China arrests 500 people for believing in tomorrow's Mayan Apocalypse

Here in the United States, we're mostly treating tomorrow's scheduled End of Days as a bit of a joke — but in China, it's deadly serious. At least, serious enough for the Chinese government to round up and detain 500 members of the Church of Almighty God, a Chinese religious sect, for spreading the notion that the… » 12/20/12 3:14pm 12/20/12 3:14pm

Australia's Prime Minister issues a (tongue-in-cheek) warning about the…

Just because Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard knows that the world isn't going to end this month doesn't mean she can't have a little fun with the doomsday predictions. She recorded this video for Australia's Triple J radio and, in grand deadpan, warns us of the world's greatest apocalyptic threat: K-pop. » 12/08/12 9:30am 12/08/12 9:30am

How many times do I have to tell you the Maya didn't give a shit about…

There are two things I am pissed about. One, the new age dumbasses who think that the ancient Maya predicted the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. And two, the people who revel in debunking these predictions based on the logic that all doomsday prophesies are unscientific. Because here is the thing. The issue is not » 12/05/12 6:03pm 12/05/12 6:03pm

What destroyed the Maya? We have a new clue, in the form of an ancient…

The Maya civilization was among the most advanced in history, and its disintegration has perplexed researchers for ages. One of the most compelling theories to date suggests that a shifting climate, playing puppeteer to sociopolitical marionettes, had a devastating role in the Maya's downfall. Now, researchers have… » 11/08/12 3:20pm 11/08/12 3:20pm

Archeologists Uncover Maya Temple of the Blood Drinking Sun God

National Geographic is reporting on the remarkable discovery and analysis of a 1,600 year old ancient Maya temple in Guatemala. Called the Temple of the Night Sun, it features a series of striking stone monuments, including various depictions of the Maya sun god as a shark, jaguar, and blood drinker. Archaeologists… » 8/01/12 4:00pm 8/01/12 4:00pm

This is the oldest Maya Calendar Ever Discovered

For years, archaeologists have referred to an ancient set of texts known as the Maya codices to study that ancient civilization's relationship with astronomy and time. But now, a team of archaeologists has discovered a set of murals, hieroglyphs, and astronomical calendars deep in the rainforests of Guatemala, that… » 5/10/12 1:45pm 5/10/12 1:45pm

Appease your inner Indiana Jones and delve into The Lost Secrets of…

Looking for a view of Maya technology that does not concentrate on absurd interpretations of calendars and December 21, 2012? If so, James O'Kon's The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology belongs on your bookshelf. The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology is the culmination of civil engineer James O'Kon's lifelong passion for… » 4/28/12 1:00pm 4/28/12 1:00pm

New clues about what caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

The abandoned cities and giant monuments of the Maya, found throughout the Yucatán, are one of the greatest mysteries in human history. Why did this great empire collapse suddenly in 950 AD, leaving its massive urban centers to be consumed by jungle? New evidence suggests that the Mayans may have created such vast… » 12/06/11 9:02am 12/06/11 9:02am