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Scientists Introduce Bizarre Dinosaur

Meet Deinocheirus, even stranger than expected

(Newser) - A half-century ago, researchers found two arms in the Mongolian desert that clearly belonged to a big dinosaur—they were eight feet long and ended in nasty claws. But that was it, and so they named the mysterious creature Deinocheirus mirificus, which roughly translates into “unusual horrible hand,"... More »

Introverts, Avoid Coffee Before Big Meetings

It might do way more harm than good, says author

(Newser) - Introverts preparing for a big meeting might think that coffee beforehand will give them a needed jolt in performance. In fact, the opposite may be true, reports New York mag. The insight comes from a newly released book by psychologist Brian Little, who writes in Me, Myself, and Us that... More »

Humans Stayed Lactose Intolerant Long After Dawn of Dairy Operations

Trait showed up thousands of years after first cheese-making

(Newser) - Humans have been running relatively advanced dairy operations for more than 7,000 years—the first cheese dates back to then —so it seems logical to assume that human bodies have been able to process milk for just as long. Turns out, that assumption is off by thousands of... More »

Ancient Temple in Ukraine Is Full of Animal Bones

Ukraine site holds possible game pieces, hair decorations

(Newser) - Researchers working in Ukraine are revealing a stunning find: a temple that's older than the invention of writing, LiveScience reports. The temple of wood and clay, which measures 197 feet by 66 feet, contains lots of animal bones—perhaps the remains of animals sacrificed on the building's eight... More »

Scientists: Jack the Ripper ID Was Based on Error

They cite 'error of nomenclature'

(Newser) - Last month brought the news that Jack the Ripper had been identified , at least according to an amateur detective who claimed in a new book that DNA evidence from a blood-soaked shawl found near one of the victims pointed to a Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski. But Russell Edwards' claim... More »

New Batteries Take 2 Minutes to Recharge 70%

And they last 20 years

(Newser) - In a piece of good news for both the environment and impatient people, scientists in Singapore are announcing a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that takes only two minutes to reach a 70% charge. What's more, the batteries last about 20 years, Science Daily reports. The key to the quick charge... More »

Archaeologists Uncover Giant Sphinx in Calif. Dunes

Cecil B. DeMille buried 'Ten Commandments' set in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

(Newser) - Archaeologists parted the sands in California to excavate one of the last remnants of old-time Hollywood: a giant plaster sphinx from the set of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. The director buried props from the epic movie (the 1923 silent black-and-white version, not the 1956 Charlton Heston blockbuster)... More »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including a potential Alzheimer's breakthrough

(Newser) - A Hollywood relic and a revelation about Alexander the Great's dad are among the week's top discoveries:
  • Archaeologists Make Giant Find Under California Dunes : Scientists parted the sands in California to excavate one of the last remnants of old-time Hollywood: a giant plaster sphinx from the set of
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Huge Mountains Fed Ocean Life 600M Years Ago

Range stretched 1.5K miles from Africa to South America

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered evidence of an ancient mountain range that spread 1,550 miles from Africa to South America back when the two continents were one. And strange as it may sound, the massive mountain range on the supercontinent Gondwana, similar in size to the Himalayas, actually fed our oceans... More »

Plants Suck Up More CO2 Than Thought

Finding makes climate fight 'slightly easier,' experts say

(Newser) - Some rare good news in the fight against climate change: Plants are an even greater ally than we knew, absorbing around 16% more carbon than previously thought, according to new research. University of Texas researchers took a fresh look at climate models and at how CO2 is absorbed by plants,... More »

Archaeologists Find Rare Iron Age Chariot Parts

Bronze fittings likely belonged to a nobleman

(Newser) - Archaeologists digging around the site of an ancient community in England have made what one calls a "once-in-a-career discovery"—bronze fittings from a chariot dating back to the Iron Age, reports LiveScience . The intricately designed pieces were crafted around the second or third century BC and seem to... More »

Is Grisly Tale of King Harold True? Hunt for Body Begins

Grounds at Essex's Waltham Abbey Church to be scanned

(Newser) - King Harold II's death is immortalized in the Bayeux Tapestry, which shows England's final Anglo-Saxon king taking an arrow to the eye during the Battle of Hastings on Oct. 14, 1066; Norman knights then were said to have hacked him to pieces. Now, a team is tugging on... More »

Scientists Create 'Alzheimer's in a Dish'

Breakthrough will make drug testing much easier

(Newser) - A huge breakthrough in Alzheimer's research—and one that doesn't involve tests on mice: Scientists have successfully created "Alzheimer's in a dish" using human brain cells in research that will make it much cheaper and easier to test new anti-Alzheimer's drugs, reports the New York ... More »

Study Finds Evidence of Some Form of Life After Death

Largest scientific study of its kind finds awareness can continue for minutes

(Newser) - There have long been stories of near-death or out-of-body experiences, but as researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK note, "objective studies on these experiences are limited." So they decided to investigate whether these claims corresponded with actual events. Their conclusion: It does seem to be... More »

New Evidence: Alexander the Great's Dad in Greek Tomb

Remains belong to Macedonian King Philip II, archaeologist says

(Newser) - Remains found in an ancient tomb at Vergina nearly 40 years ago belong to none other than Alexander the Great's father, Greek researchers say. Their evidence: The bones and cremated remains show signs of violence that jibe with the life of Macedonian King Philip II, a warrior who lost... More »

Scientists Determine Your 'Optimal' Amount of Sleep

7.6 hours for women, 7.8 hours for men

(Newser) - Suspect you're not getting enough sleep? You can now verify whether that is indeed the case. In a study published last month in the journal Sleep , researchers claim to have determined exactly how much sleep we need: 7.6 hours for women and 7.8 hours for men. The... More »

'Titanic of Ancient World' Gives Up New Riches

Diver: 'This is the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered'

(Newser) - As wrecks go, the one that gave up the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism has long been considered a remarkable one. Even more so now: Archaeologists finished a three-week underwater excavation at the site off the coast of Antikythera in southern Greece on Tuesday and discovered that the ship was much... More »

7 Accused Witches Killed in Tanzania

Police arrest 23 in brutal village slayings

(Newser) - Authorities in a remote village in Tanzania have made 23 arrests after seven people were hacked to death or burned alive because they were believed to be witches, reports the Telegraph . The victims were both men and women in the western village of Murufiti, with five of them older than... More »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including an explanation of why tomato juice tastes better on airplanes

(Newser) - Another ancient village in Arizona and a forensics discovery about Descartes are on the list:
  • 2 Ancient Villages Emerge in Arizona National Park : Another ancient village has popped up in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park—the second such find in as many years. The villages are some 1,300
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Descartes' Skull Reveals Secret About His Life

17th-century French mathematician famously said, 'I think, therefore I am'

(Newser) - French mathematician and father of modern philosophy Rene Descartes is perhaps most famous for his phrase, "I think, therefore I am." But now French medical anthropologist and forensic expert Philippe Charlier is adding a layer of intrigue to the thinker's history. Descartes died in Stockholm in 1650... More »

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