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The 'water war' brewing over the new River Nile dam

<b>A new dam on the Nile could trigger a war over water unless Ethiopia can agree a deal with Egypt and Sudan, writes the BBC's Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead.</b><p>It is often said the world's next world war will be fought over water and there are few places as tense as the River Nile.<p>Egypt and …

Africa

Genetic Study Attempts to Find Origins of Modern Horses

PARIS, FRANCE—According to a report in <i>The Independent</i>, a genetic study of 88 ancient and modern horses revealed Mongolia’s Przewalksi’s horse to be …

Archaeology

Prehistoric Europe much like a game of Civilization, according to ancient DNA | Ars Technica

The people who built Stonehenge were completely replaced by Central Europeans.<p>We can understand the prehistoric past only by interpreting the things …

The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

By August of 1918, the city of New Orleans was paralyzed by fear. In the dead of the night, the Axeman of New Orleans (as he came to be known) broke …

Crime

Found: An Unknown Language Spoken in a Single Malaysian Village

It has no words for ownership and lots of ways to talk about sharing.<p>An exclusive club—the estimated 6,000 different languages still spoken Earth—has …

One Carmaker You've Never Heard Of Made Both The Most Beautiful And Ugliest Cars Ever

Normally when I want to show you a car I believe you’ve never heard of, I limit myself to one car. Not today. Today I’d like to introduce you to two …

Is it medieval or mediaeval?

Why do we have these two spellings, and why has medieval become more popular?

Archaeology

Bones And Grooves: The Weird Secret History Of Soviet X-Ray Music

Western music may have been changing the world in the 1950s, but if you happened to be in Russia you were out of luck. State censorship was in full effect in the Soviet Union, and sneaking in, say, an American rock record was close to impossible. But a few industrious music fans managed to find …

Flea Markets

Hidden in Plain Sight

<b>Did a Secret Service Agent Accidentally Shoot JFK?</b><p><b>By Bonar Menninger</b><p>In early 1989, I was working as a business reporter in Washington, D.C., and …

Rock Music

Juno reveals the roots of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot, a gigantic storm of crimson clouds bigger than the Earth, has been raging on Jupiter's surface for centuries. We've known its …

Ancient Roman Family Life

Whether there was a king, a consul, or an emperor that stood supreme over Rome and its territories, the one constant throughout Roman history was the …

'This is a major discovery': Explorers find massive ice-age cavern beneath Montreal

Cathedral-like chamber, formed more than 15,000 years ago, features underground lake<p>Explorers have just discovered a new underground passage, …

Voyager 1 spacecraft thrusters fired up for first time since 1980

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a good idea to have a backup plan, especially in interstellar space.<p>NASA scientists needed to reorient the 40-year-old Voyager 1 -- the space agency's farthest spacecraft -- so its antenna would point toward Earth, 13 billion miles away. But the "attitude control thrusters," the first …

Astronomy

Homesick Phoenicians imported plants, animals to new Sicilian island home 3,000 years ago

Over 3,000 years ago, as the Phoenicians spread west from the Levantine coasts of the Mediterranean to Sicily and beyond, it turns out they had not …

Ancient History

Were there camels in Roman Britain? A brief note on the nature and context of the London camel remains

The following note looks briefly at the question of camels in Roman Britain. Recent work has demonstrated that both dromedaries (or Arabian camels) …

The Truth About Medieval Toilet Habits

We've read about the awful plight of waste disposal as cities grew large before modern sewer systems were installed. A reader asked, "Before sewer …

These pre-fab homes were one of the federal government’s dumbest postwar mistakes

We taxpayers invested in Lustron homes, and took a bath<p>Every single piece of a Lustron prefabricated home was shipped via delivery truck and …

Scientists Have Concluded That The Universe Shouldn't Really Exist

And yet here we are.<p>Scientists just confirmed the problem at the centre of the Universe: it shouldn't really exist at all.<p>That's because at the very …

Physics

Find the actual ends of the Earth and live comfortably with Unicat's MD77h 6x6 expedition vehicle

Based on the MAN TGS 33.540 6x6, the MD77h has the powerful stance of a 177 + 55-in (4,500 + 1,400-mm) 6x6 wheelbase. A 532-hp Euro 5 diesel engine …

This ghost tree has been floating vertically in Crater Lake for more than 100 years

On its most active day, the Old Man of the Lake traveled four miles<p>About 7,700 years ago, Mount Mazama in southern Oregon erupted, expelling over 11 …

Crater Lake

Ryne Sandberg’s baseball basement a tribute to his 16-year career

Ryne Sandberg's basement at his Lake Bluff home is a treasure trove of baseball curios and tributes to his 16-year career.<p>The Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman has his nine Golden Gloves arranged pyramid style on a wall<p>There's a three-dimensional painting for Sandberg which he views through 3D movie …

Does the Moon Rotate?

Observers on Earth might notice that the moon essentially keeps the same side facing our planet as it passes through its orbit. This may lead to the …

Astronomy

Courageous WWII Spy Jeannie Rousseau Has Died at 98

In 1943, British intelligence analysts received alarming information about German plans to build V-1 and V-2 rockets at a testing plant in …

Akkadian Empire: The World's First Empire

Mesopotamia was the location for an empire founded by Sargon the Great<p>As far as we know, the world's first empire was formed in 2350 B.C.E. by Sargon …

Ancient History

New Vesuvius bodies discovered: Victims include pregnant women and fetuses

On Aug. 24, 79 A.D. — exactly 1,938 years ago — Mt. Vesuvius erupted in Italy with a thermal energy 100,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II.<p>Vesuvius shot a cloud of stones, ash and volcanic gas 21 miles into the sky and buried at least …

Archaeology

Here's an SR-71 Story That'll Make You Laugh

Messin' with air traffic controllers, and the Navy.<p>If you're going to show off, make sure you really are top dog.<p>In this great little clip, an SR-71 pilot tells a story about flying around the Western United States to build up crew hours when small plane pilots started calling into air traffic …

How John Quincy Adams Made Lincoln Possible

If Americans today know John Quincy Adams, whose 250th birthday we celebrate on July 11, it is probably as Congressman Adams—Anthony Hopkins’ …

John Quincy Adams

Dynastic Egypt Timeline - 2,700 Years of Change in Egyptian Society

The Rise and Fall of the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms in Egypt<p>The dynastic Egypt chronology that we use to name and classify the 2,700-year long …

Ancient History

Frederick Douglass on the Fourth of July

<i>*The following post is an abridged version of Fredrick Douglass‘ famed speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” originally delivered at</i> …