This week the world’s oldest weapon factory reveals some pretty nasty munitions, the secret of why gold explodes purple is solved, and we discovered what made a curious double crater on the Moon last year but the mystery doesn’t end there. Plus, did you know the universe has an average color, and it sounds delicious?
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400-Year-Old Alchemical Mystery Solved: Why Does Gold Explode Purple?
Good news for the turning lead-into-gold crowd, after 400 years of advancements in chemistry and physics, we’ve finally solved the mystery of why fulminating gold – the world’s first known high explosive – creates purple smoke when it detonates. Read the full story here
Two Parents May Not Be Enough, Study Into Hunter-Gatherer Communities Suggests
In Western societies, we are used to the idea that a typical family unit consists of two parents and their children. This is the nuclear family model which has predominated family standards since the 1950s. However, new research shows that this pressure on two parents may be out of sync with our evolutionary history. Read the full story here
Dozens Of Statues Were Buried In A Mud Bath For 2,300 Years, Preserving Them Perfectly
Like a time capsule waiting to be opened, archaeologists working on an ancient thermal baths excavation in Italy finally started uncovering the treasures lying beneath the mud. Initially, it was just small things – a coin, or some minor part of a statue – but soon, they found themselves face to face with what experts hailed as one of the most significant finds in the history of the region. And when we say “face to face,” we mean it literally. Read the full story here
Chinese Rocket That Crashed Into The Moon Was Carrying A Mystery Object
On March 4, 2022, a mysterious object crashed into the lunar surface, leaving behind an unusually shaped double-crater. While it was initially suspected to be part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, later evidence suggested it was a Chinese booster rocket – curiously, with an unknown object attached to it. Read the full story here
World’s Oldest War Weapons Factory Existed 7,200 Years Ago In Israel
What appears to be the earliest known factory for the production of standardized war weaponry has been discovered in Israel dating to the early Copper Age. Based on hundreds of stone projectiles recovered from two archaeological sites, scientists concluded the items were mass-produced, indicating the highly organized arming of warriors in preparation for battle around 7,200 years ago. Read the full story here
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The Average Color Of The Universe Is A Morning Wake-up Call
Who knew the universe has an average color, and it sounds so delicious? Turns out, you can debate all you like whether tea or coffee is better, the universe has chosen sides. Read the full story here
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