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Ask the Curator: Elmo on Fire II
More about St. Elmo's Fire as symbol related to "The Masonic Order"
Published: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:42:48 GMT
A Half Century Ago: The 1964/65 New York World's Fair
Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1964, the World's Fair opened in New York City. It looked forward to a world where technology solved all of man's problems, wants and needs. Perhaps its goals were a bit optimistic, but it was fun, anyway.
Published: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:41:52 GMT
Science Over the Edge - April 2014
In this issue:
-Spacesuit Designers Wanted
-Giant Dino Stalked Prehistoric Europe
-Power Lines Flash at Animals
-Mammoth Cloning Back in News
-Brain May Actively Try to Forget
-Gravity Waves Detected
-Sea Monster Mayhem
-Slippery Substance
-Bloody Moon
-Fab Egg is Found
and more...
Published: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:40:38 GMT
Ask the Curator: Elmo on Fire
Is St. Elmo's Fire a symbol related to "The Masonic Order"?
Published: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:50:03 GMT
Olympus Mons: The Mega-Volcano
In 2013 scientists announced a startling discovery: At the bottom of the Pacific Ocean they had discovered a gigantic volcano that was the largest on Earth. As massive as this volcano is, however, it is only the second largest one in our solar system. That particular accolade belongs to the volcano Olympus Mons on the planet Mars...
Published: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:48:58 GMT
Science Over the Edge - March 2014
In this issue:
-Supernatural or Subconscious?
-New Egyptian Pyramid Identified
-New Fusion Milestone
-Oldest "Steak Knife" Teeth Found
-Mystery of Mars Stone Solved
-King Tut's Finder Dies
-Vernal vs. Autumnal
-More to "Found" Renoir Painting
and more...
Published: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:47:41 GMT
Drifting Away Over the Earth
How far do you have to go up in the air before the rotation of the Earth starts moving it under you and carrying you away from where you started?
Published: Sun, 02 Feb 2014 00:52:24 GMT
The Mystery of the Devil's Kettle
At Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the western half of the Brule River disappears into a hole and is never seen again. Where does it go?
Published: Sun, 02 Feb 2014 00:51:35 GMT
Science Over the Edge - February 2014
In this issue...
-Earthquake Lights Explained
-Smart Contact Lens
-Dogs and Wolves Descended from Common Ancestor
-Iron Explains Soft Dino Tissue
-Renoir Found in Box, Lost in Court
-Hand Held Calculator Premieres
-This Moon Goes to the Dogs...
-Bigfoot Killer Offers Proof
and more...
Published: Sun, 02 Feb 2014 00:50:21 GMT
The Rings of Saturn
Of all the wonders of the solar system, none are quite as amazing as the rings of Saturn. Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system, is not the only world with rings - Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune have some too - but Saturn's are by far the most visible and spectacular.
Published: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:53:36 GMT
Ask the Curator: Interstellar Travel in an Expanding Universe
We often say that one day it may be possible to visit or even occupy (colonize) another star system. Can this be possible when the universe keeps on expanding, meaning that at any given time, the nearest star is getting even further away? Won't there be this continually expanding distance to consider, which means we should be traveling faster than the rate of expansion to reach the nearest star?
Published: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:52:30 GMT
Science Over the Edge - January 2014
In this issue:
-Living Shoes?
-Hubble Finds Europa Geysers
-New Species Found after a Century
-Find Pushes Back Roots of House Cat
-Why Do Men Have Big Noses?
-Nikola Testla's Legacy
-Quadrantids Meteor Shower
-Track UFO in Real-Time on Your Smartphone?
and more...
Published: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:51:10 GMT
Ask the Curator: Power From a Thunderbolt
Could a power company use lightning rods to collect electricity?
Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 01:52:39 GMT
Video: The Day the Air Force Almost Nuked North Carolina
A short documentary on a "broken arrow" incident were a training accident almost resulted in H-bomb detonation on U.S. soil.
Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 01:50:47 GMT
AKA Santa Claus
Every December 24th millions of people are visited by a short, fat guy in a red suit. Where did he come from, why does he do it, and how does he accomplish this seemingly impossible task? (An encore of our classic article)
Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 01:49:31 GMT
Science Over the Edge - December 2013
In this issue:
-New Silicon Supercapacitor
-High School Student Finds Baby Dino
-Pocket Drone
-T-Rex's Oldest Ancestor Found
-Printing a Heart
-Enter the Atomic Age
-Catch the Geminids
-Solved: Mystery of the Moving Mummy Statue
and more...
Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 01:48:24 GMT
Ask the Curator: Million Mile-Per-Hour Wind
How do the Voyager spacecraft survive the (according to NASA) "250,000 to one million per hour" solar winds while traversing the heliopause? Shouldn't they be obliterated?
Published: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:23:27 GMT
The Day the U.S. Air Force Almost Nuked North Carolina
On the morning of January 23rd, 1961, First Lt. Adam Mattocks climbed aboard his B-52G Stratofortress bomber for a routine training mission. What would follow over the next twenty-four hours, however, would be anything but routine. At the end Mattocks would be the survivor of one of the most serious nuclear weapons accidents ever and part of North Carolina would have come unbelievably close to being turned into a smoldering, burned out, radiation-poisoned, death zone.
Published: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:21:58 GMT
Science Over the Edge - November 2013
In this issue:
-Fashion that also Guards Privacy
-Site of Old Massacre Found in Sweden
-New Expedition to Solve Earheart Mystery
-Mosquito Preserved as Rare Fossil
-Controversial Skill Found
-The Return of the King
-November Comet
-Yeti Mystery Solved by DNA?
and more...
Published: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:20:14 GMT
Ask the Curator: The Shape of the Universe
Sir Stephen Hawking once said that if one stands long enough at one spot, he can see the back of his head, due to the curvature of space/time. Of course, this will take billions of years. By the same token, now that Voyager has left our solar system, will it ever come back to Earth having circumnavigated the universe, assuming all things remain equal?
Published: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:34:00 GMT
Tangled Roots: The True Story of Halloween
Get the history of this scary holiday!
Published: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:32:35 GMT
Monster Movie Studio
Get a back stage pass to the Museum's back lot to see how, and also why, monster movies, have been made.
Published: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:31:25 GMT
Science Over the Edge - October 2013
In this issue:
-Black Hole Eats Less Than Was Originally Thought
-Nuclear Accident Nearly Obliterates U.S. City
-Mystery of Israeli Sphinx
-Voyager Definitely in Interstellar Space
-Leaping Lizards! New Species Discovered in California
-New Big Hairy Spider
-Faster than Sound
-Moon a Problem for Meteor Shower
-Little Painting Turns Out to Be Worth Big Bucks
and more...
Published: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:30:03 GMT
Ask the Curator: Life by Any Other Name...
In science fiction there are sentient, intelligent alien species: Many are air-breathers, but many more are methane-breathing or silicon-based creatures. Scientifically speaking, can there actually be methane-breathing and/or silicon creatures?
Published: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 01:55:57 GMT
The World's Biggest Bugs
What's the biggest creepy crawly you can expect to find in you sleeping bag this Labor Day weekend on your camping trip?
Published: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 01:54:31 GMT
Science Over the Edge - September 2013
In this issue:
-Geyser Theory Proves True
-Where's the (Artificial) Beef?
-People Who Believe in Psychics Think they Have More Control Over their Lives
-T-Rex Definitely a Predator
-Wolves Help Bears at Yellowstone
-First Computer "Debugging"
-Conjunction
-Fake Documentary Draws Anger
and more
Published: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 01:53:32 GMT
Video: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
A short overview of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Published: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:57:24 GMT
Ask the Curator: Nuke vs. Asteroid
I read somewhere that the reason a nuclear bomb causes so much damage is that it superheats the surrounding air which expands very rapidly to create the blast. I also read that a way to stop large asteroids hitting the earth would be to use a nuclear missile to either blow it up or use the blast to move its orbit. How would this work in the vacuum of space?
Published: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:55:04 GMT
The Magic of Ray Harryhausen
In May of this year a pioneer in film industry died at the age of 92. Ray Harryhausen brought to life hundreds of monsters and fantasy characters and in the process influenced a whole generation of movie makers from George Lucas to Tim Burton.
Published: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:53:45 GMT
Science Over the Edge - August 2013
In this issue:
-Astronomers Puzzled by New Radio Bursts
-Mystery Skull in Australia
-A Blue Exo-Planet Where it Rains Glass
-Mars Once Had a Thick Atmosphere
-Priceless Paintings Burned
-Atomic Letter
-The Perseids
-Brits Power Cell Phone with Urine
and more...
Published: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:52:22 GMT
Ask the Curator: Ancient Egyptian Lights
I have seen and heard many crackpot ideas about Egypt and the most absurd to me is the assertion that they had and used electric lighting. Yes, I know about the Bagdad Batteries but I already know they don't have enough power to light a modern LED, much less a normal incandescent lamp. My question is this... Is there anything found among ancient ruins confirms that they had access to electricity OTHER than the batteries?
Published: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 02:14:35 GMT
The Flight of the Norge (Part II)
In May of 1926 a group of sixteen fearless adventurers boarded a small dirigible to fly over the North Pole. The group successfully crossed the pole, but on the way to Alaska found themselves taken off course by the taunting vision mountains on the horizon. After changing course to investigate these hills, the mysterious mountains suddenly disappeared - just a trick of the air. Could the Norge find its way back on course safely?
Published: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 02:13:35 GMT
Science Over the Edge: July 2013
In this issue:
-Close Pass by Asteroid
-Cloned Mammoth a Bit Closer
-Sonar Reveals Earhart's Plane?
-Lost Mayan Capital Found
-Life Found Deep Under the Sea Bottom
-Big Boom
-Check Out Saturn
-UK Shutdown UFO Investigations Because They had "No Defense Purpose."
and more...
Published: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 02:12:13 GMT
Ask the Curator: Carbon Cycle
How do plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen?
Published: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 15:43:00 GMT
The Flight of the Norge (Part I)
It was a feat that was astounding at the time, but now lost in the dusty pages of history. In May of 1926 a group of sixteen fearless adventurers boarded a small dirigible to fly over the North Pole. The tiny lighter-than-air craft they piloted they named the Norge.
Published: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 15:41:34 GMT
Science Over the Edge - June 2013
In this issue:
-Complex from Abraham's Time Found
-New Zealand Sea Monster?
-Sea Monsters Get Arthritis Too
-Pyramid Workers Were Well Fed
-Sunken Continent Found Off Brazil
-Explosion on the Moon
-Supermoon
-Falling Lights not Alien Spaceships
and more...
Published: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 15:40:04 GMT
Notes from the Curator's Office: Visiting the Fake Shroud of Turin
Just a few days ago I went to visit the fake Shroud. No not the one in Italy, the one in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Published: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:42:25 GMT
Ask the Curator: Cheating Einstein
If you had a pair of scissors sufficiently large enough, can the tips of the scissors exceed the speed of light?
Published: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:40:22 GMT
Science Over the Edge - May 2013
In this issue:
-Yard Sale Bowl Goes for $2.2 Million
-"Gate to Hell" Found
-Mammoth Found in Mexico
-Studying the Loch Ness Monster to Learn About Ourselves
-Mysterious Circle at the Bottom of Sea of Galilee
-Number One Supernova
-Solar Eclipse
-Real "X-File" Fascinates Public
and more...
Published: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:38:27 GMT
Video: Why Did the Hindenburg Burn?
Our newest video explores the reason the great airship went down in flames. Was it sabotage or a terrible accident?
Published: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 03:45:07 GMT
Mystery of the Hindenburg
It was the height of luxury and a symbol of the future that came crashing down in flames. Why did the Hindenburg Burn? An update on our classic page.
Published: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 03:43:36 GMT
Ask the Curator: Big Steam?
In the movie "Wild Wild West" starring Will Smith there was a giant Steam powered spider machine: I already know it was just a special effect but I would still like to know this... Aside from steam-powered ships and locomotives, what is the largest steam-powered vehicle ever made?
Published: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 03:42:36 GMT
Science Over the Edge - April 2013
In this issue:
-Dolphins Call Each Other Names
-No Ban On Polar Bear Parts
-More Evidence that Chicxulub Did in the Dinosaurs
-Mummies had Clogged Arteries Too
-Volcanos Responsible for Extinction
-The Strange Carcass
-Lyrid Meteors
-Researchers Find Monster in Lake
-Hell Lowers Crime Rates
and more...
Published: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 03:40:56 GMT
Notes from the Curator's Office: My Seven Minutes of Fame with the Travel Channel
In 1968 Andy Warhol, said "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." I think I may have gotten 7 minutes of that 15 the other day.
Published: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:10:44 GMT
Ask the Curator: Things Falling from the Sky
I've read a lot about sky falls... where things like fish fall from the sky. In Honduras, over 10,000 fish fall from the sky at the beginning of rain season. It is only in one village and my friend from Honduras won't believe me. I tell her that she didn't live in that village and that it DOES happen in another village. Am I right?
Published: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:09:24 GMT
Science Over the Edge - March 2013
In this issue:
-Asteroid Explodes Over Russia
-Richard III Found Under Parking Lot
-Big Dino, Little Gray Matter
-An "Evil" Patch in the Brain?
-Alien Threat? Probably Not
-Soviets Probe Venus
-Comet Incoming!
-Phobos Mined?
and more...
Published: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:07:27 GMT
The Seven Wonders of the Medieval World
Sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century a list entitled The Seven Wonders of the Medieval World started to be found among the various catalogs of marvels.
Published: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:56:11 GMT
The Tower of Nanjing: The Lost Porcelain Pagoda
"The best contrived and noblest structure of all the East," the French mathematician, Le Comte, said when he saw it. Its "many-coloured tiles and bricks were highly glazed, giving the building a gay and beautiful appearance," wrote an enamored American missionary. Both of these 19th century visitors to China were referring to the astonishing Tower of Najing, a wondrous temple that today is gone.
Published: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:55:11 GMT
Ask the Curator: Why Can't We Drink Seawater?
Why is it not ok to drink sea water, but ok to put sea salt on our food?
Published: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:53:59 GMT
Science Over the Edge - Febuary 2013
In this issue:
-Mona Lisa Does Round Trip to Moon
-Stealth Clothes
-Observatory Dodges Fiery Bullet
-Ancient Magical Rocks Located
-Big Pterosaur Might Have Problems Getting into the Air
-Raining Worms
-Check a Star Nursery
-Harvard Scientist Thinks it is Possible to Clone a Neanderthal
and more...
Published: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:52:04 GMT
Video - Atlantis: The Lost Continent
The story of the lost contient of Atlantis and whether it is actually related to the destruction of the Minoan civilization.
Published: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:47:17 GMT
Ask the Curator: Teleportation
Since scientists are able to teleport light particles, could we use this teleportation method to travel in space rather than a propulsion based rockets?
Published: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:44:52 GMT
Science Over the Edge - January 2013
In this issue:
-Boys Find Mastodon Bone Behind Backyard
-Early Andersen Fairy Tale Found
-Clever Nanoparticles Deliver Drugs in Disguise
-Asteroid Will Miss Earth
-The Fortean Society
-Quadrantids
-Extraterrestrial Cemetery in Mexico?
and more...
Published: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:41:02 GMT
Ask the Curator: Can Extraterrestrial Astronomers See Us?
If an alien being with a telescope from an exoplanet looks at our solar system, would they detect our planets using the methods we use or would they see a "fuzzy" nebula looking orb due to the Oort cloud?
Published: Sat, 01 Dec 2012 03:27:17 GMT
Stonehenge
Stonehenge, in many peoples' minds, is the most mysterious place in the world. This set of stones laid out in concentric rings and horseshoe shapes on the empty Salisbury Plain, is, at the age of 4,000 years, one of the oldest, and certainly best preserved, megalithic (ancient stone) structures on Earth, but we know almost nothing about who built Stonehenge and why.
Published: Sat, 01 Dec 2012 03:25:11 GMT
Science Over the Edge - December 2012
In this issue:
-Bigfoot DNA?
-Rare Whale Discovered after Stranding
-Up 103 Floors on a Bionic Leg
-Oldest Supernova Spotted
-Early Horned Dino Found
-Pacific Island Does Not Exist
-Falling Carp
-The Geminids
-Jupiter Close
-UFOs Along the Tibet- India Border
and more...
Published: Sat, 01 Dec 2012 03:24:40 GMT
Ask the Curator: Germ or Virus?
Is there a difference between a germ and a virus?
Published: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:57:43 GMT
The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Flawed Beauty
In 1990 an international team of engineers, mathematicians, and historians met on the Azores Islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Their task was to figure out how to save an 800-year-old historic building that was close to collapsing. The structure was then tilted by 5.5 degrees to one side. If something wasn't done soon, the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa would come crashing to the ground.
Published: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:56:19 GMT
Science Over the Edge - November 2012
In this issue:
-Giant Eye Identified
-Sound Barrier Broken Again
-Scientists Working on Star-Trek-Like Engine
-Planet Found with Four Suns
-Marine Reptile had "Teeth that Would Make a T. Rex Whimper"
-The Horror of the Heights
-Leonid Meteor Shower
-Italian Scientists Get Jail for Failing to Predict Earthquake
and more...
Published: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:54:31 GMT
Ask the Curator: Hole Through the Earth
If it were possible to shoot an unstoppable, elevator-sized cannonball vertically into the ground (let's say at the North Pole), it would speed all way out from South Pole. Good. So what if a man decides to make a quick trip to South Pole(from the North Pole) by way of jumping into the hole created, would he defy gravity by surfacing from South Pole's ice (probably continuing into space)?
Published: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:16:34 GMT
Rise of the Zombies
Vampires have been popular figures in horror since Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in 1897. The root of werewolf folklore can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Zombies, in their current form, however, have only shuffled their stiff-legged corpses onto the silver screen in the last few decades. Where did the zombie myth come from and why are they now so popular?
Published: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:15:27 GMT
Science Over the Edge - October 2012
In this issue:
-Canary Island Tsunami Not Such a Threat
-Dead Army Found in Bog
-Is a Bit of a Psychopath a Good Thing in a President?
-Giant German Aircraft from WWII Found
-It Snows on Mars!
-Another Odd Rain Story from History
-October Meteor Shower
-Mammoth Clone Hopes Spring Eternal
and more...
Published: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:14:34 GMT
Surviving a Jump
Can a person survive a dive into water from five stories up?
Published: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 02:16:35 GMT
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Tradition has it that on Friday, September 28th, 1900, in Alexandria, Egypt, a donkey, hauling a cart full of stone, made a misstep and disappeared into a hole in the ground. If that story is accurate, this beast of burden made one of the most astounding discoveries in archeological history: A set of rock-cut tombs with features unlike that of any other catacomb in the ancient world.
Published: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 02:15:11 GMT
Science Over the Edge - September 2012
In this issue:
-Record Snake Found in Florida
-Dino Track found at Space Center
-Amateur Restoration in Spanish Church Ruins Art
-"Curse" Scroll Found in English Town
-Three New Sharks Found
-Check out Jupiter and Venus
-New Pyramid Found on Google Earth?
and more...
Published: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 02:13:21 GMT
Video - Atomic Annie: The Nuclear Cannon
A short documentary tracing the history of the M65 "Atomic Annie" cannon back to the German K5E nicknamed "Anzio Annie." Includes footage of thet Upshot-Knothole Grable test.

