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,...

Solar Storms Are Bombarding Earth Now, Amped-up Auroras Possible

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Author: Space com

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Two waves of solar material blown out by powerful sun eruptions n this week are hitting the Earth now, and could amplify the aurora displays for observers in northern regions. Scientists with NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, expected the first wave of solar flare particles — unleashed...

Twin Solar Storms Arrive at Earth

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Author: Reuters

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Twin magnetically charged solar storms will arrive at Earth on Thursday and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, “space weather” officials in the US have said. Individually the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, would not warrant special warnings but...

The Cult of Busy

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Author: Helen Frances

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We're all just so "busy" these days. "Slammed" in fact. "Buried," writes blogger Meredith Fineman. "There seems to be a constant exchange, even a one-upping, of just how much we have on our plates when we communicate about our work." Author Scott Berkun would agree. Berkun had busy bosses and...

Extreme’ Solar Storm Heading Straight for Earth

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Author: Adam Withnall

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A massive explosion on the Sun has sent a solar storm heading straight for Earth, experts have said, which may disrupt communications equipment and power grids when it strikes. The solar flare registered in the “extreme” band on the scale used by forecasters – a magnitude not seen by observers...

Huge Stonehenge ‘Sibling’ Discovered

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Author: David Keys

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Archaeologists have discovered that Stonehenge had a huge stone sibling just two miles to the northeast. Using powerful ground-penetrating radar, which can ‘x-ray’ archaeological sites to a depth of up to four metres, investigators from Birmingham and Bradford universities  and  from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna have discovered a...

Australian Man Wakes From Coma Speaking Fluent Mandarin

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Australian Ben McMahon studied Mandarin in high school but is the first to admit he was far from fluent. Then, after a car crash left him in a coma his parents feared he would never come out of it. Luckily McMahon pulled through, but something strange happened upon his awakening — he only spoke Mandarin. Fluent...

‘Last Supper’ Papyrus May Be One of Oldest Christian Charms

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Author: Jeanna Bryner

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A 1,500-year-old fragment of Greek papyrus with writing that refers to the biblical Last Supper and "manna from heaven" may be one of the oldest Christian amulets, say researchers. The fragment was likely folded up and worn inside a locket or pendant as a sort of protective charm, according to...