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Apocalypto fans might be forgiven for thinking the fabled collapse of the ancient Maya, the retreat of a civilization from pyramids and ceremonial centers across Central America from 800 to 1000 A.D., involved all sorts of cataclysmic events, war, famine and devastation. Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed detailed how environmental disasters might be to blame, a popular scholarly explanation for the Maya collapse.


Posted: 11/9/2008 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 236   Submitted By: jeff   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Ancient Mysteries

Science-fiction fans may fondly recall writer-physicist David Brin’s "Uplift Saga," in which cranky old alien races reliant on super-powerful computers are outsmarted by crafty humans who count on cunning to survive.


Posted: 10/25/2006 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 279   Submitted By: jmoore   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: UFOs

HOUSTON — A group of engineers was honored Tuesday for concocting a plan using plastic bags, cardboard and duct tape to save Apollo 13’s astronauts after their spacecraft was crippled by an explosion 35 years ago.


Posted: 4/20/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 239   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Space

Two years after space shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it returned to Earth, NASA is preparing to launch two shuttles this spring. But the agency desperately hopes one of those flights never gets off the ground.


Posted: 3/22/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 248   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Space

Stars seem to max out at about 150 times the mass of our sun.


Posted: 3/10/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 259   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Space

Allison DuBois, 32, says she has been able to communicate with the dead since she was a little girl.


Posted: 1/3/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 293   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Television Shows

CAPE CANAVERAL — Astronomers are finding more of the sun’s sisters as they train two sharp eyes on the universe.


Posted: 12/11/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 250   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Space

CAPE CANAVERAL — Northrop Grumman and The Boeing Co. are teaming up to design a replacement for the space shuttles, leaving NASA two lead competitors for the contract on a spaceship that could carry astronauts to the moon and Mars.


Posted: 11/10/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 244   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Space

NASA scientists, looking at the first close-up images of Titan, were able to peer through the atmosphere of the Saturn moon enough to see a checkered landscape under surprisingly clear skies.


Posted: 10/28/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 273   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Space

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers have discovered that Lake Vostok, which is buried under more than two miles of ice near the center of Antarctica, is divided into two deep basins.


Posted: 7/12/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 244   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: New Science

HOUSTON — The Saturn V rocket resting on its side in a park outside NASA’s Johnson Space Center has fallen into disrepair in steamy Houston’s heat and humidity, becoming home to mold, owls and mice.


Posted: 6/17/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 233   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Space

The Skycar, powered by eight enclosed propellers, is so unstable it has to be flown by the computers on board. Today’s computers can do that cheaply and reliably. Noise cancellation technology — the kind Bose puts in headphones — might be able to make a Skycar quieter than a Buick.


Posted: 3/30/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 256   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: New Science

An Israeli documentary Wednesday claimed the James ossuary, the ancient burial box bearing a discredited inscription mentioning Jesus, is just the tip of a long-running forgery ring that has duped antiquities collectors worldwide for the last 15 years.


Posted: 2/19/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 318   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Biblical Archaeology

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters in this central Oklahoma town peered into a crystal ball and found the cause for a fire.


Posted: 1/30/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 250   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Oddball News

There are times in life when we must summon every shred of courage to stand tall and unflinching in the face of fear. This is not one of them. It is 2 a.m., and outside a flimsy tent lit by a full moon something stirs in this primeval forest.


Posted: 11/6/2002 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 237   Submitted By: jeff   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Cryptozoology

Sounds like it could be a scene from the movie Signs, which is gripping the USA this week with crop-circle fever. Sightings are up. The most recent, in England near Stonehenge, appeared over the weekend.


Posted: 8/12/2002 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 239   Submitted By: jeff   Source: www.usatoday.com Category: Crop Circles