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  • Is This Seal the Earliest Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah?
    The 2,700-year-old seal impression refers to Isaiah, which may be the first extra-biblical evidence of the man who has a book in the Hebrew Bible named after him.
  • Does Anesthesia Cause Memory Problems in Adults?
    Middle-age adults who had surgery showed greater declines in memory and executive function than similar people who did not have surgery.
  • Indian Man's Brain Tumor Might Be the World's Largest
    Doctors in India recently operated on what they say could be the largest brain tumor in the world, according to news reports.
  • This Giant Clock Will Tick for 10,000 Years, But You'll Never Find It
    Would you pay $42 million for a clock that ticks once a year?
  • SpaceX Launches 1st Test Satellites for Starlink Internet Constellation Along with Spain's Paz
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage successfully delivered to orbit today (Feb. 22) the first two prototypes for the company's huge satellite-internet constellation, along with a Spanish Earth-observing spacecraft.
  • Infant skull binding shaped identity, inequality in ancient Andes
    The idea of binding and reshaping a baby's head may make today's parents cringe, but for families in the Andes between 1100-1450, cranial modification was all the rage. The post Infant skull binding shaped identity, inequality in ancient Andes appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.
  • New research sheds light on prehistoric human migration in europe
    Two University of Wyoming researchers contributed to a new study in which DNA of ancient skeletal remains of people from southeastern Europe were used to determine migration patterns across Europe during prehistoric times. The post New research sheds light on prehistoric human migration in europe appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.
  • Laser technology takes Maya archeologists where they’ve never gone before
    With the help of airborne laser mapping technology, a team of archaeologists, led by University of Arizona professor Takeshi Inomata, is exploring on a larger scale than ever before the history and spread of settlement at the ancient Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala. The post Laser technology takes Maya archeologists where they’ve never gone before appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.
  • How Do Ski Jumpers Fall Huge Distances Without Breaking Their Legs?
    My legs would break if I fell 50 feet onto hard snow. Why don't Olympic skiers break theirs?
  • Ancient DNA tells tales of humans’ migrant history
    Scientists once could reconstruct humanity's distant past only from the mute testimony of ancient settlements, bones, and artefacts. The post Ancient DNA tells tales of humans’ migrant history appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.
  • Image of the Day
    In this stunning view from the International Space Station, a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft orbits above the nighttime side of the Earth as sunlight illuminates the atmosphere around the horizon.
  • Distinguishing males from females among king penguins
    It is difficult to distinguish males from females among King Penguins, but a new study reveals that King Penguins can be sexed with an accuracy of 100% based on the sex-specific syllable pattern of their vocalizations. Using the beak length, King Penguin individuals can be sexed with an accuracy of 79%.
  • These 7 Animals Would Absolutely Crush It at the Winter Olympics
    The Olympics are designed to test elite athleticism, at least in the human realm. But what about the animal world? How would arctic foxes fair in the Winter Olympics, or snowy owls for that matter?
  • Why Elon Musk Is Stepping Down from AI Safety Group He Co-Founded
    The move could have implications for artificial intelligence development at Tesla.
  • On This Day In Space! Feb. 22, 1966: Soviet Space Dogs Launch on Record-Setting Mission
    On February 22, 1966, two Soviet space dogs launched on a mission that would set a new record for the longest spaceflight. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series.
  • Mars rover finds possible rock stripes
    The long-lived Opportunity Mars rover keeps finding surprises, including these possible stone stripes. On Earth, similar features result from repeated freezing and thawing of wet soil.
  • 1st Known Interstellar Visitor Is Tumbling Out of Control: How Astronomers Know
    The solar system's first known visitor is spinning wildly as it zips around the sun.
  • SpaceX Gets a Shout-Out from Vice President Pence for Falcon Heavy Success
    The successful debut of SpaceX's huge Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this month has drawn yet more kudos from the Trump administration — this time, from Vice President Mike Pence.
  • No, Medical-Marijuana Legalization Doesn't Make Teens Smoke More Pot
    Medical-marijuana legalization doesn't seem to lead to an increase in pot usage for teenagers.
  • Where Is Starman? Track Elon Musk's Roadster as It Zooms Through Space
    A website lets you follow the cosmic trek of the Tesla Roadster that launched on the Feb. 6 maiden flight of SpaceX's huge new Falcon Heavy rocket.
  • Dust May Be Burying NASA's Phoenix Lander on Mars (Photos)
    Dust is reclaiming the site near the Martian north pole where NASA's Phoenix lander touched down nearly 10 years ago, a newly released photo suggests.
  • ISS over New York
    Stan Honda caught this shot of the International Space Station from Central Park in New York City.
  • Taurus? Here’s your constellation
    How to find to find the constellation Taurus in your night sky. Plus the names of some of its bright stars and star clusters and its mythology.
  • 1st quarter moon is February 23
    But the moon might look closer to 1st quarter to you on February 22.
  • Moon in Taurus February 22 and 23
    Tonight and tomorrow night, let the moon show you the constellation Taurus the Bull on the great dome of sky. How to recognize the Bull’s 2 most prominent features, here.
