Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and McGill University have identified a chemical pathway that goes awry in the brains of Fragile X patients. A drug that targets this pathway reverses behavioral symptoms in mice and offers hope of new treatments for people with this common form of inherited autism. —> Read More Here
Cereal was a staple diet in Sudan 7,000 years ago: Neolithic teeth reveal traces of grains centuries earlier than first thought
Researchers, led by the University of Kiel in Germany, made the discovery after analysiing two Neolithic cemeteries in Central Sudan (pictured) and Nubia. —> Read More Here
Size really does matter: Tall and heavy men appear more masculine – even if they have a feminine-looking face
Researchers at the University of St Andrews found facial cues to body height and weight influenced perception. For example, men who looked taller and heavier appeared more masculine. —> Read More Here
One person’s trash turned out to be a national treasure.
Back in 2002, a farmer leaving near East Rudham, Norfolk, in the United Kingdom, dug up a large bronze object that looked like a bent sword.
Not thinking much of it, the unnamed farmer used it as a doorstop for 12 years before deciding to throw it away, according to Dr. Tim Pestell, senior curator of archaeology at Norwich Castle.
“He was prepared to throw it in the skip when a friend told him to take it to be identified,” Pestell told BT.com. “Straight away they knew it was significant.”
The farmer’s doorstop turned out to be a 27-inch ceremonial dagger that experts believe is about 3,500 years old. Experts dubbed the dagger the Rudham Dirk and say it is of “incredible importance,” according to UPI.com.
Experts at the National Heritage Memorial Fund said the dagger is about three times the size of a normal dagger and too heavy to be used as a weapon.
Because the blade was never sharpened and there are no rivet holes for a handle, it was most likely used for ceremonial purposes, as an offering to the gods.
“This is almost certainly the reason why —> Read More Here
Magnetic fields emerging from below the surface of the sun influence the solar winda stream of particles that blows continuously from the sun’s atmosphere through the solar system.
The low figures of people screened at the five main entry points into the UK raises questions over the need for such measures
Forget air conditioning, homes of the future will be cooled using MIRRORS: Ultra-reflective panels deflect heat away from buildings
Scientists at Stanford University in California have created an ultra-reflective mirror. The incredibly thin material reflects infrared light from buildings (illustration shown). —> Read More Here
Manatees and dugongs have long been connected with stories of sirens, mermaids and other myths. With their walrus-like appearance, passive demeanor an… —> Read More Here
Observations of Comet Siding Spring Oct. 19 by the Mars Orbiter Mission. Credit: Indian Space Research Organisation
Feeling lucky? Events such as the Comet Siding Spring approach by Mars in October only happen about once every eight million years, according to NASA.
And after we were treated to spectacular views from the agency’s spacecraft (see Curiosity and Opportunity and MAVEN, for example), we now have fresh pictures this month from an Indian mission. Also, NASA has released science results suggesting that the chemistry of Mars’ atmosphere could be changed forever from the close encounter.
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Hellas Chaos, in the southern central part of the giant Hellas basin, stretches roughly 200 km north-south and for about 500 km in an east-west direction.