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These 3D printed animal showerheads by Zooheads are taking hygiene to a wild new place

If your shower routine has become a bit humdrum and is lacking in excitement, Brooklyn-based startup Zooheads (a spin-off of 3D printing service Voodoo Manufacturing) is hoping it can help. The company is targeting a niche market by selling 3D printed animal-themed showerheads. via,


New insights into the late history of Neanderthals

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have sequenced the genomes of five Neanderthals that lived between 39,000 and 47,000 years ago. These late Neanderthals are all more closely related to the Neanderthals that contributed DNA to modern human ancestors than an older Neanderthal from the Altai Mountains that was previously sequenced. Their genomes also …Continue reading →


Star Wars 3D prints: could this life-size Jabba the Hutt be your new favorite decoration?

Mighty Jabba's Collection, a YouTube channel specializing in Star Wars toys and merch, is attempting to 3D print a life-size model of Jabba the Hutt. The project is being sponsored by filament company MakerGeeks. via,


A star disturbed the comets of the solar system in prehistory

About 70,000 years ago, a small reddish star approached our solar system and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids. Astronomers from the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge have verified that the movement of some of these objects is still marked by that stellar encounter. At a time when modern humans were beginning to leave Africa and the …Continue reading →


New linguistic analysis finds Dravidian language family is approximately 4,500 years old

The origin of the Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 varieties spoken by 220 million people across southern and central India and surrounding countries, can be dated to about 4,500 years ago. This estimate is based on new linguistic analyses by an international team, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, that used …Continue reading →


Why aren’t humans ‘knuckle-walkers?’

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have cracked the evolutionary mystery of why chimpanzees and gorillas walk on their knuckles: The short explanation is that these African apes climb trees and they are mobile on the ground. Credit: Case Western Reserve UniversityTheir bodies—more specifically, their hands—represent a compromise adaptation allowing both forms of travel. That’s according to Bruce Latimer, professor …Continue reading →


Dinosaur frills and horns did not evolve for species recognition

The elaborate frills and horns of a group of dinosaurs including Triceratops and Styracosaurus did not evolve to help species recognise each other, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London. This is the restoration of the head of Nasutoceratops [Credit: Andrey Atuchin]It has been suggested that different species that live in the same location may evolve features in …Continue reading →


Historians to climate researchers: Let’s talk

History can tell us a lot about environmental upheaval, say Princeton University historians John Haldon and Lee Mordechai. What is missing in today’s debate about climate change is using what we know about how past societies handled environmental stresses to help inform our own situation. Steve Wilkes, who led the remote sensing team on Princeton’s Avkat Archaeological Project, sets up …Continue reading →


‘New life form’ answers question about evolution of cells

Bacteria and Archaea are two of the three domains of life. Both must have evolved from the putative Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA). One hypothesis is that this happened because the cell membrane in LUCA was an unstable mixture of lipids. Now, scientists from the University of Groningen and Wageningen University have created such a life form with a mixed …Continue reading →


Large chamber tomb with multiple burials revealed in Mycenaean settlement at Dimini

A new tomb type with distinctive features, containing the remains of about 20 people, three of them children, was recently revealed in the Mycenaean settlement of Dimini. The finds were announced by Mrs. Stamatia Alexandrou, the archaeologist of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia who is responsible for the archaeological site in Dimini, during the proceedings of the Sixth Archaeological …Continue reading →


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