Inspiring Discoveries


Nazca Lines Include Ceremonial Labyrinth

December 11, 2012, 3:30 pm

A highly detailed study of the Nazca Lines in Peru has concluded they were used for ceremonial progressions, and at least some connect to form a labyrinth.

Earliest Dinosaur Found in Africa?

December 7, 2012, 3:30 pm

A reptile the size of a Labrador retriever may be the oldest known dinosaur, dating back 10 to 15 million years earlier than most dinosaurs that were around in the Late Triassic.

Mayans Used Clay Balls for Cooking

December 4, 2012, 4:30 pm

Excavation of a Mayan kitchen in Mexico has yielded numerous fired clay balls that contain microscopic food residue, such as maize, beans, and root vegetables.

Ancient Microbes Survive Beneath Icy Surface of Antarctic Lake

December 3, 2012, 4:00 pm

A viable community of bacteria has been found eking out a living in a dark, salty, and subfreezing environment beneath nearly 20 meters of ice in one of Antarctica’s most [...]

Grand Canyon Carved Out in Dinosaur Days?

November 29, 2012, 4:00 pm

The Grand Canyon may have been around during the time of the dinosaurs, which is much older than scientists previously thought.

Giant Flightless Bird Was Probably Vegetarian

November 27, 2012, 4:00 pm

Tracks from a creature thought to be the extinct giant bird Diatryma suggest it was not a ferocious carnivore, but rather a gentle herbivore.

Stirred Not Mixed: Seawater Turbulence Affects Marine Food Webs

November 22, 2012, 11:00 am

New research shows that ocean turbulence directly affects the ability of microscopic marine organisms to recycle organic material back into the food web.

Dogs and Humans Categorize Words Differently

November 21, 2012, 5:00 pm

Many dogs know the words for their favorite toys, but they associate these words with objects in a very different way from humans, according to a U.K. new study.

Game Website Teaches Abstract Physics Laws

November 21, 2012, 4:00 pm

When Albert Einstein worked through the principles of special relativity, he probably had no idea that future technology would make it easy to “learn and live” his theory.

Why Mosquitoes Can’t Fly in Fog

November 20, 2012, 12:00 pm

Mosquitoes can fly through rainstorms without a problem, but fog is another story.

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