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This Was the Futuristic Robot Chauffeur of 1911

Predictions about driverless cars became incredibly popular in the 1950s and 60s. But the idea is nearly as old as the automobile itself. One example? This short film from 1911, featuring a robot chauffeur. Read More >>

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This Stunning Medieval Longsword Was Just Pulled From a Polish Bog

Late last month, an excavator operator was working at a peat bog in the Polish municipality of Mircze when he accidentally stumbled upon this glorious specimen of 14th century craftsmanship. The remarkably well-preserved longsword is a unique find for the area, and its discovery has prompted an archaeological expedition. Read More >>

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Huge Collection of Nazi Artefacts Discovered Inside Secret Room in Argentina

Federal police in Argentina recently discovered a time capsule of evil, hidden inside a house near Buenos Aires. Roughly 75 Nazi artefacts, including everything from a large knife to Nazi medical devices to a photo negative of Adolph Hitler, were uncovered in a secret room. Police are investigating when and how the items entered the South American country. Read More >>

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What The Roads Of Ancient Rome Would Look Like As A Modern Transit Map

Rome wasn't built in a day... and neither was Alexandr Trubetskoy's recreation of the ancient empire's road network in transit map form. The detailed illustration includes most of the major roads and cities (circa 125 AD), along with a few additions (and subtractions) to make it more appealing to the eye. Read More >>

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Archaeologists Uncover Secret Message On Bible-Era Pottery

Those who live vicariously through Indiana Jones will be glad to know that a team of Israeli archaeologists has uncovered a cryptic message left on a 3,000-year-old pottery shard. The ink-on-clay piece of pottery—called an ostracon—was originally discovered in the 1960s, in a city west of the Dead Sea called Tel Arad. Now, using new technology in multispectral imaging, researchers at Tel Aviv University have been able to illuminate text that’s been hiding on the ostracon all these years. Read More >>

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Happy Magna Carta Day: Here’s What It’s All About

Have you ever wondered why the Queen can’t send people to The Tower any more? The answer starts at Magna Carta. Read More >>

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This 3,000-Year-Old Copper Mask Is Rewriting South American History

Archaeological evidence suggests that metallurgy in pre-Columbian America first appeared in the Andes, with Peru being the likely point of origin. But as a new study published in Antiquity shows, the discovery of a 3,000-year-old mask in the Argentinean southern Andes suggests that more than one region was involved in the development of this important technology. Read More >>

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Incredible Discovery Pushes Back Origin of Homo Sapiens By 100,000 Years

The remains of five early Homo sapiens have been unearthed at a site in northwest Africa. At around 300,000 years old, the fossils are a whopping 100,000 years older than the previous record, pushing back the origin of our species by a significant margin. And because the fossils were uncovered in Morocco—far from the supposed origin point of our species—the discovery is also resetting our notions of where and how modern humans evolved. Read More >>

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How Fake Science Saved Lives in Victorian London

Fake health news can feel like an epidemic these days, but it was also rampant during the Victorian era, when bodily ailments were often a matter of life-or death. But unlike the questionable remedies you may be familiar with—vaginal steaming for your cramps, or a float tank to chill your anxiety out?—some of the bogus ideas about wellness cultivated in 19th century England actually helped save lives, by bringing public health issues to the forefront. Read More >>

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Funny Cat Happenings First Recorded by Romans

Cats haven't just started doing interesting stuff since you bought one for something to tweet about, you know. They've been doing it since at least Roman times, with an archaeological dig discovering one of the world's first ever pieces of amusing and potentially viral social content generated by a cat doing something quirky. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Found The Oldest Evidence Of Life On Land In Western Australia

Fossil evidence of early life has been discovered by UNSW scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia – pushing back by 3 billion years the earliest known existence of inhabited terrestrial hot springs on Earth. Read More >>

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Over 7,000 Bodies May Be Buried Beneath Mississippi University

In what sounds like a clichéd horror movie premise, a recent investigation suggests as many as 7,000 bodies are buried across 20 acres at the Mississippi Medical Center Campus—the former site of the state’s first mental institution. Officials at the university now face the grim task of pulling 100-year-old bodies out of the ground for scientific analysis. Read More >>

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The Queen’s Hiding Her Ivory Stash

The Queen's so old now that she can remember back to the days when it was considered the norm to pop off to Africa or India for a month and come home laden with skins, horns, tusks, shrunken heads, dried-out penises, a handful of fresh slaves and all manner of other exotic collectibles, hence there's quite a bit of dodgy material lurking in the royal collection. Read More >>

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Second Handwritten Copy of the American Declaration of Independence Discovered in England

Harvard researchers have discovered a parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence at a small archive office in the United Kingdom. Only the second parchment copy known to exist, it contains several features that mark it as distinct from the original. Read More >>

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These Rare Color Photos From the Second World War Are Incredible

A new book published by the Imperial War Museum features a rare collection of colour photos from World War II, some of which haven’t been seen in over 70 years. From P-51D Mustangs and Flying Fortresses through to anti-aircraft spotters and flame hurling tanks, these images cast the war in a vibrant new light. Read More >>