Author: Pete_Fernbaugh

An artist's rendition of how a Pict may have looked. (The Sunday Times) 0

Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Remains at Elite School

  Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Remains at Elite School Archaeologists recently uncovered the decapitated heads of children, buried since the Bronze Age in a remote cave on the grounds of the prestigious Gordonstoun School in Scotland. As the Daily Mail reports, the remains date back to the period between 1100 B.C. and 900 B.C. Taken in the context of modern sensibilities, this discovery may seem grisly and hint at unsavory customs within ancient Scottish culture, but history especially should never be taken at face value. A History of Discovery First, it’s important to understand that ancient remains within Scottish caves are...

First discovered in 1900, artifacts from the Antikythera shipwreck continue to give archaeologists greater insight into ancient Greece. 0

Ancient Shipwreck Reveals New Treasures

Ancient Shipwreck Reveals New Treasures An ancient shipwreck may may reveal new clues into the lives of Greek aristocracy. A bone flute and a bronze armrest are now among the latest discoveries found in the wreckage of the sunken Greek ship of Antikythera, dated to around 65 B.C. The Antikythera shipwreck is the same famous site from which the Antikythera Mechanism was uncovered. Widely considered to be the world’s first computer, the Antikythera Mechanism was used to predict eclipses and track stars and planets. Understanding the Grecian Upper-Class In many ways, the Antikythera shipwreck is the archaeological gift that keeps on giving. Dr. Brendan Foley,...

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Colliding Black Holes Spell Doom for Far-Off Galaxy

Colliding Black Holes Spell Doom for Far-Off Galaxy Here in the Milky Way Galaxy, we spend a great deal of time and energy debating which apocalyptic event will supposedly ‘do us in for good’; however, there are other galaxies with their own doomsday brewing. For example: 3.5 billion light-years away, two supermassive black holes are orbiting so closely to each other it could spell doom for their entire home galaxy, which is located within the Virgo constellation. A Rhythmic Flicker Matthew Graham, a computational astronomer at Caltech, has been tracking “a rhythmic flickering from the galaxy’s nucleus, a quasar known as PG 1302-102,”  The...

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Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos?

Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos? Genetic modification. Designer babies. Stem cell research. These are all hot-button topics throughout the world, and the debate is about to get hotter, thanks to a team of British scientists from London’s Francis Crick Institute. Dr. Kathy Niakan, stem cell scientist at the Institute, has filed a request with the U.K. Human Fertilizaton and Embryology Authority (HFEA) seeking approval to genetically modify human embryos that have been donated after IVF treatments rendered a surplus, reports The Guardian. Strictly for Research Dr. Niakan and her team said their main goal is to research...

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Astronauts Make Huge Sacrifices for Year-long Mission

Astronaut Scott Kelly Takes a Space Selfie from the International Space Station. (Scott Kelly/NASA) Astronauts Make Huge Sacrifices during Year-Long Mission Imagine being trapped in one place for an entire year. You’re not allowed to leave. The lighting never changes. The smells and sounds are the same. You can’t even step outside for a breath of fresh air. This is your home. This is your life. For an entire year. That’s pretty much what American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have been experiencing for the past six months on the International Space Station. Twice as Long in Space As...

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Living Life the Victorian Way

Living Life the Victorian Way Is history a lot like the game of telephone in which stories are repeated over and over again until the final retelling bears little resemblance to the truth? This is what Sarah A. Chrisman and her husband Gabriel believe. In 2010, they made a life-changing decision. Frustrated with the complexities of daily life and fascinated by the secrets of the past, the Chrismans, both of whom are history buffs, chose to time travel in a way, transporting their lifestyle back to the late Victorian era of the 1880s and 1890s. Nothing But Primary Source Materials...