  • February 22, 1980: U.S. hockey team makes miracle on ice
    In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold. The Soviet team had captured the previous four Olympic hockey golds, going back to 1964, and had not lost an Olympic hockey game since 1968. Three days before the Lake Placid Games began, the Soviets routed the U.S. team 10-3 in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Americans looked scrappy, but few blamed them for it–their average age, after all, was only 22, and their team captain, Mike Eruzione, was recruited from the obscurity of the Toledo Blades of the International League. Few had high hopes for the seventh-seeded U.S. team entering the Olympic tournament, but the team soon silenced its detractors, making it through the opening round of play undefeated, with four victories and one tie, thus advancing to the four-team medal round. The Soviets, however, were seeded No. 1 and as expected went undefeated, with five victories in the first round. On Friday afternoon, February 22, the American amateurs and the Soviet dream team met before a sold-out crowd at Lake Placid. The Soviets broke through first, with their new young star, Valery Krotov, deflecting a slap shot beyond American goalie Jim Craig’s reach in the first period. Midway through the period, Buzz Schneider, the only American who had previously been an Olympian, answered the Soviet goal with a high shot over the shoulder of Vladislav Tretiak, the Soviet goalie. The relentless Soviet attack continued as the period progressed, with Sergei Makarov giving his team a 2-1 lead. With just a few seconds left in the first period, American Ken Morrow shot the puck down the ice in desperation. Mark Johnson picked it up and sent it into the Soviet goal with one second remaining. After a brief Soviet protest, the goal was deemed good, and the game was tied. In the second period, the irritated Soviets came out with a new goalie, Vladimir Myshkin, and turned up the attack. The Soviets dominated play in the second period, outshooting the United States 12-2, and taking a 3-2 lead with a goal by Alesandr Maltsev just over two minutes into the period. If not for several remarkable saves by Jim Craig, the Soviet lead would surely have been higher than 3-2 as the third and final 20-minute period began. Nearly nine minutes into the period, Johnson took advantage of a Soviet penalty and knocked home a wild shot by David Silk to tie the contest again at 3-3. About a minute and a half later, Mike Eruzione, whose last name means “eruption” in Italian, picked up a loose puck in the Soviet zone and slammed it past Myshkin with a 25-foot wrist shot. For the first time in the game, the Americans had the lead, and the crowd erupted in celebration. There were still 10 minutes of play to go, but the Americans held on, with Craig making a few more fabulous saves. With five seconds remaining, the Americans finally managed to get the puck out of their zone, and the crowd began counting down the final seconds. When the final horn sounded, the players, coaches, and team officials poured onto the ice in raucous celebration. The Soviet players, as awestruck as everyone else, waited patiently to shake their opponents’ hands. The so-called Miracle on Ice was more than just an Olympic upset; to many Americans, it was an ideological victory in the Cold War as meaningful as the Berlin Airlift or the Apollo moon landing. The upset came at an auspicious time: President Jimmy Carter had just announced that the United States was going to boycott the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and Americans, faced with a major recession and the Iran hostage crisis, were in dire need of something to celebrate. After the game, President Carter called the players to congratulate them, and millions of Americans spent that Friday night in revelry over the triumph of “our boys” over the Russian pros. As the U.S. team demonstrated in their victory over Finland two days later, it was disparaging to call the U.S. team amateurs. Three-quarters of the squad were top college players who were on their way to the National Hockey League (NHL), and coach Herb Brooks had trained the team long and hard in a manner that would have made the most authoritative Soviet coach proud. The 1980 U.S. hockey team was probably the best-conditioned American Olympic hockey team of all time–the result of countless hours running skating exercises in preparation for Lake Placid. In their play, the U.S. players adopted passing techniques developed by the Soviets for the larger international hockey rinks, while preserving the rough checking style that was known to throw the Soviets off-guard. It was these factors, combined with an exceptional afternoon of play by Craig, Johnson, Eruzione, and others, that resulted in the miracle at Lake Placid. This improbable victory was later memorialized in a 2004 film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell.
  • Violent blasts from Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano
    Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted violently on February 19, 2018. See video of the dramatic first moments of the eruption.
  • Laser technology takes Maya archeologists where they've never gone before
    With the help of airborne laser mapping technology, a team of archeologists is exploring on a larger scale than ever before the history and spread of settlement at the ancient Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala.
  • Locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs might be predicted from that of ground-running birds
    A new model based on ground-running birds could predict locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs based on their speed and body size, according to a new study.
  • Sea urchins erode rock reefs, excavate pits for themselves
    Through their grazing activity, sea urchins excavate rock and form the pits they occupy. This activity may cause significant bioerosion of temperate reefs, according to a study published Feb. 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Russell from Villanova University, US, and colleagues.
  • Scientists create 'Evolutionwatch' for plants
    Using a hitchhiking weed, scientists reveal for the first time the mutation rate of a plant growing in the wild.
  • Tropical trees use unique method to resist drought
    Tropical trees in the Amazon Rainforest may be more drought resistant than previously thought, according to a new study. That's good news, since the Amazon stores about 20 percent of all carbon in the Earth's biomass, which helps reduce global warming by lowering the planet's greenhouse gas levels.
