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March 20th, 2018

Sketchfab Download API links huge 3D model database to tons of AR/VR creation apps

3D content platform Sketchfab has released a new Download API, letting app makers pull Sketchfab content directly into their 3D, VR, and AR software without asking users to leave their app environment. Sketchfab says it wants to become the “search bar for 3D.” via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180320-sketchfab-download-api-links-huge-3d-model-database-to-tons-of-ar-vr-creation-apps.html

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Gold grave goods in sarcophagi of Thesssaloniki

‘Ellada’ or ‘Hellas’, the name of a woman who was probably of Athenian origin, lived, died and was buried in Thessaloniki. Time went by and when Langadas street was being opened in 1929, the sargophagus of Attic origin, which had ‘housed her remains’ for 1,600 years, was found. Inside her impressive marble sarcophagus depicting Amazons in battle, a gold signet …Continue reading →

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AR2 6 axis robot aluminum parts kits

The AR2 robot is an open source robot platform. This project hopes to fund the production of aluminum parts kits. – [currently $0 (0%) of $23,900 goal] via Technology (latest) :: Kicktraq, http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/406097865/ar2-6-axis-robot-aluminum-parts-kits/

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‘Majestic’ Roman villa discovered in Amyntaio, Northern Greece

For anyone visiting northern Greece, there will soon be a new “must visit” on the cultural itinerary. The Roman “Villa of Alexandros” which was uncovered last summer in Amyntaio, Florina, is a majestic complex covering over 1.2 acres of land, making it one of the largest finds of its kind. It is also one of the most luxurious ancient villas …Continue reading →

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Hair was dyed for first time as part of funeral rituals, study shows

Archaeologists from the University of Granada have carried out excavations in the Biniadris Cave located on the Balearic Island of Menorca, uncovering enigmatic funeral rituals. This Bronze Age cave was used by different societies over 3300-2600 years ago. Researchers from the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), among others, are also participating in this pioneering …Continue reading →

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Discovery of 115,000-year-old bone tools in China

An analysis of 115,000-year-old bone tools discovered in China suggests that the toolmaking techniques mastered by prehistoric humans there were more sophisticated than previously thought. Retoucher on a long bone fragment from a large mammal [Credit: Luc Doyon]Marks found on the excavated bone fragments show that humans living in China in the early Late Pleistocene were already familiar with the …Continue reading →

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Mimaki attracts European customers with 3DUJ-553 3D printer (and its 10 million colors!)

Wide-format inkjet 3D printing specialist Mimaki is bringing its multicolor 3DUJ-553 3D printer to Europe, and has launched a campaign for the unique product. The 3D printer, which can produce more than 10 million colors in layers as fine as 20 microns, first became available in January. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180320-mimaki-attracts-european-customers-with-3duj-553-3d-printer-and-its-10-million-colors.html

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Agriculture initiated by indigenous peoples, not Fertile Crescent migration

Small scale agricultural farming was first initiated by indigenous communities living on Turkey’s Anatolian plateau, and not introduced by migrant farmers as previously thought, according to new research by the University of Liverpool. Neolithic house uncovered during excavations in central Anatolia [Credit: Professor Douglas Baird]Professor Douglas Baird and his team discovered the presence of carbonised seeds and phytoliths of… [[ …Continue reading →

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Intensification of agriculture and social hierarchies evolve together, study finds

A long-standing debate in the field of cultural evolution has revolved around the question of how and why human societies become more hierarchical. Some theorize that material changes to a society’s resources or subsistence strategies lead it to become more hierarchical; others believe that hierarchy is the cause rather than the result of these changes. Many see the answer as …Continue reading →

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Fish accounted for surprisingly large part of Stone Age diet in Scandinavia

New research at Lund University in Sweden can now show what Stone Age people actually ate in southern Scandinavia 10 000 years ago. The importance of fish in the diet has proven to be greater than expected. So, if you want to follow a Paleo diet – you should quite simply eat a lot of fish. Fish bones [Credit: Blekinge …Continue reading →

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