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Earliest evidence of Aboriginal occupation of Australian coast discovered
25th May 2017 | theguardian.com | Ancient

Archaeologists find artefacts in a cave on Western Australia’s Barrow Island dating back more than 50,000 years, providing one of the earliest age brackets for the settlement of Australia


Alt: 50,000-year-old ‘Atlantis of the South’ discovered in Australia

Do humans come with a built-in sense of obligation to one another?
25th May 2017 | csmonitor.com | Humans

A study finds that children as young as three and a half years old display an understanding of shared commitments, adding to a growing body of evidence that humans are a uniquely cooperative species.

Humanizing, harmonizing effects of music aren’t a myth
25th May 2017 phys.org | Humans

Jake Harwood turned his lifelong hobby as a musician into a scholarly question: Could the sharing of music help ease interpersonal relations between people from different backgrounds, such as Americans and Arabs?

Being an Only Child Can Actually Change The Structure of Your Brain
25th May 2017 | sciencealert.com | Humans

Scientists have discovered that being an only child doesn’t just lead to behavioural differences that can set kids apart from those with siblings – it actually affects a child’s brain development, too.

Social ties help animals live longer
25th May 2017 phys.org | Animal Life

Large families and strong social ties help animals live longer, new research suggests.

In a huge study of female rhesus macaques, a scientist from the University of Exeter found those with many close female relatives have better life expectancy.


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Why All of America’s Circus Animals Could Soon be Free
25th May 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life

The curtain is about to fall for the last time on the self-dubbed “Greatest Show on Earth,” America’s biggest and longest-running traveling circus. On Sunday, after 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pump its caravan brakes permanently. Other traveling circuses may not be far behind.

Beaver dams keeps streams cool and protect sensitive fish
25th May 2017 | newscientist.com | Animal Life, Earth

Dam, what a find! Beaver dams could lower maximum water temperatures in streams – keeping temperature-sensitive fish safe from dangerous highs.

Previous studies suggested that beaver dams warm up the water, for example by expanding the water’s surface area, cutting the speed of water flow and removing shade by felling trees.

Salt from icy roads is contaminating North America’s lakes
25th May 2017 | washingtonpost.com | Earth

In the 1940s, Americans found a new way to love salt. Not simply for sprinkling on food — we’d acquired a taste for the mineral long before that — but for spreading on roads and sidewalks. Salt became a go-to method to de-ice frozen pavement.

Nearly Half of California’s Native Salmon, Steelhead and Trout on Track to Be Extinct Within 50 Years
25th May 2017 | ucdavis.edu | Animal Life

“This report should rightly be considered an alarm bell, but it should also be seen as a roadmap for how we can correct course to better support native aquatic species,” said lead report author Peter Moyle

California Grid Smashes Record – Getting 67% of Energy From Renewables
25th May 2017 | sciencealert.com | Earth

On 13 May 2017, California smashed through another renewable energy milestone as its largest grid, controlled by the California Independent System Operator (CISO), got 67.2 percent of its energy from renewables – not including hydropower or rooftop solar arrays.

China claims breakthrough in mining ‘flammable ice’
25th May 2017 | bbc.com | Earth

China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply.

Chinese authorities have described the success as a major breakthrough.

The World’s Largest Wind Turbines Have Started Generating Power in England
25th May 2017 | technologyreview.com | Earth

A single revolution of a turbine’s blades can power a home for 29 hours.

The new wind farm, actually an addition to an older facility installed a decade ago, comprises 32 of the gargantuan new turbines.


Related: EU nations set to wipe out forests and not account for emissions

Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover
25th May 2017 phys.org | Earth

The Swiss will vote in a referendum Sunday on a planned overhaul of the country’s energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

The new energy strategy has been in the making since shortly after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed in the March 2011 tsunami disaster, when the Swiss government decided to gradually close its nuclear plants.

XENON1T, the most sensitive detector on Earth searching for WIMP dark matter, releases its first result
25th May 2017 phys.org | Space

“The best result on dark matter so far—and we just got started.” This is how scientists behind XENON1T, now the most sensitive dark matter experiment world-wide, commented on their first result from a short 30-day run presented today to the scientific community.

Stars can start shining at a smaller mass than we thought
25th May 2017 | newscientist.com | Space

They may be small, but they’re still stars. New observations indicate that objects born with a mass just 6.7 per cent that of the sun can shine for trillions of years rather than fizzle out as failed stars known as brown dwarfs.


Related: First radio detection of lonely planet disk shows similarities between stars and planet-like objects

UK Government To Release “Secret Dossier” Of All British UFO Sightings After Election Next Month
25th May 2017 | iflscience.com | Weird

In a plot that sounds straight out of, if not Bond, then perhaps Kingsman (or even Jonny English), the British government is set to release previously unpublished information it holds on UFO sightings in the UK, once the general election is over in June


Related: Australian government reviews funding for UFO group
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Related: Falcon Lake incident is Canada’s ‘best-documented UFO case,’ even 50 years later

Something Weird Is Happening to the ‘Alien Megastructure’ Star
24th May 2017 | popularmechanics.com | Weird

As far as weird stars go, few are as strange as KIC 8462852, nicknamed Tabby’s star. Tabby’s star randomly dims and brightens for apparently no reason, which led some astronomers in 2015 to hypothesize that some sort of ‘alien megastructure’ was orbiting the star, occasionally blocking the light. Other scientists proposed a large asteroid field or a swarm of comets instead, but we still don’t really know what’s going on.

All of that might be about to change.


Alt: Astronomers scramble as ‘alien megastructure’ star dims again
Alt: The weirdest star in space is acting weird again. Is it aliens?

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