According to paper published online November 20 in the Journal of Human Evolution, the age of the Lantian Homo erectus cranium from Gongwangling, Lantian County, Shaanxi Province, China, is likely half a million years older than previously thought. Earlier estimates dated this important fossil, which was found in 1964, to 1.15 million years ago. A research team of Chinese and British scientists, have provided compelling evidence that the fossil should be dated to 1.63 million years ago, making it the oldest fossil hominin cranium known in northeast Asia, and the second oldest site with cranial remains outside Africa. Only the Dmanisi crania from Georgia that, like Lantian, are relatively small-brained, are older, at around 1.75 million years old. —> Read More Here
In the wake of the Ferguson shooting, devices that record how and when a gun is fired could aid inquiries into police actions
Just before dawn on Wednesday (Nov. 26), a pilot in Belgrade caught this stunning video of a “huge number of glowing pieces of whatever” breaking up in the atmosphere above.
You know what this is? A rocket, most likely! It’s the upper stage for the Soyuz that launched three people to space on Sunday (Nov. 23), the European Space Agency says.
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Factors that can hinder older employees from continuing to work include workload, a poor memory and the pensionable age-effect. The Job-Exposure Matrix is a newly developed instrument that provides an easy way to chart the workload of older employees. Kelly Rijs investigated how people experience their own health at the end of their career and the influence of the pensionable age on this. Rijs defended her doctoral thesis on 20 November 2014 at the VU Medical Center. —> Read More Here
The mysterious ancient computer is now thought to date back to somewhere around 200 BC. The world’s oldest known computer, the Antikythera Mechanism, … —> Read More Here
The revelations that global and multinational businesses have been brokering “secret” tax deals with Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes in their home countries, may be the first time an entire country has been implicated in tax avoidance collusion. —> Read More Here
World’s oldest computer is more ancient that first thought: Antikythera Mechanism was created in 205 BC, study claims
This is according to Argentinian researchers who found an eclipse calendar – a dial on the back of the mechanism – includes a solar eclipse that happened on May 12, 205 B.C. —> Read More Here
So THIS is Sony’s e-ink smartwatch: Japanese gadget uses its strap as a display to transform into 24 different designs
The Fashion-Entertainments (FES) watch (pictured) is currently raising money on crowdfunding site Makuake, and was created with help from the Japanese tech giant. —> Read More Here
In this week’s top shots: the rainforest blazes in the Amazon basin, protests around the world offer similar scenes and city lights are viewed from space. —> Read More Here
Has Comet Sliding Spring changed Mars’ atmosphere forever? ‘Meteoric smoke’ from flyby may have altered Martian chemistry
Houston-based Nasa has released data suggesting that the chemistry of Mars’ atmosphere could be changed forever from the flyby, which only happens once every eight million years. —> Read More Here