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Greater than the sum of our parts: The evolution of collective intelligence -
The period preceding the emergence of behaviourally modern humans was characterized by dramatic climatic and environmental variability—it is these pressures, occurring over hundreds of thousands of years that shaped human evolution.

Medieval people suffered for fashion with their extremely pointy shoes - Ars Technica
Skeletons from 14th and 15th centuries had higher rate of bunions than earlier remains

Boundary Between Our Solar System and Interstellar Space Mapped for the First Time - SciTechDaily
Using data from NASA's IBEX satellite, scientists created the first-ever 3D map of the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space. For the first time, the boundary of the heliosphere has been mapped, giving scientists a better understanding of h…

Upcoming SpaceX mission a reusability milestone for national security launch - SpaceNews
The scheduled June 17 SpaceX launch of a GPS 3 satellite will be the first national security space mission to use a refurbished Falcon 9 booster.

Antarctica was likely discovered 1,100 years before Westerners 'found' it -
Polynesians may have discovered Antarctica in the early 600s.

NASA SLS core/booster mate sets the stage for Artemis 1 pre-launch checkout - -
The integrated operations team of NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) and prime launch processing contractor…

Amazing astrophotography: How some of the most iconic space images were captured -
These incredible space photos were taken using advanced techniques to reveal some of the wonders in the universe.

Health care CEOs raked in $3.2 billion as pandemic raged - Ars Technica
CEOs’ median pay rose to $9 million despite record layoffs of health workers.

China's Mars rover sent home a selfie and it looks like a scene from WALL-E - Boing Boing
China’s Zhurong rover on Mars was equipped with a detachable camera that it dropped ten meters from where it landed. One of the fantastic images Zhurong just sent back to Earth is this selfie …

New organ found in world’s best-studied plant - National Geographic
After a decade of work, a biologist has shown that a horizontal offshoot of the thale cress plant is a body part all its own: the cantil.

Largest structures in the universe show clear light-shifted signal of rotation -
By mapping the motion of galaxies in huge filaments that connect the cosmic web, astronomers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), in collaboration with scientists in China and Estonia, have found that these long tendrils of galaxies spin o…

New thin-film tech to revolutionize night vision -
Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have developed new technology that allows people to see clearly in the dark, revolutionizing night-vision.

NASA Might Put a Huge Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon - WIRED
Observing the secrets of the universe’s “Dark Ages” will require capturing ultra-long radio wavelengths—and we can’t do that on Earth.

Nasa says newly discovered ‘weird’ planet with ‘unknown’ atmosphere is remarkably similar to Earth - The Independent
Planet TOI-1231 b is orbiting a red dwarf every 24 days, but it could be strikingly similar to Earth

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