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Experts Doubt Claims of 'Hidden Chambers' in King Tut's Tomb

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:23 AM

At a March 17 newsconference, officials at Egypt's antiquities ministry released radar data that they said of . The scans, carried out by Japanese radar technologist Hirokatsu Watanabe, "suggest the presence of two empty spaces or cavities beyond the decorated North and West walls of the burial chamber," they said in a statement. The scans also suggest the "presence of metallic and organic substances," and show what cou ... Full Story

12 Supereruptions Pockmark Path of Yellowstone Hotspot

Tuesday March 29, 2016    4:43 PM

A dozen of these took place along the Yellowstone hotspot track, researchers reported Feb. 10 in the journal . The trail of eruptions marks where the North American tectonic plate sailed over a superhot blob of ... Full Story

Beetle's chemical signal tells mate, 'Honey, I'm not in the mood'

Saturday March 26, 2016    9:26 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When a female "burying beetle" is focused on caring for babies and not making new ones, she releases a chemical signal to her libidinous mate that says in no uncertain terms, "Honey, I'm not in the mood." Scientists describ ... Full Story

Mindfulness Meditation May Reduce Low Back Pain

Saturday March 26, 2016    9:26 PM

In the study, a group of people with chronic  participated in an eight-week program called mindfulness-based stress reduction, which involved using meditation to increase their awareness of the present moment, and their acceptance of difficult thoughts and feelings, including their pain. About six months after the start of the study, the people ... Full Story

Diminutive 'Hobbit' people vanished earlier than previously known

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:23 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The extinct human species dubbed the "Hobbit" vanished from its home on the Indonesian island of Flores far earlier than previously thought, according to scientists who suspect our species may have had a hand in these diminutive people's demise. Researchers on Wednesday said they recalculated the age of bones of the species, named Homo floresiensis, found inside a Flores cave, and determined it disappeared about 50,000 years ago rather than 12,000 years ago as previously ... Full Story

Man-Made Earthquake Hotspot Revealed: Oklahoma

Tuesday March 29, 2016    4:43 PM

The culprit? are creating the shaky conditions in a region of the central and eastern U.S., the USGS seismologists say. USGS scientists just released their first map that includes earthquake risks from both natural and human-induced causes for the coming year. Until now, the government agency included only temblor risks linked to natural ca ... Full Story

Tiny Artificial Life: Lab-Made Bacterium Sports Smallest Genome Yet

Saturday March 26, 2016    9:26 PM

The newly created bacterium, which can metabolize nutrients and self-replicate (divide and reproduce), brings the team one step closer to building with particular functionalities, they said. The artificial bacterium has only 473 genes, compared with the thousands that exist in wild bacteria. T ... Full Story

With the Right 'Words,' Science Can Pull Anyone In (Op-Ed)

Saturday March 26, 2016    9:26 PM

To paraphrase Galileo, "The book of nature is written in mathematical characters."  The language that physicists and astronomers use to describe the natural world around us and the vast cosmos above us is just that â?? mathematics. It's through theoretical equations, data analysis number-crunching, and hardcore computer simulations that scientists pry open nature's secrets from her jealous hands. [] Mathematics is a fantastic tool, revealing more about the universe than we could've ever dreamt when the first scientists started applying rigorous methods to their natural philosophy. But that blessing is also a curse. Mathematics, the language that proves so adept at describing nature, is not the easiest language to tr ... Full Story
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