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Mixing the ancient and the new—preserving rock art at the touch of a button
24th November 2017 phys.org | Ancient, Tech

Some of the world’s most ancient art could be protected with a new app designed by Newcastle University heritage and software experts. GPS locates the site of the rock art, and users then log its condition. It registers the state of the motifs and any potential threats – such as damage from being driven over or livestock.

Do dark matter and dark energy exist?
23rd November 2017 phys.org | Space, Tech

Researchers have hypothesized that the universe contains “dark matter.” They have also posited the existence of “dark energy.” These two hypotheses account for the movement of stars in galaxies and for the accelerating expansion of the universe. But according to a researcher at UNIGE, these concepts may be no longer valid, as universal phenomena can be demonstrated without them.

New Discovery Raises Hope for Human Colonization of the Moon
19th November 2017 futurism.com | Humans, Space, Tech

In October 2017, Japan’s Selenological and Engineering Explorer probe discovered a massive underground cave on the Moon. The space, which is 100 meters (328 feet) wide and 50 kilometers (31 miles) long, is being touted as a potential location for a lunar station.

Next generation astronomical survey to map the entire sky
17th November 2017 phys.org | Space, Tech

The next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V), directed by Juna Kollmeier of the Carnegie Institution for Science, will move forward with mapping the entire sky following a $16 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world
17th November 2017 | newscientist.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers have sent a radio message to a neighbouring star system – one of the closest known to contain a potentially habitable planet – and it’s nearby enough that we could receive a reply in less than 25 years.

Origami in Orbit: Ancient Art Inspires Efficient Spacecraft
17th November 2017 | space.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

The ancient art of origami has inspired designs for numerous pieces of hardware on NASA missions, allowing scientists to pack more technology into smaller space-bound packages.

KEY TO LONGER LIFE DISCOVERED IN DNA OF TINY AMISH COMMUNITY IN INDIANA
16th November 2017 | newsweek.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A rare mutation found in an Amish population in Indiana may shed new light on how to fight back against aging, researchers have found.

New ‘Trackable’ Pill Knows When It’s Been Taken And Can Talk To Doctors
15th November 2017 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Tech

US regulators are allowing doctors use the first intuitive medicine, which knows whether or not it has been taken. The “trackable” pill can talk to doctors and tell them whether their patients have taken the drugs they need.

Life Can Survive on Mars Far, Far Longer Than We Thought
14th November 2017 futurism.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Thanks to a new study by a team of researchers from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU), we may now be able to place constraints on what kinds of conditions microorganisms can withstand.

Scientists Have Engineered Beetles With a Fully Functional Third Eye
14th November 2017 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its forehead.

Ancient Egyptian tomb resurrected using 3D printer 2,000 miles away in Switzerland
14th November 2017 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An Ancient Egyptian tomb has been resurrected using a 3D printer – 2,000 miles away in Switzerland. The eventual aim of the five-year project is to install the facsimile on a site close to the original, near Luxor.

2,000 Year Old Luxury Baths Discovered In NE China
13th November 2017 archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists recently found three 2,000-year-old luxury baths in northwest China’s city of Xi’an, the local heritage department said Monday.

Aerial Images May Unlock Enigma of Ancient Stone Structures in Saudi Arabia
13th November 2017 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Tech
Aerial photographs and ground inspection of the keyhole pendants in Saudi Arabia reveal more details of the enigmatic structures.
The Chinese May Have Beaten the Famous Voyage of Columbus by 70 Years
12th November 2017 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient, Humans, Tech

There are a few controversial claims floating around that the Americas were reached by oversea cultures before Columbus made his well-known visit to the “New World” in 1492.

Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper
11th November 2017 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Until now, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD.

3D Imaging Takes You Inside The Sarcophagus Of An Ancient Egyptian Girl
10th November 2017 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Using the latest imaging technology, researchers have “brought to life” a little girl who was mummified in Ancient Egypt over 2,000 years ago.

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