Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

Ornithologists have described a new species of bird that lives on the Diego Ramirez Islands south of South America. It is called the subantarctic rayadito. In the past, the local population was thought to be the spiny-tailed rayadito, which is widespread in Chile and Argentina. However, the analysis showed that individuals from the Diego Ramirez… Continue reading Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

In Spain, a half-meter-long ancient Roman phallus was found carved on a building.

Spanish archaeologists discovered a bas-relief depiction of a phallus during excavations at El Higuerón in southern Spain. It was carved on the cornerstone of a large ancient Roman building that scientists are exploring in Nueva Carteya in the province of Cordoba, El Pais reports. Phallic symbols and images were widespread in ancient Rome. They were… Continue reading In Spain, a half-meter-long ancient Roman phallus was found carved on a building.

NASA has selected 13 candidates for the first landing sites of Artemis astronauts at the lunar south pole.

NASA has presented 13 possible sites for the first landing of American astronauts on the Moon under the Artemis program, which is scheduled for 2025. All of them are located near the south pole of the Moon, well lit and fairly level, and the final choice will be made after the launch date of Artemis… Continue reading NASA has selected 13 candidates for the first landing sites of Artemis astronauts at the lunar south pole.

Vertical eye sockets gave large carnivorous dinosaurs a strong skull for powerful bites

The paleontologist analyzed a large sample of skulls from dinosaurs and their relatives and found that most species had rounded eye sockets, but large predators such as Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurus had vertically elongated eye sockets. Eye sockets of this shape reduced the load on the skull during a bite, but the eyes became smaller, since… Continue reading Vertical eye sockets gave large carnivorous dinosaurs a strong skull for powerful bites

Sacrificed bronze womb and phallus found in Roman sanctuary

Archaeologists have excavated an ancient sanctuary located near geothermal springs in the Italian commune of San Casciano dei Bagni. They were able to discover more than three thousand coins, as well as sacrificed bronze artifacts in the form of various parts of the human body: ear, leg, uterus and penis. In the Roman era, people… Continue reading Sacrificed bronze womb and phallus found in Roman sanctuary

The drone opened the cabinet and turned the valve

Swiss engineers have taught the drone to manipulate objects, for example, open cabinets and turn valves. Article published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Interacting with objects is one of the typical tasks for robots. In drones, due to the fact that they fly and do not drive or walk on the floor, this task… Continue reading The drone opened the cabinet and turned the valve

Two helicopters were added to NASA's mission to deliver soil from Mars and a rover was removed.

NASA has revised the mission configuration for the first return of Martian rock samples to Earth (MSR). The agency abandoned the rover that would deliver test tubes with samples to the MAV take-off rocket – the samples will be transported by the Perseverance rover, as well as two drone helicopters that will go to Mars… Continue reading Two helicopters were added to NASA's mission to deliver soil from Mars and a rover was removed.

Prolonged drought led to social tension and collapse of Mayapan

Scientists conducted an interdisciplinary study of materials from the city of Mayapan, the largest political capital of the Maya of the Postclassic period. They found that as long as the region's rainfall remained adequate, the city's population continued to grow. But prolonged droughts have led to increased social tension and violence. Mayapan was ultimately abandoned… Continue reading Prolonged drought led to social tension and collapse of Mayapan

Icelandic Vikings hunted puffins and guillemots

Paleozoologists examined bird bones discovered during excavations of a Viking Age settlement in northern Iceland. It turned out that local residents preferred to hunt puffins and slender-billed guillemots. Scientists believe that the birds were hunted mainly in the summer during the breeding season, after which they brought the prey to the settlement, where they were… Continue reading Icelandic Vikings hunted puffins and guillemots

Europe has finally abandoned cooperation with Russia on the ExoMars mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to finally stop cooperation with Roscosmos on the second part of the ExoMars project, which involved sending a Russian landing platform and a European rover to Mars. stated agency director Josef Aschbacher. Previously, due to Russia’s military actions on the territory of Ukraine, this cooperation was frozen, but… Continue reading Europe has finally abandoned cooperation with Russia on the ExoMars mission