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Stephen Hawking auction hawks 22 evocative lots

Stephen Hawking auction hawks 22 evocative lots

Within the lots hawked by Christie's for the estate of Steven Hawking (run by his tots), lots of cool stuff can be bought. What we're looking at today is a set of 22 lots sold by Christie's on behalf of the Stephen Hawking estate. This set of lots includes such gems as an original dissertation by Hawking, signed "this dissertation is my original work." Also in the mix: A Time Traveller party invitation poster.

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This baby missing link had very odd toe bones

This baby missing link had very odd toe bones

An ancient human ancestor dubbed Selam was written about in a paper published this week in Science Advances. This very young Australopithecus afarensis's foot is the oldest hominin foot ever found with all of its tarsals preserved - those are effectively the bones in a foot that do not include the toes - basically the ankle. This tiny humanoid had a foot with a toe that allowed it to grip, in a position similar to that of the blade claw on the foot of Jurassic Park's velociraptor.* UPDATE: Not exactly, but sort of.

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World’s oldest rain forest frogs stuck in amber

World’s oldest rain forest frogs stuck in amber

This week a report showed off the newest "world's oldest" rain forest frogs. "It was exhilarating to hold these small fossils up to the light to reveal the frogs within," said David C. Blackburn, one of several paleontologists that authored the study published this week. "We have few small and intact fossil frogs, and the primary specimen of Electrorana is a rare find."

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Rare Apple-I in working condition hits charity auction

Rare Apple-I in working condition hits charity auction

It might be rare but not totally unheard of to see older computers of ages past being sold or help for auction. It is, however, rare to see one of the very few Apple-I computers in existence getting that treatment. Even rarer when that said 42-year old computer can still actually boot up, with very few modifications. That is exactly what this charity is offering when it put up an extremely rare “Duston 2” Apple-I for auction. Given its significance, we won’t be surprised if it raises tremendous amounts of cash in the next half month.

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10 questions for Battlefield 5 WWII history buffs

10 questions for Battlefield 5 WWII history buffs

It was necessary this week for DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson to make a public statement about a female character in Battlefield V. For more than one reason. Twitter users (bot, troll, or otherwise) reacted to the latest trailer for the World War II-themed game with vitriol because they saw a woman, and that woman had a prosthetic arm. Apparently there was some issue with the fact that she existed.

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Lead in ice shows rise and fall of Roman empire

Lead in ice shows rise and fall of Roman empire

Lead pollution in Greenland was part of a study published this week which showed connections to major events in ancient times. Researchers recorded amounts of lead in layers of ice frozen for thousands of years. "We found that lead pollution in Greenland very closely tracked known plagues, wars, social unrest and imperial expansions during European antiquity."

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475 million year old fossil found on lake’s edge

475 million year old fossil found on lake’s edge

Walking along the beach of Douglas Lake in East Tennessee, an 11-year-old by the name of Ryleigh Taylor happened upon an object. A structure, rather, that Taylor first described as a "Moana Rock." It does, after all, look somewhat like the "Heart of Te Fiti."

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Extinct bird’s big ol’ egg discovered in museum storage

Extinct bird’s big ol’ egg discovered in museum storage

An extinct bird's egg was found in storage at a New York museum this week, having been mistaken for a cast for decades. The creature that laid this egg was the Elephant Bird - aka Aepyornis maximus. "It's the biggest egg laid by any vertebrate ever," said Kathryn Leacock, Buffalo Museum of Science director of collections. It is indeed the biggest egg ever laid - it beats the previous record holder by just a TINY bit.*

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Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Emulated games from the otherwise-lost history of video games are coming to the Internet Archive. The original Internet Arcade project was started all the way back on August 6th of 2014, but only this year really blew up to its current size. In fact, the most massive portion of games in the archive now were just added this week - and will continue over the next few days!

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Why our human eyebrows are the best brows of all

Why our human eyebrows are the best brows of all

The slightly modified image you see at the head of this article shows a skull designated Kabwe-1. This skull was discovered by Tom Zwiglaar in 1921, and is unique in several fairly obvious ways. This skull is one of the oldest known to have tooth cavities - they didn't have a lot of toothbrush knowledge back 300,000 years ago. The other distinctive feature on Kabwe-1 is its brow ridge.

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The new biggest marine reptile ever found

The new biggest marine reptile ever found

As of this latest discovery, the ichthyosaur is the largest marine reptile ever discovered. At the time of this specific creature's initial discovery, just one bone was found. This isn't the first ichthyosaur found, but it is by far the largest.

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Stephen Hawking’s final resting place in Westminster Abbey: Amongst legends

Stephen Hawking’s final resting place in Westminster Abbey: Amongst legends

The final resting place of Professor Stephen Hawking was announced this week in London. The theoretical physicist was announced to be honored at a Service of Thanksgiving later this year (2018) at Westminster Abbey. At that time, Hawking's ashes will be interred at the Abbey near scientific minds of similarly revered status.

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