14 | SCIENCE ILLUSTRATED
NEW SUPER MATERIAL IS
STRONGER THAN STEEL
Scientists from MIT in the
US have designed one of
the strongest materials yet.
With a combination of heat
and pressure, they
managed to compress
flakes of graphene – a 2D
wonder-material only one
carbon atom thick - into a
resembling coral. The
material is 10 times
stronger than steel, and
could become an important
building material one day.
38,000 years ago
A prehistoric human engraved the neat
outline of an aurochs 38,000 years ago.
ARCHAEOLOGY In a grotto in South-
Western France, scientists from the New
York University among others, have found a
limestone slab including one of the oldest
European works of art yet seen.
The work is no less than 38,000 years old
and depicts an aurochs with horns, head,
and body, engraved into the stone slab. The
artist who made the prehistoric work of art
belonged to the Aurignacian culture, which
flourished in Stone Age Europe and the Near
East 43,000-33,000 years ago. These anatom-
ically modern people were very good at
making flint tools such as knives and pointed
tools such as drills, prickers, and chisels. The
tools were used for hunting and for making
the oldest art works known in Europe.
Life expectancy of a baby girl born in South Korea in 2030,
which demographers believe will be the first place in the
world where women's average lifespan will be over 90.
Wild bison recapture their old home turf
A herd of 16 bison have been reintroduced into a Canadian national park,for the
first time in over 130 years. They left the area due to hunting, but now 10 females
and 6 bull calves have been ferried to the hard-to-access park by helicopter.
LOCAL FOCAL POINT – Banff National Park, Canada
WAS THE CRADLE OF ART
IN MODERN FRANCE?
The stone slab with the aurochs
was discovered in the Abri Blanchard
grotto, which is located near Vézère
River in France. Scientists found lots
of jewellery and cave paintings from
the Aurignacian culture.
HEAD AND HORNS
PHILIPPE JUGIE/MUSÉE NATIONAL DE PRÉHISTOIRE
MELANIE GONICK/MIT DAN RAFLA/PARKS CANADA