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Child Graves Paint a Complex Picture of Life at Ancient Egyptian Work Site  Child Graves Paint a Complex Picture of Life at Ancient Egyptian Work Site 

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered four unique child graves at Gebel el-Silsila—the site of a former Egyptian quarry that dates back some 3,500 years. The discovery is shedding new light on what life was like at this ancient work site, and the complex social hierarchy that likely existed.

Preliminary Scan Suggests This Interstellar Visitor Is Not an Alien Spaceship Preliminary Scan Suggests This Interstellar Visitor Is Not an Alien Spaceship

On October 19, 2017, astronomers witnessed the first known interstellar asteroid—a bizarre, cigar-shaped rock that, just as quickly as it entered into our Solar System, exited in a hurry. Not satisfied that ‘Oumuamua, as it’s been named, is just an odd asteroid, astronomers from Breakthrough Listen recently tuned…

Morbid Experiment Proves This Neolithic Weapon Was an Effective Skull Crusher Morbid Experiment Proves This Neolithic Weapon Was an Effective Skull Crusher

Humans have been killing other humans since the dawn of the species, but owing to the poor archaeological record, it’s unclear what sort of weapons our ancestors used to brutalize one another. Using models of human skulls and a replica of a weapon dating back thousands of years, researchers have shown that a bat-like…

New Horizons’ Next Target May Have a Small Moon New Horizons’ Next Target May Have a Small Moon

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is currently hurtling towards MU69, a Kuiper Belt object located a billion miles past Pluto. Details of this distant object just keep getting more intriguing. In addition to having a reddish hue and potentially consisting of two self-orbiting objects, MU69 may have a small moon, the…

American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon

President Donald Trump has signed a directive that authorizes NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon—a mission that would lay the foundation for a possible mission to Mars. The renewed emphasis on space exploration, said Trump, is to ensure America’s primacy in space, to protect its citizens, and to create…

Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb

Egyptian archaeologists working in Luxor have explored two tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty, uncovering colorful figurines, funeral masks, a stunning mural—and a linen-wrapped mummy.

SpaceX Set to Make History Next Week During Supply Mission to the ISS SpaceX Set to Make History Next Week During Supply Mission to the ISS

On December 12, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending an uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule filled with supplies to the International Space Station. No big deal, except that two components, both the first stage rocket and the spacecraft, have already flown on…

Devastating Wildfires Continue to Wreak Havoc Across Southern California Devastating Wildfires Continue to Wreak Havoc Across Southern California

With powerful Santa Ana winds gusting as high as 80 miles per hour, firefighters are bracing themselves for another challenging day in Southern California. Over the course of the week, destructive wildfires in the state have forced the evacuation of more than 230,000 people, destroyed hundreds of homes, and torched…

AlphaZero Annihilates World’s Best Chess Bot After Just Four Hours of Practicing AlphaZero Annihilates World’s Best Chess Bot After Just Four Hours of Practicing

A few months after demonstrating its dominance over the game of Go, DeepMind’s AlphaZero AI has trounced the world’s top-ranked chess engine—and it did so without any prior knowledge of the game and after just four hours of self-training.

Thousands Forced to Evacuate as Catastrophic Wildfires Continue to Ravage California Thousands Forced to Evacuate as Catastrophic Wildfires Continue to Ravage California

In what’s already been a particularly cruel wildfire season for California, a series of fast-moving blazes have torched more than 65,000 acres since Monday, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee. Alarmingly, winds are expected to pick up in the coming days, making a bad situation potentially worse.

This Spacesuit's 'Take Me Home' Button Could Rescue Astronauts Adrift in Space This Spacesuit's 'Take Me Home' Button Could Rescue Astronauts Adrift in Space

Imagine the frightening scenario—dramatized in movies like Gravity and 2001—where an astronaut gets sick or disoriented during a spacewalk. Confused, and on the cusp of losing consciousness, she struggles to operate the suit’s jetpack. Unable to get her bearings, and without a tether to keep her secured to the space…

Artificially Intelligent Robot Predicts Its Own Future by Learning Like a Baby Artificially Intelligent Robot Predicts Its Own Future by Learning Like a Baby

For toddlers, playing with toys is not all fun-and-games—it’s an important way for them to learn how the world works. Using a similar methodology, researchers from UC Berkeley have developed a robot that, like a child, learns from scratch and experiments with objects to figure out how to best move them around. And by…

New Evidence Points to Icy Plate Tectonics on Europa New Evidence Points to Icy Plate Tectonics on Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa features a warm subterranean ocean covered in ice. For years, scientists have wondered if certain surface features are the result of plate tectonics, which, if true, would make Europa the only known place in the Solar System other than Earth to experience large, subduction-driven quakes. What’s…

Secret Time Capsule Found Inside Jesus' Butt Secret Time Capsule Found Inside Jesus' Butt

While preserving an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus, a team of Spanish restorers was surprised to discover a time capsule hidden within the hollowed-out ass portion of the carving. Written by a Catholic chaplain, the detailed document contains economic, political, and cultural information about the time period.

Woman Born Without Uterus Gives Birth in US Medical First Woman Born Without Uterus Gives Birth in US Medical First

A healthy baby has been born at a Dallas hospital to a mother who received a uterus transplant. It’s a medical first for the United States, and an important milestone in the battle against infertility.

NASA Will Use a Previously-Flown SpaceX Rocket for Its Next Supply Mission NASA Will Use a Previously-Flown SpaceX Rocket for Its Next Supply Mission

In what will be a historic first for the US space agency, NASA has agreed to send supplies to the International Space Station aboard a previously used Falcon 9 rocket booster.

Feast Your Eyes on Some of the Year’s Best Wildlife Photography Feast Your Eyes on Some of the Year’s Best Wildlife Photography

The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photo competition, and it features fantastic photos of fearsome predators pouncing on prey, a freakishly rare ocelot, and a crafty chameleon doing what a chameleon does best.

This Surreal Shot of Jupiter’s Clouds Is Exactly What We Need Right Now This Surreal Shot of Jupiter’s Clouds Is Exactly What We Need Right Now

Just look at this incredibly detailed photo of Jupiter’s clouds as captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. It’s an otherworldly distraction to keep our minds off all the crap that’s happening here on Earth, at least for a little while.

Unconscious Patient With 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital Unconscious Patient With 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital

When an unresponsive patient arrived at a Florida hospital ER, the medical staff was taken aback upon discovering the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed onto the man’s chest—with the word “NOT” underlined and with his signature beneath it. Confused and alarmed, the medical staff chose to ignore the apparent DNR…

It's Still Taking Too Long For Americans With HIV to Get Diagnosed It's Still Taking Too Long For Americans With HIV to Get Diagnosed

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control shows that, while detection rates are improving, a surprising number of Americans live with HIV for a protracted period of time before it gets diagnosed—including patients who’ve visited their doctor.

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