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Dozen black holes found at galactic centre

<b>A dozen black holes may lie at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, researchers have said.</b><p>A new analysis provides support for a decades-old prediction that "supermassive" black holes at the centres of galaxies are surrounded by many smaller ones.<p>However, previous searches of the Milky Way's …

Black Holes

Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans

<b>A new fossil is shedding light on the murky past of the sea reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.</b><p>With tiny heads on long necks and four pointed flippers, plesiosaurs have been likened to Scotland's mythical Loch Ness monster.<p>The German discovery proves that these sea creatures were alive …

Paleontology

River departed 'before Indus civilisation emergence'

<b>Further light has been shed on the emergence and demise of one of the earliest urban civilisations.</b><p>The Indus society came to prominence in what is now northwest India and Pakistan some 5,300 years ago thanks in large part to the sustenance of a long-lost Himalayan river.<p>Or so it was thought.<p>New …

Anthropology

Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

<b>One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of humankind's ancestors has been unveiled in South Africa.</b><p>A team spent more than 20 years excavating, cleaning and putting together the skeleton of Little Foot.<p>Its exact age is debated, but South African scientists say the remains are 3.67 million …

South Africa

Evidence of 'special site' for Bronze Age burials near Loch Ness

<b>Archaeologists say they are finding increasing evidence that a site near Loch Ness was important for burials in the Bronze Age.</b><p>A second 4,000-year-old grave has been located in an area being developed in Drumnadrochit where a stone-lined grave known as a cist was found in 2015.<p>The discovery two …

Loch Ness

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor

<b>Archaeologists in Egypt have displayed items, including a mummy, from one of two previously unexplored tombs in the ancient Nile city of Luxor.</b><p>The mummy is believed to be that of a senior official from Egypt's "New Kingdom", about 3,500 years ago.<p>Other items included figurines, wooden masks and …

Archaeology

Robot swarms to map the seafloor

<b>It's one of those truisms that we know the shape of the surface of Mars and the Moon far better than we know our own planet.</b><p>The reason for this is Earth's oceans: they cover 71% of the globe and are impenetrable to the satellite mapping techniques we use so capably on those other worlds.<p>The …

Seafloor

Ghost ships wash up in Japan with skeletons on board

<b>Tokyo (CNN) —</b> At least four ships have washed up on Japan's west coast this month, some with bodies on board, and while authorities haven't confirmed their origin, signs suggest they're from North Korea.<p>Eight skeletons were found in the hull of one wooden boat that washed ashore on Miyazawa beach …

North Korea

Forgotten medieval village discovered in St Ishmael

<b>Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a deserted medieval village on the shore of Carmarthenshire.</b><p>The remains in St Ishmael appear to represent a settlement dating back to the 12th Century.<p>Eight buildings are partially exposed but archaeologists are puzzled by the lack of historical …

Archaeology

'Big void' identified in Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza

<b>The mysteries of the pyramids have deepened with the discovery of what appears to be a giant void within the Khufu, or Cheops, monument in Egypt.</b><p>It is not known why the cavity exists or indeed if it holds anything of value because it is not obviously accessible.<p>Japanese and French scientists made …

Archaeology

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

<b>An asteroid that visited us from interstellar space is one of the most elongated cosmic objects known to science, a study has shown.</b><p>Discovered on 19 October, the object's speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated in a planetary system around another star.<p>Astronomers have been scrambling …

Astronomy

Full thrust on Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket

<b>Manufacturers say they are making rapid progress in the development of Europe's new rocket - the Ariane 6.</b><p>The vehicle is due to enter service in 2020, gradually replacing the existing workhorse, the Ariane 5.<p>The prime contractor, the recently rebranded ArianeGroup, gave an update on the status of …

European Space Agency

First Americans claim sparks controversy

<b>A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago - much earlier than previously suggested - has run into controversy.</b><p>Humans are thought to have arrived in the New World no earlier than 25,000 years ago, so the find would push back the first evidence of settlement by more than …

Anthropology

Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life?

