Thursday, December 14, 2017

History’s 1st Emoji? Ancient Pitcher Shows a Smiley Face

By Laura Geggel The iconic smiley face may seem like a modern squiggle, but the discovery of a smiley face-like painting on an ancient piece of pottery suggests that it may be much older. During an...

Evidence of a ‘Vanished’ Civilisation May Have Been Rediscovered in the US

By MIKE MCRAE Signs of a culture that disappeared without a trace seven centuries ago have now been found in a rather unusual place – in the genetic material of domesticated birds. Mitochondrial DNA taken from...

7-million-year-old teeth add new layer to human origin story

Maria Gallucci Ancient tooth fossils found in Europe may represent a new chapter in the human origin story. The fossils, which date back more than 7 million years, belonged to an ape-like creature named Graecopithecus freybergi,...

Humans reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought

Ewen Callaway Ancient humans settled in North America around 130,000 years ago, suggests a controversial study — pushing the date back more than 100,000 years earlier than most scientists accept. The jaw-dropping claim, made in...

Ancient Skeleton Shows Early Human Settlement In The Americas

By Elana Glowatz Human skeletal remains found in an underwater cave in Mexico are about 13,000 years old, providing more evidence of early human settlement in the Americas. Scientists reported in the journal PLOS One...

Dead heads: Turkish site reveals more evidence of neolithic ‘skull cult’

Fragments of carved bone unearthed at an ancient site on a Turkish hillside are evidence that the people who spent time there belonged to a neolithic “skull cult” – a group that embraces rituals...

Egyptologists go high tech to unlock ancient mysteries

From the Giza pyramids to the pharaonic tombs of Luxor, Egypt's ancient monuments are holding onto mysteries which researchers now aim to unravel with cutting edge technology. For more than 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte...

NASA says 3mi asteroid set to graze past Earth on Sept 1

A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on September 1. Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the huge space rock will pass just 4.4 million miles from...
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Alien Megastructure Update

One of the premier telescope arrays in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, is focusing its antennas on an anomalously blinking star, thanks in part to speculation that the star called KIC 8462852...

History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text

By Timothy Revell The symbol “0” is a familiar sight, but its origins are far from certain. A recent batch of carbon dating is causing the history of mathematics to be rewritten, as it has...
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