Early Bronze Age people used rings, bangles and axe blades as an early form of money 5,000 years ago

Europe’s first common currency: Early Bronze Age people used rings, bangles and even axe blades as an early form of money 5,000 years ago Researchers examined more than 5,000 objects from 100 ancient hoards Around 70% of the rings were similar enough to be indistinguishable by hand This consistent similarity in shape and weight are … Read more Early Bronze Age people used rings, bangles and axe blades as an early form of money 5,000 years ago

Catnip also helps cats repel mosquitoes, study finds 

As well as sending cats crazy, catnip helps our feline friends repel mosquitoes, according to a new study by Japanese experts.  Both catnip, a common herb, and the even more potent silver vine are known to elicit euphoric responses in cats. Cat owners use the dry leaves of these plants to give joy to their … Read more Catnip also helps cats repel mosquitoes, study finds 

Robots: Jellyfish-inspired swimming machine could explore coral reefs and archaeological sites 

A swimming robot that mimics the super-effective way that jellyfish move about underwater could soon be used to explore coral reefs and archaeological sites. Experts use a measure called the ‘cost of transport’ to compare the movement efficiency of different species from across the animal kingdom. Such studies have show that nature’s more efficient mover … Read more Robots: Jellyfish-inspired swimming machine could explore coral reefs and archaeological sites 

Exceptionally preserved fossil of a 100-MILLION-year-old praying mantis is discovered in Canada

Exceptionally preserved fossil of a 100-MILLION-year-old praying mantis is discovered in Canada that shows the prehistoric creature’s vein network and wings Fossils of wings belonging to Labradormantis guilbaulti were found in Labrador The exceptionally preserved specimens allowed scientists to analyze veins laying on the wings  A single vein on a folding line exists in just … Read more Exceptionally preserved fossil of a 100-MILLION-year-old praying mantis is discovered in Canada

Mutant ‘Kent strain’ of coronavirus has been in the US since November 6

The highly-infectious coronavirus strain B.1.1.7, which first emerged in Kent in September 2020, had already reached the US by November 6 – six weeks before it was flagged it as a ‘variant of concern’ by UK health officials, new research shows. The strain is thought to have first mutated inside a single patient in England who … Read more Mutant ‘Kent strain’ of coronavirus has been in the US since November 6

Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ was used to ward off evil eye 1,500 years ago

Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ that was used to ward off evil eye is found above the doorway of a once-magnificent church built in Israel 1,500 years ago A 1,500 inscription that reads ‘Christ, born of Mary’ has been found in Israel The phrase, written in ancient Greek, was used to ward off … Read more Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ was used to ward off evil eye 1,500 years ago

NASA: Premature shutdown of new mega-rocket during Saturday demo traced to hydraulic system

NASA have traced the cause of the premature shutdown of the Space Launch System’s engines during a demo firing on Saturday to its hydraulic system. Engineers said that overly ‘conservative’ test parameters had been introduced that caused the mega-rocket’s systems to go into shut down after just over a minute. Despite initial concerns, the core … Read more NASA: Premature shutdown of new mega-rocket during Saturday demo traced to hydraulic system

Mutant ‘Kent strain’ of coronavirus has been in the US since November 6

The highly-infectious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 which emerged in Kent in September 2020 had reached the US by November 6, new research shows. It is thought to have mutated inside a single patient in England struggling with a critical case of Covid-19 which forced the virus to adapt, changing its genetic code.  University of Arizona researchers … Read more Mutant ‘Kent strain’ of coronavirus has been in the US since November 6

SpaceX will launch 60 Starlink satellites into space today

SpaceX’s growing ‘megaconstellation’ of Starlink satellites is set to get even bigger this afternoon, with the launch of 60 more satellites. Elon Musk’s space firm will launch its seventeenth batch of Starlink satellites on board a Falcon 9 rocket at 08:03 EDT (13:03 GMT) today. The launch will bring the number of Starlink satellites in … Read more SpaceX will launch 60 Starlink satellites into space today

Archaeology: Thousands of beads and brooches unearthed from Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Northamptonshire

Excavations of a massive Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Northamptonshire have revealed thousands of beads and brooches, along with weapons, textiles and other goods. Experts from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) uncovered the burial site at Overstone Gate amid preparations of the 15 hectare area for construction. Over the course of 12 months, the team identified 154 Anglo-Saxon … Read more Archaeology: Thousands of beads and brooches unearthed from Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Northamptonshire