Egypt says archaeologists have discovered three sunken shipwrecks dating back more than 2,000 years to Roman times off the coast of the city of Alexandria. Tuesday's statement from Mostafa Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery was made in collaboration with the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology. Waziri says the archeologists also uncovered a head sculpture carved in crystal and three gold coins dating back to Rome's first emperor, Augustus. Parts of large wooden planks and archaeological remains of pottery vessels were also found, which could have been part of the ships' cargo. The discoveries were made in Alexandria's Abu Qir Bay. Separately from
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“My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power,” said Mugabe in his letter which was read out in parliament, sparking cheers and dancing. Cars began honking horns and people cheered in the streets, as the news spread like wildfire across the capital, Harare. Mugabe, who had been the world’s oldest head of state at 93, said that proper procedures should be followed to install new leadership.
Mayumi Saito, 53, was arrested Tuesday on charges of abandoning bodies, a day after she turned herself in at the police station. It is fairly standard in Japan for criminal charges to be added later as an investigation progresses. Although Japan is the world’s third-largest economy and has a reputation as being economically advanced, poverty remains a problem, especially among women.
A California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a home-built rocket to prove that astronauts faked the shape of the Earth. Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver, said his stunt will be the first phase of the flat-Earth space program, sponsored by Research Flat Earth, a group that believes Earth is, well, flat. The rocket should travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph. “If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot,” Hughes said. “It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive. I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket.”
For anyone unfamiliar, here’s the deal: An open relationship is one in which both partners agree to a non-monogamous arrangement. In my case, [being in an open relationship] strengthened my relationship because I felt like I could talk to Han about anything.
Pause your game of Asteroids, space fans! Astronomers spotted an interstellar asteroid traveling through the Milky Way. NASA described the asteroid, called Oumuamua, as “a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a reddish hue” that stands approximately 400 meters long. Observers initially mistook it for a comet when they noticed it in September, but NASA reported “no signs of cometary activity after it slingshotted past the Sun.” Oumuamua is considered the “first observed object from outside our solar system,”according to CNN. The name is Hawaiian and roughly translates to “a messenger from afar arriving first,” per NASA.
They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution -- but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Science Advances is based on satellite data showing that the Earth's night is getting brighter, and artificially lit outdoor surfaces grew at a pace of 2.2 percent per year from 2012 to 2016. Experts say that's a problem because nighttime lights are known to disrupt our body clocks and raise the risks of cancer, diabetes and depression.
Is civilization good for us? Has it made us any happier? The takeaway from a new book by James Scott, a professor of political science and anthropology at Yale University, is that the answer to the first question is yes but it’s complicated, while the answer to the second question is, well, even more complicated. In Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, Scott explores why human beings decided to shift from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a more sedentary, agrarian lifestyle roughly 12,000 years ago. The accepted narrative is that humans abandoned hunting and gathering as soon they discovered agricultural technology, because it made life easier and safer. But Scott argues that
UK aerospace firms have said they are being excluded from bidding for space contracts because of the Brexit vote. Contracts for the European navigation satellite system, Galileo, were being particularly affected, Simon Henley of the Royal Aeronautical Society said. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus warned that other countries were "knocking at the door" to take business from the UK amid the uncertainty caused by Brexit. Both comments were made to MPs on the Business Committee . The head of the ADS aerospace trade body also warned MPs that if the UK was to leave the EU without a deal, it would be "chaotic" for the industry. ADS chief executive Paul Everitt said: "No deal would be the worst possible
A Viking camp that dates back to the 870s has been been unearthed by archeologists in the small village of Repton in Derbyshire. Excavations showed these to be gravel platforms that may have held temporary timber structures or tents.
A vote by the Federal Communications Commission on December 14, 2017 will decide the fate of net neutrality. But what is it?
The Pentagon revealed Tuesday that military investigators made a grisly discovery this month when they stumbled upon additional human remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. Investigators with the FBI and U.S. military were dispatched to Niger to determine what happened and answer questions about whether the forces had adequate intelligence, equipment, and took proper security precautions.
The United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic on Wednesday of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war. Mladic, 75, was found guilty of commanding forces responsible for crimes including the worst atrocities of the war — the deadly three-year siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica, which was Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II. A three-judge panel at the court formally known as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted Mladic of 10 of 11 counts in a dramatic climax to a groundbreaking effort to seek justice for the wars in the former Yugoslavia.