For more information on Anzio Annie check our webpage: http://www.unmuseum.org/anzio_annie.htm
Published: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:23:00 GMT
The Foo Fighters of World War II
As the war came to a close airmen started seeing strange craft following their own planes. Was it a German secret weapon, or something even more bizarre?
Published: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:20:51 GMT
Coliseum: The Great Arena
The Flavian Amphitheater, as it was then known would become the largest public entertainment venue in the Roman Empire and eventually a symbol of the city of Rome itself. For 18 centuries it remained the largest amphitheater in the world. Today we call this zenith of Roman architecture and engineering the Coliseum.
Published: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:20:01 GMT
Ask the Curator: Hot and Cold
Is cold the absence of heat? Or is heat the absence cold?
Published: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:18:46 GMT
Science Over the Edge - August 2012
In this issue:
-Bones Right Age, Location for John the Baptist
-Archaeologists Find Golden Treasure
-Rocky Exo-Planet Smaller then Earth?
-Mona Lisa's Skeleton Found?
-Search for Earhart's Plane Yields No Aircraft
-CE2 in England
-Mars, Saturn and Spica Conjunction
-Perseid Meteor Shower
-Smoking Orangutan Must Kick Habit
and more...
Published: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:16:51 GMT
Video: The Train Crash at Crush
The story of two steam locomotives that were crashed in a staged stunt in the 19th century. It was supposed to be a fun day out, but ended in flying metal and death.

