Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought

Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought

A tiny hobbit-like bipod dubbed Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought, a new study by the Australian National University (ANU) suggested.

When a team of researchers discovered the remains of a ‘hobbit’s in Indonesia in 2003, they thought it was an evolutionary fork of the well-documented Homo erectus. But, the new study suggested that hobbits had evolved from a much earlier species of humans.

W.H.O. chooses three African countries to test first malaria vaccine

W.H.O. chooses three African countries to test first malaria vaccine

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) announced on Monday that three African countries, viz. Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi, have been chosen for testing the world’s first malaria vaccine.

The three African nations will kick off piloting the injectable malaria vaccine sometime in 2018 with hundreds of thousands of young kids, who are particularly at risk due to the mosquito-borne deadly disease.

‘Hobbit’ may have a place in humans’ family tree: study

‘Hobbit’ may have a place in humans’ family tree: study

Short statured Homo floresiensis, which is better known by the nickname of "hobbit", had branched out from a common ancestor of modern humans earlier than previously thought, a new study suggested.

In 2003, a group of archaeologists from Australia and Indonesia discovered the remains of a new species of human from a cave on the island of Flores. The species was just 3.5 ft in height, and it quickly earned the nickname hobbit.

Whale and boat collisions are more common that previously thought: researchers say

Whale and boat collisions are more common that previously thought: researchers say

A new study by a group of marine biologists has indicated that incidents of collisions between boats and whales off of the coast of New England are more common than previously estimated.

The researchers focused on the population of humpback whales in the southern Gulf of Maine, off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire; and found that nearly 15 per cent of the marine creatures which come to area to feed every spring had injuries or scars consistent with vessel strikes.

Researchers discover potentially habitable 'super-Earth'

Researchers discover potentially habitable 'super-Earth'

Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) claimed to have discovered a super-Earth, dubbed LHS 1140b, orbiting in the habitable zone of a small red dwarf star.

The red dwarf star, designated LHS 1140, is around 39 light-years away from Earth and 4.2 light-years from our nearest star Proxima Centauri. The researchers estimated that the exoplanet is roughly 11,000 miles in diameter.

Samsung launches three new ads to promote Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus

Samsung launches three new ads to promote Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus

South Korea-based electronics giant Samsung has just launched three new video adverts to promote its newest pair of Android-powered flagship smartphones, viz. the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus.

The new video ads promoting the Galaxy S8 lineup are part of the “Unbox your phone” campaign that the electronics giant began on 29th of March after the official unveiling of the new handsets.

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