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More than 600 years ago, someone intricately folded, sealed and posted a letter that was never delivered. Now, scientists have digitally “unfolded” this and other similarly locked letters found in a 17th-century trunk in The Hague, using X-rays.  For centuries prior to the invention of sealed envelopes, sensitive correspondence was protected from prying eyes through complex
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An ornate Roman chariot has been discovered “almost intact” near Italy’s buried city of Pompeii, the archaeological park announced on Saturday, calling it a discovery with “no parallel” in the country. The four-wheeled processional carriage was found in the portico to stables where the remains of three horses were unearthed in 2018, including one still
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People with extremist views aren’t only identified by their political, religious, or social beliefs, according to new research. Those ideological convictions run deep, scientists say – so deep, in fact, that they can be recognised in a ‘psychological signature’ of cognitive traits and aptitudes that typifies the thinking patterns of the extremist mind. “There appear
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We find ourselves at a precarious time in global health. Many people are anxiously awaiting their turn to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, yet roll-out is slow and disorganized, with many countries facing supply shortages. The conditions are ripe for opportunists to exploit the situation. Reports of unethical line-jumping by wealthy elites have started to
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Scientists have identified a new phenomenon they describe as “interactive dreaming”, where people experiencing deep sleep and lucid dreams are able to follow instructions, answer simple yes-or-no questions, and even solve basic mathematics problems. As well as adding a whole new level of understanding to what happens to our brains when we’re dreaming, the new study
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Do you think the referee always has it in for your team? What about a sneaking suspicion that aliens have already visited Earth?   “Everyone believes at least one conspiracy theory,” says sociologist Asbjørn Dyrendal from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). “These examples activate the same mechanisms that come into play when our thoughts
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A high-production brewery believed to be the world’s “oldest” has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at the Abydos funerary site in southern Egypt, the tourism ministry said Saturday. “The joint Egyptian-American archaeological mission, headed by Dr. Matthew Adams of New York University, and Dr. Deborah Vischak of Princeton University, working in North Abydos,
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Brilliantly blue beads from Europe unearthed by archaeologists in Arctic Alaska may predate Christopher Columbus‘ arrival in the New World, a new controversial study finds. These blueberry-size beads were likely created in Venice during the 15th century and then traded eastward, enduring a 10,500-mile (17,000 kilometer) land-based journey east across Eurasia and then boated across the
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People who are fundamentally entitled, self-confident, manipulative, and callous do really well in the modern workplace. Now, a new study in Italy suggests those who show five narcissistic personality traits climb the corporate ladder much faster than their peers. In a survey of 172 Italian CEOs, those who scored higher in extraversion, overconfidence, self-esteem, dominance,
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An investigation in Poland has found people who show certain antisocial personality traits are more likely to support radical group actions and violence. Among 877 students, psychologists found those who ranked highly for ‘disinhibition’ or ‘meanness’ also displayed greater political radicalisation in a survey.  Meanness, which refers to cold-heartedness or callousness, was found to be
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The discovery of a rare “mud mummy” from ancient Egypt has surprised archaeologists, who weren’t expecting to find the deceased encased in a hardened mud shell. The “mud carapace” is an unparalleled find; it reveals “a mortuary treatment not previously documented in the Egyptian archaeological record,” the researchers wrote in the study, published online Wednesday (Feb. 3)