From Neolithic tablets containing the oldest known system of writing, to a series of letters scrawled on the back of a dead man’s book, some of the most legendary undeciphered codes and texts remain a challenge for even the world’s best cryptographers, code breakers, and linguists. Yet unravelling these mysterious puzzles remains as important as ever, since many of these enigmatic inscriptions could hold the keys to understanding civilizations that have long since faded into the pages of history. Here’s a look at 8 mysterious ancient scripts and languages that have yet to be deciphered.
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History is a vast subject to be sure. Since this topic is so broad, there is absolutely no way you can cover it all, especially not in great detail. But sometimes those details — the little fun facts you can use to wow your friends — are the most interesting things of all. Here are 25 historical facts you may find surprising.
We’ve all experienced the effects of color, whether we’ve realized it or not. And it is no coincidence that most restaurant logos use the same two colors or that hospitals are usually staffed by nurses wearing baby blue scrubs. Most psychologists agree that color affects the way we perceive certain situations. While some researchers agree that our brain innately connects colors with feelings, others believe that the feelings we associate with each color are learned reactions and associations from previous life experiences. However, most psychologists believe that our brain interprets color for a reason and that, therefore, each color must affect us in a different way. Here are ten colors and how each one affects your brain.
Emerging technologies will almost certainly revolutionize the future of forensic science, making the capture and conviction of criminals increasingly likely. These technologies can help investigators in missing persons cases, cold cases, sexual assault cases, and murder cases. Although potential dangers related to personal privacy have caused controversy about the use of these innovations, it seems clear that these ten cutting-edge innovations in the future of forensic science also promise enormous benefits to authorities, victims, victims’ families, and society in general.
Although Chinese medicine, holistic therapies, and ritualistic shamanism are often viewed as pseudoscience, they are actually ancient practices that have been around for thousands of years. And due to raised interest worldwide, scientists are now running countless research trials to try and discover if there is any truth in these several common ancient practices. In fact, in recent years, advancements in technology (such as brain imaging) has allowed modern science to validate a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically. Here are 10 ancient practices that have been confirmed by modern science research.
When you’re trying to teach dozens of students the finer points of history and science, sometimes it’s just easier to provide a simpler narrative. But as James Loewen chronicles in his classic book “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” teaching simplistic narratives of history doesn’t do anyone any good. Besides history, the same issue exists in other subjects as well. No, Isaac Newton didn’t “discover” gravity when an apple fell on his head. And yes, Pluto is still a planet — it’s just a special kind of planet. Like many myths, these stories often have a kernel of truth to them — it just isn’t what you learned. Here are 14 things you may have learned in school that have since been proven wrong.
Over the centuries there have been many natural disasters that have stolen human lives and left destruction and havoc for the survivors. Sometimes these incidents are ranked based on damage, loss of lives or the amount of money that it cost to rebuild. Therefore defining the worst natural disasters of all times is subjective and depends on the criteria used. However, these horrific 25 natural disasters events are often considered to be the worst events on record.
It seems like it’s getting harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep, with a myriad of distractions keeping us from getting enough shut-eye. We’re supposed to get seven to nine hours of sleep, but many Americans don’t hit that target every night. Sleep can provide incredible health benefits, like helping us lose weight, improving our memories, and even making us happier. So when you’re lying in bed with one of these nine common sleep problems, here’s what the science says you should do.
Have you ever wondered what your body says about your health or what your body says about your personality? You have probably heard that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but in fact, hidden clues about who you really are can be found all over your body. From symptoms of various diseases to your chances of getting divorced, you will be surprised to find out what your body shape says about you or what your face says about you. If you want to find out what your body says about you, check out today’s post with these 25 fascinating things your body says about you and who you are.
Humanity has been extremely lucky to get this far, considering how over the last few million years or more, there have been some very close calls for the planet Earth. Although we have been fortunate in many ways, there have been multiple occasions when the human race was almost confronted with an apocalyptic situation. Even in what we think of as modern history, the planet has been in greater danger than most people realize. Thankfully, these real-life “doomsday” events worked themselves out naturally or with the brain power by some very bright problem solvers. What will come at us next that we don’t know about is still in question, but for now, here are the 10 times the world almost ended.
The discovery of the “New World” has been written about extensively, but what can sometimes be forgotten is how states and areas became known for what they are now. As it turns out, there are actual meanings behind all 50 US state names. Travel site Expedia recently published a map showing the literal translation for each state name. They offer a unique insight into the forgotten history of the continent and may teach something new about your home. Scroll through to see what your state name means. The full map by Expedia can be found at the end.
In humans very brief time on this planet, science has managed to make some truly fascinating discoveries and achieve many things that were long deemed impossible. In the last two centuries alone, great scientific minds have been responsible for creating electricity, discovering DNA and putting man on the moon. Despite the scientific milestones we have made, a far more complex subject continues to baffle and bewilder the world’s greatest minds – humans. In fact, many of our everyday behavioral traits and bodily functions are still a mystery to scientists. From why we laugh and dream, to why we express ourselves artistically, here are 15 common human behaviors that science still has yet to fully explain.