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A bird's eye view of the Olorgesailie Basin shows a shift in the environment between 500,000 years ago, which marks the last known evidence of the handaxe toolmakers in the Olorgesailie Basin, and the more recent sediments dated 320,000 years and younger, which preserve the Middle Stone Age evidence, in southern Kenya in this undated handout photograph released on March 15, 2018.   Courtesy Human Origins Program, Smithsonian/Handout via REUTERS

On a grassy African landscape, some of the earliest members of our species, Homo sapiens, engaged in surprisingly sophisticated behaviors including using color pigments, creating advanced tools and trading for resources with other groups of people.

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China plans to begin offering recoverable satellites to commercial users between 2019 and 2020, the official state news agency Xinhua reported.

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A skeleton of a theropod is displayed before its auction by Aguttes auction house in Lyon, France, march 15, 2018. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

The fossilized skeleton of an unidentified type of dinosaur is set to be auctioned in Paris in June, and could fetch up to 1.8 million euros ($2.22 million), auctioneers said.

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FILE PHOTO: British physicist Stephen Hawking delivers a lecture on "The Origin of the Universe" at the Heysel conference hall in Brussels May 20, 2007.    REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File photo

Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain the origins of the universe, the mysteries of black holes and the nature of time itself, died on Wednesday aged 76.

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The Munich specimen of the transitional dino-bird Archaeopteryx limestone plate is mounted on a rotating sample stage with the beam centered on the skull using lasers at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France and released on March 13, 2018.    Courtesy ESRF/Pascal Goetgheluck/Handout via REUTERS

It may not have been a champion aviator, but the famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, though not exactly gracefully, according to a new study. Think Wright Brothers, not F-22 fighter jet.

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The Pinnacle Point archeological locality on the south coast of South Africa, a rock shelter, called PP5-6, used by humans from about 90,000 to 50,000 years ago, near the town of Mossel Bay viewed from the northeast is seen in this 2014 photo released on March 12, 2018. Courtesy Curtis W. Marean/Arizona State University/Handout via REUTERS

A supervolcano eruption about 74,000 years ago on Indonesia's island of Sumatra caused a large-scale environmental calamity that may have decimated Stone Age human populations in parts of the world. But some populations, it seems, endured it unscathed.

Science News10 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Eni's logo is seen in front of its headquarters in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy, April 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File Photo

Italian energy company Eni will conduct research with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and invest in a company created by former MIT scientists to produce energy from nuclear fusion.

Science News12 days ago

An illustration depicting the U.S. space agency's Juno spacecraft in orbit above Jupiter's Great Red Spot.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

The interior of Jupiter is just as intriguing as the planet's dazzling surface, with a swirling mixture of liquid hydrogen and helium at its center, vast atmospheric jet streams and exotic gravitational properties, scientists said on Wednesday.

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An aerial view shows Brazil's Alcantara space center in the city of Alcantara, Maranhao state, Brazil May 21, 2013.  Brazil Air Force Press Office/Handout via Reuters

U.S. companies eager to tap into the fast-growing market for low-cost satellite launches could become the first customers when Brazil's Alcantara space center near the equator opens as a commercial spaceport, executives and Brazilian officials said.

Science News17 days ago

A flag with a company logo is seen during satellite launch company Arianespace annual news conference in Paris, France, January 9, 2018.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Planned satellite launches using Europe's heavy lifter Ariane 5 rocket can go ahead this month thanks to steps being taken following a problem with a launch earlier this year, the European Space Agency said on Friday.

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FILE PHOTO: Stephen Hawking in Beijing June 21, 2006. REUTERS/Alfred Cheng Jin/File Photo

Stephen Hawking's computer-generated voice was known to millions of people around the world, a robotic drawl that somehow enhanced the profound impact of the cosmological secrets he revealed.

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FILE PHOTO: Physicist Stephen Hawking sits on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76.

Science News12 days ago

Neanderthal paintings can be seen in a cave in Pasiega, Spain in this photo obtained February 22, 2018. Univeristy of Southampton/Handout via REUTERS

The world's oldest known cave paintings were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, suggesting our extinct cousins were far from being uncultured brutes.

Science News17 days ago

A man walks past the world's first autonomous pods which was launched by the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February, 28, 2018. Picture taken February, 28, 2018. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

Dubai has begun testing autonomous pods in a trial run the Gulf's trade and tourism hub hopes will help its transformation into one of the smartest cities in the world.

Science News18 days ago

An infrared image of the female mummy known as 'Gebelein Woman' can be seen in this photograph issued by The British Museum in London, Britain. Picture Issued March 1, 2018. The Trustees of the British Museum/Handout via REUTERS

Researchers have discovered the oldest figurative tattoos in the world on the upper arms of two ancient Egyptian mummies, the British Museum said on Thursday.

Science News19 days ago

An artist's rendering of how the first stars in the universe may have looked,  in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters February 27, 2018.   N.R. Fuller, National Science Foundation/Handout via REUTERS

A ground-based radio antenna in western Australia that resembles a dining room table has detected evidence of the earliest-known stars that illuminated an infant universe shrouded in darkness following its formation in the Big Bang.

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A visitor walks past a mobile mast with an Audi lunar exploration vehicle, a simulation of a Vodafone project to install a 4G mobile phone network on the moon in 2019, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The moon will get its first mobile phone network next year, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to earth, part of a project to back the first privately funded moon mission.

Environment19 days ago

A bee is seen on a flower in a forest near the village of Berezhok, north of Minsk, July 23, 2014.   REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Wild bees and honeybees are put at risk by three pesticides from a group known as neonicotinoids, Europe's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, confirming previous concerns that prompted an EU-wide ban on use of the chemicals.

Science News19 days ago

Ground personnel help astronaut Joe Acaba of the U.S. to get out of the Soyuz MS-06 space capsule after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, on February 28, 2018.  REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool

A capsule carrying two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut from the International Space Station landed in snowy Kazakhstan on Wednesday after a five-and-a-half month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed.

Science News21 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang attends the International Forum on Electric Vehicle Pilot Cities and Industrial Development in Beijing, China June 6, 2017.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China's total spending on research and development is estimated to have hit 1.76 trillion yuan ($279 billion) last year, China's science minister said on Monday, a year-on-year increase of 14 percent.

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