Secret Nazi Science Base Discovered in the Arctic

Secret Nazi Science Base Discovered in the Arctic

by PAUL RATNER Propeller-driven snowmobile near Haapasaari, Finland. The swastika was used as the official national marking of the Finnish Air Force and Tank Corps between 1918 and 1945. (SA-kuva) A Russian expedition into the Arctic circle has unearthed a treasure-trove of artifacts from a secret Nazi weather station. It was set up on the island of Alexandra Land (in Franz Josef Land) during World War 2.

The Cognitive Origins of Religion

The Cognitive Origins of Religion

To understand the human brain we often turn to neuroscientists and psychologists. Two decades ago, Professor of Archaeology Steven Mithen decided to explore the origins of our nervous system (and much more) through his field of study. Besides popularizing the term ‘cognitive fluidity,’ in his landmark book, The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion, and Science, Mithen speculated on exactly how primates evolved to the current iteration of the brain.

What’s Going to Kill You? Scientists Rank the Most Likely Causes – This Year.

What’s Going to Kill You? Scientists Rank the Most Likely Causes – This Year.

The apocalypse is nigh! From zombies to bird flu, there is no shortage of ways the human race can go extinct in the near future. But before you run off to a bunker and start stockpiling ammunition, take a look at the Swedish Global Challenges Foundation’s (GCF) Global Catastrophic Risk Report. We have bigger problems than The Walking Dead and Birdemic.

Sleeping 8 Hours Straight Isn’t How Your Ancestors Did It

Sleeping 8 Hours Straight Isn’t How Your Ancestors Did It

We didn’t always sleep how we do today–a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Several centuries ago, doctors prescribed a far different sleep regimen. But the advent of the light bulb changed all that.Lynn Stuart Parramore of Alternet found this lost history of sleep while trying to remedy her own sleep issues. She would wake for a couple hours in the middle of the night, becoming anxious that the next day she would be sleep deprived. But she discovered her midnight wakefulness was considered natural… several centuries ago.

Does a planet need continents to support life?

Does a planet need continents to support life?

Becoming a planet that will support life is a complicated matter, one that scientists haven’t quite unraveled. MIHAILULIANIKOV/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK Just in case you were feeling significant today, consider this: There could be 40 billion planets — all of them the size of Earth — orbiting sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy. And that doesn’t even include the other planetary possibilities that surely exist outside our own interstellar neck of the woods.

10 False History ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows

10 False History ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows

We would like a word with our fifth-grade teachers. How is it that so many supposedly educated adults still believe thatBenjamin Franklin discovered electricity when his kite was struck by lightning, and that Columbus discovered America while trying to prove that the world was round? It can’t be because we’re ignorant, or gullible, or both. Better to blame the fifth-grade teachers. For shame, Mr. Donnelly. For shame.