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Brain implants could boost memory by 30% says scientists

Brain implants could boost memory by 30% says scientists

Scientists have devised a new brain implant that might one day be used to treat conditions that affect a person's memory, such as dementia. The implants that the researchers have devised could boost memory function by as much as 30%. Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed what they call a memory prosthesis.

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Ancient wine jar shows winemaking goes back 8,000 years in Armenia

Ancient wine jar shows winemaking goes back 8,000 years in Armenia

Anthropologist Patrick McGovern from the University of Pennsylvania has been searching for the origins of wine for years and his investigation took him into the mountainous areas of modern Georgia, Armenia and Iran near the Black Sea. These areas are where the ancestors of modern-day wine grapes originally grew wild. Ancient writings from these areas point to wine being integral in that region and an established part of the culture thousands of years ago.

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Letter to humanity from 15,000 scientists raise climate change alarm

Letter to humanity from 15,000 scientists raise climate change alarm

In 1992, a "warning" sent by the Union of Concerned Scientists and signed by 1,700 such people painted a dire picture of what could happen if the ozone layer problem wasn't dealt with. 25 years later, the ozone situation has improved but the planet, and humanity, is in an even worse condition. That is practically the message sent by the new "letter to humanity", signed by around 15,364 scientists from 184 countries, is trying to say, raising the alarms to the highest levels and potentially ruffling feathers along the way.

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Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Sierra Nevada Corp. has announced that it has concluded its first successful atmospheric glide test. The Dream Chaser spacecraft landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Saturday. The successful glide test was able to verify the spacecraft handling qualities and guidance systems before the spacecraft can move on to the next round of testing.

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Daimler’s newest fuel cells aren’t going anywhere

Daimler’s newest fuel cells aren’t going anywhere

Put in hydrogen; get out nothing but electricity and water. There's a reason hydrogen fuel cells have become increasingly popular among automakers, but Daimler's latest ambition for the technology isn't actually designed to move at all. Instead, it's all about weening power-hogs off the grid.

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Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

The odds were stacked against the dinosaurs when the massive asteroid thought to be about 6-miles-wide slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago. The impact released energy more powerful than billions of atomic bombs and the aftermath killed off 75% of all life on Earth. The event is known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction.

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Clinical trial using blood-plasma transfusions shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease

Clinical trial using blood-plasma transfusions shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease

Massive amounts of money and effort are being put into researching treatments and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer's disease. A clinical trial has been running that is using human blood-plasma transfusions to treat the disease has found that the treatments are safe and promising for those suffering from the disease. Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have reported success with this treatment in an early-phase clinical trial.

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Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Entertainment piracy may get the most attention, but it's far from the only type of unauthorized online sharing. Another major variety is educational piracy, both in the form of over-priced college textbooks and in the unauthorized sharing of scientific papers that would otherwise be hidden behind a paywall. A court has just ordered one of those sites, Sci-Hub, to close down.

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Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

The T-Rex is one of the fiercest of all dinosaurs and the most made fun of because of those tiny little arms. Some scientists believe that those tiny arms were leftovers from the evolution of the dinosaur. New research suggests that those tiny T-Rex arms might have been small, but they were still deadly indeed.

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Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

The planet is getting warmer, that's no secret, but many skeptics express doubt about whether human activities are to blame for these increasingly warm temperatures. Here to answer that question is the Climate Science Special Report, the US's most comprehensive report on current climate science. To put it simply, this report -- using existing scientific data about the issue -- says it is 'extremely likely' that humans are to blame for our warming planet.

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This huge void in the Great Pyramid is a new Egyptian mystery

This huge void in the Great Pyramid is a new Egyptian mystery

If you thought the pyramids had given up all their mysteries, think again. A huge, secret space has been discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, after scientists used new scanning technology to penetrate through the stone. Right now, nobody knows exactly what the chamber is, though speculation has already begun about what it could contain.

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Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

A new study sheds light on the potentially severe effects long term space flight can have on the human brain, the consequences of which could affect an astronaut's vision and more. The study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine; it details the brain changes that happen in most astronauts who spend a prolonged amount of time in space. Among those changes is an upward shifting of the brain, as well as greater levels of cerebrospinal fluid.

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