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  • Lost city of Atlantis FOUND in Antarctica? Bizarre structure exposed by melting ice

    04/14/2018 2:19:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 81 replies
    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/ ^ | 4/14/18 | Callum Hoare
    THE lost city of Atlantis may have finally been uncovered after a structure was spotted poking through the ice of Antartica on Google Earth.Conspiracy theorists have long searched for the mythical city, which was first written about by philosopher Plato. Some believe it was a real place and was once the ruling power of the world before a natural disaster sank the entire island into the sea. But one man – Graham Maple, who runs YouTube channel Conspiracy Depot – may have brought an end to all the speculation after his amazing spot on the web mapping site. He believes...
  • Army Of Miniaturized Terracotta Warriors Discovered Guarding 2,100-Year-Old Chinese Prince’s Tomb

    11/20/2018 11:40:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | November 14, 2018 | Ashley Cowie
    A 2,100-year-old pit discovered in China was found to contain not only chariots and miniature statues of cavalry, horses, watchtowers, infantry, civil officials and musicians, but at its center was a scaled down version of the famous "Terracotta Army." ..Based on "the date, size and location of the pit," archaeologists believe it might been built for Liu Hong, a prince of Qi (a part of China), who was the son of Emperor Wu (reign 141–87 BC)." Based in Linzi, near the pit, Hong died in 110 BC without any heir, archaeologists wrote in their journal article. The scientists also wrote...
  • Polish Army Swoops In on Nazi 'Gold Train' Site

    09/29/2015 4:46:38 PM PDT · by McGruff · 32 replies
    Newser ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Jenn Gidman
    The world has been hearing about the Nazi gold train for weeks, and we may finally be getting closer to a confirmation or denial. The Polish army has converged upon the southwestern Poland site where the train could be located, with explosives, chemical, and radiation experts making sure there's no danger, especially since the train was rumored to have been booby-trapped, the AP reports. "Our goal is to check whether there's any hazardous material," a Polish colonel leading the search tells AFP. The military personnel are using ground-penetrating radar and mine detectors in their probe near Walbrzych, and the governor...
  • First-ever Oregon dinosaur bone found by scientists

    11/19/2018 8:24:47 AM PST · by ETL · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Nov 18, 2018 | Robert Gearty | Fox News
    University of Oregon scientists have found the first confirmed dinosaur bone in Oregon, Fox 12 Oregon reports. The toe bone belonged to a plant-eating, bipedal dinosaur known as an ornithopod and is estimated to date back 103 million years to a geological period that also gave rise to Tyrannosaurus Rex, the university said. “This bone was sitting out there with all the rocks. It was pretty surprising,” University of Oregon scientist Greg Retallack told the Eugene Register-Guard. “No excavation was needed. It was just sitting among the ammonites and coil fossils.”Retallack found it in eastern Oregon near the tiny town of...
  • On this date in 1863

    11/19/2018 8:13:49 AM PST · by Bull Snipe · 12 replies
    in the town of Gettysburg, PA. President Lincoln delivers a short speech dedicating the new National Cemetery there.
  • The Pilgrims May Not Be Who You Think They Were: An Interview with Jay Milbrandt

    11/18/2018 5:32:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | November 2, 2017 | Jonathan Petersen
    Do you see the Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats? The true story of the Pilgrims’ great journey to America was one of courageous faith, daring escape, and tenuous survival. Theirs is the story of refugees who fled intense religious persecution. Bible Gateway interviewed Jay Milbrandt (@JayMilbrandt) about his book, They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims (Thomas Nelson, 2017).As a lawyer and historian, how have you joined those two elements in writing this book?Jay Milbrandt: A lawyer is a storyteller. It’s our job to understand and explain the facts. I see my role as...
  • Walls at Alesia [Gallic Wars]

