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Experts Doubt That a Teen Found a Lost Maya City

A Canadian teen says he discovered a lost Maya city using ancient star maps and satellite images provided by NASA and Google. As the remarkable story went viral yesterday, a number of experts spoke out, saying it’s highly unlikely that these features are those of a forgotten Maya settlement. Read more...

The Brilliantly Insane Plan to Reconstruct Leonardo da Vinci’s Genome

An international team of scholars has just unveiled plans to science the shit out of Leonardo da Vinci, the man who gave us the Mona Lisa and envisioned futuristic technologies like helicopters and tanks 500 years ago. Goals of the fledgling “Leonardo Project” include recovering the famous Renaissance figure’s remains and reconstructing his genetic code.Read more...

Artificial Intelligence Sheds New Light on the Origins of the Bible

Twenty six hundred years ago, a band of Judahite soldiers kept watch on their kingdom’s southern border in the final days before Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar. They left behind numerous inscriptions—and now, a groundbreaking digital analysis has revealed how many writers penned them. The research and innovative technology behind it stand to teach us about the origins of the Bible itself.Read more...

ISIS Left the Ancient City of Palmyra Boobytrapped

After ten grueling months of ISIS occupation, the ancient city of Palmyra has been liberated. Syrian government troops, backed by Russian air support, encircled Islamic State militants, forcing them to flee into the interior eastern desert. With the extremists gone, experts have had the opportunity to perform a preliminary assessment of the damage inflicted upon the UNESCO World Heritage site. The news is both good and bad.Read more...

Take a 3D Tour of Richard III’s Grave

Richard III is best known as the eponymous villain in one of Shakespeare’s plays, and second best known for having his body discovered in a car park in 2012. The remains were re-interred in a suitably sober fashion, but now you can get a 3D glimpse at what the king’s original grave looked like.Read more...