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Smithsonian Open Access initiative releases loads of 3D models to public domain

Smithsonian Open Access initiative releases loads of 3D models to public domain

Who loves public domain access to tons of historically significant and utterly beautiful contend... now in 3D? With the internationally recognized Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license in effect, The Smithsonian launched their Open Access initiative this week to the public for the first time. This system's launch included approximately 2.8 million 2D images and 3D models, rolling the lot directly into the public domain for all to enjoy - and use!

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Farmer finds stone, reveals lost king-toppling society

Farmer finds stone, reveals lost king-toppling society

A slab of stone the size of a small child was discovered in southern Turkey with clues pointing to a lost civilization. "My colleague Michele Massa and I rushed straight there, and we could see it still sticking out of the water, so we jumped right down into the canal—up to our waists wading around," said Asst. Prof. James Osborne of the Oriental Institute. "Right away, it was clear it was ancient."

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Groundbreaking Neanderthal remains reignite the death rite debate

Groundbreaking Neanderthal remains reignite the death rite debate

A Neanderthal skeleton, the first to be excavated in 25 years, has thrown preconceptions around the so-called Neanderthal burial debate back into disarray, suggesting funeral rites may not be a uniquely homo-sapien affair. Further exploration of remains in Shanidar Cave, a remote cache of Neanderthal bones in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, built on speculation from the mid-20th Century that our assumptions about the extinct species may be incorrect.

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Nintendo PlayStation auction calls for the cult

Nintendo PlayStation auction calls for the cult

There's a Sony/Nintendo PlayStation prototype up for auction right now that'll end up going for many thousands of dollars by the time it's over. We've got devices today from both Sony and Nintendo that are far more powerful, more capable, more usable in every way. New devices don't look like the beige monstrosities of the early days of personal computers - that's not this, but this is not about that. This is about proof that the ephemeral world of gaming has a strange, awesome past.

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NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

This week NASA loaded their first Artemis mission Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket Core Stage onboard the Pegasus barge in New Orleans. This stage of the hardware needed for Artemis was loaded onboard the barge on January 8th with plans to deliver to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This ferry journey mimics that of the NASA Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Researchers show parenting is 40 million years older than previously thought

Researchers show parenting is 40 million years older than previously thought

The creature called Dendromaia was discovered with a younger Dendromaia wrapped around it in fossil form. The fossil pair were dated to approximately 300-MILLION-years-old, making this the new eldest-known example of "parental care" in an animal on our planet Earth. Per research on this find, this puts parental care in animals approximately 40 million years BEFORE the otherwise eldest proof of this characteristic. This is now the eldest-known caring parent ever found.

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The Nintendo Play Station that never came to be is going up for auction

The Nintendo Play Station that never came to be is going up for auction

The early years of the gaming industry are filled with myths and legends. Some remain hearsay, existing only as stories for the annals of history. Others do take on physical form even if extremely short-lived. The console that was supposed to be born from what would become two of the bitterest rivals in the industry is one of the latter but now the Nintendo Play Station will finally be up for grabs. At least for someone who has the millions to afford it.

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Five lion cub mummies found in Egypt: Do you know this cat goddess?

Five lion cub mummies found in Egypt: Do you know this cat goddess?

For only the second time in modern history, mummified lions were discovered in an ancient human tomb. This tomb was uncovered 500 kilometers south of Saqqara, Egypt, at the Bubasteion necropolis near Luxor. This is the second major announcement from the Egypt Ministry of Antiquities in the area, the first of which was nearby at the Assasif necropolis, where 30 ancient coffins were discovered with human remains sealed within.

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Study shows some teeth hold life-long health records: Here’s what’s inside

Study shows some teeth hold life-long health records: Here’s what’s inside

A new study shows that human teeth hold information on the body's health from the womb to the grave. Researchers at McMaster University point to the body's first permanent molars, revealing a life-long timeline of information that lasts even after the body is dead. Think of it like a cross-section of a tree - each ring tells a story, each story reveals important details about not only the tree, but the environment in which the tree was living.

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Buried babies with human skull helmets exhumed in Ecuador

Buried babies with human skull helmets exhumed in Ecuador

A report here in November of 2019 showed the first and only known example of juvenile crania used as mortuary headgear. The skulls of young humans were placed on the heads of what were likely already-dead infants for their burial. These infants with human skull helmets were interred in their burial mounds at a ritual complex on the central coast of Ecuador for approximately 2100 years before they were dug up by researchers.

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Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Over a thousand years of history in physical paper documents were in the process of being digitized by a state project called the Venice Time Machine Project. These state archives of Venice would have collected massive numbers of documents through the most modern means, allowing waves of ancient data to be interpreted with machine learning algorithms and utilized by data scientists aplenty. Unfortunately, a few mistakes were made between the start of the project and now. That's effectively a half-decade of scanning data that might be dead in the water.

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LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

There's a new LEGO Ideas set heading to stores that'll cost around $60 that's all about dinosaur bones. This set is called Dinosaur Fossils, and it's been a long time coming. LEGO Fans have been creating masterpieces like these for decades, but this is the first time LEGO's really dropped in and made a full set dedicated to the art of making bricks look like bones.

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