With a chemical based on shrimp protein, scientists from Cambridge are helping to preserve wooden ships like the Mary Rose, a of the English Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. Catch up on this week's Secrets in the News.
Technology yields new insight into how a Chinese emperor produced an army for eternity within his tomb.
On November 4, 1961, the legendary anchor Walter Cronkite was born. He reported on many pivotal events from 1937 to 1981, including World War II; the Nuremberg trials; Vietnam War; the Watergate scandal; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lennon.
Ten years after being discovered, the “Hobbit Human” remains a controversial figure, with some researchers now thinking that this diminutive human-like being might not have been human after all.
On October 20, 1973, special prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed. Cox had conducted a detailed investigation of the Watergate break-in that revealed that the burglary was just one of many possible abuses of power by the Nixon White House.
On the morning of October 16, 1793, nine months after the execution of her husband — King Louis XVI of France — Queen Marie Antoinette also faced the guillotine. Convicted of treason, she was 37 years old. Also this week, archaeologists in Peru have discovered important remains in Hatun Xauxa, south of the city of Jauja, in the central Andean region of Junin.
Archaeologists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona discovered a palatial construction with an audience hall at La Almoloya in Pliego, Murcia, Spain. A prince's tomb in the subsoil contains the largest amount of grave goods from the Bronze Age — including outstanding items like a silver diadem, and four golden and silver ear dilators — unusual objects for that era.
October 1, 1569, Britain's Queen Elizabeth imprisoned Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk for attempting to marry Mary the Queen of Scots.
True Love Really Exists. Archeologists just uncovered remains of two 700-year-old skeletons still holding hands at a “lost” chapel in Leicestershire, England.