The wedge-shaped writing on the tablets, known as cuneiform, demonstrated that these ancient stargazers used geometric calculations to predict the motion of Jupiter. Scholars had assumed it wasn’t until almost A.D. 1400 that these techniques were first employed—by English and French mathematicians. But here was proof that nearly 2,000 years earlier, ancient people were every bit as advanced as Renaissance-era scholars.
The history of astronomy has been a history of receding horizons. The invention of the telescope took us beyond our naked-eye capabilities, to millions (and later billions) of stars within our own Milky Way. The application of photography and multi-wavelength astronomy to telescopes brought us beyond our own galaxy, to the distant “island Universes” populating all the space we can access.
The year 2018 provided plenty to chew on if you're interested in science and the environment. From the stark warning from climate scientists about the dangers of letting temperatures rise beyond 1.5C to the discovery of a 20km-wide liquid water lake on Mars, it was a memorable year. Here's a rundown of some of 2018's most eye-catching stories.
The United States Government said the number of international students in the US has surpassed one million, putting the figures at 1.09 million.
The hole in the Earth's ozone layer is expected to fully heal within 50 years, climate change experts predicts.
The typeface is a tiny bit difficult to read, which means your brain has to work twice as hard to understand what it says.
The skull of Luzia, the oldest known human fossil in the Americas, was found by researchers combing through debris at Brazil’s National Museum, which burned down in September, the Museum said on Friday.
Scientists have learned a lot about how our brains work in dangerous situations
The system is fast enough that scientists can use it to see how light actually interacts with matter