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Explore the ancient ruins of Peru’s Choquequirao with virtual reality

The amazing ruins of Choquequirao in Peru are often compared to the country’s main attraction of Machu Picchu, but without the massive crowds of visitors that flock to the Incan site each year.<p>Lonely Planet named it the top region in the world to visit in 2017, and now the local government is …

South America

We may have cracked the mystery of Stonehenge

The more archaeologists study Stonehenge, the more mysteries unfold. But a coherent story is beginning to emerge.<p>Stonehenge is one the UK’s most visited tourist attractions – and one of the world’s most enigmatic ancient monuments. People come from all over the world to stare at the iconic stone …

Archaeology

Taxes were voluntary in ancient Greece

We have a great deal to thank the Ancient Greeks for: to mathematics, science, drama and philosophy, add their taxation system - or rather, lack of - to the list.<p>The Greeks put taxation in the field of ethics: the liberty or despotism of a society could be measured by its system of taxes. We should …

17 Little Additions To "Harry Potter" That'll Make You Sob

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Adobe just launched a free app that turns your phone into a document scanner

Called Adobe Scan, the app can snap photos of paper documents and turn them into PDFs on your phone, no scanner required.<p>The app uses what Adobe calls "advanced image-processing technology" powered by Sensei, Adobe's artificial-intelligence and machine-learning arm, to take a photo and turn it into …

Your cat loves hopping into boxes. Here’s why.

Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on the floor. These felines appear powerless to resist the call of the #CatSquare.<p>This social-media fascination is a variation on a question I heard over and over as a panelist on …

'Hobbit' species did not evolve from ancestor of modern humans, research finds

Bone study shows there is no evidence the 1.1-metre tall <i>Homo floresiensis</i> had any links with the much larger <i>Homo erectus</i><p>Researchers who studied the bones of <i>Homo floresiensis</i>, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, say their findings should end a popular …

Evolution

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Scans of Viking swords reveal a slice of Norse culture

High-tech scans of Viking swords are revealing details of how the weapons were made and how their role changed in Viking society over time.<p>A new analysis of three Viking swords has found that, as fearsome as these seafaring people were, these specific "weapons" were probably not sturdy enough for …

Grave of medieval priest with mysterious head injury uncovered in Lincolnshire

The body of a medieval priest with a mysterious head injury has been discovered, 700 years after he died, in a grave at Thornton Abbey.<p>Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield uncovered the coffin and skeleton at the abbey, which was founded as a monastery in 1139 and went onto become one of …

Egypt unveils massive granite statue of Ramses II

Egypt has unveiled a massive granite statue of Ramses II, the most powerful and celebrated of the ancient Pharaohs, after completing its restoration.<p>Standing 11 metres tall and weighing 75 tonnes, the statue was presented in a floodlit ceremony at the Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile on …

Egypt discovers 3,000-year-old tomb of nobleman

Egyptian archaeologists yesterday unearthed several mummies and hundreds of funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor, the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics.<p>The discovery was made by an Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Draa Abul Nagaa …

Everything Google announced at today's Pixel hardware event

Kicking off the show at its hardware launch, Google CEO Sundar Pichai touted the shift from mobile to artificial intelligence that allowed for two-way conversation and natural dialogue. He described Google’s desire to build an ‘individual Google’ for each user before detailing some interesting AI …

Motherless babies possible as scientists create live offspring without need for female egg

Motherless babies could be on the horizon after scientists discovered a method of creating offspring without the need for a female egg.<p>The landmark experiment by the University of Bath rewrites 200 years of biology teaching and could pave the way for a baby to be born from the DNA of two men.<p>It was …

Archaeologist identifies long-lost grave of Attalid rulers, in Turkey

The long-lost burial site of the Attalid Dynasty, which ruled the city of Pergamon after Alexander the Great, may have been identified. A vast mound …

Ancient History

Who Was Buried in Egypt’s KV55?

