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Using the latest scientific methods such as 3D scanning mummies, forensics, artistic interpretation and historical facts, the researchers were able to reconstruct  some of the legendary historical figures, such as Nicolas Copernicus, the legendary young pharaoh Tutankhamun or beautiful queen Nefertiti. William Shakespeare, PHOTO: Pixelizam Queen Nefertiti PHOTO: Pixelizam Nicola Kopernik, PHOTO:...
When a homeowner experiences significant damage to their house from a natural disaster, there are certain steps they need to take. It’s the type of damage that can result from wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and more. It's possible for a standard home insurance policy to not cover damage caused...
(NEWSER) – Look inside a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue, and what do you find? Why, a mummified body, of course. At least that's what Dutch researchers discovered when performing a CT scan on a statue shown last year in the Netherlands at Drents Museum, Discover reports. The body is...
Global climate change, while being denied by many, is currently being vastly studied by scientists. The increase of extreme fires is just one of many alarming changes to the global landscape. While fire is a natural and even beneficial part of the ecosystem, global warming seems to only be...
Fast Facts Type: Bird Diet: Carnivore Average life span in the wild: Up to 17 years Size: Body, 14 to 19 in (36 to 49 cm); wingspan, 3.3 to 3.6 ft (1 to 1.1 m) Weight: 18.8 to 56.5 oz (530 to 1,600 g)   Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:   Falconry is the hunting of wild quarry in its natural...
Scientists working in Thailand’s Mae Klong River made a big find last week: an enormous stingray that they think is a contender for the largest freshwater fish ever documented by researchers. The ray was caught and released in about 65 feet (20 meters) of water in the Amphawa District, about...
(Live science)- There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy. The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults....
The strange blue creature in the photo above may look like a monster from a Japanese RPG, but is actually a real animal—the Glaucus atlanticus sea slug, to be exact. Commonly known as the blue dragon or blue sea slug, this beautiful little mollusk can be found off the coast of South...
IF YOU are among the 10 per cent of the population in the Lefty Club, Happy Left-Handers Day! Researchers still don't understand why one in 10 people turn out to be lefties but studies have shown that most children are either predominantly right or left by the age of three....
The legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon are exactly that: legendary. And they may not have been located in Babylon. The gardens, famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, were, according to Stephanie Dalley, an Oxford University Assyriologist, located some 340 miles north of ancient Babylon in...
Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum and international collaborators have described a new species of Hero Shrew -- the mammal with the most bizarre lower spine on Earth. The interlocking vertebrae of the Hero Shrew render the spine four to five times more robust relative to body mass, a condition...
The dugong is the only entirely marine mammal to feed exclusively on plants, a trait that leads to its other common name of 'sea cow'. These large, rotund animals have short, paddle-like front flippers and a fluke-like tail, with a straight or concave edge, that is used for propulsion....
With Both Sides Of, New York City based photographer Alex John Beck tests our definition of beauty. Inspired by the theory that symmetrical faces are the most attractive, the artist constructs a pair of entirely symmetrical portraits drawn from a single visage, one made from the model’s lefthand side and its mirror...
"Everything that you really believe in is becoming a reality for you" Positive thinking leads a man to success. One, who thinks that he can achieve the things, will put his best to achieve, will not fetter by the problems in the path of success and one day he will...
MANILA – “To light up the rest of the Philippines sustainably” was the vision of Filipina scientist Aisa Mijeno when she made the Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt) lamp. The SALt Lamp is an environment-friendly and sustainable alternative light source that runs on saltwater, making it suitable to those who live...
A sandstorm that started on Wednesday night from Saudi Arabia raged across all areas in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE and covered the entire region in a haze. Visibility in some areas, especially in the Western parts of the UAE, was down to as little as...
What are genetically-modified foods? The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified...
German scientists say they are close to solving the mystery why it is nearly impossible to open a packet of crisps without munching your way through the whole bag. German scientists from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg are searching for that crunch magic ingredient in crisps which make them so irresistible. Dr...
In the Philippines, tropical cyclones (typhoons) are called bagyo. Tropical cyclones entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility are given a local name by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), which also raises public storm signal warnings as deemed necessary. Around 19 tropical cyclones or storms enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in a typical year and...
(NEWSER) – Introducing the new king of the dinosaurs, at least in terms of size. Researchers in the Patagonia region of Argentina found a brute they've named Dreadnoughtus, and they're laying claim to it being the largest land animal whose size can be accurately measured—thanks mainly to the fact that...
After 90 days of incubation, the auspicious movement of crocodile eggs the past few days heralded the hatching of the first baby croc at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at The Dubai Mall. The Aquarium and Underwater Zoo have dubbed the parents Queen Croc, an 80 year-old behemoth, and King...
There are many things these days that are so commonplace that we completely take them for granted. Because we either don’t see these things in action, or we use them so regularly, we often forget that they are inventions at all. In reality, they were once things that people...
Sharon Oosthoek U of T's Samah El-Tantawy hopes to help implement the award-winning traffic light system she developed for her dissertation (photo courtesy Samah El-Tantawy) University of Toronto Engineering graduate Samah El-Tantawy is creating better, smarter traffic lights using game theory and artificial intelligence to teach lights how to adjust to traffic patterns...
ONE country has already declared it a national emergency and alarm bells are ringing for the world's scientists and banana lovers. But banana-geddon is very real and fruit fans everywhere are fearing for the future supplies of the popular global snack. Already under massive threat due to plagues of bugs, scientists...
According to reports, a rare celestial illusion of “triple suns” occurred in the sky over Chifeng in northern China’s Inner Mongolia. The three suns rising in the skies was displayed in an incredible video which was recorded by stunned onlookers and the video circulated in news reports and social media...
LONDON: More than two years into the Curiosity rover's lonely trek across Mars, conspiracy theorists believe they have struck gold: an "alien thigh bone" has been spotted on the surface of the red planet. For keen alien hunters, the image below — taken by the rover's MastCam on August 14...
Scientists have successfully created the world's smallest magnet - it's a single atom, and it could be an integral part of computers in the future. The one-atom magnet was made by a team of researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, and it's believed to be...
A laugh may signal mockery, humor, joy or simply be a response to tickling, but each kind of laughter conveys a wealth of auditory and social information. These different kinds of laughter also spark different connections within the "laughter perception network" in the human brain depending on their context,...
Five Earth-sized planets have been identified around a distant star in the Milky Way galaxy in a discovery that raises the possibility of eventually finding another rocky planet where water-based life may exist, scientists said. All five planets are too close to their sun and too hot to harbour life...
What causes a tsunami?... A tsunami is a large ocean wave that is caused by sudden motion on the ocean floor. This sudden motion could be an earthquake, a powerful volcanic eruption, or an underwater landslide. The impact of a large meteorite could also cause a tsunami. Tsunamis travel across the open ocean at great...