Great Pyramid Not A Perfect Square

FOR CENTURIES, archaeologists and architects have marveled how seemingly perfectly-built the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt was.

Now, however, a new survey on its measurements has revealed that the base of the ancient monument – considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World– is slightly lopsided.

To be specific, the pyramid’s west side is longer than its east side by just a few inches, as Egyptologist Mark Lehner and engineer Glen Dash have recently discovered.

The pyramid was originally clad in hard, white casing, but much of the casing stones are now gone. Without the casing,…

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100 Years Later: Tunguska explosion still baffles scientists


IN THE morning of June 30, 1908, a “massive” explosion ripped through the sky over the Tunguska region – a wintry, hostile section of Siberia, in what is now the Russian Federation.

The blast, which flattened all the trees in a 31-mile radius, has been thought to have been produced by a comet or asteroid hurtling through Earth's atmosphere at over 33,500 miles per hour – resulting in an explosion equal to 185 Hiroshima bombs as pressure and heat rapidly increased.

But the strange thing is there was no impact crater, unlike other documented cases of meteor impact.

And as…

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Was the Big Bang actually a 'Big Bounce'?

THE birth of the universe might not have been as violent as previously thought.

According to a new study, the universe may experience alternating periods of expansion and contraction, moving from one state to another without collapsing upon itself.

This theory – known as the ‘Big Bounce’ – has long been debated, but now, researchers have developed a model to show how such a scenario could be possible, allowing a new universe to ‘spring’ from a previous contracting state.

It’s commonly thought that the current expansion of the universe is a result of the Big Bang, bursting into existence from…

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Neanderthal bones show signs of cannibalism

OUR nearest ancestors – the Neanderthals – might have practiced cannibalism, archaeologists excavating the Goyet caves in Belgium recently found.

Following radiocarbon testing of human remains found at the Goyet site, scientists from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen have determined that Neanderthals butchered and used the bones of their peers as tools, according to a university press release.

The team identified 99 "uncertain" bone fragments, dated to be about 40,500 to 45,500 years old, as belonging to Neanderthals, which would make this the greatest trove of Neanderthal remains ever found north of the Alps.

The findings also shed light…

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Piece of Buddha’s skull found in China?

A DISCOVERY found hidden inside a 1,000-year-old Chinese chest could help archaeologists reach enlightenment.

Fragments of bone which were uncovered within the gold chest could belong to Buddha, say researchers.

They believe that a chunk of skull, mixed with a collection of remains of Buddhist saints, belonged to Siddhartha Gautama, whose teachings became the foundations of the religion.

A team of archaeologists made the find during excavations at a Buddhist temple in Nanjing China in 2010.

When they opened a stone chest in a crypt underneath the temple, they found an ornate shrine called a stupa, used for meditation.

According…

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