This week, the first meteorite in the UK for 30 years was found containing compounds essential to life on Earth. Giving up alcohol can reverse some of the negative effects in as little as 18 days, and we investigate the curious reasons why archaeologists refuse to open the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor.
An ancient villa in Pompeii filled with beautifully raunchy artwork goes on display
The remains of a luxury home in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have been opened to the public after 20 years of restoration. Believed to belong to two former slaves, the frescoes and statues are spectacular and a bit NSFW. Read the full story here
A British meteorite that fell to Earth contains building blocks for life
The importance of the first British meteorite in 30 years, collected after observing a fall in 2021, has been confirmed by the discovery of amino acids – organic compounds essential to life on Earth. The concentration of amino acids and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is not as high as in some other asteroid remnants, but this could make the discovery even more interesting. Read the full story here
The six worst deal-breakers in relationships, according to a new study
A new study has provided some stark truths about what men and women consider “deal breakers” in relationships, and it doesn’t mince words. The study looked at previous cohorts involved in other studies, but from a different angle, and found that there are six major dealbreakers in both long-term and short-term relationships. Read the full story here
JWST confirms its first exoplanet – and it’s the size of Earth!
JWST confirmed the existence of an exoplanet for the first time. The space telescope provided final measurements of LHS 475 b, confirming that it is indeed a planet, and was able to determine its size and a bit about its atmosphere. The planet is almost the size of our planet and has a diameter of 99 percent of the diameter of the Earth. Read the full story here
According to research, quitting alcohol can improve cognitive function in just 18 days
New research has given hope to serious alcoholics, showing that most of those who have sobered up notice a significant improvement in cognitive function within a few weeks. Cognitive deficits, such as memory and attention loss, improved in 63 percent of the study sample after just 18 days of sobriety, showing that marked improvement is possible in a short period of time. Read the full story here
Feature of the Week:
Why archaeologists are afraid to open the tomb of the first emperor of China
Lying undisturbed for some 2,200 years, the tomb of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang threatens rivers of toxic liquid mercury and possibly traps any foolish archaeologist who dares tamper with the ancient treasures within. Read the full story here