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Face of Ancient Queen Revealed for First Time
14th December 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Centuries after a noblewoman lived and died in Peru, scientists have reconstructed her face in stunning 3-D.

Scientists want to explore the Great Pyramid of Giza with … a micro-blimp?
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers are currently developing a blimp-like exploration robot, designed to squeeze through a tiny 1.5-inch hole, before unfolding and inflating itself to look around.

New Research Says There’s a Genetic Limit to How Long We Can Live
14th December 2017 | Humans, Tech
A new paper published by a team of multidisciplinary researchers claim that humankind has reached a peak in physical development and lifespan. The limit is a product of genetic constraints, combined with environmental conditions.
Ancient mummy found to have bone cancer
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The mummified man, nicknamed “Hen” lived around 2,000 years ago, but he was just recently given a full CT scan at the Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Engineers create plants that glow
13th December 2017 | Earth, Humans, Tech

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk.

Something Really Fascinating Happens When You Give Plants Anaesthetic
12th December 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

It isn’t only humans and animals that are affected by anaesthetics – plants are, too.

Discovery in 12,000-Year-Old Grave Shows Not All Ancient Fishers Were Men
12th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest fish hooks found in a grave, and they’re challenging the idea that most of the fishing work in the Indonesian region thousands of years ago was only carried out by men.

NASA Just Unveiled Its Plan to Retrieve The First-Ever Samples From Mars
11th December 2017 | | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA has unveiled its plan for its next Mars rover, “Mars 2020”, which will collect samples from the surface of the red planet.

11th December 2017 | | Earth, Space, Tech

The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earths, some of which could support life. And it is has found its latest discovery, one significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Zips Off To Collect Asteroid Sample
10th December 2017 | | Space, Tech

If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will enter Bennu’s orbit in August 2018 and start surveying the asteroid as well as mapping out potential sampling sites.

Metal From Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Can Also Kill Cancer Cells
9th December 2017 | | Humans, Space, Tech

A dense metal found in asteroids called iridium can be used to kill cancer cells without causing any harm to the healthy tissue surrounding it, according to a recent study conducted by researchers.

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time
8th December 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended. The map reflects the geographical knowledge (and misconceptions) of its time, but in some ways it’s surprisingly advanced.

Atlas of developing human brain launched by researchers
8th December 2017 | | Humans, Tech

Scientists have taken the first step towards a comprehensive atlas of gene expression in cells across the developing human brain, making available new insights into how specific cells and gene networks contribute to building this most complex of organs.

“We’re Re-thinking the Evolution of the Universe” –13-Billion-Year Voyage of the Light from Oldest Most Massive Known Black Hole
7th December 2017 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

Astronomers have discovered the most distant known black hole: a so-called quasar whose light has taken 13 billion years to reach us. In consequence, the light shows that quasar as it was 13 billion years ago, a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang.

Bronze Age Elite Forged All Their Best Weapons and Jewelry From Meteorites
5th December 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

How could people living during the Bronze Age pull off the difficult process of making iron? They didn’t, concludes a new study, instead they got the iron for the rare, few iron artifacts discovered from the period in an easy-to-use form: meteorites hitting Earth.

UA Students Participate in First Global Planetary Defense Exercise
5th December 2017 | Humans, Space, Tech
Students are part of a drill that tests astronomers’ ability to respond to a highly unlikely — but not impossible — scenario: an asteroid on course to collide with Earth.

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