Archaeologists have uncovered a 3,000-year-old, remarkably well-preserved community near Peterborough, England. The excavation at Must Farms, by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, has unearthed a trove of textiles, pottery and tools that reveal new insights into the lives of our ancestors. The sudden destruction, and then subsequent preservation in the river's non-porous silt, caused many of the artifacts to be preserved incredibly well, archaeologist wrote on their online diary, documenting the findings.
While the fault lines in this region have been known about for some time, most believed the subduction, and thus the major earthquake threat, had long since ended. Studying the motion of the plates and looking for evidence of seismic movements in Bangladesh is extremely difficult. Steckler, the lead author of the study, described the subduction zone as being "filled with sediments from the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta," causing the fault to be "blind, totally covered by sediments, so in places we only infer its existence." This study utilized more than 10 years' worth of data from highly precise GPS receivers placed around northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The results allowed the researchers
Ted Cruz wasn’t the only speaker who didn’t endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention last night. First there was Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle pilot and commander. Her decision to speak at a convention honoring Trump—a man known for expressing opinions on many things, space exploration not among them—had puzzled some in the space community. So when she got to the end of her speech, the omission was notable. The prewritten text of Collins’ speech ended with, “We need leadership that will make America great again. That leader is Donald Trump.” But she never said the last sentence. Collins has been critical of the Obama administration and NASA’s current mission
“The map that’s been used in brain imaging for as long as I can remember is a map made more than 100 years ago,” Matthew Glasser of Washington University in St. Louis, one of the paper’s authors, tells Digital Trends. “It’s a 2D schematic map, which researchers continue to look at when they’ve got new own data to try and see where a particular brain activation is taking place. It’s a good thing that Glasser did, because the new research carried out by himself and colleagues has resulted in a wholly new topographic map of the brain: with 180 cortical regions in total, of which 97 are completely new.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged signatories of an international ozone pact to back the phasing-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- toxic greenhouse gases thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. "Climate change is happening – and it is happening quicker than most of us ever anticipated," Kerry said. "Week after week, month after month, year after year, we continue to see new evidence, tangible evidence, of the danger climate change poses to our planet.
A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was on the brink of setting a record for flying solo in a balloon around the world nonstop and was expected to land in Australia on Saturday, his son said on Friday. Fedor Konyukhov hopes to land in the wheat fields near Northam in Western Australia state, shaving two days off the current record of 13 days and eight hours set by American businessman Steve Fossett in 2002, Oscar Konyukhov said. Fedor Konyukhov lifted off from Northam at 7:30 a.m. local time on July 12 in a carbon box 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches) high, 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches) long and 1.8 meters (5 feet 11 inches) wide suspended from a 56-meter (184-foot) -tall helium and hot-air balloon.
The Perseids, one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, is coming up in just under a month. Right now, we are in the middle of a meteor shower called the Delta Aquarids, which began around July 12. Around July 28 and 29, the Delta Aquarids will reach their peak.
Seldom does the global public have an opportunity to observe an endangered species in its natural habitat, but this week, wildlife enthusiasts received a rare glimpse into the poignant final days of the American Republican elephant. Recently, however, some unknown constellation of events brought more than 2,000 surviving specimens of E. republicanus to a Cleveland watering hole known locally as the Quicken Loans Arena.
If temperature trends continue, 2016 is on track to be the planet’s hottest year on record, according to NASA. NASA made these high temperature measurements thanks to satellite data and ground-based observation. "While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards, it is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers," said Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
CHICAGO • The European Commission on Friday approved imports of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend genetically modified soybean variety, after months of delays that had derailed the company’s product launch this spring. U.S. grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland Co. told Reuters on Friday that its elevators and processing plants will now accept the Xtend soybean variety. Rivals Cargill Inc., Bunge Ltd. and CHS Inc., which had also refused to accept the variety without EU import approval, could not be immediately reached for comment. The EU is the second largest importer of soybeans and its approval is not expected to have a major impact on merger talks by German suitor Bayer AG, whose sweetened $64 billion buyout offer of Creve Coeur-based Monsanto was rejected last week, as had been widely anticipated, analysts said on Friday.