For more information check our page at http://www.unmuseum.org/crash.htm
Published: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:09:29 GMT
Wormhole Wonders
've always been curious about the possibility of wormholes in space. If a wormhole existed, how would it affect space travel?
Published: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:47:27 GMT
Hagia Sophia: The Place of Holy Wisdom
Before it became a famed Islamic Mosque this wonder of the medieval world was the largest cathedral on the planet for almost a thousand years.
Published: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:45:52 GMT
Anzio Annie: The Gun that Held 50,000 Men Hostage
This gigantic Nazi cannon terrorized American soldiers in 1944 for three months as they were penned in on a small Italian beach head.
Published: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:45:08 GMT
Science Over the Edge - July 2012
In this issue:
-Birds May Limit Insect Size
-Dinosaurs Slimmer than Thought?
-Spitting Mice Help Distribute Seed
-Underwater UFO is Strange Rock
-Deadly Asteroid Will Miss Earth
-Cashed UFO Pieces
-Catch Mercury This Month
-Couple Sues Over Bad Psychic Tip
and more...
Published: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:44:01 GMT
Video: 1913 Train Crash - California State Fair
This clip shows two steam locomotives crashed for a stunt in 1913. A similar demonstration in 1896 caused twin boiler explosions killing 3 people.
Published: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 02:01:26 GMT
Video: The Curse of King Tut
A review of the find of Egyptian King Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter and the possibility it was protected by a curse.
Published: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 01:59:15 GMT
Howard Carter and the Curse of Tut's Mummy
The rumor of an ancient curse didn't stop this archaeologist from open the tomb of King Tut. An update including a new video on our classic page
Published: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 01:57:14 GMT
The Great Wall
In China there is something that for hundreds of years has let its long, snake-like form lay across the Asian countryside defending it from outsiders. Many writers have likened this thing to a dragon. Most people, however, call it the Great Wall of China
Published: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 01:56:31 GMT
Science Over the Edge - June 2012
In this issue:
-Free Floating Planets more Prevalent than First Thought
-Extinct Super Turtle Found in Columbian Mine
-Was the Ripper a Woman?
-New "Bionic Eye" Chip in Testing
-How Many Dangerous Rocks are Out There?
-Budd Hopkins
-Transit of Venus
-Mysterious Creature Might be Jellyfish
and more...
Published: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 01:55:24 GMT
Seven Wonders of the Natural World
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World has been around for over a millennium so there is little dispute among people today about what the list should include. The list of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, however, is a modern list. Who is to decide of all the marvels of nature which are the top seven?
Published: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:02:29 GMT
Victoria Falls: The Smoke that Thunders
On November 17th of 1855 David Livingstone became the first European to see the mighty cataract. Afterward he wrote: "No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England... scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."
Published: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:01:21 GMT
Ask the Curator: A Theory of Everything
Is a Unified Field Theory possible within our lifetime or will quantum weirdness muddle the whole thing up?
Published: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:00:26 GMT
Science Over the Edge - May 2012
In this issue:
-Baboons Learn Words
-Did Viking Find Life on Mars?
-Scientists to Study Aging on Mt. Everest
-The Return of Moby Dick?
-No South Carolina Sea Monster
-Falling Turtle
-Annular Eclipse
-Looking for a Living Dinosaur in the Congo
and more...
Published: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:58:14 GMT
Radioactive Kitchen
Is it true that granite countertops give off radiation?
Published: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:20:35 GMT
Science Over the Edge - April 2012
In this issue:
-Moon May Have Doomed Titanic
-Einstein Speed Limit Still Holds
-Earhart Found?
-The Better to See You With, My Dear (Giant Squid Eyes)
-A Whale of a Find
-Creature Weekend 2012
-Francs from Heaven
-Lyrid Meteor Shower
-Farmer Finds UFO in Hole
and more...
Published: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:19:23 GMT
Attack of the Talking Nazi Dogs
Were the Nazis, as some accounts claim, really building an army of intelligent, talking dogs to defend the Third Reich? Where did this story come from and how much of it is actually true?
Published: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:14:43 GMT
Paricutin: The Volcano in a Cornfield
On February 20, 1943, Dionisio Pulido was working in his cornfield just outside the Tarascan Indian village of Paricutin, Mexico, when suddenly a volcano appeared.
Published: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:13:33 GMT
Video: The Great Bone War (or Requiem for a Brontosaurus)
Recounts the story of Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh, two 19th century paleontologists, who fought a war to see who could discovery more species. The borntosaurus was caught in the crossfire.
Published: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:12:14 GMT
The Great Barrier Reef
Just before 11 pm on June 11th, 1770, the HMS Endeavour, captained by Lieutenant James Cook, ran aground. Though Cook didn't real it at the time, the coral reef he had run onto was part of a vast system of 3,800 coral banks and islands that ran along the coast of Australia. Known as the Great Barrier Reef, it is the largest structure in the world created by living organisms. Another in our series on natural wonders.
Published: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:10:18 GMT
Ask the Curator: Monster Movie Myth
Tell me something about the Kraken beast of the time of Zeus.
Published: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:08:29 GMT
Science Over the Edge - March 2012
In this issue:
-Ossuary Shows Biblical Connection
-Yellowstone Supervolcano Not Guilty
-$200,000 Offered for Proof of Cold Fusion
-Sharks Can be Friends Too
-February Fireballs Puzzle Scientists
-Just Swamp Gas
-Planet Pairing
-Did Hitler Have a Son?
and more...
Published: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:06:29 GMT
The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
On January 1st, 1502, Portuguese explorer Gonçalo Coelho ship's reached a break in the South American seaside that seemed to be the entrance to an enormous river. The bay they found was spectacularly surrounded by huge, oddly shaped mountains that astounded the European explorers. Taking a cue from the date on which they'd found this amazing harbor, they named it the "January River" or Rio de Janeiro.
Published: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:08:13 GMT
Requiem for a Planet: Pluto
For almost three-quarters of a century schoolchildren learned that our solar system had 9 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Then in 2006 this changed. Pluto got demoded and suddenly there are only eight planets. What happened? Why did poor Pluto get kicked out of the planetary club?
Published: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:07:18 GMT
As the Curator: A Matter of Gravity
If all matter has gravity, does that not mean that matter is giving off energy?
Published: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:06:18 GMT
Science Over the Edge - February 2012
In this issue:
-Cloak of Silence
-When Dwarf Stars Collide
-Can Kepler Find Some Moons?
-Nasty Carnivore is Related to Mammals
-Asteroid Zips by Earth
-Project Twinkle
-Encounter with Uranus
-Giant Triangular UFO?
and more...
Published: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:03:53 GMT
The Northern Lights
In Norse mythology the Valkyries would come galloping across the night sky upon their horses equipped with helmets, spears and armor that would glow and shimmer in the darkness. These lights, colored red, blue, violet and green, would spread in curtains from horizon to horizon, amazing the mortals below.
Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:48:31 GMT
The Nostalgic BBS
For almost two decades, from the late 70's through the mid 90's, a subculture flourished throughout most of the United States and parts of Europe and Asia. It involved thousands of mostly young, technically-oriented people exploring the capabilities of the newly developed personal computer to allow communication and socialization in ways never seen before.
Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:47:39 GMT
Ask the Curator: The Filthy Facts
What is dirt made of? - John
Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:46:30 GMT
Science Over the Edge - January 2012
In this issue:
-T-Rex Packs on Some Pounds
-Why Do We Have Any Hair?
-T-Rex: The Hunter
-Pigeon Math
-Beethoven's Music Changed by His Hearing Loss
-Sister Thedra's Bad Prediction
-Quadrantids
-Space Junk Hits Africa
and more...
Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:43:45 GMT
Video: The Man Who Made the Loch Ness Monster
An exploration of the facts behind the "Surgeon's Photo" hoax of the Loch Ness Monster.
Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:38:05 GMT
Video: Oh, No! There's a Baby on the Tracks!
Baby Meets Christmas Train.
Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:35:34 GMT
Mount Everest
On May 29th, 1953, two men reached the highest peak in the world. A feat that had eluded realization even after the South and North Poles had been conquired. The next in our series on natural wonders.
Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:33:44 GMT
The Electric Trains of Christmas
Toy electric trains have been identified with the Christmas season for nearly a century. How did these miniatures from the world of transportation become icons of the winter holiday season?

