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Chinese Sword Found in Georgia Suggests Pre-Columbian Chinese Travel to North America?

A Chinese votive sword found in Georgia, USA. (Courtesy of the Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)
A Chinese votive sword found in Georgia, USA. (Courtesy of the Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)

In July 2014, an avocational surface collector chanced across a partially exposed Chinese votive sword behind roots in an eroded bank of a small stream...

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    Are Ghosts Just Bad Air?

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    4 Common Misconceptions About Quantum Physics

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    An Ancient Mystery: Searching for the Lost Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra

    Mark Antony and Cleopatra are among the most famous pairs of lovers from the ancient world.  Following their defeat at the Battle of Actium in... Read more

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    Coincidence Studies Gains a Foothold in Academia

    Dr. Bernard Beitman will be teaching a course in Coincidence Studies at the University of Virginia this fall. It is the first course of its... Read more

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    In many kinds of scientific experiments, researchers must protect against the experimenter effect. Scientists conducting experiments may give human subjects subtle cues as to their... Read more

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    On April 8, 1665, around 2 p.m., fishermen anchored near Barhöfft (then in Sweden, now in Germany) reported seeing ships in the sky battling each... Read more

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