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First discovered in 1900, artifacts from the Antikythera shipwreck continue to give archaeologists greater insight into ancient Greece. 0

Ancient Shipwreck Reveals New Treasures

Ancient Shipwreck Reveals New Treasures An ancient shipwreck may may reveal new clues into the lives of Greek aristocracy. A bone flute and a bronze armrest are now among the latest discoveries found in the wreckage of the sunken Greek ship of Antikythera, dated to around 65 B.C. The Antikythera shipwreck is the same famous site from which the Antikythera Mechanism was uncovered. Widely considered to be the world’s first computer, the Antikythera Mechanism was used to predict eclipses and track stars and planets. Understanding the Grecian Upper-Class In many ways, the Antikythera shipwreck is the archaeological gift that keeps on giving. Dr. Brendan Foley,...

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Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos?

Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos? Genetic modification. Designer babies. Stem cell research. These are all hot-button topics throughout the world, and the debate is about to get hotter, thanks to a team of British scientists from London’s Francis Crick Institute. Dr. Kathy Niakan, stem cell scientist at the Institute, has filed a request with the U.K. Human Fertilizaton and Embryology Authority (HFEA) seeking approval to genetically modify human embryos that have been donated after IVF treatments rendered a surplus, reports The Guardian. Strictly for Research Dr. Niakan and her team said their main goal is to research...

Researchers at NASA Langley have created a type of autonomously self-healing material that will repair itself rapidly from bullet holes. 0

NASA Self-Healing Material Can Repair Bullet Holes

Space and military technology just got creepy this week, with an announcement that NASA Langley’s Advanced Materials and Processing Branch has now created a type of self-healing material that can autonomously repair itself. When tri-layered materials are punctured, a type of ‘ thiol–ene–trialkylborane’ resin polymer is released upon atmospheric oxygen exposure. The ballistics tests carried out by Langley reveal that while similar methods of self-healing materials have been implemented in the past, this new material reacts and responds much more rapidly to surface breach trauma. This specific type of resin was selected due to its reaction to compounds reliably present in human-occupied environments....