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Hungarian Natural History Under Threat

Looking for a new home: 200 human mummies from the eighteenth century, the remains of rare European dinosaurs and 10 million other artefacts currently at the Hungarian Natural History Museum, which is facing eviction later this year. The Hungarian government plans to turn the historic Budapest building given to the museum after the fall of communism in 1989 into a university to train the military or the police.

from Nature News

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Were Ancient Human Migrations Two-Way Streets?

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- The worldwide spread of ancient humans has long been depicted as flowing out of Africa, but tantalizing new evidence suggests it may have been a two-way street.

from ABC News

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Drugs Hailed as a 'Major Breakthrough' in Treating Skin Cancer

Two new drugs can significantly increase survival in patients with metastatic melanoma, the advanced and generally lethal form of skin cancer, researchers reported.

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

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Moving Mirrors Make Light From Nothing

A team of physicists is claiming to have coaxed sparks from the vacuum of empty space. If verified, the finding would be one of the most unusual experimental proofs of quantum mechanics in recent years and "a significant milestone," says John Pendry, a theoretical physicist at Imperial College London who was not involved in the study.

from Nature News

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EU Seeks E. coli Solutions as Compensation Claims Grow

German health authorities still don't know the source of the E. coli outbreak, but European ministers are discussing how to react. The first likely decision will be to avoid overhasty public warnings in future.

from Deutsche Welle

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After 90 Years, a Dictionary of an Ancient World

Ninety years in the making, the 21-volume dictionary of the language of ancient Mesopotamia and its Babylonian and Assyrian dialects, unspoken for 2,000 years but preserved on clay tablets and in stone inscriptions deciphered over the last two centuries, has finally been completed by scholars at the University of Chicago.

from the New York Times (Registration Required)

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Energy Industry Shapes Lessons in Public Schools

In the mountains of southwestern Virginia, Gequetta Bright Laney taught public high school students this spring about a subject of keen interest to the region's biggest employer: the economics of coal mining.

from the Washington Post (Registration Required)

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Drones Are Ready for Takeoff

During a test flight last year off the Pacific coast of Latin America, an aerial drone launched from the USS McInerney relayed back to the ship video of an open skiff speeding across the water. The frigate's crew had long experience chasing drug smugglers, so they knew what they were seeing. The skiff was 20 miles ahead of the frigate and moving away as the sun went down. In the flight control room, operators instructed the drone to take up the chase.

from Smithsonian Magazine

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