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    The moon's crust was replaced with a new 'pure' material after it first solidified from a global ocean of MAGMA, study finds

    Long before the moon came to be covered in a solid, cratered crust as we know it today, it was once blanketed in a massive ocean of molten magma.Researchers say the moon was ‘completely molten’ in its early years, and remained that way until rocks eventually floated to the surface and cooled.But, while a leading theory proposes this process is responsible for the crust’s so-called ‘purity,’ in which much of the surface is composed of a single material, a new study suggests a secondary event may instead have been to blame. In the experiment, the researchers measured how quickly a ...

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    Watch Toyota's latest robot balance on one foot as it mimics the movement of a human

    Toyota has unveiled a new humanoid robot that can mimic the actions of a human operator, allowing it to do everything from balancing on one foot to squeezing a balloon without popping it.The new system relies on a remote control ‘Master Maneuvering System’, which uses an array of sensors to directly communicate physical movements to the robot.According to the creators, this could be used to assist people at home, hospitals, or one day, even in space.  Toyota has unveiled a new humanoid robot that can mimic the actions of a human operator, allowing it to do everything from balancing on ...

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    Android devices covertly send location data to Google even when users DISABLE the setting

    Your Android smartphone could be tracking your every move, even when location services are switched off, it has emerged.Handsets running the Google-developed operating system collect information about where you have been, transmitting it back whenever they connect to the internet.They continue to do so, even when there is no SIM card inserted or apps running, it is claimed. Your Android smartphone could be tracking your every move, even when location services switched off. This image shows information sent from one of the gadgets to Google, revealing the location of a nearby mobile transmitter tower PRIVACY CONCERNS The finding raises worrying privacy ...

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    The 'dangerous' myth of the mad scientist: Expert warns common misconception about lone researchers can cause public to reject facts

    Picture a scientist. Seriously, right now. I'm not going to discuss the nature of the person that you have in your mind (although I am going to guess: White? Male? Crazy hair? That's not surprising, but another topic entirely).I'm more curious about what they are doing.It's a relatively safe bet that the scientist in your head is sitting somewhere in front of some very intimidating looking equipment, researching as hard as they can.  Scientist and inventor Rick Sanchez of the animated series Rick and Morty embodies the erroneous popular archetype of the scientist as eccentric lone genius WHY THE 'LONE GENIUS' ...

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    Incredible remains of Viking camp, complete with battle-axes and arrows, are unearthed in a Derbyshire village after being hidden for more than 1,000 years

    Archaeologists have unearthed workshops from a Viking camp dating to a winter in the 870s.The new discoveries were located at a campsite in the small village of Repton, Derbyshire, which has been known about since the 1970s.There were fragments of Saxon millstones and a cross fragment from the monastery, as well as broken pieces of weaponry including fragments of battle-axes and arrows. Techniques including ground penetrating radar were used to reveal evidence for workshops and ship repairs over a much larger area.   A team from the University of Bristol also discovered structures, dating from the winter of 873-874, such as paths ...

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    How climate change triggered three major waves of immigration to America in the 19th century by German families like Donald Trump’s

    Climate change triggered three major waves of immigration to America in the 19th century, new research shows.More than 5 million Germans moved to North America during the 180's, including the ancestors of Donald Trump and the Heinz family.The century saw a number of brutal winters and extreme weather events in Western Europe, such as droughts and floods, as well as glacier advances in the Alps.These conditions led to many Germans crossing the Atlantic for greener pastures, the researchers claim.The team says their study sheds light on how global warming could spark mass movements of 'climate migrants' in future. Researchers at ...

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    Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of toxic particles near a major nuclear plant, but STILL won't say if it's to blame for creating a mystery radioactive cloud over Europe

    Since October, spikes in radioactive particles have been detected across Europe - the source of which remained unclear. Now, Russia's meteorological service has confirmed 'extremely high' concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in the country in late September.The news appears to confirm European reports that the spikes across Europe came from a nuclear accident in Russia, but the country is yet to confirm this.   While the source of the pollution remains unclear, the highest concentration was registered at the station in Argayash, a village in the Chelyabinsk region in the southern Urals, which had 'extremely high pollution' of Ru-106 WHERE DID ...

