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2,300-year-old technology inspires new powerful ‘tractor beam’ laser
24th June 2018 | siliconrepublic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A team has achieved a breakthrough in laser optical trapping by harnessing 2,300-year-old water displacement technology to create a beam that can trap and move particles in specific directions.

Preparing for the Asteroid Apocalypse
24th June 2018 | bloomberg.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The U.S. launches a new effort to better catalog Earth killers. But the big question is what to do if we find one headed our way.

Stonehenge Builders Used Pythagoras’ Theorem 2,000 Years Before He Was Born
22nd June 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Authors have used the geometry of the blocks making up the henge to suggest their creators knew a thing or two about the relationship between a hypotenuse and its opposing sides.

Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age, new evidence confirms
20th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists have found carbonised germinated grains indicating a large-scale production of beer, possibly for feasting and trade.

Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips into themselves – here’s why
20th June 2018 phys.org | Humans, Tech, Weird

New microchips function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards. Once the chip is underneath your skin, you no longer need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a wallet.

Computational method puts finer point on multispecies genomic comparisons
20th June 2018 phys.org | Humans, Tech

A new computational tool will help geneticists to better understand what makes a human a human, or how to differentiate species in general.

This Supercomputer Can Calculate in 1 Second What Would Take You 6 Billion Years
19th June 2018 | livescience.com | Humans, Tech

The supercomputer — which fills a server room the size of two tennis courts — can spit out answers to 200 quadrillion calculations per second, or 200 petaflops.

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.

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