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Age of 1st chief’s ancient tomb reveals Pacific islanders invented new kind of society
26th October 2016 | | Ancient

New dating on the stone buildings of Nan Madol suggests the ancient coral reef capital in the Pacific Ocean was the earliest among the islands to be ruled by a single chief.

The discovery makes Nan Madol a key locale for studying how ancient human societies evolved from simple societies to more complex societies, said archaeologist Mark D. McCoy, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. McCoy led the discovery team.

Pacific islanders may carry the DNA of an unknown human species: Genetic study reveals ancient Melanesians interbred with a mysterious hominid
26th October 2016 | | Ancient

Islanders in the Pacific Ocean may be may be carrying traces of a long lost human species locked up in their DNA.

Today, modern humans inherit a small chunk of our genes from Neanderthals, with evidence that some of us carry the genetic remnants of a lesser known sister group, called the Denisovans.

Astronomically Aligned Temple in Siwa Oasis is Ancient Calendar Device
26th October 2016 | | Ancient

Ever wondered what would become of humanity if the power grid were to collapse, nulling every technological advancement man has ever made? Long before ego tricked humans into thinking they were the center of the universe, ancient civilizations used to turn to nature for wisdom and knowledge that is core to survival.

Looting Asteroids’ Water Will Make Launches Cheaper
26th October 2016 | | Space

An asteroid mining concept could quickly deliver satellites to high orbit on the cheap.

There are hundreds of satellites in geostationary orbit, meaning that they orbit the Earth at roughly the same pace that our planet spins. It’s a long way from where humans currently roam in space; while the International Space Station is about 250 miles above Earth, geostationary orbit is about 10 times higher — at 27,000 miles.

Trip to Mars Could Throw Off Astronauts’ Balance
26th October 2016 | | Space

Imagine if our first Mars astronauts fell over and had trouble orienting themselves as soon as they landed on Mars. That could be the troubling reality according to a new bed rest study.

Oldest known planet-forming disk discovered
26th October 2016 | | Space

A group of citizen scientists and professional astronomers joined forces to discover an unusual hunting ground for exoplanets. They found a star surrounded by the oldest known circumstellar disk — a primordial ring of gas and dust that orbits around a young star and from which planets can form as the material collides and aggregates.

No, the Universe is not expanding at an accelerated rate, say physicists
26th October 2016 | | Space

Back in 2011, three astronomers were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery that the Universe wasn’t just expanding – it was expanding at an accelerating rate.

Related: Astrophysicists create most detailed map of the Milky Way

A rare opportunity for planet hunting in Alpha Centauri A predicted for 2028
26th October 2016 | Space

A very rare gravitational lensing event, set to occur in 2028, has been predicted by a team of French astronomers led by Pierre Kervella of the CNRS/Universidad de Chile. It will provide an ideal opportunity to look for evidence of a planet around a nearby star.

Move Over, Lasers: Scientists Can Now Create Holograms from Neutrons, Too
26th October 2016 | | Tech

For the first time, a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used neutron beams to create holograms of large solid objects, revealing details about their interiors in ways that ordinary laser light-based visual holograms cannot.

Researchers posit way to locally circumvent Second Law of Thermodynamics
26th October 2016 | Tech

For more than a century and a half of physics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that entropy always increases, has been as close to inviolable as any law we know. In this universe, chaos reigns supreme.

But researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory announced recently that they may have discovered a little loophole in this famous maxim.

Artificial intelligence ‘judge’ developed by UCL computer scientists
26th October 2016 | | Tech

Artificial intelligence software that can find patterns in highly complex decisions is being used to predict our taste in films, TV shows and music with ever-increasing accuracy. And now, after a breakthrough study by a group of British scientists, it could be used to predict the outcome of trials.

Joey from Friends becomes first TV character to be ‘virtually immortalized’
26th October 2016 | | Tech

University of Leeds researchers analyzed the body language, facial expressions and voice of sitcom character to create a digital avatar and, eventually, a chatbot

Related: MIT scientists are foolishly training AI to scare people

Roaming fashion robots keep busy doing odd jobs on your clothes
26th October 2016 | | Tech

Outfit missing that final touch? Try Rovables: pocket-sized robots that live on your clothes.

The bots, developed by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, look like miniature cars with a custom-designed circuit board for a roof. With the help of magnetic wheels that pinch the fabric, they can roam freely up and down clothing for 45 minutes at a stretch, stopping in place to pose as a brooch or a bracelet.

3-D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensors
26th October 2016 | Tech

Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly fabricated in customized form factors allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.

Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered bus also doubles as a powerful emergency generator
26th October 2016 | | Tech

Toyota announced today that it will start selling buses that run on hydrogen fuel-cells in Tokyo next year in advance of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Related: BMW’s Futuristic Motorcycle Balances on Its Own

New record for fusion: Giant leap in pursuit of clean energy
25th October 2016 | | Tech

Scientists and engineers recently made a leap forward in the pursuit of clean energy. The team set a new world record for plasma pressure in an Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. Plasma pressure is the key ingredient to producing energy from nuclear fusion, and MIT’s new result achieves over 2 atmospheres of pressure for the first time.

China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives
25th October 2016 | | Misc.

The Communist Party wants to encourage good behaviour by marking all its people using online data. Those who fall short will be denied basic freedoms like loans or travel

Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.

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