Ancient Bolivians Used Basic Chemistry To Strip Flesh From Human Bones

Archaeologists working in the Titicaca Basin have discovered a mortuary used by ancient Bolivians to strip the skin from the remains of the dead. It appears they used calcium oxide – a substance more commonly known as quicklime – to to dissolve these bodies down to the bone. » 2/24/15 11:40am 2/24/15 11:40am

These Brilliantly Colored Bolivian Buildings Look Like Alien Spaceships

These strangely decorated, brightly-colored buildings in El Alto, Bolivia, are the early examples of a new Bolivian architectural style, started after the election of President Evo Morales Ayma in 2006, when the national pride became more important than ever. Appropriately, they are called cohetillos — "spaceships." » 2/23/15 3:00pm 2/23/15 3:00pm

Watch Bolivians Protest A Change In The Simpsons' Broadcast Time Slot

Protests aren't always symbolic. Sometimes they bring about real change ... like the recent outcry in Bolivia over network Unitel's decision to change the time slot for its daily Simpsons broadcast. Nearly 2,000 protestors (mostly youthful, some in costume) convinced the channel to re-think its decision. » 2/12/15 12:00pm 2/12/15 12:00pm

Ancient Americans helped colonize Easter Island long before the arrival…

Easter Island is the most remote place humans have ever colonized, and the fact we got there at all is a miracle. Now it looks like this island was colonized not once, not twice, but three entirely separate times. » 6/07/11 4:00pm 6/07/11 4:00pm

An ancient hill where you can touch thousands of dinosaur footprints

In Sucre, Bolivia, a limestone wall rises at an angle above the ground, its surface criss-crossed with thousands of dinosaur tracks. It's the biggest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world. How did these 68 million-year-old prints wind up here? » 1/11/11 7:30am 1/11/11 7:30am

The Pale Beauty of a Martian Salt Mine

Vernor Vinge has said that he drew inspiration for the planet of the Tines from a visit to Norway, and Amy Thomson told me recently that she traveled to Mongolia to get a feel for the planet where her recently-finished novel is set. If the otherworldly photographs George Steinmetz recently took in Bolivia are any… » 6/23/08 7:00am 6/23/08 7:00am