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Britain 'is experiencing same decline as Rome in 100BC'

Dr Jim Penman believes Britons no longer have the genetic temperament that sparked the Industrial Revolution<p>Britain is experiencing the same decline as Rome in 100BC, with the collapse of civilisation inevitable, a scientist has warned.<p>Dr Jim Penman, of the RMIT University in Melbourne, believes …

Could we 'de-extinctify' the woolly mammoth?

A team from Harvard made headlines by announcing it had put mammoth DNA into elephant cells. But should we ‘de-extinctify’ the beasts and return them to their old stamping grounds?<p>Extinction, it seems, may no longer be for ever. Several weeks ago, scientists in George Church’s lab at Harvard …

Paleontology

Egyptian Artifacts Salvaged From Raided Tomb in Israel

In an underground cave in Israel, archaeologists have unearthed 3,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts that had been spared by tomb robbers.<p>Inspectors with the Israel Antiquities Authority's Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery say they found pickaxes and other signs of looting in a cave near …

Archaeology

'I may now be a four eyes, but I'm not the only one going blind'

Telegraph writer Joe Shute, who has just been given his first pair of glasses at the age of 30, may not like it, but he is part of a "short-sighted epidemic" now sweeping the world<p>Like most great revelations, it occurred late at night on a street corner. I was walking home - sober, I should add – …

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2017

Dates of all solar and lunar eclipses this year, plus a preview of the great American total solar eclipse of 2017.<p>The next eclipse comes on the night …

Solar eclipse: schoolchildren banned from watching on 'religious and cultural' grounds

North Primary School in Southall was accused of putting religious superstition before science<p>A London primary school was criticised for banning children from watching the eclipse for “religious and cultural reasons.”<p>Pupils at North Primary School in Southall were stopped from watching the solar …

Vikings were more trade and bling than rape and pillage, museum shows

Cornwall exhibition including coins, combs and even a teddy bear brooch challenges popular image of Vikings as homicidal raiders<p>They are generally thought of as fearsome, unkempt, bloodthirsty raiders who caused mayhem wherever they went. But in fact, the Vikings were also skilled traders who loved …

Archaeology

Inside Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Today’s “Museum Monday” video tags along with several employees at the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History, and provides us with a glimpse of the many, varied, roles of a Natural History Museum within its local and scientific communities.<p>Dinosaurs are really amazing, but natural …

Museums

Glassbrain Maps Your Brain Waves In Real Time

One of 10 award-winning visualizations from the 2015 Vizzies<p>Part education tool, part neuroscience party trick, the Glassbrain app was first used publicly in 2012 on Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, to show his brain reacting to music. A cap detects the different types of waves …

San Francisco

Stone-Age Hunter-Gatherers Imported Wheat From Mainland 8,000 Years Ago

Hunter Gatherers

World Heritage Site: Easter Island

Here are all the facts and travel tips you need to make the most out of a trip to Chile's Rapa Nui National Park, or Easter Island.<p><b>Site</b>: Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island) <b><br>Location</b>: Chile <b><br>Year Designated</b>: 1995 <b><br>Category</b>: Cultural <b><br>Criteria</b>: (i)(iii)(v) <b><br>Reason</b>: Easter Island’s silent stone figures are …

Grand Canyon Wolf That Made Epic Journey Shot Dead in Utah

A local hunter said he mistook Echo, a female gray wolf from Wyoming, for a coyote.<p>The famed gray wolf that had traveled to the Grand Canyon from the Northern Rockies late last year is officially dead.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed yesterday that the wolf, whose astonishing trek made …

New contact lenses will help people see with inbuilt telescope

A tiny device in new contact lenses, aimed at hundreds of thousands of people suffering from age-related eye problems, could increase user's vision nearly three fold<p>People with the most common form of sight loss could regain their vision with a new contact lens that has an in-built telescope.<p>The …

For Valentine's Day, draw brains, not hearts

Forget the heart and Cupid this Valentine's Day. It's the brain that makes you do crazy stuff when you're in love.<p>In fact, love apparently can remodel your brain, according to a study published online Friday in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.<p>It's the latest in science's admittedly wonky attempts …

Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

Brittany Maynard, the Oregon woman who had become an outspoken advocate for patients' rights following her terminal cancer diagnosis, died on Saturday, the Oregonian reported. She was 29.<p>"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," she wrote in a Facebook post, according to People. …

Historian: Shroud of Turin is actually a medieval Easter prop

You can add one more name to the list of those claiming the Shroud of Turin dates only to medieval times. According to British historian Charles Freeman, Jesus' supposed burial cloth—believed by many to show his image after crucifixion—is a 14th-century prop that was likely used during an …

Our Retinas' Pattern Recognition Abilities Could Help Us Understand the Universe — NOVA Next

A new tool for analyzing subatomic particle collisions could help us see the universe like never before. A bioinspired algorithm, it is based on the …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Buzzes Beehive, Comet Barnstorms Mars

Changing Planet<p><b>Sky-watchers enjoy parting views of Saturn, the “lord of the rings,” this week, along with the moon joining a star cluster and a historic encounter between the red planet and an icy interloper.</b><p><b>Sinking Saturn.</b> Starting Tuesday, October 14, sky-watchers get their last chance to see …

Incredibly Rare 'Beaked Whale' Washes Ashore In Australia

Scientists are buzzing about an extremely rare sea creature that washed ashore recently in Australia.<p>A 10- to 13-foot animal believed to be a "beaked whale" was discovered at Redhead Beach, 93 miles north of Sydney, early Tuesday morning (see photo below). The dead whale generated intense interest …

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From skulls to sewers: the darker side of Paris

Paris basks in its reputation as a glittering capital of fashion, art and culture – but it also has the power to bewitch visitors with more macabre sights.<p>Peer behind the glamour of the French capital to discover the best of its underground wonders and grisly history.<p>Les Catacombes<p>Beneath Paris’ …

France

Water discovered on the smallest planet yet

Being able to find water may make it easier to find life<p>Scientists found water vapor on a Neptune-sized planet 124 light years away from Earth, the first time an exoplanet smaller than Jupiter has been found with water. Their results are published in the journal <i>Nature</i>.<p>Astronomers figure out what …

Archaeology

Ancient 'moon god' monument unearthed in Israel

A structure once believed to form part of an ancient town is identified as a 5,000-year old monument believed to have been used to honour the Mesopotamian moon god 'Sin'<p>A 5,000-year-old stone structure in the shape of the crescent moon in northern Israel has been identified to be an ancient …

Archaeology

Scientists Say They've Created A Freaky New Form Of Light

It's easy to shine light <i>through</i> a crystal, but researchers at Princeton University are turning light <i>into</i> crystals--essentially creating "solid light."<p>"It's something that we have never seen before," Dr. Andrew Houck, associate professor of electrical engineering and one of the researchers, said in …

Stonehenge researchers discover site is much larger than previously thought

Researchers find series of hidden chapels, burial mounds and ritual shrines, transforming view of historic area<p>Dry spell at Stonehenge reveals secret that has eluded archaeologists<p>Stonehenge stood at the heart of a sprawling landscape of chapels, burial mounds, massive pits and ritual shrines, …