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Suspects in Russian plant bombing killed

8 years ago from UPI

BAKSAN, Russia, July 26 (UPI) -- Two of the six suspects linked to the bombing of a hydroelectric plant in the North Caucuses were killed by security officials, Russian...

Stonehenge Had Neighboring, Wooden Twin—More to Come?

8 years ago from National Geographic

A stone's throw from Stonehenge, archaeologists have found a sister circle—hinting that such temples were once plentiful at the site. ...

High-resolution imaging expands vision research of live birds of prey

8 years ago from Science Daily

Bird observatories all over the world may benefit from a newly designed high-resolution imaging system used to study the retinal structure of live birds of prey. Researchers now reveal unprecedented...

Peru archaeologists find hall for human sacrifice

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

An ancient ceremonial ground used by a Pre-Columbian civilization for human sacrifices has been uncovered on Peru's northern coast, archaeologists said on Thursday. Archaeology - Peru...

Extreme archaeology: Divers plumb the mysteries of sacred Maya pools

8 years ago from Physorg

Steering clear of crocodiles and navigating around massive submerged trees, a team of divers began mapping some of the 25 freshwater pools of Cara Blanca, Belize, which were important to...

Scientists study why the blind salamander lives so long

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Scientists have long been intrigued by the longevity of a tiny amphibian known as the blind salamander, but it now seems it may live a long time because...

Mountain marmots made bigger by climate change, says new study

8 years ago from

Longer summers are causing large mountain rodents called marmots to grow larger and get better at surviving, according to a 33-year study published today in Nature...

Tourists heave menhirs to solve ancient mystery

8 years ago from Physorg

In the Asterix comic books you only had to drink a magic potion to be able to lift a menhir. But in reality you need vast quantities of muscle power...

Sao Paulo will build Temple of Solomon replica

8 years ago from Physorg

Brazil will build a replica of Jerusalem's destroyed Temple of Solomon in eastern Sao Paulo, in a four-year, 113-million dollar construction project, local media said Wednesday.

Ceausescu remains exhumed for DNA

Scientists in Romania are exhuming what are thought to be the remains of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife.

Welsh find forces Roman rethink

Archaeologists rethink the extent of the Roman presence in Gwynedd as construction of a bypass reveals unexpected artefacts.

Pictures: Odd Maya Tomb Yields Jeweled Teeth, More

8 years ago from National Geographic

Human fingers in stunningly preserved tamale bowls, jeweled teeth, monkey-head pottery, and more have been found in a Maya tomb, archaeologists say. ...

Fear of the dark may lead to penguin extinction

8 years ago from Science Blog

Will Adélie Penguins, attempting to cope with climate change, go extinct because they can’t find food in the darkness of the Antarctic winter?  A recent paper published in the scientific...

'Lost' insect turns up anew in UK

The dainty damselfly re-appears in the UK after an absence of more than 50 years, probably assisted by climate change.

Egypt scours bed of Lake Qarun in search of antiquities

8 years ago from Physorg

Egyptian experts have begun to explore the depths of Lake Qarun south of Cairo using remote sensing radars in search of sunken artefacts, antiquities officials told AFP on Wednesday.

Divers find ancient monkey fossil

Scuba divers find the fossilised bones of an ancient, tiny monkey in a cave in the Caribbean, revealing clues about the origin of primates in the region.

Rare meteorite sliced open

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Mineralogists at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum had their first look Wednesday inside a rare, 53-kilogram meteorite chunk found in Saskatchewan in 2009.

Your chance to live forever in spider form

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A University of Manchester scientist is offering the public the chance to name a new species of spider, which has been fossilised in amber for millions of years.

Audit picks a bone with US relics office

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Congressional watchdog unearths shortcomings at agency in charge of repatriating ancient tribal remains.

Stone Age carving may be ancient sex toy

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Sex toys have come a long way since the Stone Age – but then again, perhaps not as much as we might think. Stone Age -...

Disease genes that followed the Silk Road identified

8 years ago from Biology News Net

Scientists have identified key genes responsible for a severe inflammatory disease that has spread along the old silk trading routes from the Far East to the edge of Europe.

Pre-Columbian burial ground unearthed in Costa Rica

8 years ago from Physorg

An 800-year-old, pre-Columbian burial ground with baskets full of human remains was unearthed at a building site outside San Jose, National Museum archaeologists said Tuesday.

Where the wild veggies are: Cultivated cucumber and melon originated in Asia and Australia

8 years ago from Physorg

Sites of origin and regions of domestication of many of our most important cultivated plants are still unknown. The botanical genus Cucumis, to which both the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and...

Nobbled by a spider

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Was it the 'biting spider' that left me unable to walk – or the 'walnut orb-weaver'?Arachnophobes, look away now. On Saturday evening, while at my friend's back-garden barbecue, I was bitten by a...

Elephant tooth fossil found in Brazil: report

8 years ago from Physorg

Scientists in Brazil say a fossil of an elephant's tooth found in the Amazon jungle proves the presence of pachyderms in South America some 45,000 years ago, a report said...

Inuit bones from ancestral site to be repatriated

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Inuit remains that were taken from an ancestral burial site on Labrador's north coast more than 80 years ago by an American archeologist are to be returned to Canada.

Geoffrey Dutton obituary

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Biomedical researcher and wide-ranging author and poetThe poet and scientist Geoffrey Dutton, who has died aged 85, took the same meticulous care of his words as he did his molecules. His poems...

From the archive, 20 July 1983: Dinosaur "find of the century"

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Originally published in the Guardian on 20 July 1983The 125-million-year-old skeleton of a flesh-eating dinosaur previously unknown to science has been unearthed after its gigantic clawbone, at least half as long again as...