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:32:45 GMT
Ask the Curator: Without the Moon
My question is a hypothetical one: what if, for whatever reason, the moon would suddenly be gone? Would it gravely affect life on Earth? I understand life would probably not have started if it weren't for the tides caused by the Moon, but are humans still depending on tides, directly or indirectly? And what about the weather in a Moonless world?
Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:31:38 GMT
Ask the Curator: Night with the Devil
In the movie Fantasia there is a work called "A Night On Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky and during the intro it says that the Bald Mountain is a real location and according to tradition, is the gathering place of Satan and is followers. My question is this has there been any sighting of paranormal activity around the mountain?
Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:30:20 GMT
Science Over the Edge - December 2011
In this issue:
-Ancient Whale Found in Marble
-Sunstone Legend Might be True
-Nano-sized SUV
-Ice 10?
-Asteroids Giveth and Taketh Away
-Take a Shot at Andromeda
-Canadian Lake Monster On YouTube
and more...
Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:28:27 GMT
Video: In Honor of the King: The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The story of a queen that honored her husband by building him a magnificent tomb that became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:08:08 GMT
The Grand Canyon
Despite being more than a mile to the bottom the Grand Canyon isn't the deepest gorge in the world, but it certainly is the most spectacular. The first in our series on natural wonders.
Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:05:44 GMT
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
When King Mausolus died in 353 BC the queen decided to build him a tomb that would be a wonder of the world. She succeeded.
Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:04:46 GMT
Science Over the Edge - November 2011
In this issue:
-Study Suggests Uranus Was Wacked Twice
-Did a Kraken of the Ancient Seas Leave These Bones?
-What Makes a Supervolcano Go Off?
-Deep, Deep Worm
-Cyclops Shark for Real
-Ball Lightning Bewilderment
-Blueberry Bagel Eating Bigfoots
and more...
Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:03:18 GMT
Video: The Bermuda Triangle: The fate of Flight 19
What really happened to 5 planes on December 5th 1945?
Published: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:59:27 GMT
Ask the Curator: German Strategic Bombing
I came across a reference to a General Walther Wever. He seemed to be the main proponent of [German] strategic bombing until he died (some say mysteriously) in 1936. My question is what do you think would have happened had he lived? Might he have convinced Germany of the need for powerful long range bombers, like the ones the Allies used on Germany, sooner rather than later? What effect might it have had if the Germans could do the same to the Allies as they did to them? - Michael
Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2011 21:45:32 GMT
Megadam: The Itaipu
This megadam has put out more electricity than any other dam in history. Another in our series on modern wonders.
Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2011 21:44:11 GMT
The Real Draucla: Vlad the Impaler
One of the most influential books in the horror genre is Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. The Vampire Count may be a fictional character, but he is based of a very real, and terrifying, human being.
Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2011 21:43:21 GMT
Science Over the Edge - October 2011
In this issue:
-New Super Croc Record
-Amber Holds Dino Feathers
-"Tatoonine" found
-Particles Defy Einstein
-Can Spaceflight Lead to Blindness?
-Flying Cigar
-Moon Interferes with Two Showers
-Titanic Necklace Stolen
and more...
Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2011 21:42:11 GMT
VIDEO: A Gift Fit for a Queen - The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. A short documentary.
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:07:36 GMT
Ask the Curator: Steam Punk Sub and Plane
Could someone build a steam powered submarine or airplane? - Jacob
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:04:32 GMT
Cardboard Rocket
The Museum of UnNatural Mystery Press releases the sequel to the children's favorite "Cardboard Rocket." Mike, Melissa and Hector's adventures continue. When they find out that their old robot friend, R22-B, is in trouble they take off on a rocket ride into the past to save him. The only problem is that somebody has been tinkering with time and they find their future, as well as that of the planet Earth, may be gone... Order from Create Space: Cardboard Rocket Fiction Ages 8 - 13. Also available through Amazon.com and other find bookstores.
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:02:27 GMT
The CN Tower
CN Rail decided to build a new tower in the city of Toronto to resolve commnications problems there. During planning they realized they could make it the tallest building in the world.
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:59:59 GMT
Archimedes and the Burning Mirror
Probably no ancient tale has raised as much controversy as the story of the Greek inventor Archimedes using a giant mirror, or set of mirrors, to set fire to Roman ships. Did it actually happen?
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:59:01 GMT
Science Over the Edge - September 2011
In this issue:
-Liquid Water on Mars?
-A Dark, Dark Planet
-Building a Mountain out of a Joke
-Did the Lotion Kill the Queen?
-Not Just for Handbags Anymore
-Snowman Not Really Abominable
-Crashed Flying Saucer at the Bottom of the Ocean?
and more...
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:57:49 GMT
Video: A Climb Up the Pharos Lighthouse
This short documentary takes the viewer on a climb up the great Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Published: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 01:22:18 GMT
Ask the Curator: Atlantis Found On Google Earth?
There is an underwater grid-like structure in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of Africa. This is clearly seen from Google Earth. I have checked all the accompanying data and there is no logical explanation. - Victor
Published: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 01:20:20 GMT
Connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic: The Panama Canal
It was a herculean effort requiring the conquest of mountain, jungle and tropical disease, but man finally managed to create a short cut for ships between theses two oceans.
Published: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 01:18:27 GMT
The Great Lighthouse at Alexandria
Said to be the only ancient wonder with a practical application, the great Pharos lighthouse at Alexandria guided ships safely in to the city harbor for almost 1,500 years.
Published: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 01:17:04 GMT
Science Over the Edge: August 2011
In this issue:
-India Temple May Be Richest in the World
-Ancient Jewish City Found
-Colorful Toad is Not Extinct
-Last Dinosaur Standing
-Researchers Test "Time Cloak"
-Did Lack of Vitamin D Kill Mozart?
-Look For Perseids Early
and more...
Published: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 01:15:22 GMT
The Deadly Miscalculation at Castle Bravo
A short documentary describing the miscalcuation at hydrogen bomb test Castle Bravo that led to the largest radiological accident in U.S. history.
Published: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:05:07 GMT
The Bridge Across the Golden Gate
They said it couldn't be built. When the Golden Gate Bridge was finished in 1937, however, it was longest suspension bridge in the world and a wonder of the modern world.
Published: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:02:06 GMT
Could Experimental Physics Accidently End the World?
It's a scenario right out of a bad science fiction movie: Scientists working in multi-billion dollar facility accidentally make a tiny black hole. Suddenly the world flattens out into the shape of a giant freebie and then collapses in on itself. Out in space the astronauts on the ISS watch in shock as they now orbit a small, invisible black hole which they cannot see, but has just consumed everyone and thing they knew and loved...
Published: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:00:59 GMT
Ask the Curator: Cursed Diamond
I've heard several stories about the 'cursed' Hope diamond. Most stories about the Hope diamond say its owners had a violent death. Is there any proof of this?
Published: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 20:59:52 GMT
Science Over the Edge - July 2011
In this issue:
-Supersize Dino Predator Down Under
-Blackbeard's Arsenal Found
-Meaning of Markings in Hidden Pyramid Chamber?
-Scientists Check DNA from Shrunken Head
-Dog "Telepathy" is Instinctive
-Crashed Saucer at Wright-Patterson?
-It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's Batcopter?
and more...
Published: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 20:57:59 GMT
The Holocaust at the Temple at Ephesus
A short documentary telling about the arson of the Temple of Artemis at the city of Ephesus. The temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Published: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:07:20 GMT
Video: The Kraken vs. The Giant Squid
A short 3 minute documentary that compares the legendary sea monster "The Kraken" with what is known about the Giant Squid.

