These 500,000-Year-Old Tools Still Contain Traces Of Animal Fat

Archaeologists working in Israel have made an extraordinary discovery — the earliest instance of Lower Paleolithic-Acheulian stone bifaces and scrapers with the residue of elephant fat still on them. It's considered an archaeological first. » 3/20/15 12:40pm 3/20/15 12:40pm

Archaeologists Are Excavating A Synagogue Where Jesus Likely Preached

Since 2009, archaeologists have been slowly excavating the ancient town of Magdala—thought to be the home of Mary Magdalene—near the Sea of Galilee. Among their finds has been a first-century synagogue where, experts say, Jesus likely preached. » 12/23/14 2:16pm 12/23/14 2:16pm

Archaeologist Finds Artifacts Possibly Linked To Kings David And Solomon

Many scholars dismiss David and Solomon as mythical figures, arguing that kingdoms didn't exist in the region during the early Iron Age, when the events in the Bible supposedly took place. By a new discovery in southern Israel suggests there was more political complexity in the 10th century BC than previously thought. » 12/18/14 8:40am 12/18/14 8:40am

Humans have been controlling fire for at least 300,000 years

Archaeologists working at Qusem Cave in Israel have uncovered a 300,000 year-old hearth. It's the earliest evidence of repeated fire building over a continuous period by humans. » 1/28/14 2:40pm 1/28/14 2:40pm

Archaeologists discover an Assyrian sea wall from a legendary battle

About 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age, the Assyrians were a major power in the Middle East and North Africa. Their military might was terrifying. And now, a new archaeological finding reveals more about this fierce but vanished empire's defensive strategies. » 8/19/13 3:54pm 8/19/13 3:54pm

Welcome to Mleeta, Hezbollah's premier tourist trap

Hassan Nasrallah would like to welcome you to Mleeta, one of Lebanon's more unusual tourist destinations. The unsmiling face of Hezbollah's leader greets visitors in a slickly produced 10-minute video shown in a modern theater, telling them: "I'm honored to be with you in this tourist landmark." » 3/27/12 7:00am 3/27/12 7:00am

Here's your flying car — just don't try to drive it

Israeli engineering firm Urban Aeronautics has released footage of the AirMule (their flying fan-car) in action. It's not quite airworthy yet, but all of you trendy first adopters are undoubtedly building teflon-and-bubble-wrap-lined flight suits to cruise crash around your neighborhood. » 7/06/11 11:30am 7/06/11 11:30am

Avatar Sparks New Trend In Protest Chic

James Cameron's Avatar apparently touched lives in ways that went beyond 3D-inspired headaches, judging from these pictures of Palestinian protesters on the West Bank from this weekend. Cosplay is the new Che t-shirt, we're calling it now. [] (Thanks, John!) » 2/15/10 6:30am 2/15/10 6:30am

Science Fiction Can Solve The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Back in the 1970s, Palestinians were using science fiction to solve their geopolitical problems. The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist » 10/16/08 8:00am 10/16/08 8:00am is a 1972 novel written by Palestinian writer Emile Habibi. There aren't many Palestinian novels in the Western canon, nor many that use elements of science fiction, so we're…

A Suspension Bridge Built to Be a Musical Instrument

As we understand more and more about the materials to build suspension bridges, their shapes are going to become more bizarre and seemingly impossible. Architect Santiago Calatrava made this suspension bridge in Jerusalem to resemble the shape of a lyre, a stringed instrument popular during classical antiquity. This… » 5/09/08 7:00am 5/09/08 7:00am

Insect Automata Burst from Robot Eggs in the Street

If robots learned how to procreate, they'd probably lay eggs that look like these installations created by Israeli multimedia artist Tomer Sapir. What you're seeing here is actually made of real egg shells, along with concrete, glass, sponge, and parts of a lamp. » 2/25/08 8:20am 2/25/08 8:20am

Israeli Bomb Disposal Robot Has a Terrible Job Cleaning Up After Humans

Yesterday in Israel, a bomb disposal robot inspected the scene of a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in the town of Dimona. The bot is remote controlled, and used an articulated arm to remove the jacket of the alleged bomber to be sure he doesn't have more explosives on his body. Want to see what else the robot… » 2/05/08 7:00am 2/05/08 7:00am