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June 24 2014

Mystery raining hay phenomenon over Gloucestershire on Saturday explained by weather experts


The hay-vens opened up over Gloucestershire last weekend as clumps of grass fell from the sky all over the county.

Bewildered people were left clutching at straws after the strange phenomenon over Cheltenham on Saturday when they saw it raining hay.

The weather forecast had predicted dry weather with clear blue skies on the day.

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June 24 2014

Two California UFO witnesses 10 miles apart describe strange lights


Two Riverside County, CA, witnesses reported watching strange lights in the sky they could not explain three hours and 10 miles apart from each other on June 18, 2014, according to testimony in cases 57165 and 57166 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

At 7:30 p.m., a witness in Menifee stepped out into her backyard and noticed a cylinder-shaped object in the sky.

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June 24 2014

Mystery lights spotted by residents across hundreds of miles of southern California leave officials


Southern California residents are baffled by a grouping of mysterious lights seen hovering in the sky late Thursday evening.

The lights, which have yet to be explained, were seen in the sky above southern Orange County, Riverside County, and San Diego County.

Rancho Santa Margarita resident Ranaye Kahn reported seeing the lights at about 10:30 p.m.

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June 24 2014

Strange Stone Spheres Top List of New World Heritage Spots


Enigmatic archaeological sites in Costa Rica dotted with mysterious stone spheres are among six new spots newly designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The stone sphere sites, on the Diquis Delta in southern Costa Rica, join places like the Great Wall of China and Yellowstone National Park on the list of 1,007 sites designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The organization lists places that are "of outstanding universal value," based on criteria such as representing a masterpiece of creative genius, recording testimony of a vanished civilization, or containing exceptional natural beauty.

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June 24 2014

Archaeologists Return to Ancient Megiddo


Archaeologists are now onsite at Tel Megiddo, in northern Israel, to continue large-scale excavations at what has often been called the "crown jewel" of archaeological sites of the Levant, or Eastern Mediterranean region.

Led by well-known archaeologists Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University and Eric Cline of the George Washington University, a team of archaeologists, students, volunteers and other specialists.

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June 24 2014

A Sunken Kingdom Re-emerges


BORTH, WALES — There is a poem children in Wales learn about the sunken kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, swallowed by the sea and drowned forever after. On a quiet night, legend has it, one can hear the kingdom’s church bells ringing.

When the sea swallowed part of Britain’s western coastline this year and then spat it out again, leaving homes and livelihoods destroyed but also a dense forest of prehistoric tree stumps more exposed than ever, it was as if one had caught a faint glimpse of that Welsh Atlantis.

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June 24 2014

3,000-Year-Old Levees Triggered China’s Massive Floods


ST LOUIS, MISSOURI—Excavations at the Sanyangzhuang site and the Anshang site along China’s lower Yellow River flood plain, and analysis of sedimentary soils deposited along the Yellow River over thousands of years, indicate that people were changing the environment nearly 3,000 years ago.

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June 24 2014

Underwater Cave Full of Ancient Bones to Be Mapped in 3D


The bones of ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and other creatures of the Ice Age have been discovered in a deep underwater cavern on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but the exploration of the site is actually happening on the surface, hundreds of miles away, in a lab in San Diego.

Spelunkers first discovered the cave, called Hoyo Negro, seven years ago, but it was accessible only to specially trained cave divers.

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June 24 2014

Skulls with a mix of Neandertal and Primitive Traits Illuminate Human Evolution


Ancient skulls discovered in a Spanish cave exhibit a mix of Neandertal and more primitive characteristics, implying that Neandertals developed their defining traits in stages.

From studying a collection of skulls in a Spanish cave researches have identified both Neandertal-driven features as well as features linked with more primitive humans in these bones.

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June 24 2014

Evolution depends on rare chance events, 'molecular time travel' experiments show


Chance events may profoundly shape history. What if Franz Ferdinand's driver had not taken a wrong turn, bringing the Duke face to face with his assassin? Would World War I still have been fought? Would Hitler have risen to power decades later?

Historians can only speculate on what might have been, but a team of evolutionary biologists studying ancient proteins has turned speculation into experiment.

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June 24 2014

Stone Age worm egg hints at origins of modern scourge


The law of unintended consequences may have a longer history than we thought. At a Neolithic settlement in the region where early farmers pioneered crop irrigation systems, a team has found the oldest example of a water-borne disease that today affects 210 million people worldwide.

Schistosomiasis is caused by parasitic flatworms, contracted when humans wade in warm freshwater inhabited by snails that carry the parasite. It can lead to anaemia, kidney failure and death.

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June 24 2014

These Students Want to Send a Time Capsule to Mars


WASHINGTON — A student-led project aims to send a time capsule to Mars for future explorers to discover, its organizers announced today (June 23).

Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M), a project of the nonprofit organization Explore Mars, plans to land three small satellites, known as CubeSats, on the surface of the Red Planet within the next five years. The satellites will contain images, videos and other forms of expression from people around the globe, according to the project's organizers.

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June 23 2014

'Enigma Man' may be new human species that lived until 11,000 years ago


With Enigma Man we follow the groundbreaking research of Aussie paleoanthropologist Darren Curnoe and his Chinese colleague, paleontologist Ji Xueping.

Their study of ancient human remains found in a remote cave in South-west China looks at the idea there may have been another species of human existing alongside our ancestors as recently as 11,000 – 14,000 years ago.

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June 23 2014

A Mysterious Sound Is Driving People Insane — And Nobody Knows What's Causing It


Dr. Glen MacPherson doesn't remember the first time he heard the sound. It may have started at the beginning of 2012, a dull, steady droning like that of a diesel engine idling down the street from his house in the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. A lecturer at the University of British Columbia and high school teacher of physics, mathematics and biology, months passed before MacPherson realized that the noise, which he'd previously dismissed as some background nuisance like car traffic or an airplane passing overhead, was something abnormal.


Related: Can you hear The Hum? Mystery noise which drives sufferers mad could be heard in Plymouth area

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June 23 2014

Simulating time travel: Doctor Who meets Professor Heisenberg


University of Queensland researchers have simulated time travel using light particles. Lead author and PhD student Martin Ringbauer, from UQ's School of Mathematics and Physics, said the study used photons – single particles of light – to simulate quantum particles traveling through time and study their behavior, possibly revealing bizarre aspects of modern physics.

"The question of time travel features at the interface between two of our most successful yet incompatible physical theories – Einstein's general relativity and quantum mechanics," Mr Ringbauer said.

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June 23 2014

A wrinkle in time: Finding the ice age in urban Los Angeles


Just beyond the traffic and palm trees of Wilshire Boulevard, hidden beneath the shadows of nondescript office buildings, lie the tar-slicked bones of many thousand long-dead creatures.

These unfortunates found themselves mired in the sticky bitumen of La Brea’s tar pits tens of thousands of years ago during the last glacial period. They have remained there ever since, providing scientists with an unrivaled window into the past, even as the city of Los Angeles materialized around them.

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June 23 2014

'Mystery coin' found in Jersey hoard


A "mystery coin" has been uncovered as part of work to discover the secrets of the world's largest Celtic coin hoard.

The hoard of some 70,000 coins and jewellery pieces was found by two metal detector enthusiasts in 2012.

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