Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

Feb 5, 2016

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glass-making, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today’s glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. ...

Ancient boat discovered near pyramids

Feb 5, 2016

Ancient boat discovered near pyramids

Czech archaeologists have unearthed an ancient funerary boat near the Abusir pyramids south of Cairo, a find that could shed light on shipbuilding in ancient Egypt. The discovery of the more than 4,500-year-old wooden vessel, which archaeologists believe belonged to a prominent member of ...

Feb 5, 2016

French purists vexed at demise of circumflex

French linguistic purists voiced online anger Thursday at the loss of one of their favorite accents — the pointy little “circumflex” hat that sits on top of certain vowels such as the “o” in “cote.” A change in the spelling of some 2,000 French ...

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

Feb 4, 2016

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

When members of the Explorers Club gathered for their lavish annual dinner in New York City in 1951, one account said they feasted on meat from a prehistoric woolly mammoth that had been preserved in a glacier. The banquet menu, meanwhile, said the long-extinct ...

An unforgiving look at 'Unbroken' in Japan

Feb 3, 2016

An unforgiving look at 'Unbroken' in Japan

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Flashback to 1983: Director Nagisa Oshima’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” set during World War II in a Japanese-run POW camp in Java, is opening in theaters across Japan. It starred David Bowie with two huge local stars: comedian Beat Takeshi and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...