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  • Current Event
    9 hours ago
    by Chubros
    +8 +3

    Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered in Alexandria’s Harbor

    Ahram Online reports that three Roman shipwrecks and an ancient Egyptian barque dedicated to Osiris were discovered in ancient Alexandria’s eastern harbor in the Mediterranean Sea. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the joint team of researchers, made up of scientists from the ministry’s department of underwater archaeology and the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology, recovered a crystal head thought to represent Marc Antony, and gold coins dating to the reign of Emperor Augustus.

  • Current Event
    21 hours ago
    by doodlegirl
    +16 +3

    Photo of Billy the Kid with his killer 'worth millions' after flea market discovery

    A 137-year-old photo said to show Billy the Kid with his killer is probably real, experts say, and could be worth millions of dollars after being bought at a flea market for $US10 a few years ago. The self-described history buff said the group picture of five men was part of a set and sat on his wall for several years. After seeing a TV program in 2015 about the discovery of a photo of the outlaw playing croquet, Mr Abrams was inspired to research him further.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by messi
    +14 +3

    Giant swastika unearthed under German sports field

    Sometimes a routine construction job can turn into a rare discovery. Excavators in the German city of Hamburg thought they were digging to just make way to build changes for a local sports club, when they suddenly hit a huge concrete swastika buried below the ground. The swastika, which measures 13-by-13 feet, was buried nearly 16 inches beneath the Hein-Kling sports field in Hamburg's Billstedt district.

  • Analysis
    3 days ago
    by Nimble
    +20 +4

    New helium-resistant materials could make fusion energy a reality

    Researchers have found a way of protecting the materials in fusion reactors from degradation caused by helium, using nanocomposite solids.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by ticktack
    +14 +3

    Scientists make find that could rewrite human history

    A skull found in China could re-write our entire understanding of human evolution. That's according to scientists who have examined the important, ancient head and say that it proves the existing theory of how humans came to be is wrong. Most anthropologists believe that our species came about in Africa around 200,000 years ago – and that one group left around 80,000 years later before spreading across the world. But instead of humans purely coming out of Africa, the new research suggests that important characteristics of humans actually developed in east Asia.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by sauce
    +20 +9

    Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

    Animals from the deepest places on Earth have been found with plastic in their stomachs, confirming fears that manmade fibres have contaminated the most remote places on the planet. The study, led by academics at Newcastle University, found animals from trenches across the Pacific Ocean were contaminated with fibres that probably originated from plastic bottles, packaging and synthetic clothes.

  • Analysis
    7 days ago
    by robmonk
    +12 +3

    Antarctica Was Once Covered in Forests. We Just Found One That Fossilized.

    It was summer in Antarctica, and Erik Gulbranson and John Isbell were on the hunt. Bundled up in parkas to brave negative temperatures, fierce winds, and blinding days of 24-hour sunlight, Gulbranson, Isbell, and an international team of researchers searched for fossil fragments. Between November 2016 and January 2017, they scaled the snow-capped slopes of the McIntyre Promontory high above the ice fields and glaciers, sifting through the Transantarctic Mountain's gray sedimentary rocks for clues.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by mariogi
    +23 +6

    A Very Fancy Grasshopper Was Found in the Paint of a Van Gogh Masterpiece

    This is not something researchers at museums see every day. When curators at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art put the Vincent van Gogh 19th-century masterpiece Olive Trees under the microscope to better understand the Dutch painter’s artistic process, a little critter was found entombed within the thick oil paint.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by bkool
    +31 +7

    The Star That Refused to Die

    Astronomers have discovered a zombie supernova that defies every known theory of star death. 

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by spacepopper
    +50 +14

    Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid

    Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs. In an article published in the journal Nature on Thursday, an international team said the 30-meter (yard) void deep within the pyramid is situated above the structure's Grand Gallery, and has a similar cross-section. The purpose of the chamber is unclear, and it's not yet known whether it was built with a function in mind.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by gottlieb
    +12 +1

    Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale

    Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it's cooked. The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon?

