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Spectacular fossilised skull of ancient human is forcing scientists to rethink radically the story of evolution http://gu.com/p/3jjcm/tw Experts believe the skull is one of the most important fossil finds to date, but it has proved as controversial as it is stunning. Analysis of the skull and other remains at Dmanisi suggests that scientists have been too ready to name separate species of human ancestors in Africa. Many of those species may now have to be wiped from the textbooks. Photograph: Georgian National Museum

Calm Down, Internet -- Valve Isn't Building Their Own Steam Box

With the unveiling of SteamOS — a forked distribution of Linux dedicated to running the Steam platform in the living room — a vocal majority online is expecting Valve to follow up with the announcement of their own, branded “Steam Box” hardware. It’s not happening, it never will, and here’s …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 goes up for pre-order September 18th on T-Mobile

Get your giant hands ready, T-Mobile subscribers. The Un-Carrier announced this morning that the latest version of Samsung's phamed phablet will be going up for pre-order September 18th. Pick it up through the Simple Choice Plan, and the 5.7-inch handset'll run you $199 down plus $21 a month for 24 …

ScienceCasts: The Harvest Moon

One of Solar System’s Largest Volcanoes Right Here on Earth

Scientists from the University of Houston claim they have discovered a dead colossus in the Pacific depths that claims the title for largest volcano …

Find A Blue Chicken Egg? Congrats, Your Chicken Has A Virus

Not necessarily harmful! But just so you know.<p>Here in the U.S., our eggs mostly come in two colors: white and brown. But there are two breeds, one in Chile and one in China, that are known to lay <i>blue</i> eggs. Yeah, weird, right? And a new study has figured out why that happens.<p>The Araucana chicken …

Scientist Finds 360 Million Year Old Scorpion Fossil

Dr Robert Gess (pictured above), from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits, discovered the 360 million year old fossilized scorpion from rocks …

APOD: Rotating Moon from LRO (2013 Sep 16) Credit: LRO, Arizona State Univ, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130916.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNUNB6CMnE8 Explanation: No one, presently, sees the Moon rotate like this. That's because the Earth's moon is tidally locked to the Earth, showing us only one side. Given modern digital technology, however, combined with many detailed images returned by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a high resolution virtual Moon rotation movie has now been composed. The above time-lapse video starts with the standard Earth view of the Moon. Quickly, though, Mare Orientale, a large crater with a dark center that is difficult to see from the Earth, rotates into view just below the equator. From an entire lunar month condensed into 24 seconds, the video clearly shows that the Earth side of the Moon contains an abundance of dark lunar maria, while the lunar far side is dominated by bright lunar highlands. Two new missions are scheduled to begin exploring the Moon within the year, the first of which is NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). LADEE, which launched just over a week ago, is scheduled to begin orbiting the Moon in October and will explore the thin and unusual atmosphere of the Moon. In a few months, the Chinese Chang'e 3 is scheduled to launch, a mission that includes a soft lander that will dispatch a robotic rover. http://lro.gsfc.nasa.gov/ http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/ http://www.nasa.gov/lro Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130916 #APOD

Starwatch: Jupiter in Gemini

From more southerly latitudes than Britain, Venus is spectacular in the SW at nightfall, blazing at magnitude -4.1 while 4° below the much fainter (mag 0.7) planet Saturn. For Britain, though, Venus sets only one hour after sunset so we need a clear horizon to catch it, while Saturn may remain …

Comet collisions increase chance of life across solar system, research suggests

Violent impacts from comets and other hurtling bodies can pepper planets and their moons with the molecular building blocks of life, new research suggests.<p>The high-speed collisions unleash intense shock waves that can turn simple organic compounds found in comets and on icy worlds into amino acids, …