Footprints in New Mexico made 23,000 years ago are earliest evidence of human activity in New World

Scientists are describing a set of 23,000-year-old human footprints discovered in New Mexico as the earliest evidence of human activity in the Americas, 10,000 years earlier than previously believed. British and American archaeologists uncovered the prints in soft mud adjoining Alkali Flat, a dry lakebed at White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico. Using … Read more

$4 million satellite the size of a CHEERIOS box is going into space to search for alien planets

This gives new meaning to the phrase, good things come in small packages. A $4 million satellite likened to a ‘family-sized box of Cheerios’ is headed into space later this month to look at the physics of distant exoplanets known as ‘hot Jupiters,’ including the hottest planet ever found. Known as Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment … Read more

Tech: Apple could soon be FORCED by EU rules to change iPhone charging cables to USB-C

Apple may soon be forced to mothball its proprietary lightning connector as the EU unveiled plans to force all new smartphones to use USB-C as standard from 2022. The planned change, announced today, would not affect the majority of device manufacturers, as many have already adopted the fast-charging connector design. If delivered, the move would … Read more

NASA’s InSight lander measures one of the biggest and longest marsquakes yet

NASA‘s InSight lander has measured one of the biggest and longest marsquakes yet, which featured tremors of 4.2 magnitude lasting nearly an hour and a half, the space agency said.    The robotic seismometre celebrated 1,000 days on the Red Planet on September 18, when it detected the largest tremor since it arrived at the Elysium … Read more

Amateur freedivers discover 53 perfectly-preserved Roman gold coins off the coast of Alicante

Amateur freedivers discover 53 perfectly-preserved Roman gold coins while cleaning rubbish on the seabed off the coast of Alicante – in what is one of Europe’s greatest hoards yet Brother-in-laws Luis Lens and César Gimeno came across the haul while diving The 53 intact gold coins are said to be in ‘a perfect state of … Read more

Timelapse shows construction of NASA’s supersonic aircraft set to fly next year

NASA‘s incredible supersonic aircraft that will travel faster than the speed of sound is taking shape as it gears up for its first test flight next year. The American space agency shared a timelapse video of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology’s (QueSST) construction for the craft dubbed the ‘son of Concorde,’ which is taking place at … Read more

Earth got its oxygen-rich atmosphere because its rotation slowed down 2.4 billion years ago

Earth’s rotation began to slow around 2.4 billion years ago and that may have sparked the growth of oxygen on the planet, a new study reveals. A team of scientists, led by researchers from the University of Michigan, suggest Earth’s slowed rotation resulted in continuous daylight that kick-started bacteria into producing large amounts of oxygen. … Read more