Published: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:13:39 GMT
The Zuiderzee and Delta Works of the Netherlands
At the beginning of the 20th century the Dutch started on a series of immense projects to enlarge and secure their land against the sea. A new chapter in our series on Wonders of the Modern World.
Published: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:11:15 GMT
Notes from the Curator's Office: Of Automatons and Automata
We might call them robots today, but automata - mechanical puppets - have a history the go back far beyond invention of the modern term. The ancients were fascinated with machines that looked and moved like animals and people.
Published: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:10:01 GMT
Ask the Curator: Warp Factor One Plus
Two objects move apart each at just over the speed of light. Can they observe each other?
Published: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:08:45 GMT
Science Over the Edge - June 2011
In this issue:
-Explaining Wrong Way Planets
-Silk Shooting Tarantulas
-Too Many Dinosaurs?
-Unbound Rouge Planets Abound
-Electronics Helps Man Regain Control of Legs
-New England Sea Serpent Strikes Again
-June's Draconid Meteors
-Area 51 Revelations
and more...
Published: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:07:03 GMT
The Channel Tunnel Between Britain and France
The idea dates back to 1802, but it wasn't until 1994 that a tunnel under the English Channel was completed. Another in our series on wonders of the modern world.
Published: Mon, 02 May 2011 12:08:43 GMT
The Colossus of Rhodes
Many people don't know that the Statue of Liberty was inspired by a similar gigantic statue that also guarded a busy harbor and represented freedom. It stood in a distant land over a thousand years ago.
Published: Mon, 02 May 2011 12:07:17 GMT
Ask the Curator: Yet Some More Yeti Questions
For some reason we had a horde of questions on the Yeti (also known as the Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas) this month from different people, so I'm just going to go through them one by one.
Published: Mon, 02 May 2011 12:06:10 GMT
Science Over the Edge - May 2011
In this issue:
-Nasty Dino is Missing Link
-Spiral Galaxies Grown from Center
-Whales Change Their Tune
-New Leonardo da Vinci Drawing Found?
-More Evidence for T-Rex as Hunter
-Intruders Foundation
-Russian Dead Alien was Faked
and more...
Published: Mon, 02 May 2011 12:03:56 GMT
The Empire State Building
The beginning of the 20th century was marked by a boom of building activity in the city of New York. One building would soon rise among the rest: it would eventually be 1,454 feet in height with 102 stories and become an icon for the city and the 20th century. Part of our new series on marvels of the modern world.
Published: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:49:33 GMT
Ask the Curator: The Mythic Snake
What is a "nãga"?
Published: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:48:20 GMT
Science Over the Edge - April 2011
In this issue:
-Grain of Salt Camera
-Older Elephants are Wiser
-Henry the Eighth had Rare Blood and Bad Genes?
-Neanderthals Wore Feathers
-Mysterious Airship in Europe
-Lyrid Meteor Shower
-Search for Earhart Continues
and more...
Published: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:46:46 GMT
The Headshrinkers of South America
Only one group traditionally practices the art of taking a trophy human head and reducing it in size to that of a man's fist.
Published: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:44:47 GMT
Tsar Bomba: The Biggest Boom Ever
A short doucmentary on the worlds biggest man-made nuclear explosion. The 50 Megaton Tsar Bomba tested by the Soviet Union in 1961
Published: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:42:00 GMT
Ask the Curator: The Biggest Bomb
Is there anything more powerful than an H-bomb?
Published: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:40:44 GMT
Science Over the Edge - March 2011
In this issue:
-Kepler Space Telescope Finds Lots of Possible Planets
-Pterosaurs Were Big Boys
-Bat Buddies
-Lucy and Friends Walked Upright
-Sun's Unseen Companion in News Again
-Humans Would Ace Neanderthals in Marathon
-Mercury/ Jupiter Conjunction
-Sea Serpent Art
and more...
Published: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:38:57 GMT
The Statue of Zeus
The Statue of Zeus - It was a work of art worthy of the King of the Gods and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Published: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:11:53 GMT
Ask the Curator: A Burning Question
A Burning Question - Why can aluminum dust burn but a block of aluminum will not? - John

