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Mystery ape found in ancient tomb
An ape that is new to science has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in China. The gibbon has already gone extinct, suggesting humans wiped out primate populations long before the modern age. The tomb, and perhaps the ape, may have belonged to Lady Xia, the grandmother of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang, who ordered the building of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors.
Deutsche Telekom says will slash 10,000 jobs at subsidiary
Deutsche Telekom said Thursday it would slash 10,000 jobs worldwide at its loss-making IT services subsidiary in the next three years as it seeks 600 million euros ($696 million) in savings. It charged that instead of tackling and future-proofing the business, Telekom had opted for an unimaginative austerity programme and a clear-cut with massive job destruction. The union's IT sector official Michael Jaekel said the telecoms behemoth was planning to shift many of the jobs to lower-wage countries such as India.
Escaped lion shot dead at Belgium zoo, sparking criticism
Belgian police have been criticised for shooting dead a young lioness at a zoo on Thursday after it escaped from its enclosure. According to media reports, the lion was able to leave its enclosure on Thursday morning because of a mistake by staff. He said the decision to shoot the lion had been taken solely by police, who had intervened to secure the site, and demanded an investigation. The lion was shot dead after two unsuccessful attempts at anaesthetising it.
Addiction explained: Here's why the brain chooses alcohol over healthier alternatives
A new research has found a mechanism in the brain that could be the reason behind addiction. The largest differences between an addicted brain and a normal brain were found in the region of the brain called the amygdala, notes the report. Through this experiment, scientists were able to identify molecular rearrangements in the brain that led to impulsive, and sometimes even self-destructive addiction.
How competition and cooperation between bacteria shape antibiotic resistance
Sylvie Estrela of Yale University and Sam Brown of the Georgia Institute of Technology present these findings in PLOS Computational Biology. Previous research has investigated how competition impacts a bacterial community's response to antibiotics, but less is known about the potential role of mutualistic relationships. The simulations showed that, between two competing species, antibiotic treatment suppressed the sensitive species while favoring growth of the resistant species. Some resistant species deploy detoxification strategies against antibiotics, and this can result in cross-protection of nearby sensitive cells.
Researchers achieve unprecedented control of polymer grids
Nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few-and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. The researchers developed a two-step growth process that produces organic polymers with crystalline, two-dimensional structures. Even low-quality COFs have shown preliminary promise for water purification, storing electricity, body armor and other tough composite materials. These covalent-organic frameworks fill a century-long gap in polymer science, said William Dichtel, an expert in organic and polymer chemistry who led the study.
New research provides expanded insights into the brain's response to opioids
Opioids are powerful painkillers that act on the brain, but they have a range of harmful side effects including addiction. Other researchers contributing to the study from LKSOM are Chongguang Chen, a research technologist and Yi-Ting Chiu, a former postdoctoral fellow, in Dr Liu-Chen's group in the Center for Substance Abuse Research. The signal cascades that are used by cells to respond to external stimuli resemble the chain of command of a company.
Einstein proved right in another galaxy
In 1915 Albert Einstein proposed his general theory of relativity (GR) to explain how gravity works. Dr Collett said: General Relativity predicts that massive objects deform space-time, this means that when light passes near another galaxy the light's path is deflected. The galaxy ESO325-G004 is amongst the closest lenses, at 500 million light years from Earth. It is so satisfying to use the best telescopes in the world to challenge Einstein, only to find out how right he was.
New study finds US oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated
Significantly, researchers found most of the emissions came from leaks, equipment malfunctions and other abnormal operating conditions. It's the culmination of 10 years of studies by scientists across the country, many of which were spearheaded by CIRES and NOAA. Natural gas emissions can, in fact, be significantly reduced if properly monitored, said co-author Colm Sweeney, an atmospheric scientist in NOAA's Global Monitoring Division. Identifying the biggest leakers could substantially reduce emissions that we have measured.
Water can be very dead, electrically speaking
Such water was previously predicted to exhibit a reduced electric response but it remained unknown by how much. Water molecules are small and seemingly simple but nonetheless exhibit rather complex properties, many of which remain poorly understood. In other words, the water inside nanochannels was electrically dead with its dipoles immobilized and unable to screen an external field. One can probably claim that interfacial water shapes the life as we know it, both literally and figuratively.
