19 January 2020
SpaceX blew up a rocket and this time it’s great news
17 January 2020
Neandertal birch tar-hafted tool proves abstract conceptualization ability
"The production of birch tar adhesives was a major technological development, demonstrating complex Neandertal technology and advanced cognitive ability."
A tar-backed tool from the present-day North Sea reveals the use of complex technology by Neandertals.   This article reports the discovery of a 50,000-year-old birch tar-hafted flint tool found off the present-day coastline of The Netherlands.   The production of birch tar adhesives and multicomponent tools was a major technological development.   It is considered complex technology and has a prominent place in discussions about the evolution of human behavior.   This find provides evidence on the technological capabilities of Neandertals and illuminates the currently debated conditions under which these technologies could be maintained.   The find demonstrates that birch tar was a routine part of the Neandertal technological repertoire.   Dating the geological provenance of the artifact firmly associates it with a host of Middle Paleolithic stone tools and a Neandertal fossil.   The object is a piece of birch tar, encompassing one-third of a flint flake.   This find demonstrates that Neandertals mastered complex adhesive production strategies and composite tool use.   The discovery also shows that a large population size is not a necessary condition for complex behavior and technology.
In this related article, the author states that "Neandertals used artificial adhesives to haft, or better handle, stone tools across their entire geographic range and since at least 200,000 years ago."   That is almost 130,000 years prior to H. Sapiens' final mental evolutionary change 70,000 years ago, and about 145,000 years before H. Sapiens made their way into the parts of Eurasia where H. Neanderthalis lived.
This is clear evidence that Neandertals possessed the ability for abstract conceptualization.   Abstract conceptualization is the mental capability that makes possible reasoning and thinking, which replaces the instinctual behavior that is otherwise universal among animals.   Obviously, abstract conceptualization at some level preceded H. Sapiens.
14 January 2020
7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth
13 January 2020
Some of these ancient grains are billions of years older than our sun.
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Cancer Metastasis Has More to Do with Wound Healing than You Might Think
9 January 2020
"Metastasis is wound healing gone wrong."
New image of the Milky Way's center could help explain why its heart is missing stars
How protons and neutrons behave inside an atom
7 January 2020
That behavior is different from their behavior as individual particles
NASA's alien planet hunter discovers its first Earth-sized planet in 'habitable-zone'
2020's first meteor shower seen from space
4,000-year-old guide to Egyptian underworld could be oldest illustrated 'book'
27 December 2019
China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission
22 December 2019
Boeing capsule returns to Earth after aborted space mission
20 December 2019
Boeing's Starliner launch malfunctions en route to International Space Station
14 December 2019
Deep solar minimum on the verge of an historic milestone
Earth Enters Unknown as Magnetic North Pole Continues Push Toward Russia, Crosses Greenwich Meridian
4 December 2019
Hoag's object is a galaxy within a galaxy within a galaxy (and nobody knows why)
'Snowball Earth' discovery: Experts reveal how life survived prehistoric ice age
How life survived during 'Snowball Earth' period of 720 million to 635 million years ago
Ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana
original article in Nature magazine
26 November 2019
NASA finds 'battling galaxies' in deep space
Nile River millions of years older than previously thought
22 October 2019
New CRISPR tool has the potential to correct almost all disease-causing DNA glitches
Humans can land on Mars by 2035, NASA chief says
11 October 2019
NASA advances Trump-led manufacturing push with six innovative technologies
Second interstellar visitor arrives - and stronomers think they know where it came from
Giant asteroid strike 13K years ago had 'global consequences,' study says
Early earthlings may have watched the galaxy's center explode 3.5M years ago
"Ballooning out of both poles of the galactic center, two gargantuan orbs of gas stretch into space for 25,000 light-years apiece (roughly the same as the distance between Earth and the center of the Milky Way)"
Minute by minute accounts of how asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs devastated Earth
Three share Nobel prize for physics for work to understand the cosmos
Europe's Black Death plague virus originated in Russia's Volga region
10 September 2019
New evidence about the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs
How the skull of humanity’s oldest known ancestor is changing our understanding of evolution
"Scientists have extracted a unique geologic record of the single worst day in the history of life on Earth, when a city-sized asteroid smashed into the planet 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs and three-quarters of all other life."
