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Here’s how women in Ancient Egypt did pregnancy tests 3,500 years ago
5th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A papyrus from Ancient Egypt showed hieroglyphic instructions on how women can find out if they were pregnant or not by peeing into a bag of barley and a bag of emmer, (a wheat variety cultivated in ancient Egypt at the time).

Hayabusa-2: Japan sets date for spacecraft’s asteroid touchdown
2nd September 2018 | | Humans, Space, Tech

If all goes well, Hayabusa-2 will be the first spacecraft to successfully deploy landers to gather data from the surface of an asteroid.

‘Explosion’ of Jomon pottery is guaranteed to blow your mind
2nd September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

There is an artifact decorated with a face that is impossible to tell if it is human or animal. A bowl has a design that could represent a constellation or even an anatomical chart.

Tattoos found on ancient Egyptian mummies
30th August 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Some of the oldest tattoos ever known have been identified on the shoulders of Egyptian mummies dating back more than 5000 years.

‘Pyramid of eyes’ discovered at heart of 4300-year-old city in northern China
30th August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

It’s a 4300-year-old walled metropolis. At its heart is a giant step pyramid — lavishly adorned with stone stylised eyes and faces. Now called Shimao, it’s ancient name is long since lost.

Rare Fossils-Inside-Fossils Show Prehistoric Parasites
30th August 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The finds offer an unprecedented look into the lives and deaths of ancient insects.

Asteroid miners could use Earth’s atmosphere to catch space rocks
30th August 2018 | | Space, Tech

Forget deflecting asteroids from hitting Earth—some engineers are drawing up a strategy to steer asteroids toward us, so our atmosphere can act as a giant catching mitt for resource-rich space rocks.

‘Pyramid of eyes’ discovered at heart of 4300-year-old city in northern China
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Shimao structure’s stone buttresses form 11 steps. And these appear to have been heavily decorated. Part-animal, part-human faces have been found etched into its stones along with distinctive eye-like symbols.

Blue-Eyed Immigrants Transformed Ancient Israel 6,500 Years Ago
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The immigrants not only brought new cultural practices; they also introduced new genes — such as the mutation that produces blue eyes — that were previously unknown in that geographic area.

Disney and the Smithsonian collaborate on an exhibition of Native American art
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

‘Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art’ showcases crafted items from the last few centuries alongside the work of modern Native American artists, showing the influence of previous generations on modern design and artwork.

Digging deep: Cooking pots reveal how ancient megacity died out because of climate change
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Five scientists were part of an international team that took animal fat residue from ceramic pots used by residents of the ancient Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük in southern Turkey.

Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work
28th August 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Researchers are proposing to add a new arrow to our planetary-defense quiver: steering small, benign near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) into big and hazardous ones, in a dramatic, high-stakes game of cosmic billiards.

Their World Was Crumbling But These Ancient People Built a Lasting Memorial
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A 5,000-year-old burial site near Kenya’s Lake Turkana likely served as a bonding place for a culture in flux.

Australia’s indigenous people made accurate astronomical observations millennia before Western scientists
28th August 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Historical and modern research shows Australian Aboriginal oral traditions embodied sophisticated readings of the night-sky.

We’re Learning More About the Contents of that Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus
28th August 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The woman lived for a long time with a small hole, about 17 millimeters wide, in the back of her skull, suggesting she experienced an early form of brain surgery known as trepanation. If true, it would represent a rare example of this surgery in ancient Egypt.

Offspring of Neanderthal and Denisovan identified for first time
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Discovery suggests that distinct ancient human species may have mingled and interbred happily.

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