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Genomics and African queens: Diversity within Ethiopian genomes reveals imprints of historical events

Genomics and African queens: Diversity within Ethiopian genomes reveals imprints of historical events | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it
Researchers have started to unveil the genetic heritage of Ethiopian populations, who are among the most diverse in the world, and lie at the gateway from Africa.
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As old as Clovis sites, but not Clovis: Paisley Caves, Oregon yields Western Stemmed points, more human DNA

Western Stemmed projectile points dating to at least 13,200 calendar years ago have been uncovered in Oregon's Paisley Caves.
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Messy experiment cleans up cornstarch and water mystery

Messy experiment cleans up cornstarch and water mystery | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it
Most people buy cornstarch to make custard or gravy, but two scientists have used it to solve a longstanding physics problem with a substance known to generations of Dr. Seuss readers as “Oobleck,” and to scientists as a non-Newtonian liquid.
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Geneticists evolve fruit flies with the ability to count - it took 40 generations of selective breeding

Geneticists evolve fruit flies with the ability to count - it took 40 generations of selective breeding | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it

The research team, made up of geneticists from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and the University of California, repeatedly subjected test flies to a 20-minute mathematics training session. The flies were exposed to two, three or four flashes of light, with two or four flashes coinciding with a shake of the container the flies were kept in. Following a pause, the flies were again subjected to the flashing light, however none prepared themselves for a repeat of the shake since they could not discern a difference between two, three or four flashes. That is, until the key 40th generation of descendants were put to the test.

 

The findings back-up the theory that numerical skills such as mental arithmetic are ancient constructs. Some of the more unusual natural fans of numeracy include salamanders, newborn chicks and mongoose lemurs, all of which have demonstrated basic skills in the lab. The humble fruit fly -- which has been a popular experimental tool for geneticists since the early 1900s, its brief life span making it evolve faster -- is the first example of a test subject gaining the skills through evolution, however.


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Alzheimer's disease can be detected 25 years in advance with new blood and spinal fluid tests

Alzheimer's disease can be detected 25 years in advance with new blood and spinal fluid tests | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it

Scientists have created an ‘early signs timeline’ for Alzheimer’s disease that they believe could help experts detect the condition up to 25 years before it strikes. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 128 people with a family history of early Alzheimer’s.

 

The participants were all selected from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network, a research centre for those who are genetically predestined to develop the degenerative disease, and considered to have (at least) a 50% chance of inheriting one of three gene mutations that cause the disease.


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Novikov self-consistency principle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Novikov self-consistency principle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it
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NewsDaily: Scientists develop spray-on battery

Scientists in the United States have developed a paint that can store and deliver electrical power just like a battery.
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For dog abandoned in Everglades, help arrived on a dirt bike - Tampa Bay Times

For dog abandoned in Everglades, help arrived on a dirt bike  - Tampa Bay Times | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it
ST. PETERSBURG — Eric Gonzalez revved his dirt bike down a wide path deep in the Everglades near Miami when he saw the shape lying on the ground off in the distance.
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Impact? I want an interstellar Higgs drive please

Jon Butterworth: The "research community" seems conflicted as to how useful research should be.
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Higgs Boson humorists get mass following - CNN.com

Higgs humor has humbled me....
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Oregon cave discovery sheds new light on American Stone Age (+video)

The discovery of 13,000-year-old stone projectiles and fossilized feces indicates the existence of a second founding culture in the Americas, in addition to the Clovis culture, say researchers.
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Top 5 Summer Pet Hazards

From pests to pools, veterinarians discuss the top summer pet hazards.
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Robert Lanza » Biocentrism / Robert Lanza’s Theory of Everything

Robert Lanza, M.D. is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology, and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
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Native American populations descend from three key migrations, scientists say

Native American populations descend from three key migrations, scientists say | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that Native American populations -- from Canada to the southern tip of Chile -- arose from at least three migrations, with the majority descended entirely from a single group of First American migrants that crossed over...
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Lab-engineered muscle implants restore function in animals

Lab-engineered muscle implants restore function in animals | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it
New research shows that exercise is a key step in building a muscle-like implant in the lab with the potential to repair muscle damage from injury or disease.
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"The Missing 96%" --Higgs Boson Will Help Unravel Mystery of the Invisible Universe

