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Roman script deciphered in Antwerp

“PRIMCORS” is written on bricks excavated in the mid-1970s near Antwerp Vleeshuis. It concerns the only written evidence that the Romans were also in Antwerp at the end of the second century, beginning of the third century AD. Decoding Christian Lies (University of Antwerp) meaning: ‘First seminar’ It means something like “first regiment” (a subsection of the legionnaire). A rather unique term, according to Laes, it is only found in a few Dutch municipalities.

Mammoet may return to the North Pole

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The woolly mammoth became extinct 10,000 years ago, but American scientists are determined to bring the giant creatures back to life in the arctic tundra with the help of $12.7 million from the genetic life sciences company Colossal. Using mammoth genomes extracted from permafrost, they hope to conceive their first calves within six years.

Save Megacrash from Asteroid Snake

They should be very grateful for the asteroid that collided with Earth 66 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs and 76 percent of all other animals and plants. Without this huge avalanche, the snake probably wouldn’t crawl right now. This is the conclusion of British scientists. The reptile was able to survive by staying underground for a long time in the post-apocalyptic world and staying without food for a long time. Only to breed over time in the more than 3,000 species of snakes known today.

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A field full of solar panels in the shape of a lion

Why do it only when you can do it privately? ZSL Whipsnade in Bedfordshire, the UK’s largest zoo, plans to convert part of its 243 hectare site into solar farmGiant field full of solar panels. In this way, they can generate a third of the required electricity themselves. The zoo aims to be carbon neutral by 2035. What’s so special now? The solar panel array will have lion features. Definitely one that will only be visible from the air.

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