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Ancient bone find may change Filipino history

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Ancient bone find may change Filipino history AFP/File – Professor Armand Mijares, an achaeologist from the University of the Philippines, holds up a 67,000-year-old …

MANILA (AFP) – Archaeologists have found a foot bone that could prove the Philippines was first settled by humans 67,000 years ago, thousands of years earlier than previously thought, the National Museum said Tuesday.

The bone, found in an extensive cave network, predates the 47,000-year-old Tabon Man that is previously known as the first human to have lived in the country, said Taj Vitales, a researcher with the museum's archaeology section.

"This would make it the oldest human remains ever found in the Philippines," Vitales told AFP.
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Green light for first embryonic stem cell treatment


Injections containing material derived from stem cells may help people with acute spinal cord damage recover function
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Epileptic Seizures May Be Linked to an Ancient Gene Family


New research points to a genetic route to understanding and treating epilepsy. The research has identified an ancient gene family that plays a role in regulating the excitability of ...
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Analysis: July was cool this year


According to an analysis by Climate Central, July of 2010 will be remembered as a cool one, even in the northeast corridor.
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Rumors in Astrophysics Spread at Light Speed

SPACE QUEST Technicians readied one of the telescope mirrors used in NASA's Kepler planet-finding mission.


On the Web, whispers of the next big discovery quickly become roars, even when there’s nothing to roar about...
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Queensland students taught humans coexisted with dinosaurs


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DEBATE: Fundamentalist Christians are hijacking religious instruction classes in state schools. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

PRIMARY school students are being taught that man and dinosaurs walked the Earth together and that there's fossil evidence to prove it.

Fundamentalist Christians are hijacking religious instruction classes despite education experts saying Creationism and attempts to convert children to Christianity have no place in state schools.

Students have been told Noah collected dinosaur eggs to bring on the Ark, and Adam and Eve were not eaten by dinosaurs because they were under a protective spell.
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A Look at Theodicy, Part 1


Bethany Sollereder
"Seeing evolution as God’s method of creation requires affirming that death, pain, and natural disasters are part of God’s creative toolbox."
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Ancient Reptiles 'Make Tracks': Discovery of Fossilized Footprints Reveals When Reptiles First Conquered Dry Land


A discovery of fossilized footprints reveals when reptiles first conquered dry land. The 318-million-year-old reptile footprints were found in ...
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New Insights Into How Stem Cells Determine What Tissue to Become


Within 24 hours of culturing adult human stem cells on a new type of matrix, researchers were able to make predictions about how the cells would differentiate, or what type of tissue they would become. ...
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Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been Dumping Site

“This has been the nation’s sacrifice zone, and has been for 50-plus years.” Aaron Viles, campaign director for the Gulf Restoration Network, a nonprofit group.


For decades, the oil industry, farming and lax oversight have contributed to a dead zone in the gulf.
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Some Trees 'Farm' Bacteria to Help Supply Nutrients



Some trees growing in nutrient-poor forest soil may get what they need by cultivating specific root microbes to create compounds they require. These microbes are exceptionally efficient at turning inorganic ...
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Rocks on Mars May Provide Link to Evidence of Living Organisms Roughly 4 Billion Years Ago


A new paper reveals groundbreaking research on the hydrothermal formation of Clay-Carbonate rocks in the Nili Fossae region of Mars. The findings may provide a link to ...
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Path of mental illness' follows path of war, 20 years after conflict ends

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Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health assessed the geographical distribution of the long-term burden of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a region of Liberia and report that the prevalence of PTSD remains high nearly two decades after the principal conflict there and five years after war in Liberia ended entirely. Particularly interesting was the geographic distribution of PTSD. Investigators found that certain villages in the region had a much higher prevalence of PTSD than did others.
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eman mummy's DNA mapped


Bolzano - Scientists said on Tuesday they had decoded the genome of a mummified Stone Age hunter found in the Italian Alps in 1991 - an achievement that could boost genetic medicine studies, including those on hereditary diseases.

"We now have access to the complete genetic profile of this world famous mummy. As a result the path is clear for an imminent solution to many of the puzzles surrounding the Iceman," the Bolzano-based European Academy (Eurac) said in a statement.

Nicknamed Oetzi, the 5 000-year old mummy...
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Alzheimer's unlocked: New keys to a cure


Attempts to treat the world's most common form of dementia may have been attacking its symptoms, not its root cause...
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Quantum Phenomenon Observed: Atoms Form Organized Structure from Unorganized One


Physicists have experimentally observed a quantum phenomenon, where an arbitrarily weak perturbation causes atoms to build an organized structure from an ...
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The thunderstone mystery


Archeologists Olle Hemdorff og Eva Thäte at the University of Stavanger's Museum of Archaeology investigate finds of older artifacts in younger graves. They have found a pattern of great archaeological value.
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Nuclear Forensics Skill Is Declining in U.S., Report Says


A lack of resources and organizational problems are hampering America’s ability to identify nuclear weapons used in a terrorist attack, researchers say. ...
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Joel Hunter: Inerrancy vs. Liberalism

The conversation continues at http://www.biologos.org/...

In this video Conversation, Joel Hunter explains why it is important that we decouple the view of scripture from the "either or" mentality, which stems from the culture's polarization and politicization of the interpretation of scripture.
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Frozen Embryos: Adopt Them: For those who believe that life begins at conception, only one choice remains.




Ron Stoddart, director of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, a nonprofit that facilitates Christian adoption, David Cook, a Wheaton College bioethics expert, and Ellen Painter Dollar, the author of a forthcoming book about Christian perspectives on reproductive and genetic technology, weigh in on what should be done with frozen embryos left over at fertility clinics.

When couples choose in-vitro fertilization to create embryos to help build their families, the unused embryos are frozen for future attempts at pregnancy. Most couples are unprepared for what to do with remaining embryos once their family is complete. There are over 500,000 embryos currently frozen in storage at American clinics.
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