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Archaeologists find 3500-year-old tomb of royal Egyptian goldsmith

Archaeologists find 3500-year-old tomb of royal Egyptian goldsmith

Archaeologists in Egypt have just made an exciting announcement: they've discovered a 3,500-year-old tomb containing the mummified remains of the royal goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife Amenhotep, as well as their two adult children. Egyptian authorities announced the discovery over the weekend, saying it was the result of five months of digging in the necropolis Draa Abul-Naga.

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This is how Neanderthals made glue from tree bark

This is how Neanderthals made glue from tree bark

Glue and other adhesives make life easier for everyone, and so it's no surprise that rudimentary forms of it can be traced back to ancient times. Whereas modern glue comes in many varieties for many purposes, ancient glues were made from natural substances, and the exact process that went into making the compounds isn't clear. A new study, however, may shed light on the answer.

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Motorized molecules use light to drill into and kill cancer cells

Motorized molecules use light to drill into and kill cancer cells

Researchers from the UK's Durham University and the US's Rice and North Carolina State universities have detailed a type of molecule that can kill off cancer cells by drilling directly into them. This drilling action is performed using rotors that spin between 2 and 3 million times a second, boring through the membrane of cells to bring about cellular death. The entire drilling action is made possible via ultraviolet light.

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FDA calls MDMA a breakthrough for PTSD: will legal treatments follow?

FDA calls MDMA a breakthrough for PTSD: will legal treatments follow?

The substance MDMA, best known as a party drug recreationally used by ravers, has been an unofficial (and illegal) treatment in some PTSD circles. Anecdotal reports of the drug's efficacy in helping free PTSD sufferers from their trauma have circulated for years, but conducting studies and offering official MDMA treatments in medical environments hasn't been possible. That all may be changing.

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Triceratops skull found in Colorado during construction work

Triceratops skull found in Colorado during construction work

Construction workers in Colorado have just made an incredible discovery: a triceratops skeleton including a skull, making it only the third triceratops skull discovered in the part of Colorado known as the Front Range. The skull and skeleton were buried for somewhere around 66 million years; the entire fossil hasn't yet been unearthed, but researchers are already excited.

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17th century mummy sheds light on parasites in ancient Korea

17th century mummy sheds light on parasites in ancient Korea

Mummies dating back to the 17th century Joseon period in Korea are, by and large, excellently preserved thanks to a particular mummification process used during that time. One particular mummy, which was discovered in late 2014 in Cheongdo, is likewise expertly preserved and thanks in part to that, it has helped shed light on the nature of parasitic horrors that people had to deal with at that time.

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Neural network used to transform flat images into high-res 3D models

Neural network used to transform flat images into high-res 3D models

Researchers with Berkeley have detailed a new technology that can take a flat image and transform it into a 3D model. While that alone isn't new, the technology detailed in a new paper is notable because it can create high-quality 3D models from a single image, making it a viable foundation for potentially turning any single image into a detailed and usable three-dimensional model.

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Microsoft’s Project Brainwave brings real-time artificial intelligence

Microsoft’s Project Brainwave brings real-time artificial intelligence

Microsoft has introduced additional details about Project Brainwave, a deep-learning acceleration platform for real-time artificial intelligence. This isn't the first time we're hearing about Project Brainwave, but we do get more details this time around. Microsoft detailed Project Brainwave recently at Hot Chips 2017, explaining that this project 'achieves a major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models.'

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It’s Solar Eclipse Time: LIVE Streaming Video

It’s Solar Eclipse Time: LIVE Streaming Video

NASA's Solar Eclipse Across America coverage is on full tilt boogie today as the first full solar eclipse since 1918. To be clear - this was not the last time there was any sort of solar eclipse. The year 1918 was the last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entirety of the United States. The last total eclipse visible from anywhere in the United States was back in 1979. Today we're rounding up the best ways to watch the solar eclipse on video LIVE from wherever you're situated.

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Students develop robotic arm that specializes in sign language

Students develop robotic arm that specializes in sign language

These days, we're used to seeing researchers and scientists create robotic limbs with a purpose of adding or enhancing the abilities of existing body parts. But here's one that's designed with the simple purpose of helping communicate with hearing impaired people. At the University of Antwerp in Belgium, a team of engineering students have built a 3D-printed robotic arm that can perform sign language.

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Scientists just revolutionized coffee creamer

Scientists just revolutionized coffee creamer

Coffee, America's favorite beverage, just got a little more convenient thanks to some food scientists with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). The researchers have created what they call a milk capsule; it is a puck-shaped solid bit of coffee creamer that dissolves after being put into a cup of hot coffee. Unlike the little cups of liquid creamer that currently exist, you can't accidentally spill the milk capsule on your clothes.

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Removing watermarks from stock photos is worryingly easy

Removing watermarks from stock photos is worryingly easy

Watermarking photos may be the go-to route to prevent copyright theft, but Google researchers have figured out a clever way to remove watermarks altogether, automatically. Watermarking, where a logo is placed somewhere on a photo to show who took it, varies in intrusiveness from a small caption in one corner to the sort of full-image obscuring lines, text, and other graphics that stock image companies often plaster their previews with. As the researchers found, though, the very ubiquity of that strategy might be its undoing.

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