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January 17th, 2018

Seurat Technologies raises $13.5M to accelerate game-changing metal 3D printing technology

Seurat Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based startup, announces it has raised $13.5 million in a Series A funding round. The significant investment will reportedly be put towards funding and accelerating the company’s much-hyped metal additive manufacturing technology. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2mJkCy7

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Swiss team pioneers compact low-power laser 3D printing technique, with potential for surgical use

A team of researchers in Switzerland have recently made a remarkable new breakthrough that could suggest a bright future for the field of 3D bio-printing. They developed a new endoscopic SLA technique, which makes use of an ultra-fine optical fiber to focus a laser beam via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2DnXlMi

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Ancient DNA results end 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy mystery

Using ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing scientists have found that the famous ‘Two Brothers’ mummies of the Manchester Museum have different fathers so are, in fact, half-brothers. The Two Brothers are the Museum’s oldest mummies and amongst the best-known human remains in its Egyptology  collection. They are the mummies of two elite men — Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh — dating to around …Continue reading →

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‘Rainbow’ dinosaur had iridescent feathers like a hummingbird

Birds are the last remaining dinosaurs. They’re also some of the most vibrantly colored animals on Earth. A new study in Nature Communications reveals that iridescent feathers go way back–a newly discovered species of dinosaur from 161 million years ago had rainbow coloring. Caihong juji is a newly described, bird-like dinosaur with an iridescent, rainbow crest. It lived in China …Continue reading →

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Europe’s lost forests – study shows coverage has halved over six millennia

More than half of Europe’s forests have disappeared over the past 6,000 years thanks to increasing demand for agricultural land and the use of wood as a source of fuel, new research led by the University of Plymouth suggests. Credit: University of PlymouthUsing pollen analysis from more than 1,000 sites, scientists showed that more than two thirds of central and …Continue reading →

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Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified

An international team, led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), Harvard University and the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), has used ancient DNA and a new data processing program to identify the possible cause of a colonial-era epidemic in Mexico. Many large-scale epidemics spread through the New World during …Continue reading →

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History of humanity does not require rewriting: The case of Untermassfeld

In a newly published study in the Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, Senckenberg scientist Professor Dr. Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke, in conjunction with an international team of renowned Stone Age experts, refutes a recent publication regarding the dispersal of humans in Europe. This publication postulates that the first humans occurred in Northern and Central Europe as early as about one million years ago …Continue reading →

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NASA space telescopes provide a 3-D journey through the Orion Nebula

Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA’s Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region. This image showcases both the visible and infrared visualizations of the Orion Nebula [Credit: NASA, ESA, F. Summers,  G. Bacon, Z. …Continue reading →

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Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather

Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding, reports a University of Arizona-led team. Valerie Trouet takes a pencil-thin core from an old Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing  on Mount Olympus in Greece [Credit: Greg King © 2010]The …Continue reading →

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Hubble probes the archaeology of our Milky Way’s ancient hub

For many years, astronomers had a simple view of our Milky Way’s central hub, or bulge, as a quiescent place composed of old stars, the earliest homesteaders of our galaxy. However, because the inner Milky Way is such a crowded environment, it has always been a challenge to disentangle stellar motions to probe the bulge in detail. This Hubble Space …Continue reading →

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