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    Life from Earth may ALREADY exist on alien planets after being carried there by tiny specks of space dust

    Space dust may have transported alien bugs to Earth and terrestrial microbes to other planets, research suggests.The theory comes from scientists in Edinburgh who have studied powerful flows of interplanetary dust that can travel through space at up to 43.75 miles per second (70km/s).They calculated that small bio-particles floating high in the atmosphere at an altitude of 93 miles (150 km) or more could be knocked free of the Earth's gravity by incoming space dust.  Space dust may have transported alien bugs to Earth - or terrestrial microbes to other planets, research suggests. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this ...

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    What REALLY happened at Chernobyl: New theory says a nuclear and not a steam explosion came first

    Scientists have proposed a new theory that could rewrite the timeline of the Chernobyl disaster.After eyewitnesses reported seeing two major explosions on April 26, 1986, it’s widely been believed that the first of these was a blast of steam, caused by energy from the hot cooling water and a nuclear surge across the reactor core.The new analysis, however, suggests a nuclear explosion came first.This explosive event within the reactor would have launched a jet of debris as high as 3,000 meters, followed by the steam explosion that would have caused the reactor to rupture.  After eyewitnesses reported seeing two major ...

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    How our teeth evolved from the armoured scales of primitive shark-like fish

    Teeth grew from the scales of primitive shark-like fish, new evidence has shown. The study found similarities between teeth and small, fang-like scales found on modern cartilaginous fish such as sharks, skates and rays.This suggests that the two evolved from a common source, which the researchers say is likely armoured plating used by ancient fish around 400 million years ago.Our teeth could represent a direct link between us and our distant fishy ancestors, the research shows.  Teeth grew from the scales of primitive shark-like fish, new evidence has shown. The study found similarities between teeth and small, fang-like scales (pictured) found ...

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    Babies understand you more than you think: Children as young as six months know when the meaning of different words are related

    Babies understand more speech than parents think and can link words to objects at a very young age, a study found.At just six months they recognise the meanings of some words are more similar than others, researchers found.For example young children were able to tell words like car and pram were more alike than words such as car and juice.The researchers claim that parents should talk to their children as much as possible because they are always listening and learning from what you say.   Babies understand more speech than parents think and can link words to objects at a very ...

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    Fresh warnings over 'The Big One' as study finds seafloor sediments off the Pacific Northwest could unleash a megaquake AND a tsunami

    The threat of ‘The Big One’ has long loomed over the Pacific Northwest, where several major cities from Vancouver down to northern California are cradled by the 620-mile-long Cascadia Subduction Zone.The geological record shows the area is due for a major earthquake, which would likely be followed by a massive tsunami.Now, a new study has confirmed the region just off the coast of Washington has the ingredients for a megaquake.  Researchers found that such a quake may be more likely to strike off the coast of Washington and northern Oregon than regions further south along the subduction zone. Seismic data ...

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    Mystery of who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls may FINALLY be revealed after the discovery of 2,200-year-old skeletons linked to a celibate Jewish brotherhood

    More than 30 newly discovered 2,200-year-old skeletons could finally help to reveal who wrote the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls.Remains found near the site where the scrolls were discovered suggest the bodies were linked to an celibate Jewish brotherhood known as the Essenes.The Dead Sea Scrolls have fascinated scholars and historians since the ancient texts were found around 70 years ago scattered within a series of caves in the West Bank.Thought to have been written between 200 BC and 100 AD, the scrolls inscribe some of the oldest known foundations of the Old Testament.Despite experts citing the texts as among the biggest archaeological finds of ...

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    The 'good boy' hormone: Researchers find oxytocin makes dogs focus on friendly smiling faces

    Oxytocin, a hormone involved in social bonding, influences what dogs see and how they experience the world around them, a new study has found. Normally, dogs focus on the most remarkable aspect of a situation, for example threatening stimuli in scary situations - an important skill for survival. But the new study found that dogs under the influence of oxytocin were more likely to focus on smiling human faces than angry ones.   Pictured top left are examples of two images shown to the dogs treated with oxytocin during the experiment. Left is an angry face, and right is a happy face. Circles ...

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    Bronze Age boys in Russia ATE their pet dogs during sacred 'werewolf' rituals in an attempt to take on the canines' killer instincts, according to 4,000-year-old charred bones

    Around 4,000 years ago in Russia, groups of Bronze Age boys were encouraged to travel to a small village to consume their dogs and take on their killer instincts.That is the finding of a new study, which examined the charred remains of animals butchered and cooked for nearly a century, sometime between 1900 and 1700 BC.It is believed the ritual was a rite of passage for boys in the region, as they trained to become bronze age warriors in sacred rituals.Some experts believe this kind of ceremony may be connected to the origins of stories of werewolves found in both ...

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