LUXOR, EGYPT—Funded with a grant from the American Research Center in Egypt Endowment Fund, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities will begin the second …

Archaeology

Virtual reality, new tools let you redecorate from the couch

NEW YORK (AP) — Stop moving around the new sofa to try to figure out where it fits. Forget about trying to judge a paint color from tiny samples against the wall. New tools like virtual reality measuring apps and online mood boards are trying to help consumers find easier and quicker ways to …

Augmented Reality

The Best American Road Trips

01 of 36<p>East Coast<p>The most logical place to start an East Coast road trip? The region's—and the nation's—largest city. If you've never been, check …

Watch as the world’s cities appear one-by-one over 6,000 years

Watch the rise of human cities, beginning with [arguably] the world’s first city in 3700 BC and continuing up to the present.<p>Use the controls at the …

Artefacts from 'lost' medieval village found near M74

<b>Motorway construction workers have unearthed archaeological artefacts which experts believe may be from a lost medieval Scots village.</b><p>The crew made the discovery 18-months ago on the verge of the M74, near J6, opposite Hamilton Services.<p>It included two structures, coins and pieces of pottery and …

Top essential Android smartphone, tablet apps | ZDNet

Google Maps<p>I've lost count of how often I've relied on Google Maps when on the road. Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you simply cannot find …

Apps

Cannabis preserved India's ancient Ellora caves from decay for 1,500 years

Indian archaeologists have discovered that hemp played a key role in preserving the ancient Ellora caves in the western state of Maharashtra. New …

Cannabis

Discovery of Egypt's Boy Pharaoh: No Ifs ands or Tuts

There's the ever-impatient saying, <i>TUT TUT</i>; the oh-so-delectable <b>TUT</b>-TI FRUTTI; the musical term <b>TUT</b>TI; the merry Olde English folk game <b>TUT</b> ball, precursor of our national pastime. And then of course there's our old pal <b>King TUT</b>.<p>Tired of red carpets, awards shows, insulting debates, boring Town Halls, …

Why Most Americans Still Aren't Ready to Give Up Tipping

But there’s a chance that today’s experiments on the fringes of dining could one day infiltrate mainstream food culture.<p>Last year, the New York restaurateur Danny Meyer announced he’d be eliminating tipping at 14 of his restaurants by the end of 2016, affecting most of his 1,800 employees’ …

A 2,000-year-old ancient Roman laundromat open to public for first time

An ancient dry cleaner's where ancient Romans brought their tunics to be dyed and washed is among six newly restored buildings in Pompeii to be opened to the public<p>A 2,000-year-old laundry where ancient Romans brought their brilliant white tunics to be dyed and washed was among six newly restored …

A New Site Lets You Walk the British Museum From Your Couch

The world’s oldest national public museum is now the world’s largest indoor Google Street View.<p>In 1774, the British Museum—founded just 21 years earlier as the world’s first national public museum—had a problem, according to its then-director Matthew Maty. Too many of its 10,000 annual visitors …

Why don’t characters in novels ever catch colds?

Readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts<p>Why don’t the people in novels ever catch colds? My rough reckoning is that 25% to 40% of novels should have a main character getting a stinking cold at some point. (From Google: …

Discovered After 70 Years: A Stunning, Untouched WWII Era Paris Apartment

It's every antique hunter's dream: an accidental Paris time-capsule, unoccupied since 1942. This Right Bank apartment was owned by actress and …

The Ancient City of Knossos Was Three Times Bigger Than We Thought

Researchers from the Knossos Urban Landscape Project have made a sizable discovery: During the early Iron Age, the ancient city of Knossos was around …

Archaeology

A City Abandoned

Project info<p>Tampico is a beautiful tropical city located on the Gulf of Mexico, traversed by canals, dotted with palm trees, graced with kilometers of undeveloped beach.<br>It was the first major port in Mexico and was the centre of gas and oil production for decades, both of which brought in great …