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11 mind-melting photos will make you realize how shockingly small Earth is

But we rarely, if ever, stop to think about the vast beyond. And we should!<p>Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space":<p>There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, …

Live Science

Human-Like Figure and Two Circles<p>This drawing, found on an open bluff in Alabama, depicts an anthropomorphic figure and two circles. Drawings found …

Anthropology

Syrian Antiquities Chief Calls For Help From International Community

On Thursday, Maamoun Abdulkarim came to address the Italian Parliament regarding the plight of Syria's 10,000 archaeological sites. Italy has been active in helping protect antiquities in conflict zones.<p>Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities agency, says that 99 percent of museum collections — …

Filipinos worried about 'bullet-planting' shrink wrap their bags with warning notes

MANILA — Filipino travelers gripped by a "bullet-planting" scheme at one of its busiest airports are combatting it with DIY measures, from shrink …

1922: The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb — in color

The discovery of<br>Tutankhamun, in color<p>Unboxing King Tut, the boy pharoah<p>November 1925<p>Jan. 4, 1924<p>In 1907, Egyptologist and archaeologist Howard Carter …

Archaeology

Neanderthal 'flower children' burials theory debunked

New research casts doubt on the idea that Neanderthals buried their dead covered in flowers<p>Theories that Neanderthals buried their dead with flower-filled funeral rites have been called into question by new research which finds that natural processes are still depositing pollen in the same way in …

'No one's out there': We're likely alone in the Milky Way, says Shaw Prize astronomy winner as he visits Hong Kong for award ceremony

An internationally-revered Nasa scientist whose work helped discover the first Earth-sized habitable planet outside our solar system said the …

Astronaut Snaps Photo of an Airplane from the ISS

Every day, NASA releases a photograph from their collection that allows us to admire the great blue and green planet we call Earth. Recently, the …

Space

America's Stonehenge: New Hampshire rocks history or hoax?

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Using the astronomical chart on a table in the covered tower, visitors aim their gaze along worn arrows to huge, upright stones …

Buried underwater, Ancient Egyptian artifacts rise to the surface in Paris

<b>HARI SREENIVASAN:</b><p>An exhibition of Egyptian artifacts discovered in ancient cities buried underwater has opened to the public in Paris.<p>The exhibit at …

Curiosity Rover Sees Earth from Mars for 1st Time (Photos)

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet …

Mars Rover

Ancient tunnels discovered underneath Mexican city of Puebla

Watch the footage showing the ancient tunnels of Puebla which were considered an urban legend<p>Workers have uncovered tunnels thought to be as much as 500 years old underneath the Mexican colonial city of Puebla.<p>The head of the city's historic downtown district, Sergio Vergara, said two structures …

Malaysia: Archaeologists find ancient shipwrecks that could rewrite Southeast Asian history

Ancient shipwrecks have been found in the state of Kedah in Malaysia which indicate that there could be a civilisation older than that of ninth …

What Hiram Bingham Got Wrong About Machu Picchu

Until the archeologist Hiram Bingham came across it on this day, July 24, in 1911, most of the world thought the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu …

South America

Cusco

Cuzco (also Cusco or Qosqo) was the religious and administrative capital of the Inca Empire which flourished in ancient Peru between c. 1400 and 1534 …

Cassini's Final Breathtaking Close Views of Dione

A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close …

Brush strokes on very ancient murals may rewrite the history of art in China

Recent discoveries in the ruins of a prehistoric city may rewrite the history of art in China. Archaeologists working in the ruins of the Neolithic …

1,200-year-old telephone, amazing invention of the ancient Chimu civilization

The thousand-year-old telephone, a marvel of ancient invention, surprises almost all who hear about it. Reportedly found in in the ruins of Chan …

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 …

A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers

If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and -- akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions -- …

The cost of space missions

This week, NASA’s New Horizons probe made the first ever flyby of distant, frozen Pluto. We were wondering how much the mission cost, how that …

Space Exploration

NASA Loses Contact With New Horizons; Pluto Spacecraft Enters 'Safe Mode'

<b>Update: NASA has regained communications with New Horizons. Full story here.</b><p>Ten days before NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was due to make its closest approach to Pluto, the space agency reports that at 1:54 PM EDT on the afternoon of July 4th local U.S. time, it lost contact with the $700 million …

Pluto: Nasa probe set for fly-past of frozen ‘dwarf planet’

With much skill – and some luck – the New Horizons spacecraft is about to provide our closest glimpse yet of the frozen and little-understood world of Pluto<p>Pluto is so far away (4.8bn km) and so small (about two-thirds the size of the Earth’s moon) that we’ve never had a good look at it, not even …

Solar System

This is the rare PlayStation console built by Sony and Nintendo

Long before Sony and Nintendo were rivals, the two companies were partners for a brief time. In 1988, the duo started work on SNES-CD, a video game media format that was supposed to augment the cartridge-based SNES by adding support for higher-capacity CDs. In 1991 at the Consumer Electronics Show …

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up After Launch With Space Station Cargo

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke up in a fiery blast on Sunday just minutes after its launch with a robotic Dragon cargo capsule headed for the International Space Station. It was the third failure of a space station resupply mission in eight months.<p>The Falcon took off right on time after a seemingly …

Space Exploration

Puerto Rico in crisis: weighed down by $73bn debt as unemployment hits 14%

Violent crime is surging, schools are closing and physicians are leaving in droves – but on the mainland, there is little awareness of the island’s struggles<p>Viewed during a drive along the northeast region of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean landscape, usually a festival of lush greenery, is dotted with …

Caribbean

Ring brings ancient Viking, Islamic civilizations closer together

More than a century after its discovery in a ninth century woman’s grave, an engraved ring has revealed evidence of close contacts between Viking Age …

Archaeology