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Goudschat bewijst lokale deelname in laat-Romeins militair netwerk

In het Gelderse Lienden bleven de gouden munten maar naar boven komen. Niet eerder zijn er zoveel Romeinse munten op één locatie gevonden, in totaal …

Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

From the stone age to the silicon chip, materials are the fundamental building blocks of culture, argues scientist Mark Miodownik. Here he charts his lifelong fascination ahead of a new series appearing in Observer Tech Monthly<p>Everything is made of something. Take away concrete, glass, textiles, …

Yes, it's official, men are from Mars and women from Venus, and here's the science to prove it

In his fascinating new book the developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert argues that there is actually hard science behind many of our stereotypical gender roles<p>In My Fair Lady Professor Higgins sings a song about the difference between the sexes, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” It comes from …

Psychology

The Freaky Thing Your Brain Can Do While You're Asleep

It turns out that our brains do way more when we snooze than was once thought -- and a new study suggests we can even identify and categorize words while we're sleeping.<p>"We show that the sleeping brain can be far more 'active' in sleep than one would think," study co-author Sid Kouider, a cognitive …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Singularity

Ancient swamp creature sported 'Mick Jagger' lips

Joan Rivers once said Mick Jagger's lips are so big he could French-kiss a moose, and now the Rolling Stones frontman's lips have inspired the name of an ancient swamp creature that probably also had a set of huge smackers.<p>Researchers named the creature <i>Jaggermeryx naida</i>, which translates to …

Fisherman Pulls Up Beastly Evidence of Early Americans

A 22,000-year-old mastodon skull and tool dredged from the seafloor in the Chesapeake Bay hints of early settlers in North America.<p>The two relics, …

Anthropology

How our brains can control our emotions

The brain’s complicated wiring could help dictate whether we feel happy, angry or sad. Could electrical charges be the answer to help treat mental disorders? (WARNING: Contains mild footage of animal experiments)<p>We all know humans have a complex range of emotions – from anger to fear, aggression to …

The Brain

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.<p>That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the …

Prehistoric circle dated to same summer as Seahenge neighbour

Holme II on Norfolk beach said to have been built in 2049BC as part of same timber complex honouring death as Seahenge<p>A second prehistoric circle on a Norfolk beach has been dated to the same summer more than 4,000 years ago as its famous neighbour, Seahenge.<p>Archaeologists believe the two circles, …

Royal settlement linked to Sutton Hoo treasures

Finds from Rendlesham in Suffolk will go on display for the first time this week at the National Trust's Sutton Hoo visitor centre<p>The home of the Anglo-Saxons who built the world famous burial mounds at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, where a king was laid with golden treasure heaped around him, has been …

3D models find real reason for Rome's 'Altar of Peace' - Futurity

Virtual simulations suggest historians were wrong about why and when the sun aligns with the ancient Roman 'Altar of Peace' and a giant obelisk.

Ancient Rome

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."<p>I did. And what I saw was somebody doing something new in the world, something deeply …

Toe bone DNA reveals Neanderthal interbreeding - Futurity

The Neanderthal woman was inbred, report researchers who also found evidence for interbreeding among four types of early humans.

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.<p><b>A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.</b><p><b>Confirming that careful burials</b> …

How Studying Mummies Could Cure Modern Diseases

By comparing diseases from then and now, researchers can learn how they spread. Maybe they can learn how to stop them, too.<p>Earlier this year, scientists published a study of whole-body CT scans of 137 mummies: ancient Egyptians and Peruvians, ancestral Puebloans of southwest America, and Unangan …

The Way You Walk is Tied to a Hole in Your Skull

On the bottom of your skull, there is a distinctive hole. The technical name for the opening is the foramen magnum – the “great hole” that the spinal cord and other critical soft tissues run through. This bone aperture has taken on great importance in the ongoing investigation into when the human …

A human brain was preserved for 4,000 years after being boiled in its own skull

Ancient, well-preserved human remains aren't exactly a common thing to find, which makes the discovery of a 4,000-year-old brain in western Turkey pretty noteworthy. The brain was found in 2010 in an ancient burial ground that appeared to have been burned — charred skeletons and wooden objects were …

Roman skulls found during Crossrail dig in London may be Boudicca victims

Archaeologists uncover 20 blackened skulls along route of vanished river Walbrook in central London<p>Blackened Roman skulls, possibly victims of Boudicca's revolution that scorched the foundations of the Roman empire in Britain, have come tumbling out of a Crossrail tunnel in the heart of …

Roman skulls found at Crossrail site in London - video

Archaeologists working at Crossrail's project site in the City of London have unearthed 20 Roman skulls. Scientists made the find while excavating a channel of the river Walbrook, which runs from Finsbury to the Thames at Cannon Street. The £14.8bn Crossrail project has already unearthed a medieval …

N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

Ancient North Americans gouged elaborate rock art into a heap of big boulders northeast of Reno, Nev., more than 10,000 years ago and perhaps 15,000 years ago. That makes the carvings the oldest known petroglyphs on the continent, according to a paper published in the <i>Journal of Archaeological</i> …

Sailing stones

Mysterious sailing stones of Racetrack Playa, a dry lake bed in California’s Death Valley.<p>This cool picture was taken by EarthSky Facebook friend …

Sailing

A Submarine In Space And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Beautiful strange and rare cloud formations

Various cloud formations might be one of the most beautiful and romantic sights in nature, but these masses of liquid droplets is also a complex and …

kateoplis

Galleries

Found in Nature<p>I am a collector. The beach is my flea market and found objects my inspiration.<p>Crushed by storms and carved by blowing sand, once …

Found In Nature - Blue Ocean

Eight bronze age boats surface at Fens creek in record find

A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of …