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A canoeist paddles between the islands of Vava'u, Tonga. A new University of Utah study uses mathematical modeling to get a better idea of the strategies employed by early seafarers when they used outrigger canoes to settle the islands of the vast Pacific Ocean between 3,500 and 900 years ago. Credit Adrian Bell, University of Utah
A canoeist paddles between the islands of Vava'u, Tonga. A new University of Utah study uses mathematical modeling to get a better idea of the strategies employed by early seafarers when they used outrigger canoes to settle the islands of the vast Pacific Ocean between 3,500 and 900 years ago. Credit Adrian Bell, University of Utah


Using Statistics To Calculate How The Pacific Was Settled

Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and 900 years ago. Adrian Bell found the two most likely strategies were to travel mostly against prevailing winds and seek easily seen islands, not necessarily […]

Chile's Michelle Bachelet
Chile's Michelle Bachelet. FIle photo.


Construction Of LSST Telescope Begins In Chile

The first stone of the future LSST telescope was laid on 14 April 2015 by the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, at the Cerro Pachón site in the Chilean Andes. The LSST is the result of a public-private partnership involving several research institutions worldwide, and will be equipped with the most powerful digital camera ever built, […]