Ruins of Leptis Magna

Here Are the Treasures Libyan Violence Is Keeping Archaeologists From

Libya’s civil war might be over, but the aftershocks of the revolution are still reverberating through the country


Pufferfish’s Deadly Toxin Could Help Chemo Patients

Researchers in New Jersey are working on an experimental drug that they hope will provide pain relief to cancer patients going through chemotherapy


Your Choice of Spoon Changes the Taste of Your Food

White yogurt eaten from a white spoon was deemed sweeter, more expensive and denser than a similar yogurt that was dyed pink.

Mummies at the Manchester Museum

Museum’s Ancient Egyptian Statue Mysteriously Rotates


Phnom Pehn Has 1.5 Million People, And One Bird Scientists Had Never Seen Before

This bird was distinguished by differences in coloring and by its faster and more complicated song

Millennials Still Like Print Books!

Even in an age of smartphones, tablets and laptops, young folks (ages 16-29) are reading. A lot.

One day, these will be laughably large.

Batteries Are Now Unbelievably Tiny

A group from Harvard and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana figured out how to print tiny batteries, no bigger than a grain of sand


Song of Fire and Ice: Watch What Happens When Lava Meets Ice


NSA Leaker Edward Snowden’s Not in Russia. Technically.


This Just-Discovered Mayan City Once Held 35,000 People

The ancient Mayan city of Chactun was once a metropolis with around 35,000 inhabitants. It was abandoned 1,000 years ago, and lost to scholars until now


The Right Dashboard Font Could Make Driving Safer

MIT’s AgeLab (better known for their age empathy suit) worked with text and graphic company Monotype Imaging to figure out what worked and what didn’t when it comes to fonts used in car displays, like GPS


Watch Drought Dry Up America’s Groundwater

A drought this year affected large parts of the United States, including a lot of agricultural land


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Went on His Own Adventures—to the Arctic

When he was a 20-year-old medical student, Conan Doyle became the ship’s surgeon on board a whaling ship, the Hope

A bog oak floor.

Giant Tree Trunk Unearthed After 5,000 Years in a Bog

A 44 foot-long piece of a 5,000 year old tree trunk was uncovered on September 25 in the UK

A map of the earthquakes triggered around the globe within a week of the April 2012 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra (white star).

Largest Quake of the Year Crossed Fault Lines, Echoed for a Week


Even Close Subspecies of Migrating Birds Can’t Agree on the Best Route

Scientists in British Columbia attached tiny ‘backpacks’ to birds and mapped their winter migration from Canada to Central America and back again

Palmyra, Syria

Looters Are Selling Artifacts to Fund War in Syria

War zones are dangerous places, for both people and cultural heritage


To the Bat Cave!

One conservation group, the Nature Conservancy, has decided to take action against white nose syndrome by setting up a refugee bat cave


Sao Paulo Traffic Jams Extend 112 Miles, On Average

With so much time spent in cars, it’s inevitable that life events like meeting your future spouse occur there, too


Tsunami Debris Is Just Now Arriving at Hawaii’s Coast

A dock 30-by-50 feet long, with Japanese writing on it, was found floating off the coast of Hawaii, around the same time that a plastic blue bin (a seafood storage container in its past life) became the first confirmed piece of tsunami debris to reach Hawaii. Authorities have not confirmed whether or not the dock was [...]

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