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Gambler Phil Laak Breaks Record for the Longest Consecutive Amount of Time Playing Poker

June 7, 2010

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In the end, it may not have been the yoga or the low-fat diet or the frequent visits from his movie-star girlfriend that helped Phil Laak barrel past every known record for the longest consecutive amount of time playing poker. After more than 100 hours at the table at Bellagio, Laak says his saving grace […]

Radio ghost mystery at former RAF station

June 7, 2010

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A 70-year-old radio at a Scottish heritage centre has been picking up vintage broadcasts featuring Winston Churchill and the music of Glen Miller. The Pye valve wireless at Montrose Air Station, a heritage centre that tells the story of the men and women who served there, has no power and is not connected to any […]

Climate change forces major vegetation shifts

June 7, 2010

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Vegetation around the world is on the move, and climate change is the culprit, according to a new analysis of global vegetation shifts led by a University of California, Berkeley, ecologist in collaboration with researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. In a paper published today (June 4) in the journal Global Ecology […]

Dental X-ray link to thyroid cancer

June 7, 2010

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The thyroid gland, in the neck, is sensitive to ionising radiation, especially in children, but the potential risk posed by dental radiography is often ignored, researchers said. In a study of 313 cancer patients, scientists from Brighton, Cambridge and Kuwait found the chances of developing cancer rose with increasing numbers of dental X-rays. The researchers […]

Supercentenarians

June 7, 2010

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Being a woman clearly appears to be advantageous for living an exceptionally long life. Ninety-percent of those reaching the age of 115 were female. Image: Max Planck Society The quest for the modern day Methuselah. A team of researchers tracked down the oldest of the old – people living beyond their 110th birthday. An international […]

Do aliens live on a Saturn moon?

June 7, 2010

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Scientists have found evidence that there is life on Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan. They have discovered clues that primitive aliens are breathing in Titan’s atmosphere and feeding on fuel at the surface. The startling discoveries, made using an orbiting spacecraft, are revealed in two separate reports. Data from Nasa’s Cassini probe has analysed the complex […]

58,000-year-old glue and paint factory found in Africa

June 7, 2010

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It seems that entrepreneurialism has ancient roots among humans. At a site in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, archaeologists have discovered a small, 58 thousand-year-old “factory” where people were producing large batches of sticky, colorful ochre for trade with neighboring groups. The lead scientist on this particular study, Lyn Wadley, explained that ochre served many uses during […]

Eating Crocodile Helped Boost Early Human Brains?

June 7, 2010

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The real-life caveman diet included crocodiles, and eating the reptiles’ fatty flesh may have helped early humans evolve bigger brains, a new study suggests. The work is based on bones and artifacts from a prehistoric “kitchen” that make up the earliest evidence that humans ate aquatic animals. Stone tools and the butchered bones of turtles, […]