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SYDNEY Teez Tabor Jersey , Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- To imagine what humans will look like in the future, people must first understand what different hominid species looked like in the past, said a senior lecturer at the department of environmental sciences of Macquarie University in Australia.
"The whole idea is to just get people involved in science!" Kira Westaway told Xinhua at the Sydney Science Week to explore the mysteries of the evolutionary process.
As part of the program, 75 children between the ages 5-10 will be given the task to design their own future human race.
"It's really interesting for kids, so they can get a sense of who they are and where they belong and how they have become to look they way they are Jarrad Davis Jersey ," Westaway explained.
"We are looking at environmental challenges, what is the environment going to look like in the future?"
According to Westaway, it's very feasible to think that future humans will have shorter legs due to our modern propensity to sit for long periods.
It could also be likely that people will have much larger eyes in the years to come, as higher levels of dust and pollution in the air may act to dim the sunlight.
Some even point to the possibility of evolving with gills and webbed feet if the sea levels continue to rise, while others imagine the emergence of human-cyborgs!
"It's great for kids to understand that connection between the environment and how important the environment is for us and how that will actually affect us in the future Kerryon Johnson Jersey ," Westaway said.
Westaway's lifelong work examining hominids gives her a uniquely qualified vantage point in which to forecast what changes may develop in the human race.
"I'm essentially a geomorphologist, I look at processes that create our landscape," Westaway said.
"But I also do a dating technique called luminescence dating and that allows me to tell exactly when sediment was last exposed to sunlight before it was deposited or laid down in a river terrace or in a cave."
This process enables researchers to tell the age of things, such as fossils, that are also around the sediment.
Recently returned from China Frank Ragnow Jersey , Westaway has been applying her talents at The Beijing-based Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology with the Chinese Academy of Science, with a team of researchers who are experts in a giant ape called gigantopithecus blacki or "giganto for short."
Westaway and fellow researchers believe the youngest evidence of the mysterious creature may lie in the caves along the Huaihe River near China's eastern city of Nanjing.
"Once we find those caves, we can work out exactly when they disappeared or dropped out of the fossil record, then we can work out the environment and the climate and what things were doing at that time that may have caused their extinction," Westaway said.
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BEIJING, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted waters near Hualien County in northeast Taiwan at 9:56 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).
The epicenter was monitored at 24.2 degrees north latitude and 121.72 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 10 km, the center said in a renewed statement. A 5.6-magnitude quake had been reported by the center.
A 5.5-magnitude aftershock was reported at 10:13 p.m. in the same region Detroit Lions T-Shirts , the center said in another statement.
The center earlier said that a 4.7-magnitude earthquake was monitored at 9:12 p.m. in the same region.
Taiwan's meteorological authority said that a series of earthquakes hit Hualien, with the strongest measured 5.8.
The first quake took place at 9:12 p.m. and was followed by at least six aftershocks.
Local residents in Hualien said they had felt the quakes clearly at home. Local media reported that the quakes affected four trains.
No casualties have been reported.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Defense Ministry on Friday officially published the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the guiding principle for the future U.S. policy seeking enhanced nuclear deterrent which is already the world's most powerful.
"The United States now faces a more diverse and advanced nuclear-threat environment than ever before, with considerable dynamism in potential adversaries' development and deployment programs for nuclear weapons and delivery systems Detroit Lions Hoodie ," the document claimed.
The comprehensive report, which is largely in line with the 2010 review done by the Obama administration, reaffirms commitments to non-proliferation treaties but emphasizes the need to enhance capabilities to match with Russia, showing supports for U.S. nuclear modernization projects.
The review, the first of this kind since 2010 Custom Detroit Lions Jersey , also calls for a "lower-yield" option with less powerful explosive capacity for ballistic and cruise missiles launched from submarines.
The lower-yield weapons would enhance the credibility of the U.S. arsenal, the review claims. It also says that nuclear weapons could be used to respond to "extreme circumstances," including non-nuclear attacks.
Elisabeth Braw, a researcher with the Atlantic Council, said: "While the Nuclear Posture Review may contain no radical departures from the Obama administration's nuclear policy Detroit Lions Vapor Untouchable Jerseys , the public debate is already focusing on the low-yield nuclear weapons."
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