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Old 11-19-2008, 12:50 PM   #876
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/18/sc...pc&oref=slogin

Found: An Ancient Monument to the Soul

In a mountainous kingdom in what is now southeastern Turkey, there lived in the eighth century B.C. a royal official, Kuttamuwa, who oversaw the completion of an inscribed stone monument, or stele, to be erected upon his death. The words instructed mourners to commemorate his life and afterlife with feasts “for my soul that is in this stele.”
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The Proud Indians of Chiapas

Inside the church of San Juan de Chamula, a fine cloud of smoke filled the air. It rose in wisps from hundreds of thin, white candles, perched delicately on the floor in ranks of 5, 10, 20, 40. Scattered around them lay a loose carpet of pine needles, the green arcs overlapping in dizzying patterns. The scents of pine resin, melted wax and burning wick mingled in my nose, and the chanted prayers of the indigenous Chamulans — who knelt before the candles, with bottles of Coca-Cola and pox, a homemade sugar-cane liquor pronounced posh, at their sides — made me feel as if I’d entered another, more mysterious universe.
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Woolly rhino's ancient migration
By Paul Rincon
Science Reporter, BBC News


Woolly rhino spread west into Europe during a cold snap

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Palaeontologists have pieced together the fossilised skull of the oldest example yet found of a woolly rhinoceros in Europe.
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Dig turns up dark end of a loving Flintstones family



A set of ancient skeletons discovered in Germany has demonstrated that, just like the Flintstones, Stone Age humans formed nuclear families.

Genetic analysis of four bodies found in a 4,600-year-old grave shows that they belonged to a mother, a father and their two sons, who were buried together in one another’s arms.

The Neolithic remains, which belong to a man aged between 40 and 60, a woman aged between 35 and 50, and boys aged 4 to 5 and 8 to 9, provide the earliest firm evidence for the existence of nuclear family units.

They may also bear witness to an ancient massacre: they were interred along with nine others in four graves, and many of the bodies show signs of a violent end. One female had a stone projectile head embedded in a vertebra, another had a fractured skull, and others had cut marks on their hands and forearms consistent with self-defence.
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Borrowers heal ancient Egyptian coffin smashed in 1969 protest
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New theory says autism and schizophrenia same disease
November 18th, 2008 by Klintron

Their idea is, in broad outline, straightforward. Crespi and Badcock propose that an evolutionary tug of war between genes from the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg can, in effect, tip brain development in one of two ways. A strong bias toward the father pushes a developing brain along the autistic spectrum, toward a fascination with objects, patterns, mechanical systems, at the expense of social development. A bias toward the mother moves the growing brain along what the researchers call the psychotic spectrum, toward hypersensitivity to mood, their own and others’. This, according to the theory, increases a child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later on, as well as mood problems like bipolar disorder and depression.

In short: Autism and schizophrenia represent opposite ends of a spectrum that includes most, if not all, psychiatric and developmental brain disorders. The theory has no use for psychiatry’s many separate categories for disorders, and it would give genetic findings an entirely new dimension.
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New levitation technique floats water with noise



Some musical shake, rattle and roll has led Belgian physicists to develop a new kind of levitation. It only works for tiny drops of liquid, but could provide a new way to handle biological or forensic samples without contaminating them.

Researchers at University of Liège, Belgium, set out to recreate the way water droplets spilt on speakers danced to the bass vibrations. They substituted a vibrating bath of oil for the speakers and released 1-millimetre-wide droplets of a less viscous oil on top.
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A kind of chemical remote control has been developed by UK chemists who are able to mix and separate oily and watery fluids on demand.

The chemical, which is triggered by light, can also command microscopic nanoparticles suspended in a liquid to neatly separate themselves out for collection.

While mixing together two liquids, or mixing a powder into a liquid, is easy, reversing the process is a vastly trickier proposition.

Chemists regularly wish they could perform such tricks, says Julian Eastoe, a chemist at the University of Bristol in the UK - such as after adding expensive catalytic nanoparticles to an industrial reaction mixture.

"These particles are so small that they are almost impossible to recover," he says. It is only possible using costly processes like heating to high temperatures or ultra-high-speed centrifugation.

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Mysterious electrons may be sign of dark matter

The search continues

With so many unanswered questions, will we ever be able to say conclusively that dark matter has been spotted? Wefel thinks that experiments such as the recently launched Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope should continue to discover new possible sources of dark matter. These sources will need to be studied in other wavelengths and with other instruments in order to determine their properties.

"Then we shall see if any of them have the capability to produce the electron signal that ATIC observed," says Wefel. "How long do you search before you give up? I can't say but I suspect we'll keep going until Fermi and other instruments run out of new source discoveries. Meanwhile other experiments will try to study the electrons in more detail to see if they can 'pin down' the signature of dark matter annihilation."

However the pieces fit together, other experts say the ATIC discovery is intriguing. That's because there are still some questions about what accelerates electrons and other charged particles in space, called cosmic rays.

"Even if it proves not to be dark matter, the puzzle of how very high-energy cosmic rays are produced is still a mystery, and this work will help shed some light on it," thinks Andy Taylor, an astrophysicist from the University of Edinburgh.
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Real-life 'gremlin' rediscovered in the wild

On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists have observed a living pygmy tarsier - one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates - for the first time in more than 80 years.

Over a two-month period, the scientists used nets to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers - two males and one female - on Mount Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park. They spotted a fourth one that got away.

The tarsiers, which some scientists believed were extinct, may not have been overly thrilled to be found. One of them bit Sharon Gursky-Doyen, from Texas A&M University, who took part in the expedition.

"I'm the only person in the world to ever be bitten by a pygmy tarsier," says Gursky-Doyen.

"My assistant was trying to hold him still while I was attaching a radio collar around his neck," she says. "It's very hard to hold them because they can turn their heads around 180°. As I was trying to close the radio collar, he turned his head and nipped my finger."

The collars were being attached so the tarsiers' movements could be tracked through their remote habitat.
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Woman receives windpipe built from her stem cells

A Colombian woman has become the world's first recipient of windpipe tissue constructed from a combination of donated tissue and her own cells.

Stem cells harvested from the woman's bone marrow were used to populate a stripped-down section of windpipe received from a donor, which was then transplanted into her body in June.

"Surgeons can now start to see and understand the very real potential for adult stem cells and tissue engineering to radically improve their ability to treat patients," says Martin Birchall, professor of surgery at the University of Bristol, UK, and a member of the team which constructed the windpipe tissue. "We believe this success has proved that we are on the verge of a new age in surgical careMovie Camera."
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10 Hilarious ACME Products

by Hein Marais, Oct 18, 2008
ACME is the fictional company that was used in several cartoons and TV shows like Bugs Bunny and The Road Runner. They had the funniest and most innovative products to help any cartoon character out of the weirdest situation. Or did they help at all?
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Cool Spy Gadgets for the James Bond Within You
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Is global warming forcing Bigfoot to move north?
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Ants' Metropolis

You have to see it to believe it - what scientist uncovered when they filled ant's tunnels with cement... The structure that simply boggles the mind.
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