News Briefs 25-11-2013By Katon Monday, November 25th Scientists battle to save orchid at the edge of extinction. Reminds me of the movie, Adaptation (Amazon US & UK). Were people killing giant sloths in South America 30,000 years ago? Bones with marks left by human tools could point to earlier human arrival in the Americas. Board game piece from the seventh century casts Anglo Saxon feasts in a new light. Fighting the tide of jade plundering in Guatemala. Mars needed a different atmosphere, not just higher temperatures, to have been a warmer, wetter, more Earth like world in the past, according to a new study. Signs of life preserved in meteor glass. Bacteria can reuse small scraps of ‘second-hand’ DNA, including 43,000-year-old segments from a woolly mammoth. When we lose antibiotics, here’s everything else we’ll lose too. New bacterial life-form discovered in NASA and ESA spacecraft clean rooms. Top 5 imported foods from China that you should avoid. In mice, anti-inflammatories ameliorate medical marijuana’s memory mishaps. Ayahuasca could revolutionize psychotherapy. How many human body parts remain undiscovered? Within 10 years, experts claim they’ll be able to 3D print whole hearts for use in transplant surgery, in about 3 hours, using the recipients’ cells. The dogs that can operate a washing machine with a quick bark and a push of the paw. Watch Duffy the dog work the washing machine and do the laundry. A puzzling ‘blackout’ at Puerto Rico’s famous bioluminescent bay. Man who ‘tastes’ words comes up with a flavour for each of the 274 London Underground stations, from jelly to Spam fritters and ‘wet sand’. Autistic people may have a tangling of the senses. Imagine if you were such an autistic. Reincarnation: Fact or fallacy? Three case studies. Father of boy, 9, killed in May tornado says recent photograph of his niece clearly shows his son standing over her ‘like a guardian angel’. Sweden’s transdimentional gas station: A first-hand account. Law enforcement officers now are part of the revenue gathering system. An ex-cop’s guide to not getting arrested. Fair warning: it won’t work for everyone. How a radical new teaching method could unleash a generation of geniuses. Quote of the Day: If you put a computer in front of children and remove all other adult restrictions, they will self-organize around it, like bees around a flower. Sugata Mitra, in the last article linked above.