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On the Hundredth Anniversary of the Start of World War I, Remembering the Part Animals Played National Geographic - July 28, 2014
Horses, dogs, pigeons - even glowworms - were crucial participants in the war to end all wars.
Man featured on CNN's 'The Hunt' killed during attempted arrest CNN - July 28, 2014
Charles Mozdir, 32, had been sought by authorities since June 2012. Two U.S. marshals and a New York police officer were also wounded during the attempted arrest, a law enforcement official said.
Photos: Shipwreck Under the World Trade Center Live Science - July 28, 2014
In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood. At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship. Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more, the ship was perhaps made from the same kind of white oak trees used to build parts of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, according to the study published this month in the journal Tree-Ring Research.
Six Minor Meteor Showers Could Beat the Perseids This Summer Scientific American - July 28, 2014
Each summer, amateur astronomers from all over the world look forward to observing the famous Perseid meteor shower, but often overlook six lesser celestial fireworks displays that reach their peak between July 28 and Aug. 20.
Gaza: Uneasy calm after UN ceasefire call BBC - July 28, 2014
There were no Israeli air strikes overnight, though the military fired at targets in Gaza after a rocket hit the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
Downing of MH17 jet in Ukraine 'may be war crime' - UN BBC - July 28, 2014
Ukraine and Western governments believe pro-Russian rebels shot down MH17, using a Russia-supplied missile system.
Lightning strike kills man on Venice Beach, Los Angeles BBC - July 28, 2014
One man has been killed and several people have been hurt after lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.
Could Dinosaurs Have Survived the Impact that Killed Them? Live Science - July 28, 2014
The space rock that wiped out most of the dinosaurs may have had a colossal case of bad timing. If the impact had occurred a few million years earlier or later, more of the majestic beasts may have survived, scientists say. A global team of researchers examined the evidence for different extinction scenarios and concluded that an asteroid or comet almost certainly triggered the abrupt annihilation of all dinosaurs, except for birds, some 66 million years ago. But a period of low diversity among herbivorous dinosaurs, at least in North America, may have set the stage for the massive die-off, according to a study published today (July 28) in the journal Biological Reviews.
Holy Hogwarts! New 'Invisible' Materials Made with Light Live Science - July 28, 2014
Invisibility cloaks may not be a reality yet, but a new method of building materials with light could one day be used to make these kinds of cloaking devices, researchers say. The novel technique involves creating materials out of building blocks just a few billionths of a meter wide (about the width of a strand of DNA) that control the flow of light. These artificial "metamaterials" could bend light in such a way as to make an object invisible, according to the study published today (July 28) in the journal Nature Communications. Light that hits an object either gets absorbed or reflected, making the object visible to the human eye. But metamaterials manipulate light so that it makes the object "disappear" or look like something else. These materials could be used for everything from sensing (drugs or explosives, for example) to military stealth applications, the researchers said in a statement.
7 Absolutely Horrible Head Infections Live Science - July 28, 2014
Recently, a college student in Korea reportedly went blind after leaving her contact lenses in her eyes around-the-clock for months. Amoebas infected her eyes, ate through her corneas and permanently damaged her retinas. And in recent summers, there have been a few deaths caused by Naegleria fowleri, known as the brain-eating amoeba - an infection picked up by swimming in lakes, rivers or hot springs. These tragic medical cases got us thinking: What are the worst infections to get in your head? Here's a rundown of some of the most horrible head infections, grouped by type.
Potential 'universal' blood test for cancer discovered Science Daily - July 28, 2014
A simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not has been devised by researchers. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as colonoscopies and biopsies being carried out. Alternatively, it could be a useful aid for investigating patients who are suspected of having a cancer that is currently hard to diagnose.
Even a 5-Minute Run Is Great for Heart Health Live Science - July 28, 2014
Think you don't have enough time for a workout that will benefit your health? You may want to think again - a new study finds that running as little as 5 to 10 minutes a day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease. Researchers analyzed information from more than 55,000 U.S. adults ages 18 to 100 in Texas, who were asked how much they ran over the past few months. About one-fourth of the participants were runners (they reported the duration, distance, frequency and speed of their runs), and the rest were nonrunners. Over a 15-year period, runners were 45 percent less likely to die from heart disease, and 30 percent less likely to die from any cause, than nonrunners were, the study found.
A Common Link Among Female Criminals: Brain Injury Live Science - July 28, 2014
Nearly 40 percent of women in prison in Ontario, Canada, have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a study published this month in the Journal of Correctional Health Care. The study, the first to look at the rate of TBIs among prison populations in Canada, contributes to a growing body of evidence associating blows to the head with a multitude of long-term, negative health outcomes, from homelessness and substance abuse to risky behavior and incarceration. In revealing the high rate of TBIs among people in prison, particularly among female inmates, the research team hopes to raise awareness of a widespread yet overlooked public health problem.
Earth May Be in Early Days of 6th Mass Extinction Live Science - July 28, 2014
Earth may be in the early stages of a sixth mass extinction, an international team of scientists says. Animals and plants are threatened. More than 320 land vertebrates have gone extinct since 1500, the researchers said. The world's remaining animals with backbones are 25 percent less abundant than in 1500 - a trend also seen in invertebrate animals, such as crustaceans, worms and butterflies, the scientists reported.
First Glimpse of Higgs Bosons at Work Revealed Live Science - July 28, 2014
An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart mass to other particles. The Higgs boson particle, which was detected for the first time in 2012, is essentially tossed around like a ball between two force-carrying particles known as W-bosons when they scatter, or bounce off of one another, a new data analysis revealed. The data comes from the ATLAS experiment, the same proton-collision experiment that revealed the Higgs boson, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mille-long (27 kilometers) underground atom smasher on the border of Switzerland and France.
These Facial Features Matter Most to First Impressions Live Science - July 28, 2014
You may think you can judge a person you just met based on his or her facial expressions. Does a smile indicate a person is easygoing or insincere? Does squinting show concentration, or mistrust? First impressions of people - such as whether they are trustworthy, dominant or attractive - can develop from a glimpse as brief as 100 milliseconds or less. Brain scans suggests that such judgments are made automatically, probably outside of people's conscious control. But now, a computer system that mimics the human brain has identified which facial features most influence how others first perceive a person, scientists say.These findings could lead to computer programs that automatically see which photographs would help people give the best first impressions they can, the researchers added.
Fist bumping beats germ-spreading handshake Science Daily - July 28, 2014
'Fist bumping' transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, while still addressing the cultural expectation of hand-to-hand contact between patients and clinicians.
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