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August 9, 2012
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  • Paleontologists find fossils of flat-faced human species in Kenya
    A study conducted by Koobi Fora Research Project paleontologists Meave and Louise Leakey confirms that at least three various human species lived in the same area in Kenya at the start of humanity. The researchers uncovered fossils of flat-faced early humans at the Lake Turkana between 2007 and 2009 having a part of a second jaw, a complete lower jaw and a face dated between 1.78 million and 1.95 million years ago. "The new finds allow us to reclassify the whole collection of non-erectus fossils into two groups which have clear defining statistics," the researchers said. National Geographic News (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers rediscover declared extinct oblong rocksnail
    Nathan Whelan, a graduate student from the University of Alabama, and colleagues have rediscovered a declared extinct species of rocksnail, called Leptoxis compacta, with a banded shell and a yellow body within the Cahaba River Basin in Bibb County, Ala. Researchers also reported in the journal Public Library of Science the detection of similar snails at other sites along the historical range of oblong rocksnail. (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyenas can solve problems, study says
    A study conducted by researchers from Michigan State University suggests hyenas have the ability to solve problems. The researchers observed wild spotted hyenas in Kenya attempting to open a steel puzzle box with raw meat. They found that 9 out of the 62 subjects successfully opened the box, and they tried more possible solutions such as flipping and biting than those that failed. (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: World uses water reserves faster than they can be refilled
    Scientists in the Netherlands and Canada found that the world is using underground water reserves for agriculture faster than they can be replaced. A study published in the journal Nature discovered that the groundwater footprint, the place above ground relying on underground water reserves, is about 3.5 times larger than the sources. "The effect of this water use on the supply of available water will be very different. Until now, there has been no way of quantifying the impact of such agricultural groundwater use in any consistent, global way," according to the researchers. Reuters (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geologists find ancient impact crater in Arctic Canada
    Evidence of a crater created when a massive meteor hit the Earth has been discovered by researchers in the Canadian Arctic. The crater, which measures about 25 kilometers across and is estimated to be between 130 million and 350 million years old, were found by a group of geologists examining the region for potential mineral and energy resources. "Impact craters like this give us clues into how the Earth's crust is recycled and the speed of erosion, and may be implicated in episodes of widespread extinction of animals in the geological past," said Brian Pratt, geology professor at the University of Saskatchewan. (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. astronomers unveil 3D universe map
    Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., confirmed the creation of the biggest three-dimensional universe map. The map was developed by tapping nearly a million galaxies which have a distance of up to 12 billion light years from the Earth. They expect to understand the unexplained force that causes the expansion of the universe with the use of the map. National Geographic News (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NASA gears up for 2 missions to study Earth's radiation belts
    NASA is set to confirm two missions, dubbed the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, that aim to explore the Van Allen radiation belts around the Earth at a NASA news conference today. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will carry the probes into the space. The spacecraft are scheduled to lift off into orbit early Aug. 23. (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cell-based method explored for producing blood cells for transfusion
    Researchers are using human stem cells to produce red blood cells, and the method has the potential to provide cells of any blood type for transfusion, according to a study published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine. "We combined different cell-expansion protocols into a 'cocktail' that increased the number of cells we could produce by 10- to 100-fold," said Eric Bouhassira of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Randomization is completed for dual antiplatelet therapy study
    Scientists with the Harvard Clinical Research Institute dual antiplatelet therapy study have enrolled 26,000 patients for the trial and completed randomization. The study aims to establish the right combination of aspirin and antiplatelet treatments to optimize the benefits of the drugs while limiting bleeding. Final results from the study could be released in late 2014. Mass High Tech (Boston) (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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