Author Archives: César Tomé

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César Tomé is the editor of Mapping Ignorance.

Living stromatolites discovered in remote wetlands of Tasmania
Microbial mats of living stromatolites, which first appeared on Earth at least 3.5 billion years ago but are very rare now, have been found in a remote wetland area of Tasmania. Researchers […]

Detailed carving found on small gem in ancient Greek tomb
A detailed scene of a warrior in battle carved on an ancient gemstone about 3.6 centimeters long was uncovered in Greece by researchers after they cleaned away dirt and limestone. […]

Malaria-causing parasites drive mosquitoes to bite humans
Mosquitoes infected with parasites that induce malaria tend to seek out humans more when the parasite is in the infectious stage, suggesting the parasite is controlling mosquitoes’ behavior. Researchers say that when Plasmodium […]

Ancient feathered dinosaur had raccoon-like facial markings
The feathered dinosaur Sinosauropteryx, which lived in northeast China between 133 million and 120 million years ago, had bandit-like markings on its face like a raccoon, as well as a banded tail […]

Saber-toothed cats were around longer than previously believed
DNA analysis of a feline jawbone has revealed that a type of saber-toothed cat lived 28,000 years ago, around the same time as modern humans and much later than previously thought. The […]

Ancient Easter Islanders’ ancestry charted through DNA tests
Ancient Easter Island inhabitants had no contact with outside people before Europeans came in the early 1700s. “They are 100% completely Polynesian ancestry as far as we can see,” said study author […]

Varying levels of pesticides found in most honey samples collected worldwide
Scientists have found varying levels of neonicotinoid pesticides in 75% of samples of honey from almost 200 areas around the world. Neonicotinoid pesticides are believed to cause such health […]

 
Self-folding exoskeletons can help robots adapt for different missions
Origami-like heat-activated exoskeletons can help robots adapt for varied missions by giving them the ability to roll, glide, walk and sail.
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Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft collecting Venus climate data […]

Specially engineered antibody blocks most HIV strains in monkeys
A potent tri-specific antibody that targets nearly 100% of HIV strains and prevents infection in monkeys has been developed by National Institutes of Health scientists and pharmaceutical firm Sanofi. The antibody […]

Single-strand DNA robot developed to transport tiny cargo
A tiny robot made from a strand of DNA that can transport cargo has been developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology and is one of the first steps towards […]