LIDAR is showing its archaeological prowess once again, being used to reveal the extent of a “lost” city in western Mexico built and inhabited by the Purépecha, contemporaneous rivals to the Aztec civilisation.   Led by archaeologist Chris Fisher of Colorado State University, a team has estimated that the city of Angamuco had around 40,000…
February 19, 2018
Normally when somebody says ‘you look radiant’, it means you look good. But for one Chinese woman who rode through an X-ray machine, the compliment could be taken rather literally.   Surveillance footage captured in southern China last week went viral after people couldn’t believe these bizarre (and eerie) images of a woman down on…
February 19, 2018
Researchers have achieved a new kind of chimeric first, producing sheep-human hybrid embryos that could one day represent the future of organ donation – by using body parts grown inside unnatural, engineered animals.   With that end goal in mind, scientists have created the first interspecies sheep-human chimera, introducing human stem cells into sheep embryos,…
February 19, 2018
It’s been barely two weeks since SpaceX successfully launched the first Falcon Heavy into orbit, and many are curious as to where it and its unconventional passenger are right now.   Instead of sending something boring as the Heavy’s first payload, SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk launched his own Tesla Roadster. On board is…
February 19, 2018
Since NASA’s early days, periods in space have been a strange and mysterious topic for engineers. Countless things go into planning a launch and until Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983, tampons and sanitary napkins were never part of that process.    After wanting to send an overly generous supply…
February 17, 2018
Kids can and should practice the skill of learning if they want a fighting chance at fulfilling all those lofty goals their parents set for them. But some people keep studying – and thinking – the same way all their lives without improving their methods.    Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually…
February 16, 2018
Researchers have directly observed the scattering electrons behind the shifting patterns of light called pulsating auroras, confirming models of how charged solar winds interact with our planet’s magnetic field.   With those same winds posing a threat to technology, it’s comforting to know we’ve got a sound understanding of what’s going on up there. The…
February 16, 2018