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Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge

Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge

The Stonehenge monument in England is known for its alignment with the summer solstice sunrise, and a is popular destination for revelers welcoming the longest day of the year. The inner “horseshoe” of the...

Mysterious Fossils Science Still Can’t Explain

Mysterious Fossils Science Still Can’t Explain

Fossils give us a glimpse into the past. And while most fossils have been explained by now, a few remain scientific enigmas. Do they come from a lost race of giants? Outer space? Or...

Planet Venus Facts: A Hot, Hellish & Volcanic Planet

Planet Venus Facts: A Hot, Hellish & Volcanic Planet

With conditions on Venus that could be described as infernal, the ancient name for Venus — Lucifer — seems to fit. However, this name did not carry any fiendish connotations; Lucifer means “light-bringer,” and...

Mud Cracks on Mars Suggest a Watery Ancient Past

Mud Cracks on Mars Suggest a Watery Ancient Past

NASA’s Curiosity rover has photographed shallow crevices on Mars that may have formed from ancient mud cracks, yet more evidence that the planet had a watery past. In addition to the network of cracks...

Finding Extraterrestrial Life May Rely on Identifying Traces Rather Than Aliens

Finding Extraterrestrial Life May Rely on Identifying Traces Rather Than Aliens

When the famous 15th-century inventor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci examined petrified shells with borings in them long ago, he had a remarkable insight. The strange fossilized formations, he determined, were likely left behind...

See the 1,000-Year-Old Windmills Still in Use Today | National Geographic

See the 1,000-Year-Old Windmills Still in Use Today | National Geographic

These amazing windmills are among the oldest in the world. Located in the Iranian town of Nashtifan, initially named Nish Toofan, or “storm’s sting,” the windmills have withstood winds of up to 74 miles...

Ancient Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers Made Love, Not War

Ancient Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers Made Love, Not War

For much of human history, our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, mostly nomadic people who lived by hunting, fishing and harvesting wild food. Around 10,000 years ago, farming developed in Western Asia and quickly spread across...