Published: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:10:40 GMT
Science Over the Edge - February 2011
In this issue:
-Scientists Plan to Make Mammoth Live Again
-Study Investigates Climate/History Connection
-Oldest Human Teeth Found in Israeli Cave
-Supermassive Black Hole found in Dwarf Galaxy
-King Tut's Tomb to Remain Open for Now
-Cardboard Submarine Trailer
-Gigantic Spectral Figure
-Check out Orion Nebula
-Little Girl Finds Supernova
and more...
Published: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:09:10 GMT
Notes from the Curators Office: A Bit of Steampunk Magic
Anybody who reads my column knows that I'm a fan of Steampunk and a fan of Magic. Imagine my excitement when I found a family of magicians combining these two things into a single spectacular show.
Published: Sat, 01 Jan 2011 20:52:56 GMT
Ask the Curator: Ariel's Family
Please, can you tell me more about mermaids? I've become fascinated with them, especially about sightings of mermaids.
Published: Sat, 01 Jan 2011 20:51:45 GMT
Science Over the Edge - January 2011
In this issue:
-Stem Cell Therapy Heals Monkey's Spinal Injury
-Research Explains Similar Embryo Development Stage
-Vikings Brought Back Woman from North America
-T-Rex Built for Speed
-Ball Lightning All in the Head?
-End UFO Investigation and Start Debunking
-Quadrantid Meteor Shower
-Invisibility Cloak on the Way?
and more...
Published: Sat, 01 Jan 2011 20:49:17 GMT
Making of a Christmas Classic
It's the time of year when TV stations reach back into their vaults and pull out holiday classics. There is one film that has a longevity that most Christmas films can only hope for. It's known as "Babes in Toyland" or "March of the Wooden Soldiers."
Published: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:42:30 GMT
Ask the Curator: The Cruelest Pirate of Them All
I've recently became interested in piracy. Can you tell me who the cruelest pirate was? - Anonymous.
Published: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:40:48 GMT
Science Over the Edge - December 2010
In this issue:
-Planet from another Galaxy Discovered
-Researchers Make Progress on "Telepresence" Screen
-Detecting a Landslide by Listening for It
-New Lizard Found on Menu
-Did Michelangelo Give David A Secret Weapon?
-Communion with Aliens
-Lunar Eclipse
-Save the Christmas Trees!
and more...
Published: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:39:04 GMT
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The city of Babylon must have been a wonder to the ancient traveler's eyes. "In addition to its size," wrote Herodotus, a Greek historian in "Babylon surpasses in splendor any city in the known world." Strangely, however, one of the city's most spectacular sites is not even mentioned by Herodotus: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Published: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:54:06 GMT
Ask the Curator: The Fate of the Young Duchess
I have recently been researching the Romanov family out of curiosity. I have heard the legends about Anastasia or one of the other children surviving. I was wondering if it was likely that a Romanov child really did escape the firing squad?
Published: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:52:49 GMT
The UnMuseum Newsletter for November 2010‏
In this issue:
-Is Your Pit-Bull Having an Out of Body Experience?
-Dinosaurs Even Bigger Because of Cartilage
-More Geoglyphs in Peru?
-Neanderthals May Have Victims of Eruptions
-Modified Worms Produce Spider Silk
-Rain of Rocks
-Titantic Sunk Because of Miscommunication?
and more...
Published: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:49:55 GMT
Notes from the Curator's Office: The Music of the Coils
Some great musical Halloween fun in a geeky, scientific and dangerous sort of way.
Published: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:49:30 GMT
Ask the Curator: Dragon Vs. Drake
What is the difference between a dragon and a drake?
Published: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:48:11 GMT
Science Over the Edge - October 2010
In this issue:

-Tractor Beam for Bacteria?
-Spider Makes Silk Stronger Than Kelvar
-Water May Give Moon Observatories Trouble
-Scientists Find Dinosaur with Feathers and Weird Shark-Like Fin
-Three "Lost" Amphibians are Found
-Spooky Rain
-Mummies Can't Sign Consent Forms
and more...
Published: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:41:05 GMT
The Mysterious Treasure of the Copper Scroll
The scroll labeled 3Q15 was an anomaly. It was unlike its companion manuscripts in almost every way. It was not made of leather or papyrus, but a sheet of almost pure copper. The contents were not literary or doctrinal in nature. It was simply a list with 64 entries that described where to find a unique and fabulous treasure of incalculable value. Not just an intellectual treasure, but one composed of gold and silver.
Published: Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:18:21 GMT
Ask the Curator: Holy Legends
I've heard several legends about the Holy Grail, and I was wondering if there's any evidence of an actual Holy Grail. If there is, that what can it do? Can it grant immortal life like in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?"
Published: Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:16:55 GMT
Science Over the Edge - September 2010
In this issue:

-Pets Helped Make Modern Man
-Ligar Birth Brings Fine
-Remains of John the Baptist Found?
-One Hundred Dinosaurs in Central Park
-"Lens" Increases Wind Power
-Apollo 11 Aliens
-A Star Hustler Dies
and more...
Published: Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:15:27 GMT
Khufu's Great Pyramid
It's 756 feet long on each side, 450 feet high and is composed of 2,300,000 blocks of stone. Until the 19th century it was the tallest building in the world and, at the age of 4,500 years, it is the only one of the famous "Seven Wonders" that still stands. Even today it is remains the most massive building on Earth. It is the Great Pyramid of Khufu, at Giza, Egypt.
Published: Sun, 01 Aug 2010 16:52:17 GMT
Ask the Curator: Big Birds of Death
Are there any real accounts of large birds of prey attacking or carrying off people?
Published: Sun, 01 Aug 2010 16:51:09 GMT
Science Over the Edge - August 2010
In this issue...

