This week on LSCDS #ScienceNews and #Innovation:

A well preserved fossilized cranium of human ancestor Australopithecus anamensis, estimated to be 3.8 million years old, has been discovered in Ethiopia. It is hoped that the fossil will help clarify the evolutionary lineage between the more ape-like ancestor species to the ‘true’ human species belonging to the evolutionary grouping homo.

Cranium Specimen, Australopithecus anamensis.

(Credit: Dale Omori/Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Trying to understand the relationship between molecular structure and superconductivity, preliminary data suggests that researchers may have discovered the first example of a non-magnetic superconducting material.

Atom, Chemistry, Molecular, Physics

A Japanese patient became the first recorded person to have her cornea repaired using an implantation of stem cells as ophthalmologist Kohji Nishida used induced pluripotent stem cells to replace the patient’s damaged corneal cells. Currently given permission for an additional three procedures, Nishida hopes the technique can be clinically applied within five years.

Human Eye, Iris, Macro, View, Cornea