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The oldest known drawing, 73,000 years ago, looks like a hashtag

Henshilwood et al., Nature 2018 And you thought that Mona Lisa was old. Researchers say they have found the earliest known drawing on a rock fragment in South Africa. The simple cross-cut pattern dates back to 73,000 years to the middle ages, making it about 30,000 years older than the oldest known abstract drawings. The sculpture, found in a cave …

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How Satellites Track Monster Storm From Space

When Hurricane Florence takes its way to the US East Coast, several satellites monitor the dangerous storm system with different instruments. From tracking wind speeds, rain and temperatures to capture unrivaled views of the storm's stormy storm, a NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite fleet provides weather forecasters with the tools they need to keep people safe. …

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef was never dead

It is recurring coral. Australia's major barrier reef is "sign of recovery," shows a new study after massive bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 threatened the world's largest living structure. A milder summer in 2017-18 combined with restoration efforts by researchers and government officials has helped some of the reef to show "significant signs of recovery," according to a new …

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It is "Absolutely a shame" to propose astronauts caused air leakage

The leader of the current mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) reverses the proposal that he or his crew members may have caused the groundbreaking laboratory's latest air leakage. "I can say unequivocally that the crew had nothing to do with this," said NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, commander of ISS Expedition 56, during an interview from space to ground …

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NASA tests folding heat shield that can help human Mars landing

SPACEPORT AMERICA, New Mexico (Reuters) – The United States National Air and Space Administration (NASA) launched and tested a new umbrella-like heat shield Wednesday and opened the door to land people on Mars. PHOTO PHOTOS: Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. REUTERS / Carlos Barria The …

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SETI uses AI to help seek out foreign life

Image of a robot listening to radio outbreak from outer space. SETI used artificial intelligence inspired by the same algorithm used by internet companies to sort through a massive spacecraft space. In a new study, the researcher analyzed a mysterious signal that came from far. Breakthrough Listen | University of California, Berkeley ) SETI overloads search for alien life using …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Accessories for War": Where "space explorer and space warrior" collides

In pop culture there are two general stereotypes that the public has about scientists. There is the crazy scientist of comedy and Hollywood fame, the chapel monster whose desire to conquer reality and life itself often drives him into discoveries that cause widespread destruction, including his own. Then it is the more positive image of the tweedy nerd, whose enthusiasm …

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New find cleans Madagascar's first settler to wipe out the world's largest bird | Science

Giant elephant birds may have coexisted with humans for millennia. VELIZAR SIMEONVSKI By Andrew Lawler Sep. 12, 2018, 14:00 Landing about 425 kilometers from the African coast, Madagascar was long thought to be one of the last corners of the earth to be solved. This week in Science Advances researchers report that the old slaughtered legs show that people made …

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Is Pluto a planet? New research says yes, but the debate is raging on

Long ago, during the dark ages before the iPhone 2006, Pluto resumed from its status as a planet and downgraded to the dwarf planet's classification, changing high school class forever. Forever it can be briefer than imagined. New research from the scientific journal Icarus causes Pluto to resume as a planet and judges that it should never have been considered. …

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