Does Easter Island hold the secret of reversing Alzheimer's Disease?

The drug rapamycin comes from bacteria found in the soils of Easter Island. It's helped save lives for over a decade by preventing rejection in organ transplants, but that might just be scratching the surface of what it can do. » 7/01/12 4:00pm 7/01/12 4:00pm

The statues of Easter Island could have "walked" into place

Using nothing but rope, how many people does it take to move a 10-foot tall, 5-ton statue a distance of one hundred yards? It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it's a serious question for archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo, who are studying how prehistoric inhabitants of Easter Island transported the… » 6/21/12 1:00pm 6/21/12 1:00pm

Avengers fine art covers present The Hulk à la Michelangelo and Al…

Marvel's gearing up for the release of The Avengers with some curious promotions, but here's one that's pretty magnificent. Come April, Marvel will give select comics variant covers depicting Earth's Mightiest Heroes as illustrated by the likes of Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Monet. Here's what they've unveiled so… » 1/24/12 10:20am 1/24/12 10:20am

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

How many groups reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus?

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in what is now the Bahamas, changing the world forever. But was he first non-indigenous person to reach the Americas? Vikings got there before him, and possibly Polynesians too...and those are just the sane theories. » 3/30/11 9:22am 3/30/11 9:22am

A total solar eclipse over Easter Island

Yesterday a total solar eclipse fell across the South Pacific, bringing thousands of tourists and scientists to Easter Island to witness it. We've got pictures from this historic and vaguely spooky event. » 7/12/10 8:30am 7/12/10 8:30am

Easter Island Continues To Baffle The Heck Out Of Archaeologists

For 50 years, archaeologists assumed that the 800-year-old road network on Easter Island was used to transport the mysterious moai. But new fieldwork from UK researchers shows that the roads were mostly ceremonial. How did those blockheads get there? » 5/12/10 3:20pm 5/12/10 3:20pm