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Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history
28th June 2019 | nature.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.

A Pre-Inca Technology Could Answer Lima’s Water Woes
28th June 2019 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Lima, Peru’s capital, is running dangerously low on water, but archaeology may provide an answer in the form of a system of water storage developed by the area’s indigenous people 1,400 years ago.

Fingerprint study upends ideas about ‘women’s work’ in ancient America
5th June 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists just assumed that women made the pottery at Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago. Then they started thinking like cops—and things got interesting.

Roman amphitheaters act like seismic invisibility cloaks
3rd June 2019 | technologyreview.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The discovery may explain how these buildings have survived for so long in earthquake zones.

‘Unique’ Iron Age shield discovered in Leicestershire
29th May 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Found near Leicester and dated to 395 to 255BC, the shield was made of painted bark, backed by wooden spars. Experts said the shield gave an “unparalleled” insight into prehistoric technology.

Israeli Archaeologists Resurrect 5,000-year-old Yeast and Make Beer From It
28th May 2019 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Scientists found microbes that survived for thousands of years inside pores in the clay of ancient pottery used to make and store beer and wine.

Spooky mind reading technology
23rd May 2019 | deccanchronicle.com | Humans, Tech
Technology to read people’s minds may appear like something right out of science fiction, but it’s something which is becoming a reality.
Wandering Earth: rocket scientist explains how we could move our planet
17th May 2019 theconversation.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

In 5 billion years, the sun will run out of fuel and expand. A more immediate threat is a global warming apocalypse. Moving the Earth to a wider orbit could be a solution, and it is possible in theory.

Machu Picchu: Fury over plans for new multi-billion pound airport next to ancient Inca citadel
16th May 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists and historians fear development will cause ‘irreparable damage’ to world heritage site and surrounding Sacred Valley.

Prehistoric Medicine: How Archaic Humans Cured Themselves
13th May 2019 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Long before Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, people were using antibiotics to combat infections.

Huge Asteroid Destroys New York In NASA Simulation After Scientists Fail To Deflect It
9th May 2019 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Space, Tech

Fictional crash tests the ways that disaster response and space agencies would deal with such a natural disaster.

NASA’s First Planetary Defense Technology Demonstration to Collide with Asteroid in 2022
9th May 2019 solarsystem.nasa.gov | Space, Tech

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – NASA’s first mission to demonstrate a planetary defense technique – will get one chance to hit its target, the small moonlet in the binary asteroid system Didymos.

Romans Had Ancient Tech for Creating Seismic Invisibility Cloak Around Monuments
6th May 2019 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A team of civil engineers in France have revealed that the Romans had ancient technology for building structures that acted like modern-day electromagnetic cloaking devices.

How Blacksmiths Forged a Powerful Status Across the Continent of Africa
6th May 2019 | smithsonianmag.com | Humans, Tech

Iron tools, weapons, musical instruments and sculptures tell a tale of centuries of the craft’s influence.

NASA TO PRETEND ASTEROID IS ABOUT TO SMASH INTO EARTH
29th April 2019 | independent.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

‘Tabletop exercise’ will ensure US government is ready to respond to any real asteroids that could be on their way to destroy us.

Check out the first pics of the asteroid crater made by a Japanese spacecraft
29th April 2019 | theverge.com | Space, Tech

In the first week of April, a Japanese spacecraft blasted a small crater into an asteroid more than 180 million miles from Earth — and now we’ve finally got the first images of its explosive handy work.

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