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The most complete ancient crossbow unearthed with terracotta army

A view of a complete crossbow relic found during the third excavation of the number one pit of the Qin terracotta warriors and horses in Xi'an, …

Crossbows

Will we ever… speak faster than light speed?

If we explore the outer reaches of space, keeping in touch with home will be a daunting task. But are there ways our words could travel faster than light? Peter Ray Allison investigates.<p>Light travels so fast it can make the transatlantic journey between London and New York more than 50 times each …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

10 Amazing Stories From The Dynasty Of The Terra-Cotta Warriors

In 1974, a handful of impoverished Shaanxi farmers were digging a well when they stumbled across one of the most incredible archaeological finds in …

A New Life for Dead Malls

Developers have had to to get creative when it comes to salvaging America's failing shopping centers, turning them into hospitals, churches, and even parks.<p>In case you haven’t heard, suburban malls are on the way out (sorry Paul Blart). Some have become abandoned wastelands popular for ruin porn. …

Urban Design

Secret World of the Maya

The earliest explorers to uncover the ancient Maya civilisation in Central America could not believe that it owed its creation to the indigenous …

Contact lens with built-in telescope could help people with blinding disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lights, mirrors, action! Scientists are developing smart contact lenses embedded with miniscule mirrors that can magnify your vision by almost three times.<p>The 1.55mm-thick lenses incorporate a thin reflective telescope made of mirrors and filters; when light enters the eye it bounces off …

Contact Lenses

Bill Gates: World must prepare for outbreaks deadlier than Ebola

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is calling for a global effort to combat future epidemics, much the way Western nations formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to confront military threats.<p>In a Perspective article published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the cofounder …

Rome Reborn: Take a Virtual Tour of Ancient Rome, Circa 320 C.E.

A few years ago, we featured Rome Reborn, which is essentially "a 3D digital model of the Eternal City at a time when Ancient Rome’s population had …

21 Spring-Inspired Rooms That Will Make You Want to Redecorate

These spaces are as ready for spring as we are.<p>These spaces are as ready for spring as we are.

An Authentic 1st Century Jerusalem Burial Shroud

CNN focused on the question of the authenticity of the controversial "Shroud of Turin," in the first episode of its new pre-Easter series "Finding Jesus." Those challenging the authenticity of this ancient relic point to carbon dating tests done at three independent labs in 1988 that dated samples …

Archaeology

5 Trends Shaping The Future Of Architecture

Architects from 2015’s most innovative companies look into their crystal balls and divine the ways the built environment will evolve.<p>What does the future of the architecture industry hold? We asked experts from some of the world’s most innovative companies to look into their crystal balls and …

Rare Supertide Turns Ancient Abbey Into Isolated Island

A supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island on Saturday and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon.<p>The so-called "tide of the century" actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the …

Residents upset with greedy elites burned Teotihuacan

In 550 AD, a fire raged through Teotihuacan, one of the largest and most important sacred cities of ancient Mesoamerica. Now a new study suggests the …

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Digital Art

Tesla Is Bringing "Autopilot" Mode to the Model S

Elon Musk has announced that Tesla’s update 7.0 will introduce the groundwork for its autopilot,<p>Elon Musk has announced that Tesla‘s update 7.0 will …

Here’s what the Mars One CEO had to say about all the backlash against the mission

Mars One, the company planning to send people on a one-way trip to Mars, has been battered with criticism in the past couple months.<p>The most recent example is a blistering story written by Elmo Keep and published in the online magazine Matter earlier this week after Mars One finalist Josh Roche …

Mars

Pull Quote

Ancient people sacrificed offerings to water god at edge of sacred pool.<p>Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult" and hurried sacrifices to a water god to stave off the fall of their civilization.<p>At the Cara …

Marble Snow Monsters Storm NYC

Peter Regli's 'Reality Hacking' project soldiers on in the form of 12 non-melting snowmen.<p>Keeping chill amid Winter Storm Juno's leftovers, 12 snow monsters are trying not to melt away in New York City's Flatiron District. Lucky for them, though, they're made of one of nature's longest-lasting …

The 9 Most Spectacular Lost Cities in the World

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Yes, "We've Been Wrong About Robots Before," and We Still Are

More hype on artificial intelligence, now from Bloomberg News ("Robot Brains Catch Humans in 25 Years, Then Speed Right On By") and promoted by <i>Drudge</i>:<p>…

5 Knives Chefs Can't Live Without

Chefs can’t live without great knives. Here, some of their favorites.<p>Chefs can’t live without great knives. Here are some of their favorites (from …

Fear Is Driving Young Men Across the U.S. Border

Central American countries are losing a generation because of gangs.<p>The day of his first kidnapping, Wander’s life cleaved in two. Before it, he was a middle-class kid living in a humid, mountain-flanked Honduran city. Growing up, he had a live-in maid, attended private school, and enjoyed a modest …

A King Cobra Folded from a Single Sheet of Tissue Paper | Colossal

<p>This accomplished king cobra designed by Ronald Koh was recently folded by origami artist Matthieu Georger from a single piece of specially treated …

From ‘Moby Dick’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: Classic Lit Dishes Brought to Life (Photos)

Tasty Reads<p>Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the …

U.S. Navy's Robot Firefighters Prepare for a Test Run

A former United States naval vessel will be set on fire this August, and the Navy will send robots to put out the blaze.<p>The Navy is testing robots …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Nanotech

New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar

Isolated tribal nomads are at risk as logging pressure mounts in the Amazon rain forest.<p>The release of new photographs of an indigenous group living in extreme isolation in the Amazon rain forest has stirred fresh controversy and new concerns over the fate of the region's so-called uncontacted …