-Cobra May Have Not Brought Queen of Nile to Her End
-Strange Object Found Near Distant Star
-Ancient Temple Comes with IKEA-like Instructions
-Torosaurus is Really Triceratrops
-Stonehenge had Wooden Twin
-Globster Controversy
-SETI Chance Is a Million to One
and more...
Published: Sun, 01 Aug 2010 16:49:20 GMT
Under an Iron Sky
Anybody who regularly follows "From the Curator's Office" knows I'm a fan of Steampunk and interested in the movement toward alternative ways of making films.. Recently I've stumbled across a motion picture project that seems to encompass both. Iron Sky is a Finnish/German production slated to debut in 2011 that features an invasion of Earth from Nazis who have spend the last 73 years hiding on the far side of the moon.
Published: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 21:49:13 GMT
Ask the Curator: Death Ray for Sale?
A reader writes:

"This is the link to 'death ray tubes.' These are a workable model of a death ray gun, you can buy it for 350 US$ and it works for carving rock. It does exist and as seen in the site united nuclear.. So are lots of other sci-fi inventions… And they do work too.. You get warnings to not direct them toward humans… They will melt..."

Are they really selling a death ray?
Published: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 21:47:39 GMT
Science Over the Edge - July 2010
In this issue...

-Ancients Discovered Rubber Too
-Dogs Have Lost the Nack
-Dinosaur Era Marine Reptiles Not Cold Blooded
-Universe May Not Be As Dark as Once Thought
-Mystery Sarcophagus Found in Italy
-Adamski and the Moon Base
-Teenager finds Ichthyosaur
and more...
Published: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 21:44:42 GMT
Hitler's Super Tank
Hitler was in love with big, technological weapons. Mighty battleships, supersonic rockets and jet aircraft were just a few of the advanced devices the Third Reich put onto the battlefield during World War II. One planned weapon that didn't make it into action, however, was the Landkreuzer P-1000 "Ratte." A true rolling fortress it was far heavier and more powerful than any other tank considered by any other country before, during or after the war. If this super tank had been built, how might it have affected the conflict?
Published: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:52:58 GMT
Ask the Curator: Dudleytown Hauntings
I was wondering what the Curator's thought was on the stories of the Dudleytown hauntings in Connecticut . Could Dudleytown be haunted by the spirits of the old town that once resided there?
Published: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:51:39 GMT
Science Over the Edge - June 2010
In this issue...

-Ancient Lead Important for Nuclear Experiments
-Mars Fossils May be Easier to Find Than First Thought
-Plasma Rocket Might Go to Asteroid
-Beavers Produce New Record Dam
-Study Says All Life Has Common Ancestor
-Shooting Stars from Lyra
-Giant Oarfish Found on Swedish Coast
and more...
Published: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:49:33 GMT
Temple of Artemis
"I have seen the walls and Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon, the statue of Olympian Zeus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the mighty work of the high Pyramids and the tomb of Mausolus. But when I saw the temple at Ephesus rising to the clouds, all these other wonders were put in the shade"- Philon of Byzantium. Read the update of our classic Seven Wonders of the World page on ancient Ephesus.
Published: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:21:48 GMT
Ask the Curator: Earth: The Heat is On!
How can so much of the interior of the earth be hot molten lava, and have the ground stay around a cool 55 degrees? Why does the heat not work its way to the surface? Where's the convection?
Published: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:20:37 GMT
Science Over the Edge May 2010
In this issue...

-Massive Fireball Startles Midwest
-Cornell Gives Up on Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
-Giant Lizard Found in Philippines
-"Oriental Yeti" Captured
-High School Science Teacher Find Rare Fossil
-Dinosaurs in Colorado?
-Monstrous Crustacean Stowaway
and more...
Published: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:18:43 GMT
Nazca Lines Remix
Check out our updated page on the mysterious Nazca lines of Peru. Did the ancients use them as temples for human sacrifice?
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:19:16 GMT
Notes from the Curator's Office: Ten Mysterious Places I'd Like to Visit Before I Croak
The curator tells us about ten anomalous places he'd like to visit before it is too late.
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:18:27 GMT
Ask the Curator: Many Channels - Two Wires?
A TV cable has only has two wires in it, but it can have over a hundred different channels coming through it at the same time. How is the possible?
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:17:31 GMT
Science Over the Edge April 2010
In this issue...

-Giant Eagle Might Have Preyed on Humans
-Eggshells Yield Ancient DNA
-Leonardo Da Vinci's Giant Horse Statue Feasible
-Scientists Put Macro Object in Superposition
-Queen's Tomb Found
-Chupacabra Visions
-Crash at Aurora
-New Smithsonian Exhibit Draws Protestors
and more...
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:16:10 GMT
Ask the Curator: What Makes a Dinosaur?
Is every ancient extinct reptile a dinosaur?
Published: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 04:04:11 GMT
The Mystery of Quantum Physics (Part 2): Spooky Action at a Distance
Last month we started our expedition into the weird world of quantum physics. A place where things do not exist unless you look at them, where cats can be both dead and alive at the same time. This month we will focus on how some interpretations of quantum physics suggest that everything in the universe is instantly connected with everything else, no matter how distant apart they are.
Published: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 04:03:07 GMT
Science Over the Edge March 2010
In this issue...

-Dwarf Dinos on Island
-Roses that Smell Like Root Beer in Future
-Mummy Case to be Returned to Egypt
-King Solomon's Wall Found
-Thunderstorm Gama Rays may Threaten Airliners
-Jacko Spotted in Polymer Droplet
and more...
Published: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 04:02:01 GMT
Ask the Curator: Silencing the Bang
How does a gun silencer stop the loud sound of a gunpowder explosion?
Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:03:06 GMT
The Mystery of Quantum Physics (Part 1)
The mystery at the heart of quantum physics strikes directly at our perception of whether the universe and everything in it, including ourselves, is real.
Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:02:07 GMT
Science Over the Edge: February 2010
In this issue:

-Statistics Help Find Fraudulent Art
-Alligators' Lung Works Like Birds
-Pyramids Not Built by Slaves
-Chinese Dino Venomous
-So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
-ISS Moves into the 21st Century
-See an Asteroid
and more...
Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:59 GMT
Ask the Curator: Stars or Galaxies?
When I look up at the night sky, how many of those stars are really stars and how many are galaxies?
Published: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:30:39 GMT
A Close Encounter with Ball Lightning
I write a lot about people who have encounters with anomalous things, but rarely do I just stumble across someone in my everyday life that tells me they encountered a rare electrical phenomenon called ball lightning.
Published: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:29:15 GMT
Science Over the Edge January 2010
In this issue:

-Is New Exo-planet a Waterworld?
-Revolutionary Paper Battery May Have Many Applications
-More of the Dino Warm/Cold Blooded Debate
-Recently Found Fragments Open Questions about Shroud of Turin
-HARPS Finds 32 Planets
-Cloud-like UFO?
-Quadrantid Meteor Shower
and more...
Published: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:27:51 GMT
Ask the Curator: It's the Hair, Not the Humidity
I have a thermometer hanging on the wall that also has a humidity gauge. The humidity gauge is just a round strip of metal. How can a strip of metal tell how much humidity is in the air?
Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 05:45:31 GMT
Christmas Electric: A History of Holiday Lights
Today one can hardly find a street in North America during the month of December where the majority of houses are not lit up with a dazzling display of hundreds or even thousands tiny electric lights. Where did these traditions come from and when did Christmas become electric?
Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 05:44:08 GMT
Science Over the Edge - December 2009
In this issue:

