Monster supersoldier ants created by genetic scientists

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Scientists created the monster ants in the laboratory by activating ancient ancestral genes.

Monster ‘supersoldier’ ants with huge heads and jaws have been created by activating ancient genes. Scientists believe the monster ants may be a genetic throwback to an ancestor that lived millions of years ago. (Pics)

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How Ancient Greek Statues Really Look Under Ultraviolet Light

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Ancient Greek statues were once brightly painted.

Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that’s required to see them as they were thousands of years ago.

 

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Valley Of The Whales

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Summon the Basilosaurus!

Paleontologist Philip Gingerich looks for sea monsters in the Egyptian desert. He assembles fossils of ancient whales that died there when it was covered by an ocean. One such whale is the Basilosaurus, which had small hind legs.

“Complete specimens like that Basilosaurus are Rosetta stones,” Gingerich told me as we drove back to his field camp. “They tell us vastly more about how the animal lived than fragmentary remains.”

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World’s Oldest Leather Shoe Found

 

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World oldest shoe?

Three years ago, a 3,000-year old shoe was found. It was then thought to be the oldest ever found. Now archaeologists have found one about 5,500-years old in a cave in Armenia:

Stuffed with grass, perhaps as an insulator or an early shoe tree, the 5,500-year-old moccasin-like shoe was found exceptionally well preserved—thanks to a surfeit of sheep dung—during a recent dig in an Armenian cave.

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Archaeologists Find 8,000-Year-Old Home Near Tel Aviv

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8000 years of history.
 
Israeli archaeologists have found remains of an 8,000-year-old building as well as hippopotamus bones and pottery shards in the Tel Aviv area, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Monday.
 

 
“For the first time we have encountered evidence of a permanent habitation that existed in the Tel Aviv region about 8,000 years ago.”

That places it in the Neolithic period when man went from a nomadic existence to living in permanent settlements.

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Is the Ark of the Covenant Real?

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Replica of the Ark of the Covenant in the Royal Arch Room of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

When you hear the words “Ark of the Covenant” what comes to mind? For some, Steven Spielberg’s film “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” provides the most vivid pop-culture reference to this mysterious sacred object.  The quest to find the real Ark has inspired generations of adventurers and Hollywood directors, but the trail has always gone cold.
Is the Ark of the Covenant real?

 

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Archeologists Unearth Unique Roman Glass Bowl At Ancient London Cemetery

Archeologists Unearth Unique Roman Glass Bowl At Ancient London Cemetary

Liz Goodman, Museum of London conservator is seen with a Roman Millefiore bowl.

Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman glass bowl, thought to be a unique find in the Western Roman Empire, at an ancient cemetery beyond the walls of the old city of London. (Pics)

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Year 2036: Mars colonization and a date with destiny

Year 2036: Mars colonization and a date with destiny

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson host of the NOVA scienceNOW PBS program

From a half billion kilometers away, the message was powerful. In 1994, fragments of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet slammed into Jupiter. The earth-size fireballs ejected into space were captured and relayed back to be seen again and again in Internet replay. The message: we need a foothold in space if our species is to survive.

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Lunar Bricks Could Be Used To Build Bases On The Moon

Lunar Bricks Could Be Used To Build Bases On The Moon 

Most of the concepts for lunar bases we tend to see are dome-shaped, built locally here on Earth and then transported. The “Masons of Regolith,” a team of seven Virginia Tech students named for the rock that is present on the Earth, the Moon and asteroids, think that those domes could be built on the lunar surface instead, made from rock gathered on site.

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