Bad news for microbes that want to make a home on Mars: A new study argues that dark streaks on the Martian surface are not caused by underground supplies of liquid water. In 2015, observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed trace amounts of water (mixed with heavy doses of salts) on the Red Planet's surface. These "hydrated salts" corresponded with dark streaks on Martian hillsides called recurring slope lineae (RSL), which researchers had already identified as possible sites of liquid water rising to the surface. Studies of RSL, and in particular the findings by the MRO, introduced the tantalizing possibility that there could be enough liquid water on the surface of Mars today
The first-ever visitor to Earth's neighborhood from beyond our solar system, it turns out, looks like a giant reddish stick thrown for some cosmic dog at the park. And just a month after the weird object was spotted, astronomers have now published a paper on the discovery in the journal Nature Letters. "This thing is very strange," lead author Karen Meech, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii, which runs the telescope that spotted A/2017 U1, said in a press release. That's particularly true of its shape, which is much more highly elongated than any of the asteroids scientists have spotted to date. The asteroid, known as 'Oumuamua, caught their eye all along for its weird path. But the scientists
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call on Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on the agenda, the White House said. Trump called
Imagine a dinosaur footprint as long as a young child is tall. Now, imagine 110 of them. Amazingly, that's what paleontologists have discovered in eastern France — 110 fossilized footprints belonging to a long-necked sauropod that lived during the Jurassic period. At more than 500 feet long, the footprint-speckled path is the longest sauropod trackway on record, according to the researchers. This lengthy trackway is a few yards longer than the previous record holders: a 465-foot-long and a 482-foot-long sauropod trackway in Galinha, Portugal, dating to the middle Jurassic, the researchers said. Part of the trackway was uncovered in the French village of Plagne, located in the Jura Mountains,
Light pollution is getting exponentially worse. The area of Earth lit by artificial lights grew by 9 per cent in four years. If that continues, the total illuminated area of the Earth will double from what it was in 2012 before 2050. The retreat is likely to impact nocturnal wildlife and people’s health, by disrupting natural day-night cycles, as well as further obscuring our view of the heavens. “Dark areas are being lost in places where nocturnal animals, insects and plants have adapted to darkness over billions of years,” says Franz Hölker of the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, Germany. “Our most dramatic result is the exponential growth in illuminated
Of all the animals mankind interacts with on a regular basis, dogs have always seemed to be the most in tune with our emotional states. New research has attempted to examine why that might be, and scientists now believe they have evidence to show that dogs are incredibly adept at learning human facial cues. As it turns out, dogs really, really want their human companions to be happy, and may even share the reliance on the hormone oxytocin to promote social bonding with their two-legged caretakers. Using eye tracking hardware to monitor the reactions of 43 individual canines, the scientists presented the dogs with images of human faces. The faces, which were either smiling or frowning, produced
As one of the most secretive tech companies out there, Apple rarely reveals any details regarding hardware or software products that may be in development. The paper details technology that can be used by existing self-driving cars equipped with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology for mapping their surroundings to better detect obstacles, including pedestrians and cyclists. First spotted on arXiv by Reuters, the paper describes a so-called VoxelNet technology for autonomous cars, and appears to be the company’s first disclosed paper on this subject.
The current rules, known as net neutrality, impose utility-style regulation on ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to prevent them from favoring their own digital services over those of their rivals. Pai said that he believes the net neutrality rules adopted during the Obama administration discourage the ISPs from making investments in their network that would provide even better and faster online access.
Citing a 2015 lawsuit that charges the school’s affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants, the federal government in a letter set a Dec. 1 deadline for Harvard to hand over documents on its admission policies. The Justice Department is probing the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school’s compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, according to the letter, dated Friday and seen by Reuters on Tuesday. “The Department is left with no choice but to conclude that Harvard is out of compliance with its Title VI access obligations,” the letter reads.
It may not take an asteroid strike to transport life from one planet to another. Fast-moving dust could theoretically knock microbes floating high up in a world's atmosphere out into space, potentially sending the bugs on a trip to another planet — perhaps even one orbiting a different star, according to a new study. "The proposition that space-dust collisions could propel organisms over enormous distances between planets raises some exciting prospects of how life and the atmospheres of planets originated," study author Arjun Berera, a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said in a statement. "The streaming of fast space dust is found throughout planetary systems and could be a common factor in proliferating life," Berera added.