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Chinese city ‘plans to launch artificial moon to replace streetlights’
18th October 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech, Weird

In Chengdu, there is reportedly an ambitious plan afoot for replacing the city’s streetlights: boosting the glow of the real moon with that of a more powerful fake one.

‘Ancient Egyptian pigment can boost energy efficiency’
12th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A colour developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls, and could also enable solar generation of electricity via windows, scientists say.

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official
12th October 2018 | Space, Tech

JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda said they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data showed the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected.

Imaging tool unravels secrets of child’s sock from ancient Egypt
8th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Non-invasive technique devised by British Museum sheds light on dyeing and weaving process.

A Third Probe Landed on Asteroid Ryugu—but It Had Just 16 Hours to Live
8th October 2018 | | Space, Tech

During its free fall, the probe managed to capture 20 photographs of Ryugu, which were subsequently uploaded to the Hayabusa2 spacecraft for safekeeping.

Humans Having Sex With Neanderthals Gave Us Protection Against Ancient Viral Epidemics
8th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Stanford University researchers have identified DNA sequences that evolved in our ancient cousins can produce antivirus proteins, which more than likely gave some human populations the edge they needed to survive.

Ancient Teeth With Neanderthal Features Reveal New Chapters of Human Evolution
8th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The 450,000-year-old teeth, discovered on the Italian Peninsula, are helping anthropologists piece together the hominid family tree.

Cuisine of early farmers revealed by analysis of proteins in pottery from Çatalhöyük
4th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Using this new approach, a team of researchers has determined that vessels from this early farming site in central Anatolia, in what is now Turkey, contained cereals, legumes, dairy products and meat.

The Game-Changing Technique Behind an Amazing New Archaeological Discovery
4th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Using a drill, scientists extract a tiny chip from each bone, treat it with chemicals that pull out collagen, use an enzyme that cuts the collagen into pieces, and weigh those pieces with a mass spectrometer.

Scientists Can Now Peek Inside Mummies in a Whole New Way
2nd October 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A revved-up version of traditional CT scanning shows it’s possible to acquire microscopic-scale images of ancient Egyptian mummies, revealing previously unseen features such as blood vessels and nerves.

Neanderthals Used Their Hands for Precision, Not Just Power
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Neanderthals have long been associated with brutish behavior, but a new study adds to the growing body of literature that challenges this stereotype.

The Best-Ever Photos of an Asteroid’s Rugged Terrain
26th September 2018 | | Space, Tech

The two Japanese robots have captured Ryugu in incredible detail. The images reveal a richly textured surface, with rocks of all sizes jutting out into the darkness of space.

Humanity is on ‘the highway to digital dictatorship’, says Yuval Noah Harari
26th September 2018 | | Humans, Tech

The author of worldwide bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus says our free will is at stake. We talk to Yuval Noah Harari about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

They Made It! Japan’s Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu
24th September 2018 | | Space, Tech

The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they’ve even sent back some wild postcards from their new home.

Denisovan hybrid cave yields four more hominin bones
24th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech
The ancient human remains were found using a method that can scan thousands of bones relatively quickly. “Anything’s possible,” says Higham, who is a scientific advisor on the FINDER project. “Nothing surprises me in this field anymore.”
The chef using 60,000-year-old recipes
20th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A Scottish-born chef has won an international culinary prize by using ingredients and cooking techniques learned from indigenous Australian people.

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