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Stonehenge had huge 'stone religious sibling' just two miles away
Archaeologists have discovered that Stonehenge had a huge stone sibling just two miles to the north-east. Using powerful ground-penetrating radar, which can ‘X-ray’ archaeological sites to a depth of up to four metres, inve
Amazon deforestation jumps 29%
The destruction of the world’s largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29% spike in deforestation, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains seen sinc
Shark cull rejected by Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority
Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has recommended that the state’s controversial shark culling program not be extended, citing “a high degree of scientific uncertainty” about the impact of baited druml
Global Warming Could Cause More Cold Snaps
Remember that sudden, extreme plunge in temperatures throughout much of the United States in January 2014, which led to life-threatening wind chills that forced schools to close in the Midwest? Many were mystified to hear that it
Massive Extinct Volcano Discovered Beneath Pacific
Lurking some 3.2 miles (5.1 kilometers) beneath the Pacific Ocean, a massive mountain rises up from the seafloor, say scientists who discovered the seamount using sonar technology. The seamount is about two-thirds of a mile hig
3,000-Year-Old Golden Bowl Hides Grisly Tale
In 1958, archaeologists were digging through the ruins of a burned Iron Age citadel called Hasanlu in northwestern Iran when they pulled a spectacular, albeit crushed, golden bowl from the layers of destruction. The 3,000-year-
Audubon Report Names Birds at Climate Risk
The National Audubon Society has released the Audubon Birds and Climate Report, a study that predicts how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American bird species, mapping where each bird's ideal climatic range wi
Nicaragua 'Meteorite' Probably Wasn't a Meteorite
Big ‘boom’? Check. Big crater? Check. It must be a meteorite! That was the key logic behind the “meteorite” that apparently narrowly missed Nicaragua’s capital city over the weekend, but some craters can be deceiving.
Arctic ambition: The race to sail Northwest Passage heats up
The trip costs $20,000 to $150,000. For the money, you get a month crossing the world's final ocean frontier. In 2016, 900 passengers will board a cruise liner named the Crystal Serenity for the largest expedition through the
Nunavut archaeology team finds Franklin-era ship’s artifact
Government of Nunavut archaeology team claimed the first discovery from this year’s massive search for the remains of the 1845-46 Franklin Expedition to the Northwest Passage. Although the most extensive searches for remains
Rising carbon dioxide emissions push greenhouse gases to record high
Surging carbon dioxide levels have pushed greenhouse gases to record highs in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said. Concentrations of carbon dioxide, the major cause of global warming, increased
Red tide still lingers off coast of Hernando County
large bloom of red tide continues to linger about 20 miles off the coast of Hernando County. Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida showed a patchy bloom at least 20 miles offs
Will Iconic Sequoias Fall to Climate Change?
California's iconic trees, the giant sequoias, may sail through the state's current extreme drought. The huge trees survived even drier conditions during their long lives, studies show. The oldest sequoias live for more than 3,000
Weird Microscopic Structure Found in Mars Meteorite
Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they're not claiming that it's evidence of Red Planet life. The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the
Tomb Raiders Likely Plundered Ancient Greek Site
Archaeologists on Monday entered the antechamber of Greece’s mystery tomb in Amphipolis — only to find another wall blocking the tomb’s interior as well as worrying evidence of looting in the form of a suspicious opening.
What Caused California's Napa Earthquake?
A strong, 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Northern California yesterday (Aug. 24) at 3:20 a.m. local time. The earthquake's epicenter was a few miles south of Napa Valley's renowned wineries, and the quake busted barrels and bottl
Boy finds 10,000-year-old arrowhead on New Jersey beach
A boy playing on a New Jersey beach has unearthed a 10,000-year-old arrowhead possibly used by ancient Native Americans to spear fish or hunt mastodon. Noah Cordle, 10, and his family were vacationing on the Long Beach Island last
Geology major studies volcanoes in Arizona
Recent news reports on the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland have reminded many of its potentially destructive nature, but for one geology major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, it is a reminder that volcanoes are a fasc
Ancient tombs damaged in construction in Istanbul’s historical peninsula
Two ancient tomb covers, which were found during the rehabilitation of an underpass in Istanbul’s historical peninsula, have been delivered to Istanbul Archaeology Museum, but only after being damaged in the construction work.
Scarlet Runner circumnavigated the globe
The proud owner Rob Date reports that in the early hours of Tuesday morning Scarlet Runner a Reichel Pugh 52 will arrive in Sydney completing a circumnavigation of the world. She was last in Sydney for the 2013 Sydney to Southport
Essential Fall Guide '14: Celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial, Join The Party At Estes Park
don’t usually look to elk for hiking companions, but as I worked my way from Nymph Lake to Dream Lake towards my final destination at Emerald Lake, I couldn’t ignore the cow elk and her young calf. We didn’t share the trail,
New Horizons spacecraft crosses Neptune orbit en route to historic Pluto encounter
NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. The sophisticat
Geosciences lecturer dives deep into abyss on Pacific expedition
Dr. Ignacio Pujana, a senior lecturer in the Department of Geosciences, made two dives to the Mariana Trench as part of the expedition in July. The team used a three-person sub dubbed Shinkai 6500, which can dive to depths of abou
Ebola: research team says migrating fruit bats responsible for outbreak
The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola was triggered by a toddler's chance contact with a single infected bat, a team of international researchers will reveal, after a major investigation of the origins of the deadly disease now ravag
Norway whale catch reaches highest number since 1993
hermen in Norway have caught 729 whales this year, the highest number since it resumed the controversial practice in defiance of international pressure, industry sources said on Monday. "The season is more or less finished and
Labor attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry
The Labor party believes the rules covering fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – for gas are not tight enough and will attempt to strengthen regulation of the controversial drilling method by tabling a series of amendments to
Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb
The Culture Ministry said Monday that archaeologists have partially investigated the antechamber of the tomb at Amphipolis and uncovered a marble wall concealing one or more inner chambers. However, a hole in the decorated wall an
Ocean circulation explains why the Arctic affected by global warming more than the Antarctic
Over recent decades, scientists have watched a climate conundrum develop at the opposite ends of Earth: The Arctic has warmed and steadily lost sea ice, whereas Antarctica has cooled in many places and may even be gaining sea ice.
