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Piece of Ancient Object Found,
but Romans Left No Clues
Feb 8, 2023 6:25 PM CST
Piece of Ancient Object Found, but Romans Left No Clues
Experts still are trying to learn the purpose of dodecahedrons
- Experts are certain that an amateur archaeologist and his metal detector found a piece of a dodecahedron in northern Belgium, but no one is quite sure what that means. A dodecahedron is a 12-sided Roman object, and this one is probably more than 1,600 years old,
They Were Looking for Coded
Letters, Found the Extraordinary
Feb 8, 2023 2:13 PM CST
They Were Looking for Coded Letters, Found the Extraordinary
Researchers find 57 coded letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots
- Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded on this day in 1587 after 19 years of imprisonment ordered by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, and experts say a new discovery concerning her is the most significant we've had in at least a century: a secret correspondence that was thought to...
Finding Puts 'Extra Nail in the
Coffin' on Neanderthal Theory
Feb 7, 2023 5:10 PM CST
Finding Puts 'Extra Nail in the Coffin' on Neanderthal Theory
Prehistoric humans loved a good roasted crab, dispelling notion they didn't enjoy seafood
- Prehistoric humans may not have had Red Lobster or Long John Silver's, but that doesn't mean they didn't enjoy a good seafood sit-down as much as their modern-day relatives. In fact, scientists have determined that Neanderthals quite enjoyed crab, which they caught by the shore, then roasted...
One Quirk in
Study Is a Surprise
Feb 7, 2023 8:50 AM CST
One Quirk in Couples Health Study Is a Surprise
Cohabitating pairs have lower blood sugar levels, whether they get along or not
- Living with a partner might help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, a new study suggests. But the more surprising part of the research is that it doesn't seem to matter if you and your partner get along, reports the
. The study in
BMJ Open Diabetes Research &
Is There, It
Feb 5, 2023 9:05 AM CST
'If Bigfoot Is There, It May Be Many Bears'
Study sees a correlation in sightings with black bear populations
- Either Bigfoot likes hanging around black bears or lots of people tend to mistake the latter for the former. A new study picks its side, suggesting that sightings of the legendary creature are almost surely cases of mistaken identity. In a paper published at the preprint stie bioRxiv , data scientist...
Could Fend Off
Feb 3, 2023 1:41 PM CST
Flirting With Fake Bartender Could Fend Off Real Temptation
Virtual reality has entered the realm of relationship therapy
- Staying monogamous has been one of humankind's most persistent partnership problems. Now, scientists in the virtual reality world think they may have a remedy of sorts to keep couples honest and cheating at bay. Futurism reports on some "strange research" out of Reichman University in Israel that suggests...
Still Holds Food
Feb 2, 2023 12:55 PM CST
5K-Year-Old Tavern Still Holds Food
Fish stew, anyone?
- With the exception of beer, the tavern has everything a tavern should: an open-air dining area, benches, a kitchen complete with a refrigerator and oven, even food. The catch: all of it is more than 5,000 years old. Archaeologists have announced the discovery of the buried pub in the...
'Time Machine' Unearthed on
Ancient Egypt's Mummies
Feb 2, 2023 9:40 AM CST
'Time Machine' Unearthed on Ancient Egypt's Mummies
Embalming workshop found in 2016 offers hints on the mummification process
- For thousands of years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead in the search for eternal life. Now, researchers have used chemistry and an unusual collection of jars to figure out how they did it. Their study, published Wednesday in the journal
, is based on a rare archaeological find: an embalming...
He Spent 5 Years
Solving a Grizzly Mystery
Jan 29, 2023 12:30 PM CST
He Spent 5 Years Solving a Grizzly Mystery
Clayton Lamb was perplexed after coming upon 4 bears who were all missing toes
- "Part of what makes a grizzly bear a grizzly bear is their very long claws. It’s just something essential." So explains Canadian biologist Clayton Lamb, and in a piece for the
, Dino Grandoni elaborates. Those paws and claws are key to a bear's ability...
More Common Than Realized
Jan 29, 2023 9:10 AM CST
Little-Known Syndrome More Common Than Realized
VEXAS is an inflammatory ailment with a high mortality rate that affects older men most often
- If you've never heard of VEXAS syndrome, it's little wonder: Scientists didn't recognize and describe the inflammatory ailment until 2020, reports CNN . Now, a follow-up study suggests the syndrome is not as rare as first believed. Researchers estimate that 15,500 people in the US over age...
