Where is Attila the Hun’s tomb?

Attila the Hun, who invaded and ravaged both the western and eastern halves of the Roman Empire during the fifth century A.D., died on his wedding night at age 58. It’s a matter of debate whether Attila died of natural causes, or whether his new wife, Ildico, murdered him. But despite his murky ending, does […]

Ancient Troy: The city and the legend

Troy is an ancient city and archaeological site in modern-day Turkey, but is also famously the setting for the legendary Trojan War in Homer’s epic poems the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey.” In legend, the city of Troy was besieged for 10 years and eventually conquered by a Greek army led by King Agamemnon. This “Trojan […]

When did Earth’s first forests emerge?

From Earth’s tallest living plants, California’s redwoods, to the planet’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon, stately forests may seem timeless. But like every species or ecosystem, they have a birth date. In fact, though plants first arrived on land about 470 million years ago, trees and forests didn’t hit the scene until nearly 390 million […]

It’s raining anchovies in San Francisco

It’s raining fish in San Francisco, and  locals are finding anchovies in unlikely places around the Bay Area, including sidewalks, driveways, rooftops and bus stops.  Experts believe the fishy precipitation is the result of a surge in coastal anchovy populations, SF Gate (opens in new tab) reported. Earlier this month, the Otolith Geochemistry and Fish […]