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1,000-year old Buddhist statue taken by Nazis came from meteorite

A thousand-year-old Buddhist statue taken from Tibet in 1938 by an SS team seeking the roots of Hitler’s Aryan doctrine was carved from a meteorite, scientists reported on Wednesday. In a paper published in an academic journal, German and Austrian researchers recount an extraordinary tale where archaeology, the Third Reich…

Science warns that your voting choices may be completely irrational

Are you voting for the more attractive candidate to represent your district in Congress?  Are you backing Barack Obama for president because you prefer the sound of his voice to that of Mitt Romney’s?  According to an article in Scientific American, you may not think you are, but issues of…

Climate change slowing down world economy, ‘most savage impact is hunger and poverty’

Climate change caused by global warming is slowing down world economic output by 1.6 percent a year and will lead to a doubling of costs in the next two decades, a major new report said. The DARA and Climate Vulnerable Forum report, which was commissioned by 20 governments and is…

Revealed: Scientists have unlocked the secrets of the ‘Squid from Hell’

Biologists on Wednesday said they had unlocked secrets about the vampire squid, a mysterious creature that feeds on the decaying dead in the unlit depths. The squid is so weird that it is known as a “phylogenetic relic.” It has the honour of occupying a taxononomic category all of its…

Researchers develop app to mimic Einstein’s brain

Researchers who always marveled at what Albert Einstein was able to do with his brain can now have their own look under the hood: a new iPad application shows slides of his fabled gray matter. Einstein’s brain was removed for study after his death of an aneurysm in 1955 by…

Syria’s extraordinary archaeological heritage falls prey to war

Syria’s extraordinary archaeological heritage has fallen prey to the fighting ravaging the country for more than 18 months, with destruction, theft and systematic looting on the rise. In a country where corruption and trafficking of archaeological artefacts and treasures was already a chronic problem, widespread clashes and a power vacuum…

Study finds similarities between ovary, breast cancers

WASHINGTON — A new study found marked molecular similarities between breast and ovarian cancer which scientists said could help lead to new treatments for hard-to-treat forms of breast cancer. The study, which was published online Sunday in the British journal Nature, uncovered pronounced genomic similarities between the basal-like subtype breast…

Historical study of castrated men offers evidence that testosterone to blame for men’s shortened lives

Scientists said Monday they have new evidence about why women live longer than men, from a study of historical data showing castrated Koreans far outlived their non-eunuch contemporaries. The study, published in the scientific journal “Current Biology,” used detailed genealogical records of the Imperial nobility during Korea’s Joseon dynasty, which…

Zombie honeybees discovered in Washington state

A novice beekeeper in Washington state said this week that he’s found evidence that a parasite which takes control of honeybees much like an imagined “zombie” virus is spreading into new areas, according to The Seattle Times. The so called zombie bees, or “zombees” for short, are created by a…

A third of Europe’s urban population exposed to air pollution

Nearly a third of Europe’s urban population is exposed to air particles that breach European Union limits, an official report said Monday. The figure more than triples if a UN health benchmark is used. In 2010, 21 percent of residents of European towns and cities breathed air with concentrations of…

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