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Middle Stone Age ochre toolkit and workshop found in Blombos Cave

Middle Stone Age ochre toolkit and workshop found in Blombos Cave

Posted Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cape Town has been the focus of many ethnic groups over the years. 100,000 years ago, during the Middle Stone Age, a processing workshop was set up 300 km east of the modern settlement. The journal Science published the results of Professor Christopher Henshilwood's investigation of this workshop on Friday. It consists of two abalone shells, filled with an ochre rich mix, found in the Blombos Cave. Ochre is basically a red rock, rich in iron oxides.

Middle Stone Age ochre toolkit and workshop found in Blombos Cave

Mars Carbs.

Mars Carbs.

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:18:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The oldest rocks known include the Martian meteorite ALH84001, from the Allen Hills in Antarctica. Geologists believe it started life, 4 billion years ago, tens of metres below the Martian surface and was 'snookered' off the planet by another meteorite when it struck that area, a mere 16 million years ago.

Mars Carbs.

ESO travel through time with VLT

ESO travel through time with VLT

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Very Large Telescope (VLT) researchers time-travel back to 1 billion years after the Big Bang. Up to that time neutral hydrogen fogged the view of early events in the young galaxies as they 'reionised'. This age of reionisation now has a timeline, after a three year search with the VLT for distant galaxies at this stage of development.

ESO travel through time with VLT

Jaguar gets faster as Titan tackles giant green problems

Jaguar gets faster as Titan tackles giant green problems

Posted Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:23:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

One of the world's fastest computers is about to get faster and its operators, the United States Department of Energy, will use their new power to tackle some of the problems of green innovation.

Jaguar gets faster as Titan tackles giant green problems

Farmville company launches range of new games and teases 'social playground' project

Farmville company launches range of new games and teases 'social playground' project

Posted Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:15:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Zynga, the biggest producer of social networking games, pushed out the boat this week with new Facebook challengers, a casino site and the mysterious 'Project Z'.

Farmville company launches range of new games and teases 'social playground' project

Students, Space and Streaming Experiments

Students, Space and Streaming Experiments

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:20:00 GMT by Dave Collier

YouTube and Space Agencies across the world are collaborating on an online educational project. If you know a student between the ages of 14 and 18 who has a keen interest in science, you might want to tell them about YouTube Space Lab, an innovative venture that will see Google working with the ESA, Lenovo, NASA, JAXA and Space Adventures to promote scientific experimentation in space.

Students, Space and Streaming Experiments

Supply questions asked as rare earths are getting rarer

Supply questions asked as rare earths are getting rarer

Posted Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The elements rarest in the Earth (rare earth) are the most expensive, until we mine the Moon or Mars. However, rare earth minerals are increasingly used in new technologies such as electric vehicles, photovoltaic cells and smart phone displays. At a conference in Minneapolis, the Geological Society of America is discussing a situation that is beginning to cause problems.

Supply questions asked as rare earths are getting rarer

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We still receive gamma rays from the Crab Nebula's pulsar source, six million light years away. What is amazing astronomers is the sheer energy, even more than the first-seen light rays. Even a year ago, 100 GeV (electron - volts) was not expected from these pulses or anywhere else.

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Venus has ozone layer too

Venus has ozone layer too

Posted Sat, 08 Oct 2011 11:49:01 GMT by Dale Kiefer

The European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft has detected an ozone layer in Venus' atmosphere, much as on Earth. Unlike Earth, however, the ozone is not the result of biological activity.

Venus has ozone layer too

Old Hubble images reveal new planets' orbits

Old Hubble images reveal new planets' orbits

Posted Fri, 07 Oct 2011 01:09:01 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Old images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope have allowed astronomers to calculate the orbits and other characteristics of the only known exosystem with four planets circling a distant star. Astronomers reviewing old images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1998 have discovered evidence of two planets that were missed the first time around.

Old Hubble images reveal new planets' orbits

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:11:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

German scientists say they've developed a new, lighter lithium-ion battery for use in electric cars. The batteries, which can be mass-produced, should save 25% on weight. Although carbon-fiber technology is common in aircraft design, carbon-fiber composite materials are challenging to work with, and have proven difficult to mass-produce in complex designs. Until now.

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

Smile Mount Everest You're on Webcam

Smile Mount Everest You're on Webcam

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 11:47:00 GMT by Dave Collier

A webcam has been set up to watch Mount Everest. Installed on Kala Patthar by the Ev-K2-CNR committee from the city of Bergamo with a perfect view of its magnificent neighbour Mount Everest, the world's highest peak is now on camera for all to see from 0:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. C.E.T. via the world's highest webcam and is powered by solar energy.

Smile Mount Everest You're on Webcam

Aviation goes green

Aviation goes green

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

As we all tend to fly because of employment, vacation or a migration of some kind, the creation of a new fuel efficient plane would be relevant to our everyday lives. So NASA proposed the Green Aviation Prize, with record first place prize money of $1.35 million.

Aviation goes green

There's an app for that: Turn your iPhone into a medical imager

There's an app for that: Turn your iPhone into a medical imager

Posted Tue, 04 Oct 2011 11:35:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

A new software/hardware combo application promises to deliver medical imaging and chemical detection with a simple iPhone. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed an application for the iPhone that's reminiscent of technology from the fictional universe of Star Trek.

There's an app for that: Turn your iPhone into a medical imager

ALMA takes front row seat as galaxies collide

ALMA takes front row seat as galaxies collide

Posted Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:45:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

New images from the ALMA radio telescope array show galaxies colliding, stars forming, with unprecedented detail. Although not yet complete, the massive ALMA radio telescope complex under construction high in Chile's Atacama desert is already providing breathtaking images of celestial phenomena.

ALMA takes front row seat as galaxies collide

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:20:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Planet Mercury's secrets are unraveling, thanks to a flood of new information from NASA's orbital spacecraft, MESSENGER. Launched some six years ago, MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, is the first in history to orbit the fiery, innermost planet.

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

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