  • Securing a child's future needs to start during parents' teen years
    A child's growth and development is affected by the health and lifestyles of their parents before pregnancy -- even going back to adolescence -- according to a new paper.
  • New interaction mechanism of proteins discovered
    Researchers have discovered a previously unknown way in which proteins interact with one another and cells organize themselves. This new mechanism involves two fully unstructured proteins forming an ultra-high-affinity complex due to their opposite net charge. Proteins usually bind one another as a result of perfectly matching shapes in their three-dimensional structures.
  • Novel mechanism behind schizophrenia uncovered
    Researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism in which a protein--neuregulin 3--controls how key neurotransmitters are released in the brain during schizophrenia. The protein is elevated in people with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses, but the study is the first to investigate how it causes such severe mental illness.
  • Cross-bred flies reveal new clues about how proteins are regulated
    The investigators used a technique called bottom-up proteomics (sometimes called shotgun proteomics) to reveal which proteins of each species were present in the hybrid flies.
  • Tomatoes of the same quality as normal, but using only half the water
    When reducing the water used to water cherry tomato crops by more than 50%, the product not only maintains its quality, both commercially and nutritionally, but it also even increases the level of carotenoids, compounds of great interest in the food-processing industry. In addition to being natural colorings, some are Vitamin-A precursors, which are beneficial for the health and have cosmetic uses.
  • In a first, tiny diamond anvils trigger chemical reactions by squeezing
    Scientists have turned the smallest possible bits of diamond and other super-hard specks into 'molecular anvils' that squeeze and twist molecules until chemical bonds break and atoms exchange electrons. These are the first such chemical reactions triggered by mechanical pressure alone, and researchers say the method offers a new way to do chemistry at the molecular level that is greener, more efficient and much more precise.
  • Copper Age Iberians 'exported' their culture -- but not their genes -- all over Europe
    Prehistoric Iberians 'exported' their culture throughout Europe, reaching Great Britain, Sicily, Poland and all over central Europe in general. However, they did not export their genes. The Beaker culture, which probably originated in Iberia, left remains in those parts of the continent. However, that diffusion was not due to large migrations of populations that took this culture with them.
  • Getting sleepy? Fruit flies constantly tune into environmental temperature to time sleep
    Humans and fruit flies may have not shared a common ancestor for hundreds of millions of years, but the neurons that govern our circadian clocks are strikingly similar.
  • Ancient DNA tells tales of humans' migrant history
    Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied -- revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.
  • Ancient-DNA researchers surpass the 1,000-genome milestone
    In the last eight years, the field of ancient DNA research has expanded from just one ancient human genome to more than 1,300. The latest 625 of those genomes debut Feb. 21 in Nature, including the largest study of ancient DNA to date.
  • Theory suggests root efficiency, independence drove global spread of flora
    Researchers suggest that plants spread worldwide thanks to root adaptations that allowed them to become more efficient and independent. As plant species spread, roots became thinner so they could more efficiently explore poor soils for nutrients, and they shed their reliance on symbiotic fungi. The researchers report that root diameter and reliance on fungi most consistently characterize the plant communities across entire biomes such as deserts, savannas and temperate forests.
  • Amateur astronomer captures rare first light from massive exploding star
    First light from a supernova is hard to capture; no one can predict where and when a star will explode. An amateur astronomer has now captured on film this first light, emitted when the exploding core hits the star's outer layers: shock breakout. Subsequent observations by astronomers using the Lick and Keck observatories helped identify it as a Type IIb supernova that slimmed down from 20 to 5 solar masses before exploding.
  • First evidence of surprising ocean warming around Galápagos corals
    A new analysis of the natural temperature archives stored in coral reefs shows the ocean around the Galápagos Islands has been warming since the 1970s. The finding surprised the research team, because the sparse instrumental records for sea surface temperature for that part of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean did not show warming. Scientists thought strong upwelling of colder deep waters spared the region from the warming seen in other parts of the Pacific.
  • Unexpected discovery about essential enzyme
    The enzyme that produces DNA building blocks plays an important role when cells divide. In a new study, researchers have discovered for the first time that the so-called master switch of the enzyme can change locations -- while still performing the same task.
  • Amateur astronomer captures a supernova’s 1st light
    Supernovae - exploding stars - are unpredictable. But an amateur astronomer in Argentina happened to catch one just as it began to explode. "It's like winning the cosmic lottery," one astronomer said.
  • AI-Driven Robot Learns the Meaning of Love, On Paper At Least
    The AI-fueled robot BINA48 has completed a college course called Philosophy of Love
  • Spin Master Releases High-Flying Motorized 'Sonic Rocket'
    The annual Toy Fair in New York delivers again, providing Space.com with a look at a dramatic motorized rocket recently released by Spin Master.
  • Brancaster Rings tell the story of life in Britain during the twilight of the Roman Empire
    Researchers from Newcastle and Oxford Universities have for the first time catalogued in detail each of the 54 Brancaster-type rings known to exist in the UK today and say that they can be dated with confidence due to their design and the material they’re made from. The post Brancaster Rings tell the story of life in Britain during the twilight of the Roman Empire appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.
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