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August 13th, 2017

Ancient city in Amasra under excavation

Featuring a museum full of numerous ancient artifacts, many of which were found by chance, the Amasra (Greek Amastris) district of the modern Turkish Bartın province on the Black Sea is conducting an excavation aimed at unearthing a 5,000-year-old ancient city. A number of ancient structures have already been unearthed from the Graeco-Roman  and Byzantine eras [Credit: AA]Amasra’s coast was …Continue reading →

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Many Cyclades museums require upgrades due to growing collections, visitors

The remit of the Ephorate of Cycladic Antiquities may be the group of islands in the Aegean Sea, but its administrative offices are located in one of the most charming parts of old Athens. The entrance faces the Ancient Agora in Plaka. Ephorate director Dimitris Athanasoulis has a view of the Acropolis from his office. Aerial view of Delos ruins …Continue reading →

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See how a boxer engine works with this 3D printed replica of a Subaru WRX motor

For many years now the Subaru WRX has been one of the most impressive sedans of its kind. The advanced racing variant of the Impreza was initially released back in 1992, having been specially developed for the World Rally Cross Championships. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2wGjEqs

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John paints Jennifer

Plaudits have poured in for John Currin’s painting of the screen icon Jenifer Lawrence which was commissioned by US Vogue for its prestigious September edition (and 125th anniversary issue). The work shows the Silver Linings Playbook star in a Miu Miu patterned fur hat brandishing a green purse. “Ms. Lawrence is depicted in a Mannerist pose, unnatural but elegant. Perspective is …Continue reading →

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Did climate change bring down Late Bronze Age civilizations?

Clutching a set of drills, scuba divers plunge into a bay near the Gulf of Corinth, in central Greece. On the seafloor, they punch a 4.5-meter-deep hole into history. The divers are expecting to find sediment, bits of coral, and fish bones, but they’re hoping the core will reveal something more: evidence of the world of the ancient Mediterranean, and …Continue reading →

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Human-caused warming likely led to recent streak of record-breaking temperatures

It is “extremely unlikely” 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study. Rising global temperatures are linked to more extreme weather events, such as heat waves, floods, and droughts  [Credit: Luis Iranzo Navarro-Olivares]Temperature records were first broken in 2014, when …Continue reading →

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Climate change shifts timing of European floods

A study conducted by TU Wien and 30 European partners shows that the timing of the floods has shifted across much of Europe, dramatically in some areas. When a major flood event occurs it is often attributed to climate change. However, a single event is not proof, and so far it has been unclear whether climate change has a direct …Continue reading →

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Bronze Age tombs unearthed during car park construction in Switzerland

Workers digging the foundations for a new car park have unearthed the burial site of a Bronze Age warrior, revealing a rich source of artefacts including a sword, jewellery and other ornaments. The burial site of a Bronze Age warrior has revealed yet more treasures [Credit: SBMA – ARIA SA] The tombs were discovered in Sion, a town in the …Continue reading →

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Scientists harvest fresh findings from roots of Santorini volcano

A team of Greek, American and British scientists are involved in a project to better understand the deep roots of Santorini’s volcanic system. Analyzing the data obtained two years ago during a marine research expedition, the scientists have reaped valuable knowledge about the submarine area, a veritable treasure trove for seismologists and volcanologists, and while the results won’t help us …Continue reading →

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Galilee excavations reveal 2,000-year-old stone vessel workshop

A rare workshop for the production of chalkstone vessels, dated to the Roman period, is currently being excavated at Reina in Lower Galilee. Stone vessels unearthed inside the ancient workshop [Credit: Samuel Magal, IAA]Excavations are unearthing a small cave in which archaeologists have found thousands of chalkstone cores and other types of production waste, including fragments of stone mugs and …Continue reading →

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