News Desk

The first humans arrived in North America a lot earlier than believed
23rd January 2017 nouvelles.umontreal.ca | Ancient

The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now been set back 10,000 years.

The earliest settlement date of North America, until now estimated at 14,000 years Before Present (BP) according to the earliest dated archaeological sites, is now estimated at 24,000 BP, at the height of the last ice age or Last Glacial Maximum.


Alt: The first humans arrived in North America a lot earlier than believed

How the panda’s ‘thumb’ evolved twice
23rd January 2017 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Giant pandas and the distantly related red pandas may have independently evolved an extra ‘digit’ — a false thumb — through changes to the same genes.

Smartwatches know you’re getting a cold days before you feel ill
23rd January 2017 | newscientist.com | Tech

Once we had palm-reading, now we have smartwatches. Wearable tech can now detect when you’re about to fall ill, simply by tracking your vital signs.

Play an instrument? You probably react faster, too
23rd January 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Humans

Could learning to play a musical instrument help the elderly react faster and stay alert?

Quite likely, according to a new study by Université de Montréal’s School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, part of UdeM’s medical faculty.

How the brain perceives rhythm
23rd January 2017 news.mit.edu | Humans

When it comes to perceiving music, the human brain is much more tuned in to certain types of rhythms than others, according to a new study from MIT.

A team of neuroscientists has found that people are biased toward hearing and producing rhythms composed of simple integer ratios — for example, a series of four beats separated by equal time intervals (forming a 1:1:1 ratio).

A New Tsunami-warning System
23rd January 2017 | whoi.edu | Earth, Tech

After successfully testing a long-range underwater communications system that worked under Arctic Ocean ice, an engineering team at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) adapted it for a very different environment—the tropics—and for a different purpose—to provide warnings of impending tsunamis.


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Plans for world’s first ‘floating city’ unveiled: Radical designs could be built in the Pacific Ocean in 2019
23rd January 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Earth, Misc., Tech

The world’s first floating city is set to appear in the Pacific Ocean off the island of Tahiti.

The government of French Polynesia has signed a deal with Seasteading Institute to begin construction work in just two years.

It may seem like an ambitious plan, by the group believes semi-independent cities would be the perfect place to try new modes of government and agricultural method.

China scraps construction of 85 planned coal power plants
23rd January 2017 | independent.co.uk | Earth

China has suspended 85 planned coal power plants in a bid to meet a government coal capacity target laid out in its latest plan for social and economic development.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) announced the under-construction projects would no longer go ahead as part of measures outlined in its Five Year Plan, Greenpeace reports.

Warming could disrupt Atlantic Ocean current
23rd January 2017 | sciencenews.org | Earth

Spewing too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could shut down the major ocean current that ferries warm water to the North Atlantic, new climate simulations suggest. While not as extreme as the doomsday scenario portrayed in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, such a shutdown could cause wintertime temperatures to plummet by an estimated 7 degrees Celsius or more in northwestern Europe and shift rainfall patterns across the globe.

Bolivian Water Crisis as Glaciers Vanish
23rd January 2017 indiancountrymedianetwork.com | Earth

The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought for at least 25 years.

Much of the water supply to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, and the neighbouring El Alto, Bolivia’s second largest city, comes from the glaciers in the surrounding Andean mountains.

Science Is Vindicating the Gaia Hypothesis, Which Posits That Planets Are Living Things
23rd January 2017 nautil.us | Earth, Space

Can a planet be alive? Lynn Margulis, a giant of late 20th-century biology, who had an incandescent intellect that veered toward the unorthodox, thought so. She and chemist James Lovelock together theorized that life must be a planet-altering phenomenon and the distinction between the “living” and “nonliving” parts of Earth is not as clear-cut as we think. Many members of the scientific community derided their theory, called the Gaia hypothesis, as pseudoscience, and questioned their scientific integrity. But now Margulis and Lovelock may have their revenge.

A Fight Over a Sacred Mountaintop Will Shape the Future of Astronomy
23rd January 2017 gizmodo.com | Earth, Space

For years, it seemed as if the future of the Thirty Meter Telescope was writ in the stars. The enormous, next-generation observatory would explore the birth of galaxies and seek signs of life on alien worlds from atop the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea, one of the best places on Earth to study the sky.

As Above, So Below—a Brain and Sky Coincidence
23rd January 2017 | psychologytoday.com | Earth, Humans, Weird

An electromagnetic parallel exists between our brains and our atmosphere.

Hermes Trismegistus, thought to be an an ancient Egyptian philosopher, wrote “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below…” The phrase has been summarized as “As above, so below.

‘Hot Jupiter’ detected around nearby variable star
23rd January 2017 phys.org | Space

Astronomers have detected a new “hot Jupiter” exoplanet orbiting a nearby T Tauri star known as TAP 26. The newly detected alien world, designated TAP 26 b, is about 66 percent more massive than Jupiter and is orbiting its parent star approximately every 10 days. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 6 on arXiv.org.

The dinosaurs might have died a much slower death than we thought
23rd January 2017 | sciencealert.com | Ancient

Freezing temperatures and a blanket of darkness spelled the end for the non-avian dinosaurs roughly 66 million years ago, according to a new study that suggests this massive extinction period was far more complicated than we thought.

Rock samples suggest oxygen levels during ‘Lomagundi Event’ were high enough to support life development progress
23rd January 2017 phys.org | Ancient

A small team of researchers in the U.S. has found evidence in rock samples that suggests that oxygen levels during the Lomagundi Event were high enough to support the advancement of life on Earth.

Microbes Could Survive Thin Air of Mars
22nd January 2017 | astrobio.net | Space

Microbes that rank among the simplest and most ancient organisms on Earth could survive the extremely thin air of Mars, a new study finds.

The Martian surface is presently cold and dry, but there is plenty of evidence suggesting that rivers, lakes and seas covered the Red Planet billions of years ago. Since there is life virtually wherever there is liquid water on Earth, scientists have suggested that life might have evolved on Mars when it was wet, and life could be there even now.

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