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The discovery of a lost Mayan city named by archaeologists as Chactún in the Biosphere Reserve of Calakmul, Mexico, adds to the nearly 20 major centres so far located by the Archaeological Survey Project in Southeast Campeche, including the city of Uxul. View of structure 1-A at the archaeological site...

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Our sex lives, moods, appetites and how well our brain works are all affected by different colours. How it happens; Billionaire Christian Grey may have his red room of pain in the saucy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. But it turns out that purple is actually the sexiest colour you can paint your...
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:...
A team of evangelical Christian explorers claim they've found the remains of Noah's ark beneath snow and volcanic debris on Turkey's Mount Ararat . "I don't know of any expedition that ever went looking for the ark and didn't find it," said Paul Zimansky, an archaeologist specializing in the Middle...
China's third lunar probe will blast off in the second half of 2013, the state Xinhua news agency reported late yesterday. Other reports said it would land and transmit back a survey of the moon's surface. If successful, the landing would be China's first on the lunar surface and mark...
Dutch astrophysicist Dr Fred Jansen is no stranger to the difficulties of space exploration. He led the team that put an X-ray observatory in orbit in the 1990s, and has since overseen exploration operations to Mars and Venus. But the Rosetta mission manager described his latest challenge as the...
MANILA - Weather permitting, parts of the country will get to witness the annular solar eclipse on May 10, Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In its astronomical diary, Pagasa said the event will be visible as a partial solar eclipse starting 5:17 a.m. up...
Could it be a Martian's campfire? A UFO? A rival planet's rover cooking along on the horizon with sterno? What appear as glints of light on new photos from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover probably are just a reflection, a glare on a lens or a technical error, but that hasn't...
Scientists in Germany are suggesting that some ants appear to be able to predict an earthquake before it hits. A presentation of the finding was recently given in Vienna. Can ants predict an earthquake? According to researchers in Germany, red wood ants change their behavior "markedly" before an earthquake hits,...
A Japanese scientist who published a paper claiming ordinary cells could be turned into stem cells by bathing them in acid has today been forced to apologise after she was accused of falsifying data. Haruko Obokata, 30, choked back tears during a televised news conference packed with hundreds of reporters,...
Nasa has ordered a series of spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station - including one on Christmas Day. Station managers will send two American astronauts out on Saturday, Monday and next Wednesday. "The next week will be busy with space walks so not much tweeting...
(NEWSER) – "How snakes lost their legs has long been a mystery to scientists," Dr. Hongyu Yi says in a press release from the University of Edinburgh. But that mystery may have finally been solved thanks to a 90-million-year-old skull and advanced CT scan technology. It's been long theorized...
Hundreds of thousands of mutated mosquitoes could soon be unleashed in Florida, but don’t worry: scientists say they have a plan. It might sound like something out of a low-budget horror film, but the US Food and Drug Administration really is considering whether or not they should allow scientists to...
The Voyager 1 probe has become the first spacecraft to ever leave our solar system, Nasa has said. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth, the plutonium-powered Voyager is now more than 11.5 billion miles from the Sun in interstellar space. The US space agency said Voyager 1 actually left the solar...
(NEWSER) – Babies' capacity for pain and the surprising motivation of straight men are on the list this week: Babies Feel Pain Same as Adults Do: The belief that babies don't have fully developed pain receptors may have been smashed by Oxford scientists who poked and prodded newborns' feet and...
The Sun reports the 400kg reptile was discovered by workers after they carried out a controlled explosion in the Cave of Altamira, in the northern state of Para. Video footage taken by one of the crew pans down the snake’s enormous body — which measures one metre in diameter. After making...
The largest living organisms on the planet, the big, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and other wildlife, are dying. A report by three of the world's leading ecologists in today's issue of the journal Science warns of an alarming increase in deathrates among trees 100-300 years old...
With tantalizing hints of a global salty ocean lying beneath a layer of fractured ice,Jupiter‘s moon Europa has been catapulted to the top of the list of suitable homes for ETs in the solar system. Now NASA has begun mapping out what a future mission to this intriguing worldlet may...
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 team of Australian physicists have come up with their own theory on the universe’s creation. Challenging the “Big Bang” model, they now say it was a “Big Chill” – somewhat similar to water first freezing into ice and then cracking upon cooling. ­Researchers from the University of Melbourne and...
The sun has undergone a “complete field reversal,” with its north and south poles changing places as it marks the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. “A reversal of the sun's magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips said in a statement issued on the space agency’s website. “The...
(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...
RIYADH: In the largest gathering of its kind in history, 100 astronauts and cosmonauts from 18 countries convened in Riyadh for the 25th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). The event will run until Nov. 10 under the aegis of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques...
Penguins lost the ability to fly eons ago, and scientists may have finally figured out why. A new study suggests that getting off the ground eventually just took too much effort for birds that were becoming expert swimmers. Flight might make some aspects of penguins' Antarctic life much easier. The grueling march...
Conservationists have warned that nature is facing a global "mass extinction" for the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs. It comes after figures show global wildlife populations are set to fall by more than two thirds on 1970 levels by the end of the decade. Assessment of 14,152 populations...
The question of just how an ancient civilization—without the help of modern technology—moved the 2.5 ton stones that made up their famed pyramids has long plagued Egyptologists and mechanical engineers alike. But now, a team from the University of Amsterdam believes they've figured it out, even though the solution...
The coldest weather conditions for two decades show little sign of relenting in parts of America, as forecasters predict freezing temperatures could make Tuesday the coldest on record in the 21st century. It sounds like a plot device from a bad disaster movie, but for vast swathes of North America, the...
Residents in the UAE woke up to a cool winds and light rainfall on Friday early morning. The National Center of Meteorology & Seismology reported light rain over Dubai, Al Qalaa, Dalma and Al Jazeera B.G; moderate rain over Ghayathi and Jebel Dhanna. According to NCMS, there were "strong north-westerly...
TWO Russians who were rescued in November after four months lost in the taiga wilderness of the Far East ate the corpse of a companion in order to survive, reports say. A group of four men had disappeared in August on a river-fishing expedition to the vast Yakutia region...
WASHINGTON – The notion of landing astronauts on Mars has long been more fantasy than reality. The planet is, on average, 225 million km from Earth, and its atmosphere is not hospitable to human life. But a human voyage to the planet is now, for the first time, within the...
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