Physicists hope that the...
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"Big Bang or the Big Bounce?" -- New Science Points to a Continuum

"Big Bang or the Big Bounce?" -- New Science Points to a Continuum | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it

The big bang may not have been the beginning of the universe, but merely the beginning of one of an infinite series of universes. Two fundamental concepts in physics, both of which explain the nature of the Universe in many ways, have been difficult to reconcile with each other. European researchers have developed a mathematical approach to do so that has the potential to explain what came before the Big Bang. The big bang singularity --the single point from which the entire universe is supposed to have sprung-- is the major sticking point in the big bang theory; the calculations just can't account for such a singularity. Without evidence associated with the earliest instant of the expansion, the Big Bang theory does not provide any explanation for such an initial condition.

 

According to Einstein’s (classical) theory of general relativity, space is a continuum. Regions of space can be subdivided into smaller and smaller volumes without end. The fundamental idea of quantum mechanics is that physical quantities exist in discrete packets (quanta) rather than in a continuum. Further, these quanta and the physical phenomena related to them exist on an extremely small scale (Planck scale). So far, the theories of quantum mechanics have failed to ‘quantise’ gravity. Loop quantum gravity (LQG) is an attempt to do so. It represents space as a net of quantised intersecting loops of excited gravitational fields called spin networks. This network viewed over time is called spin foam.

 

Not only does LQG provide a precise mathematical picture of space and time, it enables mathematical solutions to long-standing problems related to black holes and the Big Bang. Amazingly, LQG predicts that the Big Bang was actually a ‘Big Bounce’, not a singularity but a continuum, where the collapse of a previous universe spawned the creation of ours.

 

European researchers initiated the ‘Effective field theory for loop quantum gravity’ (EFTFORLQG) project to further develop this exciting candidate theory reconciling classical and quantum descriptions of the Universe.


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2 million-year-old Australopithecus sediba skeleton found in South Africa

2 million-year-old Australopithecus sediba skeleton found in  South Africa | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it

South African scientists claim to have uncovered the most complete skeleton yet of an ancient relative of man, hidden in a rock excavated from an archaeological site three years ago. The remains of a juvenile hominid skeleton, of the newly identified Australopithecus (southern ape) sediba species, are the most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered. The skeleton is thought to be about 2 million years old. The upright-walking tree climber would have been aged between nine and 13 years when he or she died.

 

It is not certain whether the species, which had long arms, a small brain and a thumb, was a direct ancestor of humans' genus, Homo, or simply a close relative.

 


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NewsDaily: German scientists concoct new coolant for electric cars

Scientists in Germany have come up with a new fluid for cooling the expensive batteries in electric cars and thereby extending their life, another potential step in improving the cost efficiency of electric propulsion.
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Court dog offers cuddles, calm to stressed-out families

RED BLUFF — Showing up for work with his official vest and ID card, a shaggy volunteer named Miles has been making friends in Red Bluff's courthouse while breaking the ice with anxious children.
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Tortured dog, Hope, finds forever home, reward increases for capture of abuser

On July 13, 2012, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, located in Texas, announced that Hope, the dog who was found tortured, and with five intentionally cut wou...
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Higgs boson metaphors as clear as molasses

Perhaps no field of human endeavor relies more on metaphor than science. The Big Bang. Atomic “orbits.” Evolution—is it a ladder, a tree, or a bush? This is what happens when language is...
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Clovis People Probably Not Alone in North America

Artifacts found in Oregon caves show that at least two cultures with distinct technologies shared the continent more than 13,000 years ago, scientists report.
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Vt. woman loses health, home to post-Irene mold

Vt.woman loses health, home to post-Irene mold...
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Texas judge rules atmosphere, air to be protected like water, may aid climate change lawsuits

Texas judge rules atmosphere, air to be protected like water, may aid climate change lawsuits | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it
HOUSTON — A Texas judge has ruled that the atmosphere and air must be protected for public use, just like water, which could help attorneys tasked with arguing climate change lawsuits designed to force states to cut emissions.
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