Wooden sickles more than 7,000 years old found in Italy

Archaeologists presented the results of a study of three wooden sickles discovered during underwater excavations at the Early Neolithic site of La Marmotta in Italy. It turned out that these tools were made more than seven thousand years ago from oak and wood belonging to the rose family. Ancient people used resin from pine trees… Continue reading Wooden sickles more than 7,000 years old found in Italy

Astronomer Frank Drake dies

On Friday, September 2, 2022, at the age of 93, American astronomer Frank Drake, who became one of the pioneers of the search for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, died. He is also one of the creators of the records for the Pioneer and Voyager probes and the Arecibo radio message, according to the SETI… Continue reading Astronomer Frank Drake dies

Hormone injections improve cognitive performance in Down syndrome

Injections of a hormone from the hypothalamus, which is responsible for the development of the genital organs and is commonly used to treat infertility, have been able to improve cognitive performance in people with Down syndrome. This was discovered by European scientists who conducted a study on seven young men. After six months of living… Continue reading Hormone injections improve cognitive performance in Down syndrome

James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

The James Webb Infrared Space Observatory has captured its first direct image of superjupiter HIP 65426b as it orbits the yellow-white dwarf in a wide orbit. The image made it possible to clarify the parameters of the planet and prove the high efficiency of the observatory in direct observations of exoplanets. A preprint of the… Continue reading James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

MOXIE received 50 grams of oxygen from the Martian atmosphere in 9 hours

The team of the MOXIE experiment to obtain oxygen from the Martian atmosphere presented the results of its work on Mars for 2021. The device installed on the Perseverance rover worked for a total of almost 9 hours, during which time it generated 50 grams of oxygen suitable for human use. Thus, on the basis… Continue reading MOXIE received 50 grams of oxygen from the Martian atmosphere in 9 hours

The return of bison has made the prairie vegetation more diverse

The reintroduction of bison to areas of the prairie where they once lived but were exterminated by humans has a positive effect on the local flora, American ecologists have found. After analyzing the results of an experiment lasting about thirty years, they found that in the presence of bison, the species diversity of prairie plants… Continue reading The return of bison has made the prairie vegetation more diverse

Lipids on ceramics made it possible to clarify the time of existence of the Botai settlement

Scientists conducted a study of lipids on ceramics found in Kazakhstan at two ancient settlements of the Botai and Makhanjar cultures. They found remains of horse fat on many fragments of vessels, and for a number of samples they were able to obtain direct radiocarbon dates. Together with previously obtained data, this made it possible… Continue reading Lipids on ceramics made it possible to clarify the time of existence of the Botai settlement

The water level in the Nile allowed the Egyptians to transport stone to the site of the pyramids.

At the time of the construction of the Giza pyramids, the water level in the Nile allowed the filling of an artificial reservoir near the construction site so that the Egyptians could transport materials from the quarries directly to the construction site. This was confirmed by scientists from Egypt, China and France, who examined sediment… Continue reading The water level in the Nile allowed the Egyptians to transport stone to the site of the pyramids.

The population of the ancient Carthaginian city turned out to be genetically diverse

Paleogeneticists have read 30 genomes of ancient inhabitants of Tunisia, central Italy and Sardinia dating back to the Iron Age. In all regions, they found both descendants of more ancient local populations and immigrants from other territories. Thus, in the necropolis near the Carthaginian city of Kerkuan there were the remains of the descendants of… Continue reading The population of the ancient Carthaginian city turned out to be genetically diverse

Starlink satellites will be able to connect directly to regular smartphones

The new generation of Starlink satellites will allow anyone with a smartphone to connect to the mobile network and the Internet, even from places where there is no terrestrial coverage. The connection speed will be from two to four megabits per second. This was announced by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and T-Mobile President Mike Sievert.… Continue reading Starlink satellites will be able to connect directly to regular smartphones