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Piracy has likely long been a feature of the open seas, following the earliest trade routes of the Aegean and Mediterranean. Cilicians were active in the Mediterranean and tolerated by the Roman Empire for the slaves they provided, and were only reigned in when they gained such a presence as to become a threat to the Empire’s grain supply in 67 BCE. The Senate approved “a comprehensive and systematic strategy and an astutely humane policy to the vanquished” to eliminate the Cilicians within a matter of months (1). Despite this historical legacy, the familiar skull and crossbones that many of us associate with piracy is a recent development, emerging in the late 17th-century with the rise of the pirates of the Caribbean.
Kew Gardens are giving visitors the opportunity to sample mind-altering plants as part of a new season focusing on intoxication and drugs.
A new species of poison dart frog so teeny it can fit on a fingernail has been discovered in a rain forest in Panama, a new study says.
Below one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a living, cat-sized mammal that until now was only known from fossils.
WE are barreling into the Anthropocene, the sixth mass extinction in the history of the planet. A recent study published in the journal Science concluded that the world’s species are disappearing as much as 1,000 times faster than the rate at which species naturally go extinct. It’s a one-two punch — on top of the ecosystems we’ve broken, extreme weather from a changing climate causes even more damage. By 2100, researchers say, one-third to one-half of all Earth’s species could be wiped out.
If you’re someone who is interested in the theory that thousands of years ago certain factions of the human race possessed technologies that exceeded those of today, then you may want to invest in a brand new book. Its title is The Ark Of The Covenant And Other Secret Weapons Of The Ancients.
Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms, new research shows. The findings suggest that a particular brain wave, known as P300, could serve as a marker that identifies places, objects, or other details that a person has seen and recognizes from everyday life.
A muscle gene activated by physical exercise protects the brains of mice from stress-induced depression, according to results published today (September 25) in Cell. Triggering this gene, PGC-1, blocks the transport of a metabolite that, within the brain, may cause inflammation that leads to depression. Understanding the biochemical reason why exercise improves symptoms in some patients with depression “opens up a very interesting therapeutic future”.
Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration.
Fran Fulton is 66, and she’s been fully blind for about 10 years. A few weeks ago, all that changed.
A new wearable medical device that uses up to 3,600 liquid crystals can quickly let you know if you’re having heart trouble—or if it’s simply time to slather on some moisturizer.
If a tiny device could be implanted in your body to give you self-healing powers, would you want one?
Generating electricity from sunlight is nothing new. But now IBM in partnership with Airlight Energy has found a way to tackle two problems at once. They’ve developed 30-foot sunflower-shaped solar concentrators that can generate electricity while at the same time desalinate water to make it drinkable. The double-duty utility of the technology could work best in hot climates where fresh water is scare.
Scientists are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays -- the most energetic particles in the Universe. The origin of UHE cosmic rays is one of the great mysteries in astrophysics. Nobody knows where these extremely rare cosmic rays come from or how they get their enormous energies. Physicists detect them on Earth at a rate of less than one particle per square kilometer per century.
Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy.
A 5000-year-old water system has been unearthed during the second season of a rescue excavation project at the Farash ancient historical site at the Seimareh Dam reservoir area in western Iran.
As air strikes begin, archaeologists are turning to safer countries of Turkmenistan and Georgia
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