A translation of the 2400-year-old Derveni Papyrus, a mystical text discussing the fate of the soul and other philosophies, has finally been completed. My novels might take a bit longer.
Heritage Malta has begun efforts to preserve 5000-year-old graffiti carved into megaliths at the Tarxien Temples.
An eminent 92-year-old Turkish archaeologist is to be tried for inciting religious hatred because she suggested in her book that the use of headscarves by women dated back to pre-Islamic sexual rites. Unfortunately the article doesn’t explain how the headscarves were used.
Mosaics from the late Roman period have been uncovered at the ancient city of Hadrianoupolis on the coast of the Turkish Black Sea, decorated with a myriad of animals and birds.
A report in New Scientist says that if people were to become extinct today, all traces of humankind would be eradicated in 200’000 years. I’m sure plastic bags and six-pack rings will be floating around somewhere.
Science teachers say the demotion of Pluto brings new opportunities to teach kids about the solar system, and perhaps inspire future space pioneers. I bet it was the Taylor kids who taught their dad how to use Celestia.
A new study suggests life can exist deep underground for millions of years without any energy input from the sun, boosting hopes for subterranean life on Mars.
Folk in the UK will get a stunningly clear night to watch the Orionid meteor shower this Sunday. Bring your own soap and shower-cap.
A dozen space elevator prototypes are competing for US$150’000 in the X Prize Cup. Wouldn’t you be annoyed if someone hit all the buttons?
A new study from Stanford University says one in eight web-surfing adults are addicted to the internet. Don’t look at me, Kat, they refused to accept TDG volunteers for fears it’d make their statistic-machines explode.
A major exhibition at London’s Science Museum ponders the history of video games, and asks if they’re a blessing or a curse? When I pwn noobs and ninja l33t loot, it’s a blessing, but when I get pwned by noobs and have my l33t loot ninja’d, it’s a curse.