    11/18/2018 9:49:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Online Historical Database of Civil Infrastructure ^ | 21st century | Michael Schiavone
    The Battle of Alesia took place in September, 52 BC around the Gallic oppidum of Alesia, a major town centre and hill fort of the Mandubii tribe... To guarantee a perfect blockade, Caesar ordered the construction of an encircling set of fortifications, called a circumvallation, around Alesia. The details are known from Caesar's Commentaries. About 18 kilometres of 4 metre high fortifications were constructed in about three weeks (Wikipedia). This line was followed inwards by two four-and-a-half metre wide ditches, also four-and-a-half metres deep. The farthest from the fortification was filled with water from the surrounding rivers. These fortifications were...
  • English Patient was 'ugly, gay' Nazi spy

    05/20/2004 8:10:58 PM PDT · by ijcr · 67 replies · 501+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 21/05/2004 | Michael Smith and Peter Day
    The true story of Count Laszlo Almasy, the Hungarian explorer and hero of the film The English Patient, is told in MI5 files released to the National Archives today. In the film, Almasy, played by Ralph Fiennes, is a disfigured patient in an Italian hospital who had been the handsome young lover of an Englishwoman (Kristin Scott Thomas) in pre-war Cairo. The truth is more prosaic. Although Almasy was a Hungarian explorer and airman who mapped the Libyan and Egyptian deserts and was prominent in pre-war Cairo society, he was no hero. He was a bungling Nazi intelligence officer who,...
  • New Virtual Reconstruction Of A Neanderthal Thorax Suggests Another Breathing Mechanism

    11/18/2018 1:56:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | November 14, 2018 | University of the Basque Country
    While some of the anatomical regions of these extinct humans are well known, others, such as the vertebral column and the ribs, are less well known because these elements are more fragile and not well preserved in the fossil record. In 1983 a partial Neanderthal skeleton (known officially as Kebara 2, and nicknamed "Moshe") belonging to a young male Neanderthal individual who died some 60,000 years ago was found in the Kebara site (Mount Carmel, Israel). While this skeleton does not preserve the cranium because some time after burial the cranium was removed, probably as a consequence of a funerary...
  • This Day in History: Railroad companies create the first time zones

    11/18/2018 7:05:02 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies
    TaraRoss.com ^ | 11/18/18
    On this day in 1883, railroad companies create the first time zones. Yes, you heard that right. Private individuals saw a problem and solved it without involving the federal government. What a wonderfully American “do it yourself” mindset! Such determination and perseverance is what made our country great. Before time zones, Americans generally relied upon the local time in their communities. That local time was based upon the movement of the sun in the sky, so the time could vary from city to city. Cities would usually designate one clock in the area—perhaps at a certain church or business—as the...
  • Are the Laws of the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life?

    11/15/2018 5:19:25 AM PST · by Heartlander · 73 replies
    Discover ^ | November 12, 2018 | Korey Haynes
    Are the Laws of the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life? By Korey Haynes | November 12, 2018 Humans have often looked at the night sky and wondered if there’s anyone else out there. But stare into that darkness long enough, and many wonder instead: how did we get here? What were the odds, in a universe so enormous and chaotic, that humans should have come to exist at all? Is life, let alone intelligent life, such a wildly improbable occurrence that we’re the only ones here? Or are we an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics?Life exists on Earth (assuming...
  • Wreck of Argentine submarine is found 2,600ft beneath the waves a year after it exploded...

    11/17/2018 7:47:00 AM PST · by outofsalt · 21 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/17/2018 | By Sophie Law For Mailonline and Afp
    Title shortend: … "and disappeared beneath the South Atlantic with 44 aboard" "The Seabed Constructor, a vessel owned by US search firm Ocean Infinity, which set out in September on the latest attempt to find the San Juan, made the discovery."
  • Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what’s a mineral

    11/16/2018 2:04:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Amy Beth Hanson
    About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of “mineral.” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the “Dueling Dinosaurs” located on private land are minerals both scientifically and under mineral rights laws. The fossils belong both to the owners of the property where they were found and two brothers who kept two-thirds of the mineral rights to the land once owned by their father, a...
  • Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’

