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Oldest Roman temple to date unearthed in Rome

1/29/2014 05:00:00 PM<p>Archaeologists excavating a site in central Rome say they've uncovered what may be oldest known temple from Roman …

Mystery of Florence's Cathedral Dome May Be Solved

Architect Massimo Ricci's theories are explored this week in a NOVA/National Geographic special.<p>Nearly six centuries after it was completed, the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence—a cathedral known around the world simply as <i>il Duomo</i>—remains that city's icon and greatest pride. …

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Are Museums Overrated?

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I’ve been to Paris three times and never once put a foot inside the Louvre. I skipped the Colosseum in Rome and gave only 10 minutes to the Hermitage during the entire five weeks I spent in St. Petersburg.<p>I’m sorry if this is disappointing. But I’m not sorry at all.<p>Too …

Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors

Archaeologists have mapped an ancient gladiator school, where the famed warriors lived, trained, and fought.<p>Ancient Rome's gladiators lived and trained in fortress prisons, according to an international team of archaeologists who mapped a school for the famed fighters.<p>Discovered at the site of …

Did St. Patrick Really Drive Snakes Out of Ireland?

It's the stuff of legend: The reptiles never existed on the Emerald Isle.<p>St. Patrick's Day, which is celebrated worldwide on March 17, honors St. Patrick, the Christian missionary who supposedly rid Ireland of snakes during the fifth century A.D.<p>According to legend, the patron saint of Ireland …

Augustus rules again as Rome acts to restore lost mausoleum

On the 2,000th anniversary of the emperor's death work will finally start to reopen historic site to visitors<p>He was Rome's first emperor, the founder of a world-dominating imperial dynasty, and a builder of roads and stunning temples who brought peace to a far-flung empire; a man so powerful the …

Peering Inside an Ancient Mummy

LONDON, ENGLAND—CT scans of the well-preserved mummy of Tamut, a woman who sang in a temple in Luxor in 900 B.C., reveal that she had short hair and …

Google Street View lets users explore Angkor’s 1000-year-old temples

From student backpackers traveling on a shoestring to retirees crossing off another place on the bucket list, Angkor in Cambodia is on the itinerary of just about every keen globetrotter. And now it’s on Google Street View, too.<p>The historic location, famous for its prominent role in the nation’s …

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Found With Brain But No Heart

An ancient Egyptian mummy found with an intact brain, but no heart, has a plaque on her abdomen that may have been intended to ritually heal her, say a team of researchers who examined the female body with CT scans.<p>The woman probably lived around 1,700 years ago, at a time when Egypt was under …

Inside the mummies' embalmed bodies – courtesy of a hospital CT scanner

Spare a thought for the unknown adult mummified in a Theban necropolis more than 2,500 years go. Not only did he suffer the most excruciating, possibly life-threatening dental abscesses, but the embalmer botched the afterlife preparation, leaving bits of brain in his skull as well as a broken …

Why Have Tigers Been Feared and Revered Throughout History?

Wildlife<p><i>Talking Tigers: Part 5 of a 12-part series</i><p><b>Throughout human history, the diverse peoples who populated the vast Asian continent have had one thing in common: They feared and revered the tiger. Throughout this cat’s range, their stealthy, illusory habits—suddenly appearing and disappearing in</b> …

Rescue of Ancient Ruin of Pompeii Follows New Plan

Restoration at the beleaguered archaeological site will be modeled on Herculaneum.<p>A ruin facing ruin, Pompeii looks to one of its doomed sister cities in its latest rescue effort. (Related: "The Real Pompeii.")<p><b>Italian officials this month unveiled details of the Great Pompeii Project, a</b> …

Sections of the Great Wall of China Unearthed

BEIJING, CHINA—<i>The Global Post</i> reports that three sections of the Great Wall thought to have been constructed during the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C. to 206 …

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Pompeii "Exposed and Vulnerable" to Neglect and the Elements

A conversation with the author of From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.<p>Pompeii has been many things over the centuries. It's been "a vineyard, a treasure trove, a den of bandits and today it remains an archaeological gem 'exposed and vulnerable,'" according to the new book <i>From Pompeii: The</i> …

Have Succulents, Will Travel: Central California Coast

My husband and I took our first adults only trip right before New Years Eve to one of our favorite hotels, Apple Farm Inn, to have a few days of wine …

Indoor gardening: quirky ways to bring nature inside

Not got much outdoor space? Never fear - become a house gardener instead with these seven eye-catching projects<p>A creative wall<p>Tillandsia or air plants are such unusual plants but they are surprisingly easy to maintain, even though they look very different from the bright green plants we’re used to …

DIY: Succulent Egg Garden – Alana Jones-Mann

With egg dyeing season in full swing, why not mix it up and turn your egg shells into a mini garden instead? You could even dye your egg shells AND …

Over Succulents? These Styling Tips Might Change Your Mind

Let's talk succulents . . . again. A trend that is here to stay, succulents require very little care and are downright pretty. Whether you're …

Indoor Succulents-10 Easy Tips On How To Grow Succulents - The Self-Sufficient Living

Many people prefer succulent plants for outdoor garden and indoor decoration. For those places which experiences dry and hot weather, these plants …

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A Different Way To Create A Succulent Kissing Ball

This succulent kissing ball, done a little differently, will add a beautiful touch of nature to your home. Get the step by step how on this living …

How to Liven Up Outdoor Living Spaces with Succulent Containers

There’s no better way to liven up an existing paver or concrete patio than with colorful container gardens. Succulent containers are an extremely …