-Crack Will Become New Sea
-Researchers find Supersize "Cosmic Web"
-Crash Shows That Water is On Moon
-Brothers Claim to Have Found Mysterious Missing Army
-Super Volcano Eruption Destroyed Forests 3,000 Miles Away
-Intra-Mercurial Planet
-Snails: Better than Beef
-Blue Moon
and more
Published: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 05:42:54 GMT
Ask the Curator: Moon's Strange Orbit
What does the moon's unusual orbit tell us about Earth's past?
Published: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 23:51:36 GMT
2012: The End of the World?
Books, internet sites and now even a major motion picture suggest that bad things are going to happen on December 21, 2012. Is any of this craziness based on scientific fact?
Published: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 23:45:01 GMT
Science Over the Edge - November 2009
In this issue:

-Group Tries to Debunk Shroud of Turin
-New 4.4 Million-Year-Old Human Remains Found
-Researchers Find Dinosaur Stampede
-Ida Not Our Relative
-New Leonardo Work Found
-Earhart Died on Nikumaroro
and more...
Published: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 23:44:01 GMT
Ask the Curator: How Old is the Earth?
Is there any way to resolve the Biblical Story with Science?
Published: Thu, 01 Oct 2009 13:53:14 GMT
The Science of Ghosts
They are called phantasms, specters or spirits. Most people just call them ghosts and are either fascinated by them, or are terrified of them, or sometimes both.
Published: Thu, 01 Oct 2009 13:49:21 GMT
Science Over the Edge - September 2009
In this issue:

-Massive Wall Discovered in Jerusalem
-Rat as Big as Cat
-Super Subs will Open Ocean Floor to Amateur Explorers
-Rat Eating Plant Found
-Tiny T-Rex. Startles Scientists
-Teenagers Kill Alien-like Animal
and more...
Published: Thu, 01 Oct 2009 13:48:21 GMT
Ask the Curator: Vital Vitamins
What is a "vitamin", and how can sunlight make vitamin D?
Published: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 17:06:07 GMT
Notes From the Curator's Office: An Art Project for a Favorite Novel
A do-it-yourself way to commemorate your favorite book or movie and add a conversation piece to your home.
Published: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 17:04:18 GMT
Science Over the Edge for September 2009
In this issue:

-Space Elevator Getting Closer?
-Cave System Found Under Egyptian Pyramids
-Egyptian Tombs Could be Gone in 150 Years
-Giant Pandas in Trouble
-Pterosaurs Unlike Anything Else
-Book Review - Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe is Just Right for Life
-Florida Muck Monster
and more...
Published: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 17:02:35 GMT
Ask the Curator: Glowing Arthropods
Why do scorpions fluoresce under a UV light?
Published: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 01:00:09 GMT
The Hunt for the Killer Shark - Part 2
In twelve days in the summer of 1916 shark attacks along the New Jersey shore had left four dead and one maimed with the rogue shark still on the loose.
Published: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:58:26 GMT
Science Over the Edge for August 2009
In this issue:

-Cats Developed Special Purr to get Human Attention
-Scientists Hunt Giant Worm
-Long Nailed Dinosaur
-Hubble Back in Service for a Day
-Purple Blobs
-The Perseid Meteor Shower
-Blue in M&Ms Could Save Spine
and more...
Published: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:56:43 GMT
Ask the Curator: Air On the Moon
Is it possible to channel a pipe from Earth to Moon and pump in some of earth's atmosphere so as to support free life?
Published: Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:16:32 GMT
Rogue Shark! The Jersey Shore Attacks of 1916
Four are dead and a fifth maimed in the America's worst shark attack incident in the history of the nation.
Published: Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:14:33 GMT
Science Over the Edge
In this issue:

-Sharks Operate Like Serial Killers
-Find Makes Dino-Bird Connection More Likely
-Topless Mona Lisa-like Painting Exposed
-Warp Drive Might Create a Black Hole
-New Flying Car to be on Market
and more...
Published: Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:12:25 GMT
Ask the Curator: Using Magnets for Traveling Through Space
I'm wondering if it's possible to use the principles of magnetism for travel. For example, could a ship with a highly focused electromagnet aim and pull itself to a planet's magnetic field, or to the heavy metal core of an asteroid? Could this same idea be used to create a flying car, by pushing or pulling off more than one point at the same time?
Published: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 12:29:29 GMT
Relaunch: Science Today: Breaking News
Our page of breaking science news stories gets an update with more news categories and articles!
Published: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 12:26:18 GMT
Science Over the Edge - June 2009
In this issue:

-Komodo Dragon: Venom or Toxic Bacteria?
-Cat-sized Primate Significant Fossil
-Island "Hobbits" New Species
-Meteorite Hit Created Dangerous Gas
-DNA Could Tell if Lincoln was Already Dying
-E.T. Search Going for a Decade
and more...
Published: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 12:23:21 GMT
Ask the Curator: Geostationary Satellites
Is it true that for a satellite to hold the same position over the earth it can only be over the equator?
Published: Sat, 02 May 2009 00:40:33 GMT
Project Blue Book: The U.S. Air Force Verses the Flying Saucers
After investigating over 12,600 incidents the military's 22 year-long effort to crack the mystery of UFOs ended with anger, suspicion and claims of a cover up.
Published: Sat, 02 May 2009 00:38:42 GMT
The UnMuseum Press release: "Cardboard Submarine"
A new book from the author of the "The Martain Who Looked Like a Dog Series."

When Mike, Melissa and Hector ordered a submarine from an ad on the back for a comic book, they got less, and more than the expected. Robots, flying saucers, space aliens, sunken treasure and pirate looters were in the package too!

Paperback $5.49. Ages 8 - 13. Available from the UnMuseum Press or Amazon.com
Published: Sat, 02 May 2009 00:37:06 GMT
Science Over the Edge - May 2009
In this issue:

- Drying Salt Lakes May have Caused Extinction
- "Drowned" Spiders Comes Back to Life
- Researchers Search for Cleopatra and Antony Tombs
- Long-necked Stegosaur Found
- Knights Templars Guarded Shroud
- Astronaut Believes in UFO
and more...
Published: Sat, 02 May 2009 00:32:20 GMT
The UnMuseum Press new release: "Zebop Finds a Friend"
From the Martian Who Looked Like A Dog Series
From the author of the "Bunny Stories."

Zebop, the last Martian, finds living on Mars very lonely. So he takes this saucer and flies to the planet Earth. There he disguies himself as a dog. Zebop comes to live with Jeffrey and together with their friends, Brenda and Rex, they have many adventures. Zebop has much to learn about the ways of planet Earth!

Book#1 "Zebop Finds A Friend" - Zebop travels 36 million miles to Earth, but will anybody want to be a friend to a fuzzy alien?

Fiction Ages 6 - 8
Published: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:12:44 GMT
The Museum of UnNatrual Mystery annnouces it Publishing Division
Published: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:08:21 GMT
Ask the Curator: The Death of Bruce Lee
Was Bruce Lee Assassinated? The story behind his mysterious death.
Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 23:35:08 GMT
New at the Museum: Curator's Notes: Magic & Teaching
Magic & Teaching- Can a book about the history of magic tell us something about education?
Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 23:32:22 GMT
Science Over the Edge - April 2009
In this issue:

-NASA Telescope Looks for ET's Home
-Dinosaurs on the Way Back to Life
-Oldest Evidence of Upright Walking
-Dead Sea Scroll Authors - The Essenes - Did Not Exist
-Smallest North American Dino Found
-British Release "Dog Walker" UFO Report
-Death of Dr. J. Allen Hynek

Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 23:29:57 GMT
News Feed Added
The Museum of UnNatural Mystery announces the addition of an RSS feed to publish changes to the site and make its popular Science Over the Edge feature more widely available.
Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 23:02:32 GMT
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