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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - New Evidence Unearthed for the Origins of the Maya, Apr 25, 2013

An archaeological excavation in Guatemala.
 "Nicholas Mott National Geographic News Published April 25, 2013 Civilizations rise and fall, often in dramatic fashion. Their origins, though, are subtler and tend to be overlooked or poorly understood. In the case of the Maya, a new paper in Science magazine sheds surprising light on that murky early period. The classic period of the lowland Maya in Mesoamerica (A.D. 300 to 950) is a popular topic in archaeology, but little is known about the early preclassic era (before 1000 B.C.). Scientists are typically split between two theories on the subject: Either the Maya developed directly from an older "mother culture" known as the Olmec, or they sprang into existence independently. Takeshi Inomata, professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona and a National Geographic research grantee, disagrees with both theories. In his work at the archaeological site of Ceibal in Guatemala, he has unearthed evidence for a more complex origin story."
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NBC News - Einstein's gravity theory passes toughest test yet, Apr 25, 2013


 "By Clara Moskowitz Space.com An extreme pair of superdense stars orbiting each other has put Einstein's general theory of relativity to its toughest test yet, and the crazy-haired physicist still comes out on top. About 7,000 light-years from Earth, an exceptionally massive neutron star that spins around 25 times a second is orbited by a compact, white dwarf star. The gravity of this system is so intense that it offers an unprecedented testing ground for theories of gravity."
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SYRIA News, Apr 25, 2013

US says Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons, 'red line' Assad ...
Montreal Gazette
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence has concluded with "varying degrees of confidence," that the Syriangovernment has twice used chemical weapons in its fierce civil war, the White House and other top administration officials said Thursday. However ...
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LA TIMES - Placentas provide clues about autism risk at birth, study says, Apr 25, 2013

Pregnancy
 "Researchers believe they have come up with a way to tell whether a newborn infant has a higher-than-normal risk of developing autism -- by looking for abnormalities in the placenta shortly after birth. The abnormalities in question are called trophoblast inclusions, or TIs. They are created when the placenta doesn’t develop properly, and they are a marker for various genetic abnormalities. When a placental sample is examined on a slide under a microscope, TIs appear as dark blobs."
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MAIL ONLINE - Aloha! Hawaii is the least stressed state in America (just don't move to West Virginia), Apr 25, 2013

Hawaii
"Hawaiians also said the experienced the most enjoyment, with 89.7 per cent saying they had had a moment of enjoyment in the day before the survey. Hawaii has been ranked as the least stressed state for the last three years. The states reporting the most stress behind West Virginia were Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah, and Massachusetts. Today noted that West Virgina's designation as most stressed state yet another ignominious ranking after already being named the unhappiest and the fattest state of 2012. Gallup gathered the data doing daily surveys from January to December with more than 350,000 interviews collected. Nationwide, 40.6 per cent of Americans reported felling stressed 'yesterday,' a figure that holds with past years."
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MIRROR - Former US president Bill Clinton joins Twitter, Apr 25, 2013

Tweeting: Bill Clinton
 "Former US president Bill Clinton has joined Twitter as @billclinton after being encouraged by his daughter and a top comedian. Funny man Stephen Colbert took the liberty of opening a Twitter account for Clinton under the handle @PrezBillyJef two weeks ago. "
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TV3 Xposé Entertainment - Beyoncé Knowles smoulders in H&M video, Apr 25, 2013


"Beyoncé Knowles is hot stuff in her new campaign video for H&M. Beyoncé Knowles' steamy new campaign for H&M has been revealed. In the Jonas Akerlund-directed video the star wears a series of sexy bikinis from the high street store's beachwear line. The 31-year-old entertainer also previews her song Standing on the Sun which plays throughout her performance as Mrs. Carter in the promo. "I can't deny your desire, feel like I'm on fire. When you touch me, I feel the flame they can never feel," she sings on the track, which was written by Sia and Greg Kurstin. Beyoncé is also seen posing in a black tassel bikini that features side ties while she relaxes in the tropical beach destination. In another shot, she frolics in the sea with a group of backing dancers who are all wearing variations of blue and white tie dye swimwear. The singer also appears in a casual cotton dress sundress sat on a throne at night while her troop of dancers perform for her around the fire."
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