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The Explorer magazine is a Hungarian educational magazine. We try to
make think and inspire those, who
are open to explore new knowledge,
values and technologies. We
believe that the familiarization
of our environmental, cultural
and spiritual values has a real
stimulation in the course of the
building of a more economical,
consistent and collaborative world.

Tomb of Jesus’ apostle found in Turkey?

The tomb of Saint Philip, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, might have been unearthed in southwestern Turkey, according to Italian archaeologists. The alleged apostle’s tomb, which has not yet been opened, is at the center of some controversy. The finding is mainly based on an apocryphal fourth-century text called the Acts of Philip, which is not recognized by the Catholic Church.


(Source: news.discovery.com)

Scientists name world’s most important marine conservation hotspots

Scientists have identified the 20 most important regions of the world’s oceans and lakes that are key to ensuring the survival of the planet’s marine mammals such as seals and porpoises. Their analysis also shows, however, that most of these areas are already under pressure from human impacts such as pollution and shipping.


(Source: Guardian)

Endre Nagy - Xunantunich, Central America
Xunantunich is a Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City (Latitude : 17.083 , Longitude : -89.133), in the Cayo District. Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above the Mopan River, within sight of the Guatemala border. Its name means “Stone Woman” in the Maya language (Mopan and Yucatec combination name), and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown. The “Stone Woman” refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of “El Castillo”, ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall.

Endre Nagy - Xunantunich, Central America

Xunantunich is a Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City (Latitude : 17.083 , Longitude : -89.133), in the Cayo District. Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above the Mopan River, within sight of the Guatemala border. Its name means “Stone Woman” in the Maya language (Mopan and Yucatec combination name), and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown. The “Stone Woman” refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of “El Castillo”, ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall.

‘Eco-pirate’ Paul Watson is in danger of losing his boat

The world’s most radical conservationist, Watson is being sued for $1.4m (£850,000) by a Maltese fishing company, Fish and Fish, one of Europe’s leading tuna processors. The law suit against Watson’s Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was filed last year after activists aboard the Steve Irwin freed 800 bluefin tuna from a pen in the Mediterranean.


(Source: Guardian)

2011 Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ could be biggest ever

Researchers from Texas A&M University have returned from a trip to examine the scope and size of this year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and have measured it currently to be about 8500 square kilometres, or roughly the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, but some researchers anticipate it becoming much larger.


(Source: explorergroup.hu)

How’s your ancient Greek?

Archaeologists Bernard Pyne Grenfell and Arthur Surridge Hunt discovered thousands of papyri in a garbage dump outside Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, in the winter of 1896. The papyri had been preserved by the dry sand and were primarily written in Greek, although there were also Latin and later Arabic documents in the mix. Several important ancient literary treasures were discovered among the papyri, but most of them are still unidentified. So Oxford University, which owns the bulk of the papyri, and the Egypt Exploration Society enlisted the help of University of Minnesota astrophysicists and papyrologists to devise a crowdsourced solution. Check it out on the Ancient Lives website!


(Source: thehistoryblog.com)

People from polar regions have bigger brains

People who live in high latitude regions have bigger eyeballs and brains than other individuals, according to new research. The increase in brain and eye size allows people to see better in places that receive less light than areas closer to the equator, according to the new study, published in the latest issue of the journal Royal Society Biology Letters.


(Source: news.discovery.com)

Weedy Sea Dragon (by CJSmithChicago)

Weedy Sea Dragon (by CJSmithChicago)

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Tamás Mellik
Cinque Terre, Italy

Tamás Mellik

Cinque Terre, Italy

Icemans’ ‘girlfriend’ found

Italian workers building an addition to a kindergarten have found a well preserved female skeleton who might be relatively contemporaneous with Ötzi, the Iceman mummy discovered 20 years ago in a melting glacier in South Tyrol.

(Source: exploreronline.hu)

Lions attack mostly after full moon

Researchers led by Craig Packer observed the connection between lunar cycle and lion attacks in Tanzania, where lions are very dangerous for people. The study says that lions are most likely to attack after full moon.

(Source: exploreronline.hu)