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Using Indus Valley expertise to tackle some Current Issues in South Asia
14th June 2018 | harappa.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Dave, author of the novel Trade Winds to Meluha concludes with a plea for education and a rekindled awareness of the positive lessons we can draw from ancient Indus practice.

Will we ever colonise an asteroid?
14th June 2018 | bbc.com | Humans, Space, Tech

The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one?

South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors
10th June 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A study of skulls from pre-Columbian Peru suggests the success rates of surgeons there was up to 80% during the Inca era, compared with just 50% during the American Civil War some 400 years later.

Secrets of Orkney’s ancient tombs revealed – in 3D
8th June 2018 | scotsman.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Orkney’s famous chambered cairns have been reconstructed in 3D with viewers able to explore and move around the tombs like never before.

Deadly behavior-modifying weapon identified in insect-world chemical arms race
7th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

New research joins the dots between zombie ants, an insect-world arms race and the search for new antibiotics.

Essential oils to fight bacterial infections
7th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Humans, Tech

Scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year.

The Art of Creating Replicas of Ice Age Cave Paintings
5th June 2018 hyperallergic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The idea that art is an expression valued for originality is put to the test with the study and replication of caves painted during the Pleistocene.

Hats on for Easter Island statues
4th June 2018 | sciencecodex.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

How do you put a 13-ton hat on a giant statue? That’s what researchers are trying to figure out with their study of Easter Island statues and the red hats that sit atop some of them.

How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness
3rd June 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new activity center at the American Indian Museum in NYC sheds light on the original know-how of the Americas.

Could scientists bring dinosaurs back to life?
31st May 2018 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Is it possible to bring these long gone reptiles back from the dead and, if we could, would we really want to?

Astronomers scrutinized last year’s eclipse. Here’s what they’ve learned
29th May 2018 | sciencenews.org | Space, Tech

New research is providing hints about what’s going on in the sun’s atmosphere.

A southern-hemisphere Stonehenge is found in Chile
29th May 2018 | economist.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

At least some of northern Chile’s saywas had the “astronomical function” of prefiguring the sun’s appearance. They are a southern-hemisphere Stonehenge.

New Stonehenge Theory Says Humans Didn’t Move Stones After All
28th May 2018 mysteriousuniverse.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Rather than being transported by humans as is commonly thought, this theory instead argues that the stones were carried by a glacier.

50,000 year old Siberian bones may be the ‘oldest Homo sapiens’ outside Africa and Middle East
23rd May 2018 siberiantimes.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The bones are undergoing tests to establish whether they are Homo sapiens or another species of human. If they are Homo sapiens remains, they will be the oldest found in northern Eurasia.

Aboriginal settlement in Australia was no accident
21st May 2018 | jcu.edu.au | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers working to solve the mystery of how Aboriginal people first reached Australia say the earliest people didn’t get here by accident, but made deliberate voyages to reach the new land.

This is earth’s real first line of defense against asteroid strikes
21st May 2018 | wearethemighty.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The B612 Foundation is dedicated to all planetary defense issues. This group of physicists, astronomers, engineers, and astronauts is looking out for you – and are motivated to do it.

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