Robot construction, the cause of Antarctic earthquakes and how the pharaohs' rose to power are some of the best articles in Science this week. Keep reading to find out all of the coolest stories we found!
Harvard University researchers have created a swarm of tiny robots, each the size of a coin, that can commuinicate and work together to construct 3D shapes. At the moment the bots are simply a platform for further research but their designers have bigger plans in mind.
[Full Story: Robot 'Army' Can Swarm into 3D Formations]
Sometimes gathering dust is a good thing, especially when that's your job! NASA's 1999 Stardust mission was designed to collect dust from comet Wild-2 and upon examination of the samples, unexpected particles were discovered.
Surprising teen anal sex findings:
British researchers were surprised by answers given by teens age 16 to 18 when asked questions regarding anal sex. The study found a lack of understanding about how STDs are passed as well as indications that society's lack of support for women's rights has more impact than previously thought.
[Full Story: Teen Anal Sex Study: 6 Unexpected Findings]
What triggered Antarctica's icequakes:
In 2010, an earthquake in Maule, Chile, created icequakes on Antarctica. While the effects have been noted for years, this is the first evidence of such a link exists.
[Full Story: Faraway Earthquake Triggered Antarctica Icequakes]
Oldest mummy makers?
By studying samples from mummies on display at England's Bolton Museum, researchers have discovered that mummification practices actually began a couple thousand years before what was previously thought.
[Full Story: Oldest Evidence for Egyptian Mummy Making Discovered]
Fish eel tale:
A Swedish man claims an eel he had living in his well lived for 155 years. Researchers are skeptical but admit it is possible.
How Egyptian pharaohs rose to power:
As societies transitioned from hunter-gatherer driven to agriculturally based, they also shifted from equality to hierarchy. As populations grew and more people needed food, leaders gained power.
Artifacts pulled from Chesapeake Bay challenge what we believe about who and when North America was settled. A mastodon skull and a tool recovered from the seafloor indicate people were living here thousands of years before what we previously knew.
[Full Story: Fisherman Pulls Up Beastly Evidence of Early Americans]
Why you don't look like a caveman:
A recent study suggest a link between lower aggression, more social tolerance and softer facial features. The analysis suggests a decrease in testosterone and an increase in teamwork and cooperation led to a change in what human beings looked like.
[Full Story: Why You Don't Look Like a Caveman]
A container discovered on a 200-year-old shipwreck is believed to contain ancient liquor. Inital tests and evidence indicate the substance is high-quality mineral water from Selters, in the Tanus Moutains are in Germany.
[Full Story: Still 'Drinkable': 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck]