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Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal
20th February 2017 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering.

The scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant.

First live birth evidence in dinosaur relative
20th February 2017 | bbc.com | Ancient

Scientists have uncovered the first evidence of live births in the group of animals that includes dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds.

All examples of this group, known as the Archosauromorpha, lay eggs.

Otzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers
20th February 2017 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient.

Although these molecules are very stable in tissues, prior to this study it was unclear whether they could still be found in human tissues after thousands of years

Your face is probably more primitive than a Neanderthal’s
20th February 2017 | bbc.com | Humans

The face of a modern human is almost uniquely flat and extraordinarily expressive. But our remarkable faces may not be as “modern” as we think

Soon, you will never lose your boarding pass because it will be your face
20th February 2017 qz.com | Tech

Airports around the world are rolling out facial-recognition technology in an attempt to improve security and reduce the painful boarding process.

Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport is testing facial recognition technology made by Portuguese firm Vision-Box

These tiny camera lenses can ‘see’ like an eagle
20th February 2017 | sciencemag.org | Tech

Ever wonder what it’s like to have an “eagle eye?” Surgeons and spies alike may soon find out, thanks to a new camera lens that works the same way eagle­—and human—eyes do, despite being no bigger than a grain of salt. With spy gadgets in mind, scientists started working on the microlens a few years ago, but this new version features improvements to the lens’s field of view and focusing ability.

Virtual reality weather add-ons let you feel the sun and wind
20th February 2017 | newscientist.com | Tech

Virtual reality devices can already fool your eyes and ears. Soon your other senses will be fooled too, with the creation of a device that can bring the weather in your virtual world to life.

Nimesha Ranasinghe at the National University of Singapore is working towards the ultimate VR experience. Last year, his team showed how electrodes can be used to add sweet tastes into virtual reality. His new accessory, called Ambiotherm, adds atmosphere into the mix as well.

DARPA: We’re on cusp of merging human and machine
20th February 2017 | computerworld.com | Tech

We are at the point where computers and machines are no longer going to be simply tools. Computers are becoming, literally, part of us.

“There are a couple of very interesting things happening as we speak facilitating humans and machines working together in a very different way,” said Justin Sanchez, director of the Biological Technologies Office at DARPA.

New AI Can Write and Rewrite Its Own Code to Increase Its Intelligence
20th February 2017 futurism.com | Tech

A company has developed a type of technology that allows a machine to effectively learn from fewer examples and refine its knowledge as further examples are provided.

This technology could be applied to everything from teaching a smartphone to recognize a user’s preferences to helping autonomous driving systems quickly identify obstacles.

Humans Can Now “Print” Genetic Code and Engineer Life
20th February 2017 futurism.com | Tech

Scientists’ ability to create organisms through synthetic biology is getting easier and cheaper fueling the start of a new era in biology.

Synthetic biology has already lead to some innovations such as lab-grown meat, advancement in medicine, and even helping to bring back extinct species.

Future Robots May be Considered “Electronic Persons”
20th February 2017 futurism.com | Tech

Few government bodies are considering how we will categorize machines with advanced artificial intelligence.

Some have proposed creating a separate category known as “electronic persons” as a basis for deciding questions of legal standing.

Could This Tiny Drone Covered in Sticky Goop Do the Work of Bees?
20th February 2017 | smithsonianmag.com | Animal Life, Tech

With the mass bee extinction showing no signs of stopping—we lost 44 percent of all bee colonies last year—efforts to save the bees might need some supplementation.

Eijiro Miyako, a researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, has crafted what he thinks might be a temporary solution

Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees
20th February 2017 | npr.org | Animal Life, Earth

You know those nasty brown spots that can ruin an otherwise perfectly delicious apple? Those spots and other problems — like blossom blight and yellow leaves — are often caused by fungi. Apple growers usually fight back with fungicides, but a new study has found that those fungicides could be hurting honey bees.


Related: Another sting in the tail for bees: Devastating wing-deforming virus could destroy the species

Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ when they bump into each other
20th February 2017 | newscientist.com | Animal Life

Whoop whoop! A vibrational pulse produced by honeybees, long thought to be a signal to other bees to stop what they are doing, might actually be an expression of surprise.

Bees produce vibrations with their wing muscles that are inaudible to humans but can be detected by accelerometers embedded in the honeycomb.

A small city in Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to America’s vanishing bees
20th February 2017 | popsci.com | Animal Life

You’ve probably heard the news that our nation’s bees are in trouble. Pollinators have been disappearing for decades, and the population crash could threaten the global food supply. Now, a small city in Iowa has decided to do something about it.

Banned chemicals from the ’70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean
20th February 2017 phys.org | Earth

A study, led by Newcastle University’s Dr Alan Jamieson, has uncovered the first evidence that man-made pollutants have now reached the farthest corners of our earth.


Alt: Deepest Place on Earth Contains ‘Extraordinary’ Pollution Levels

Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
19th February 2017 phys.org | Space

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet.

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