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The Dark Light Ages?

Good review of a book on the so-called Dark Ages (Medieval). The Dark Age Myth: An Atheist Reviews “God’s Philosophers” How the myths that led to the creation of “The Most Wrong Thing On the Internet Ever” is well documented in several recent books on the the history of science. But Hannam wisely tackles it in [...]

Things smell good for a nutritional reason

Antioxidants are natural food ingredients that protect cells from harmful influences. Their main task is to neutralize so-called "free radicals" which are produced in the process of oxidation and which are responsible for cell degeneration. Scientists...Show More Summary

The world's oldest known snake fossils: Rolling back the clock by nearly 70 million years

Fossilized remains of four ancient snakes have been dated between 140 and 167 million years old -- nearly 70 million years older than the previous record of ancient snake fossils -- and are changing the way we think about the origins of snakes.

Asteroid Flies By Earth With Its Own Moon in Tow

The asteroid and its companion were too far away to pose a threat

A commemoration of the end of slavery

A free commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. House’s passage of the 13th Amendment will be held on the anniversary of that date, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church  in Washington, D.C., where President Abraham Lincoln and his wife worshipped. The amendment was adopted Dec. 18, 1865.Read full article >>

New tattoos discovered on Oetzi!: All of the skin marks on the mummy mapped

With the aid of a non-invasive photographic technique, researchers at the EURAC-Institute for Mummies and the Iceman have been able to show up all the tattoos on the man who was found preserved in a glacier, and in the process have stumbled upon a previously unknown tattoo on his ribcage. Show More Summary

Carbon nanoballs can greatly contribute to sustainable energy supply

Researchers have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized carbon balls are added. This could result in enormous efficiency gains in the power grids of the future, which are needed to achieve a sustainable energy system. Show More Summary

Using stem cells to grow new hair

Researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss. In the United States alone, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss.

New Kannemeyeriiforme Dicynodonts From Middle Triassic China

New discoveries from the Sinokannemeyeria-Shansisuchus Assemblage Zone: 1. Kannemeyeriiformes from Shanxi, ChinaAuthor:JunAbstract:Recently, some new tetrapod fossils were collected along the Yellow River in Shanxi Province. From the...Show More Summary

Enormous ExoPlanet Ring System 200 Xs Size of Saturn's Found

Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring...

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1. “Between 2007 and 2013, the millennial population of Arlington grew by 82 percent — more than anywhere else in the country.”  And are big cities too small? 2. Even at Fox News more employees donate money to the Democrats. 3. Toyota now to pay on the basis of performance rather than seniority. 4. Flows […]

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. At 11.2 billion years old, it is the oldest star with Earth-sized planets ever found and proves that such planets have formed throughout the history of the Universe.

The origin of life: Labyrinths as crucibles of life

Water-filled micropores in hot rock may have acted as the nurseries in which life on Earth began. A team has now shown that temperature gradients in pore systems promote the cyclical replication and emergence of nucleic acids.

Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Niña event, research shows

The risk of extreme La Niña events in the Pacific Ocean could double due to global warming, new research has shown. El Niño and La Niña events are opposite phases of the natural climate phenomenon, the El Niño/Southern Oscillation. Extreme...Show More Summary

Is Ridesharing Safe?

Matthew Feeney Since the emergence of rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft there has been a steady stream of commentary and news concerning their safety. When it comes to driver background checks, insurance, privacy, and vehicle...Show More Summary

Researchers find hormone that increases the sex drive of mice

Swedish studies show that mice that receive a supplement of the "appetite hormone" ghrelin increase their sexual activity. Whether the hormone has the same impact on humans is unknown - but if it does, the researchers may have foundShow More Summary

Brain white matter changes seen in children who experience neglect

Experiencing neglect in childhood was associated with alterations in brain white matter in a study of abandoned children in Romania who experienced social, emotional, linguistic and cognitive impoverishment while living in institutions...Show More Summary

Kepler-444: 'Astro-archaeological' discovery from the dawn of time

Scientists have discovered a solar system with 5 Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy. Thanks to the NASA Kepler mission, the scientists announced today (Tuesday 27 January 2015) in The Astrophysical Journal theShow More Summary

Initial diagnostic test in ED for chest pain did not affect low rate of heart attack

Patients seen in the emergency department for chest pain who did not have a heart attack appeared to be at low risk of experiencing a heart attack during short- and longer-term follow-up and that risk was not affected by the initial diagnostic testing strategy, according to a study.

Frenemy Saudi Arabia Makes the World More Dangerous

Doug Bandow Saudi Arabia is a medieval system whose horrid human rights practices match its antiquated political system. Official Washington breathed a sigh of relief at the smooth transition after King Abdullah died last week. President...Show More Summary

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