The push to recover used radioactive fuel from the last nuclear power station of its kind is under way. Wylfa nuclear plant's last reactor was turned off after 44 years at an outage ceremony on Anglesey in December. Workers have spent the past six months putting decommissioning plans into action, including a new safety regime. Removing 800 tonnes of spent Magnox fuel will now be the "dominant" focus over the next three years, officials have said. "Once we are fuel free, over 99% of all the radioactivity on the site will have left," said Gordon Malcolm, deputy site director at Wylfa. "Then the whole site moves on to the next phase of work, preparations for care and maintenance... which will last
Agriculture is in a tough spot. The population is expected to teeter over 9.6 billion in 2050, and feeding this global citizenry will require a staggering 70 percent more food than the world produces now, says the United Nations. For agriculture, this means increasing production while also contending with the effects of climate change, which have already caused drought around the world. This essential dilemma has spurred innovation and investment in the agricultural industry, including a record $100 million in second-round funds for Indigo, an agriculture technology start-up. The money, awarded Thursday, represents the largest single financing round in the history of the private ag-tech sector,
In short, they’ve figured out how to improve the way graphics software can render light as it interacts with extremely small details on the surface of materials. As a brief explainer, the reflection of light emanating from a material’s small details is called “glints,” and until now, graphics software could only render glints in stills. Ramamoorthi and his colleagues plan to reveal their rendering method at SIGGRAPH 2016 in Anaheim, California, later this month.
The United States ranks No. 8 among the world's most energy-efficient nations, while the clean-energy powerhouse Germany holds the top slot, a new report found. Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, perhaps unsurprisingly, landed with a thud at the bottom of the list
The idea that Star Trek has changed the world might sound as farfetched as some of the USS Enterprise’s spacefaring missions, but the truth is that the science fiction series has directly or indirectly impacted both our present and future. It seems like an absurd statement — when creator Gene Roddenberry was first kicking around the idea in 1964, he probably never imagined that Star Trek would still be around in 2016 with reboots in the pipeline. Here are seven ways that Star Trek changed the world. 1.
No matter how long it lasts, jet lag is never fun, and researchers still haven't found a "cure" for the bothersome side-effect. It turns out that our internal clocks are a bit laggy — they run a tad longer than 24 hours.
Much can be and has been said about the Presidential campaign of Mr. Donald J. Trump, leading up to the U.S. Presidential Elections in 2016. From an unprecedented self-examination of the electorate, to those watching from abroad, we collectively understand the weight of the Office he seeks, the history behind who has sat in the Oval Office before him, the impact of the seat of the Executive and the widespread ramifications for the rest of the world, come November’s elections—no matter the victor. The Republican and Democratic conventions are a political milestone in the race for the U.S. Presidency and given their commencement, I’d like to talk about one such particular milestone—A woman who's
The Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say. Basically, when corn crops mature in late July, they act like billions of straws drawing up soil moisture.
A new "food-print" model that measures the per-person land requirements of different diets suggests that, with dietary changes, the U.S. could feed significantly more people from existing agricultural land. Using ten different scenarios ranging from the average American diet to a purely vegan one, a team led by scientists from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University estimated that agricultural land in the contiguous U.S. could have the capacity to feed up to 800 million people—twice what can be supported based on current average diets. The researchers found that a vegetarian diet that includes dairy products could feed the most people from the area of land available.
OTTAWA, ON / ACCESSWIRE / July 22, 2016 / Carube Copper Corp. (TSXV: CUC) is pleased to announce recent initial drill results from the Bellas Gate and Above Rocks Joint Ventures in Jamaica. The 2016 exploration programs at both JV's are being operated
Raw video: John Kirby catches journalist playing game during press briefing
An African bird called the greater honeyguide is famous for leading people to honey, and a new study shows that the birds listen for certain human calls to figure out who wants to play follow-the-leader. The finding underscores the unique relationship that exists between humans and this wild bird. "They're definitely not domesticated, and they're in no way coerced," says Claire Spottiswoode of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. "And they're not taught in any conventional way as well. Humans are not deliberately going out there and training honeyguides." She first heard of the honeyguide as an 11-year-old child in Cape Town, South Africa, where she went to a meeting of her local
There’s a massive bulge at the center of the Milky Way galaxy and it’s not just happy to see us. While working on a project called the Legacy Surveys, Dustin Lang, an astronomer and research associate at the University of Toronto, created an interactive online map that stitched together visible light images of deep space to reveal the network of galaxies well beyond the Milky Way. “I tweeted out that image because I was happy with how nicely it came out.” Within the scientific Twitter community, it’s not uncommon for disgruntled scientists to tweet out their frustrations while ecstatic ones share their successes, Lang said.
A few years ago, researchers at the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School published some attention-getting findings about the surprising benefits of asking for help. According to the findings, men in leadership positions wind up looking less competent when they ask for other people's help.