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Ravens Use Gestures To Find Partners

December 1, 2011

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Ravens, like humans, just want to have fun. They do their survival thing and when the time is right, they seek out companionship for a good time. But how do they go about attracting the opposite sex? According to a new study published on November 29 in the journal Nature Communications, Ravens use their beaks […]

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‘Skin Bones’ Helped Large Dinosaurs Survive In Harsh Times

November 30, 2011

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A new study suggests that sauropod dinosaurs had some special bones that gave them a boost during hard times. This boost came in the form of hollow “skin bones” called osteoderms, which stored important minerals to maintain the animal’s huge skeletons and to help them lay large egg clutches. This comes in very handy for […]

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Lightning Foundry: World’s Largest Tesla Coils To Research Lightning

November 30, 2011

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World’s Largest Tesla Coils To Research Lightning

Just what causes lightning? Amazingly we still do not know. We know what it is, just not why. There have been numerous experiments to study the causality of lightning and one of the latest is being developed by Greg Leyh, using the Lightning Foundry. The Lightning Foundry is basically two ten story tall Tesla coils […]

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Crowdsourcing Experiment Aims To Decode Whale Song

November 30, 2011

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The race is on to decode whale song and you can help. A global crowdsourcing experiment may finally be what is needed to unlock the mystery of just what whale song is all about. Any “Citizen Scientists” who are interested can study about 15,000 recordings of calls by pilot whales and killer whales around the […]

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Archaeologists Inch Closer to Understanding Stonehenge

November 29, 2011

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Stonehenge Reveals Ancient Worship

What has long since been a mystery that has baffled archeologists and scientists alike, Stonehenge is starting to reveal some of its secrets. Archaeologists that are busy carrying out the largest virtual excavation of its kind believe that sun worship may have taken place at Stonehenge some 5,000 years ago; before even the stones were […]

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Shock the Brain for Faster Learning

November 29, 2011

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Shock the Brain Increase Learning

Maybe those 19th century doctors were on to something when they used electroshock therapy as treatment for a myriad of medical problems. New findings that were recently reported to the Society for Neuroscience indicate that transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) can increase the rate at which people learn. Tests were conducted on Air Force pilots […]

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Skull From China May Be The Oldest Evidence Of Human Violence

November 29, 2011

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There’s no question that we humans have been a violent species. All you need to do is watch the nightly news or any given blockbuster movie that’s short on plot, but high on explosions. One day, we may outgrow our violent nature if we are lucky. But have you ever wondered what the very first […]

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The Less Birds Know, The Better

November 29, 2011

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Knowledge a hindrance? It flies in the face of reason right? Well, in this case too much knowledge is a bad thing. A new study of European starlings suggests that too much knowledge may not be a good thing for our fine feathered friends. A pair of behavioral ecologists from the University of Oxford has […]

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New Spray Lights Up Cancer Cells

November 26, 2011

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Mouse with Glowing Cancer Cells

Doctors don’t have forever to sit around and wait for lengthy testing procedures to work while a patient lies with his chest open, but missing cancer cells after removing a tumor can have deadly consequences. Japanese researchers have now created a probe for ovarian cancer that drastically reduces the amount of time needed for results […]

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Da Vinci’s Last Supper Threatened By Air Pollution

November 24, 2011

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Da Vinci's Last Supper Threatened By Air Pollution

Da Vinci’s famous painting “The Last Supper” has managed to survive to this day, though it has faced its share of threats for centuries. (Surviving a bombing during World War II for example) Today it faces a silent, but deadly modern enemy. Air Pollution from one of Europe’s most polluted cities, Milan. The painting is […]

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Orb Spiders Have Toxic Burglar Alarms To Protect Against Web Invasion

November 23, 2011

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Orb Web Spider

Humans have all kinds of security to protect our homes, whether it is an advanced home security system, a barking dog, or just a motion activated light, so it makes sense that spiders would have their burglar alarms, alerting them to intruders attacking their web. I’m talking specifically about some Orb Spiders that take extra […]

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Nest of Juvenile Protoceratops Andrewsi Dinosaurs Discovered

November 22, 2011

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Juvenile Protoceratops Andrewsi Dinosaurs Nest Discovered

Protoceratops andrewsi was a four-legged, 6 foot long herbivorous dinosaur, with a beak-like mouth and a bony frill around the back of its neck, making it look like a small Triceratops without the three horns. (It does have hard ridges where the horns would be.) It has been described as about the size of a […]

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