News Desk

Ancient Romans depicted Huns as barbarians. Their bones tell a different story
25th March 2017 | washingtonpost.com | Ancient

To hear the Romans tell it, the arrival of Huns at the empire’s border was an unmitigated catastrophe.

“The Huns in multitude break forth with might and wrath … spreading dismay and loss,” read a poem engraved on a wall in ancient Constantinople. “And naught but loss of life and breath their course shall ever stay.”


Alt: Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle—and vice versa

Archaeologists uncover stunning town built by Greeks in Italy 2,500 years ago
25th March 2017 | haaretz.com | Ancient

Palatial building and luxurious imports signal that the Greek founders of Poseidonia in Italy were living high on the hog from pagan pilgrims

The discovery of a monumental building and priceless ceramics imported from Greece in excavations at Poseidonia shows for the first time how rich its Greek founders were when establishing the city in Italy in the 6th century B.C.E.

There was an outbreak of cannibalism 10,000 years ago in Spain
25th March 2017 arstechnica.com | Ancient

The Mesolithic period in Europe, roughly 10,000 years ago, was a tumultuous time. Small groups of hunter-gatherers were undergoing a dramatic cultural transformation, making increasingly sophisticated stone tools with wooden components. They were on the cusp of the agricultural revolution, which would grant them a broader range of nutrition sources and greater food security

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’
25th March 2017 | bbc.com | Ancient

The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain.

This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 years.

Dinosaur crater’s clue to origin of life
25th March 2017 | bbc.com | Ancient

The crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs is revealing clues to the origins of life on Earth.

Scientists have drilled into the 200km-wide Chicxulub crater now buried under the Gulf of Mexico.

They say its rocks show evidence of having been home to a large “hydrothermal system”, where hot fluids flowed through cracks and fissures.

We May Have Finally Found the Foundations Upon Which Life Evolved
25th March 2017 futurism.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have discovered that a version of the Krebs cycle, the heart of the cellular metabolic network, can take place without the cellular proteins known as enzymes. Since the Krebs cycle does not require cellular proteins to occur, researchers now believe that metabolism may predate life. In fact, spontaneous chemical reactions may have served as the foundation for life on Earth.

Researchers create self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell
25th March 2017 phys.org | Tech

Instead of oil, coal, or even solar energy, self-sustaining bacterial fuel cells may power the future.

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) with the first micro-scale self-sustaining cell, which generated power for 13 straight days through symbiotic interactions of two types of bacteria.

Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs
25th March 2017 | bbc.com | Tech

A synthetic skin for prosthetics limbs that can generate its own energy from solar power has been developed by engineers from Glasgow University.

Researchers had already created an ‘electronic skin’ for prosthetic hands made with new super-material graphene.

Your Skin Heals Itself. Soon, Robots’ Skin Will, Too
25th March 2017 futurism.com | Tech

Researchers in Hyderabad, India, have just discovered the extraordinary self-healing properties of graphene. They hope this revelation will lead to the development of flexible sensors that can heal themselves for use in artificial skin. This would allow robots to have self-healing skin, just like their human counterparts.

Towards a lip-reading computer
25th March 2017 | bbc.com | Tech

Scientists at Oxford say they’ve invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans.

The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google’s DeepMind AI division.


Related: Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops’ Body Cameras Into Surveillance Machines

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: science says she’s happy
25th March 2017 phys.org | Tech

The subject of centuries of scrutiny and debate, Mona Lisa’s famous smile is routinely described as ambiguous. But is it really that hard to read? Apparently not.

In an unusual trial, close to 100 percent of people described her expression as unequivocally “happy”, researchers revealed on Friday.

Machine learning writes songs that elicits emotions from its listeners
25th March 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Tech

Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. Scientists have developed a new machine-learning device that detects the emotional state of its listeners to produce new songs that elicit new feelings.


Related: Machine learning reveals lack of female screen time in top films

A Robot Lawyer Is Officially Assisting With Refugee Applications
25th March 2017 futurism.com | Tech

When Joshua Browder developed the chatbot for DoNotPay, the original idea was just to help people out with their traffic ticket woes. DoNotPay has since successfully overturned more than 200,000 disputable parking tickets in London, New York, and Seattle. It’s also given free legal aid to people who couldn’t afford lawyers for their emergency housing issues. The 20-year old Browder, a student at Stanford University, has now turned his robot lawyer to helping refugees seeking asylum.

Something on your mind? AI can read your thoughts and tell whether you are guilty of committing a crime
25th March 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Tech

A superhuman skill once the preserve of comic book heroes could soon become a reality.

Scientists have used a combination of brain scanning and artificial intelligence to read the minds of ‘criminals’ to determine whether they are guilty of knowingly committing a crime.

New Tool to Stop ISIS From Trafficking Artifacts: A Liquid Tracking Device
25th March 2017 europe.newsweek.com | Ancient, Tech

A team of Syrian archaeologists in Turkey received a box in January that could have been meant for a detective agency: It contained small bottles, brushes, a sprayer and an ultraviolet light. Inside the bottles was a traceable liquid that the team hopes will deter looters from targeting Syrian artifacts, or help authorities track the artifacts if they disappear—cutting off a reported source of revenue for ISIS.

Jack the Ripper mystery: Researchers hit roadblock
25th March 2017 | foxnews.com | Ancient

Researchers looking to identify the last known victim of Jack the Ripper have hit a low-tech roadblock that will likely prevent them from unleashing their DNA testing technology on any potential remains.


Alt: Jack the Ripper’s final victim is lost forever: Experts say efforts to find the remains of Mary Jane Kelly would be a ‘Herculean effort’ unlikely to ever succeed

Exclusive: Tomb of Christ at Risk of ‘Catastrophic’ Collapse
24th March 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient

Scientists have discovered that there is a “very real risk” that the holiest site in Christianity may collapse if nothing is done to shore up its unstable foundations.

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