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Acne Bacteria Discovered In Grapevines Named After Rock Legend Frank Zappa
Feb 19, 2014 14:38 PM E
An acne bacteria which transferred from humans to plants 7,000 years ago has been named after the unconventional musician Frank Zappa, owing to how unusual the pathogen is. Italian researchers who discovered the bacteria on grapevines collected from northeastern Italy have given the plant pathogen the name Propionibacterium acnes type Zappae.
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Aztec Dog Burial Site Found Under Mexico City Apartments Is World's Oldest Pet Cemetery
Feb 18, 2014 18:37 PM E
A dog burial site in Mexico City may be the oldest pet cemetery ever uncovered. The dogs were buried together between 1350 and 1520 A.D. by the Aztecs, who attached religious and symbolic qualities to dogs. Rocio Morales Sanchez, an archaeologist who helped discovery the dog burial site, called it "a special finding because of the number of dogs.
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Who Was Mona Lisa? DNA Testing On Bones Found In Florence May ID Da Vinci's Model
Feb 18, 2014 12:32 PM E
The "real" Mona Lisa may be Lisa Gherardini, according to art sleuth Silvano Vinceti. Gherardini has long been thought to be the model for da Vinci's painting, and after her possible remains were uncovered in August 2013, DNA will now be drawn from her bones to match it against her confirmed relatives.
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BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Chemicals Could Cause Heart Attacks In Gulf Of Mexico Tuna
Feb 17, 2014 16:39 PM E
Crude oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill could cause heart problems in tuna, according to a study published in Science. Conducted as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the research found that a chemical in crude oil can block heart pathways, leading to heart attacks in tuna. BP dismissed the study.
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Animal Mothers Customize Breast Milk Content And Quantity Based On Offspring Gender
Feb 17, 2014 13:05 PM E
Animal mothers change the content and quantity of their breast milk depending on the gender of their offspring, acourding to a study in PLoS One. In the research, Katie Hinde of Harvard Universtiy found that male rhesus monkeys received milk richer in fat, while females received more, calcium-rich milk.
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Plastic Shopping Bags Can Be Converted Into Fuel And Other Petroleum Products, Researchers Say
Feb 14, 2014 18:39 PM E
Plastic bags may run your car one day. Researchers from the University of Illinois have created a method for converting plastic bags into diesel, gas and other petroleum products like engine oil. The method, called pyrolysis, consumes far less energy than it produces, making it a viable fuel solution.
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Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Crews Build Complex Structures Without A 'Foreman'
Feb 13, 2014 18:00 PM E
Harvard scientists have created a robotic system inspired by certain termites' methods for building large structures. Harvard's TERMES robots are able to build big, complex structures without a central controller or blueprint. Instead, the robots are able to tell what work their robot counterparts have done on the structure and then build on that.
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Corvette Sinkhole: 8 Rare Cars Swallowed Up By 40-Foot Hole Inside Kentucky Museum [VIDEO]
Feb 13, 2014 13:38 PM E
A sinkhole swallowed eight pricey Corvettes at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. No one was injured in the sinkhole collapse. The level of damage to the eight rare Corvettes isn't yet known. South central Kentucky has a karst landscape, which makes the area susceptible to sinkholes.
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Construction Workers Unearth Wooly Mammoth Tusk In Downtown Seattle
Feb 12, 2014 19:11 PM E
A wooly mammoth tusk was discovered at a Seattle construction site yesterday. The mammoth tusk was found on private property, so its fate is at yet unknown. The Burke Museum, which is "confident" that the tusk is an authentic mammoth fossil, hopes to acquire and display it.
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Urban Bees Repurpose Plastic Bags And Sealants To Build Their Hives
Feb 12, 2014 15:16 PM E
Two bee species in Canada use plastic in building their hives, according to a study published in Ecosphere. The species, Megachile campanulae and Megachile rotundata, use bits of plastic bags and building sealants like window caulking to build up to 25 percent of individual hives. “There had been anecdotal evidence of bees using plastics in their...
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Crocodiles Climb Trees To Bask In The Sun, Keep An Eye On Prey And Predators
Feb 11, 2014 15:11 PM E
Crocodiles can climb trees all the way up the a tree's crown, according to a study published in Herpetology Notes. Researchers from the University of Tennessee found that four croc species—Australian freshwater crocodiles, American crocodiles, Central African slender-snouted crocodiles and Nile crocodiles—could climb trees.
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New Non-flammable, Lithium-Ion Battery: Researchers Hope To Make Exploding Laptops And Cell Phones A Thing Of The Past
Feb 10, 2014 16:19 PM E
Researchers have created a lithium-ion battery that doesn't explode. Current lithium-ion batteries can overheat in a process known as thermal runaway, which can cause laptops, cell phones and even car batteries to burst into flames. The battery potential of perfluoropolyether, the material that makes non-flammable batteries possible, was reali...
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Gray Wolf Panel Slams Government Plan; Proposal Doesn't Use 'Best Available Science' In Decision To Remove Wolf Protections
Feb 07, 2014 16:21 PM E
A peer review panel has unanimously concluded that the gray wolf should not be removed from the endangered species list. A government proposal to delist the wolf was not based on "the best available science," the panel said. The Obama administration's plan to delist the gray wolf has been hugely controversial since it was announced in June 2013.
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850,000-Year-Old Human Footprints In UK Are Oldest Ever Found Outside Of Africa
Feb 07, 2014 12:59 PM E
British scientists have found human footprints which they believe are 850,000 years old, the oldest ever found outside of Africa. The footprints were found at the Happisburgh site, outside of Norfolk, where in 2010 flint tools unearthed there provided evidence of the earliest human species to ever inhabit the United Kingdom.
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