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‘HAMMER’ Time? Spacecraft Could Nuke Dangerous Asteroid to Defend Earth
10th March 2018 | | Space, Tech

Scientists and engineers have drawn up plans for a spacecraft that could knock big, incoming space rocks off course via blunt-force impact or blow them to bits with a nuclear warhead.

Reconstructed Moa Genome May Move the Meaty Bird Closer to De-Extinction
9th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The first nuclear genome for an extinct moa species begins a new chapter in research on these big bygone birds, possibly improving the chances that they will one day be resurrected.

Unwrapping the mystery of ancient cosmetics
9th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A conference held at the RPS London headquarters provided a rare insight into the history of cosmetics, from Ancient Egypt to the 20th century.

Harappans had knowledge of hydraulic engineering, Dholavira reveals
6th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The GPR data suggests existence of a set of small and shallow reservoirs possibly connected with the existing Eastern Reservoir.

Stone tools improved over millennia
6th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Stone flakes – the single most common type of tool made by prehistoric humans and other hominins – show longer, sharper and more complex cutting edges as time goes by.

Taking a Dim View
5th March 2018 | Space, Tech

Astronomers learned to see beyond the Milky Way’s glare into a hidden realm of faint galaxies.

Fossilised plant leaf wax provides new tool for understanding ancient climates
3rd March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Tech

New research has outlined a new methodology for estimating ancient atmospheric water content based on fossil plant leaf waxes.

World’s oldest tattoo art found on Egyptian mummy that has been in British Museum for 100 years
2nd March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Infrared examination has revealed the marks are tattoos depicting two animals – a giant wild bull and a wild North African goat-like creature.

Facebook Censored a Stone Age Nude Sculpture, Venus of Willendorf
2nd March 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An Italian woman’s post featuring the 30,000-year-old artifact was removed late last year; last month, the museum that houses it called out the social network.

Giant handaxes suggest that different groups of early humans coexisted in ancient Europe
26th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

This suggests that alternative types of stone tool technologies were simultaneously being used by different populations in this area – supporting the idea that a prehistoric “Game of Thrones” scenario existed as Neanderthals emerged in Europe.

A rare Neanderthal hand axe found in a long lost cave in Wales
26th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Elizabeth Walker, Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Archaeologist and Head of Collections at National Museum Cardiff, talks about a Neanderthal hand axe, which dates back to c. 60,000-35,000 BC.

Learn about Melbourne’s Aboriginal culture with this new app
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new smartphone app ‘Melbourne Dreaming’ has been launched this month designed to help locals and travellers discover more about Aboriginal Melbourne’s rich history and vibrant culture.

Vietnamese students design prize-winning AI to read ancient Japanese writing
26th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The AI designed by Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology’s Tuan Nam Ly and Kha Cong Nguyen, both 28, managed to read 96 percent of single characters, and 88 percent of three-character sets.

Ancient DNA tells tales of humans’ migrant history
22nd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The new flood of genetic information represents a “coming of age” for the nascent field of ancient DNA.

First 3-D morphometric study of the molars of Sima de los Huesos
22nd February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Despite the notable affinities with Homo neanderthalensis, the population of Sima de los Huesos displays lower intra-population variability and has certain features even more derived than the Neanderthals themselves.

The Indonesian tribe that rejects technology
22nd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Baduy tribe from Banten in Indonesia practise seclusion and reject all modern technology to protect their ancient traditions.

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