Cities from 9,000 years ago had pretty much the same problems as those of today, study finds

“Many of the challenges we have today are the same ones they had in Çatalhöyük — only magnified,” say the paper’s authors.

The delicious history of ice cream throughout the ages

From ancient wars in Persia to the breakups of today, ice cream has carried us through the tough and the rough.

The kill rate in Game of Thrones is actually quite realistic, a new study reveals

Don’t blame George Martin or HBO for killing your favorite character — blame reality!

Ancient trash suggests climate change helped drive the Byzantine Empire into the ground

No army can fight on an empty belly. Neither can an empire.

Divine punishment didn’t goad us into building civilization — it was the other way around

And then the gods said, “don’t be a douchebag and we’re chill”.

A look at how the world invented pizza

Grab a slice!

Globalization is an ancient practice, new research reveals

Cooperation is the key to success!

Ancient pottery portrays perilous path for agriculture under climate change

Don’t scrub your pots too hard — you’re destroying precious climate evidence!

Supermassive black holes eventually stop star formation

Supermassive black holes slowly eject cold gas.

Book Review: ‘Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve’

A must-read book spanning time and science.

Watch the (2nd) biggest book in the world get digitized, all thanks to the British Library

It’s not the size of the book that matters, it’s how you digitize it.

Earliest Buddhist shrine uncovered right at the birthplace of Buddha

At one of the sites where it’s possible that Buddha was born, archaeologists have identified the remains of an ancient shrine – a timber structure which used to encircle a tree – right at the heart of the present day Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal. Carbon dating reveals this ancient structure is at least 2500 years old, making it

Rare and amazing photos of the Wright brothers and their historic flights [GALLERY]

Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited as the first men who built an aircraft capable of manned controlled flight. The first manned flight by airplane (powered, controlled and heavier than air) occurred on  December 17, 1903,  when Orville flew at 120 feet (37 m) over the ground for 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour (10.9 km/h). Introductions are rather unnecessary,

Empires, institutions and religion arise from war

Peter Turchin, a population dynamicist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and his colleagues finished a study which concluded that war drove the formation of complex social institutions such as religions and bureaucracies. The study showed that these institutions helped give much needed stability to large and ethnically diverse early societies. “Our model says they spread because they helped

First evidence of tobacco consumption in Mayan culture found

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient urn dated from the Mayan classical period, which after a thorough chemical analysis was found to contain traces of nicotine. Though it has been documented in Mayan texts and folklore that tobacco use was a common part of the local community, this is the first hard evidence supporting the fact that Mayans smoked. Moreover, the same analysis has revealed that