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Maya melting pot discovered in Guatemala

Maya 'melting pot' discovered in Guatemala

Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilization's transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary way of life.

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Undersea Perth Canyon explored for first time

Off the coast of Western Australia is Perth Canyon, a massive geographical formation the size of the Grand Canyon. Perth Canyon sits far under the surface of the Pacific and it hadn’t been thoroughly explored until this month.

LHC short circuits researchers conCERNed

Scientists at CERN have been gearing the Large Hadron Collider up for its first active run in two years, but starting up the massive particle physics system will be put on hold for a bit after a short circuit was detected in a powerful electromagnet.

Scientists discover shape-shifting frog in Ecuador

According to a study published this week in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, a frog living in Ecuador's western Andean cloud forest dubbed Pristimantis mutabilis can change the texture of its skin to conform to the texture it’s sitting on.

Researchers finally locate mysterious vampire crap habitats

With their striking colors and bright yellow eyes, vampire crabs are already popular in the pet trade. However, biologists never really knew where they came from. That is, until a joint team European and Asian team tracked them down.

Whale skull reveals birthplace of humanity in East Africa

An ancient whale skull is revealing new information about the birthplace of humanity and the role that climate change played in human evolution, researchers from the University of Potsdam in Germany and colleagues from Kenya and the US report in a new study.

Mystery of strange South American mammals solved

Based on remains found by Charles Darwin and others, we knew that a group of mammals known as South American ungulates had a body that resembled a camel, nostrils high on their heads and even short elephant-like trunks.

Whats in Antarcticas Blood Falls

Caused by the leakage of iron-oxide brine, Blood Falls is a five-story tall Antarctic phenomenon that literally looks like a bleeding glacier. An international team of researchers recently tapped into the source of that brine, a reservoir that has sat there for millennia, and is currently set to begin testing the samples they extracted.

Chinese probe discovers nine distinct rock layers on moon

A radar sounder aboard China’s Yutu lunar lander has detected evidence of at least nine distinct layers of subsurface rock, indicating the moon is more complex than previously believed.

Doctors complete first-ever penis transplant

Big news that will probably excite and arouse the attention of men everywhere: Doctors in South Africa have reportedly completed the world’s first successful penis transplant operation.

Anti-vaxxer bets 100k measles doesnt exist loses

A German biologist and anti-vaxxer who offered €100,000 ($106,300) to anyone who could prove that the disease was a virus has been ordered to pay a doctor who took him up on the offer.

Chinese oil corporation Same climate forces at work 14

A new study, conducted by scientists at the China National Petroleum Corporation, has found that the same climate forces at work today were also around 1.4 billion years ago – suggesting that current warming observations may be partially due to Earth’s natural climate rhythms.

First photos of new Tongan island

Thanks to volcanic activity, a new island has risen out of the waters of the South Pacific. Just don't start making Spring Break plans to go there yet. Scientists are warning that the new island is highly unstable and even boats should avoid passing too close.

3000 skeletons found at London train station construction

Approximately 3,000 skeletons, some dating back to the 1500s, have been discovered and are being excavated as part of the construction of a new train station being built near London.

Photos offer first-ever evidence of male tigers as family

Male Amur tigers are generally thought to live a solitary existence; however, a new series of photographs released by the Wildlife Conservation Society has revealed a family of wild Amur tigers with an adult male with family.

Ancient African herders used no fly zones to migrate south

Experts have long believed that it was one little but dangerous insect, the tsetse fly, that halted the southward migration of ancient herders thousands of years ago. But new research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science now suggests otherwise.

Alexander the Great-era coins jewelry discovered in Israel

A cache of coins and jewelry dating back to the days of Alexander the Great has been discovered by spelunkers exploring a cave in northern Israel, officials there announced on Monday.

19 million-year-old pelvis thigh bones change perspective on

Recently released research on human evolution has revealed that species of early human ancestors had significant differences in facial features. Now, a University of Missouri researcher and her international team of colleagues have found that these early human species also differed throughout other parts of their skeletons and had distinct body forms. The research team found 1.9 million-year-old pelvis and femur fossils of an early human ancestor in Kenya, revealing greater diversity in the human family tree than scientists previously thought.

VIDEO These walls pee back on drunk Germans

Residents of Hamburg, Germany, are pissed off about people pissing on buildings in the party quarter known as St. Pauli, so they’re doing something about it – coating some of the walls with a water-repelling coating that can repel and reflect attempts at urination.

Space camera will help detect skin cancer on Earth

Space-based cameras originally designed to combat famine in Africa by monitoring vegetation are being adapted to help detect diseases such as skin cancer, the ESA announced on Friday.

LSD could treat depression claims researcher

Could psychoactive drugs such as LSD be an effective treatment for alcoholism and depression? One UK professor believes so, and he’s asking for your help in funding his research.


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dittany
  • An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
The word 'dittany' may come from the name of Mount Diktē in Crete, where it was supposed to grow.
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