Editor's Picks: Alien Artifacts, Amelia Earhart, Space Taxis and More
Above, you’ll see some of the top images of the week. Click on each one to explore the story behind it.
If you didn’t get a chance to catch all the latest Discovery News content this week, then be sure to take a look at what I feel are the must-read stories:
Tired of the same old scene, the same old sites, the same old streets? Why not consider a move?
If you happen to fancy your own place in space — and you happen to have a few hundred million dollars to burn — then take a look at the orbital habitats made available by Bigelow Aerospace.
Of course, even if you have your own piece of floating real estate, you’ll still need a way to get there. Commercial space firms such as Space Exploration Technologies, which test launched its Falcon 9 rocket Friday, could allow future space residents to hitch a ride into low-Earth orbit.
The whole package would carry a hefty price tag, but how much would you pay for a room with a view?
Don’t believe everything you see on TV.
If you were to eat only foods advertised on your favorite shows, you would get more than 20 times the recommended fat and sugar. You’d also get less than half of the fruits, vegetables and dairy products you need to fill out a balanced diet.
Following the TV diet could lead to a number of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.
WATCH: Most people know it’s much easier to gain weight than to lose it. But, have you ever stopped and wondered why it’s so hard to shed the pounds?
Half-human, half-animal hybrids may be pure science fiction, but that hasn’t stopped a few careful politicians from putting laws in place to ensure it never becomes a reality.
Two states — Ohio and Arizona — have recently passed bills banning any research on potential human-animal hybrids. Opponents of such measures argue that such research could lead to cure for AIDS, immunize people against cancer, or grow replacement organs.
In related news, authorities in Ohio and Arizona have issued arrested warrants for Spiderman, Batman and Hawkman over suspicion of violating the new law. If you happen to run into any of these individuals, please contact your local state legislator.
If you’re looking for interior design ideas for your new home or apartment, why not take a page from the Etruscans?
For the first time, Italian archaeologists have uncovered an intact Etruscan house, complete with furniture, housewares and even building materials.
So if you’re looking for that essential classic look, try bronze door handles, terracotta tiles and earthenware pots. After all, isn’t it about time Etruscan decor made a comeback?
In a paper published in the 1960s, Carl Sagan statistically estimated that Earth might be visited every few tens of thousands of years by an extraterrestrial civilization.
If this is a reasonable estimate, then what evidence might have been left behind? And if alien artifacts are hidden somewhere on our planet, what exactly do they look like?
I don’t know what you’re doing this weekend, but as soon as I finish this post, I’m grabbing a shovel and going to start digging.
Those were my picks for the top stories. Here is a list of the most popular articles that we ran this week:
We’ve all seen the photos of the aftermath of the oil spill following the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore platform. Despite the devastation it has wrought, would it surprise you to learn that this oil spill isn’t the biggest in history? It’s true. Find out more here.
In 1851, French scientist Leon Foucault gave a sensational demonstration in the Paris Pantheon proving that the Earth revolved around its axis, using a pendulum to demonstrate the concept. The original pendulum, which was kept on display at the Musee des Arts et Metiers in Paris, is no more, after it crashed onto the marble floor of the museum and was irreparably damaged.
Where and how Amelia Earhart met her end is still a mystery. However, some researchers think they know. They’ve found clues on a South Pacific island where they contend the pilot made an emergency landing. And evidence suggests her final days were not easy.
Why was one prehistoric artist compelled to stencil birds over and over again in a remote and difficult-to-reach location in a rock shelter in northern Australia?
It may be a simple case of mistaken identity, but assigning the wrong name to this phenomenon could have drastic implications for the over one million inhabitants of the area.