Top 10 Headlines Today: Real Lord of the Rings, Scientists Read Your Dreams…

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The top 10 stories on our radar today.
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  1. Ancient Roman Ring Inspired The Lord of the Rings?

    “The ring at the center of The Lord of the Rings, the classic fantasy epic by J.R.R. Tolkien, may have been inspired by an ancient Roman artifact currently on display in a Tudor mansion in England.” The Week

  2. Scientists Decode Dreams

    “It used to be that what happened in your dreams was your own little secret. But today scientists report for the first time that they’ve successfully decoded details of people’s dreams using brain scans.” Wired

  3. Emergency Hatch for Baby Lizards

    “Unborn lizards can erupt from their eggs days early if vibrations hint at a threat from a hungry predator, new research shows.” Science

  4. Farthest Star Explosion Yet

    “Astronomers have spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind, a supernova that could help scientists better understand the nature of the universe.” Space.Com

  5. Andes Ice Melts at Shocking Rate

    In just 25 years, glacial ice that took 1,600 years to form has melted in Peru’s Andes. “Scientists say the rapid melting of the Quelccaya ice cap, the world’s largest tropical ice sheet, is the latest sign of global warming.”
    New York Times

  6. Tadpole Sees Through Eye on Tail

    “Tadpoles bred with eyes surgically implanted in their tails still see—a novel discovery that could help the blind, a new study says.”
    National Geographic

  7. A Green Sahara?

    “As recently as 5,000 years ago, the Sahara—today a vast desert in northern Africa, spanning more than 3.5 million square miles—was a verdant landscape, with sprawling vegetation and numerous lakes.” MIT

  8. Flies With Personality

    “Fruit flies may have more individuality and personality than we imagine. And it might all be down to a bit of genetic shuffling in nerve cells that makes every fly brain unique.” University of Oxford

  9. First Turtle Genome Decoded

    “Scientists have decoded the genome of the western painted turtle, one of the most abundant turtles on Earth, finding clues to their longevity and ability to survive without oxygen during long winters spent hibernating in ice-covered ponds.”  Washington University

  10. How to Speak “Clicks”

    A young Xhosa man teaches us how to pronounce the click sounds in his South African language. YouTube
    Just for Fun


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