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The History of Wireless Everything The History of Wireless Everything

Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centerpiece of a real-life mad scientist’s laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts,…

Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb

Egyptian archaeologists working in Luxor have explored two tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty, uncovering colorful figurines, funeral masks, a stunning mural—and a linen-wrapped mummy.

Secret Time Capsule Found Inside Jesus' Butt Secret Time Capsule Found Inside Jesus' Butt

While preserving an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus, a team of Spanish restorers was surprised to discover a time capsule hidden within the hollowed-out ass portion of the carving. Written by a Catholic chaplain, the detailed document contains economic, political, and cultural information about the time period.

350-Year-Old Map of Australia Restored to Its Former Glory 350-Year-Old Map of Australia Restored to Its Former Glory

Lost for hundreds of years, a recently recovered map of Australia dating back to the 17th century has finally been restored and put on display at a museum in Canberra. The document chronicles the mapping efforts of explorers a full 100 years before Captain James Cook set sail for the Pacific.

The California Wildfires Burned Down Irreplaceable Documents on Silicon Valley History [Updated] The California Wildfires Burned Down Irreplaceable Documents on Silicon Valley History [Updated]

2017 has been a brutal year in northern California, where a series of wildfires have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres of land and left dozens dead or missing. The deadly Tubbs fire in northern California, which is estimated to have burned roughly 5,300 buildings across 36,807 acres and killed at least 22…

Historians May Have Been Wrong About This Ancient Roman Vase for Centuries Historians May Have Been Wrong About This Ancient Roman Vase for Centuries

New research shows that the British Museum’s most famous artifact—the Portland Vase—was manufactured by a different technique than the one traditionally assumed by historians and archaeologists.

Albert Einstein Proven Right on His Life Advice Being Worth More Than a Cash Tip Albert Einstein Proven Right on His Life Advice Being Worth More Than a Cash Tip

Physicist Albert Einstein, one of history’s greatest minds, has been proven right in the long term about a lot of things, like the continued success of his theory of general relativity to aspects of that theory which eluded detection for decades, like the existence of gravitational waves. Now he’s been proven right on…

The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards

If you’ve ridden the New York City subway, you know the feeling. You buy a flimsy plastic card that lets you ride the train, and when you try to swipe it at the turnstile, it doesn’t work. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again at the same turnstile.…

The Historic Race to the South Pole May Have Been Influenced by a Freak Warm Spell The Historic Race to the South Pole May Have Been Influenced by a Freak Warm Spell

In 1911, two teams—one from Norway and one from Britain—vied to become the first to reach the South Pole. Led by Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian team won the race, while all five members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition perished on the return journey home. New research suggests Amundsen’s team may have…

Restored Prisoner’s Letter Uncovers Horrific Details of Life at Auschwitz Death Camp Restored Prisoner’s Letter Uncovers Horrific Details of Life at Auschwitz Death Camp

In 1944, Marcel Nadjari—a Greek Jew who was forced to remove bodies from the Auschwitz gas chambers—buried a letter in a forest near the camp. The text was rediscovered in 1980, but it was virtually unreadable. Using a new imaging technique, scientists have finally reconstructed the letter, and it’s providing…

This Grainy Image Could Be the First British Passenger Liner Sunk by the Nazis in WW2 This Grainy Image Could Be the First British Passenger Liner Sunk by the Nazis in WW2

A mere eight hours after Britain declared war on the Nazis, a German torpedo struck the SS Athenia, sinking the passenger liner and killing more than 100 civilians. The ship’s final resting place has eluded shipwreck-hunters for nearly 80 years, but sonar images taken off the coast of Ireland now show what appears to…

There May Be Seven Incredibly Rare Bronze Statues Buried At the Antikythera Shipwreck There May Be Seven Incredibly Rare Bronze Statues Buried At the Antikythera Shipwreck

A trove of new artifacts have been recovered from the Roman-era wreck that yielded the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism, including an arm made of bronze and a strange metal disc. But most intriguing of all, the latest survey suggests that seven bronze statues are still waiting to be discovered.

The Confederate States of America Is an Alt-History Political Satire That’s Impossible to Laugh at Now The Confederate States of America Is an Alt-History Political Satire That’s Impossible to Laugh at Now

In CSA: The Confederate States of America, the American empire that emerges after the South wins the Civil War builds the Cotton Curtain, a wall meant to keep a bordering nation out of the CSA’s affairs. The twist here is that the wall is on the Canadian border, because the neighboring country wants the CSA to end…

Sunken German Submarine From WWI Likely Contains Remains of 23 Sailors Sunken German Submarine From WWI Likely Contains Remains of 23 Sailors

Marine archaeologists have discovered a German submarine off the coast of Belgium in the North Sea. The U-boat dates back to the First World War, and its near-pristine condition suggests the remains of all 23 sailors are still inside.

Origin of Zero Symbol Is Centuries Older Than Previously Thought Origin of Zero Symbol Is Centuries Older Than Previously Thought

The number zero is something we all take for granted, yet its conceptual origin has eluded archaeologists and historians. An updated analysis of an ancient Indian manuscript is shedding new light on this longstanding mystery, showing that the symbol that would eventually evolve into the number zero emerged at least…

Genetic Analysis Offers First Strong Evidence of Female Viking Warriors Genetic Analysis Offers First Strong Evidence of Female Viking Warriors

Stories and poems from the Medieval era contain accounts of fearsome female Viking warriors, yet historians and anthropologists have argued that such accounts are based in myth. A DNA analysis of a 10th century skeleton found in an iconic Swedish Viking Age grave suggests there’s some truth to these old tales—and that…

Oh, God, Michael Bay Could Have Blown Up Stonehenge For Transformers: The Last Knight Oh, God, Michael Bay Could Have Blown Up Stonehenge For Transformers: The Last Knight

Never let it be said that Michael Bay is not a man without a very well-defined directorial sensibility. Michael Bay is extremely good at being Michael Bay and the minute you start watching a Michael Bay movie, you know exactly what you’re in for. This is extremely true of Transformers: The Last Knight.

Watch Postcards of Mid-Century Resorts Transform Into Their Abandoned Ruins Watch Postcards of Mid-Century Resorts Transform Into Their Abandoned Ruins

In idyllic places like the Catskills and the Poconos, the ‘50s and ‘60s were a uniquely magical time for America. This was where newly suburban denizens went on vacation, flocking to lakeside resorts straight out of Dirty Dancing. But over the years, the people stopped coming, and the resorts closed. Now, their…

German Bomb Technicians Successfully Defuse World War II-Era Allied 'Blockbuster' in Frankfurt German Bomb Technicians Successfully Defuse World War II-Era Allied 'Blockbuster' in Frankfurt

Large sections of central Frankfurt, Germany were evacuated on Sunday in preparation for authorities to defuse a World War II-era, 1.4-ton HC 4000 air mine, with CNN reporting at least 60,000 people were asked to leave the area while the bomb defusal operation proceeds.

Deciphered Ancient Tablet Reveals Babylonians' Mastery Over Mathematics Deciphered Ancient Tablet Reveals Babylonians' Mastery Over Mathematics

Australian scientists have managed to crack the code of a mysterious 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing a level of mathematical sophistication that pre-dates the ancient Greeks by a whopping 1,500 years.

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