Mice not only experience regret, but also learn to avoid it in the future
Experiencing regret can leave a bad taste in one's mouth and drive an individual to compensate for one's losses. Mice, like humans, do not like changing their minds, and are willing to pay to avoid such situations. Over the next month, strategies continued to change and mice learned to take extra time to plan ahead and avoid bad deals by skipping them altogether.
Researchers create matchmaking service for peptides and antibiotics
UBC researchers have matched small proteins, called peptides, with antibiotics so they can work together to combat hard-to-treat infections that don't respond well to drugs on their own. The study builds on previous research that showed that the peptides are key to making harmful bacteria more responsive to drugs. It was our idea that maybe we could breathe some life back into antibiotics by adding peptides and thus make antibiotics work in infections where they weren't working well before.
Research identifies how snowshoe hares evolved to stay seasonally camouflaged
Many animals have evolved fur or feather colors to blend in with the environment and hide from predators. Researchers at the University of Montana recently discovered that hybridization played an important role in snowshoe hares' ability to match their environment. Like other seasonal traits, the autumn molt in snowshoe hares is triggered by changes in day length, Good said. In snowshoe hares, hybridization with black-tailed jackrabbits provided critical coat color variation needed to adapt to coastal areas where winter snow is ephemeral or absent.
Bedrock in West Antarctica rising at surprisingly rapid rate
The unexpectedly fast rate of the rising earth may markedly increase the stability of the ice sheet against catastrophic collapse due to ice loss, scientists say. In contrast, places like Iceland and Alaska, which have what are considered rapid uplift rates, generally are measured rising 20 to 30 millimeters a year. These results provide an important contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of the Earth's bedrock, along with the thinning of ice in Antarctica.
Rising sea levels not only threatens the existence of humans but also seabirds
Rising sea levels have already threatened our home planet quite a lot. Now, it appears that rising sea levels not only threatens the existence of the humans but also that of the birds - albatrosses, to be precise. This island is a part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, where starting from 1979, 200 breeding pairs have been monitored every year. The study also noted that the impacts of climatic changes or other conditions actually take place indirectly on the seabirds.
Dead plankton, stunned fish: the harms of man-made ocean noise
Advocacy groups focus on seismic airguns, which are used by oil and gas interests to find reserves on the ocean floor. A boat tows 12-48 airguns at a time, each of which shoot loud blasts of compressed air. The blasts are repeated every 15 seconds, over vast areas of the ocean at high volume, sometimes for weeks on end. Zooplankton form the base of the foodchain, and are vital nutrition for whales and numerous invertebrates like oysters and shrimp.
India discovers sub-Saturn size planet
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) The Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) has discovered a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet around a Sun-like star, an official statement said on Thursday. With this discovery, India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars beyond our solar system. The research work has appeared online in Astronomical Journal of the American Astronomical Society.
Electric scooters launch in Paris, to spread in Europe
The boulevards of Paris, already bustling with a dizzying range of transport devices, are set to feature a new shared electric scooter system that has swept the US and is now heading for Europe. California-based Lime launched a pilot scheme for the two-wheeled powered scooters on Thursday in several districts of the French capital and will roll them out across the city. Very quickly our fleet will grow to respond to demand, Lime's director for France, Arthur-Louis Jacquier, told AFP.
First music festival turns to blockchain
A music festival will for the first time run on blockchain, tapping the fast-growing technology as an innovative way to address longstanding issues such as ticket scalping and fan engagement. Organizers said that the festival would be the first to operate on blockchain, the system that moves chunks of data securely through an online ledger. Blockchain has been put to growing uses from medical records to banking and most prominently as the tool behind crytocurrency Bitcoin.
Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46
Koko the gorilla who mastered sign language, raised kittens and once playfully tried on the glasses of the late actor Robin Williams, has died. The Gorilla Foundation says the western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday. Williams, another San Francisco Bay area legend, met Koko in 2001 and called it a mind-altering experience. Koko understands spoken English and uses over 1,000 signs to share her feelings and thoughts about daily events.

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