Upcoming Missions Could Search for Ancient Alien Technology Within the Solar System

Over sixty years ago, the first search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), known as Project Ozma, was conducted. This campaign was led by legendary astronomer Frank Drake, which relied on the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to listen to Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani for any signs of radio transmissions. Since … Read more

Archaeologists uncover ancient mosaics on the shore of the Sea of ​​Galilee

Khirbat al-Minya: The excavation site (brown) with its sunshade canopies located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of ​​Galilee—here viewed from the elevation of Tel Kinneret. Credit: Hans-Peter Kuhnen With the help of geomagnetic surface surveys and subsequent hands-on digging, an excavation team from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has revealed new insights into … Read more

Search for clues may explain collapse of ancient city in Mexico

Feben Ruscitti, a senior majoring in anthropology and classical studies, and Serena Webster, a graduate student in anthropology, sift through dirt to recover any missed artifacts from the excavation site in Mexico, July 2022. Credit: Andrew Somerville/Iowa State University Built more than a thousand years before the Aztec arrived in central Mexico, Teotihuacan was once … Read more

Mars Might Have Been Covered in Lakes in the Ancient Past

Ever since robotic explorers began visiting the Red Planet during the 1960s and 70s, scientists have puzzled over Mars’ surface features. These included flow channels, valleys, lakebeds, and deltas that appear to have formed in the presence of water. Since then, dozens of missions have been sent to Mars to explore its atmosphere, surface, and … Read more

Ancient landslide destroyed area size of Cincinnati

UC geologist Daniel Sturmer studied a massive landslide outside Las Vegas that scattered debris over an area the size of a small city more than 5 million years ago. Credit: Joseph Fuqua/UC University of Cincinnati geologists reconstructed a massive landslide in Nevada that wiped out an area the size of a small city more than … Read more

Radiology sheds light on ancient fish species coelacanth

The Copenhagen coelacanth entering the CT-scanner. Credit: Henrik Lauridsen An after-hours trip to Aarhus University Hospital Skejby’s radiology department has shed light on a mysterious and ancient fish, one that remains one of the world’s rarest—the Coelacanth. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have removed Denmark’s only specimen of this primordial fish … Read more

Ancient megalodon super-predators could swallow a great white shark whole, new model reveals

The reconstructed megadolon was 16 meters long and weighed over 61 tons. Credit: JJ Giraldo In a new 3D modeling study published this week in Science Advances, we show that the giant extinct shark, Otodus megalodonwas a true globetrotting super-predator. It was capable of covering vast distances in short order, and could eat the largest … Read more

collapse of ancient Mayan capital linked to drought

Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31522-x” width=”800″ height=”530″/> Map of Mayapan. a, Layout of the city showing housing complexes, the defensive wall, formal gates, and the locations of skeletal samples (red dots). b, Gate and wall configurations adapted from prior research. c, Cross-section of the tiered double-wall construction surrounding Mayapan. MB, Mass Burial. Credit: Nature Communications … Read more

Ancient Coin Discovery With An Astronomical Mystery

What does the ancient coin found recently off the shores of Israel depicted? You never know what discoveries are waiting to be found in old records or artwork. A recent archaeological find sent us down just such an astronomical rabbit-hole, leading us to ideas that are fun and interesting to consider. It all started with … Read more