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A history of the Viking world – in 10 extraordinary objects

<b>New Valkyrie, 800</b><p>This little pendant from Denmark was unearthed just over a year ago. It is the only known three-dimensional Viking-age valkyrie. Literally "choosers of the slain", valkyries were imagined as terrifying spirits of war and companions of the god Odin, female figures who ushered dead …

Ukraine crisis: Crimea's troubled history is dictating modern day events

Telegraph's Moscow Correspondent Roland Oliphant says it is Crimea's own history, scarred by war and divided over the question of nationhood, that has led to it becoming a flashpoint for the whole of the country's future<p><b>Ukraine</b> lurched toward the break-up yesterday as politicians in Crimea …

4,000-year-old Dartmoor burial find rewrites British bronze age history

Some 4,000 years ago a young woman's cremated bones – charred scraps of her shroud and the wood from her funeral pyre still clinging to them – was carefully wrapped in a fur along with her most valuable possessions, packed into a basket, and carried up to one of the highest and most exposed spots …

Redwood Parks Battle Bold Wood Poachers

Poachers are sawing the burls off of redwood trees in California's parks—a threat to individual trees as well as the forest.<p>They sneak into the park at night. They're out to saw off a block of wood from a redwood that contains a burl—a knobby growth that contains a dormant seed bud.<p>And the damage …

Meteorites on Earth May Be From Ancient Crater on Mars, Study Says

Findings have implications for the early evolution of Mars, including its formation and cooling.<p>A crater on Mars appears to be the source of a type of meteorite widely found on Earth, scientists from the University of Oslo in Norway reported Thursday.<p>The meteorites, called shergottites, may have …

A Favorite Massachusetts Stream Loses a Dam – and Gains Aquatic Habitat

Wildlife<p>The Bartlett Rod Shop Company Dam, built in 1820 on Amethyst Brook in western Massachusetts was removed in November 2012, opening up habitat for trout and creating spawning grounds for sea lamprey. Photo by Alex Hackman/MA Dept of Fish and Game<p>In early January, on a visit back to my old …

Hubble shows galaxy being ripped apart – video

An image taken by the Hubble telescope in 2009 shows dust and stars being ripped from galaxy ESO 137-001 as it moves through a hot galaxy cluster. ESO 137-001 is located in the southern constellation of Triangulum Australe – the southern triangle – and is a part of Norma Cluster. The galaxy cluster …

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

The Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body

The case of the voluntary out-of-body experience.<p>After a class on out-of-body experiences, a psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa came forward to researchers to say that she could have these voluntarily, usually before sleep. "She appeared surprised that not everyone could …

The Brain

Urban Exploring with Researcher Bradley Garrett

Urban explorer and researcher Bradley Garrett navigates subway tunnels and climbs skyscrapers in this video by Barcroft Media. We previously wrote …

The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

By Internet standards, a <i>perfectly timed</i> photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met:<p>1. Perfect Place<br>2. Perfect Time<br>3. Perfect …

Beyond Sochi: Photos Of Russia By Russians

The gap between how foreigners view Russia and how Russians view themselves is wide and as old as the country itself.<p>Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm felt that foreign photojournalists who came to work in his country arrive with the pictures they want to send back home already in their head: …

Opinion

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NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

From giant mechanical jellyfish and manta rays to birds, the field of robotics is quickly moving up the evolutionary chain. In response to DARPA’s …

Where Do I Sign Up?: NASA Will Pay You $1,200 A Week To Lay In Bed All Day

<i>Wow, those might be the saddest 'Get Well' balloons of all time.</i><p>To test better ways of acclimating space travelers back to life on earth (read: with …

NASA Plans to Grow Plants on the Moon in 2015

NASA just announced plans to grow plants on the moon in 2015 as the first step towards sustaining life on other planets. A group of scientists, …

NASA Is Trying to Grow Vegetables in Space

They want them to feed astronauts – and then, the world.<p><i>Some 21-day-old plants that have been grown in analogue VEGGIE pillows (photo courtesy of NASA/Gioia Massa)</i><p>A weird blog appeared on NASA’s website in 2012. Called "Diary of a Space Zucchini", it was written in first person as if by an actual …

The Mini Museum: A Desktop Museum with Dinosaur Fragments, Apollo 11 Spacecraft, the Moon, and More | Colossal

<p>For the past 35 years designer Hans Fex has been collecting some of the Earth’s most rare historical specimens including a fossil of a palm tree …

The Impossible Railroad

by <b>Kaushik</b><p>Wednesday, October 30, 2013<p>Read<p>At the turn of the 20th century, during the great era of railways, each city on the western seaboard of the …

Instagram of the Moment: Aboard New Hampshire's Conway Scenic Railroad — Vagabondish

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A Big Tiny Railroad Captures Hearts Old and Young

"It's the mystique," says Jim Harrison, one of the adults drawn to the elaborate Walnut Creek Model Railroad with its 1,900-square-foot village and …

Sony Visits World’s Largest Model Railroad to Test Its Cameras on Miniature Scenes

Last month, Sony rolled out a sweeping celebration of its own contributions to technology and the arts. Now, it's diving deep on the same subject, …

Steve Strebel and the O scale Guys

What's It Like to Go Last at the Olympics?

Health news<p>Remember in college, when you had a final on the last day of exams? Everyone else on campus seemed to be goofing off, partying or packing up to head home. And there you were, stuck in the library.<p>That’s kind of what it’s like to have an event in the second half of the second week of the …

Bobsled

Adventures of a LEGO Photographer Taken with an iPhone

Just about everybody loves LEGOS. The building blocks are great inspiration for a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter replica; they inspire hilarious poster illustrations; and, recently, they have been fun to watch in animation at the movie theater.<p>Photographer Andrew Whyte has found a new way …

'Tron' designer creates a real-world superbike

Lotus has a new superbike called the C-01. Designed by Daniel Simon, whose work you'll know from <i>Tron: Legacy</i>, <i>Oblivion</i>, and <i>Captain America</i>, the bike balances the Lotus form of old with a decidedly modern finish.<p>Although Simon is better known for his concept work, and the C-01 certainly looks like a …

Are We Living in a Black Hole?

Our universe may reside within a vast, black hole.<p>Let's rewind the clock. Before humans existed, before Earth formed, before the sun ignited, before galaxies arose, before light could even shine, there was the Big Bang. This happened 13.8 billion years ago.<p>But what about before that? Many …