Posts Tagged ‘ancient’

Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe

For additional information on this breakthrough, NSF has produced the video “The birth of the first stars.”
For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe. Using a radio antenna not much larger than a…

Ancient whales were fearsome predators with razor-sharp teeth, fossil analysis shows

ANCIENT WHALES: The ancestors of today’s gentle giants of the ocean were equipped with the razor-sharp teeth of a fearsome predator and could have hunted seals and penguins, rather than the tiny krill they eat today, scientists say.

The Moon is full of water, new study finds

A new analysis of satellite data has found several ancient volcanic deposits on the lunar surface that are filled with unexpectedly high amounts of water in comparison to the surrounding terrain, suggesting that the moon’s interior could contain far more H2O previously realised. As part of their research, which was published online Monday in the […]

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Were there humans in North America 100 thousand years ago?

This is the sort of stuff we expect to read in Stranger Than You Think News.  But here it is, soberly, from Ewen Callaway in Nature News: Ancient humans settled in North America around 130,000 years ago, suggests a controversial study — pushing the date back more than 100,000 years earlier than most scientists accept. […]

Mummified smallpox virus shows the disease isn’t as old as we thought

The mummy of a young boy discovered buried in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church contains the oldest-known complete set of smallpox genes, and scientists hope that the discovery will shed new light on the history of the infamous pathogen, according to NPR and BBC News reports. Save for a few secured, frozen samples, smallpox […]

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