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Extinct bird’s big ol’ egg discovered in museum storage

Extinct bird’s big ol’ egg discovered in museum storage

An extinct bird's egg was found in storage at a New York museum this week, having been mistaken for a cast for decades. The creature that laid this egg was the Elephant Bird - aka Aepyornis maximus. "It's the biggest egg laid by any vertebrate ever," said Kathryn Leacock, Buffalo Museum of Science director of collections. It is indeed the biggest egg ever laid - it beats the previous record holder by just a TINY bit.*

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Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Emulated games from the otherwise-lost history of video games are coming to the Internet Archive. The original Internet Arcade project was started all the way back on August 6th of 2014, but only this year really blew up to its current size. In fact, the most massive portion of games in the archive now were just added this week - and will continue over the next few days!

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Why our human eyebrows are the best brows of all

Why our human eyebrows are the best brows of all

The slightly modified image you see at the head of this article shows a skull designated Kabwe-1. This skull was discovered by Tom Zwiglaar in 1921, and is unique in several fairly obvious ways. This skull is one of the oldest known to have tooth cavities - they didn't have a lot of toothbrush knowledge back 300,000 years ago. The other distinctive feature on Kabwe-1 is its brow ridge.

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The new biggest marine reptile ever found

The new biggest marine reptile ever found

As of this latest discovery, the ichthyosaur is the largest marine reptile ever discovered. At the time of this specific creature's initial discovery, just one bone was found. This isn't the first ichthyosaur found, but it is by far the largest.

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Stephen Hawking’s final resting place in Westminster Abbey: Amongst legends

Stephen Hawking’s final resting place in Westminster Abbey: Amongst legends

The final resting place of Professor Stephen Hawking was announced this week in London. The theoretical physicist was announced to be honored at a Service of Thanksgiving later this year (2018) at Westminster Abbey. At that time, Hawking's ashes will be interred at the Abbey near scientific minds of similarly revered status.

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Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application sells for whopping $174K

Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application sells for whopping $174K

Last month we told you about an auction for an interesting piece of Steve Jobs memorabilia: one of the Apple co-founder's first job applications, dating back to 1973. When the listing was first announced by RR Auction, the document was expected to sell for $50,000. The gavel has now fallen, however, and the paper, complete with an 18-year-old Jobs' signature and several misspellings and other errors, has sold for over triple the expected amount.

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131-year-old message in a bottle found in Australia sets new record

131-year-old message in a bottle found in Australia sets new record

The oldest message in a bottle ever discovered was recently found on a beach in Australia. The bottle was tossed into the sea from a ship on June 12, 1886, making it 131 years old. Within the bottle, which itself is a dark amber color with German writing on the side, was a small rolled note measuring 200mm x 153mm. Some work went into deciphering the German message scrawled on it, revealing certain details about its origins.

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World’s oldest figurative tattoos found on two Egyptian mummies

World’s oldest figurative tattoos found on two Egyptian mummies

The world's oldest figurative tattoos have been found on a pair of Egyptian mummies, according to a newly released study detailing the findings. The tattoos were found on a pair of mummies dating back about 5,000 years, one a female with "S" shaped curves on the shoulder, the other a male with a wild bull and Barbary sheep tattoo.

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Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application heads to auction for $50K

Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application heads to auction for $50K

If you're one of those people who dream of owning a rare piece of Steve Jobs memorabilia, another chance is coming up. But rather than an early computer model or some other product related to his time at Apple, the latest Jobs item to be auction is his very first job application. Dated from 1973, and even signed by an 18-year-old Jobs, the piece of paper is expected to sell for around $50,000.

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This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

A newly massive "megalopolis" was discovered and reported for the first time this week in a Guatemalan Jungle. You can see a few old structures popping up from the trees right now, but below the surface, oh my goodness. There's one whole heck of a lot more down there than anyone in modern times knew until now. NOTE: This project not only discovered thousands of new structures, they've done so with LiDAR, so it'll all be available in 3D map file format - think augmented reality!

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This huge void in the Great Pyramid is a new Egyptian mystery

This huge void in the Great Pyramid is a new Egyptian mystery

If you thought the pyramids had given up all their mysteries, think again. A huge, secret space has been discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, after scientists used new scanning technology to penetrate through the stone. Right now, nobody knows exactly what the chamber is, though speculation has already begun about what it could contain.

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Archaeologists have found the lost temple of Artemis

Archaeologists have found the lost temple of Artemis

The ancient temple belonging to the goddess Artemis has been discovered after about 100 years of searching. Greek authorities reported the discovery late last week, saying it was found by archaeologists with the Archaeological School in Greece alongside the Ephorate of Euboea Antiquities. Excavation work has been underway for a handful of years.

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