Newly-Discovered Geoglyphs Are So Big, NASA Is Helping Study Them From Space

Turgai, Kazakhstan might not look like much besides wide, sweeping plains. But over the past few years, archaeologists have revealed more than 200 massive earthworks, so large that you’d never notice them from the ground. As the New York Times reports today, no one knows their purpose–yet. »10/30/15 11:30am10/30/15 11:30am

Cosmic Rays Could Help Unlock the Secrets of the Pyramids

There’s a long and colorful history of people trying to unlock the secret of how the Egyptian pyramids were built—and possibly find hidden rooms and corridors, for good measure. And now, a new international project aims to peer through the stone walls of these ancient structures, using cosmic rays. »10/29/15 7:10pm10/29/15 7:10pm

The Plague Has Been Around For a Lot Longer Than We Thought

The Black Death wiped out nearly half the population of Europe during the 14th Century, a blight that swept through the continent in the gut of fleas. But a new analysis of ancient human DNA shows that the dreaded bacteria emerged at least 3,000 years before the first plague pandemic—a time before it mutated into its… »10/23/15 11:31am10/23/15 11:31am

The ‘Prehistoric Beaver’ That Helped Mammals Inherit Earth


Sixty six million years ago the world changed in an instant. A huge asteroid, some ten kilometers in diameter, smashed into what is now Mexico. It arrived with the force of several million nuclear bombs, and unleashed a deadly cocktail of wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes. »10/05/15 8:30pm10/05/15 8:30pm

New Clues Point to Hidden Chambers at King Tut’s Tomb

There may be treasures still waiting to be discovered at the site of King Tut’s tomb, nearly a century after it was first discovered in 1922. After inspecting the site yesterday, a team of archaeologists say they’ve found evidence of two previously undiscovered rooms—rooms that may hold the remains of Queen Nefertiti. »9/29/15 1:40pm9/29/15 1:40pm

Here Are Some Essential Survival Skills We've Lost From Our Ancient Ancestors

The basic structure of the human brain has remained essentially unaltered for tens of thousands of years, but the information processed within it has changed dramatically over time. Today, we require an entirely new set of skills to get by, but at the expense of our ancient know-how. Here are some essential skills… »9/23/15 2:00pm9/23/15 2:00pm