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Essential oils to fight bacterial infections
7th June 2018 | | Humans, Tech

Scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year.

A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It
6th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

This may not seem like a huge deal, but in situations where a decade or two of discrepancy counts, radiocarbon dating could be misrepresenting important details.

Dozens of Mysterious ‘Reserve Heads’ Were Sealed in Ancient Egyptian Tombs
6th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Sculpted during the Old Kingdom (2613-2181 B.C.), the heads are often made of limestone, with the bottom of the neck working as a sort of base to allow the object to stand.

Late Pleistocene human mandibles from the Niah Caves may hint at ancient diets
6th June 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The researchers estimate that one of the mandibles is 28-30,000 years old, while the other two are at least 11,000 and 10,000 years old, respectively.

Traditional Aboriginal healers should work alongside doctors to help close the gap
5th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Aboriginal healing practices involve mindfulness and attention to relationships with all living things, as well as seeking the advice and treatments of traditional healers.

The art of healing: five medicinal plants used by Aboriginal Australians
5th June 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

People have lived in Australia for at least 65,000 years. In all those generations the land provided original Australians with everything they needed for a healthy life.

This 4,000-Year-Old Jar Contains Italy’s Oldest Olive Oil
5th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Traces of oleic and linoleic acid found on a central Italy jar pushes the timeline of the substance in the region back an estimated 700 years.

The Art of Creating Replicas of Ice Age Cave Paintings
5th June 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The idea that art is an expression valued for originality is put to the test with the study and replication of caves painted during the Pleistocene.

The social robot that could help save indigenous languages
4th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers are in a race against time to preserve or revive indigenous languages, only 140 of which out of more than 300 are still spoken today.

Old Maori village discovered by Otago archaeologists
4th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Among the findings in the 2.5 metre-deep excavation were moa bones and other food items, fish hooks manufactured of moa bone and stone tools made of obsidian and chert.

Hats on for Easter Island statues
4th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

How do you put a 13-ton hat on a giant statue? That’s what researchers are trying to figure out with their study of Easter Island statues and the red hats that sit atop some of them.

How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness
3rd June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new activity center at the American Indian Museum in NYC sheds light on the original know-how of the Americas.

And two became one: ancient American lineages reunited to head south
1st June 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Analyses of 91 ancient genomes recovered from human remains at sites in California and Canada provide evidence that the first peoples separated into two populations between 18,000 and 15,000 years ago.

The making of a human population uncovered through ancient Icelandic genomes
1st June 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Contemporary Icelanders have diverged from their ancestors in Scandinavia and the British and Irish Isles, while the Viking age settlers are effectively indistinguishable from modern representatives of these source populations.


This ‘Hawk Mummy’ Was Actually Human
1st June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The 2,100-year-old mummified remains actually belong to a stillborn boy who suffered from anencephaly, a rare condition in which part of the brain and skull fails to develop.

New map of Alaska’s ancient coast supports theory that America’s first people arrived by boat
31st May 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The coast of southeastern Alaska was largely ice-free and full of plant and animal life 17,000 years ago—a welcoming environment for people venturing south.

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