    11/16/2018 6:12:12 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 135 replies
    Science ^ | Nov. 15, 2018 | Ann Gibbons
    Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults. But 536. In Europe, "It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year," says McCormick, a historian and archaeologist who chairs the Harvard University Initiative for the Science of the Human Past.
  • 'Jesus' face' uncovered at ancient church in the Israeli desert

    11/15/2018 4:57:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | James Rogers
    A previously unknown 1,500-year-old painting of Christ’s face has been uncovered at a Byzantine church in Israel’s Negev desert. The discovery in the ancient Byzantine village of Shivta has thrilled archaeologists. Although the painting is fragmented, experts from Israel’s University of Haifa were able to make out the facial outline. Their research was published recently in the journal Antiquity. he painting, which is believed to date from the sixth century, depicts Jesus as a short-haired youth. “Christ’s face in this painting is an important discovery in itself,” they explained in their paper. “It belongs to the iconographic scheme of a...
  • Geoscientists Find Large Impact Crater in Greenland

    11/15/2018 7:47:28 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Nov 15, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    An international team of geoscientists from the United States, Canada and Europe has discovered a large impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland. A paper on the discovery was published in the journal Science Advances. The Hiawatha impact crater is approximately 19.2 miles (31 km) wide and lies under an ice sheet that is 0.6 miles (1 km) thick.The scientists believe this crater was formed by a 0.6-mile wide iron asteroid that slammed into the Earth at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago. ..." “Researchers were looking at the map...
  • Massive crater under Greenland’s ice points to climate-altering impact in the time of humans

    11/14/2018 3:09:50 PM PST · by ETL · 51 replies
    ScienceMag.com ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | Paul Voosen
    On a bright July day 2 years ago, Kurt Kjćr was in a helicopter flying over northwest Greenland—an expanse of ice, sheer white and sparkling. Soon, his target came into view: Hiawatha Glacier, a slow-moving sheet of ice more than a kilometer thick. It advances on the Arctic Ocean not in a straight wall, but in a conspicuous semicircle, as though spilling out of a basin. Kjćr, a geologist at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, suspected the glacier was hiding an explosive secret. The helicopter landed near the surging river that drains the glacier, sweeping out rocks...
  • Greek Authorities Say Lost Ancient City of Tenea Located

    11/13/2018 11:12:41 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 19 replies
    VOA.com ^ | November 13, 2018
    ATHENS, GREECE — Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy. A ministry statement said excavations from September to early October in the southern Greek region of the Peleponnese turned up "proof of the existence of the ancient city" of Tenea, until now known mostly from ancient texts. Finds included walls and clay, marble or stone floors of buildings, as well as household pottery, a bone gaming die and more than 200 coins...
  • Newly-Discovered Cretaceous Bird Lived Among Dinosaurs, Was Strong Flier

    11/13/2018 9:14:47 AM PST · by ETL · 20 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Nov 13, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    All birds evolved from feathered theropods — the two-legged dinosaurs like T. rex — beginning about 150 million years ago, and developed into many lineages in the Cretaceous period, between 146 and 65 million years ago. But after the cataclysm that wiped out most of the dinosaurs, only one group of birds remained: the ancestors of the birds we see today.Why did only one family survive the mass extinction? The newly-discovered fossil from one of those extinct bird groups, enantiornithines, deepens that mystery. ..." Mirarce eatoni’s breast bone or sternum, where flight muscles attach, is more deeply keeled than other...
  • 10 Weapons That Animals Use

    04/19/2012 7:34:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 9, 2012 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    10 Weapons That Animals Use We've come a long way from thinking that what separates us from the animals is, say, using a rock to bash in the skull of our competitors. It turns out that there are a lot of creatures out that that re-purpose tools to make their personal world better and someone else's world a lot worse. Take a look at the world's craziest and most intimidating weapons wielded by animals. 10. The Herring Gull's Bread This bird has learned how to use bread to construct a trap. Herring gulls live in large colonies in the urban...