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Is This the Underground Everest?

Far beneath a remote mountain range in Uzbekistan, explorers are delving into a labyrinth that could be the world's deepest cave.<p><b>‘Don’t worry, you can’t get lost down here.’</b> Larisa Pozdnyakova’s words, in her thick Russian accent, float to me from within the cave’s seemingly endless black void. …

Aurora Aperture PowerXND 2000: The World’s Most Powerful ND Filter

The Southern California-based startup company Aurora Aperture has just announced a new variable neutral density filter called the PowerXND 2000. With …

Tip: Use Hand Warmers to Extend the Life of Camera Batteries in Cold Weather

Here’s a short and sweet 2-minute-tip by New York-based photographer sports and music photographer David Bergman on the subject of using your camera …

This Skier Shot ‘Bullet Time’ by Swinging an iPhone 6 Around His Head

Matrix-style “bullet time” is usually created using an array of cameras placed all around a subject. Swiss professional skier Nicolas Vuignier has …

Scientists discover a 520-million-year-old BRAIN: Neural structure found inside fossil of the world's oldest predator

• <b>A fossilised brain found near Kunming in China has been identified</b>• <b><br>Scientists revealed it belonged to an ancient predator called Lyrarapax</b>• <b><br>This lived</b> …

'It's like wearing earrings or a hat': Chimpanzees go ape for fashion as they follow bizarre new trend of sticking long grass in one ear

Chimpanzees have discovered a bizarre new fad: placing a blade of grass behind one ear.<p>According to the Dodo, this is one of the first customs that …

Chimpanzees

Lives of the 'painted people' unearthed: Archaeologists want your help to dig up Scotland's ancient Pictish kingdom

• <b>Moray Firth in Northern Highlands was a powerful area for the Picts</b>• <b><br>Picts lived in the region during the Late Iron Age and Early Medieval</b> …

Archaeology

Scientists solve the mystery of whether dinosaurs were hot or cold blooded - and reveal they were somewhere in between

• <b>Researchers say finding explains how T-Rex got so big</b>• <b><br>Scientists evaluated the metabolism of dinosaurs using a formula based on their body mass</b><p>The hot …

Dinosaurs

Is this Dracula's final resting place? 16th century headstone unearthed in Naples could belong to Vlad the Impaler

He has cast a shadow over the craggy Transylvanian Alps for centuries.<p>But the remains of the real-life Dracula are today to be found not in the …

Archaeology

Super computer dupes humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy becoming first machine to pass 'Turing Test' showing it can 'think'

• Computer programme called Eugene convinced 33% of judges it is human<br>• Five machines were tested at the Royal Society in central London<br>• Test requires 30% …

Supercomputers

Now THIS Is a Synapse

Every time I read about the synapse, the all-important junction between two neurons, the cartoon above pops into my head. It shows the gist of how a synapse works: An electrical pulse enters the cell on the left and activates those little blue balls, called vesicles, to release their chemical …

Blue eyes, dark skin: How European hunter-gatherer looked, 7,000-year-old genome shows

La Brana 1, the name used to baptize a 7,000-year-old individual from the Mesolithic Period whose remains were recovered at La Brana-Arintero site in …

Light skin in Europeans stems from ONE 10,000-year-old ancestor who lived between India and the Middle East, claims study

• <b>Study focused on DNA differences across globe with the A111T mutation</b>• <b><br>Those who had mutation also shared traces of an ancestral genetic code</b>• <b><br>This</b> …

Evolution

Sowing the seeds for floral evolution: 100-million-year-old amber contains earliest known ‘flower sex’

• Tree sap preserved a cluster of 18 tiny flowers from the Cretaceous Period<br>• Microscope images reveal one of the flowers was in process of …

Plants

World's oldest DNA is recovered from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone - and provides a new jigsaw piece in the history of evolution

• <b>Scientist reconstructed the mitochondrial genome from two grams of bone</b>• <b><br>They found early humans shared a common ancestor with the Denisovans</b>• <b><br>This was</b> …

Humanity

Stonehenge 'was a prehistoric centre for rock music': Stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when played

