The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools

In 1991, scientists in the Italian Alps came across a frozen, caramel-colored corpse face down in the melting ice. They named him Ötzi, or the Iceman. And since that time, researchers have been learning more and more about the Iceman’s life in the Copper Age in Europe some 5,300 years ago. The latest findings, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, are focused on the tools he carried with him. A small dagger, a couple of arrowheads and a few other prehistoric possessions made of stone, wood and deer antler,…

Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many gibbons are threatened with extinction An ape that is new to science has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in China. The gibbon has already gone extinct, suggesting humans wiped out primate populations long before the modern age. Living primates are in peril, with many on the brink of extinction. The new gibbon, named Junzi imperialis, may be the first to vanish as a direct result of human actions, according to scientists led by the Zoological Society of London. “All of the…

Grandma Had A Gibbon. Her Grandson Had An Empire : NPR

The northern white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered ape native to China, Vietnam and Laos. Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon, now extinct, that lived in China as recently as 2,200 years ago. Joachim S. Müller/Flickr hide caption toggle caption Joachim S. Müller/Flickr The northern white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered ape native to China, Vietnam and Laos. Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon, now extinct, that lived in China as recently as 2,200 years ago. Joachim S. Müller/Flickr The world has one more extinct ape…

Koko the Gorilla, Who Used Sign Language and Befriended Mr. Rogers, Dies at 46

Koko, the gorilla whose apparent aptitude for sign language endeared her to fans around the world, died in her sleep on Tuesday morning, according to the Gorilla Foundation, which oversaw her care. She was 46. Koko became an instant celebrity in her youth thanks to an early facility with American Sign Language. That fame was bolstered over the years as Koko, a western lowland gorilla, charmed entertainers like Fred Rogers and Robin Williams as well as their audiences. “Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas…

The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem

Environmental groups have argued that voluntary measures are not always sufficient, and they have urged federal regulators to step in and mandate more sweeping reductions. Former President Barack Obama proposed regulations to limit leaks, but over the past year, the Trump administration has moved to rescind most Obama-era methane policies. Some of these rollbacks are now tied up in court. The new study is the culmination of five years of research to determine the extent of methane leakage and its effect on climate. Led by the Environmental Defense Fund, the…

In Hitting China on Trade, Trump Is Seen Neglecting U.S. Emerging Industries

Many experts worry the United States is not doing enough to help its own advanced industries compete — not just against China, but the rest of the world. Experts in artificial intelligence say the administration should push for more investment in academic and government research, instead of cutting back on scientific research across the government. They say administration immigration policies have spooked many foreign-born artificial intelligence researchers based in the United States. Canada, South Korea, France and Britain have ramped up government spending in an effort to ensure that they…

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

The virus theory is far from being accepted by most Alzheimer’s experts. Some raise the chicken-or-egg question: Could viruses found in greater amounts in Alzheimer’s brains be consequences of the disease or even, as Dr. Lennart Mucke, director of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco said, “innocent bystanders”? Dr. Mucke called the new study “impressive and very well designed.” But, he noted, “there have been many speculations and even outright claims that infections contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.” “None of them has held up after…

Magnetic Sense Helps Billions of Moths on an Australian Migration

Researchers say this is the first reliable evidence that insects can use Earth’s magnetic field for navigation. Bogong moths in a cave in the Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales, Australia.CreditEric Warrant Every spring in Australia, billions of bogong moths migrate from the arid plains of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to the meadows of the Australian Alps to escape the impending heat. There, they congregate in caves like living shingles, and go dormant over the summer. Autumn arrives, and they return to their birthplaces to mate, lay…

This Artist Foresaw Our Digital Future in a Meadow of Dandelions

In the digital fever dream of Thomas Bayrle’s work, pixelated pictures twist and bend and resolve into fuzzily warped images. Abstract films and videos pulse with psychedelic patterns. But if Mr. Bayrle’s art seems like the ultimate in early computer design, most of the 115 works in his first major New York retrospective, “Playtime,” at the New Museum, are actually handcrafted. Made over nearly 60 years, Mr. Bayrle’s work instead offers a window into digital thinking or, it could be said, how we got to where we are now. Consider…

Moving On From Picasa – The New York Times

TECH TIP Google’s old picture-editing program has been retired, but other free desktop or browser-based programs might be able to fill the void. Q. For many years, I used Picasa to edit my photos and send them to have prints made. It was an easy program to navigate. As you know, Google no longer supports Picasa. Is there another program that would be as easy as Picasa? A. After retiring Picasa from further development in 2016, Google announced in March that the desktop photo-editing program would no longer work to…