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September 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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A thousand year old religious icon, a Nazi SS expedition into Tibet, and a meteorite. Sounds like the latest installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, right? You aren’t far off. A small Buddhist statue, originally uncovered by a Nazi expedition to Tibet, has been analyzed by scientists and found to have been carved from a meteorite fragment.  From Red Orbit

Sounds like a Lucas fan’s dream story, right?  It’s true which makes it even more amazing.  Back in 1938, a Nazi led expedition discovered the statue and brought it back to Germany.  In 2007 it was finally available for study and that’s when scientist learned it was chiseled from a piece of the Chinga meteorite (it’s made of ataxite).  The Chinga meteorite crashed into parts of Mongolia and Siberia 15,000 years ago. Continue Reading Big Bang Science News…

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September 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Mayan Doomsday Update: You’re going to have to pay your taxes after all.  In the last known, still mostly unexplored Mayan megacity, researchers have discovered unique wall murals and a calendar that predicts the world not being destroyed, but instead continuing.

“In addition to a still vibrant scene of a king and his retinue, the walls are rife with calculations that helped ancient scribes track vast amounts of time. Contrary to the idea the Maya predicted the end of the world in 2012, the markings suggest dates thousands of years in the future.”

The image at the right is a wall mural of Mayan warriors.  It and it’s companion murals are unprecedented, having never been found anywhere else.

You can watch a video on this discovery on the National Geographic website. Continue Reading Big Bang Science…

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