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Archaeologists Are Spotting Ancient Ruins in Cold War Spy Photos

The declassified images are a treasure trove for scientists who study the empires of antiquity.<p>Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film <i>Blow-Up</i> features a wayward London fashion photographer called Thomas who unwittingly documents a murder. Hidden in the blurred background of one of his most recent …

Archaeology

Ruler of self-declared principality on the Italian Riviera faces 'coup d'etat' from rival

As the UK prepares to vote on the Brexit referendum on Thursday, political fissures are ripping apart another corner of Europe, albeit on a Lilliputian scale.<p>Seborga is a hilltop village overlooking the Italian Riviera that for half a century has proclaimed itself a self-governing principality, …

Daring Antarctic rescue mission underway to evacuate sick South Pole crew member

<b>UPDATE: June 22, 2016, 11:06 a.m. EDT</b> The rescue plane has left the South Pole with one patient aboard, and is flying the 10-hour flight back to the …

Antarctica
Paleontology

Archaeologist points to hidden monument in Jordan's Petra

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Satellite and drone images have led to a new discovery in the ancient city of Petra — a massive man-made stone platform hidden under sand.<p>The platform might have been used for ceremonial purposes because it was fronted on one side by columns and a monumental staircase, said …

Archaeology

The Secret Egyptian Chapel Hidden Inside a Chicago Break Room

The sealed-off chamber is 4,300 years old.<p>A detail of the chapel walls. (Photo: © Anni Glissman)<p>It’s a normal office break room—fluorescent lighting, …

Museum of Science and Industry sued for damage to historic jet car

In 1965, after breaking land speed records and the 500-mph barrier, Craig Breedlove sent his famous Spirit of America jet car to the Museum of Science and Industry for display.<p>Fifty years and an untold number of field trips later, the museum returned the car to Breedlove last fall with more than a …

Muscle Cars

This Swanky Glass Tower is the Coolest Tree House You'll Ever See

An architect desgined a glass house built around a fir tree.<p>We love a good tree house–and this proposal for a new home is one of our favorites.<p>Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov designed the "Tree In The House," a cylindrical glass home built around a fir tree, back in 2013, but an investor backed …

Architecture

Playboy Mansion Selling to Its Wealthy Neighbor

It listed in January for $200 million<p>After the famous (infamous?) Playboy Mansion in upper-crust neighborhood of Holmby Hills hit the market in January asking $200 million, interested parties from Larry Flynt to a nightclub mogul expressed a desire to buy that was often accompanied by low-ball …

Real Estate

Renault Twingo GT Has 0.9 Liters of Turbo Fury

The French have always had a knack for bizarre hot hatches: Witness the mid-engine terror of the Renault 5 Turbo or the Renault Clio V6. Renault’s latest creation, the Twingo GT, has basic specs that sound like something straight out of Zuffenhausen: rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox. …

Automotive Design

Thomas Becket bone fragment carried to Canterbury

<b>A bone believed to be a fragment of St Thomas Becket's elbow has been carried into Canterbury Cathedral, 845 years after he was murdered there.</b><p>St Thomas was killed by four knights inside the cathedral in 1170 after he fell out with King Henry II.<p>Hungarian dignitaries walked with the relic for a …

Hinduism

The 1970 Ferrari 512S Was a Racing Beauty Doomed to Disappoint

This Ferrari race car was absolutely gorgeous, but it simply could not compete against the Porsche 917 that dominated Group 5 at the time.<p>Race cars are designed to do one thing: Win races. Sometimes, in the process, they end up quite gorgeous, like this 1970 Ferrari 512S "Coda Lunga." The 512S …

Sports Cars

Have archaeologists discovered the tomb of Aristotle? 2,400-year-old tomb of Greek philosopher may have been uncovered in the ancient city of Stagira

• <b>Archaeologists say they have found Aristotle's tomb in Stagira, in Greece</b>• <b><br>He was initialy thought to have been buried further south at Chalcis, in …

NASA Put a Big Disco Ball in Space 40 Years Ago, and It's Still There

A giant disco ball has been monitoring the Earth from space for forty years — and will continue to hang there for millions more.<p>The NASA satellite, …

Shipwreck From 1800s Found Buried Under New Building Site In Seaport District

BOSTON (CBS) – An old shipwreck has been found buried in the Seaport District and, according to the city’s archaeologist, it is a rare find.<p>“This is …

Archaeology

Has Portland Lost its Way?

