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Climate change means our future is uncertain, but in the meantime, it's telling us a lot about our past. The Earth's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, but as the ice dwindles, ancient artifacts are being uncovered. The Secrets of the Ice project has been surveying the glaciers on Norway's highest mountains in Oppland since 2011. They have found a slew of treasures, frozen in time and ice, making glacier archeologists, as Lars Pilø, co-director of Secrets of the Ice, put it when talking to CNN, the "unlikely beneficiaries of global warming."

Instead of digging, glacier archeologists survey the areas of melting ice, seeing which artifacts have been revealed by the thaw. "It's a very different world from regular archaeological sites," Pilø told National Geographic. "It's really rewarding work.

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The Case of the Mysterious Spinning Egyptian Statue

Egyptologist Campbell Price noticed one of it's statues—once buried in the tomb of an important pharaoh—had turned 180 degrees.

At the Manchester Museum—home to one of the largest and most important collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the U.K.—something is amiss. It started one afternoon when Egyptologist Campbell Price noticed a statue—once buried in the tomb of an important pharaoh—had turned 180 degrees. In recent weeks, the 10-inch tall, 1,800-year-old artifact mysteriously began spinning in its case, despite being at the museum for 80 years. “I noticed one day that it had turned around. I thought it was strange because it is in a case and I am the only one who has a key. I put it back but then the next day it had moved again." Price told Manchester Evening News.

The relic—of a man named Neb-Senu—had long been static on a shelf until this new twist of events, so museum staff decided to install a secret camera. "We set up a time-lapse video and, although the naked eye can’t see it, you can clearly see it rotate on the film." In the video here, you can see the statue move during the day (it remains dormant at night).

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