First Confirmed Piece of a Denisovan Skull Discovered

A chunk of a Denisovan skull has been identified for the first time — a dramatic contribution to the handful of known samples from one of the most obscure branches of the hominin family tree. Paleoanthropologist Bence Viola from the University of Toronto will discuss the as-yet-unpublished discovery at the upcoming meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Cleveland, Ohio, at the end of March. Very little is known about the Denisovans, an extinct branch of hominin

First Confirmed Piece of a Denisovan Skull Discovered

A chunk of a Denisovan skull has been identified for the first time — a dramatic contribution to the handful of known samples from one of the most obscure branches of the hominin family tree. Paleoanthropologist Bence Viola from the University of Toronto will discuss the as-yet-unpublished discovery at the upcoming meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Cleveland, Ohio, at the end of March. Very little is known about the Denisovans, an extinct branch of hominin

What’s Coming and Going From Netflix in April 2019

Netflix continues its transformation from streaming platform to glorified HBO competitor, adding dozens of original titles in April while losing lots of its licensed catalog. If you’re underwhelmed by Netflix’s own work and you were in this for the classic film library, it might be time to unsubscribe.

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Two Russian Volcanoes Erupting in Tandem

The Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia is one of the most active volcanic areas on Earth. It isn't surprising to find multiple volcanoes erupting each week and this week is no exception. Two side-by-side volcanoes -- Bezymianny and Sheveluch -- were simultaneously erupting over the weekend (above). The eruption at Bezymianny was big enough to cause some air travel over the peninsula to change their flight paths to avoid the ash, but that's business-as-usual in Kamchatka. Kamchakta

Two Russian Volcanoes Erupting in Tandem

The Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia is one of the most active volcanic areas on Earth. It isn't surprising to find multiple volcanoes erupting each week and this week is no exception. Two side-by-side volcanoes -- Bezymianny and Sheveluch -- were simultaneously erupting over the weekend (above). The eruption at Bezymianny was big enough to cause some air travel over the peninsula to change their flight paths to avoid the ash, but that's business-as-usual in Kamchatka. Kamchakta

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket May Launch Its First Commercial Flight Soon

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket may fly again as soon as April 7, if the reporting of CNBC proves accurate. The news outlet cites anonymous sources in its story, and SpaceX so far hasn't confirmed the launch. The rocket’s first and last flight was in February 2018, when it successfully launched Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster into space. Falcon Heavy’s next mission would fly a communications satellite into space for Arabsat, a Saudi Arabian company. It would launch from SpaceX’s usual site at Kennedy

CBD Is In Jelly Beans, Pet Food and Shampoo. But Many Benefits Are Untested

CBD, or cannabidiol, has exploded onto the market in recent years. Sometime in the past decade, this purportedly medicinal marijuana extract went from being an obscure stoner oil to the wellness product du jour, flooding from holistic markets to the mainstream. Analysts at the investment bank Cowen Inc. predict the industry will balloon to $16 billion by 2025. In comparison, CBD sales totaled less than $1 billion last year, though that’s no small feat for a field that didn’t exist a few year

Turkish Meteorite Turns Out to be a Free Sample from Asteroid Vesta

Twenty-two million years ago, something crashed into the asteroid Vesta, carving out a large crater and throwing the debris high into space. In 2015, a three-foot meteor streaked through the sky above Turkey before fragmenting into pieces and falling near a village called Sariçiçek. Scientists who studied a whopping 343 pieces of the recovered meteorite now think it originated in that long-ago collision on Vesta. Connecting the Pieces Vesta is the second-largest object in the asteroid belt

How to Repot Your Plants

Despite what Instagram would have you believe, plant parenting is hard. There are so many questions to answer. Are you watering too much? Not enough? Is the light in your space bright, indirect, or low? What is soil rot? Why is everything dying?

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What Are Tholins? The Mysterious Substance That Turned Ultima Thule Red

On New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons probe streaked by a tiny world dubbed MU69, or Ultima Thule, the farthest object humankind has studied up close. With most of the data still on the spacecraft waiting to be transmitted, scientists are still getting to know this distant body. We know that it's composed of two chunks of rock loosely stuck together. We know that it doesn't have moons or rings that New Horizons might have careened into on its close pass. And we know Ultima Thule is red.

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