"Blasted a hole 100 miles wide and 12 miles deep."
"Debris deposited in layers almost minute-by-minute at the heart of the impact during the first day of a global catastrophe."
130 feet of sediment - "We can read it on the scale of minutes and hours."
"The land was clearly on fire."
"Temperatures world-wide dropped by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit for decades."
Modern humans evolved 100,000 years earlier than we thought – and not just in east Africa
Ancestors of Flores ‘hobbits’ may have been pioneers of first ‘human’ migration out of Africa
29 August 2019
First American settlers may have been in Idaho 16,500 years ago, study says
Musk, Bezos, Branson lead billionaires in space race
28 August 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 asteroid probe packs its space-rock bag for return to Earth
13 August 2019
419 million-year-old fossilized forest discovered in China
12 August 2019
NASA's Curiosity rover continues its work, passing its seventh anniversary.
3 August 2019
NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' surprises during first data delivery
22 gigabytes of data downloaded
NASA solar spacecraft snaps first image from inside sun's atmosphere
22 July 2019
Bizarre 'bird of prey' airliner concept design revealed by Airbus
20 July 2019
Apollo 11: 50 years on, the world celebrates the Moon landing
15 July 2019
EU's GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage
The Galileo satellite system was launched by the EU as an alternative to the US Air Force's Global Position System (GPS) and the Russian government's GLONASS.
24 June 2019
Rarely-seen catshark washes up on Australian beach
Raikoke volcano eruption from space
19 June 2019
Apollo 11: New website replays first Moon landing mission in real time
See it here
The glaciers in Glacier National Park appear to be growing
Glacier National Park quietly removes signs that the glaciers are melting because they are growing
10 June 2019
Mysterious large mass discovered on Moon bewilders scientists:
'Whatever it is, wherever it came from'
6 June 2019
Asteroid the size of a football-field could hit the earth this year
2 June 2019
NASA finds evidence of ancient lake on Mars
Rogue factories in China releasing lots of CFCs
20 May 2019
NASA probes finds crash site of Israeli lunar lander
17 May 2019
NASA's deep space probes - Pioneer, Voyager, New Horizons - where will they end up?
Every two years on Mars, an atmospheric hole dumps its water into space
Galaxies 13 billion years ago were brighter than expected - the question is: Why?
Many planets outside the Solar System are water worlds
9 May 2019
Human lifespan could soon pass 100 years thanks to medical tech, says BofA
Bacteria-eaing viruses save teenager's life
7 May 2019
Blackfeet man's DNA traces back 17,000 years; oldest in the Americas
DNA story suggests his ancestors came from the Pacific, traveled to the coast of South America and traveled north - not from across the Alaska land bridge
5 May 2019
2 May 2019
Oldest footprint and stone tools in Americas found, pre-Clovis - 15,600 years old
1 May 2019
World's oldest mummies in Chile - predate Egyptian mummies by 2,000 years
12 April 2019
SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket, recovers all 3 boosters
11 April 2019
First-ever photographic image of a Black Hole
First landing on Moon by private company to be attempted 3:05pm ET today
Moon landing by Israeli firm's craft fails
Lockheed-Martin's Lunar Lander - 62 tons and with an elevator
"What we chose to do is jump to the endgame."
10 April 2019
New human-related ancient species discovered in Luzon, Phillippines
9 April 2019
First actual pictures of black hole pending from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)
8 April 2019
New lymphoma cancer vaccine shows promise
Zapping the brain for those over 60 to help short-term memory?
