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Archaeologists Discover Ancient Structure at Petra in Southern Jordan

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Structure at Petra in Southern Jordan

The 184-by-161-foot platform with the remains of a small building atop it was discovered using satellite imagery and drone and ground surveys, National Geographic reported. An enormous monument has been hiding in plain sight at the World Heritage site of Petra, according to a study recently published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, …

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Research to Create Part-Human, Part-Animal Chimeras Embryos Continues Despite Criticism

Research to Create Chimeras Embryos Continues Despite Criticism

Some U.S. scientists are working to develop organs in animals that could one day be transplanted into humans, NPR reported. The National Institutes of Health put a moratorium on such research. A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. The researchers hope …

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Harvard University: Scientists Reportedly Meet at School Privately to Discuss Human Genome Synthesis

Harvard University Scientists Reportedly Meet at School Privately to Discuss Human Genome Synthesis

Multiple outlets reported that about 150 scientists met at Harvard University Medical School on Tuesday to discuss creating a synthetic human genome using chemicals to manufacture DNA. Prominent Stanford scientist Drew Endy is denouncing a secret meeting held at Harvard University this week to discuss creating a synthetic human genome — essentially, constructing human life from scratch using chemicals. In …

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Scientists Discover Dinosaur Fossils Estimated to Be 71 Million Years Old in Antarctica

Scientists Discover Dinosaur Fossils Estimated to Be 71 Million Years Old in Antarctica

A team of scientists discovered over a ton of remains, including those of plesiosaurs and mosasaurs, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. The find was made on James Ross Island. Fossil hunting is an adventure anywhere—but when the search is on one of the most remote localities, complications are inevitable. But for an international team of scientists, the hard work recently paid off with …

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Nazca Culture Discover Geoglyph Created About 2,000 Years Ago in Peru

Nazca Culture Discover Geoglyph Created About 2,000 Years Ago in Peru

Researchers from Yamagata University announced the discovery of the 98-foot-long image, which is thought to represent a mythical animal. Researchers said the image was made with stones. Easter Island has its iconic statues. England has Stonehenge. And Peru has its own mysterious modification to the landscape—the Nazca lines. The enormous geoglyphs were made in the desert ground around 2,000 years …

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Second Strongest Shock Wave From Merging Galaxy Cluster Identified

Second Strongest Shock Wave From Merging Galaxy Cluster Identified

The wave, identified by Sarthak Dasadia of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is emanating from the galaxy cluster Abell 655. The largest shock measured was from the Bullet Cluster in 2006. The discovery by a physics doctoral student at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) of the second-strongest merger shock in clusters of galaxies ever observed has generated …

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Archaeogenetics Fossils Shows Migration Patterns in Europe From 45,000 Years Ago

Archaeogenetics Fossils Shows Migration Patterns in Europe From 45,000 Years Ago

DNA from the remains of 51 humans from 45,000 to 7,000 years ago showed there were waves of migration and population turnover due to changing glacier levels, the study in Nature said. Researchers analysed the genomes of 51 individuals who lived between 45,000 years ago and 7,000 years ago. The results reveal details about the biology of these early inhabitants, …

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Mars, Saturn and Red Giant Star to Be Visibility Sunday Night

Mars, Saturn and Red Giant Star to Be Visible Sunday Night

Weather permitting, Mars, Saturn, the red giant star Antares and a gibbous moon will be visible without an optical device around 1 a.m. Monday morning, Space.com reported. One recent evening, while discussing solar system aspects with students, I reviewed the spectacular collisions of comet fragments from shattered comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 that whacked Jupiter in 1994. The largest chunks, about a …

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