Two sunken WWII Japanese submarines found off Hawaii

Published on November 16th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Researchers have found two sunken WWII Japanese submarines off Oahu, including one sub meant to carry aircraft for attacks on American cities and the Panama Canal. The submarines, among five that were captured by American forces at ... Read More


How to read the Mayan ‘Long Count’ calendar

Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

USA Today has a nifty inforgraphic showing how to read the Mayan “Long Count” calendar. The “Long Count” calendar system tracked “Great Cycles” of time. The beginning of the current cycle — date — corresponds ... Read More


Rare colour photos of World War I

Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Environmental Graffiti has posted a set of fascinating colour photographs from WWI. On this day, ninety-one years ago, the guns that raged over the battlefields of Europe for more than four years fell silent. Never before ... Read More


Four ancient egyptian wells discovered

Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Archaeologists in Egypt have found four ancient wells that were part of a newly-discovered Sacred Lake in a temple to the Egyptian goddess Mut. Two of them have circular shapes with a 210-220 cm diameter, while the ... Read More


195-million-year-old dinosaur found in South Africa

Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A newly discovered dinosaurs in South Africa is shedding like into how sauropods got so big. Dubbed Aardonyx celestae, the 195-million-year-old dinosaur had a lot of sauropod-like features, such as a robust skeleton for holding up ... Read More


Update: USS Arizona items pulled from auction

Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Yesterday I posted about how a silver tea service salvaged from the USS Arizona was set to hit the auction block. The item has now been pulled. Cowan’s Auctions, a Cincinnati resale house specializing in American ... Read More


‘Sniff test’ to help preserve old books

Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A new ‘sniff test’ has been developed that can help libraries and museums preserve old documents and books. The test is based on detecting the levels of volatile organic compounds. These are released by paper as ... Read More

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