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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)

Archaeologists create 3-D model of part of the Tepsei archaeological site
30th December 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archeologists from Kemerovo State University are exploring the Tepsei site of Minusinsk Basin, located in Krasnoturansky district (Krasnoyarsk region).

Discovery of 66 new Roman Army sites shows more clues about one of the empire’s most infamous conflicts
22nd December 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Analysis of the 66 camps shows the Roman army had a larger presence in the region than previously thought during the 200-year battle to conquer the Iberian Peninsula.

Scientists looking for aliens investigate radio beam ‘from nearby star’
18th December 2020 | theguardian.com | Space, Tech

Astronomers behind the most extensive search yet for alien life are investigating an intriguing radio wave emission that appears to have come from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun.

Hayabusa-2: Pieces of an asteroid found inside space capsule
16th December 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space, Tech

Scientists have been greeted by the sight of jet black chunks of rock and soil from an asteroid after opening a capsule that returned from deep space a week ago.

Archaeologists find vast network of Amazon villages laid out like the cosmos
9th December 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Billions of lasers shot from a helicopter flying over the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest have detected a vast network of long-abandoned circular and rectangular-shaped villages dating from 1300 to 1700, a new study finds.

Alien life in our Solar System: 5 best places to look
9th December 2020 | sciencefocus.com | Humans, Space, Tech

A fleet of missions is spreading across the Solar System to investigate our neighbours for signs of life. Here’s what they are looking for.

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Lab developing device to help Earth dodge asteroids
3rd December 2020 phys.org | Humans, Space, Tech

In a corner of the campus at Riga Technical University, a team of scientists is working on technology that could one day stop asteroids from smashing into Earth.

Maya Water System Discoveries Show the Ancient Civilization in a New Light
2nd December 2020 | discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Elaborate water and irrigation systems, overlooked for decades by archaeologists, are getting their due.

Australian scientists map millions of galaxies with new telescope
1st December 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space, Tech

The CSIRO, the national science agency, said its new telescope had created “a new atlas of the universe” in record time – showing unprecedented detail.

DeepMind AI cracks 50-year-old problem of protein folding
1st December 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Tech

Having risen to fame on its superhuman performance at playing games, the artificial intelligence group DeepMind has cracked a serious scientific problem that has stumped researchers for half a century.

Students discover hidden 15th-century text on medieval manuscripts
20th November 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Rochester Institute of Technology students discovered a lost text on 15th-century manuscript leaves using an imaging system they developed as freshmen.

Humanity must build technology to ‘destroy large incoming asteroid’, says Richard Dawkins
19th November 2020 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc., Space, Tech

Evolutionary biology says it is our ‘responsibility’ to ward off such a threat.

Rock of ages: how asteroid dust may reveal secrets of life on Earth
16th November 2020 | theguardian.com | Space, Tech

A six-year mission will soon bring back a few grains of soil that could explain how water arrived on our planet.

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