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February 7th, 2018

Shark-inspired 3D printed structures pave way for next-gen drones, planes & wind turbines

Researchers from Harvard University have turned to the fiercest underwater predators, sharks, for inspiration in designing next-generation planes, drones, wind turbines, and cars. According to the researchers, shark skin can provide valuable insights into creating more aerodynamic structures. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180207-shark-inspired-3d-printed-structures-pave-way-for-next-gen-drones-planes-and-wind-turbines.html

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Face of first ‘Cheddar Man’ revealed

The face of ‘Cheddar Man’, Britain’s oldest nearly complete skeleton at 10,000 years old, is revealed for the first time and with unprecedented accuracy by UCL and Natural History Museum researchers. A reconstruction model from the skull of ‘Cheddar Man’ after DNA analysis of the 10,000-year-old skeleton shows early Britons had dark skin and blue eyes [Credit: Channel 4]The results …Continue reading →

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Remarkable spider with a tail found preserved in amber after 100 million years

An extraordinary new species of arachnid, resembling a spider with a tail, has been discovered in amber from Myanmar (formerly Burma), of mid-Cretaceous age, around 100 million years ago. The new animal resembles a spider in having fangs, male pedipalps, four walking legs and silk-producing spinnerets at its rear. However, it also bears a long flagellum or tail. No living …Continue reading →

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1,500-year-old church discovered in Hadrianapolis

A 1,500-year-old structure believed to be one of the earliest churches in Anatolia has been unearthed during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Hadrianapolis (Paphlagonia) in the Black Sea province of Karabük’s Eskipazar district. AA PhotoExperts believe Hadrianapolis was established in the first century and served as a settlement until the eighth century. Speaking to the media, Ersin Çelikbaş, …Continue reading →

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Excavations start at 5,000-year-old Pre-Harappan site in Haryana

Fresh excavations are underway at Kunal, a pre-Harappan site around 5,000 years old, in Haryana’s Fatehabad district. A view of the excavation site in Kunal village [Credit: APN]The archaeological excavations at Kunal had started in 1986 and are continuing with a few field-season gaps, an official release said. The digging process was started yesterday by Director General, National Museums, B …Continue reading →

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Ancient statues return to Lebanon as war on smuggling intensifies

Ancient sculptures that were missing for decades after being stolen during Lebanon’s civil war are to go on display in Beirut thanks to a global fight against antiquities smuggling that has been stepped up since wartime looting in Iraq and Syria. The repatriated marble sculptures dating back to 4th-6th centuries on display during a ceremony at Beirut National Museum in …Continue reading →

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St Mark’s mosaic restoration completed

For five years, restorers worked on the mosaics on the dome of the narthex, the entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice’s most famous monument. The mosaics, the most ancient of the basilica, were at risk of detaching from their wall support and were therefore consolidated, then cleaned. Anastasis (The Harrowing of Hell) mosaic, c. 1180-1200, Middle Byzantine, Saint Mark’s Basilica, …Continue reading →

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3D Systems releases 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS, promises easy lattice generation

3D Systems has released a new version of its 3DXpert 3D printing tool for use within Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS CAD platform. The tool lets SOLIDWORKS users prepare and optimize designs for both plastic and metal additive manufacturing. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180207-3d-systems-releases-3dxpert-for-solidworks-promises-easy-lattice-generation.html

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3D printed syntactic foam could enable new generation of deeper-diving submarines

A breakthrough in 3D printed foam materials could help advance and improve submarine vehicles, allowing the underwater crafts to explore at greater depths. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180207-3d-printed-syntactic-foam-could-enable-new-generation-of-deeper-diving-submarines.html

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Neolithic camp at Larkhill linked to creators of Stonehenge

The community that built the Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Larkhill which has been dated to between 3650 to 3750 BC, pre-dating Stonehenge by 600 years may have been the architects of the Stonehenge landscape that we see today. The Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Larkhill [Credit: Wessex Archaeology]The causewayed enclosure was uncovered in 2016 after Wessex Archaeology were commissioned by WYG …Continue reading →

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