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Archaeologists solve 3200-year-old mystery by translating 29m-long inscription

A 29m-long hieroglyphic inscription has finally been translated 139 years after it was first uncovered, solving a puzzle that has troubled historians …

Archaeology

Picture Guide to Common and Less-Common Minerals

Identify Your Specimens with This Master Photo Guide<p>If you're interested in rock collecting, you know that rocks you find in the real world rarely …

Geology

Uber Pushed the Limits of the Law. Now Comes the Reckoning

Shortly after taking over Uber Technologies Inc. in September, Dara Khosrowshahi told employees to brace for a painful six months. U.S. officials are …

U.S. Justice Department

Mapbox raises $164M to expand its location platform to cars, VR, AR and Asia

Location and mapping been two of the key features underpinning a wide array of smartphone services. Now a startup that has been at the center of building those location services for mobile devices has picked up a large round of funding to take its tech to newer frontiers in hardware, specifically …

Augmented Reality

Lasers remove centuries of grime, revealing long-hidden Roman frescoes

ROME (RNS) — Ancient frescoes have been rediscovered inside the 1,600-year-old Domitilla catacombs after Italian art experts used laser technology to remove centuries of grit and grime.<p>The catacombs, or underground cemeteries, are named after a Roman noble family and are considered the most …

Archaeology

2,000-Year-Old Ancient Roman City Discovered In France

Scientists have claimed they have discovered a city that dates back to almost 2,000 years, and it apparently looks astounding. It is strange to …

The 15th-Century Monk Who Crowdsourced a Map of the World

Fra Mauro was the Google Earth of the 1450s.<p>If you had landed in Venice during the mid-15th century, you might have been accosted by a monk with a …

Oldest Human Remains Found In Americas Are From Teenager Who Fell To Her Death In A Cave

An ancient human whose skeleton was discovered in an underwater cave may have given birth before she fell to her death.<p>At a ripe old age of 13,000 …

Housing developers stumble on Roman villa

DEVELOPERS looking to build new homes in South Oxfordshire have stumbled across a very old one.<p>Archaeologists working on a site for properties near …

Archaeology

Australian archaeological startup raises $679,000 to rebuild ancient sites in VR

Archaeology isn’t an easy job, but it becomes easier in virtual reality, where you can walk around ancient buildings as if they were still there.<p>Lithodomos VR, an Australian virtual reality archaeological startup, knows this and has raised $900,000 in Australian dollars ($679,000 U.S.) in a seed …

A Tactile Atlas Helps the Blind 'See' Maps

A new atlas of Switzerland conquers the challenges of making maps designed to be read with the fingertips.<p>Some maps are meant to be felt, not seen.<p>The photograph above shows a page from an atlas commissioned by a Swiss psychologist for a friend who loves geography and maps but is unable to use …

Cape Town

Tencent, NavInfo, and GIC have bought a 10 percent stake in mapping firm HERE

HERE would form a joint venture with NavInfo to extend its offering to China using NavInfo's data and services, it said in a statement. Tencent will meanwhile use HERE's mapping and location platform services in its own products and services, both in China and internationally.<p>HERE did not say how …

Investing

These maps show how Americans are dying younger. It’s not just the opioid epidemic.

For the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Americans are dying earlier — and mortality rates have increased for a number of causes of death, including opioid overdoses.<p>But we’ve seen very little explanation on precisely where in the country this …

North Dakota

Google Earth Timelapse update reveals 32 years of stunning change

When it comes to big-picture subjects like climate change or urban development, visuals get an idea across better than words. To wit: Google Earth …

Google Earth

[Pretty cool] ViewRanger lets you see and navigate your outdoor maps in Augmented Reality with Skyline

ViewRanger is popular among outdoorsy people for its hiking trails and off-road topographical maps from different sources and known publishers. The …

Rare antique map used as draught excluder is restored

<b>A rare antique map found stuffed up a chimney in Aberdeen has been saved by conservation experts.</b><p>The document, which dates back to the late 17th Century, was destined for the skip when it was discovered during a house renovation.<p>Used as a draught excluder, it was encrusted with dirt and had been …

Maps

2 dome-headed dinosaurs the size of German shepherds discovered

The discovery of a pair of fossilized skulls from dome-headed dinosaurs is shedding light on how these bizarre creatures called pachycephalosaurs evolved, researchers say.<p>Both of the skulls are relatively complete. One, discovered in the Kaiparowits Formation of Utah, dates to about 76.5 million …

Paleontology

Maps and the 20th Century Drawing the Line – Map Exhibition in London

This exhibition is now closed.<p>Explore the evolution of maps and the key figures behind them through the expert articles and curious collection items …

Ancient Scratched Stones: World's Earliest Maps or Magic Artifacts?

A set of broken stones covered with etchings of lines and squares, discovered at a 5,000-year-old sacred site in Denmark, may be some of humankind’s …

Medieval Islamic Maps

Why is South always on the top of medieval Islamic Maps? And why are the islands in the Mediterranean placed like pearls on a string in the middle? …

5 Android navigation apps for those who are sick of Google Maps

If you think Google Maps is the best navigation app for Android, you haven't seen the competition.<p>Don't get me wrong: Google Maps is the king of the online mapping industry, but that doesn't mean that the Google Maps app is the best navigation app for your Android phone. There are plenty of other …

Maps

Mysterious hidden 3,800-year-old hieroglyphs discovered alongside great pharaoh's tomb 'shows ancient battle fleet readying for war'

Ancient carvings of Egyptian boats preparing for battle have been discovered in a 3,800-year-old building.<p>More than 120 images adorn the millenniums …

Archaeology

A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award

To design a map of the world is no easy task. Because maps represent the spherical Earth in 2D form, they cannot help but be distorted, which is why …

Google Trends

Google Maps Becoming a Social Platform

Social media is big business – just ask Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. And now, Google want in on some of the action. Google currently own …

Unsealing of Christ's Reputed Tomb Turns Up New Revelations

JERUSALEM<p>For just 60 hours, researchers had the opportunity to examine the holiest site in Christianity. Here's what they found.<p>Researchers have continued their investigation into the site where the body of Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been buried, and their preliminary findings …

OpenStreetMap invites companies to pay up to $20,000 a year to support the ‘Wikipedia for maps’

OpenStreetMap (OSM), the “Wikipedia for maps” service that lets anyone update and edit online maps, is inviting companies to pay up to $20,000 a year to support the project and gain a seat on a newly formed advisory board.<p>For the uninitiated, OSM doesn’t garner the same kind of recognition as other …

Dinosaur Brain Fossil Revealed for the First Time

The pebble-sized specimen offers an unprecedented look into the life of a gigantic 133-million-year-old dinosaur.<p>A pebble-sized object found in 2004 …

Charting The Soul Of A City In The Age Of Google Maps

At a time when everyone has access to GPS, artists are making maps that distort, disorient, and convey an emotional connection to a city.<p>When Seattle-based author and editor Katharine Harmon was a kid, she discovered the work of illustrator John Held Jr., whose maps and cartoons documented life in …

Maps

41 ancient shipwrecks discovered at the bottom of Bulgaria’s Black Sea

Forty-one ancient shipwrecks have been accidentally discovered by an international team of maritime archaeologists performing geophysical surveys of the Black Sea.<p>The shipwrecks, which lie at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Bulgaria, date from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods and it’s …

Archaeology