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Elderly Mystery Woman Found Buried in Coffin Near Richard III

Archaeologists found a lead coffin buried in the ruins of an English medieval church, just feet from the grave of England's King Richard III. When they opened the tomb, they expected to find the skeleton of a knight or a friar. But instead, they found the bones of an elderly woman.<p>The woman's …

Archaeology

First-Century House Found in Nazareth: Did Jesus Live There?

Archaeologists working in Nazareth — Jesus' hometown — in modern-day Israel have identified a house dating to the first century that was regarded as the place where Jesus was brought up by Mary and Joseph.<p>The house is partly made of mortar-and-stone walls, and was cut into a rocky hillside. It was …

Archaeology

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Confers With a Jovian Giant and a Celestial Maiden

Stargazers will also get the chance to see the blue-green dot of distant Uranus.<p>The moon moves into the late evening skies this week and, to the delight of backyard astronomers, pays a visit to some of the brightest destinations in the solar system and beyond.<p><b>Moon and Jupiter.</b> As night falls on …

Grisly Ritual Revealed: How Bolivians Dissolved Bodies

At an ancient ritual complex in Bolivia, archaeologists discovered the ruins of a room where dead bodies were dissolved down to their bones in sizzling pots of caustic chemicals.<p>The researchers say people traveling in llama caravans may have brought their deceased relatives to be "defleshed" in …

Archaeology

Palm scent: the science of smelling after a handshake

New study reveals participants unconsciously sniff their right hand after shaking it with others as part of process to pick up chemical signals about others<p>A firm handshake has long been viewed as a hallmark of success in the business world, but scientists say that the scent of your hand could also …

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Egypt Unearths Temple Guard’s 3,000-Year-Old Tomb

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says American archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old tomb with beautifully painted walls, belonging to a nobleman who guarded the temple of the ancient deity Amun.<p>Tuesday's statement says the tomb, found near the southern city of Luxor, dates back to the New …

Archaeology

Pharaoh of "Lost Dynasty" Died Brutal Death, Forensic Study Reveals

Forgotten pharaoh may have been earliest Egyptian ruler to die in battle.<p>Skeletal analysis of a little-known Egyptian pharaoh, whose remains were discovered only last year, has revealed dramatic details about the ruler's violent death.<p>King Senebkay lived between 1650 and 1550 B.C. near the ancient …

The Blackphone 2 Is An Ultra-Secure Smartphone Made For Secret Agents

A phone so secure, its makers will pay you if you can hack it<p>There's nothing worse than getting hacked. Ask anyone at Sony, which lost an estimated $100 million in the malicious hacks committed against the company last year. Silent Circle, a company founded by Internet security legend Phil …

Gear & Gadgets

Aurora Before and After: What a Difference a Minute Makes!

The past few days have been prime time for the northern lights, thanks to a blast of solar activity as well as favorable viewing circumstances at high latitudes. But even under the best conditions, it can take a night's worth of waiting to catch mere minutes of auroral glory.<p>Thomas Kast, an aurora …

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Endangered Santa Catalina Island fox population nearing full recovery

The endangered Santa Catalina Island fox population has reached 1,700 and may be nearing its capacity for sustainability on the resort destination off the Southern California coast, a conservation biologist said.<p>"We're getting close," Julie King, director of conservation and wildlife management at …

Europe's Languages Were Carried From the East, DNA Shows

The new settlers, revealed by a genetic analysis, may solve a mystery swirling around the origins of Indo-European languages.<p>New DNA evidence suggests that herders from the grasslands of today's Russia and Ukraine carried the roots of modern European languages across the continent some 4,500 years …

Portraits of Rescued Dogs and the Tattooed Owners Who Saved Them

Since 2012, photographer Brian Batista has been shooting an ongoing project titled <i>Tattoos & Rescues</i>. It’s a series of portraits that seeks to combat …

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