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Oldest Neanderthal wooden tools found in Spain
4th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A yew trunk was cut longitudinally into two halves. One of these halves was scraped with a stone-tool, and treated with fire to harden it and to facilitate the scraping to obtain a pointed morphology.

Spear point study offers new explanation of how early humans settled North America
3rd April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Careful examination of numerous fluted spear points found in Alaska and western Canada prove that the Ice Age peopling of the Americas was much more complex than previously believed.

How Aboriginal Australians forged tools from early British ships
2nd April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Indigenous tribes likely crafted traditional tools from flint cobbles that had been used as ballast on British ships, following the arrival of the convict vessels during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Asteroid-bound spacecraft finds signs of life—on Earth
27th March 2018 | | Space, Tech

The goal of OSIRIS-REx is to return samples from Bennu. But during the Earth flyby—which brought it 22 times closer to our planet than the moon—scientists pointed its instruments toward home.

NASA Can Use Paint To Save Earth From Asteroid Impact
26th March 2018 | | Space, Tech

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Flight Dynamics System Manager said that painting the asteroid’s surface with a different color on one side can change the thermal property of the space rock and change its orbit.

Archaeologists Unearth 115,000-Year-Old Bone Tools in China
19th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

These 115,000-year-old tools represent the first instance of the use of bone as raw material to modify stone tools found at an East Asian early Late Pleistocene site.

The absence of ants — entomologist confirms first Saharan farming 10,000 years ago
19th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

By analysing a prehistoric site in the Libyan desert, a team of researchers has established that people in Saharan Africa were cultivating and storing wild cereals 10,000 years ago.

Unstable climate forced early humans to be more social and creative
19th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

New studies suggest that early humans started making more sophisticated tools, trading with neighboring groups for better stone, and maybe even using symbols to communicate—in order to survive rapid climate shifts 320,000 ago.

Signs of symbolic behavior emerged at the dawn of our species in Africa
18th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Over 320,000 years ago in the Rift Valley of Africa, early innovators eschewed the clunky, palm-size stone hand axes that their ancestors had used for more than a million years in favor of a new toolkit.

Nasa’s plan to deflect deadly asteroid will not work on asteroid that could collide with Earth, study finds
18th March 2018 | | Space, Tech

Nasa’s plan to deflect deadly asteroids wouldn’t be up to the job of keeping us safe from the deadly asteroid that could one day hit us, a study has found.

Now Russia wants to nuke threatening asteroids, too
18th March 2018 | Space, Tech

Neither the HAMMER concept nor Russia’s testing puts us on the doorstep of a nuclear asteroid defense system just yet, but they’re both steps in that direction.

Solar alignments in Ancient Egypt
18th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Nader Habib watches the sun’s rays shine on the faces of Ancient Egyptian gods at an exhibition at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum in Alexandria.

Mars 2020: The Red Planet’s Next Rover
15th March 2018 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

NASA’s next Mars rover won’t just explore the Red Planet; it will, the space agency hopes, make it so a little bit of Mars might make it to Earth.

This Book Contains an Invisible 1,400-Year-Old Text We Can Only Read With X-Rays
15th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The new imaging effort, which takes 10 hours to analyse each of the 26 pages selected from the volume, has already revealed sections of the text not seen by anybody in a thousand years, including a previously unreadable preface.

Russian physicists make toy asteroids and blast them with a laser
14th March 2018 | | Space, Tech

The modelling technique is a way of experimentally evaluating asteroid destruction criteria such as the explosion energy needed to eliminate a dangerous object on a collision course with Earth.

This Time-Lapse Shows 13.8 Billion Year History of Universe in Just 10 Minutes
13th March 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The voiceover includes Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough. Each second represents 22 million years, which really puts into perspective how old our universe is.

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