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Life on the Frontiers: The first season of research by archaeologists in the arid Shakdood region of Sudan and the next book, Astrobiology, Life Beyond Us

Life on the Frontiers: The first season of research by archaeologists in the arid Shakdood region of Sudan and the next book, Astrobiology, Life Beyond Us

In this introductory overview of Points of Interest, you will learn how many birds live in the world and that most sparrows are house finches, and you will hear how climate change affects the nature of the Nepal Alps; We will reveal when the Russian multi-purpose scientific unit Nauka will finally be launched to the International Space Station, and we will mention the success of the Chinese scientists and the landing of their Mars spacecraft Zhuong, and finally we will talk about bacteria and terrestrial germs that may have landed on the surface of the Red Planet, any of the previous missions.

Our Archaeologists in Sudan, Part Two

An archaeological base in the Sakadud Mountains just before dinner

Research has continued at the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Charles University in the volcanic Sabaloka Mountains near the Sixth Nile Cataract in Sudan for several years. As we said in the last review, this research has recently gained new momentum. We’ve also devoted another Sudanese region, where our researchers spent their first research season this spring – the arid Shakdood Mountains very far from the life-giving Nile, and also much further from our civilization. This time, let’s talk a little more about how research in both Sudanese regions contributed to the understanding of climate change, as the prehistoric green landscapes of Northeast Africa became the dry and hot savannah of today … and how the people who dealt with it lived and often nested There is to this day. The research guarantor in Shkdud is the archaeological institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The research is being conducted in cooperation with the National Authority for Antiquities and Museums of Sudan under its auspices, and researchers from Abu Nile University in Khartoum participate in it.

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People who live in Northeast Africa at a time of catastrophic climate change, which has depleted the landscape in an unrecognizable way over a period of a few thousand years, did not yet know farming and were not pets. However, it appears that many of them have not left their homes. Is there a connection between dramatic climate change and the emergence of a productive way of life for farmers and herders in Africa? People still live in Chakdud today – what kind of people are they and can they use their example to study the similarities between the prehistoric and contemporary way of life in this arid part of Africa? What does it take to redirect logistics? And what exactly did the first research season bring in Shakdoud? Ladislav Varadzin from the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic speaks in Prague and Lenka Varadzinová from the Czech Institute of Egyptology.

Life is behind us – life behind us

Exotic plants on an exoplanet (illustration)

Is there any life in the universe – outside of ourselves and outside our planet? This is an issue that concerns the public, science fiction authors, and scientists. The answer has been searched for decades, but so far without success. Recently, the European Institute of Astrobiology was created, which took this research into account. In addition to scientific activities, it also focuses on popularizing the issue of extraterrestrial life, including through science fiction, that is, science fiction literature. Last year, he published an anthology of Strangest of All sci-fi short story e-books, and this year in collaboration with Laksa Media, he is preparing an anthology book from Life Beyond Us – Life Beyond Us.

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It’s especially remarkable that it brings together writers – authors of the science fiction genre – and scholars into one volume. Julie Novakova, Head of the Promotion Group of the European Institute of Astrobiology, explained to us why this link was created and how it will be implemented on the anthology pages. Who is the author of The Next Anthology of Life? What topics are being developed and will be available in the Czech language?