<b>After two decades of development and "heartbreak", scientists are on the verge of sending missions to explore the ocean world of Europa. Could this be our best shot at finding life elsewhere in the Solar System?</b><p>Orbiting the giant planet Jupiter is an icy world, just a little smaller than Earth's …

Astronomy

Saturn moon 'able to support life'

<b>Saturn's ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth.</b><p>The assessment comes on the heels of new observations at the 500km-wide world made by the Cassini probe.<p>It has flown through and sampled the waters from a subsurface ocean that are being jetted …

Astronomy

SpaceX 're-usable rocket' flies

California's SpaceX company has successfully re-flown a segment from one of its Falcon 9 rockets.<p>The first-stage booster, which was previously used on a mission 11 months ago, helped send a telecommunications satellite into orbit from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.<p>The booster was also brought back …

Space Exploration

Atmosphere found around Earth-sized planet GJ 1132b

<b>Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-sized planet for the first time.</b><p>They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away.<p>Their observations suggest that the "super-Earth" is cloaked in a thick layer of gases …

Astronomy

The most successful American rocket launches—for one of the last times | Ars Technica

“Great rocket. But it’s more expensive than the equivalent Atlas rocket."<p>After Saturday night's successful delivery of a US Air Force communications …

Space Exploration

Your TV is probably tracking you -- here's how to stop it

Internet-connected smart TVs and streaming devices from Vizio, LG, Samsung, Sony, Roku, Google and others can all spy on your viewing habits. Here's how to stop them.<p>When you unpacked your new TV or streamer for the first time, you probably couldn't wait to start watching it. In the excitement to …

Smart TV

Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life

<b>It is a remarkable discovery in an amazing place.</b><p>Scientists have extracted long-dormant microbes from inside the famous giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves in Mexico - and revived them.<p>The organisms were likely to have been encased in the striking shafts of gypsum at least 10,000 years ago, …

Earth Science

Gravity probe exceeds performance goals

<b>The long-planned LISA space mission to detect gravitational waves looks as though it will be green lit shortly.</b><p>Scientists working on a demonstration of its key measurement technologies say they have just beaten the sensitivity performance that will be required.<p>The European Space Agency (Esa), which …

European Space Agency

SpaceX returns to flight with Falcon 9 rocket launch

<b>The American SpaceX rocket company has resumed flights, launching a Falcon 9 vehicle from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast.</b><p>It is the first mission by the company since one of its vehicles exploded on the launch pad in September.<p>The return to operations sees SpaceX start to …

Space Travel

Doomed Spacecraft Begins Final Dives Near Saturn’s Rings

Before NASA’s Cassini probe runs out of fuel, the bus-size spacecraft will perform a set of unprecedented orbits around the icy rings.<p>The curtain has opened on the Cassini mission’s final act. In the early hours of December 4, NASA’s long-lived Saturn explorer swung low over the planet’s F ring—the …

Dish to listen for ET around strange star

<b>A $100m initiative to listen for signals from alien life is targeting a star with an unusual dimming pattern.</b><p>The Breakthrough Listen project, backed by Prof Stephen Hawking, will train a US radio telescope on a target called Tabby's Star.<p>Tabby's Star has been a subject of attention and controversy …

Universe

Pluto 'has slushy ocean' below surface

<b>Pluto may harbour a slushy water ocean beneath its most prominent surface feature, known as the "heart".</b><p>This could explain why part of the heart-shaped region - called Sputnik Planitia - is locked in alignment with Pluto's largest moon Charon.<p>A viscous ocean beneath the icy crust could have acted …

Solar System

Astronomers just discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe hiding behind the Milky Way

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest known structures in the universe.<p>Called the Vela supercluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies.<p>"I …

Universe

Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early'

<b>Europe's Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday.</b><p>Telemetry data recovered from the probe during its descent indicates that its parachute was jettisoned too early.<p>The rockets it was supposed to use to bring itself to a standstill just …

Space

Scientists discover two mysterious ‘chambers’ in the Great Pyramid of Giza

Researchers studying the Great Pyramid of Giza, built in around 2560BC as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, believe they have discovered two previously-unknown cavities within the structure.<p>Scan Pyramids, a collaborative project involving a number of universities, companies and scientific …

Two new caves found every week in Nottingham

<b>Twenty-two new unrecorded caves have been found in Nottingham since July, the city's archaeologist has said.</b><p>Nottingham's manmade caves have been used as dungeons, bomb shelters, pub cellars and homes, with some dating back to the 9th Century.<p>Scott Lomax said on average two structures have been …

Archaeology