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Ancient Egypt Discovered Variable Stars A Thousand Years Before European Astronomers
26th November 2018 | forbes.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Ancient Egyptian astronomers may have discovered variable stars, and calculated the period of a well-known one called Algol, thousands of years before Europeans.

NASA has chosen where it’s going to look for ancient life on Mars in 2020
22nd November 2018 | technologyreview.com | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA has picked Jezero Crater as the landing spot for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, after scrutinizing more than 60 potential locations over the last five years.

New dates for ancient stone tools in China point to local invention of complex technology
21st November 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists thought artifacts had been carried into China from Europe and Africa, but they could have come from much earlier cultural transmission.

A ‘samurai’ swordsmith is designing a space probe
21st November 2018 | bbc.com | Humans, Space, Tech

Now, a trio of engineers have teamed up with a master Japanese swordsmith to design a rock-sampling device made with the same steel used in katana sword blades – and the plan is to use it on an asteroid.

Did Ancient Egyptian Scribes Discover Algol’s Variability 3,000 Years before European Astronomers?
19th November 2018 | sci-news.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Sebastian Porceddu and colleagues argue that the ancient Egyptian scribes had the possible means and the motives for such astronomical observations.

Has a Piece of the World’s Oldest Computer Been Found?
14th November 2018 | thedailybeast.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A lost piece of the world’s oldest analog computer (the Antikythera mechanism an ancient Greek device designed to calculate astronomical position) may have been discovered.

Experts find stone tools connected communities
13th November 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Stone tools from the Middle Stone Age in South Africa shows that different communities were connected over long time periods over vast geographical areas.

Scientists reveal 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor
13th November 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Scientists mapping out the historical migrations of North and South America have revealed that a 10,000-year-old skeleton unearthed in a cave in Nevada is the ancestor of a Native American tribe.

Great Pyramid: how my research on ancient Egyptian poetry led to an amazing discovery
13th November 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

While pulley systems are well known from Greek civilisation in the first millennium BC, the evidence from Hatnub pushes their use much further back in time, as it pre-dates the Greek evidence by some 2,000 years.

OUMUAMUA: ASTEROID THAT FLEW PAST EARTH COULD HAVE BEEN A SPACECRAFT SAILING PAST US, HARVARD SCIENTISTS SUGGEST
7th November 2018 | independent.co.uk | Space, Tech, Weird

The mysterious rock that flew past Earth could actually have been an alien spacecraft sailing past us using light, according to a new paper.

New discovery throws light on mystery of pyramids’ construction
7th November 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A ramp with stairways and postholes have been found, suggesting that the monuments may have been completed more quickly than previously thought.

Existing laser technology could be fashioned into Earth’s ‘porch light’ to attract alien astronomers
5th November 2018 phys.org | Space, Tech

Laser technology could, in principle, be fashioned into a beacon strong enough to attract ET intelligence from as far as 20,000 light years away.

ASTEROID MINING STARTUP BOUGHT BY BLOCKCHAIN FIRM HOPING TO DEMOCRATISE SPACE
2nd November 2018 | independent.co.uk | Space, Tech

Space mining of water and precious metals has the potential to become a trillion-dollar industry in the coming years, experts say.

Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end
2nd November 2018 phys.org | Space, Tech

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system’s earliest chapter.

This 4,500-Year-Old Ramp Contraption May Have Been Used to Build Egypt’s Great Pyramid
2nd November 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They discovered the remains of this system at the site of Hatnub, an ancient quarry in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. The contraption would have been used to transport heavy alabaster stones up a steep ramp and was possibly how Egyptians built the Great Pyramid.

Scientists call for ‘mega-mission’ to find ancient life on Mars
29th October 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Space, Tech

Space scientists have told Nasa they want the agency to “dream big” to ensure their new robot rover visits a maximum number of sites to increase chances of uncovering signs of ancient life on Mars.

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