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Genome Sequencing of Ancient Irish Human Throws Light on Massive Migration from East

Genome Sequencing of Ancient Irish Human Throws Light on Massive Migration from East

On sequencing the genomes of a 5,200-year-old female farmer from the Neolithic period and three 4,000-year-old males from the Bronze Age, scientists believe that the Irish farmer used to have black hair and dark eyes. The DNA analysis of the first genome of Ireland shows link with the Middle Eastern people with the appearance much similar to Southern woman with red-haired Irish lass. Geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast believe the latest discovery of the genome could help shed light on the genesis of Celtic populations.

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LHP is exploring submerged main harbor of ancient Corinth

LHP is exploring submerged main harbor of ancient Corinth

While investigating the underwater ruins of Lechaion, partially submerged harbor town of ancient Corinth, researchers have made some surprising discoveries. Lechaion was among the two bustling ports of Corinth’s ancient city.

For over thousand years from the 6th century BCE to the 6th century CE, the harbor has seen vibrant maritime activity. Packed with cargoes, colonists, and marines, ships and fleets departed for destined ports across the Mediterranean and beyond.

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Portable Sonar Glove can Help Detect Obstacles Underwater

Portable Sonar Glove can Help Detect Obstacles Underwater

Japanese Ph. D. candidates have built a portable sonar device with a 3D printer, an Arduino and a few sensors that can sense underwater objects up to two feet away. The newly developed device looks much like plastic glove covering fingers, but is capable enough to detect terrain changes and obstacles in murky water. Big thanks to the sonar technology that has made the device a reality. On being inspired by the dolphin sonar, two scientists from the Tsukuba University have been able to develop the device that allows users to sense for obstacles with their hands.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster makes safe landing at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster makes safe landing at Cape Canaveral

Private-sector space firm SpaceX on Tuesday performed an extraordinary feat by successfully returning the first stage booster of an orbital rocket back to Earth and safely landing it vertically on the landing pad.

The video released by the company shows the booster coming in at a slight angle from vertical. Onboard sensors are used to sense the booster’s orientation as well as wind speed and other factors to ensure that it corrects its position and lands vertically.

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Local Divers in Japan capture Giant Squid on video

Local Divers in Japan capture Giant Squid on video

On Christmas Eve, fishermen in Toyama Bay of Japan were startled to see a 12-foot huge squid gliding near their marina for many hours, whereas local divers were able to record the cephalopod on video.

While speaking to the Japan Times, Mizuhashi Fisherina manager Tatsuya Wakasugi said that he was surprised to spot a living squid. The sightings of squid weren’t uncommon in the region, but fishermen generally detect dead ones tangled up in their nets when their colors fade.

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Years of Less Rain in California Taking Heavy Toll on State’s Forests: Study

Years of Less Rain in California Taking Heavy Toll on State’s Forests: Study

Researchers, through a recently conducted study, have found that less amount of rainfall in California is causing an irreversible harm to the state’s forests. Previously it has been known that drought in the state has drained lakes and caused landslides.

A team of researchers at Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science in their study concluded that up to 58 million large trees in California have faced loss of water since 2011 due to state’s historic drought.

U.S. Marines not to use Google’s ‘AlphaDogs’ in battlefields

U.S. Marines not to use Google’s ‘AlphaDogs’ in battlefields

The U.S. Marine Corps declared on Tuesday that it would not use Google’s robotic mules called “AlphaDogs” or Legged Squad Support System (LS3) on the battlefield anytime soon because the machines were deemed too noisy to be used in a combat situation.

The AlphaDog robots were designed by tech giant Google’s Boston Dynamics to carry up to 400 pounds and provide crucial support to soldiers in battle fields.

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British couple pays $100,000 for puppy cloning at South Korean Lab

British couple pays $100,000 for puppy cloning at South Korean Lab

Devastated by the sudden death of their dog Dylan, British couple Laura Jacques and Richard Remde decided to clone it and finally they managed to receive a clone of their dead pet.

The West Yorkshire couple’s 8-year-old Dylan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June this year. Doctors said the pet’s tumor was untreatable, and declared that it would not live only for a few months.

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Giant Christmas Squid makes its way into Japan's Toyama Bay

Giant Christmas Squid makes its way into Japan's Toyama Bay

A giant squid, also known as an Architeuthis squid, stunned people by making its way into Toyama Bay of Japan on Christmas Eve. The creature swam beneath boats for hours before disappearing into water.

People who were treated to the rate sighting of the creature captured it on their cameras and posted it on social media. A submersible camera captured a video of the squid close to the surface of Toyama Bay. Akinobu Kimura, a diver and owner of Diving Shop Kaiyu, swam alongside the red-and-white creature before it went back to open water.

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NASA-released-video shows Fireball hurtling towards Earth at 29,000 mph

NASA-released-video shows Fireball hurtling towards Earth at 29,000 mph

National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has released a video recently, which shows a mystery fireball racing in the direction of our planet Earth at 29,000 mph. The Mirror reported about the fireball, but the US space agency has confirmed that the mystery fireball was a meteor which had made an entry into the atmosphere of Earth.

The space agency released the video when it received a number of reports of the object above the state of Georgia.

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