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October 27th, 2017

Construction workers in China find wreck of Mongol merchant ship

Construction workers in Hebei, northern China, have found what local authorities say is a sunken merchant ship from the Yuan dynasty, Live Science reports. Workers building bridge supports found the remnants of the wooden ship three to four metres below the riverbed of the Fuyang river, and was covered by layers of sediment. The 70-foot ship, which the archaeologists believe …Continue reading →

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3D Printing News Roundup: Sandvik, Voxeljet, Zimpure V2, 4Web Medical, ADAPTIV 3D printed shoe, Airwolf 3D

If you're looking for a brief but informative round-up of recent 3D printing news that might have passed you by, then you've come to the right place. Stories include a Dodge car with the most 3D printed parts yet being unveiled, Sandvik launching new research into additive manufacturing, and more. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2gJtFw2

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Prehistoric standing stone discovered in Switzerland

Archaeologists in Switzerland have found a large standing stone they believe may been part of a place of worship during the early Bronze Age. The stone is believed to have once stood vertically because of markings found on the ground near it  [Credit: Service archéologique du canton de Berne, Yann Mamin]The stone, thought to be a menhir, was found during …Continue reading →

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3,000 year old graves found in Norway

Norwegian archaeologists have found 3,000-year-old graves in central Norway, public broadcaster NRK reported Monday. Project manager Merete Moe Henriksen shows a flat stone with symbols from the Bronze Age at Sandbrauta in South Trondelag, Norway [Credit: Bent Lindsetmo/NRK]The archaeologists, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Museum, found the graves under two meters of slide deposits in Sandbrauta in …Continue reading →

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A chance Amazon encounter, then a tribe’s near extinction

Tzako Waiapi remembers perfectly the day he first stumbled across white men while hunting in the Amazon rainforest: within months nearly everyone he knew had died of a mysterious sickness. Waiapi chieftain Tzako Waiapi lost many relatives to measles in the early 1970s  after the tribe’s first contact with white men [Credit: AFP]That meeting at the opening of the 1970s …Continue reading →

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6,000 year old skull could be from the world’s earliest known tsunami victim

Tsunamis spell calamity. These giant waves, caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and underwater landslides, are some of the deadliest natural disasters known; the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed over 230,000 people, a higher death toll than any fire or hurricane. Scientists studying the effects of tsunamis have now shed light on what could be the earliest record of …Continue reading →

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Formation of magma oceans on exoplanet

Induction heating can completely change the energy budget of an exoplanet and even melt its interior. In a study published by Nature Astronomy an international team led by the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences with participation of the University of Vienna explains how magma oceans can form under the surface of exoplanets as a result of …Continue reading →

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Saguaro and other towering cacti have a scrambled history

Visitors to Mexico and the U.S. Southwest can’t help but stand in awe of the solitary and majestic saguaro, the towering clusters of the organ pipe cactus and Baja’s cardón, the appropriately named “elephant” cactus. The saguaro alone can grow to a height of more than 75 feet. Cardón sahueso (Pachycereus pringlei: Pachycereeae ); the tallest cactus species in the …Continue reading →

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Spots on supergiant star drive spirals in stellar wind

A Canadian-led international team of astronomers recently discovered that spots on the surface of a supergiant star are driving huge spiral structures in its stellar wind. Their results are published in a recent edition of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Artist’s impression of the hot massive supergiant Zeta Puppis. The rotation period of the star indicated by the …Continue reading →

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Could squirrel trade have contributed to England’s medieval leprosy outbreak?

Genetic analysis of a pre-Norman skull unearthed in a garden in Hoxne, Suffolk, has added to a growing body of evidence that East Anglia may have been the epicentre of an epidemic of leprosy that spread through medieval England. A strain of the disease may have been brought to East Anglia’s coast line through contact with Scandinavia via Anglo-Saxon movement …Continue reading →

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