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Cretan Wine Amphorae discovered at Pompeii

Archaeologists working in the Roman city of Pompeii have uncovered a stash of beautifully preserved wine amphorae that have lain undisturbed for almost 2,000 years. Repubblica PhotoThe wine amphorae are part of a raft of new discoveries at the famous southern Italian site and the first in 20 years. Repubblica PhotoTheir discovery was something of a “happy accident” according to …Continue reading →


Save Venice Inc. restores Titian’s Madonna di Ca’ Pesaro

Titian’s famed Madonna di Ca’ Pesaro can once again be admired by visitors to the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice following a painstaking four-year conservation treatment funded by the American nonprofit organization Save Venice Inc. with major support from The Thompson Family Foundation, Inc. and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Titian, Madonna …Continue reading →


2,800 year-old Urartian stele discovered in Turkey’s eastern Van

A 2,800-year-old stele from the ancient Urartu civilization which had been missing for the past 120 years has been found in Turkey’s eastern Van province, reports said Tuesday. AA PhotoDiscovered by German archaeologists during excavations in 1891, the stele belonged to Urartian King Minua (810-780 BC), Anadolu Agency reported. Professor Bilcan Gökçe from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s Archaeology Department had …Continue reading →


Gartner Predicts 2018: 3D printing changes business models, 75% of aircraft will use 3D printed parts by 2021

American research firm Gartner has forecast further adoption of 3D printing technologies amongst manufacturers of medical devices, aircraft, consumer goods, and elsewhere. As part of its Predicts 2018 report, the firm says 75 per cent of commercial aircraft will use 3D printed parts by 2021. via,


Dinosaur parasites trapped in 100-million-year-old amber tell blood-sucking story

Fossilised ticks discovered trapped and preserved in amber show that these parasites sucked the blood of feathered dinosaurs almost 100 million years ago, according to a new article published in Nature Communications. Hard tick grasping a dinosaur feather preserved in 99 million-year-old Burmese amber. Modified from the open access  article published in Nature Communications: ‘Ticks parasitised feathered dinosaurs as revealed… …Continue reading →


Fossil bones of human-sized penguin found on New Zealand beach

Together with a team from New Zealand, Senckenberg scientist Dr. Gerald Mayr described a hitherto unknown fossil giant penguin species. The excavated bones indicate that the penguin stood over 1.7 meters tall in life and reached a body weight of approx. 100 kilograms. In their study, published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the researchers show that throughout geological …Continue reading →


Fossil orphans reunited with their parents after half a billion years

Everyone wants to be with their family for Christmas, but spare a thought for a group of orphan fossils that have been separated from their parents since the dawn of animal evolution, over half a billion years ago. Pseudooides [Credit: University of Bristol]For decades, paleontologists have puzzled over the microscopic fossils of Pseudooides, which are smaller than sand grains. The …Continue reading →


Scientists pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork

Scientists from UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have used a combination of three advanced imaging techniques to produce a highly detailed analysis of a second century Egyptian painting. The original painting (left), along with images made using hyperspectral reflectance, luminescence  and X-ray fluorescence [Credit: National Gallery of Art (left); National Gallery of Art/UCLA]They are the first to use …Continue reading →


Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule

The Chachapoyas region was conquered by the Inca Empire in the late 15th century. Knowledge of the fate of the local population has been based largely on Inca oral histories, written down only decades later after the Spanish conquest. The Inca accounts claim that the native population was forcibly resettled out of Chachapoyas and dispersed across the Inca Empire. However, …Continue reading →


Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

The Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction. Thylacine [Credit: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Benjamin A. Sheppard]Scientists genetically mapped the animal—also known as a thylacine—using the genome of a pup preserved more than a …Continue reading →


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