6 April 2019
Over the last 50 years, the polar bear population has quadrupled
Overpopulation is now the problem
Wannabe dictators can't use climate change as excuse to tell you what to do
4 April 2019
Four-legged whale that lived 40mya found off coast of Peru
2 April 2019
Debris from India's anti-satellite test is a threat to the International Space Station
1 April 2019
Discovery of dinosaur fossils from the moment of the asteroid impact 66mya
4,000 year-old city discovered in Iraq, near the Zagros mountains
31 March 2019
Mars was once covered in wide raging rivers
28 March 2019
U.S. Astronauts on the Moon by 2024?
26 March 2019
Some of the universe's oldest stars are in the Milky Way galaxy's center
World's largest atom smasher may have found evidence for why the universe exists
25 March 2019
Meteor explodes with 10x the energy of atomic bomb in Hiroshima
15 March 2019
Seniors:   use skin moisturizer to prevent dementia, other old-age problems
12 March 2019
Research team 'wakes up' mammoth cell nuclei
10 March 2019
Could a supernova have caused one of Earth's mass extinctions 2.6mya?
Click here to see Earth's Geologic time scale
5 March 2019
Rediscovery of Mayan caves offers new chance to reconstruct the story of the Mayans
15 February 2019
U.S. going back to the Moon - this time, to stay
8 February 2019
Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor
to see a PDF version.
8 February 2019
NASA spacecraft pinpoints locaton of Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon
6 February 2019
More on the shifting of the Earth's mgnetic poles at an increased speed
NASA's two cubesats stop responding after passing Mars
29 January 2019
Cure for cancer within a year?
10 January 2019
The shifting of the Earth's mgnetic poles has picked up speed
It is now moving at more than 34 miles a year - up from less than 10 miles a year
3 January 2019
China lands spacecraft on far side of the moon
2 January 2019
NASA's New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away
10 December 2018
Voyager 2 probe moves into interstellar space
23 November 2018
More than a dozen prominent scientists will be presenting evidence Friday and Saturday casting doubt on the United Nations’ assertion that human activity is causing a global warming crisis.
Several of these scientists co-authored or reviewed portions of Climate Change Reconsidered, a series of comprehensive climate science volumes compiled by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC
Among the highlights of the EIKE conference, scientists will discuss the latest science regarding natural climate cycles, sea level, solar variability versus atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, shortcomings regarding renewable power, flaws in asserted temperature histories, the benefits of a warmer world, desertification, and ulterior goals of climate activists.
“The scientific evidence and conclusions reported by climate scientists are far different than what the environmental left and their legacy media allies would like the public to believe.”
Measured temperature vs. what NOAA reports - See the fraud
Historic temperatures do not show a warming trend.
31 October 2018
First look at the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy
25 October 2018
Earthquake splits tectonic plate in two and geologists are shaken
23 October 2018
Growing up surrounded by books bolsters skills later in life
21 October 2018
Your life span is written in your DNA, and we’re learning to read the code.
Cytosine, one of the four DNA bases of the genetic code, makes genes more or less active
7 August 2018
Alarmist now-or-never environmentalists fall flat on their faces
4 August 2018
Bezos throwing money, engineers into corporate space race
25 July 2018
Game-changer:   Mars lake of liquid water discovered
07 July 2018
AIDS vaccine passes key early test
05 July 2018
43 Obama-era EPA scandals the media ignored
30 January 2018
Blood test called CancerSEEK detects several cancer types
- breast, colorectal, esophagus, liver, lung, ovary, pancreas, stomach
New $500 blood test could detect cancer before symptoms develop
CancerSEEK blood test screens for eight types of cancer
14 February 1990
Voyager I looks back at its lauch site, with an arm of the Milky Way Galaxy as background
Sometime in 1882
The Klein Bottle
15 May 1570
The first modern Atlas of the World
Thought the Möbius band was divine.
Said he: "If you glue
The edges of two,
You'll get a weird bottle like mine."
Humanity's first written language
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