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5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including an explanation of how Richard III died

(Newser) - A pair of affectionate skeletons and a deep-sea find near the Golden Gate Bridge are among the week's intriguing discoveries:
  • Divers Find Ghost Ships Near San Francisco : Researchers uncovered three historic shipwrecks dating back to the decades following the Gold Rush. They are among the more than 300 ships
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Gas Chambers Discovered at Razed Death Camp

Sobibor dig also uncovers inscribed wedding ring

(Newser) - After seven years of searching, archaeologists digging in Poland have found the exact location of the Sobibor death camp's gas chambers. Less had been known about this concentration camp's chambers, which were razed by the Nazis along with the rest of the site following a prisoner uprising in... More »

Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Research on Pork and Poop

Annual ceremony celebrates the year's wackiest scientific pursuits

(Newser) - More than 1,000 people gathered at Harvard's Sanders Theatre yesterday to celebrate the 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, which includes such traditions as throwing paper airplanes and seeing who wins a date with a Nobel laureate. But the real treat is the science itself—which, in addition... More »

Researcher: I Found Proof of Bigfoot in Russia

The latest supposed evidence is a piece of bark

(Newser) - People in the US have long been on the hunt for Bigfoot, just like those in Canada are in search of Sasquatch and the Himalayas lay claim to the Yeti. But did you know Russians have their own version of an extra large and hairy primate, the Almas? And now... More »

Skeletons Holding Hands for 700 Years

Ancient remains found at burial site in England

(Newser) - Archaeologists in England digging at a 14th-century burial site made an unexpected discovery: A couple buried together holding hands had remained that way all this time, reports ABC News . The man and woman were found at the site of an ancient chapel in Hallaton, along with nine other skeletons, reports... More »

Man Didn't Turn Chimps Into Killers

Study finds chimpanzees are inherently lethal

(Newser) - Chimpanzees are "natural born killers," and their tendency toward lethal aggression is not a result of human influence, a new study finds. The study, published in Nature , looked at chimp-on-chimp killings in 18 chimp communities over a span of five decades and assessed how much those communities had... More »

Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Your Blood Sugar

Study suggests that it's true for at least some people, thanks to gut bacteria

(Newser) - If you're drinking diet soda or consuming other products with artificial sweeteners to cut your risk of obesity and diabetes, a new study published in Nature has some bad news: You might be doing more harm than good. Researchers found that sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame can... More »

Bones Reveal Brutal Truth of Richard III's Death

CT scans turn up 11 injuries sustained at or near time of death

(Newser) - He wasn't a hunchback , he had a bad case of roundworms , and his final moments were brutal ones: The life and, more specifically, death of England's King Richard III has come into sharper focus following the most recent research on his skeletal remains. A forensic imaging team used... More »

Divers Find Ghost Ships Near San Francisco

Remote-controlled underwater vehicle explored 3 historic wrecks

(Newser) - Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just spent five days uncovering three historic shipwrecks dating back to the decades following the Gold Rush. More than 300 ships are thought to have wrecked in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which spans 1,300 square miles off... More »

Scientists Defrost, Dissect Rare Colossal Squid

Specimen is one of 2 known intact ones ever found

(Newser) - After thawing an animal that had been frozen for 8 months and some careful maneuvering with a forklift to get it into a tank, scientists were able to take a good look at the best-preserved specimen of the elusive colossal squid ever discovered. The 770-pound creature hauled up by a... More »

Huge Monument Older Than Pyramids, Stonehenge Discovered

Ancient structure near Sea of Galilee said to be at least 5K years old

(Newser) - What's longer than a football field and probably older than much of Stonehenge as well as the Egyptian pyramids ? According to scientists, an ancient stone monument recently identified in Israel, LiveScience reports. The crescent-shaped structure just a few miles away from the Sea of Galilee is about 492... More »

We Stress Cats Out by Thinking They're Like Dogs: Expert

Socializing isn't their strong suit

(Newser) - Cats aren't dogs, and they'd like us to remember that, an animal behavior expert tells the Telegraph . We stress them out by expecting them to be as sociable as our canine friends, happy to be petted and hang out in the same space as other cats. But that... More »

Schizophrenia Isn't Actually One Disease

Genetic research points to 8 disorders

(Newser) - Genetic research is paving the way to a "new era" in psychiatry, a researcher says, and that includes a different way of looking at schizophrenia: It's not one disease, but rather eight different ones, divided by their genetic profiles, a study suggests. Researchers reviewed genetic data from 4,... More »

24-Year-Old Discovers She's Missing Key Part of Brain

Doctors stunned to find patient's cerebellum missing

(Newser) - The cerebellum is a pretty important part of the brain—it plays a key role in walking, among other movements—so doctors in China were more than a little surprised when a 24-year-old patient who lives a relatively normal life turned out not to have one. A CT scan revealed... More »

There's a Giant 'Super Henge' Underneath Stonehenge

Underground mapping reveals network of Neolithic monuments, stones: scientists

(Newser) - Some observers believe Stonehenge was once a full circle of enormous stones—and now there seems to be proof there are even more Neolithic monuments underneath it. A lot of them: Radar mapping that's peeked as far as 2 miles beneath the surface has uncovered an elaborate subterranean network... More »

Boy Finds 3K-Year-Old Sword in River

The bronze relic could be from China's Shang or Zhou dynasty, experts say

(Newser) - Yang Junxi is living the dream of every geek with a metal detector—except he didn't even need a metal detector. The 11-year-old boy from China's Jiangsu province was playing next to the Laozhoulin River in early July when he decided to wash his hands. As he dunked... More »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including a man who woke up from a coma speaking a whole new language

(Newser) - Something amazing underneath the monuments of Stonehenge and the discovery of a ship missing for 160 years were among the week's more intriguing discoveries:
  • There's a Giant 'Super Henge' Underneath Stonehenge : There seems to be new proof there are Neolithic monuments underneath Stonehenge as well as on
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Huge-Lipped Swamp Critter Named for Mick Jagger

Cheeky scientists are big Stones fans

(Newser) - Congratulations, Mick Jagger: You and your kisser can now claim as your namesake a long-extinct swamp-dwelling creature LiveScience describes as something between "a small hippo and a long-legged pig" with really sensitive lips. Jaggermeryx naida, or "Jagger's water nymph," lived about 19 million years ago, adds... More »

UN: Ozone Is Bouncing Back

Layer is showing first signs of recovery

(Newser) - An environment story without warnings of impending doom : The ozone layer that blocks cancer-causing rays from the sun is finally starting to recover thanks to global action, according to the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program. While it will probably take until the middle of this century... More »

Common Meds May Raise Risk of Alzheimer's in Seniors

Study: Link seen with long-term use of pills for insomnia, anxiety

(Newser) - Seniors dealing with insomnia or anxiety might want to take it easy on commonly prescribed drugs such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, a new study in the British Medical Journal suggests. Researchers in Canada found what looks to be a strong link between Alzheimer's and this class of... More »

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