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October 19 2014

Man flu is real: Scientists say men have weaker immune systems


There is such a thing as man flu, with men less resistant to pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses, according to new research.

Scientists from Harvard University have discovered that the female sex hormone oestrogen fortifies the immune system, and men are suffering for its absence.

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October 19 2014

Sugary soft drinks may be linked to accelerated DNA ageing – study


Research finds that people who reported drinking 350ml of fizzy drink per day had DNA changes typical of cells 4.6 years older

Consumption of sugary soda drinks such as cola and lemonade may be linked to accelerated DNA ageing, say researchers who have studied the impact of the drinks in more than 5,000 people.


Related: Don’t drink the (warm) water, study says

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October 19 2014

If Earth’s magnetic field flips, will cancer rates spike?


Imagine waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. Researchers say it’s not as bizarre as it sounds.

Earth’s dipole magnetic field, like that of a bar magnet, remains about the same intensity for thousands to millions of years, but for incompletely known reasons it occasionally weakens and, presumably over a few thousand years, reverses direction.

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October 19 2014

Kuiper Belt Missions Could Reveal the Solar System’s Origins


January 20, 2014, was going to be either a very good or a very bad day for the men and women working on the Rosetta space probe. The 3,000-kilogram robotic spacecraft had been launched by the European Space Agency nearly 10 years earlier and was en route to an August encounter with an obscure comet bearing the unwieldy name 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P for short). If all went according to plan, Rosetta would do something that has never been attempted before: it would loop into a tight orbit around the comet, deploy a lander named Philae to touch down on its surface, and shadow the frozen body as it crackled to life, warmed by the heat of the sun.

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October 19 2014

Cell-Like Structure Found within 1.3-Billion-Year-Old Martian Meteorite


A team of scientists from the United Kingdom and Greece led by Dr Elias Chatzitheodoridis of the National Technical University of Athens has found a mysterious oval structure embedded deep within a famous Martian meteorite called Nakhla.

Multiple fragments of the Nakhla meteorite fell to Earth on June 28, 1911 near the village of El-Nakhla in Egypt. Its crystallization age has been determined to be 1.38 billion years.

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October 19 2014

Deep space 'snowball' nears close shave with Mars


A comet the size of a small mountain is about to skim past Mars, and NASA hopes its spacecraft will be able to photograph the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

The comet, known as Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is set to hurtle past Mars at a close distance of about 88,000 miles (141,600 kilometers).

The closest pass is expected to happen Sunday at 2:27 pm (1827 GMT).

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October 18 2014

Who owns the moon?


Whether you're into mining, energy or tourism, there are lots of reasons to explore space. Some "pioneers" even believe humanity's survival depends on colonising celestial bodies such as the moon and Mars, both becoming central hubs for our further journey into the cosmos. Lunar land peddlers have started doing deals already – a one-acre plot can be yours for just £16.75.

More seriously, big corporations, rich entrepreneurs and even US politicians are eyeing up the moon and its untapped resources.

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October 18 2014

Now We Know What Killed The Ancient 'Ice Princess,' And Why She Had That Marijuana


Did a dying Siberian maiden who lived 2,500 years ago self-medicate with marijuana? New research by Russian scientists shows that's a likely possibility.

The mummified body of the Siberian "ice princess" -- so well preserved that tattoos on her skin were still visible when she was found -- was unearthed in an icy plateau in eastern Russia's Altai Mountains back in 1993. Since then, scientists have gained a good understanding of who the ice princess was, and how she and her people lived.


Alt: MRI reveals ancient Siberian ‘princess’ had breast cancer

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October 18 2014

Sophisticated spears: Unusual ridge on 200,000-year-old arm bone suggests Neanderthals threw weapons


Ancient human remains of what has been dubbed the 'oldest Parisian' have been uncovered in silts close to the River Seine in France.

Archaeologists unearthed 200,000-year-old left arm bones at Tourville-la-Rivière which are believed to belong to a young Neanderthal.

An unusual raised ridge on the upper-arm bone suggests that the Neanderthal suffered should muscle damage from repeatedly throwing a spear.

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October 18 2014

Russian Archaeologists Discover Cave Paintings Dated 3000 BC


Russian archaeologists have discovered ancient cave paintings dating back to 3000 BC in a gorge in southern Russia, they said.

One of the paintings discovered in the gorge features a hunting scene as well as figures that appear to be from another world — leading scholars to conclude the paintings may have been used in ancient rituals, Interfax reported.

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October 18 2014

California archaeologists uncover 90-year-old movie prop


Hidden for more than 90 years beneath the rolling sand dunes of Guadalupe, California, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 blockbuster movie "The Ten Commandments" has been rediscovered and is now above ground.

The roughly 15-foot-tall (4.6 meters) sphinx is one of 21 that lined the path to Pharaoh's City in the 1923 silent hit.

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October 18 2014

American scientists unearth lost 1960s polar satellite images worth billions


A team of American scientists has recovered billions of dollars’ worth of “dark data” from the 1960s, pushing back the modern satellite record of sea ice extent by 17 years.

David Gallaher was eight years old in 1964, watching satellites twinkling high overhead. That year, the first American to orbit the planet left NASA, the Soviets put the first multi-person crew in orbit, and one tiny satellite, Nimbus 2, was taking grainy black-and-white images of the entire surface of the planet.


Related: Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study

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October 18 2014

Tentacle Robots Could Aid Space Exploration


Space robots are about to get a whole lot sleeker and slinkier.

Researchers are developing new types of robotic systems inspired by elephant trunks, octopus arms and giraffe tongues. These flexible, maneuverable "tentacle robots" could have a variety of space applications, from inspecting hard-to-reach gear on the International Space Station to exploring crevices on Mars, scientists say.

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October 18 2014

A solar car built by Australian students has broken the electric vehicle world speed record


Australian engineering students have set a new world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres.

With a speed of 106.966 kilometres an hour, a solar car known as eVe is now officially the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres in the world - and it was built entirely by undergraduate engineering students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

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October 18 2014

Researchers develop world's thinnest electric generator


Researchers have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide, resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchable.

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October 18 2014

Roswell UFO conspiracy 'explained' in German documentary after 'new evidence' is revealed


A German documentary investigating the sightings on July 8, 1947 claims it has uncovered new evidence, claiming the mysterious flying saucer was in fact a top secret Nazi ROCKET.

Distinguished German aeronautical engineer Georg Klein said: "I don't consider myself a crackpot or eccentric or someone given to fantasies. "This is what I saw, with my own eyes - a Nazi UFO."


Related: UFO SIGHTING: Strange Objects Zipping Across The Moon
Related: 'UFO' appears to watch NASA astronauts on ISS spacewalk

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October 18 2014

Reminding people of their religious belief system reduces hostility


Few topics can prove more divisive than religion, with some insisting it promotes compassion, selflessness and generosity, and others arguing that it leads to intolerance, isolation and even violence.

New research conducted at York University, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, may shed some light on religion's actual influence on believers – and the news is positive.

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