explanation for the northern craters.

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October 12 2014

Study: Frozen poop pills may make fecal transplants simpler and safer


Would you swallow frozen poop in a pill? What if you were infected by a stubborn strain of Clostridium difficile and suffering from diarrhea bad enough to send you to a hospital?

It may – OK, probably does – sound gross. But researchers are embracing the concept of treating repeat C. difficile infections with fecal transplants.

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October 12 2014

Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal


Attitudes towards the healing powers of psychedelics seem to be changing, says Tom Shroder, the author of a new book on the subject. And, according to some researchers, their incredible efficacy is due to their ability to unleash the mind’s own “innate healing intelligence”.


Related: The Legalization of Marijuana Could Reduce Alcoholism
Related: When DMT Equals Killing the Environment

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October 12 2014

Manipulating memory with light: Scientists erase specific memories in mice


Just look into the light: not quite, but researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology have used light to erase specific memories in mice, and proved a basic theory of how different parts of the brain work together to retrieve episodic memories.

Optogenetics, pioneered by Karl Diesseroth at Stanford University, is a new technique for manipulating and studying nerve cells using light.

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October 12 2014

Google sending its Street View cameras to the desert... on camels


A friend of mine suffers from travel anxiety.

Her thoughts about how she’ll proceed from A to B are fraught with all manner of What Ifs, mainly prompted by not knowing what various stages of the journey will look like. Google Maps has proved to be a boon for her in this regard; its Street View facility, once restricted to urban thoroughfares, has since expanded to cover all kinds of places including, crucially, the interiors of major transit hubs such as airports and rail termini. Using Google Maps, my friend can visually preview the entirety of some of her trips, eliminating surprise and reducing her heart rate in one fell swoop. And if she happens to be planning a trip to the Liwa Desert on the Arabian peninsula any time soon, Google’s got that covered, too, thanks to a camel called Raffia.

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October 11 2014

Z machine makes progress toward nuclear fusion


Scientists are reporting a significant advance in the quest to develop an alternative approach to nuclear fusion. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, using the lab’s Z machine, a colossal electric pulse generator capable of producing currents of tens of millions of amperes, say they have detected significant numbers of neutrons—byproducts of fusion reactions—coming from the experiment.

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October 11 2014

Thermoelectrics for waste-heat recovery: Introducing E1


Alphabet Energy has an inexpensive thermoelectric generator, the E1, for waste heat recovery. The generator captures exhaust heat and converts it into electricity. The E1 uses Alphabet's thermoelectric materials to convert the waste heat.

Matthew Scullin, CEO, in introducing the E1 Thermal Electric Generator in a promotional video, said, "With the E1, waste heat is now valuable." He said the waste heat recovery product meets the oil and gas and mining industry criteria for a strong but simple solution.

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October 11 2014

Burnt Magna Carta Read for First Time in 283 Years


More than 280 years after it was damaged in a fire, one of the original copies of the Magna Carta is legible again.

Written in 1215, the Magna Carta required the king of England — King John — to cede absolute power. Today, the Magna Carta is seen as a first step toward constitutional law rather than the hereditary power of royalty. There were four copies of the document created at the time. One, held by the British Library, was badly damaged in a fire in 1731.


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October 11 2014

Human fossils from 'oldest Parisian'


Scientists have unearthed rare, ancient human remains in silts close to the River Seine in France.

The left arm bones are dated to about 200,000 years ago, and look to be Neanderthal - although the researchers say that with no other fossils it is impossible to make a full description.

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October 11 2014

A Start-up Has Invented Veggie Burgers That ‘Bleed’


A biochemist named Patrick Brown has come up with yet another alternative strategy to produce entirely meatless hamburgers that look and taste very much like meat. That's one above, looking sufficiently burgerlike; it's even got that pristine medium-rare thing going on. Patties now being made by Brown's Impossible Foods are suffused with something called heme, it turns out, a molecule that comes from the roots of nitrogen-fixing plants but has the iron-tinged character of hemoglobin.

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October 11 2014

This Device Could Detect Dozens of Cancers With a Single Blood Test


Early detection, we’re often told, is the surest way to beat cancer. It’s the reason why, year after year, men and women of a certain age dutifully visit their doctors and undergo uncomfortable tests to screen for things like prostate and breast cancer.

But what about the other hundred or so types of cancer out there—the brain cancers, the ovarian cancers, the leukemias and lymphomas?

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October 11 2014

Did Scientists Just Develop A Viable Cure For Type 1 Diabetes?


In what's being called one of the most important advances to date in the field, researchers at Harvard have used stem cells to create insulin-producing beta cells in large quantities. Human transplantation trials could only be a few years away.

By using human embryonic stem cells, a research team led by Doug Melton created human insulin-producing beta cells that are virtually equivalent to normally functional beta cells in the kind of large quantities required for cell transplantation and pharmaceutical purposes.

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October 11 2014

Gut bacteria protein linked to anorexia and bulimia


A protein made by gut bacteria may trigger a chain of interactions in the body that contribute to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

When the protein is produced, the body makes antibodies to bind to it, but the antibodies also attach to a hormone that controls fullness.

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October 11 2014

That Beer Smell? Designed to Attract Flies


We have fruit flies to thank for beer’s familiar smell, according to new research.

The most prominent odors released by beer are produced by common brewer’s yeast, which evolved the aroma to attract fruit flies. The flies, in turn, benefit yeast by dispersing its cells into the environment.

“Two seemingly unrelated species, yeasts and flies, have developed an intricate symbiosis based on smell,” researcher Kevin Verstrepen of KU Leuven and VIB in Belgium said in a press release.

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