Archive for October 24th, 2017:

The Lion Man: An Ice Age masterpiece

The former director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, tells the story of a small ivory sculpture, carved 40,000 years ago. With the body of a man and the head of a lion, the Lion Man is the oldest known representation of a being that does not exist in nature. Hear more about the Lion

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Paris accord: US and Syria alone as Nicaragua signs

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nicaragua has been described as a “renewable energy paradise” Nicaragua has signed the Paris climate agreement, meaning that the US and Syria are the only two countries not to be giving the accord their support. The deal unites the world’s nations in tackling climate change. Nicaragua refused to sign it

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Astrolabe: Shipwreck find ‘earliest navigation tool’

Image copyright Philip Koch Image caption The instrument was once used by mariners to measure the altitude of the Sun during their voyages An artefact excavated from a shipwreck off the coast of Oman has been found to be the oldest known example of a type of navigational tool. Marine archaeologists say the object is

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