• Rocks make metallic and wooden sounds, in many different notes<br>• Monoliths were moved by Stone Age man from Wales to Stonehenge<br>• Researchers believe their …

Stone Age

Group of cannibal Neanderthals 'butchered 12 of their neighbours including children and ate them for dinner', say scientists after discovering grim remains in Spain

• <b>Scientists used modern forensic techniques to analyse ancient remains</b>• <b><br>Bones were discovered in a deep cave, and had been stripped of meat</b>• <b><br>Neanderthal</b> …

Anthropology

DNA testing on 24,000-year-old skeleton reveals that Native Americans could be partly descended from EUROPEANS

• <b>The genome of the four-year-old boy is the oldest sequenced to date</b>• <b><br>DNA from the remains, discovered in Siberia in the 1920s, are thought to contain a</b> …

Anthropology

The 1,650-year-old skull of aristocrat that was deliberately deformed to show her family's wealth is unearthed in France

• Skull was found in one of 18 French tombs dating back 1,650 years<br>• Thought to belong to an aristocrat whose head was deliberately deformed<br>• Artificial …

Archaeology

Neanderthal viruses dating back 500,000 years discovered in modern human DNA

• <b>Scientists investigated links between 'endogenous retroviruses', which are hard-wired into DNA, and modern diseases such as AIDs and</b> …

Evolution

A Cougar Ready for His Closeup

Picture Stories<p>Steve Winter captures the elusive cougar as it prowls by the iconic Hollywood sign.<p>Steve Winter is famous for his photographs of big cats in their natural habitats, such as snow leopards and tigers, among others. His “Ghost Cats” story in the December 2013 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> …

World's oldest big cat is unearthed - six million years after it roamed the Himalayas

• <b>New creature named Panthera blytheae is a relative of the snow leopard and throws new light on the evolution of lions, jaguars and tigers</b>• <b><br>Using</b> …

Natural History Museum

Conservationists discover 10,000-year-old cave paintings after following trail of pig-like peccaries through the Brazilian rainforest

• Scientists stumbled on the cave art while tracking white-lipped peccaries<br>• Drawings show armadillos, birds and reptiles alongside geometric …

Drawing

Angry elephant flips mother hippopotamus into the air with its trunk as she tries to protect her calf

• The female hippo emerged relatively unscathed from the attack<br>• Scene was captured by wildlife photographer Rian Van Schalkwyk, 40, at the Erindi …

Ornithology

The 2,300-year-old collar painstakingly pieced together after being discovered in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian undertaker

• Researchers from Pennsylvania found fragments of the collar in 2000<br>• Artists have now reconstructed the colourful ancient Egyptian jewellery<br>• It dates …

Ancient History

Unearthed: The 2,500-year-old baby grave that still contains a toy rattle made of clay

• More than 150 graves were found in a cemetery in Legowo, near Wagrowiec<br>• They contained thousands of urns full of the ashes of Lusatian …

Archaeology

Revealed: How 15th century workers used ICY roads to haul 100-tonne stones to build China's Forbidden City

• Engineers from universities in Beijing and Princeton University calculated the amount of friction methods of moving the stones would produce<br>• Their …

Forbidden City

Is this the world's oldest warning sign? 9,000-year-old wall painting of volcano tells people of nearby danger

• Mural was found on a wall in the ancient Turkish settlement of Catalhoyuk<br>• It depicts a village in the foreground in front of an erupting …

Archaeology

Bees died out with the dinosaurs - but made a comeback: DNA tests reveal carpenter bees went extinct 65 million years ago

• <b>American and Australian scientists teamed up to model a mass extinction of carpenter bees at the end of the Cretaceous era</b>• <b><br>Despite lack of fossil</b> …

Plants

Was Jersey the last home of the NEANDERTHALS? Cave excavation reveals isle was one of the final outposts of our ancestors

• <b>In 1910, ancient teeth were found in the Cotte de St Brelade cave</b>• <b><br>Team have now dated sediment where teeth were found using a technique which measures</b> …

Archaeology