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Studying Roman glass to improve nuclear storage

Here is an interesting article: researchers are studying 1,800-year-old Roman glass to help improve nuclease waste storage. Denis Strachan, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory fellow, traveled to Italy last summer in search of the corroded glass to study how modern-day glass will hold up when storing nuclear waste. As a fan

Ötzi the Iceman’s DNA mapped

Scientists have decoded the genome of Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy found in the Italian Alps. "We now have access to the complete genetic profile of this world famous mummy. As a result the path is clear for an imminent solution to many of the puzzles surrounding the Iceman," the

Looking for the Land of Punt

The ancient Egyptians made a lot of references to a place called the Land of Punt, which was their source for a variety of exotic animals and other valuable goods. Now scientists are analyzing the hairs of baboon mummies in order to try and pinpoint the location of this

New artifact dating method discovered

Scientists have developed a new way to date ancient artifacts without damaging them. Scientists today described development of a new method to determine the age of ancient mummies, old artwork, and other relics without causing damage to these treasures of global cultural heritage. Reporting at the 239th National Meeting of

Dinosaur colour determined: yellow and white stripes

In what I think is an amazing discovery, the colour of a dinosaur, Sinosauroopteryx, has been determined to be yellow and white stripes. "In particular, it helps to resolve a long-standing debate about the original function of feathers - whether they were used for flight, insulation, or display. "We now know that

Scientists to bring back extinct Auroch

Scientists in Italy are hoping to bring back the Auroch, a type of giant cattle, which has been extinct since 1627. The huge cattle with sweeping horns which once roamed the forests of Europe have not been seen for nearly 400 years. Now Italian scientists are hoping to use genetic expertise and

Pine resin used to hermetically seal 2,000-year-old amphora

Chemical analysis has found that pine resin was used to seal a 2,000-year-old amphora found in Morocco. "We have studied the substance that was used to seal the container using three different techniques, and we compared it with pine resin from today", José Vicente Gimeno, one of the authors of the

The Mayan king of Copán was a foreigner

The bone chemistry of the Mayan king K’inich Yax K’uk’ Mo show he did not grow up in Copán, the city he ruled. Along with inscriptions at Copán, the new evidence suggests that the site’s first king was born into a ruling family at Caracol, a powerful lowland kingdom in Belize.