The Amazing Ancient Machines of Hero of Alexandria

Two thousand ago, the Nikola Tesla of the ancient world lived in Alexandria, Egypt where he tinkered, built and wrote about some of the most amazing and whimsical machines the pre-industrial world had ever seen. Read More >>

King Tut’s Body Spontaneously Combusted Inside Its Sarcophagus

The world's most famous mummy, King Tutankhamun, may not have had quite the civilised send off that we thought: researchers are now suggesting that a botched mummification process led to his body spontaneously combusting inside its sarcophagus. Read More >>

Archaeologists Just Realised 5,000 Year Old Egyptian Beads Are From Space

Over a hundred years ago, archaeologists dug up these nine blackened, corroded lumps of stone from a pre dynastic Egyptian cemetery. But it wasn't until now that we realized just how old they are, and that they came from outer space. Read More >>

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Egyptian Protesters Painted a Helicopter With Hundreds of Laser Pointers

People in Egypt, in case you haven't heard, aren't too happy with the state of things under President Mohamed Morsi. Cairo has been beset with protests and riots since early this morning. Read More >>

Three Crazy James Bond Villains Were Caught Trying to Cut Through The Internet's Undersea Cables

While the Internet at large was freaking out about an apocalyptic attack that wasn't really happening yesterday, something nefarious was going down at the bottom of the sea. Egyptian authorites found a trio of divers down there attempting to sever a crucial submarine communications cable. Read More >>

Lost Egyptian Pyramids Appear on Google Earth

If only Howard Carter had access to satellite imagery, maybe he would have discovered more than just King Tut's tomb. Fortunately, Google Earth means that anyone can examine the planet for last treasures. Including Angela Micol, a satellite archaeology researcher who thinks she has uncovered previously undiscovered ancient pyramids, hiding in plain sight in Egypt. Read More >>

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Why There Are 24 Hours in a Day

We live in a base-10 world. The decimal system governs everything from the binary functions of computers to the amount of change you get when you buy a Mashed Potato Slurpee. So why isn't the standard Earth day just 10 hours long? Credit the Egyptians for that one. Read More >>


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