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Black rock from Vesuvius eruption is actually someone's super-heated brain

A glassy black rock found inside the charred skull of an unfortunate victim of the Mount Vesuvius eruption has turned out to be a 2,000-year-old vitrified human brain, reports Phys.org. The remarkable finding is a testament to just how swift…

Australian fires reveal ancient water system built long before the pyramids

The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape has long been regarded as a marvel of ancient engineering. The sprawling water system in southeastern Australia was built more than 6,000 years ago — long before even the Egyptian pyramids took shape. Ancient inhabitants…

Why a silent book club is a brilliant idea

Even introverts need social outings, say the founders of this special kind of book club. ‘We think it’s important to put down our phones and be social. Real, live, breathing-the-same-air social, not hearting-you-on-Instagram social.’ (Photo: GaudiLab/Shutterstock) No revelations here, but…

Gold bar found in Mexico City park was an Aztec treasure looted by conquistadors

Imagine strolling through a popular city park and having a glint of gold catch your eye, and discovering an ancient gold bar half-buried in the dirt. Apparently, this can actually happen to you in Mexico City. Back in 1981, one…

What is moral grandstanding and are you guilty of it?

Ah, 2020. Here we are. Many of us have been anxiously awaiting this new year and the congressional and presidential elections it brings. As political campaigns kick into high gear this coming spring and fall, there’s no better time to…

What those beautiful glass prisms in the sidewalk are really for

Have you ever walked along a city street and noticed grids of colored glass on the sidewalk? Though the patterns are lovely and may seem decorative, they actually served a purpose — or at least they did at one time….

​You may not have hit your creative peak yet

The fire of creativity don’t necessarily burn out after your youth. A new study by economics professors at Ohio State University and the University of Chicago, reveals there are two types of creative peaks that occur at different ages, reports…

Could ancient stone circles have been conduits for lightning strikes?

[embedded content] Ancient stone circles such as Stonehenge and the Callanish Stones have long perplexed archaeologists and captured our collective consciousness. How were they built? What was their purpose? Why were they placed where they were? Now a startling new…

Is the end of the movie theater nigh?

Toronto’s Paradise Theater was a “nabe,” a neighborhood movie theater built in 1937. There used to be one every few blocks, but the Paradise was a little classier, designed by an important architect with nice Art Deco detailing. Most of…

Who doesn't love an ugly Christmas sweater?

This is the year to let your inner Christmas geek shine. May the following ugly Christmas sweaters inspire you! The couple that wears ugly Christmas sweaters together, stays together. (Photo: TheUglySweaterShop.com [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr) *** Santa riding a dinosaur, of…