Category Archives: Brandon Specktor Senior Writer

230-year-old secret code is inscribed on a rock in France. Can you decipher it?

Do you fancy yourself a puzzler? Continue reading

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Archaeologists discovered a hidden chamber in Roman emperor Nero’s underground palace

Archaeologists have discovered a hidden vault in the ruins of Roman Emperor Nero’s sprawling palace, hidden under the hills near Rome’s ancient Colosseum. Continue reading

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Scientists discovered a 2,624-year-old tree in a North Carolina swamp. Climate change could kill it.

A tree grows in North Carolina, and it has been growing there for a long, looooooong time. Continue reading

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Scientists think they’ve found the ancient neutron star crash that showered our solar system in gold

Two astronomers think they’ve pinpointed the ancient stellar collision that gave our solar system its cache of precious gold and platinum — some of it, anyway. Continue reading

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During the last lunar eclipse, a meteor smacked the Moon in the face at 38,000 Mph

On January 21, 2019, the full moon passed entirely into Earth’s shadow and, well, got smacked in the face pretty hard. Continue reading

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Alaska’s excelsior glacier is being replaced by a lake 5 times the size of Central Park

Seventy years ago, Alaska’s Excelsior Glacier stretched its cold fingers from a vast plain in the state’s southern edge nearly all the way to the North Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

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Men’s beards contain more harmful bacteria than dogs’ fur, small study suggests

A small European study has found that the average man’s beard is more replete with human-pathogenic bacteria than the dirtiest part of a dog’s fur. Continue reading

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Turbulent blobs in Earth’s core may explain sudden jerks in the magnetic field

Earth’s magnetic shield defends our planet from the scourges of solar wind and cosmic radiation, making life on our planet possible. Continue reading

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The Hubble just took a gorgeous new image of the Southern Crab Nebula’s wonky gas bubbles

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope revealed a giant crab in the sky. Continue reading

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