The science of finding buried bodies

The science of finding buried bodies

Ian Brady, who tortured and killed five children in the UK in the 1960s with his accomplice Myra Hindley, died in prison on May 15. Jailed in 1966, Brady buried four of his victims in shallow graves on Saddleworth Moor outside Manchester – and the remains have since been found. Sadly, the body of one…

Here's Why It Feels Like You Have No Free Time, In One Chart

Here's Why It Feels Like You Have No Free Time, In One Chart

Ever wonder where all your free time goes? Adam Alter has an idea. At the 2017 TED conference, the NYU psychologist presented a collection of three bar graphs showing data for how people in 2007, 2015, and 2017, spend an average workday. Relying on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the app Moment, which…

Human Ancestors Evolved As Forests Gave Way To Grasslands

Human Ancestors Evolved As Forests Gave Way To Grasslands

Our ancestors were able to flourish in East Africa after a change in climate pushed the environment to form open grasslands. This shift in the ecosystem saw archaic humans go extinct as members of the newly evolved Homo genus began to dominate. The study is published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Researchers recreated the environment in which the Homo…

Ancient Human Sacrifices Found Under Walls Of Korean Castle

Ancient Human Sacrifices Found Under Walls Of Korean Castle

Be pleased you didn’t get on the wrong side of someone powerful back in fifth-century Korea, because you may have been offered up to the gods as a human sacrifice. As reported by AFP, two skeletons found under the walls of Moon Castle in South Korea’s Gyeongju have just been excavated, and it appears they…

Catacombs Full Of Mummies Uncovered In Massive Egyptian Necropolis

Catacombs Full Of Mummies Uncovered In Massive Egyptian Necropolis

Archaeology in Egypt is going through a spectacular renaissance right now, with lost cities, pharaonic tombs, and secret burial chambers being unearthed like they’re going out of fashion. Now, a team of researchers exploring the corridors of an ancient cemetery in Tuna el-Gebel have stumbled across a catacomb filled with mummies. With echoes of Indiana…

An Extremely Rare Copy Of The Declaration of Independence Just Turned Up In England

An Extremely Rare Copy Of The Declaration of Independence Just Turned Up In England

“There is only one copy of the engrossed and signed Declaration of Independence, in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,” Harvard University’s website explains. “This copy was produced and signed several weeks after the Declaration of Independence was first published.” John Dunlap, the printer of the first copies of one of the most famous documents in human…

The Best Signs From This Weekend's March For Science

The Best Signs From This Weekend's March For Science

Aside from gathering peer-reviewed empirical evidence, there’s another thing scientists do well: signs and placards. The March for Science kicked off on Saturday, April 22, which, by no coincidence, was also Earth Day. Although centered around Washington, DC, the march gave rise to over 600 other rallies across the world, from Svalbard in the Arctic Circle to Blantyre in Malawi….

DNA Evidence Could Identify The Crew From The Lost Franklin Expedition

DNA Evidence Could Identify The Crew From The Lost Franklin Expedition

Franklin’s “lost expedition” is one of the strangest stories from the 19th-century age of exploration. Shrouded in legend and fanciful rumors, there have been collective efforts among scientists, archeologists, historians, and other explorers to get to the bottom of this doomed naval expedition for over 150 years. Now, for the first time, researchers have carried…