Ancient and modern cities aren't so different
Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the ...
Concepts emerge for a vertical city in the desert
Archaeologists defy Isis militants by finding new antiquities in Iraq
University of Manchester archaeologists are continuing to make significant new discoveries near the ancient city of Ur despite efforts by Islamic State militants to 'culturally cleanse' Iraq of its ancient relics.
NYC subways slowly upgrading from 1930s-era technology
New York City's subways—the nation's biggest mass transit network—serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the Great Depression.
Visiting a park could save your life, scientists say
City dwellers should visit parks more often and take advantage of this free and easy way to boost their physical and mental health, environmental scientists have urged.
Advanced modeling software explores whether Augustus Caesar really transformed Rome
With degrees in Etruscology and Roman architectural history, Diane Favro has traveled to every corner of the Roman Empire, from Algeria to Germany to Lebanon, and written several books on the subject matter ...
Intensive agriculture may have exacerbated drought in ancient Maya city
Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation
Microsoft announced Monday a new step toward real-time translation, launching a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service.
Researchers produce first map of New York City subway system microbes
The microbes that call the New York City subway system home are mostly harmless, but include samples of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to drugs—and even DNA fragments associated with anthrax ...
Researcher investigates "creepiness factor" in online targeted ads
A recent study suggests online advertisements that target users based on their web browsing habits and other personal information have a negative impact on the person's intent to purchase the product. But ...
Study shows one reason why pigeons so rarely crash
Cyber-attacks rising in Utah, likely due to NSA facility (Update)
(AP)—Utah state officials have seen what they describe as a sharp uptick in attempts to hack into state computers in the last two years, and they think it related to the NSA data center south of Salt Lake City.
'Driving while black' apps give tips for police stops
A "Driving While Black" smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it.
Using 19th century technology to time travel to the stars
In the late 19th century, astronomers developed the technique of capturing telescopic images of stars and galaxies on glass photographic plates. This allowed them to study the night sky in detail. Over 500,000 ...