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Light from behind a black hole spotted for 1st time, proving Einstein right
30th July 2021 | livescience.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers have detected light coming from behind a black hole for the first time, proving Albert Einstein right, yet again.

Scientists Are Giving AI The Ability to Imagine Things It’s Never Seen Before
21st July 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Tech

Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving very adept at certain tasks – like inventing human faces that don’t actually exist, or winning games of poker – but these networks still struggle when it comes to something humans do naturally: imagine.

Just 7% of our DNA is unique to modern humans, study shows
19th July 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

What makes humans unique? Scientists have taken another step toward solving an enduring mystery with a new tool that may allow for more precise comparisons between the DNA of modern humans and that of our extinct ancestors.

Book of the Dead fragments, half a world apart, are pieced together
15th July 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A torn 2,300-year-old mummy wrapping — covered with hieroglyphics from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead — has been digitally reunited with its long-lost piece that was ripped away.

Technology boosts efforts to curb tree loss in Amazon
13th July 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Technology can help indigenous communities to significantly curb deforestation, according to a new study. Indigenous people living in the Peruvian Amazon were equipped by conservation groups with satellite data and smartphones.

Stonehenge: Did ancient ‘machine’ move stones from Wales?
5th July 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

It is a mystery that has confounded experts for centuries – how were huge stones transported 180 miles (290km) from the Preseli Hills to Stonehenge?

 

Archaeogenetics will help us solve mysteries of past
27th May 2021 | newscientist.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

TWO seemingly disparate scientific disciplines have been drawn into each other’s orbits, set on a collision course.

Astronomers create largest map of the universe’s dark matter
27th May 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space, Tech

We can’t see it, barely understand it, but know that it exists because of the powerful influence it exerts on space.

The search for alien life
10th May 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Humans, Space, Tech

New technologies and techniques are searching for signs of alien life as never before. What and where will that potential life be?

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.

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