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New Hieroglyphics Translations Offer a Glimpse of Ancient Egyptian Life
25th September 2016 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient

“Man perishes; his corpse turns to dust; all his relatives pass away. But writings make him remembered in the mouth of the reader. A book is more effective than a well-built house or a tomb-chapel in the west, better than an established villa or a stela in the temple!”

Those prescient lines were written over 3,000 years ago, in ancient Egypt. They are part of a new book offering fresh translations of Egyptian hieroglyphics by Toby Wilkinson, an Egyptologist at the University of Cambridge. For the book, called “Writings From Ancient Egypt“, he gathered texts from poets, scribes, priests, storytellers and everyday citizens spanning some 2,000 years of Egyptian civilization to present a tantalizingly personal glimpse into a society defined today mostly by pyramids and mummies.

Lost onyx stone believed to be an ancient gem from the breastplate of the High Priest of Jerusalem is ‘found’ after being ‘missing for 1,000 years’
25th September 2016 | dailymail.co.uk | Ancient

A small onyx stone believed to have been worn in the sacred breastplate of the High Priest of Jerusalem may have been found after being missing for more than 1,000 years.

A sardonyx gem, thought to have been one of two that were set in gold on each shoulder of the breastplate and deemed to be ‘forms of divine communication’, was discovered in South Africa.


Related: Rare Gold Coin with Nero’s Face Discovered in Jerusalem

Archeologists Restore Flooring that Adorned the Second Temple of Jerusalem
25th September 2016 | scientificamerican.com | Ancient

The finding gives a glimpse of the majestic detail of this long-lost edifice central to Jewish and Christian history


Related: Remains of Ancient Roman Oven Unearthed in Scotland

The ancient Romans were onto something: cold showers might be good for you.
25th September 2016 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Humans

If you’ve ever visited Roman ruins, you’ll know that the ancient Romans were really into bathing. Every town had at least one bathhouse, which had a combination of steam rooms, hot tubs, and cold baths. But did these rituals actually do anything for the Romans’ health?

Your “Sixth Sense” Of Body Awareness Depends On This Gene
25th September 2016 | popsci.com | Humans

Scientists have identified a gene that helps us feel and keep tabs on our body’s position in space.

Two people, aged nine and 19 years old, with mutations on a gene called PIEZO2 showed researchers how their senses of touch and body awareness, or proprioception, differed from those of other people.

‘Gut feelings’ help make more successful financial traders
25th September 2016 phys.org | Humans

Financial traders are better at reading their ‘gut feelings’ than the general population – and the better they are at this ability, the more successful they are as traders, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge.

When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain’s Visual Areas Light Up
25th September 2016 | npr.org | Humans, Tech

People born without sight appear to solve math problems using visual areas of the brain.

A functional MRI study of 17 people blind since birth found that areas of visual cortex became active when the participants were asked to solve algebra problems, a team from Johns Hopkins reports in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Wireless Sensors Can Detect People’s Emotions
25th September 2016 | popsci.com | Humans, Tech

How are you feeling today?

In a paper that will be presented next month at MobiCom, the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, researchers from MIT’s CSAIL announce that they have developed a device that can determine people’s emotions by analyzing reflections in wireless signals.

A robot was just ‘arrested’ by Russian police
25th September 2016 | sciencealert.com | Tech

A robot has been arrested while taking part in a political rally in Russia, after police intervened to prevent it from interacting with the public.

Adding to the bizarre situation is the fact that this is the same model of robot that previously tried to escape twice from its manufacturer.

Do no harm, don’t discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics
25th September 2016 | theguardian.com | Tech

Isaac Asimov gave us the basic rules of good robot behaviour: don’t harm humans, obey orders and protect yourself. Now the British Standards Institute has issued a more official version aimed at helping designers create ethically sound robots.

Google’s Jigsaw subsidiary is building open-source AI tools to spot trolls
25th September 2016 | theverge.com | Tech

Can Google bring peace to the web with machine learning? Jigsaw, a subsidiary of parent company Alphabet is certainly trying, building open-source AI tools designed to filter out abusive language. A new feature from Wired describes how the software has been trained on some 17 million comments left underneath New York Times stories, along with 13,000 discussions on Wikipedia pages.

The Wikipedia bots that are engaged in spats that never end
25th September 2016 | newscientist.com | Tech

Is. Isn’t. Is. Isn’t. Is. Isn’t. It’s annoying enough when kids get stuck in this kind of loop. But certain bots on Wikipedia have been at it for years, endlessly making and unmaking each other’s edits in spats that never end.

Wikipedia editors sometimes use bots to help them keep on top of changes that users have made to the online encyclopedia. But when two editors task different bots with making incompatible edits, each bot will keep finding that its work has been undone.

Singapore’s self-driving cars can now be hailed with a smartphone
25th September 2016 | theverge.com | Tech

The world’s first self-driving taxi has finally found its ride-hail network. On Thursday, NuTonomy, an MIT-spinoff testing self-driving cars in Singapore, announced a partnership with Grab, the Uber of Southeast Asia. The partnership will allow NuTonomy to expand its public trial, which started several weeks before Uber launched its own public test in Pittsburgh


Related: Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government

Researchers discover a cell in spinach that uses sunlight to produce electricity and hydrogen
25th September 2016 phys.org | Tech

Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. The raw material of the device is water, and its products are electric current, hydrogen and oxygen.


Related: Researchers discover more efficient way to split water, produce hydrogen

Electricity-Generating Windows Could Turn Skyscrapers into Solar Farms
25th September 2016 futurism.com | Tech

Tesla may be at the forefront of solar technologies right now, with their merger with SolarCity bringing the technology full circle. In fact, one of their newer developments is a rumored “solar roof,” an actual roof that functions as solar panels.

Is a moon village the next step for space exploration? ESA’s chief thinks so
25th September 2016 | theguardian.com | Space

Could an outpost on the moon be the next logical step towards the know-how and infrastructure we need to head into the farther reaches of the solar system?

Nasa scientists find ‘impossible’ cloud on Titan—again
24th September 2016 phys.org | Space

The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought—possibly similar to one seen over Earth’s poles—could be forming clouds on Saturn’s moon Titan.


Alt: NASA Scientists Attempt to Decipher Mystery Cloud on Saturn’s Titan –“Appeared Out of Thin Air”

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