Ancient DNA testing solves 100-year-old controversy in Southeast Asian prehistory

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Two competing theories about the human occupation of Southeast Asia have been debunked by ground-breaking analysis of ancient DNA extracted from 8,000 year-old skeletons. Southeast Asia is one of the most genetically diverse regions in the world, but for more than 100 years scientists have disagreed about which theory of the origins of the population
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A team of artificial intelligence researchers are planning to launch a worldwide A.I. system that will make human speech entirely obsolete – but not in a bad way. The team is reportedly looking to launch a sort of worldwide consciousness some time in the next 30 or so years, thereby allowing people to communicate with each other using
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At a time when astronomers are building billion-dollar telescopes with mirrors 30 meters across, the 1.4-meter instrument being installed this month atop South Baldy Mountain in New Mexico may seem like a bit player. But over the next few years, nine more identical telescopes will join it on the grassy, 3200-meter summit, forming a Y-shaped
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Machine learning network offers personalized estimates of children’s behavior. Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them — distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use a kid-friendly robot to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in
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In the 1960s, researchers at Yale University’s Haskins Laboratories attempted to produce a machine that would read printed text aloud to blind people. Alvin Liberman and his colleagues figured the solution was to isolate the “phonemes,” the ostensible beads-on-a-string equivalent to movable type that linguists thought existed in the acoustic speech signal. Linguists had assumed
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On March 7 of this year, a bright meteorite (called a bolide) fall was observed about 15 miles (25 kilometers) off the coast of Grays Harbor County, Washington. Ocean Exploration Trust is working with scientists from Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, NASA and the University of Washington to locate the meteorite fall. You can follow their mission
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Researchers at the University of York have shown that a new quantum-based procedure for distributing secure information along communication lines could be successful in preventing serious security breaches. Securing highly sensitive information, such as hospital records and bank details, is a major challenge faced by companies and organisation throughout the world. Standard communication systems are
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Welcome to “On This Day … in Space!” where we peer back in our archives to find historic moments in spaceflight and astronomy. So enjoy a blast from the past with Space.com’s Hanneke Weitering to look back at what happened on this day in space! On July 4, 1997, NASA’s Mars Pathfinder mission arrived on Mars and
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Mad scientists in science fiction get a bad rap. And it’s their own fault; they do weird things like stitching together corpses and re-animating them with electricity, as Dr. Victor Frankenstein did in Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein,” or building a time-traveling DeLorean powered by a plutonium-fueled nuclear reactor, a la Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd)
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Are humans prepared to worship anything? Is it true that there are people out there who can look at the many religions already being practiced, think that none of those apply to them, and look for yet another one to try to belong in? According to some researchers, the answer is yes. Indeed, the seemingly
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