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Cutting-edge training developed the human brain 80,000 years ago

Advanced crafting of stone spearheads contributed to the development of new ways of human thinking and behaving in what is now South Africa, approximately 80,000 years ago, archaeologists at Lund University have found. The technology led to increased social interaction within and across the generations. This happened because the crafting of stone spearheads took a long time to learn and required a lot of knowledge, both theoretical and practical. Producing a stone spearhead also required the ability to plan in several stages. This social learning contributed to the subsequent development of early modern humans’ cognitive ability to express symbolism and abstract thoughts through their material culture, for example in the form of decorated objects, the researchers suggest.

Ev2 MIT Researchers Develop New Battery That May Change EV Industry

A group of researchers at MIT has developed a new battery system that could be a breakthrough for the storage of energy for electric vehicles. Researchers claim that recharging the new battery design can be as simple and fast as fueling up the tank on a gasoline vehicle today.
The semi-solid flow cell battery has particles suspended in a liquid carrier that is pumped thorough the system. The anode and cathode of the battery are compromised of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte. The liquids are separately pumped though a system separated by a thin porous membrane.

RedSaturn_keck_full 10 Mobile Astronomy Apps for Stargazers

Whether you’re a stargazer who can only point out the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, or whether you much prefer calling it Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, the following 10 mobile apps can help you in your stargazing pursuits.You look up at the stars, but you have no idea what you’re seeing – until now. Star Walk is an amazing app that lets you simply point your device to the sky and automatically map out the constellations. You can also track moving satellites, look at skies from nights past or the future and tap anywhere on the screen to get a star's exact position in the sky.


Apple’s iCloud could see 150 million users

Apple could sign up as many as 150 million iPhone users to its new iCloud service, according to projections based on a survey from RBC Capital Markets. iMessage also should be a hot item, according to RBC, also with 150 million iPhone users. Looking down the road, RBC believes Apple will add additional services through iCloud, including audio and video streaming, photo and video sharing, hosted Time Machine backups, and document

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