Human’s earliest known ancestor found in China

A microscopic bag-like sea creature found in China is believed to be our earliest known ancestor according to research published in the journal Nature. The 540 million year old microfossil, Saccorhytus coronarius, was analysed by a range of experts from several leading universities including Cambridge and Northwest, and is now thought to be the common ancestor of a very large range of species, including ours, as leading co-author Prof Simon Conway Morris explain, per Forbes:

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European Space Agency’s SmallGEO platform reaches orbit

A week after the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest meteorological satellite went online ,the European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully launched and put into orbit its’ SmallGEO platform after blasting off from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite will now use its own thrusters in order to reach its geostationary orbit, over 36,000 miles above the equator.

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Can Chatbots Bring You Back To Life After Death?

The old saying goes, “only two things in life are certain: death and taxes.” But with the development of digital “surrogates” using realistic chatbots, death as we know it might be coming into question sooner than we think. As reported by Quartz, we are almost at the point where it would be possible to recreate someone’s personality using their digital footprint.

Due to the exponential advancements in artificial intelligence, it is now in the realm of possibilities to recreate someone’s entire being. Millennials will eventually stockpile zetabytes (trillions of gigabytes) of data on themselves, and that will be enough for a chatbot to convincingly recreate their personality. Although this is not expected to be in the mainstream for at least five years, the world will need to start grappling with the ethical issues involved soon.

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NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite set to become one of the most important meteorological tools in the world

Two months after being launched from Cape Canaveral, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) newest weather satellite has sent back stunning pictures of planet Earth, and has given scientists — and the public alike — a preview of its’ high-resolution camera work.

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