Chichen Itza Ball Court

Archeologists Determine Purpose Of “Watchtower-Style Structures” At Chichen Itza

Archeologists at Chichen Itza in Mexico have determined the original purpose of previously discovered “watchtower-style structures.” It’s believed the Maya people used these structures, which were located atop the walls of the ceremonial ball court, to calculate equinoxes and solstices. To determine their ancient functions, archeologists actually reconstructed the watchtower-like boxes, which had previously crumbled. …

New Species Discovered In Peru, And My Thoughts On Cryptozoology

I’ve never had much of an interest in cryptozoology, and here’s why: we’re constantly discovering new species. Just recently, scientists uncovered eight previously unobserved mammals in northern Peru. These are animals we’ve never seen before, hidden in the forests of the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. What this tells me — and what I think every …

Drilling Into The Earth

Scientific Mission Hopes To Explore The Earth’s Mantle

Scientists hope to bring back the world’s first fresh samples of Earth’s mantle, in a $1 billion mission dubbed “the most challenging endeavor in the history of Earth science.” They’ll do so by venturing out into the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where comparatively thin mid-ocean ridges exist. These should, in theory, allow geologists to …

The Madness Of Minecraft

The Madness Of Minecraft

There’s something altogether Lovecraftian about Minecraft. It’s not the story — Minecraft doesn’t have a story, per se. It’s the world. A limitless expanse, filled with strange creatures hidden in dark chasms and deep, forgotten mine shafts.