Oct 13, 2021
Ruins of Medieval Wine Factory Uncovered
The Israeli archaeological site known as Yavne dates back to the late Bronze Age and late Iron Age and is considered one of the most significant Jewish historical sites after the...
Oct 1, 2021
A Promising Energy-Harvesting Device
Scientists at North Carolina State University have developed a flexible, stretchy energy-harvesting device solely out of biocompatible soft materials: liquid metal and soft polymers...
Sep 27, 2021
Study Finds Why Stradivari Instruments Are Superior
Along with Andrea Amati and Andrea Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari dominated the so-called Golden Age of Violins (roughly 1660 to 1750), and the instruments they crafted remain the gold...
Sep 20, 2021
Astronomers Solve Mystery of Supernova Seen in 1181
In August 1181, astronomers in China and Japan witnessed a bright "guest star" in the night sky that we now know to have been a supernova—one of just a handful of recorded...
Sep 10, 2021
Sex Can Relieve Nasal Congestion, and Other Ig Nobels
Scientists are nothing if not endlessly curious, and sometimes that trait can lead them into unusual research directions. Maybe they find themselves exploring whether sex could be a...
Jul 6, 2021
Did Lead Poisoning Cause Downfall of Rome?
There are any number of factors that contribute to the demise of an entire civilization, like the collapse of the Roman Empire circa 476 AD. The empire's slow decline is typically...
Jul 5, 2021
17th-Century Illustration Helping Locate Viking Ships
In 1650, a Danish physician and antiquarian named Ole Worm conducted the first survey of a Viking cremation burial site known as the Kalvestene. Worm created a map of the...
Jun 30, 2021
Two Black Hole/Neutron Star Mergers Confirmed
The successful gravitational-wave detections just keep coming for the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration, which has now confirmed two separate "mixed" mergers between black holes and...
May 24, 2021
400-Year-Old Sunken Swedish Warships Identified
Back in 2019, Swedish maritime archaeologists discovered the wrecks of two 17th-century ships at the bottom of a busy Swedish shipping canal near Vaxholm. Initially, they suspected...
Mar 19, 2021
Oumuamua Could Be Remnant of Pluto-Like Planet
The mysterious pancake-shaped object dubbed 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "messenger from afar arriving first") generated considerable controversy earlier this year with the...
Feb 10, 2021
New Evidence That Richard III Murdered Princes in Tower
England's King Richard III is at the center of one of the most famous assassination legends in history, immortalized in one of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. It's quite...
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