A ring system has been found around a dwarf planet for the first time: the distant, potato-shaped Haumea, which lies beyond Neptune, first discovered in 2004.
A two-tonne piece of polished rock helps tell part of the story of the early history of life on Earth. The rock was found on a waste dump in the mining region in Western Australia, and is now on display in London’s Natural History Museum. Bands of red, yellow and grey show changing biological and geological activity over hundreds of millions of years.
Researchers have found that floodwater from Hurricane Harvey has created a plume of 13 trillion gallons of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening coral reefs 100 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas.
In winter and spring, the lake located northwest of Osoyoos in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley looks just like any other body of water. But as most of the water starts to evaporate in summer, hundreds of huge briny pools are left behind, leaving a polka-dotted landscape of yellow, green, and blue spots.
Lots of the fossil fuels we currently use derive from the Carboniferous, a 60 million year long period where forests flourished across much of the Earth. While not sudden, activity during this time period did pull a lot of carbon out of the atmosphere, and so a researcher decided to look at some of the consequences. The results suggest that the Earth skirted the edge of a global freeze, forming glaciers in the mountains of the tropics, essentially turning Earth into a giant snowball.
At a medieval necropolis in the Russian High Arctic, researchers have excavated the naturally mummified remains of a woman who lived some 800 years ago.
Great excitement has rippled through the physics world at news of the first-ever detection of two ultra-dense neutron stars converging in a violent smashup.
NASA satellite photo shows an obvious underground anomaly near the Great Sphinx. Egyptologist Bassam El Shammaa has applied for permits to dig in the anomalous mound next to the Sphinx to look for its long lost twin. In addition, the article shares this telling quote from an interview with historian author Gerry Cannon: “The Sphinx had to have been carved when there was no sand there. You can’t carve a rock when it’s under sand. When it was not under sand was about 12,000 years ago and Egyptians weren’t there.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Article mentions “NASA’s Endeavor Satellite” but there is no such satellite with that name. Endeavor was a Space Shuttle orbiter which flew missions between May 1992 and May 2011. It deployed 3 satellites during that time, and had its own onboard cameras. So it is unclear what the article’s author is referring to as the source of the crucial aerial Giza photograph.
Azerbaijan is one of the oldest centers of human civilization and one of the most ancient states of the world. One of the places proving this is Gobustan National Park, with rock art, sheltered dwellings, remains of inhabited caves, settlements, and ancient burial mounds, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages.
Alaska’s fossils tell tales about the earth’s evolution, asteroids that disturbed weather patterns, and the unraveling of mysteries about extinct species. Unlike many anthropological museums which clutter poorly lit cases with artifacts, fossils here are carefully spaced, and 3-D dinosaur sculptures are accurate and alluring. Curiosity seekers can revisit the Bering Land Bridge debate, and the Paleolithic age that experienced climate change brought about by the natural environment.
In 1995, NBC televised a prime-time documentary hosted by actor Charlton Heston called Mystery of the Sphinx. The program centered on the research and writings of John Anthony West, a (non-academic) Egyptologist, who along with Dr. Robert Schoch, a professor of Geology at Boston University, made an astounding discovery on the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt.
Raw sewage is flowing into rivers at thousands of sites across England and Wales, a report has warned, harming wildlife and putting human health at risk. WWF analysis reports that 40% of rivers are polluted with sewage that can harm wildlife and put human health at risk.
Five sculptures of gods and goddesses have been found in the ancient city of Pisidia Antiokheia in Turkey. They are all of Greek, Roman, and Anatolian pantheons.
Archaeological findings and the Viking Sagas show that the dog had a high status and value in the Viking Age, and that dogs were used for a variety of tasks: guarding, hunting, fighting, herding, and as sled dogs and companions.
The many roads that lead to ayahuasca—an ancient Amazonian plant medicine that’s ritualistically ingested for its purported psychospiritual properties—are distinct, if convergent. For many centuries, ayahuasca’s mysteries were hidden away from the world at large, confined to the depths of the Amazon, where shamans from indigenous tribes served as gatekeepers to the plant’s psychoactive and seemingly otherworldly realm.
Apparently a star known as HD 240430, now dubbed Kronos, has eaten about 15 Earths worth of rocky planets, as astrophysicists concluded from the planetary equivalent of the stench of garlic in its chemical signature.