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Penghu 1: An Archaic, Robust, Late Surviving Hominin From Ionian (Late) Pleistocene Quaternary Taiwan

The first archaic Homo from TaiwanAuthors:Chang et alAbstract:Recent studies of an increasing number of hominin fossils highlight regional and chronological diversities of archaic Homo in the Pleistocene of eastern Asia. However, such a realization is still based on limited geographical occurrences mainly from Indonesia, China and Russian Altai. Show More Summary

The Impact of Climate on Language

Climate, vocal folds, and tonal languages: Connecting the physiological and geographic dotsAuthors:Everett et alAbstract:We summarize a number of findings in laryngology demonstrating that perturbations of phonation, including increased jitter and shimmer, are associated with desiccated ambient air. Show More Summary

Robopocalypse is Coming for Cooks: Baxter is Learning to Cook via Youtube

How’s this for a dystopian future: You finally receive your personal robot assistant, delivered to your door by Amazon drone. You unpack the shiny new machine, dust off the Styrofoam peanuts, and charge up the batteries. Then you switch it on and lead it to the kitchen so it can cook you dinner. Show More Summary

India may get American EMALS (Eletro Magnetic Launch System) Catapult for Aircraft Carriers

India and the United States are likely to expedite during US President Barack Obama's visit discussions on joint production of electromagnetic system to smoothen takeoff and landing of fighter jets on board India's indigenously developed...Show More Summary

JLTV Prototypes hit Rough Seas: Cannot Deploy Fast Enough for US Marines due to Weight

Pentagon testers have found that Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) prototypes are slow to deploy from ship to shore and, therefore, leaves US Marine Corps (USMC) units "vulnerable to threats".The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation...Show More Summary

Anoxia was Gradual in Appalachian During Frasnian–Famennian Kellwasser Event

THE LAST GASP: TRACE FOSSILS TRACK DEOXYGENATION LEADING INTO THE FRASNIAN–FAMENNIAN EXTINCTION EVENTAuthors:Boyer et alAbstract:The Frasnian–Famennian boundary is correlated with one of several Late Devonian extinction pulses that resulted in a significant decrease in diversity as well as ecological restructuring. Show More Summary

No New Large Bright Objects in the Kuiper Belt, 32% Chance of one in the Galactic Plane

A SERENDIPITOUS ALL SKY SURVEY FOR BRIGHT OBJECTS IN THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM Authors:Brown et alAbstract:We use seven year?s worth of observations from the Catalina Sky Survey and the Siding Spring Survey covering most of the northern...Show More Summary

'Sophie'

The unveiling back in early December of the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton at London's Natural History Museum won't have escaped many folks within the palaeo community. Naturally, as the UK contingent of LITC and being within...Show More Summary

Died This Day: Adam Sedgwick

Adam Sedgwich (March 22, 1785 - January 27, 1873) was an English geologist who first applied the name Cambrian to the geologic period of time, now dated at 570 to 505 million years ago. In 1818 he became Woodwardian Professor of Geology...Show More Summary

Three Oldest Known Snake Fossils Found From Jurassic Bathonian Jurassic Britain, Kimmeridgian Jurassic Portugal

Fossilized remains of four ancient snakes have been dated between 140 and 167 million years old - nearly 70 million years older than the previous record of ancient snake fossils - and are changing the way we think about the origins of snakes, and how and when it happened. Show More Summary

The significance of the new East Asian fossil human Penghu 1

A new early human fossil has been reported, recovered from the seabed near Taiwan. We are calling it Penghu 1. Simply put, it is the lower right jaw of a hominid (hominine) that most resembles either a form of Homo erectus or Archaic Homo sapiens (kin to, but not, Neanderthal). Teeth are fairly useful for…

New Kannemeyeriiforme Dicynodonts From Middle Triassic China

New discoveries from the Sinokannemeyeria-Shansisuchus Assemblage Zone: 1. Kannemeyeriiformes from Shanxi, ChinaAuthor:JunAbstract:Recently, some new tetrapod fossils were collected along the Yellow River in Shanxi Province. From the...Show More Summary

More on the Great Blizzard of 2015

The Blizzard continues. The center of the low pressure system moved to the northeast more than expected, so the maximum snowfall amounts have also moved deeper into New England, and it the storm may end up dropping the largest amounts Downeast, in Maine, rather than around New York and southern New England. Nonetheless maximum snow…

Glacial melt could change chemistry and food web in world’s oceans

Along with increasing sea levels, melting glaciers are putting something else into the world’s oceans — a huge load of organic carbon that has the potential to change marine chemistry and ecosystems, says a newly published study by a team of mostly Alaska scientists. (…) The accelerated melt of glaciers gets attention because of its […]

Oceans face higher acidity levels as more man-made CO2 gets absorbed

Just about 5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) is dumped into the atmosphere every hour from the burning of fossil fuels mostly for transportation, electrical generation, industry and heating. This is the fastest rate of CO2 generation that the earth has experienced in millions of years. It’s been estimated that about a quarter of […]

The Robopocalypse Comes for the Shopping Cart

(they seriously need a marketing person to help here) At the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, 5 Elements Robotics demonstrated a robot assistant called Budgee Bot designed to help with one specific task: carrying stuff.Budgee uses a combination of wireless Zigbee and sonic technologies to track its owner and follow him or her around. Show More Summary

Another Sign North Korea is Trying to Develop a Nuclear Missile Submarine

North Korea is attempting to put nuclear weapons to sea, according to a longtime regime watcher.Joseph Bermudez—an expert on North Korean weapons—believes the evidence is commercial satellite imagery showing a submarine with possibly two vertical launch tubes. The regime also appears to have constructed a test stand for launching sea-based ballistic missiles. link.

Littoral Combat Ships' Survivability Questioned Again

Less than a month after U.S. Navy leaders announced modified versions of both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship would be the Navy’s pick for its for a more lethal and survivable small surface combatant, one of the chief LCS critics...Show More Summary

Marine Productivity and Redox Conditions During Ordovician Hirnantian Glaciation

Changes in marine productivity and redox conditions during the Late Ordovician Hirnantian glaciationAuthors:Zhou et alAbstract:Changes in marine productivity and redox conditions during the end-Ordovician (Hirnantian) glaciation andShow More Summary

3d Modeling of Pluto's Atmosphere

An Atmospheric General Circulation Model for Pluto with Predictions for New HorizonsAuthor:Zalucha Abstract:Results are presented from a 3-D Pluto general circulation model (PGCM) that includes a subsurface model and volatile cycle.Show More Summary

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