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Goodbye Columbus: The Vikings crossed the Atlantic 1,000 years ago
Long before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, eight timber-framed, grass-covered buildings stood on a terrace above a bog and stream at the northern tip of the Canadian island of Newfoundland, proof that the Vikings had reached the New World first. But exactly when the Vikings traveled to establish the L’Anse aux Meadows settlement was unclear – until now.
Alien world beneath Austria’s doomed glaciers tells the story of their collapse
Scientists venture into otherworldly ice caves growing beneath Austria’s doomed glaciers to investigate why they are melting even faster than expected and understand the fate that will befall glaciers elsewhere if climate change is not not stopped. It is already too late to save the glaciers of the Eastern Alps, which scientists say have now passed the point of no return and will disappear completely in the coming decades.
Russian space film director says moon or Mars could be next
Russian director Klim Shipenko said on Tuesday he was ready to make a movie on the Moon or even Mars after returning from 12 days of filming aboard the International Space Station that transformed his ideas about the possibilities of cinema. Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild returned to Earth on Sunday after collecting more than 30 hours of material for “The Challenge,” billed as the first space film and hailed by Russian media as a global achievement.
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