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September 13, 2013

Does consciousness arise from quantum processes in the brain?

 

Does consciousness arise from quantum processes in the brain?.

September 13, 2013

Voyager 1 Leaves the Solar System—for Real This Time: Scientific American

 

Voyager 1 Leaves the Solar System—for Real This Time: Scientific American.

September 13, 2013

Dating of Beads Sets New Timeline for Early Humans

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An international team of researchers led by Oxford University have new dating evidence indicating when the earliest fully modern humans arrived in the Near East, the region known as the Middle East today. They have obtained the radiocarbon dates of marine shell beads found at Ksar Akil, a key archaeological site in Lebanon, which allowed them to calculate that the oldest human fossil from the same sequence of archaeological layers is 42,400-41,700 years old. This is significant because the age of the earliest fossils, directly and indirectly dated, of modern humans found in Europe is roughly similar. This latest discovery throws up intriguing new possibilities about the routes taken by the earliest modern humans out of Africa, says the study published online by the journal PLOS ONE.

The research team radiocarbon dated 20 marine shells from the top 15 metres of archaeological layers at Ksar Akil, north of Beirut. The…

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September 13, 2013

Hubble Uncovers Largest Known Population of Star Clusters

After Big Bang

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies Abell 1689. By comparison, our Milky Way galaxy hosts about 150 such clusters.

Studying globular clusters is critical to understanding the early, intense star-forming episodes that marked galaxy formation. The Hubble observations also confirm that these compact stellar groupings can be used as reliable tracers of the amount of dark matter locked away in immense galaxy clusters.

Globular clusters, dense bunches of hundreds of thousands of stars, are the homesteaders of galaxies, containing some of the oldest surviving stars in the universe. Almost 95 percent of globular cluster formation occurred within the first 1 billion or 2 billion years after our universe was born in the big bang 13.8 billion years ago.

A international team of astronomers, led by John…

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September 13, 2013

Adultery Increases Earthquakes http://bit.ly/14yDehF

September 13, 2013

Corporate Recovery: The Dark Side of Hurricane Katrina Aid Efforts – Politics – Utne Reader

 

Corporate Recovery: The Dark Side of Hurricane Katrina Aid Efforts – Politics – Utne Reader.

September 13, 2013

How American Homeschoolers Enabled and Funded German Child Abuse: The Real Story Behind the Religious Right and the Twelve Tribes | H . A

 

How American Homeschoolers Enabled and Funded German Child Abuse: The Real Story Behind the Religious Right and the Twelve Tribes | H . A.