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Archaeologists claim to have discovered hidden chambers behind the walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb in a radar survey. The find resurrects a controversial theory that the young king’s burial place connects to a larger tomb containing his mother-in-law Nefertiti, whose resting place has never been found. Although not all researchers are convinced the hidden rooms exist, Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves says if the ancient queen is found to have been buried like a pharaoh, “it could be the biggest archaeological discovery ever.”
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San-Francisco-based research organization OpenAI was founded in 2015 with the aim of being the first to develop a machine with human-like learning and reasoning abilities. Journalist Karen Hao explores the non-profit organization’s history, and discovers that behind closed doors the way it operates seems to be very different to its public image of transparency, openness and collaboration.
George Coyne, the priest and astronomer who spent nearly three decades as head of the Vatican observatory, died earlier this month at the age of 87. Although he publicly clashed with prominent anti-religious figures such as Richard Dawkins, he is known for championing the ideas of Galileo and Darwin, and challenging intelligent design. “If they respect the results of modern science,” Coyne once wrote, “religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly.”
Business researcher and self-confessed introvert Carsten Lund Pedersen shares his advice for giving a great presentation. He suggests treating public speaking as a skill that can be honed by getting plenty of practice and seeking advice from experts. And being an over-thinker can often be an advantage, he says, when it comes to preparing a talk and anticipating the audience’s response.
Blue whales are returning to the waters around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, where scientists spotted a record 55 of them during a recent survey.
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