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Tidings from Before the Flood: how Artificial Intelligence Rediscovers Ancient Babylonian Texts

How much can we learn from our past? And how far back into the past can we draw connections between our predecessors and us? The ancient Mesopotamians, residents of the lands between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in modern-day Iraq, believed wisdom came from before... click to read more

  • Shai Gordin | Senior Lecturer at Digital Pasts Lab, Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel
  • Avital Romach | Research Assistant at Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near East Cultures, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Ethan Fetaya | Senior Lecturer at Department of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Views 387
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 1, 2021
The crocodile that crossed an ocean

How many times have you been thinking about a crocodile while swimming in the sea or in the ocean? Probably not a single time. For most of us, the chance of meeting a crocodile while swimming in salt water is unlikely. However, in some areas... click to read more

  • Massimo Delfino | Associate Professor at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Torino, Italy
Views 342
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 27, 2021
The body-language of the elephant trunk

Illustration realized in the framework of a collaboration between the Image/Recit option of the HEAD (Haute École d'Art et de Design) and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva. Articulated bodies like the human skeleton are made of serial joints, restraining the number of... click to read more

  • Paule Dagenais | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution, Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Michel C. Milinkovitch | Professor at Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution, Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 687
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 23, 2021
How did wild cats turn into our beloved domestic animals?

How cats – one of our favorite domestic animals – historically turned to live with us remains mysterious. The relationships between humans and housecats' common ancestor, the Near Eastern wildcat, begun as early as a rise of farming over 9,000 years ago, but it took... click to read more

  • Magdalena Krajcarz | Assistant Professor at Institute of Archaeology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Toruń, Poland
  • Maciej Krajcarz | Associate Professor at Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
Views 477
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 19, 2021
Sea otters: how welcome should a recovering top predator be?

Sea otters are a marine mammal with a long history of interactions with humans. Beyond their cute appearance, they were once hunted to near extinction for their lush pelts. To help recover this endangered species, sea otters were re-introduced to the northwest coast of Vancouver... click to read more

  • Edward Gregr | Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada
Views 497
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 7, 2021