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Was Shangdong Province Once Home to Near-Giants?

5,000 years ago, people were much shorter than they are today. It’s estimated that the average European height then was about 5’5”. So the giant skeletons found in southeast China are somewhat shocking: These folks seem to have been nearly 6’ tall, with one reaching 6’3”. Even today, the average height in the region...

‘Star’ in Lord Byron Poem Finally Identified

Some crafty celestial sleuthing has helped astronomers identify the "star" that inspired Lord Byron's famous poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage." Astronomer Donald Olson, a physics professor at Texas State University, found that the star Byron describes in his poem as being next to the moon is not actually a star at all. Rather, it's the biggest planet...

Secret Tunnel Discovered Beneath the Ancient Temple of the Moon

A secret passageway discovered near the Pyramid of the Moon in the ancient city of Teotihuacan may have been a way for the people there to emulate the underworld, archaeologists said. Scans of what appears to be a hidden underground tunnel show that the cavity extends from the center of the Plaza of the Moon...

What Drug-Addicted Soldiers Can Teach Us About Addiction and Recovery

Of all war films that offer a sense of actual combat, the documentary Restrepo is arguably closest to representing the tedium and boredom that sets in on a day to day basis—and this in one of the most contentious regions on the planet. For soldiers in the Vietnam War, weeks were filled with not much at...

What’s So Special About a Golden Banana?

The world loves bananas. The fruit, which goes back to the jungles of southeast Asia around 500BC, is grown in about 150 countries. Over 100 billion bananas are eaten annually around the world, including the rural communities of Uganda, where the East African Highland cooking banana, eaten chopped-up and steamed, is a key component of the local...