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Egypt archaeologist criticises pyramid void ‘discovery’
5th November 2017 | Ancient, Humans

An Egyptian archaeologist overseeing a project to scan a pyramid for voids on Saturday criticised the announcement of a discovery of a passenger plane-sized cavity in the Great Pyramid.

Picking Apart the Words of Herodotus: Was He a Father of Histories or Lies?
5th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

For some, The Histories marks the beginning of historical writing, and hence the title ‘Father of History’ was conferred on Herodotus. Others, however, argue that Herodotus was the ‘Father of Lies’.

Aboriginal artist uses Australia Post mailbags to push message about land rights to the nation
5th November 2017 | | Humans

An Indigenous artist from the remote APY Lands in South Australia is using his fame to push his political message about land rights to a wider audience.

Did America’s First Immigrants Travel By Land Or Sea? Scientists Weigh In
5th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The first humans to settle the Americas might have been sailors, and Earth’s prehistoric environment would have kept them alive as they floated along the coasts and looked for new places to make their homes.

Passengers Selected for First Interstellar Mission
5th November 2017 | Humans, Space

The list of passengers for the first interstellar space mission has been released and, sorry Elon, you’re not on it and neither are any other Trekkie-wannabes – with or without their own rockets.

Humans to Blame for Climate Change, Government Report Says
4th November 2017 | | Earth, Humans

Humans are to blame. That’s the verdict of an executive-branch government report concluding that Homo sapiens are the dominant cause of planetary warming since the mid-20th century.

Why the Navajo Nation Banned Genetic Research
4th November 2017 | | Humans

“To us,” explained Frank Dukepoo, a Hopi geneticist, to the San Francisco Chronicle, “any part of ourselves is sacred. Scientists say it’s just DNA. For an Indian, it is not just DNA, it’s part of a person, it is sacred, with deep religious significance. It is part of the essence of a person.”

Black Lives Matter Receives the Sydney Peace Prize
4th November 2017 | Humans

The Black Lives Matter movement started from a social media hashtag used by three black women who, four years ago, wanted to start a new political conversation about police and state-sanctioned violence against black Americans. Now, the BLM movement is an internationally recognized rallying cry for an emerging generation of civil rights activists and community organizers — one that the Sydney Peace Foundation awarded with Australia’s international Prize for Peace on Thursday.

Anthropologist group suggests first humans to the Americas arrived via the kelp highway
3rd November 2017 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

In their paper, they scrap the conventional view that Clovis people making their way across a Bering land bridge were the first to arrive in the Americas—more recent evidence suggests others arrived far earlier, likely using boats to travel just offshore.

From health to crimefighting, AI has brought us to the threshold of a new era
3rd November 2017 | | Humans, Tech

It is being woven into the fabric of our lives, but critics say AI could threaten human rights, privacy and society in general. So where is it already being used?

Hundreds of Native American Artifacts Unearthed by Hurricane Irma Are Headed to a Florida Museum
3rd November 2017 | Ancient, Humans

The items once belonged to the extinct Calusa tribe, which lived on the island between 700 and 1200 AD. Archaeologists have long suspected that the area was rife with historical artifacts, but the excavation of public land is illegal and wouldn’t have been approved by the local government.

Science confirms you should stop and smell the roses
3rd November 2017 | | Humans

A UBC researcher says there’s truth to the idea that spending time outdoors is a direct line to happiness. In fact, Holli-Anne Passmore says if people simply take time to notice the nature around them, it will increase their general happiness and well-being.

Tiny sensors developed to study the secrets of brain chemistry
3rd November 2017 | Humans, Tech

Nanosensors are incredible information-gathering tools for myriad applications, including molecular targets such as the brain. Neurotransmitter molecules govern brain function through chemistry found deep within the brain, so University of California, Berkeley researchers are developing nanosensors to gain a better understanding of exactly how this all plays out.

Black Lives Matter in Australia: wherever black people are, there is racism – and resistance
3rd November 2017 | | Humans

The government must stand on the side of the original people of this land, and challenge the idea that their lives don’t matter. Black Lives Matter is in Australia to accept the Sydney peace prize, and meet with black Australians.

Australia: Rainmakers of the Outback (film)
3rd November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A process of cultural awakening begins when Putuparri returns to his homeland in the desert with Spider and is shocked to learn that the Dreamtime myths are not just stories. Spurred into action by what he experiences, Putuparri dedicates himself to reclaiming the land taken from his ancestors and battling bureaucracy and political apathy. He is also under immense pressure to preserve an age-old culture while coming to terms with his own turbulent past.

Valuable Jewels, Ornate Lamps and Coins Unearthed from 2,000-Year-Old Tombs in Corinth
3rd November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

A team of Greek researchers has unearthed unique jewels, coins and other precious artifacts while excavating tombs near the ruins of the ancient city of Corinth. Experts estimate that the newly found objects date between the fourth and first centuries AD.

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