From South Africa’s Rising Star cave system, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger announced the discovery of bones he says belong to the species Homo naledi, dated to 335,000 years old. Based on the location of remains, scientists posit that the species may have intentionally disposed of their dead within the chamber.
Stanford neuroscientist E.J. Chichilnisky has a bold plan—Create implantable devices to restore vision to a number of people who have gone blind. But to do this, he’ll have to revolutionize the way electronic devices interface with the human brain.
Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has revealed new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta. Finding ice on these bodies is of major importance to understanding the transport and evolution of water-rich materials in our solar system.
Physics professor answers the question posed by Quora and Newsweek magazine, and suggests the best method for destroying a huge asteroid that is headed towards Earth that would be to explode a thermonuclear warhead a few miles above its surface.
The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka’ in northern Guatemala is the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered at the site, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala has announced. This king’s tomb helped to make the royal palace acropolis holy ground, a place of majesty, early in the history of the Wak — centipede — dynasty.
An ancient building with a hypocaust, or central heating system, has been found underneath a site dating to late antiquity and a medieval necropolis in Croatia’s Nature Park Telašćica, which is located on the Dalmatian island of Dugi otok.
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One of the largest ancient Greek tombs ever discovered has been found near the mythical city of Orchomenus containing the body of one man and a trove of artefacts dating back to 1400 BC. The tomb for the unknown Mycenaean measures a massive 138 square feet in size, and its partially collapsed gabled ceiling measures 11 feet in height, making it one of the largest carved stone tombs to have been discovered from the period.
The Yerington Paiute Tribe is trying to hold the prior owners of an abandoned copper mine in Nevada accountable for polluting the environment. The tribe is seeking tens of millions of dollars from Atlantic Richfield Corp. (ARCO) and BP America Inc., The Associated Press reported. The lawsuit says the companies covered up the extent of contamination at the Anaconda Copper Mine Site, where uranium, arsenic and other dangerous toxins have contaminated the soil and groundwater.
In response to the Standing Rock Sioux battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin amended its constitution to include the Rights of Nature. This is the first time a North American tribe has used a Western legal framework to adopt such laws. Some American municipalities have protected their watersheds against fracking by invoking Rights of Nature.
No excavation has ever been undertaken at the Fort of the Caledonians, which gave the town its name, and it has been overgrown for decades. The possibility of discovering evidence a Celtic chieftain once ruled from on high above Dunkeld is a tantalising one.
In an experiment called Awake Your Curiosity, with help from Romanian digital agency Kubis Interactive, Grolsch beer brewers hooked 14 people up to neuro headsets that measured relaxation, attention and intensity in human brain waves. Then it blindfolded them and had a famous local rock band play on a nearby stage. Afterward, the listeners heard ‘busy life’ noises of traffic jams, sirens, and ringing telephones. Results were impressive.
Truth-seeking questions got asked by nine transformational leaders from around the world on a high-risk extreme adventure, complete with ayahuasca ceremony, through the heart of the Costa Rican jungle.
The world is about to have its first quantum computers. The complexity and power of quantum hardware, such as ion traps and superconducting qubits, are scaling up. The problem is how best to program these devices. The stakes are high — get this wrong and we will have experiments that nobody can use instead of technology that can change the world.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the KSC Visitor Complex and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Titusville, Florida, have reopened in the aftermath of hurricane force winds from Hurricane Irma that lashed the Florida Space Coast on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 10/11) – forcing launch delays and leaving damaged and destroyed homes, buildings, infrastructure and launch viewing locations in its wake. The visitor complex was without potable drinking water and remained closed to the public for several days.
Samson, an iconic longhorn steer, is both a farm animal and beloved family pet in hurricane-ravaged Texas. When he got stuck up to his neck in mud, social media pleas caused a whole community to band together and save his life.