• Historian Cracks the ‘Plato Code’

A science historian at The University of Manchester has cracked “The Plato Code”—the long dis­puted secret messages hidden in the great philosopher’s writings.

• Prehistoric Man Went to the Movies, Say Researchers

Prehistoric man enjoyed a primitive version of cinema, according to Austrian and British re­searchers, who are currently seeking to recreate these ancient visual displays.

• Maybe ET’s Calling, But We Have the Wrong Phone

To date, SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) has focused on ETs who ‘phone home’ us­ing the radio part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and even a very small region within that. But what if ET’s phone doesn’t use radio waves?

• Pentagon Develops Shape-Shifting Robot

Pentagon research scientists have taken a first step towards “Transformers”-style shape-shifting cars and aircraft, with a robot that can fold itself like origami into different forms.

• Study Links Bee Decline to Cell Phones

A new study has suggested that cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee popu­lations in some areas of the world.

• Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic has ar­chaeologists talking.

• New ‘Fix’ for Cosmic Clocks Could Help Uncover Ripples in Space-Time

An international team of scientists have developed a promising new technique which could turn pulsars into very accurate time-keepers.

• New Theory for Magnetic Stripes on Mars

A controversial new theory has been proposed to explain a series of stripes of permanently magne­tized minerals containing iron in the Martian crust. The magnetized stripes, which have alternat­ing orientations, have intrigued scientists since their discovery in 1997.

• Tibetans May Be the Fastest-Evolving Humans We’ve Ever Seen

Looking at the differences in genes that regulate blood hemoglobin, a team of researchers found vast differences between the main Chinese group and the Tibetans.

• Was Venus Once a Habitable Planet?

The European Space Agency’s Venus Express is helping planetary scientists investigate whether Venus once had oceans. If it did, it may even have begun its existence as a habitable planet similar to Earth.

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