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The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.<p><b>On the afternoon of March 21, 2011,</b> a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.<p>That Monday had …

Constance Leathart: The forgotten 'aviatrix' of WW2

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/england/1198000/1198998_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524778135_bd812388269982600f6545e6e8d5600a<p><b>Constance Leathart flew Spitfires in World War Two and was one of the first women with a pilot's licence - but her remarkable story has been largely</b> …

Mummification was commonplace in Bronze Age Britain

Ancient Britons may have intentionally mummified some of their dead during the Bronze Age, according to archaeologists at the University of …

Name your price for 11 (!) Philip K Dick award-winning novels

The PKD Award is given for the best paperback original this year, and has been awarded to such classics as <i>Neuromancer</i>. Storybundle's DRM-free …

Books

Evidence of Water on Mars in One GIF

See that? Those filament-like stains stretching across a rocky terrain? They’re evidence of <i>water</i>. On <i>Mars</i>.<p>NASA scientists announced Monday that they had discovered the strongest evidence yet that there’s liquid water on the surface of the Red Planet, something they’ve suspected for about a decade. …

Mars

Watch: Archaeologists exhume 1000-year-old corpse

<b>This is the incredible moment that a group of archaeologists exhumed a 1000-year-old corpse during a historical dig in Denmark.</b><p>The coffin was exhumed …

Riddle of the ages solved: Where did the Philistines come from?

As civilization collapsed 3,200 years ago, the Sea People – of whom the Philistines were but one - arose, seemingly sweeping away all that stood …

Archaeology

Green Arabia's key role in human evolution

<b>Scientists have been illuminating the vital role played by the Arabian Peninsula in humankind's exodus from Africa. Far from being a desert, the region was once covered by lush vegetation and criss-crossed by rivers, providing rich hunting grounds for our ancestors.</b><p>As the sun rises over a vast sand …

Archaeologists unearth ancient Greek palace near Sparta

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean Age, the …

Ancient DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

<b>DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic people: the Basques.</b><p>The distinct language and genetic make-up of the Basque people in northern Spain and southern France has puzzled anthropologists for decades.<p>One theory proposed that they were an unmixed …

Ten Boneheaded Interpretations Of Ancient Skeletons

You know the story. That clickbaity story about an ancient skeleton that seems like it could be true, but you’re not sure because you saw it on Facebook and the photo is grainy and the write-up confusing. What’s up with those skeletons? Are they totally fake, or is there some semblance of truth to …

Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

Archaeologists discover palace with archaic inscriptions built during the Mycenaean period<p>Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean age, the culture ministry said Tuesday.<p>The palace, likely built around …

Ancient History

How People’s Political Passions Distort Their Sense of Reality

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.19.14.<p>Time of Publication: 10:00 am. 10:00 am<p>Though people might disagree on how to …

Archaeologists discover Bronze Age palace and huge trove of grave goods in Spain

Archaeologists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have discovered a palatial construction with an audience hall which makes up the …

Unknown ancient god with astral symbols discovered on stele at cult site in Turkey

An unidentified, ancient bearded god with astral symbols has been uncovered during an excavation of a sanctuary near the ancient city of Doliche in …

Newcastle United fans were right to call for Alan Pardew to be sacked and to argue otherwise is insulting

Supporters voiced their anger and their resentment until they could not be ignored and their behaviour was completely justified - they need not apologise<p><b>Newcastle United</b>’s impressive form has reshaped their season and quite rightly led to praise of manager Alan Pardew, but it cannot be allowed to …

Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree

When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor. An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various …

Welsh Government

Monstrous science: how the Yeti gets research funded

The 1960-61 Silver Hut expedition was an extraordinarily ambitious physiology research programme, which provided significant insights into human adaptation to altitude, and kick-started the careers of some of the 20th century’s leading physiologists. It was also expensive, and part of the funding …

Daniel Dennet tells us How to Think Like a Philosopher.

<b>Daniel Dennet tells us How to Think Like a Philosopher.</b><p><i>Daniel Dennett, one of the best-known living philosophers and a professor at Tufts University, feels it's time to unmask the philosopher's art and make thought experimentation accessible to a wider audience. How to Think Like a Philosopher, Dennett's six-part video workshop for Big Think Mentor, is a journey into the labyrinth of mind games Dennett and his colleagues, past and present, like to play.</i> <i><br>For the more utilitarian-minded, these are</i> …

A University of Kansas linguist is risking Russia's ire in helping Kazakhstan change its writing system

Kazakhstan has decided that its national language, Kazakh, needs a new writing system.<p>For decades, it has been using the Cyrillic script, a legacy of Soviet times. Now, though, Kazakhstan's long-term president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has been re-orienting his country away from Moscow, and toward the …

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

• <b>Author:</b> Philip K. Dick<p><b>The novel which became the cult classic film BLADE RUNNER.</b> World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he …