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The Oldest Hominins Could Have Lived in Europe, Not Africa, Claims New Study

A new examination of two 7.2 million-year-old fossils from southern Europe suggests that humans split off from the great apes several hundred thousand years earlier than we thought. |SOURCE| Thanks to DNA sequencing, we know that humans and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) once split from a common ancestor, but there's hot debate over the timing and [...] Read more

First Humans Arrived in North America 116,000 Years Earlier than Thought: Evidence from Cerutti Mastodon Site

Researchers digging at the Cerutti Mastodon site, an archaeological site from the early late Pleistocene epoch near San Diego, California, found animal remains and stone tools that show the first humans were living in North America much earlier than previously thought. |SOURCE| The Cerutti Mastodon site was discovered by San Diego Natural History [...] Read more

New printer creates color by shaping nanostructures

Laser morphs tiny germanium pillars to generate shades that won’t fade |SOURCE| Carving nanostructures with a laser creates long-lasting colors. Researchers developed the new printing technique as an alternative to ink-based printing, in which colors fade with time. Aside from eternally vibrant art, the technique could lead to new types of color [...] Read more

MIT researchers create a robot that can 3-D-print a building in hours

|SOURCE| The future of construction just got a little bit more real. Researchers at MIT have created a mobile robot that can 3-D-print an entire building in a matter of hours — a technology that could be used in disaster zones, on inhospitable planets or even in our proverbial backyards. Though the platform described in the journal Science [...] Read more

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