A few weeks ago, Portland residents got some unsurprising news: the city's housing prices are officially rising faster than anywhere else in the …

Urban Design

First US asteroid sample return spacecraft begins launch preparations - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

The first U.S. spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived Friday, May 20, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and …

A Secret Forest Grew for Millennia in North America Without Anyone Noticing

Cedar trees living on steep cliffs were centuries old, and no one knew.<p>A cedar making its life on the cliff face. (Photo: Peter Kelly)<p>Doug Larson was …

The most expensive cars sold at RM's £22m Monaco sale

The Ferrari 275 NART Spider <i>didn’t</i> sell for £18m, which was probably the big news. But at RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale, which took place this past …

This Ferrari was made just for America, and it's the last of its type — now it's worth $26 million

He asked Enzo Ferrari himself for a convertible version of the 275 GTB/4, in which his American customers could soak up a little sunshine.<p>The result was the beautiful 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder — named for the North American Racing Team, Ferrari's stateside endurance-racing program founded by Chinetti …

Enzo Ferrari

Step inside some of the biggest, coolest experiments in the world

It has almost no mass, travels at essentially the speed of light, and has evaded scientific confirmation for three decades.<p>Meet the neutrino, which scientists hope will help them answer dozens of critical questions about the universe, including why it's full of matter.<p>Neutrinos are produced when …

Physics

The Ultra-Rare Porsche 924 You Didn't Know Existed Is Headed to Auction

This 1981 car is just one of 19 built.<p>The Porsche 924 is derided for not being a Real Porsche, but the people who speak ill of it clearly don't know about the mighty Carrera GT variants. To homologate a crazy 924 for Group 4 racing, Porsche built 406 924 Carrera GTs, with Carrera GTS and GTR …

Le Mans

Subaru Parent Company Fuji Heavy Industries, Changing Its Name to Subaru Corp.

In what it’s calling “an extraordinary meeting of its board of directors,” Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, decided to change its name to “Subaru Corporation.” If this seems like a case of the tail wagging the dog—a fitting reference, we think, given Subaru’s well-publicized …

Subaru

Nobody Saw This Volcano Erupt … Except NASA's Satellites

For the first time in 60 years, Mount Sourabaya erupted with a spectacular show of fiery lava — in fact, it erupted twice. But there wasn't a single …

The story behind a Rembrandt painting's journey from a New Jersey basement to the Getty

When the small painting with a slightly damaged surface and cracks in its wood backing materialized in September at an auction house in New Jersey, no one expected great things.<p>First and foremost was its murky provenance: The artist was unknown, and so was the date of its creation. The auction …

Pig attacks, injures 2 people at Massachusetts farm

TOWNSEND, Mass. (AP) — A pig attacked and seriously injured a man less than two hours after the same animal attacked a woman at a Massachusetts farm.<p>Townsend Police Chief Robert M. Eaton Jr. said his department was investigating "two very unfortunate farm incidents" in the town about 50 miles …

Animal Rescue

Vettel announces new kids’ book

Pointy fingered, smiles-when-he’s-winning children’s entertainer Sebastian Vettel has announced a new bedtime story book for children, called <i>Fuck’s</i> …

Bedtime Stories

This Airplane WiFi Hotspot Name Was So Scary It Delayed the Flight

The Australia-based Qantas airline delayed a flight leaving Melbourne for two hours over the weekend when a passenger noticed a Wi-Fi hotspot called …

Wi-Fi

Here’s An Alfa Romeo That Proves No Car Is Too Pretty To Race

Photography Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s<p>I know, <i>right</i>? It’s quite the sight, this 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Supergioiello by Ghia. Styled by Italian …

Classic Cars