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NASA releases first data from OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission
12th December 2018 astronomy.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

Take a peek at asteroid Bennu: porous, blue, and with a water-rich parent body.

This 8000-year-old ‘gum’ holds surprises about ancient toolmakers
12th December 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Among other things, the DNA suggests these toolmakers were both male and female, and some may have been as young as 5 years old.

Indigenous astronomy to revitalise the Australian curriculum
10th December 2018 indigenousx.com.au | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The resources will assist teachers in implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures’ cross curriculum priority from the Australian Curriculum.

Near-Earth asteroid removed from risk list
10th December 2018 cosmosmagazine.com | Earth, Space, Tech

European Space Agency cancels 2026 collision risk – leaving just 794 possibilities.

How NASA’s Mission to Bennu Will Keep Earth Safe from Asteroids
10th December 2018 gizmodo.com | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission won’t just take pretty pictures of the asteroid Bennu—it will also help scientists learn whether the rock will one day threaten Earth.

How Bronze Age Northern Mongolian Peoples Got Milk
10th December 2018 | forbes.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

The genomes of 22 individuals dating to the Late Bronze Age suggest that milk consumption was spread through cultural diffusion, not as a result of the migration of new peoples into the region.

50,000 year old tiara made of woolly mammoth ivory found in world famous Denisova Cave…
7th December 2018 siberiantimes.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The tiara was most likely made by Denisovans who are known to have had the technology 50,000 or so years ago to make elegant needles out of ivory and a sophisticated and beautiful stone bracelet.

We Need More Diversity in Our Genomic Databases
4th December 2018 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Humans, Tech

The ones we have now are too heavily skewed toward people of European descent.

Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy
30th November 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

As far back as 40,000 years ago, humans kept track of time using relatively sophisticated knowledge of the stars, new research shows.

Extinct ‘Denisovan’ people may have lived on Earth’s highest plateau
30th November 2018 | newscientist.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

If modern humans harnessed Denisovan DNA to survive at altitude, perhaps the Denisovans could also survive on the Tibetan Plateau.

Asteroid-sampling mission zeroes in on tiny space rock
30th November 2018 | nature.com | Space, Tech

US spacecraft aims to return the largest trove of space dirt to Earth since NASA’s final Apollo mission in the 1970s.

Ancient populations from different Caucasus regions had strong social connections
30th November 2018 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

More than 70 thousand years ago, Neanderthals transferred obsidian to distances up to 250 kilometers and used it to manufacture tools.

Giant 700-Foot-Wide Asteroid In Trajectory With Earth In 2023
27th November 2018 | valuewalk.com | Earth, Space, Tech

According to a NASA report, the asteroid has the potential of colliding with earth on 62 different impact trajectories, from between 2023 and 2117.

It’s No Ancient Secret, a High-Tech Headband Can Help Train Your Brain to Meditate
27th November 2018 futurism.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Brainwaves of highly experienced meditation practitioners are different than those of non-meditators.

Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
26th November 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.

Meet Denny, the ancient mixed-heritage mystery girl
26th November 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new project backed by the European Research Council aims to transform our knowledge of the Denisovans and their relations with both Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals.

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