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The smoked corpses of Aseki

“There were 14 corpses in total, arranged on bamboo scaffolding in life-like positions or curled up like foetuses inside large baskets.”<p>The Anga people live in Papua New Guinea's Aseki District, a fringe highland region so detached from the modern world that even the regular passing of mist is …

Archaeology

A Refugee Committed Suicide At Brisbane Airport And Barely Anyone Noticed

The very public death of Reza Alizadeh reveals a system that fails our most vulnerable people.<p><b>At around 4 a.m. last Tuesday morning, Reza Alizadeh, a 26-year-old Iranian man who had been living in Australia on a bridging visa since 2013, walked to the entrance of Brisbane International Airport.</b><p>He …

Mental Health

The US Coast Guard lost 4,000 pounds of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean during a record bust

The agency has released video of the operation, which occurred on July 19.<p>The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Stratton, based in Northern California, intercepted a 40-foot "self-propelled semi-submersible" about 200 miles south of Mexico in international waters after a Navy patrol plane spotted it, …

Astronauts are about to eat the first food grown in space

Space: the final frontier for leafy greens.<p>The first food grown and harvested in space—a crop of red lettuce—is about to be eaten by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The lettuce was grown for 15 months with a system called Veg-01, which uses red, blue, and green LED lights to grow …

Space Exploration

4 bodies were unearthed in Jamestown, Virginia — and the archaeological community is freaking out about it

They had four bodies and several dozen possible names. For archaeologist Bill Kelso and historian James Horn, it felt like a high-stakes game of Clue. The mystery was set in Jamestown, Virginia, on the grounds of the first permanent English colony in America.<p>Jamestown is a strange place to be an …

Declassified photos show the US's final preparations for the only nuclear weapons attacks in history

A lot has been established about the immediate preparations for the dropping of the bombs, known as "Little Boy" and "Fat Man," which were loaded onto airplanes on the North Field airbase on Tinian Island, part of the Northern Mariana Islands to the south of Japan.<p>Until recently few photographs …

Will Human Beings Ever Reach 'Earth 2.0'?

Kepler-452b is the most Earth-like planet ever discovered, a place with just enough sunlight to possibly support the crops and house plants of life forms like ourselves.<p>But don't pack your bags just yet. While the planet might seem like a tantalizing target for NASA's next mission, it's extremely …

Universe

A Periodic Table Surprise: The One Element In Stars That Isn't On Earth

When it comes to the elements in the periodic table found throughout the Universe, it’s only the first two that originated from the Big Bang: hydrogen and helium. Everything else was formed from stars, whether:<p>fused in their cores, from lighter elements into heavier ones,<br>• built in supernovae, where …

Universe

Fascinating Fifth-Century Find Could Reveal Never Before Known Details About Ancient People Group Known For Its End of the World Prediction

Archaeologists have discovered centuries-old stone tablets dating back to the ancient Mayans and it could shed more light on a period of history researchers have struggled to understand, at least until now.<p>Image source: Tulane University<p>The tablets were found inside of a shrine at the site of El …