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What’s in a name? Months of the year

Ever wondered why we call the months what we do? Wonder no longer! Here’s our handy guide to the names of the months of the year. Like many bits of …

Ancient History

Photos: Headless Roman Gladiator Skeletons Identified

A new analysis of headless skeletons is revealing more about the lives of these mysterious men, who were likely Roman gladiators. For instance, DNA …

Archaeology

Animation Presents Ancient Corinth During The Roman Period

Ancient Corinth was one of the most powerful and important of the Greek city-states, with the settlement itself boasting population of over 90,000 …

8 ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses that you (probably) didn’t know about

1<p>Taweret<p>At first sight the goddess Taweret, ‘the great female one’, appears to be composed of randomly selected animal parts. She has the body and …

Ancient History

Complaining about doctors in the 12th century

Doctors were around in the Middle Ages too, and according to one twelfth-century writer, many of them were failing their patients.

Medieval

Why You Don’t Feel Takeoff as Much in a Larger Airplane

There are many advantages to flying in smaller airplanes: they tend to zip in and out of airports quickly, they can land in smaller cities or islands …

Aerospace

Ancient Egyptian Symbols

Religion in ancient Egypt was fully integrated into the people's daily lives. The gods were present at one's birth, throughout one's life, in the …

Ancient History

How King Herod Transformed the Holy Land

In the New Testament King Herod I is a villain, but the Herod of history was more complex, a consummate politician, ambitious builder, and master organizer who was able to balance the needs of the Judaean populace and the rulers of Rome.<p>This story appears in the November/December 2016 issue of</i> …

Ancient History

Space shuttle piggyback 747 unveiled | CNN Travel

(CNN) — It may sound impossible to some, but once upon a time, airplanes regularly took off and landed with 83-ton spaceships on their backs.<p>Someone has wisely decided to put one in a museum.<p>On Saturday, Space Center Houston in Texas unveils an exhibit featuring one of two powerful Boeing 747s that …

Space Exploration

The big questions of ancient Egypt

<i>A member of staff at the British Museum next to a scan of Gebelein Man, also known as ‘Ginger’. (Getty)</i><p><b>1) What is the earliest evidence of ‘art’ in</b> …

Ancient History

Happy Birthday ruled out of copyright

<b>The company collecting royalties for Happy Birthday To You does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled.</b><p>Warner/Chappell acquired the copyright - which was originally filed in 1935 - in 1988.<p>But judge George King ruled that the original copyright was only granted for …

Music Industry

The 30 Most Important Airplanes of All Time

Here are the planes that have defined the aerospace age.<p>While by no means definitive, the following list of flying machines is what we consider, after many grueling hours of debate, to be the most important airplanes in the course of history. Every one of the airplanes herein has left a lasting …

Aerospace

If We Can 3-D Print the Venus de Milo With Arms, What Are Her Arms Doing?

The <i>Venus de Milo</i> is a paradox: the embodiment of beauty, yet disfigured. And she is a puzzle, gazing serenely at something we cannot see, something …

Beyond the Colosseum: Roman Amphitheaters Outside of Rome

You’ve crossed the Colosseum off your list, so now what? The Roman Empire at its peak stretched around the Mediterranean and up into Europe, building thriving cities all the way. These 10 destinations boast some of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres outside Rome.

10 things you must know about Airbus A-380

1. Easy on the Gas<p>It’s big, but not a gas-guzzler. Calculated per passenger, Lufthansa’s A380s get 69 miles per gallon. The airplane holds 81,890 …

Etihad's New Three-Room Suite, for When First Class Just Doesn't Cut It

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Aviation

Awesome In-Flight Videos from the KLM Cockpit : The Art of Non-Conformity

Ever wonder how dozens of flights can safely cross the Atlantic at the same time, despite the fact that much of the journey includes no radar …

Air Traffic Control

Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa

Early Homo sapiens lingered in a lush Arabia before encountering Neanderthals in the Levant.<p>Where did our species come from, and how did we get from there to everywhere?<p>Genetic studies have supplied a convincing answer to the first question: Our modern human ancestors evolved in Africa, then swept …

Anthropology

Deadly Germs May Lurk In Your Doctor's Clothing

“<i>I never go to hospitals, that’s where all the sick people are.”</i> It’s an old joke that’s based on some ugly truths. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are dangerous places that can lead to a large number of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). According to the Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

Egyptian Alexandria - Ancient underwater finds revealed the Pharaonic roots of the Ptolemaic City

Alexandria, located on the Mediterranean coast in Egypt, has seen many changes in its 2,300 year history. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C., …

Gold nanotubes launch a three-pronged attack on cancer cells

Scientists have shown that gold nanotubes have many applications in fighting cancer: internal nanoprobes for high-resolution imaging; drug delivery …

What Is That Hole in the Tail of an Airplane?

<i>What’s That Thing is Slate’s column examining mysterious or overlooked objects in our visual landscape. Submit suggestions and pics for future</i> …

Skull discovery suggests location where humans first had sex with Neanderthals

Skull found in northern Israeli cave in western Galilee, thought to be female and 55,000 years old, connects interbreeding and move from Africa to Europe<p>An ancient skull found in a cave in northern Israel has cast light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa and the dawn of humanity’s …

The History of the First Class in Airplanes

At the dawn of aviation aircraft interiors looked quite different, as we used to. It is now want to sleep – pay.And that was before? As previously …

Aviation

From Trump's $100m 757 to Oprah's luxurious interiors and Tom's 'Top Gun' G4: Inside the private jets of the rich and famous

• <b>Real estate tycoon Donald Trump has a luxurious jet worth almost $100m</b>• <b><br>Meanwhile, Star Wars' Harrison Ford has a collection of eight planes</b>• <b><br>Actor (and</b> …

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

7 of the Craziest Predictions for the Future, From the Past

Back in 1992, in a special issue of TIME devoted to predicting what to expect in the new millennium, writer Lance Morrow waxed philosophical about …

Nikola Tesla

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Architecture

Orbital Objects

Learn more about satellites, space junk, and other objects floating in orbits.<p>The skies above Earth are teeming with more than 8,000 manmade objects, large and small. The U.S. Space Surveillance Network uses radar to track more than 13,000 such items that are larger than four inches (ten …

Space Exploration