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by sauce
    +19 +3

    A dinosaur-era shark with insane teeth was found swimming off the coast of Portugal

    The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature. The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working on a European Union project in the area, the BBC reported. The aim of the project was to "minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing," but the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Pfennig88
    +24 +6

    Scientists found a huge 'monster' planet that could change everything they know about astronomy

    A huge “monster” planet that’s far too big for its sun could lead scientists to rethink their theories of astronomy. The planet, known as NGTS-1b, is the size of Jupiter. But orbits around a red dwarf star that’s only half the size of its sun. Scientists not only didn’t predict that such a massive planet would be able to orbit such a small star, but it contradicts some of the predictions at the heart of their understanding of how planets form.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +15 +4

    Ancient Fossil Offers a New European Ancestor to Giraffes

    A near-perfect fossil unearthed close to Madrid appears to be an ancient European ancestor of giraffes, representing a new species in the family and one that had two sets of bony bumps on its head rather than the single set of modern giraffes. Older fossils in the family known as giraffids have been found before, but none in such pristine condition, said Ari Grossman, an associate professor of anatomy at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., who was not involved in the finding but said the whole field would benefit from it.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +22 +8

    New tyrannosaur fossil is most complete found in Southwestern US

    A remarkable new fossilized skeleton of a tyrannosaur discovered in the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in southern Utah was airlifted by helicopter Sunday, Oct 15, from a remote field site, and delivered to the Natural History Museum of Utah where it will be uncovered, prepared, and studied. The fossil is approximately 76 million years old and is most likely an individual of the species Teratophoneus curriei, one of Utah’s ferocious tyrannosaurs that walked western North America between 66 and 90 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +21 +6

    Sharks discovered inside active volcano, and footage proves they're alive

    It's not a sharknado, but it just might be a sharkcano. Scientists recently found a sleeper shark living in an area that he wasn't supposed to be: in a volcano. The Kavachi is a very active underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands near Papua New Guinea, and when scientists sent down camera-laden robots to examine the volcano, they discovered far more than they expected.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by jedlicka
    +47 +7

    A newly discovered moon tunnel could be the perfect place for a colony, scientists say

    At the close of the Apollo age, a year before the final moonwalk in 1972, a NASA researcher argued that vast tunnels lie beneath the lunar surface. There was good reason to think so. Lava from ancient volcanoes might have bored miles-long voids beneath the moon's surface, just as volcanoes carved out the Kaumana lava tubes in Hawaii.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by dynamite
    +3 +2

    Ancient workout: Archaeologists in Egypt discover 2,300-year-old gymnasium

    Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed an ancient gymnasium that dates back to the third century B.C. The site is the first ever gym found in Egypt dating back to the ancient Hellenistic, or Greek, period. A joint team of German and Egyptian archaeologists made the discovery at Watfa in Fayoum province, about 50 miles southwest of Cairo.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by dianep
    +25 +6

    Genes that separate humans from fruit flies found

    Genes which determine animal complexity – or what makes humans so much more complex than a fruit fly or a sea urchin – have been identified for the first time. The secret mechanism for how a cell in one animal can be significantly more complex than a similar cell in another animal appears to be due to proteins and their ability to control events in a cell’s nucleus.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +24 +8

    Archaeologists find 4,000-year-old obelisk near Cairo

    Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the upper part of royal obelisk dating back more than 4,000 years. The Antiquities Ministry said Wednesday the unearthed part of the obelisk is made of pink granite and is about 2.5 meters (yards) high. The entire obelisk is believed to have been at least twice as high.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hiihii
    +19 +5

    Scientists Have Designed a Crystalline Type of Aluminium That's Insanely Light

    Aluminium is already highly prized. It's conductive, has a low melting point, is very strong when alloyed, is impervious to rust and, above all, it's extremely light. But what if you could get it lighter - so light, in fact, that it could float on water even when not made into the shape of a foil boat? According to a model created by researchers at Utah State University and Southern Federal University in Rostov-on Don, Russia, such a thing is actually possible. A team used computational design to conceive a form of crystalline aluminium with extremely low density.

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by ckshenn
    +13 +2

    Archaeologist criticises pyramid void 'discovery'

    An Egyptian archaeologist overseeing a project to scan a pyramid for voids on Saturday criticised the announcement of a discovery of a passenger plane-sized cavity in the Great Pyramid.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by hiihii
    +2 +1

    Sierra Leone Yields Another Massive Diamond

    A Sierra Leone mining operation discovered a 476-carat rough diamond at the Meya deposit in the nation’s Kono district last week, its owner announced Friday. Meya Mining, a subsidiary of Namibia-based conglomerate Trustco Group, found the diamond, which ranks as the fifth-largest rough ever found in Sierra Leone, according to Rapaport records. “Any value indication of the diamond is pure speculation at this stage, as the diamond has not yet been examined and assessed by the necessary experts,” Trustco said.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +41 +10

    3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

    A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today. The tablet, known as Plimpton 332, was discovered in the early 1900s in Southern Iraq by the American archaeologist and diplomat Edgar Banks, who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hedman
    +27 +5

    Astronomers discover extremely hot, pitch-black exoplanet

    Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a most unusual exoplanet that absorbs 94% of the visible light given off by its host star, making it seem as if it is pitch-black in color, according to research published last week in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. This unusual world, officially known as WASP-12b, is a “hot Jupiter” – a giant gas planet which orbits very closely to its sun and which is heated to extreme temperatures – NASA explained in a statement. In this case, its day side reaches temperatures of up to 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by cone
    +24 +6

    Is this the lost city of Alexander the Great?

