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How Chinese Millets Went To Europe

A new study, led by scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, says that cereals from the Fertile Crescent and broomcorn millet from northern China spread across the…

WWI Helmets Better Than Modern?

Despite significant advancements in protection from ballistics and blunt impacts, old military helmets, especially the French Adrian helmet, actually performs better than modern designs, biomedical engineers from Duke University say. Notes…

The Doctor Who Never Was!

For decades, an ancient Egyptian known as Merit Ptah has been celebrated as the first female physician and a role model for women entering medicine. Yet a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus says she never…

Lola Chewed Gum 5000 Years Ago

Archeologists say that people chewed gum as far back as 5,700 years ago. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have not only found an ancient chewing gum but have also managed to get a hitherto untapped source of DNA. The gum, which…

Gold & Fancy Greek Tombs

University of Cincinnati archaeologists have discovered two Bronze Age family tombs near the grave of the Griffin Warrior, a Greek military leader who was buried with armour, weapons and jewellery, and was found in 2015. Among the priceless…

Cooking Clams, Ancient Style

Scientists at Cardiff University have reconstructed the cooking techniques of the early inhabitants of Puerto Rico by analysing the remains of clams. With cooking temperatures getting up to around 200oC according to the new analysis, the…

The Manly Tale Of Shocked Genitals

If you’re a man reading this, thank your stars that you don’t live in the mid-19th century! Apparently, men of that time, who had problems in the bedroom, had a drastic cure offered to them - electric shock therapy to the ‘weak’ body part!…

The Bad Luck Of Neanderthals

Neanderthals disappeared around 40,000 years ago -- about the same time that anatomically modern humans began migrating into the Near East and Europe. So, did modern humans cause their extinction? No, says a study published in the journal…

How Aztec Farming Could Work Today

An ancient Aztec agricultural technique could benefit 21st century horticultural needs, says the American Society for Horticultural Science. The Aztecs used chinampas or floating gardens, which were raised fields on small artificial islands…

Ancient Romans Were Master Builders

The Romans were some of the most sophisticated builders of the ancient world. Over the centuries, they adopted an increasingly advanced set of materials and technologies to create their famous structures. New research published in ‘EPJ…

Humans Made Fire Earlier Than Thought

Fire starting is a skill that many modern humans struggle with in the absence of a lighter or matches. The earliest humans likely harvested fire from natural sources, yet when our ancestors learned the skills to set fire at will, they had…

Early Humans Messed Up Planet Before Us!

It's easy to assume that topics like climate change, global warming, and renewable energy are exclusive to the modern world. But a huge collaborative study in the journal ‘Science’ reveals that early humans across the entire globe were…

Why Did The Woolly Mammoth Disappear?

During the last ice age - some 100,000 to 15,000 years ago - woolly mammoths were widespread in the northern hemisphere from Spain to Alaska. Due to the global warming that began 15,000 years ago, their habitat in Northern Siberia and…

Our Ancestors Saved & Stored Food

Tel Aviv University researchers have uncovered evidence of that some 400,000 years ago, early Palaeolithic people saved animal bones for up to nine weeks before feasting on them. Deer leg bones, for instance, were kept at the cave, covered…

An Old, Old Book

Want to make a book last for over 2000 years? Check out a unique ancient technology of parchment-making to better preserve precious historical documents. First discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds looking for a lost sheep, placed in jars…

Ancient Neurosurgery Techniques

Even with a highly skilled neurosurgeon, and all the other advances of modern medicine, most of us would cringe at the thought of undergoing cranial surgery today. But, according to a study led by the University of Miami Miller School of…

T-Rex Kept Head Cool

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists from the University of Missouri, Ohio University and University of Florida. In the past, scientists believed…