Outdated Forensics Might Be Detrimental To Identifying Human Remains

The analysis of parturition scars has been commonly used in forensic science since it was first suggested in the 1910s. The method assumes that these scars can tell investigators if skeletal remains belong to a woman who has given birth. Now, after more than a century, researchers from The Australian National University have suggested that the underlying theory behind this method of identification could be fundamentally flawed. Read More >>

This Diver is Cradling a 12,000-Year-Old Skull in an Underwater Cave

Inside a cave so deep and dark it's called Hoyo Negro, or Spanish for "black hole," divers are transporting a 12,000-year-old skull for 3D scanning. The skull belongs to one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in the Americas. Lucky for us, the expedition was documented with an entire set of stunning photos. Read More >>

How NASA Uses Astronaut Pee to Hunt Osteoporosis

When astronauts venture into space, their bones degrade because of the microgravity conditions they encounter. Currently, such bone wastage is usually diagnosed by scans—so NASA developed a new test which analyses urine to spot bone loss in its early stages. Read More >>

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What Is This?

Is this a ineffective tent with a hole at the top? Of course not. Maybe it's lasers shooting out of an angry pimple? That's even farther off. Perhaps it's a barnacle with slimy arms clinging to a ship's hull for dear life? Not quite, but close. The answer is a lot more historical than that: Read More >>