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October 13th, 2017

Comb jellies possibly first lineage to branch off evolutionary tree

A researcher at The University of Alabama was part of a new study that provides further evidence in support of a controversial hypothesis that a group of marine animals commonly called comb jellies were the first to break away from all other animals, making it the oldest surviving animal lineage. Beroe abyssicola is a type of comb jelly examined as …Continue reading →

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3D Printing Roundup: Stratasys, SwissLitho & EVG, Strangpresse, ORNL, 4WEB Medical, Nano Dimension

Just in time for the weekend: here are some quick 3D printing stories to catch up on this Friday. Stratasys sponsors new LAIKA exhibit at Portland museum, SwissLitho and EVG team up to develop a method for printing 3D optical structures, Strangpresse acquires exclusive licensing for ORNL's additive manufacturing extruders, and much more besides. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2xEj3cI

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Fossil discovery in Tanzania reveals ancient bobcat-sized carnivore

Paleontologists working in Tanzania have identified a new species of hyaenodont, a type of extinct meat-eating mammal. Paleontologists have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal  [Credit: NSF/Ohio University]After the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago, hyaenodonts were the main predators on the African continent. The newly discovered animal is called Pakakali rukwaensis, the name derived from… …Continue reading →

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Newfoundland populated multiple times by distinct groups, DNA evidence shows

Indigenous people have been on the far northeastern edge of Canada for most of the last 10,000 years, moving in shortly after the ice retreated from the Last Glacial Maximum. Archaeological evidence suggests that people with distinct cultural traditions inhabited the region at least three different times with a possible hiatus for a period between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago. …Continue reading →

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Paleogenomic analysis sheds light on Easter Island mysteries

Easter Island is a place of mystery that has captured the public imagination. Famous for ancient carved statues and a location so remote it boggles the mind, the island presents a captivating puzzle for researchers eager to understand how and when it became inhabited, and by whom. Easter Island is known for these iconic Moai statues, as well as mysteries …Continue reading →

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Last common ancestor of apes was about the size of a gibbon

New research suggests that the last common ancestor of apes — including great apes and humans — was much smaller than previously thought, about the size of a gibbon. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, are fundamental to understanding the evolution of the human family tree. Gibbon [Credit: IZW/Linda Tanner]”Body size directly affects how an animal relates to …Continue reading →

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The making of medieval bling

Gold has long been valued for its luxurious glitter and hue, and threads of the gleaming metal have graced clothing and tapestries for centuries. Determining how artisans accomplished these adornments in the distant past can help scientists restore, preserve and date artifacts, but solutions to these puzzles have been elusive. Now scientists, reporting in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry, have revealed …Continue reading →

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AIM3D game-changing CEM-based ExAM255 system cuts metal 3D printing costs by using granulate materials

AIM3D, a German startup founded by a team of researchers from the University of Rostock, is aiming to revolutionize the 3D printer market with its innovative CEM technology. The startup is currently developing the ExAM255, a 3D printer which takes inspiration from injection molding processes to additively manufacture in both metal and plastic. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2xE8whZ

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Scientists describe ‘enigmatic’ species that lived in Utah some 500 million years ago

To the untrained eye, it looks like a flower crudely etched into rock — as if a child had scratched a picture of a bloom. But to the late fossil hunter Lloyd Gunther, the tulip shape he unearthed at Antimony Canyon in northern Utah looked like the remnant of an ancient marine animal. The only example of a species that …Continue reading →

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Scientists complete conservation puzzle, shaping understanding of life on Earth

An international team of scientists have completed the ‘atlas of life’ — the first global review and map of every vertebrate on Earth. Bingtangting gecko [Credit: Lee Grismer, La Sierra University, California]Led by researchers at the University of Oxford and Tel Aviv University, the 39 scientists have produced a catalogue and atlas of the world’s reptiles. By linking this atlas …Continue reading →

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