Ancient shoulders show signs of humanity’s ape-like past

Ancient shoulders show signs of humanity’s ape-like pastNews from Washington Post:
By Rachel Feltman September 9 at 8:32 AM
In some ways, chimpanzees seem less primitive than humans. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A new study puts the burden of humanity’s evolution on our shoulders. Like, literally on our shoulders. By examining the shoulder blades of two early human Australopithecus species, researchers believe they’ve found further evidence that humans and apes sha……………. continues on Washington Post
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Scientists look to re-animate ancient, giant ‘Frankenvirus’ found in SiberiaNews from Fox NewsSmilie: :Published September 09, 2015

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Shouldering the burden of evolution – Phys.Org

Shouldering the burden of evolution – Phys.OrgNews from Shouldering the burden of evolution – Phys.Org:Shouldering the burden of evolution
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‘Super-Henge’ Revealed: A New English Mystery Is UncoveredNews from Live Science:

An artist’s depiction of how the stones at Durrington Walls may have been positioned.Credit: © LBI ArchPro, Juan Torrejón Valdelomar, Joachim Brandtner

The remains of a massive stone monument, 15 times the size of Stonehenge and located just 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away from the famous site, were recently discovered by British archaeologists.
The stone monoliths were found buried beneath the bank of the Durrington Walls “super-henge,” [...] Continue Reading…

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Scientists Uncover Dolphin Fossils That May Provide Hints to Ancient Sea Level …

Scientists Uncover Dolphin Fossils That May Provide Hints to Ancient Sea Level …News from ABC News:Scientists Uncover Dolphin Fossils That May Provide Hints to Ancient Sea Level Rise Video – ABC News continues on ABC News
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Nearly all of the world’s seabirds have eaten plastic, study estimatesNews from Washington Post:
By Elahe Izadi September 1 at 5:50 PM
This 2013 photo shows a red-footed booby on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. (Britta Denise Hardesty/Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation/AP)
Eating plastic that’s floating in the water is so common for seabirds that an estimated 90 [...] Continue Reading…

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The Cosmic Butterfly of Death

The Cosmic Butterfly of DeathNews from Discovery News:

Two dying stars are in a dance of death in this spectacular image of the Twin Jet planetary nebula.
The butterfly shape is created by the stellar ballet of the two sun-like stars at the end of their lives.
The primary star of this binary system is now a red giant, between 1.0 and 1.4 times the mass of the sun. It’s blowing away its outer gaseous envelope to expose its stellar core and will eventually contract into a white dwarf.
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Tiny energetic neutrinos that could have come from galaxies spotted in Antarctica

Tiny energetic neutrinos that could have come from galaxies spotted in AntarcticaNews from Nature World Report:

Scientists have confirmed the presence of cosmic neutrinos buried deep with Antarctic’s ice sheets. These tiny, energetic particles called neutrinos could have arrived from galaxies such as our Milky Way and beyond.

Researchers have sorted through the billions of subatomic particles that zip through its frozen cubic-kilometer-sized detector each year to gather powerful new evidence in support of 2013 observations confirming the existence of cosmic neutrinos.
Between May 2010 and May 2012, IceCube recorded more than 35,000 neutrinos. However, only about 20 of those neutrino events [...] Continue Reading…

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NASA’s Cassini Probe Takes One Last Pass at Saturn’s Ice Moon, Dione

NASA’s Cassini Probe Takes One Last Pass at Saturn’s Ice Moon, DioneNews from PC Magazine:

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Take one last look at Dione, Earth, because Cassini is about to embark on its final chapter.

Earlier this week, NASA’s interplanetary peeping tom, Cassini, made its final up-close encounter with one of Saturn’s most enigmatic satellites, the tiny ice moon, Dione. This latest approach came—in an impressive feat of cosmic navigation—within only 295 miles of Dione’s surface. To put that number in some context, it’s only slightly more than the distance between Boston and Philadelphia (an earlier approach came within only 60 [...] Continue Reading…

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China’s carbon count could be overstated by 14 pct

China’s carbon count could be overstated by 14 pctNews from Nature – Reuters:

BEIJING Aug 19 International organisations could be overestimating emissions from China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gasbecause of problems in the way they calculate their data, said a study published by Nature on Wednesday.

With talks on a new global climate accord set to take place in Paris in December, China, the world’s biggest producer of climate-warming gas, has promised to bring emissions to a peak by “around 2030″, but it remains unclear how much CO2 China is actually producing and how much it will produce [...] Continue Reading…

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‘First flowers’ may have ‘bloomed’ in water, not on land, fossils suggest

‘First flowers’ may have ‘bloomed’ in water, not on land, fossils suggestNews from Los Angeles Times:

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By analyzing more than 1,000 fossil remains, scientists have discovered that an unassuming, 130-million-year-old water-dwelling plant could be one of Earth’s first flowering plants.
Montsechia vidalii, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could change many theories about how angiosperms, or plants with the ability to produce flowers, first came to be.
“Because it is so ancient and is totally aquatic,” the study authors wrote, this extinct freshwater plant “raises questions centered on the very early evolutionary history [...] Continue Reading…

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Bizarre undersea critter: What’s a ‘Flying spaghetti monster’?

Bizarre undersea critter: What’s a ‘Flying spaghetti monster’?News from Christian Science Monitor:
It’s white. It’s weird. It looks like a bowl of noodles turned upside down underwater. What is it? It’s a “flying spaghetti monster.”
Actually, “it” (the bizarre-looking creature) is Bathyphysa conifer, a deep-sea critter that was recently seen swimming off the coast of Angola. Workers at the oil and gas company BP videotaped this strange-looking animal while collecting video footage some 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) under the sea with a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). Not knowing what the noodle-armed creature was, the BP crewmembers named it after what they [...] Continue Reading…

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Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented ‘nuclear war’ on Earth

Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented ‘nuclear war’ on EarthNews from Fox NewsSmilie: :Published August 15, 2015

From “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “E.T.,” pop culture is filled with stories about friendly, curious extraterrestrials visiting Earth to learn more about mankind. For Apollo 14 veteran Edgar Mitchell that plotline is less fiction than it is reality. The sixth man to walk the surface of the moon told Mirror online that he believes peace-keeping aliens visited our planet to prevent a nuclear war between Russia and the United States.
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