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The ‘Iron Man’ body armour many of us may soon be wearing
13th April 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Tech

Imagine wearing high-tech body armour that makes you super strong and tireless.

String theorist Michio Kaku: A ‘theory of everything’ is within our grasp
6th April 2021 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The physicist on Newton finding inspiration amid the great plague, how the multiverse can unite religions, ‘reaching out to aliens is a terrible idea’ and why a ‘theory of everything’ is within our grasp.

Modern analysis of rock art: Machine learning opens new doors in archaeology
31st March 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Rock art of human figures created over thousands of years in Australia’s Arnhem Land has been put through a transformative machine learning study to analyse style changes over the years.

A scientist on the great responsibility of using ancient DNA to rewrite human history
25th March 2021 | vox.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

In universities and research labs across the world, scientists are actively rewriting whole chapters of human history, big and small. And they’re doing it using a very new piece of evidence: ancient DNA.

The world’s earliest stone technologies are likely to be older than previously thought
25th March 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new study from the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation has found that Oldowan and Acheulean stone tool technologies are likely to be tens of thousands of years older than current evidence suggests.

Cern experiment hints at new force of nature
23rd March 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Tech

Experts reveal ‘cautious excitement’ over unstable particles that fail to decay as standard model suggests.

An Unexpected Hubble Discovery Just Changed Our Understanding of Star Formation
19th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech, Weird

New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope show the powerful astrophysical jets and stellar winds that flow from baby stars do not have the expected effect of quenching the stellar growth process. This poses quite a significant conundrum for our models of star formation.

Scientists Achieve Real-Time Communication With Lucid Dreamers in Breakthrough
19th February 2021 | vice.com | Humans, Tech

Humanity has been able to reach distant vistas, such as the Moon, the deep oceans, and the wild expanses at Earth’s poles. Now, scientists have made a new breakthrough in the exploration of a very different type of frontier—the hallucinatory world inside dreams.

 

Incredibly detailed video shows DNA twisting into weird shapes to squeeze into cells
18th February 2021 | livescience.com | Humans, Tech

Scientists recently captured a high-resolution video of DNA shimmying into weird shapes in order to squeeze inside cells.

What Happens When You Swap a Human Gene With a Neanderthal’s?
15th February 2021 | wired.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Now that we’ve gotten a look at the genomes of archaic humans, researchers are trying to determine whether our differences are due to genetics.

Modern human origins cannot be traced back to a single point in time
12th February 2021 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Genetic and fossil records do not reveal a single point where modern humans originated, researchers have found.

Astronomers Just Confirmed The Most Distant Known Object in The Solar System
11th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space, Tech

FarFarOut, a large chunk of rock found in 2018 at a whopping distance of around 132 astronomical units from the Sun, has been studied and characterised, and we now know a lot more about it, and its orbit.

Pace of prehistoric human innovation could be revealed by ‘linguistic thermometer’
27th January 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Multi-disciplinary researchers at The University of Manchester have helped develop a powerful physics-based tool to map the pace of language development and human innovation over thousands of years—even stretching into pre-history before records were kept.

Why The ‘Happy Face Crater’ on Mars Is Happier Than Ever
25th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech

These two images were taken by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and show how Mars’ surface is changing over time – in this case, due to thermal erosion.

Beyond DNA: How proteins let us get up close and personal to our ancient relatives
15th January 2021 | sciencefocus.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Palaeoproteomics, a new technology that studies the proteins of ancient remains, is shaking up history. Not only can we now peer further back in time, but the technique is also letting us see our past in a new way.

Image from: MAKY.OREL (Wiki Commons)

Tooth tartar could uncover the drug habits of ancient people
10th January 2021 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Want to know whether an ancient Sogdian smoked cannabis or a Viking got high on henbane? A new method, which analyzes drug residue in the tartar of teeth, may soon be able to tell.

Image from: Metju12. (Wiki Commons)

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