Category Archives: Society

Beyond Angkor: How Lasers Revealed a Lost City

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Author: Ben Lawrie

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Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city, which was hidden for centuries. New archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets - including an elaborate network of temples and boulevards, and sophisticated engineering. In April 1858 a young French explorer, Henri Mouhot, sailed from London...

Dreams and Prophecy in Ancient Greece

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Author: Ancient Origins

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Ancient Greeks writers tend to distinguish two categories of dreams, those that are insignificant, caused by hopes, fears, digestion, and other residues of the day, and those that are significant.  The significant dreams came in three varieties. Some were literal visions of what will occur, some required symbolic interpretation, and...

The ‘Nazca Lines’ of Kazakhstan

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Author: Owen Jarus

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More than 50 geoglyphs with various shapes and sizes, including a massive swastika, have been discovered across northern Kazakhstan in Central Asia, say archaeologists. These sprawling structures, mostly earthen mounds, create the type of landscape art most famously seen in the Nazca region of Peru. Discovered using Google Earth, the...

What Happens When We All Live to 100?

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Author: Gregg Easterbrook

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For millennia, if not for eons—anthropology continuously pushes backward the time of human origin—life expectancy was short. The few people who grew old were assumed, because of their years, to have won the favor of the gods. The typical person was fortunate to reach 40. Beginning in the 19th century,...