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The world’s oldest cheese has been found on the necks and chests of perfectly preserved mummies buried in China’s desert sand. Dating back as early as 1615 B.C., the lumps of yellowish organic material have provided direct evidence for the oldest known dairy fermentation method. The individuals were likely buried with the cheese so they could savor it in the afterlife. Read more
The remains of a mansion that likely held high-ranking officials some 4,500 years ago have been discovered near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids. Bones from young cattle and teeth from leopards suggest its residents ate and dressed like royalty. Read more
Two weeks ago, singer Beyoncé released a surprise self-titled album that went on to make record sales. Unfortunately, it has come to light that a music video for one of the album’s songs featured audio from the space shuttle Challenger accident in 1986. Read more
Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators recently made a stunning discovery: a box of 22 exposed but unprocessed negatives, frozen in a block of ice for nearly one hundred years. Take a look at some of the processed pieces of history
[UPDATE: Broken links fixed… apologies! ~Ian]
Nelson Mandela, a former political prisoner who went on to become South Africa’s first black president, died Thursday. He was 95. Mandela received around the clock intensive care from military and other doctors since September, when he was discharged from a nearly three-month hospital stay for a lung infection.
After a 35-year, 13-billion mile journey, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space, new evidence from a team of scientists shows.
“It’s kind of like landing on the moon. It’s a milestone in history. Like all science, it’s exploration. It’s new knowledge,” long-time Voyager scientist Donald Gurnett, with the University of Iowa, told Discovery News. Read more
It’s like the old saying goes: Nothing is certain in life except for death, taxes and giant monsters rising out of sea.
From director Guillermo del Toro, “Pacific Rim” is an old-fashioned creature feature in which colossal monsters battle titanic robots to determine the fate of all mankind. As the monsters — collectively called Kaiju — ravage cities worldwide, scientists deploy 25-story-high robots called Jaegers to defend the population. The film is a tribute to those old Godzilla movies from Japan, with visual effects and creature design from some of the leading artists in the business.
In creating the film’s Kaiju monsters, the designers looked to the animal kingdom. Director del Toro instructed his team to draw inspiration from nature’s scariest creatures, especially lizards, crustaceans and insects. Of course, the old attack-of-the-giant-monsters premise has been a go-to idea in science fiction movies from as far back as the 1930s. Here we take a look at the history of giant monsters in film, as well as the some of real-world creatures that inspired them.