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Possible Site of Atlantis Found Using Satellite Imagery
19th September 2018 edgylabs.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

New visual and arithmetic clues suggest that the mythical city of Atlantis may have been hiding in plain sight the entire time, in rather an unlikely place.

Land excavator discovers ancient Native American canoe in Belle Rose; nearly 1,500 years old
17th September 2018 | wafb.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A boat used by the Chitimacha tribe who lived along the Atchafalaya Basin has been found and radiocarbon dated to between 430 and 622 AD.

Mayan altar hints at ancient intrigue
17th September 2018 technology.inquirer.net | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An altar found at Guatemala’s La Corona site suggests the Mayan dynasty of Kaanul, known as the Snake Kings, acted like its namesake in slowly squeezing the rival kingdom of Tikal, archaeologists said.

Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread
17th September 2018 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Cheese may have helped fuel the spread of agriculture across Europe.

Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Final Design and Construction
14th September 2018 gizmodo.com | Space, Tech

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will head to a two-asteroid system, consisting of the 800-meter-across (half-mile) Didymos and the 160-meter (124-foot) body orbiting it and crash into the smaller asteroid in an attempt to deflect it.

New genetics tool helps answer evolutionary questions
14th September 2018 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The method, called “conStruct” and featured in the current issue of Genetics, allows researchers to analyze complex patterns of genetic variation in large datasets with broad geographic sampling.

Asteroid analysis reveals early planetary rearrangement
14th September 2018 | upi.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

“Observations of today’s Kuiper Belt show that binaries like these were quite common in ancient times,” said planetary scientist William Bottke.

Mushrooms could solve the war on plastic, says Kew Gardens
12th September 2018 | telegraph.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Tech

The first report on the state of the world’s fungi has revealed that if the natural properties of fungus can be harnessed and developed, plastic could be broken down naturally in weeks rather than years.

DARPA Achieves Telepathic Control of Drone Swarms
12th September 2018 mysteriousuniverse.org | Humans, Tech

New research funded by DARPA (of course) suggests that soon, a lone techromancer might be able to turn the tide on the battlefield by controlling legions of drones using nothing but her mind.

Does Adena Mound pipe depict dwarf with goiter?
11th September 2018 | dispatch.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Adena pipe is the oldest three-dimensional representation of the human form in eastern North America. It was sculpted around A.D. 40 by an artisan belonging to the Adena culture.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock on asteroid impacts – and how we can avoid them
11th September 2018 | nhm.ac.uk | Humans, Space, Tech

Maggie Aderin-Pocock talks about what it takes to get to an asteroid, what they can tell us about our own origins and why we need to be keeping an eye on them.

Simple blood test may reveal your body’s inner clock
11th September 2018 | yahoo.com | Humans, Tech

A team of researchers at Northwestern University said Monday they have designed a blood test that can measure a person’s inner body clock within 1.5 hours, an advance that may help personalize medical treatments in the future.

Lasker Awards Given for Work in Genetics, Anesthesia and Promoting Women in Science
11th September 2018 | nytimes.com | Humans, Tech

The coveted prize was awarded to a Scottish veterinarian, two scientists who championed an overlooked protein and a pioneering researcher who helped advance the careers of other women.

New technology tells us which animal bones were used to make ancient tools
9th September 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Carnivores and bush pigs appear not to have been selected for tool manufacture despite their remains being found in archaeological sites. Their apparent avoidance may have to do with cultural taboos.

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Are About to Fly Free in Africa
6th September 2018 futurism.com | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

The move is part of a long-term plan to eradicate a malaria-transmitting species. This will be the first release of any genetically modified animals into the African wild.

Ancient Amazonian Funeral Urns Found in Brazil
5th September 2018 | telesurtv.net | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Though similar discoveries have been made in both Peru and Ecuador, for scientists to encounter pre-Hispanic Amazonian funeral urns in Brazil is unheard-of, Kazuo explained.

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