Meaning southern lights in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aboriginal people, the name Nuyina was suggested for the newest icebreaker ship still under construction by students near Perth in Western Australia. The name continues a tradition of naming Australia’s Antarctic ships after the evocative atmospheric phenomenon that produces curtains of colourful weaving lights over the frozen continent.
Mars may be an arid wasteland today, but that wasn’t always the case – and scientists have discovered evidence that a huge sea existed on southern Mars some 3.7 billion years ago, filled with hot springs pumping out water packed with minerals. Experts think this hydrothermal undersea activity matches what was happening on Earth at the same time, potentially giving us clues about how life began on our own planet.
The postholes of a 4,000 year old Late Neolithic dwelling have been uncovered at a construction site in Denmark, according to a report in The Copenhagen Post. Found on the northern island of Zealand, the outline of soil stains indicates the house measured nearly 150 feet long and more than 20 feet wide. It had two aisles where archaeologists think a wealthy family lived with their farmhands and livestock.
A cluster of California wildfires north of San Francisco have so far devoured more than 70,000 acres and killed at least 11 people, according to official reports. Though the infernos have come to be known as the “Wine Country fires,” they stand to destroy tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cannabis gardens on the outskirts of the state’s famed Emerald Triangle.
A cannabis experiment of galactic proportions took place over Phoenix, Arizona, in a daring and unusual feat in an effort to answer the age-old question: What happens when you send cannabis into space?
Orogeny, or orogenesis, is the building of continental mountains by plate tectonic processes that squeeze the lithosphere. It may also refer to a specific episode of orogeny during the geologic past. Even though tall mountain peaks from ancient orogenies may erode away, the exposed roots of those ancient mountains show the same orogenic structures that are detected beneath modern mountain ranges.
While excavating a refuse pit containing a mélange of burned animal bones, grape seeds, olive pits, and chickpeas, archaeologists working in the ancient Phoenician town of Porphyreon in present-day Lebanon also retrieved fragments of several ceramic female heads dating to around 2,400 years ago. Researchers reassembled the fragments and found that the heads measured around 9 x 6 inches in dimension and may have hung on a wall.
Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from Hurricane Maria’s severe hit. Much of the electricity remains off for the island territory, meaning that cellphone coverage is down by 80 percent. Google hopes to drastically increase that low coverage with balloons equipped with tower-like connection gear to reach all parts of the devastated island.
What at first appeared to be a flock of sheep turned out to be at least 230 of the animals converged on the carcass of a beached bowhead whale on the northern coast of Siberia to feast on the bounty.
New radiocarbon dates show that a mask discovered in a valley in northwest Argentina is the oldest worked copper artifact ever found in the Andes. The 3,000-year-old mask, which depicts a stylized human face, was discovered in the grave of a man who lived at a time when Andean peoples were first beginning to practice agriculture
Egypt and South Korea are teaming up to build a large agricultural complex that’s full of renewable energy and smart greenhouses. The new city will be located in Egypt near the Mediterranean shore. With the massive growth of middle-class consumers coming into the country over the next decade, this new area will provide a wealth of sustainability.
If you’ve spent any time exploring Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you know the irresistible draw of its Mayan ruins, colonial cities and Caribbean waters. The region boasts some of the world’s top stretches of whitewashed coastline and sandy fishing villages. This resort also offers cultural gems of traditional cuisine, sweatlodges, and shamanic ceremonies.
Over the past 50 years, though, more and more cracks have appeared in this picture. We now know settled agriculture existed for several thousand years before the emergence of the city states of the Near East and Asia. In the past few years, archaeologists have been stunned to find 11,000-year-old structures such as those at Göbekli Tepe, in what is now southern Turkey. These were built by peoples who foraged, and who also developed specialised skills, both artistic and artisanal.
Eyecatching beltbuckles worn by Xiongnu female invaders is found buried on the banks of the Yenesei River in Mongolia. Women buried in a unique ancient necropolis went to the afterlife wearing intriguingly decorated beltbuckles made of coal inlaid with jade and carnelian. They were also adorned with flame-shaped bronze decorations on their shoulders. In addition, they wore magnificent bronze beltbuckles artistically engraved and embossed depicting fantastical animals such as dragons, bulls, leopards, panthers, horses, yaks and snakes.
Sibudu, a rock shelter near Tongaat in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, has a long and diverse archaeological sequence. A new study by scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand suggests that about 58,000 years ago, Stone Age humans began to settle down, staying in one area for longer periods. The research also provides a potential answer to a long-held mystery: why older, Howiesons Poort complex technological tradition in South Africa, suddenly disappear at that time.
As they aged, the first generation of psychonauts wondered at times whether their culture would die out, or at least whether that was the expectation of those supporting the “war on drugs.” With all this against them, would the underground psychedelic culture gradually die out? It hasn’t.