Day: September 28, 2019

Preserving old bones with modern technology

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of University of Colorado Boulder anthropologists is out to change the way that scientists study old bones damage-free. If that sounds like a macabre goal, consider this: Bits of well-preserved bones are valuable to researchers studying humans who lived thousands to hundreds of thousands of years ago. These samples…

Earth’s earliest life from 3.5BILLION years ago found in ancient Australian desert – and the same creatures ma

By Charlotte Edwards, The Sun September 26, 2019 | 2:58pm Red rocks in Karajini National Park. Getty Images Photomicrograph of pyritized stromatolites from the 3.5 billion-year-old Dresser Formation. UNSW The surface of Stromatolite stone. Getty Images Rocks in the Pilbara, the home of the ancient stromatolites. UNSW Fossils of the earliest known life on Earth…

Jumping the gap may make electronics faster

A section of a circuit board showing microcircuits. Credit: antoinebercovici A quasi-particle that travels along the interface of a metal and dielectric material may be the solution to problems caused by shrinking electronic components, according to an international team of engineers. “Microelectronic chips are ubiquitous today,” said Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles…

Yes, there will be macaroni and cheese on Mars

A team of scientists at Washington State University have developed a unique packaging method that effectively triples the shelf life of ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese. Now we know what’s on the menu for the Mars voyage. By our current best estimates, the trip to Mars will only take about seven to nine months. That’s not…