Extreme Sailing Series - J.P. Morgan BAR on the podium
started out as a good day to be building an Ark, with torrential rain and not much wind, but the breeze built and by the final race the teams had to reduce sail. It all came down to this final double-points race in the breeze, and
'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast
Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast. The unexpected discovery indicates there are large volumes of the gas contained in a type of sludgy ice called methane hyd
Rosetta mission: Potential comet landing sites chosen
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to put a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has identified five potential locations for the touchdown. The choice of sites was driven largely by operational considerations - they are pla
A tough climb: From mountaineer to tour operator
The card has four small pictures of him posing on top of snow-peaked mountains. "National hero Hassan Sadpara: first Pakistani to climb all five peaks above 8,000 metres, plus Everest," reads the card. For a man with humble beginn
"Bone Digger" Interns Fuel Their Passion At Dinosaur National Monument
Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell are spending the summer living a dream as they scramble and climb among the remains of the long dead. These young paleontologists are photographing and mapping the world famous deposit of ancient bones
Unpacking unpaused global warming – climate models got it right
Although the global climate has continued to build up heat at an incredibly rapid rate, there has been a keen focus among climate contrarians and in the media on the slowdown of the warming at the Earth’s surface. The slowdown i
Local geology expert weighs in on Bay Area quake
The San Andreas Fault is the largest fault in the state of California- and it happens to run right through San Juan Bautista. Local geologist Bob Barminski said fault lines across the state are connected like a spider web "Move Associated Press
Get down to the dinosaur disco: Prehistoric 'social area' in Utah packed with over 200 prehistoric tracks from ten different animals set to open to the public
dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall near Moab. There are more than 200 tracks i
Future sailing stars compete off Portland
Potential future sailing stars are showing their skills off the coast of Dorset this week. The Cadet class World Championships are being held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. It's attracted some of the best y
Coal mining begins at Maules Creek site after months of protests
After months of protests, Whitehaven has officially begun open-cut mining at its flagship Maules Creek site in northern NSW. "Two blasts last week preceded today’s start of full-scale mining using Whitehaven’s new mining fleet
More than 100,000 Elephants Killed in 3 Years
The insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animal faster than it can reproduce, with deaths affecting more than half of elephant families in the Sambu
How Do Black Holes Form? Clue Found
Black holes are some of the strangest objects in the universe, and they typically fall into one of two size extremes: "small" ones that are dozens of times more massive than the sun and other "supermassive" black holes that are bi
West Coast waters still safe from radioactivity, but testing continues
emember all those headlines after the Fukushima reactor disaster in 2011? “The Coast Is Toast.” “Holy Fukushima – Radiation From Japan Is Already Killing North Americans.” “28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolut
A copper awl was discovered at the archaeological site Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley of Israel, dating to 5100 B.C. to 4600 B.C.
copper awl is the oldest metal object unearthed to date in the Middle East. The discovery reveals that metals were exchanged across hundreds of miles in this region more than 6,000 years ago, centuries earlier than previously thou
Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean
Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate
Thoughts from the top: Dangerous and iconic Mount Rainier beckons many climbers
Inside the cabin, four men wearing mountaineering boots talked of waiting for the fog to lift as a park ranger, 9,010 feet below Mount Rainier's summit, listened on his phone. The weather was warming. Two and a half inches of rain
Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains
Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt, which is contributing to sea level rise. But imagine that the same amount of water melting from Greenland each year is being lost in California and the rest of the West be
Goodwood Revival 2014: Aviation exhibition stars revealed
Think of the Goodwood Revival, and the first image that’ll come to mind will probably be one of the classic racing circuit thronging with shining cars and bikes, and people in period dress. After all, that’s what the Revival i
Pruning Process May Go Awry in Brains of Children With Autism
As a baby’s brain develops, there is an explosion of synapses, the connections that allow neurons to send and receive signals. But during childhood and adolescence, the brain needs to start pruning those synapses, limiting their
Kayaking to the Jungle in Nicaragua
Nicaragua has recently become a popular tourist destination for its eco-friendly resorts, unspoiled beaches and waves popular with surfers. Now, travelers have a chance to discover a different part of the Central American coun
Animal activists vow to stop planned wild boar cull in Forest of Dean
Drew Pratten was walking home through the forest by the light of a low moon when he found himself in the middle of a sounder – a group of wild boar. "It was a primeval experience," he said. "I was face to face with a big male. H
UK's warmest period record sparks call for greater climate action
An expert on climate change policy has called for more action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as it emerged the country saw the warmest period from January to July since records began in 1910. It was also the third-equal
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