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Constructing termite turrets without a blueprint

Following a series of studies on termite mound physiology and morphogenesis over the past decade, researchers have now developed a mathematical model to help explain how termites construct their intricate mounds.

Today Marks 3000 Days on Mars For the Genius ’Curiosity Rover‘ –See Celebration Photos From the Red Planet

Tuesday was the 3,000th day, or “Sol,” during which NASA’s Curiosity Rover has been trundling about on the surface of the Red Planet. The images the rover has beamed back have colored in the dreams of thousands of Star Wars, Star Trek, and John Carter fans, and our understanding of what the closest, potentially habitable […]

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While Excavating 1000-Year-old Viking Ship, Norwegians Find Remnants of Elite Society

The area surrounding the Gjellestad Viking ship burial in Norway was found to contain an extensive and traditional funerary, feasting, and religious complex of outstanding significance, ground-penetrating radar scans revealed. The finds transform the understanding of the site as one containing an isolated grave to representing the regional center of Viking high-society. Remains of three […]

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CNN Falsely Blames Climate Change For Siberian Craters

The phrase “never let a potential climate crisis story go to waste” must be in CNN’s news handbook because this headline has absolutely nothing to do with global warming aka climate change. The story at CNN titled Massive mystery holes…

Climate change: Warming world will be ‘devastating’ for frozen peatlands – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Melting permafrost in Alaska and other northern regions could unleash large amounts of warming gases from peatlands The world’s peatlands will become a large source of greenhouse gases as temperatures rise this century, say…

Cahokia’s rise parallels onset of corn agriculture

Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still debated. In a new study, scientists report that corn was not grown in the ancient metropolis of Cahokia until sometime between A.D. 900 and 1000, a relatively late date that corresponds to the start of the city’s rapid expansion.

Archaeologists discover recycling system in ancient Pompeii

In some ways, the ancient Roman city of Pompeii mimicked a modern city — once contained within protective city walls, as the urban area grew and prospered, it spread into the countryside, creating suburbs. But in other ways, it was…

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Archaeologists verify Florida’s Mound Key as location of elusive Spanish fort

Florida and Georgia archaeologists have discovered the location of Fort San Antón de Carlos, home of one of the first Jesuit missions in North America. The Spanish fort was built in 1566 in the capital of the Calusa, the most powerful Native American tribe in the region, on present-day Mound Key in the center of Estero Bay on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Melting ice reveals lost Viking highway's secrets

Vikings may have captured our imagination with their larger-than-life exploits, but it’s easy to forget they were also a practical people. They built sensible settlements, engaged in trade and only occasionally indulged in psychoactive drugs before battle. They also traveled,…

3 different early human ancestors lived at the same time, in the same place

Homo sapiens have existed in the form we do today for only about 50,000 years. Go back 2 million years ago though, and there were several kinds of archaic humans. It was near the end of the Australopithecus era (you…