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Civilization Tech:

When did humans begin making musical instruments?

Hint: Weirdly, it was longer ago than the beginning of agriculture.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Thousands of Fanzor DNA cutters that may outperform CRISPR identified | New Atlas

“Following on from the discovery of programmable DNA-cutting enzymes known as Fanzors, scientists have found that a diverse range of species possess these genetic 'scissors', which presents a massive opportunity in the development of new medicines, genetic therapies and biotechnology.”

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Magnetism may have given life its molecular asymmetry | Quanta Magazine

“The preferred ‘handedness’ of biomolecules could have emerged from biased interactions between electrons and magnetic surfaces, new research suggests.”

Even with no brains, jellyfish can learn from their mistakes | Ars Technica

“Jellyfish, or medusae, belong to the group Cnidaria, members of which are already known to be capable of associative learning. This is how they can maintain awareness of their surroundings (and possible predators). Now, an international team of scientists has found that the cnidarians are capable of a slightly more advanced type of associative learning known as operant conditioning, which entails remembering the positive or negative effects of a previous action. Despite lacking a brain, Caribbean box jellies (Tripedalia cystophora) can still learn from their mistakes to avoid a potentially disastrous outcome.”

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Behold, the largest charcuterie board the world has ever seen | The Daily Meal

“Charcuterie boards have been all the rage lately, and for good reason. Firstly, they are delicious. Secondly, charcuterie boards are a great holiday idea as they are a way to feed a lot of people yummy food without having to actually cook anything. However, even if you're a seasoned charcuterie fan, you've probably never seen a board like the one created on October 4, 2023, by Boarderie. In fact, the online charcuterie delivery company announced in a press release that it had broken the Guinness World Record for the largest charcuterie board ever made, weighing in at 769 pounds and spanning 20 feet in length.”

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The answer: 40,000 years ago

The answer: 40,000 years ago

According to the The Smithsonian: “By 40,000 years ago, humans were creating musical instruments and two- and three-dimensional images of the world around them. By 17,000 years ago, they had developed all the major representational techniques including painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, ceramics, and stenciling.”