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A Musical Message Discovered in Plato's Works

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel, but a scholar in Manchester, England, claims to have found hidden code in the ancient writings of Plato. If true, the secret messages would have made the ancient philosopher and mathematician a heretic in his day...

from NPR

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Dead-Ammonite Bounce

The dinosaurs went out with a bang. Most palaeontologists agree that those creatures and much of the rest of Mesozoic life ended when the Earth collided with an asteroid or a comet 65m years ago. But the Mesozoic, too, began with a mass extinction...

from the Economist

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Stem Cells From Blood a 'Huge' Milestone

Blood drawn with a simple needle stick can be coaxed into producing stem cells that may have the ability to form any type of tissue in the body, three independent papers report in the July 2 Cell Stem Cell. The new technique will allow scientists to tap a large, readily available source of personalized stem cells...

from Science News

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EPA Finds Gulf Oil Dispersant As Safe As Others

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a study Wednesday that found that the dispersant being used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as seven alternative mass-produced dispersants, all fell within the range of "practically non-toxic" to "slightly toxic."

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

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Genes Predict Living Beyond 100

Scientists have developed way of predicting how likely a person is to live beyond the age of 100. The breakthrough, described in the journal Science, is based on 150 genetic "signposts" found in exceptionally long-lived people...

from BBC News Online

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Money Can Buy One Form of Happiness

Money, it turns out, really can buy you happiness -- or at least one form of it, according to the biggest study to examine the relationship between income and well-being around the world...

from the Washington Post (Registration Required)

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Potato Farming Study Gives Organic Way a Boost

If you want to grow a bigger potato, organic farming may be the way...

from the Seattle Times

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Wildlife Officials to Move Thousands of Sea Turtle Eggs

Federal wildlife officials plan to move tens of thousands of sea turtle eggs from oil-plagued beaches along the northern Gulf to Florida's east coast, where the reptiles would hatch in a controlled environment and be released into the Atlantic Ocean...

from the Alabama Press-Register

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Telescope Spies Galaxy With Cosmic 'Zoom Lens'

Europe's Herschel space telescope has spied a far-distant galaxy with the aid of a cosmic "zoom lens."

from BBC News Online

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Russian Mathematician Rejects $1 Million Prize

NEW YORK (Associated Press) -- He said nyet to $1 million. Grigory Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematics genius who made headlines earlier this year for not immediately embracing a lucrative math prize, has decided to decline the cash..

from the San Diego Union-Tribune (Registration Required)

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