There May Be Something Big
Going On in Earth's Center
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jan 28, 2023 4:15 PM CST
There May Be Something Big Going On in Earth's Center
Scientists think inner core may come to standstill every 35 years, then start spinning other way
- If you were born before 2009, you lived through a time when the center of the Earth stopped spinning. So say seismologists, who believe they've discovered a mysterious cycle that sees the inner metal core of the planet speed up, then decelerate and ultimately come to a standstill before...
In Egypt, an
Jan 26, 2023 1:03 PM CST
In Egypt, an 'Increasingly Rare' Find
First complete papyrus to be found in a century will be displayed at Cairo's new museum
- From one of 250 wooden sarcophagi uncovered last year at Egypt's famed necropolis of Saqqara comes the first complete papyrus scroll discovered in a century. And it's a long one. The scroll containing sections of the Book of the Dead stretches 52 feet long, per Live Science . The...
Author May Have Cracked
Beethoven's 'Elise' Mystery
Jan 23, 2023 9:20 AM CST
Author May Have Cracked Beethoven's 'Elise' Mystery
Book argues that 'Fur Elise' wasn't actually written for anyone named Elise
- You've heard Beethoven's instantly recognizable "Fur Elise" somewhere, if only in a ring tone or a movie. As the
New York Times
put it in one appreciation, "Even if you don't know 'Fur Elise,' you know 'Fur Elise.'" Now, an...
Big Dig in Norway Turns Up
'Dream of All Runologists'
Jan 17, 2023 11:15 AM CST
Big Dig in Norway Turns Up 'Dream of All Runologists'
Archaeologists announce discovery of world's oldest runestone—perhaps as old as Jesus
- Archaeologists say they've discovered the oldest known runestone—a stone inscribed with runic letters, which represent the oldest known alphabet in Scandinavia—perhaps as old as Jesus Christ. The University of Oslo's Museum of Cultural History says it's "the oldest datable runestone" and that its inscription,...
Tomb Dating to Dynasty
That Included Tut Is Unearthed
Jan 16, 2023 3:10 PM CST
Tomb Dating to Dynasty That Included Tut Is Unearthed
Archaeologists find it in Luxor, Egypt
- Archaeologists in Egypt appear to have discovered another tomb belonging to an ancient royal. An Egyptian-British team discovered it in the city of Luxor on the west bank of the Nile, in the area of the famous Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, reports AFP . A government...
Researchers: This Is 'Smoking
Gun' on an Exxon Cover-Up
Jan 13, 2023 11:45 AM CST
Researchers: This Is 'Smoking Gun' on an Exxon Cover-Up
Oil giant made eerily accurate predictions on climate change, then misled public, scientists say
- Who needs Nostradamus when we've got Exxon? The
reports that "a trove of internal documents and research papers" has long established that Exxon, now known as ExxonMobil, knew since the 1970s of the dangers of global warming, and that other oil companies acknowledged the same decades before...
Secret of Roman Concrete
May Have Been Revealed
Jan 9, 2023 9:55 AM CST
Secret of Roman Concrete May Have Been Revealed
Study suggests 'lime clasts' helped the material heal itself
- Researchers may have uncovered a big reason behind the remarkable durability of concrete from ancient Rome. Writing in the journal
Science Advances ,
scientists say they took a closer look at white chunks in the concrete known as lime clasts, reports Ars Technica . These have been spotted before and largely chalked...
'Person Off the Street'
in case you missed it
Jan 8, 2023 11:20 AM CST
'Person Off the Street' Discovers Earliest Human Writing
Furniture conservator Ben Bacon helps identify what's touted as ice age proto-writing
- Recording the reproductive cycles of animals in cave art likely helped hunter-gatherers in Europe survive during the last ice age some 20,000 years ago, according to researchers—a discovery made in part by "effectively a person off the street." Londoner Ben Bacon was intrigued by small dots,...
When Did Humans
Cross Land Bridge?
Jan 4, 2023 1:23 PM CST
When Did Humans Cross Land Bridge? Perhaps Immediately
It emerged later than previously believed, just under 36K years ago: study
- New research indicates the ice sheets that covered North America during the last ice age developed "surprisingly quickly and much later in the glacial cycle than previous studies had suggested"—and the implications could be big. There's been much debate about when the Bering Land Bridge that...
Scientists Report Success
on Blood Test for Alzheimer's
Dec 29, 2022 12:39 PM CST
Scientists Report Success on Blood Test for Alzheimer's
Study suggests procedure could eliminate the need for brain imaging or painful spinal taps
- A new blood test has the potential to make it easier, cheaper, and less painful to diagnose Alzheimer's. Researchers writing in the journal
say their test fared well in a study involving 600 patients in picking up a telltale marker of brain neurodegeneration, per a news release . A...
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