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Oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions

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Oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions

The oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions may contain ice that formed during the Stone Age -- more than 600,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared. Researchers from the United States and China are now studying the core -- nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall -- to assemble one of the longest-ever records of Earth's climate history. What they've found so far provides dramatic evidence of a recent and rapid temperature rise at some of the highest, coldest mountain peaks in the world. At the American Geophysical Union meeting on Thursday, Dec....

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Massive Ancient Underground City Once Housed 20,000 People

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Massive Ancient Underground City Once Housed 20,000 People

Many of us have fantasized about having a door in our home that leads us to a hidden world, but can you imagine a buried city laying just behind the walls of your house? In 1963, a Turkish man knocked down a wall in his basement, only to discover the ancient 18-story underground city of Derinkuyu. At one time housing up to 20,000 people, Derinkuyu is one of the largest underground cities in the world. Located in Turkey's Cappadocia region, it's one of over 200 subterranean cities that were carved into the volcanic rock. In fact, Derinkuyu is connected to...

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No, Congressman, There's No Evidence of an Ancient Mars Civilization

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No, Congressman, There's No Evidence of an Ancient Mars Civilization

In case you were wondering, there's no evidence that Mars hosted an alien civilization thousands of years ago. Nonetheless, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked a panel of planetary scientists to speculate about this possibility today (July 18), during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Space Subcommittee. The inquiry followed testimony by panelist Ken Farley, the project scientist for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, stating that the Red Planet had lakes and rivers, and perhaps even a huge northern ocean, until about 3.6 billion years ago. So it fell to Farley to answer...

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The Antikythera mechanism is a 2,000-year-old computer

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The Antikythera mechanism is a 2,000-year-old computer

One hundred fifteen years ago, an archeologist was sifting through objects found in the wreck of a 2,000-year-old vessel off the Greek island Antikythera. Among the wreck’s treasures — beautiful vases and pots, jewelry, a bronze statue of an ancient philosopher — was the most peculiar thing: a series of brass gears and dials mounted in a case the size of a mantel clock. Archeologists dubbed the instrument the Antikythera mechanism. The genius — and mystery — of this piece of ancient Greek technology, arguably the world’s first computer, is why Google is highlighting it today in a Google Doodle....

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Alien Hunters Spot Trio Of Mile-High "Towers" On Mars

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Alien Hunters Spot Trio Of Mile-High "Towers" On Mars

For whatever reason, Mars just seems to have a hold on the human imagination. For centuries, artists and writers have depicted the red planet as a bizarre alien world full of strange creatures beyond our wildest imaginations. Perhaps the most famous example of our collective fascination with Mars is H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, in which hostile Martians leave their dying planet behind to come down and steal ours – by eradicating humanity in the process, naturally. Even though we have successfully landed several rovers on the surface of the red planet and catalogued its surface...

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