Accidental discovery produces durable new blue pigment for multiple applications
An accidental discovery in a laboratory at Oregon State University has apparently solved a quest that over thousands of years has absorbed the energies of ancient Egyptians, the Han dynasty in China, Mayan ...
Castor oil: Action mechanism of one of the oldest drugs known to man elucidated
Castor oil is known primarily as an effective laxative; however, it was also used in ancient times with pregnant women to induce labour. Only now have scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung ...
Egyptian toe tests show they're likely to be the world's oldest prosthetics
(Phys.org)—The results of scientific tests using replicas of two ancient Egyptian artificial toes, including one that was found on the foot of a mummy, suggest that they're likely to be the world's first ...
NASA sees new salt in an ancient sea
(Phys.org) -- The expansion of massive salt evaporation projects on the Dead Sea are clearly visible in this time series of images taken by Landsat satellites operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.
UK taxi driver becomes first mummy for 3,000 years
A former British taxi driver has become the first person in the world for 3,000 years to be mummified in the same way as the pharaohs.
Internet allows virtual Giza tour in 3D
Vicarious travellers and students of history can take a virtual stroll through the vast necropolis build by the ancient Egyptians in the Giza Plateau, thanks to a 3D Internet project launched this week.
Nile crocodile is actually two different species
Indus script encodes language, reveals new study of ancient symbols
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Rosetta Stone allowed 19th century scholars to translate symbols left by an ancient civilization and thus decipher the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphics.
On the edge of friction
(PhysOrg.com) -- The problem exists on both a large and a small scale, and it even bothered the ancient Egyptians. However, although physicists have long had a good understanding of friction in things like ...
Archeologists discover Egyptian mummies styled with fatty hair gel
Oldest case of clogged arteries in Egypt mummy: study
(PhysOrg.com) -- The first known case of clogged arteries, or atherosclerosis, has been found in the mummy of an Egyptian princess, said a study presented Sunday at a major US cardiology conference.
Mummies' false toes helped ancient Egyptians walk
Two artificial big toes one found attached to the foot of an ancient Egyptian mummy may have been the world's earliest functional prosthetic body parts, says the scientist who tested replicas ...
57 ancient tombs with mummies unearthed in Egypt
(AP) -- Archeologists have unearthed 57 ancient Egyptian tombs, most of which hold an ornately painted wooden sarcophagus with a mummy inside, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said Sunday.
Sphinx-lined road unearthed in Egypt
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a sphinx-lined road in Luxor that led to the temple of Mut, the ancient goddess worshipped as a mother, the culture minister said on Monday.