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March 9th, 2018

Homo naledi had wear-resistant molars

Homo naledi’s relatively taller and more wear resistant molars enabled it to have a much more abrasive diet than other South African hominins. This is the result of a recent study published in the Journal of Human Evolution by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, the University of Durham in the United Kingdom and the …Continue reading →

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Walls of ancient Termessos being restored for first time

The walls of the ancient city of Termessos, which Alexander the Great besieged in 333 but failed to conquer due to its strong walls and powerful defenses, are being restored. Credit: Hurriyet Daily NewsThe ancient city of Termessos was a Pisidian city built at an altitude of more than 1000 metres at the south-west side of the mountain Solymos (Turkish …Continue reading →

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Harappans had knowledge of hydraulic engineering, Dholavira reveals

Indian researchers have found buried archeological features at Dholavira, one of the important sites of Harappan civilisation in India. Reseachers collecting data at Dholavira site [Credit: The Hindu Business Line]A team of archaeologists at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, conducted a survey of an unexplored area of around 12,276 square meter at Dholavira using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technique which …Continue reading →

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Turkish agency restores 5 Ottoman-era legacies in Albania

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) begins restoration of five Ottoman-era sites in Albania. AA PhotoAccording to the statement issued by TIKA’s office in the Albanian capital Tiran, the agency continues to deliver various technical assistance and projects to common historical and cultural assets with the aim of protecting and transferring them to future generations. The new projects included Ethem …Continue reading →

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FATHOM and Launch Forth organize new 3D design challenge for military MLVs

3D printing studio FATHOM has announced the launch of a 3D design and printing challenge: the MLV:Refined Challenge. Organized in collaboration with Launch Forth, the challenge’s goal is to expand and well, refine, concept designs of Modular Logistics Vehicles (MLVs) which were submitted in an earlier contest. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180309-fathom-and-launch-forth-organize-new-3d-design-challenge-for-military-mlvs.html

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Excavations set to restart on Giresun island off Turkish Black Sea coast

Archaeological excavations that have been continuing sporadically on Giresun (Greek Aretias) island since 2011 will restart soon. The island is the only inhabited island in the Eastern Black Sea region. Credit: Hurriyet Daily NewsAncient Greek stories said the island was used by Amazons, the warrior women of legend, for fertility ceremonies and features in the tale of the Argonauts and …Continue reading →

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Drilling holes in the skull was never a migraine cure – here’s why it was long thought to be

Trepanation – the technique of removing bone from the skull by scraping, sawing, drilling or chiselling – has long fascinated those interested in the darker side of medical history. One stock tale is that trepanning is one of the most ancient treatments for migraines. As I study the history of the migraine, it certainly has always caught my attention. Credit: …Continue reading →

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Ancient farming techniques could help mitigate climate change effects

High technology is being deployed to uncover long-forgotten irrigation systems and other features concealed in landscapes that farmers developed hundreds of years ago to nurture their land. Geographically defined products such as Parma ham help to assess the social and cultural value of a landscape [Credit: Pxhere/1165797, licensed under CC0 Creative Commons]By studying landscapes of the past and how they’re …Continue reading →

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Ancient reptile Captorhinus could detach its tail to escape predator’s grasp

Imagine that you’re a voracious carnivore who sinks its teeth into the tail of a small reptile and anticipates a delicious lunch, when, in a flash, the reptile is gone and you are left holding a wiggling tail between your jaws. This is an illustration of Captorhinus showing breakable tail vertebrae [Credit: Courtesy Robert Reisz]A new study by the University …Continue reading →

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Photosynthesis originated a billion years earlier than we thought, study shows

Ancient microbes may have been producing oxygen through photosynthesis a billion years earlier than we thought, which means oxygen was available for living organisms very close to the origin of life on earth. In a new article in Heliyon, a researcher from Imperial College London studied the molecular machines responsible for photosynthesis and found the process may have evolved as …Continue reading →

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