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January 11 2015

Archaeologists Uncover Possible Royal Escape Tunnel at Biblical Site


A team of archaeologists excavating at the ancient site best known as Bethsaida not far from the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee have encountered what they suggest may be what is left of an escape tunnel that was used by the city’s royal elite during the times of ancient Israel and Judah.

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January 11 2015

Ancient burial remains in Okinawa cave may fill void in Japanese ancestry


The discovery of probably one of the oldest burial sites in Japan could shed more light on the country's prehistory and the emergence of primitive culture.

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha announced Dec. 11 that it found human remains dating back more than 9,000 years at the Sakitari-do cave site in Nanjo, Okinawa Prefecture.

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January 11 2015

Prehistoric Easter Islanders Didn't Experience a Simple Collapse, Say Researchers


Scientists may be coming a little closer to the truth about what happened to the prehistoric inhabitants of Easter Island, the island in the southeastern Pacific far off the coast of Chile where, some scholars have theorized, an entire civilization (the Rapa Nui) collapsed due to runaway population growth, land mismanagement, the Polynesian rat, or warfare, or some combination of the three. Alternatively, some scholars have pointed to the possibility of population decimation due to smallpox, syphilis, and tuberculosis introduced by new European arrivals in the 18th century.


Alt: Easter Island's Demise May Have Surprising New Explanation

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January 11 2015

Huge circle in Antarctic ice hints at meteorite impact


During a routine flight over the Antarctic ice shelf on 20 December last year, geophysicist Christian Müller spotted something strange: a huge, 2-kilometre-wide circle on the ice.

Müller, a contractor with research consultants Fielax from Bremerhaven, Germany, was in Antarctica as part of a polar survey conducted by the German Alfred Wegener Institute. Six days after spotting the weird ice-ring, he and his colleagues returned and flew over the site at two different altitudes, to photograph and scan it. Their working theory is that the ring marks an ice crater left by a large meteorite that slammed into Antarctica in 2004.

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January 11 2015

Mysterious booms rattle homes, scare livestock in Oklahoma


A spate of mysterious booms that has been shaking central Oklahoma returned for a second day Friday, again rattling houses and frightening livestock.

Oklahoma Geological Survey research seismologist Austin Holland said a series of booms, much like a sonic boom, rattled the Norman area starting at 11:19 a.m. Friday. Numerous others had been reported Thursday in the same area at about the same time.

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January 11 2015

The Year in Bigfoot


Two states led the nation in Sasquatch sightings, which have been on the decline since surging in the '00s.


Related: Giant Beings Seen Rapidly Climbing Mexican Volcano.
Related: Cows Can Relax as the Beast of Bodmin Moor is Identified

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January 11 2015

Ancient Indian aircraft on agenda of major science conference


The Wright brothers were a little late to the aviation game when you consider that pilots in ancient India were flying aircraft not only around the world, but from planet to planet as well. At least, that's one of the claims scheduled to be presented at the Indian Science Congress beginning Saturday at the University of Mumbai, in a session titled "Ancient Indian Aviation Technology."

The presenters of the session are apparently serious in their belief that ancient Indian planes were not only able to travel across the solar system, but also "could move left, right, as well as backwards, unlike modern planes which only fly forward,".


Alt: Pilot Claims India Invented Airplane 7,000 Years Ago

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January 11 2015

What the hell is this strange UFO ejecting an orb filmed in California?


This unidentified flying object was captured on video over Southern California. The UFO—which is producing a corkscrew tail that seems to indicate rotational movement—ejects some round thing that flies into another direction at a faster speed than the object itself. What can it all be?


Related: Glowing UFO Caught 'Taking Off' From Mountain In Mexico.

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January 11 2015

A Spectacular Spiral May Encircle the Milky Way


Mapping a galaxy isn't easy when you live inside it. It took astronomers a century after the discovery of the first celestial spiral to prove that the Milky Way itself looks like a giant spiral. Its spiral arms squeeze interstellar gas and dust, causing gas clouds to grow dense, collapse and create new stars; the brightest newborn stars illuminate the arms so gloriously that spiral galaxies resemble glowing cosmic hurricanes. The Milky Way has several of these arms. Now astronomers in China have discovered that one of them may wrap around the entire galaxy, putting our galactic home in an elite group among its spiral neighbors.

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January 11 2015

The “Pillars of Creation” Have Been, Are Being, and Will Be Destroyed


The “Pillars of Creation,” a photograph of part of the Eagle Nebula, is one of the most iconic images ever taken by the Hubble telescope. Yesterday, astronomers released a bigger, better, sharper version of the pillars, taken almost two decades after the first.

But an ironic twist – and what we didn’t know twenty years ago – is that the Pillars might have been long ago torn apart by a distant explosion.


Alt: It may sound incredible but the Pillars of Creation don't exist anymore

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January 11 2015

Black Holes Inch Ahead to Violent Cosmic Union


In a galaxy far, far away, a pair of supermassive black holes appear to be spiraling together toward a cosmic collision of unimaginable scale, astronomers said on Wednesday.

The final act of this mating dance, perhaps a mere million years from now, could release as much energy as 100 million of the violent supernova explosions in which stars end their lives, and wreck the galaxy it is in, said S. George Djorgovski of the California Institute of Technology.

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January 11 2015

Mercury may be sole survivor of planetary pile-up


The inner solar system may once have been a crowded and violent place – and Mercury its lone survivor. A new model suggests that most young planetary systems start with several close-in, rocky planets, which later destroy each other in a cascade of collisions.

"If forming tightly packed systems of inner planets is easy, there's no reason it shouldn't happen in our solar system,".

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January 11 2015

The Search for Starivores, Intelligent Life that Could Eat the Sun


There could be all manner of alien life forms in the universe, from witless bacteria to superintelligent robots. Still, the notion of a starivore—an organism that literally devours stars—may sound a bit crazy, even to a &#8203;seasoned sci-fi fan. And yet, if such creatures do exist, they’re probably lurking in our astronomical data right now.

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January 10 2015

Physics professor finds old Roman fort in England aligned with the sun


Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, a physics professor with the Politecnico di Torino in Italy has found that the gates that once led in an out of an old Roman fortress in north-west England aligned with the summer and winter solstices. She has also noted that the towers built on each of the corners were aligned with the cardinal directions. She has published her analysis, results and ideas on reasons for the alignment in her paper published in Philica.

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January 10 2015

2015's 'Leap Second' Could Scramble Computers


June 30 will be a second longer than any other day this year.

A "leap second" needs to be added in 2015 to make sure the time on atomic clocks stays in sync with Earth's rotational time, but some Internet companies are dreading the day.

Earth's rotation has been slowing down by about two thousandths of a second every day.

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January 10 2015

Scientists help avert a nuclear medicine meltdown


University of British Columbia scientists have shown that small cyclotrons – particle accelerators the size of an SUV – can replace hulking nuclear power plants as the country's main source of medical isotopes, the radioactive atoms used for thousands of diagnostic scan across Canada each day.

The demonstration last month points the way to a safer, cleaner, more reliable and cheaper source of medical isotopes, not just in Canada, but globally.


Related: Vermont shuts down nuclear power plant to make way for renewable energy

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January 10 2015

Chatting to your baby is better for its communication skills than reading


If you want to sure up your child's communication and problem-solving skills, chatting to it while you're working on other things can be even more important than reading to them, new research suggests.

Chatting to your baby about nothing in particular while you’re getting ready or doing work around the house can be better for their communication skills than sitting down and reading to them.

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