When the poet Horace said “We are but dust and shadow”, he probably didn’t think that dust itself could create a shadow. But it can, and that shadow can obscure even some of the most powerful explosions in the universe.  At least that’s the finding from new research from an international team […]

Accurate radiocarbon dates of the bones of skeletons found at Machu Picchu in 1912 show the Inca citadel was inhabited by 1420 – several decades earlier than expected. (Image credit: Courtesy Yale University) The mountaintop Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in southern Peru was built and inhabited decades earlier than previously believed, […]

Blocks from the Temple of Amun fell on the galley sinking the ship. The vessel was found beneath 5 meters (16.4 feet) of clay and blocks. A sophisticated sonar had to be used to find the vessel. (Image credit: Christoph Gerigk ©FranckGoddio/Hilti Foundation) Galley sunk when it was slammed with […]

(Image credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Ancient “megaripples” as tall as five-story buildings are hiding deep under Louisiana, and their unique geology indicates that they formed in the immediate aftermath of the asteroid strike that killed the nonavian dinosaurs, a new study finds. The 52-foot-tall (16 meters) megaripples are about […]

Static skull, mandible, and parietal orthographic. Credit: Tel Aviv University Dramatic Discovery in Israeli Excavation The discovery of a new Homo group in this region, which resembles Pre-Neanderthal populations in Europe, challenges the prevailing hypothesis that Neanderthals originated from Europe, suggesting that at least some of the Neanderthals’ ancestors actually […]

Credit: University of Texas at Arlington Underwater archaeology team finds ancient obsidian flakes 2,000 miles from quarry. An underwater archaeologist from The University of Texas at Arlington is part of a research team studying 9,000-year-old stone tool artifacts discovered in Lake Huron that originated from an obsidian quarry more than […]

February 17, 2020 The issuing of General Order No. 3 by Union troops on June 19, 1865, marked the official end of slavery in Texas and the U.S. In the early 1800s, privateers and smugglers who were involved in the slave trade periodically used Galveston Island as an outpost for operations. The sandy […]

The manuscripts include arias that were foundational in the history of opera — a genre that emerged in the early seventeenth century. Credit: Michel Garrett, Penn State In 1916 and 1917, a musician and book dealer named Giovanni Concina sold three ornately decorated seventeenth-century songbooks to a library in Venice, […]