Greek Archaeologists Unearth 'Palace' Near Sparta

Greek archaeologists say they've found an artifact-rich building complex of at least 10 rooms quite close to Sparta, the famously militaristic city-state that dominated much of Greece at various points in ancient history. Known as Ayios Vassileios, the site, located about 7.5 miles from Sparta, has been excavated since 2009. The archaeologists believe the complex, dating to the 17th–16th centuries BCE, may be a palace built by the Mycenaeans, whose exploits inspired Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

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Among the finds are devotional objects, including clay cattle and ivory male figurines, a bull's head rhyton, a seal depicting a nautilus, stone jugs, decorative objects and gems (including an Egyptian scarab), 20 bronze swords that may have once been stored in a box, and fragments of broken frescos with Mycenaean motifs. Intriguingly, they also unearthed clay tablets inscribed in Linear B, the earliest form of Greek, which mention men's and women's names, place names, and sacred supplies. It's unclear whether the tablets are as old as the complex, but if they are, they could be the oldest known examples of Linear B by a few hundred years.

The complex was largely destroyed sometime around the 14th century BCE, possibly by a fire.

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A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.

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