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South African rock shelter artifacts show early humans colonized inland areas

South African rock shelter artifacts show early humans colonized inland areas

Science
March 31 (UPI) -- Archaeological evidence from a rock shelter in South Africa suggests early humans colonized a variety of environments, including inland settings, undermining theories linking the origins of our species to the coast. For generations, the rock shelter on Ga-Mohana Hill, positioned at the edge of South Africa's Kalahari Desert, has served as a spiritual site for local people. But until now, researchers weren't sure how long the shelter has been used by humans. Advertisement To find out, archaeologists excavated a collection of white calcite crystals and ostrich eggshell fragments, thought to be used as water vessels. Researchers detailed their excavation and analysis efforts in a new paper, published Wednesday in the journal Nature. "The crystals point towards spiritual or...
England Under-21s lose AGAIN as Aidy Boothroyd’s side beaten by Portugal to leave them rock bottom of Euro 2021 group

England Under-21s lose AGAIN as Aidy Boothroyd’s side beaten by Portugal to leave them rock bottom of Euro 2021 group

Sports
England Under-21s were left rock bottom of Euro 2021 Group D as they were beaten 2-0 by Portugal on Sunday evening. It is two straight defeats for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in the tournament without scoring a single goal. AFP England Under-21s were poor again at Euro 2021 Pressure is growing on the manager with his side struggling despite a wealth of talent at his disposal. Noni Madueke and Japhet Tanganga were given their England Under-21 debuts for the vital Euro 2021 following the opening 1-0 defeat to Switzerland. Steven and Ryan Sessegnon were also recalled by boss Aidy Boothroyd, with Callum Hudson-Odoi missing from the squad through injury. Getty England Under-21s have plenty of talent, including Arsenal’s Emile...
Biden brings moon rock from last lunar mission into Oval Office

Biden brings moon rock from last lunar mission into Oval Office

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A moon rock that President Joe Biden has placed in the Oval Office came from the last Apollo mission in 1972, raising hopes that he will support a new lunar landing program already underway. The White House said the moon rock was part of Biden's goal to have the office reflect the best of American accomplishments. Advertisement Astronauts chipped the rock from a large boulder at the base of the North Massif mountain in the Imbrium Impact Basin. The stone's official name is Lunar Sample 76015,143, which refers to NASA's generic numbering system for more than 840 pounds of rock retrieved during Apollo missions. Scientists were pleased with the testament to science and space exploration. Ellen Stofan, director of the National Air and Space Museum, posted a mes...
New mineral discovered on rock mined in Cornwall over 200 years ago

New mineral discovered on rock mined in Cornwall over 200 years ago

Technology
A new dark green species of mineral has been discovered by scientists examining a rock which was mined in Cornwall around 220 years ago.Kernowite, named after Kernow - the Cornish language word for the county - was found by a team at London's Natural History Museum, led by Mike Rumsey. The mineralogist said: "A lot of these discoveries happened over 100 years ago when the mines were still active."So the discovery of a new mineral from Cornwall, particularly one that related to the regions most famous mineral, is really quite amazing." Image: Mike Rumsey said the discovery 'is really quite amazing'. Pic: Natural History Museum The rock sample containing Kernowite was in the museum's collection since 1964 but had been labelled as a loro...
11 rock and pop anthems that never made the charts

11 rock and pop anthems that never made the charts

Entertainment
What are the most famous singles never to have made the UK chart? The death this week of the Australian singer Helen Reddy prompted much discussion of her 1972 feminist anthem I Am Woman.Dame Jenni Murray even chose it as her exit music on her final edition of Woman's Hour on Thursday. The opening couplet goes: "I am woman, hear me roar / In numbers too big to ignore."The irony is that UK record-buyers did ignore the song, which sold so poorly it never made it into the chart. Dame Jenni Murray signs off with feminist anthemA US number one, it totally flopped in the UK, both on its original release and again in 1975, when it was re-released in an attempt to capitalise on Reddy's top five success with Angie Baby.It's not the only ...