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Did Neanderthals draw? This B.C. researcher is going to test DNA in old cave art to find out Social Sharing
2nd June 2020 | cbc.ca | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The University of Victoria paleoanthropologist, who specializes in European cave art, has been awarded a National Geographic grant to test genetic material found in cave wall paint in Spain to try to find out who forgot to sign their work at least 40,000 years ago.

Astronomers spot a strange, first-of-its-kind asteroid near Jupiter
26th May 2020 | engadget.com | Space, Tech
Researchers using the University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) have found (via Gizmodo) a Trojan asteroid, 2019 LD2, that not only follows an odd orbit ahead of Jupiter but also sports an icy tail — it’s a unique “crossover” between asteroid and comet.
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Scratching the surface: drones cast new light on mystery of Nazca Lines
24th May 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An aerial search in the Peruvian desert has revealed intriguing figures of humans and animals that predate the nearby Unesco world heritage site

ALMA spots twinkling heart of Milky Way
23rd May 2020 phys.org | Space, Tech

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius (Sgr) A*.

Carbon dating, the archaeological workhorse, is getting a major reboot
21st May 2020 | nature.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A long-anticipated recalibration of radiocarbon dating could shift the age of some prehistoric samples hundreds of years

Ancient human genomes shed new light on East Asia’s history
14th May 2020 | nature.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Ancient genomics is starting to unravel the history of East Asia. The first large-scale studies of ancient human genomes from the region suggest that many of its inhabitants descend from two once-distinct populations that began mixing after the development of agriculture some 10,000 years ago.

Dozens of prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites discovered by archaeology volunteers working at home during lockdown
14th May 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Dozens of previously unrecorded Roman, prehistoric and medieval sites have been discovered by archaeology volunteers based at home.

Scientists obtain ‘lucky’ image of Jupiter
9th May 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Tech

Astronomers have produced a remarkable new image of Jupiter, tracing the glowing regions of warmth that lurk beneath the gas giant’s cloud tops.

It’s time to take UFOs seriously. Seriously.
9th May 2020 | vox.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Alexander Wendt is one of the most influential political scientists alive. Here’s his case for taking UFOs seriously.

Scientists explain magnetic pole’s wanderings
6th May 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Tech

European scientists think they can now describe with confidence what’s driving the drift of the North Magnetic Pole.

‘Nearest black hole to Earth discovered’
6th May 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Tech

Astronomers have a new candidate in their search for the nearest black hole to Earth. It’s about 1,000 light-years away, or roughly 9.5 thousand, million, million km, in the Constellation Telescopium. That might not sound very close, but on the scale of the Universe, it’s actually right next door.

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Ancient river systems on Mars seen in unparalleled detail
6th May 2020 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Space, Tech

Researchers have spent decades looking for evidence of ancient water on Mars. As technology has progressed, more evidence has come to light that rivers, lakes and even oceans were once abundant on the red planet.

Hundreds of towering hydrothermal chimneys discovered on seafloor off Washington
4th May 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Tech

In the dark ocean depths off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, a magical fairyland of towering spires and hydrothermal chimneys sprout from the seafloor, a stunning new underwater map reveals.

Tying celestial mechanics to Earth’s ice ages
4th May 2020 physicstoday.scitation.org | Earth, Humans, Tech

Gradual falls and sharp rises in temperature for millions of years have profoundly affected living conditions on the planet and, consequently, our own evolution.

Pentagon releases three UFO videos taken by US navy pilots
29th April 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Tech, Weird

The Pentagon on Monday released three declassified videos that show US navy pilots encountering what appear to be unidentified flying objects.

Scientists create glowing plants using mushroom genes
28th April 2020 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Tech, Weird

Emitting an eerie green glow, they look like foliage from a retro computer game, but in fact they are light-emitting plants produced in a laboratory.

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