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February 6th, 2018

Forte: user-driven generative design tool for easy optimization of 3D printed objects

Anthony Chen, a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University, has created an interactive sketch tool called “Forté” that lets users create generative designs for 3D printing. The tool has been used to make 3D printed furniture, shoes, robot legs, and other items. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180206-forte-user-driven-generative-design-tool-for-easy-optimization-of-3d-printed-objects.htmlhttp://www.3ders.org/articles/20180206-forte-user-driven-generative-design-tool-for-easy-optimization-of-3d-printed-objects.html

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4,400-year-old tomb of high-ranking priestess found in Giza

An Egyptian archaeological mission led by Dr. Mostafa Wazir, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities has discovered an Old Kingdom tomb of a lady called “Hetpet” who was a top official in the royal palace during the end of the fifth Dynasty. Credit: Ministry of AntiquitiesThe tomb was found during excavation work carried out in Giza western cemetery, …Continue reading →

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Ecuador: Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change

Tropical forests all over the world are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Thünen-Institute compared the losses due to deforestation with those that would result in extreme climate change scenarios in Ecuador. Although global warming is likely to change the …Continue reading →

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Astrophysicists discover planets in extragalactic galaxies using microlensing

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using microlensing–an astronomical phenomenon and the only known method capable of discovering planets at truly great distances from the Earth among other detection techniques–OU researchers were able to detect objects in extragalactic galaxies that range from the mass of …Continue reading →

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Augmented reality smart glasses let you see life through George Washingtons eyes

Major US historical sites like George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation house and James Monroe’s Highland estate are being modernized with augmented reality (AR) tours that utilize smart glasses. ARtGlass is partnering with Epson to provide the futuristic technology. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180206-augmented-reality-smart-glasses-let-you-see-life-through-george-washingtons-eyes.html

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Byzantine-era pools, fountain found near ancient Jerusalem church

Archaeologists in Israel have announced the discovery of a large 1,500-year-old pool and elaborate fountain at the site of an ancient church near Jerusalem. Site of Ein Hanniya exposed by Israel Antiquities Authority Conservation Administration  [Credit: Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority]The pool is part of a system of pools unearthed at Ein Hanniya Park between 2012 and 2016, officials said …Continue reading →

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2,500-year-old mutliple burial with interlocked skeletons found in Mexico

Nearly a dozen human skeletons arranged in a circular formation have been discovered in an ancient Mexican pit in Tlalpan village. The surprising discovery was made by a group of archaeologists, who found the ancient burial site hiding four feet under a building that housed classrooms and dorms for priests. Credit: Mauricio Marat, INAHThis site, located to the south of …Continue reading →

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Rock-hewn burial shaft uncovered in Egypt’s Abusir necropolis

Three rock-hewn burial shafts filled with coffins and faience pots have been uncovered in Egypt’s Abusir necropolis near Cairo. The discovery was made after authorities received reports of illegal excavations in the area. One of the burial shafts uncovered in the Abusir necropolis [Credit: Ahram Online]Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online that the antiquities …Continue reading →

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6,000-year-old skeletal remains of woman holding baby found in Netherlands grave

A 6,000-year-old baby with its teeth still intact and resting in the arms of a woman, believed to be its mother, has been found in a grave in the Netherlands. The grave dates back to the Stone Age and is thought to be around 6,000 years old [Credit: Gemeente Nieuwegein]Archaeologists said it was the oldest baby grave ever found in …Continue reading →

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2,200-year-old government office building unearthed in Shaanxi Province

Archaeologists in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province have unearthed the ruins of a government office building, which was believed to be a musical department of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 B.C.) The ruins of a government office building, which was believed to be a musical department of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 B.C.), in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province [Credit: Xinhua]The ruins, 110 meters …Continue reading →

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