    Alexander the Great's 'lost city' was a magical place where people drank wine and naked philosophers imparted wisdom, ancient accounts claim. Now, nearly 2,000 years after the great warrior's death, archaeologists believe the city may have finally been discovered in Iraq. Experts first noticed ancient remains in the Iraqi settlement, known as Qalatga Darband, after looking at declassified American spy footage from the 1960s.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by 8mm
    +20 +6

    Ancient boy’s DNA pushes back date of earliest humans

    A boy who lived in what’s now South Africa nearly 2,000 years ago has lent a helping genome to science. Using the long-gone youngster’s genetic instruction book, scientists have estimated that humans emerged as a distinct population earlier than typically thought, between 350,000 and 260,000 years ago.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by cone
    +22 +4

    Archaeologists Find Lost Ancient Greek Temple Of Goddess Artemis

    It took more than 100 years of searching but archaeologists have finally found a lost temple to the ancient Greek goddess Artemis. The Greek Ministry of Culture reported that a team has found the remains of the sanctuary near Amarynthos, a coastal town a couple of dozen miles northeast of Athens on the large Greek island of Euboea. Scientists and historians have spent more than a century looking for what is left of the temple, but an ancient text with inaccurate directions threw them off the trail.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TentativePrince
    +17 +3

    Archaeology fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history

    A 9.7-million-year-old discovery has left a team of German scientists scratching their heads. The teeth seem to belong to a species only known to have appeared in Africa several million years later.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by jedlicka
    +21 +8

    Newly Discovered Garbage Patch in the South Pacific Is 1.5 Times the Size of Texas, Study Says

    A largely unstudied area of the South Pacific Ocean is home to a newly discovered garbage patch that researchers estimate to be 1.5 times the size of Texas, according to a recent study. This new patch found in the ocean's gyre is estimated to be as large as 965,000 square miles, reports ResearchGate. Gyres are areas of the ocean that are surrounded by circulating currents. They help circulate ocean waters around the world, but they also suck in pollution.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by canuck
    +28 +8

    Methane-eating bacteria have been discovered deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet—and that’s pretty good news

    Bacteria that eat methane, a greenhouse gas, have been discovered in an Antarctic lake that has been isolated from the atmosphere for thousands of years. Their presence could significantly reduce the potential risk of warming posed by reservoirs of gas locked up in the ice, scientists say.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +17 +5

    400 million year old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

    A new study from ANU on a 400 million year old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary lineage linked to humans. The fossil comes from ancient limestones around Lake Burrinjuck, 50 kilometres northwest of Canberra. The area is rich in fossil shells and corals, but also home to the rare skulls of extinct armoured fish called placoderms.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by hxxp
    +18 +5

    Physicists Detect Radio Waves With Light

    he detection of weak radio signals is a ubiquitous problem in the modern world. Everything from NMR imaging and radio astronomy to navigation and communication depends on picking up faint radio signals that would have been undetectable just a few decades ago. That’s why many groups are racing to find better ways to spot these signals and to process them using state-of-the-art techniques.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +21 +8

    Lost crew of 18th Century Dutch treasure ship found off coast of Kent 

    The lost crew of an 18th century Dutch merchant ship has been found by marine archaeologists who were racing against time to preserve the wreck before it is destroyed forever by an invasive sea worm. The Rooswijk sank in bad weather off the coast of Ramsgate in Kent in January 1740, on her second voyage, and was first discovered by a diver in 2005. But after preliminary excavations it was covered up.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by manix
    +30 +9

    Billionaire Paul Allen Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Indianapolis in Philippine Sea

    Seventy-two years after two torpedoes fired from a Japanese submarine sunk cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), the ship’s wreckage was found resting on the seafloor on Saturday – more than 18,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean’s surface. Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist, led a search team, assisted by historians from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington, D.C., to accomplish what past searches had failed to do – find Indianapolis...