dinosaurs
Fossil Hunter Discovers Flying Dinosaur on the Isle of Wight

People who get excited about dinosaurs are excited about a very small part of a dinosaur that's been uncovered, not because it's new or contains genetic material that could be used to bring it back to life and raised for gourmet burger meat, but because it was found on the Isle of Wight. Read More >>

history
Prisoners’ Tools Found Hidden in Chimney at Auschwitz

A team working to restore a historic building at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland have stumbled upon numerous items hidden by prisoners inside a chimney. Read More >>

war
Underwater Drones Discover Battleship That Survived Both World Wars and Atomic Blasts

The wreck of the USS Nevada has been located 75 miles off the coast of Hawaii at a depth of nearly three miles. It’s a significant discovery, as the battleship represents one of the most storied vessels in US history, having survived Pearl Harbor, a kamikaze suicide attack, and atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. Read More >>

mark zuckerberg
Which Historical Figure Was the Mark Zuckerberg of Their Time?

Purely on the level of physical appearance, Mark Zuckerberg is unprecedented; I doubt he’s ever once heard the phrase “you know who you look like?” unless the follow-up was “an unfinished police sketch left out in the rain.” But if we’re talking about Zuckerberg the man – or, more precisely, the nihilistically expansionist tech mogul – the historical record is rich with equivalents. There are other people who, like Zuck, inaugurated or sped along some paradigm shift in communications and in the process – or as an integral part of the process – wrecked this or that aspect of society. For this week’s Giz Asks we reached out to a number of experts for their pick for the quintessential proto-Zuck. Read More >>

history
How Medieval People Tried to Dance Away the Plague

It was a warm June day in 1374 in the medieval town of Aix-La-Chapelle, present-day Aachen, Germany, when the dancing started. It was the holy feast of St. John the Baptist, which aligns with the pagan celebration of Midsummer during the summer solstice. Traditionally, St. John’s Day was a day of rest and worship for the quiet town of Aachen. Read More >>

history
If the Ancient Romans Could Recycle, Then So Can You

A team of researchers at Pompeii recently discovered evidence that Romans were avid recyclers, according to a weekend Guardian report. It figures that the same society that brought us urban planning, indoor heating, and concrete was also ahead of its time with going green too. Read More >>

science
Ancient Britons Worshipped Chickens and Hares Before Deciding They Were Food

Archaeologists in Britain have uncovered evidence of chickens and brown hares being buried fully intact and with great care in the centuries leading up to the Roman period. It’s further evidence that these animals, which would eventually become important food staples, were once associated with gods. Read More >>

history
New Research Exposes Horrific Conditions at Britain’s Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

An archaeological survey of a former Nazi concentration camp on the island of Alderney has revealed the frightful conditions endured by forced labourers and political prisoners during the Second World War. Read More >>

giz asks
Which Superstitions Are Based on Facts?

Superstitions – passed down through generations, or developed spontaneously on certain online forums – gobble up thousands of productive hours yearly. But it would be wrong to say that all that time spent avoiding ladders or cracks in the pavement is wasted. For one thing, we’d probably just be spending that time on some equally useless activity, like working. For another, superstitions are essential binding agents between people, generations, and some vague notion of the Past, from which most of these superstitions sprang, and where, presumably, they made somewhat more sense. To learn more about which superstitions have some basis in fact, for this week’s Giz Asks we reached out to a number of experts in the field. Read More >>

beer
Hundreds of Bottles of Toxic Beer Found Hidden Beneath Victorian-Era Staircase

Archaeologists in Leeds discovered more than 600 beer bottles at the site of an old Victorian brewery. Stacked neatly beneath a cellar staircase, the beer inside these 19th-century bottles contains dangerous concentrations of lead. Read More >>

history
Reddit’s Imaginary Maps Show Us It Could Always Be Worse

We’ve all mapped out some mental image of the world we live in, and it’s not great. Whatever our doomscape looks like, though, we can probably agree that it still beats a medieval patchwork of theocratic states after an unspecified Event, a zombie-colonised Britain, and a Pacific Northwest after the US state of Oregon has fallen into the sea. Read More >>

history
The Ouroboros, From Antiquity to AI

The Ouroboros – which symbolises the cyclical nature of life and death and the divine essence that lives on forever – was first recorded in the Egyptian Book of the Netherworld. Alchemists then adopted the symbol into their mystical work of physical and spiritual transformation. After chemistry supplanted its more mystical forebear, alchemy, the Ouroboros was largely forgotten. That is, until reemerging in the 19th century largely thanks to the psychologists Carl Jung. Today, the Ouroboros has taken on a new life in tech’s Ouroboros program, and has become integral to coding and our evolving understanding of artificial intelligence. Read More >>

crime
Organised Crime Turns to Illegal Metal Detecting for Stealing Hordes

English Heritage is fighting a weird nocturnal war on pillagers and says it's seen cases of illegal metal detecting on its sites double in the space of two years, as criminals infiltrate famous landmarks at night with their detecting machines' beep volume set as low as it'll go in search of treasure. Read More >>

architecture
Vaguely Forgotten Door and Passage Discovered During Parliament Renovations

The labyrinthine House of Commons building has given up an old sort-of secret, with those in charge of organising the site's complex renovations uncovering a long forgotten passageway that links one place old posh people hang out in with another. Read More >>

history
Helmets From WWI Just as Protective Against Overhead Blasts as Modern Helmets

New research suggests that World War I helmets protected soldiers against overhead artillery blasts just as well as modern helmets – and one actually performed better. Read More >>