SCIENCE IN THE NEWS WEEKLY
A 'Methuselah Tree' and a Provocative Australian Fossil
A 2,000-year-old date palm seed found in the arid Dead Sea palace of King Herod perched atop Masada has sprouted and grown into a tree, researchers reported last week. It has become the oldest seed ever grown.
Elsewhere, researchers said that a 200-million-year-old Australian fossil suggests that dinosaurs roamed farther than previously believed across the prehistoric supercontinent of Gondwana. The fossil belonged to a two-legged meat-eater related to a giant, big-clawed carnivore from Argentina.
And before it was swallowed by the sea, the English town of Dunwich was an important medieval city. Last week a research team set sail to discover the secrets of this British Atlantis. They will use the latest acoustic imaging technology to reveal Dunwich in its prime.
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VIDEO: The Promise and Peril of Drones
The automation of tasks at work and at home is just around the corner, including driving cars, piloting planes, delivering packages, and transporting weapons. Unmanned aerial vehicles are rapidly evolving to meet both society’s and the military’s needs in automation and better efficiency.
During her time as one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy, Dr. Missy Cummings observed that computers could take off and land a plane more precisely than humans. Because of this breakthrough and her fascination with this growing technology, she began human–drone interaction research.
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