Archaeology

Ancient Egyptian pigment can boost energy efficiency

A color developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago has a modern-day application as well: The pigment can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and...

Ancient Easter Islanders collected freshwater from the ocean’s edge to survive

Ancient inhabitants of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) maintained a society of thousands by utilizing coastal groundwater discharge as their main source of "freshwater," according...

Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years

Humans did not accelerate the decline of the ‘Green Sahara’ and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by...

Modern humans inherited viral defenses from Neanderthals

Neanderthals mysteriously disappeared about 40,000 years ago, but before vanishing they interbred with another human species that was just beginning its global spread. As a...

Archaeologists find the earliest use of nutmeg as a food

As all things pumpkin spice arrives in grocery store aisles and on restaurant menus, a new study published in the journal Asian Perspectives describes the earliest-known...
Unprecedented study confirms massive scale of lowland Maya civilization

Unprecedented study confirms massive scale of lowland Maya civilization

Tulane University researchers, documenting the discovery of dozens of ancient cities in northern Guatemala through the use of jungle-penetrating Lidar (light detection and ranging)...

Lasers reveal a vast, sophisticated Maya civilization under the Guatemalan jungle

Maya civilization flourished for 2500 years in southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but its location in an inaccessible forest has complicated efforts to fully...

Our taste for beer may go back 13,000 years

Researchers have discovered evidence of the earliest brew masters to date, a finding that might stir an old debate: What came first, beer or...

558 million-year-old fat reveals earliest known animal

Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth...

A single gene mutation may have helped humans become optimal long-distance runners

Two to three million years ago, the functional loss of a single gene triggered a series of significant changes in what would eventually become...

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Scientists confirm the main cause of dementia

In a recent study, researchers confirmed they discovered the main cause of dementia. The researchers suggest that the build-up of urea in the brain to...

Three common drugs linked to high dementia risk

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

For older people, weight training is more important than cardio exercise

In a recent study from Wake Forest University, researchers found that weight training is more effective than cardio for older people. It is known that...
Three common drugs linked to high dementia risk

Three common drugs linked to high dementia risk

In a recent study, researchers found long-term use of two antidepressants is linked to a higher risk of dementia. In addition, drugs prescribed for bladder...
Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the solar system

Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the solar system

With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a German-led group of astronomers have observed the intriguing characteristics of an unusual type of...