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Stonehenge Builders May Have Used This Method

Modern-day students haul huge stones the old-fashioned way

(Newser) - Researchers in London think they have solved one of the most enduring mysteries of Stonehenge: How did a bunch of prehistoric Britons haul massive stones from a quarry in Wales to the site of the monument more than 100 miles? "The answer," per the Telegraph , "is surprisingly... More »

Ancient Rings: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including the wrong kind of crocodile in Florida

(Newser) - Crafty Neanderthals and a new theory on the origin of Alzheimer's were among the biggest discoveries of the week:
  • Deep In a Cave, Neanderthals Did Something Remarkable : A caver deep inside France's Bruniquel Cave found something wild: two stone rings up to 16 inches high intentionally made from
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Study Sees Link Between Cellphones, Cancer, but 'Far From Definitive'

Whether it's a harbinger or hype remains to be seen

(Newser) - The concern that cellphones may lead to cancer has been bounced around for years—and partial results from a $25 million government study purport to have found such a link, though with major caveats, the Wall Street Journal reports. Per the so-far results of the multiyear National Toxicology Program study... More »

Superbug Just Found in US Could Mean the End of Antibiotics

'Routine operations could become deadly; minor infections could become life-threatening'

(Newser) - The director of the CDC says we're close to living in a "post-antibiotic world" after an antibiotic-resistant superbug was discovered in the US for the first time last month, Reuters reports. “It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for... More »

Aristotle's Lost Tomb May Have Finally Been Discovered

The philosopher died 2.4K years ago, but no one knew where he was buried

(Newser) - Nearly 2,400 years after his death, archaeologists believe they've finally found the tomb of Aristotle. Researchers made the discovery during a 20-year dig in the ancient Greek city of Stagira, reports Atlas Obscura . Aristotle was born there in 384 BC, but he died in a different city, Chalcis,... More »

Study Floats 'Provocative' New Theory on Alzheimer’s

Old infections may be at root of disease

(Newser) - A new study out of Harvard puts forward what the New York Times calls a "startling hypothesis" about Alzheimer's. The research published in Science Translational Medicine suggests that old infections in the brain—or, more specifically, the body's attempt to fight them off—may be at the... More »

Deep in a Cave, Neanderthals Did Something Remarkable

Two stone rings up to 16 inches high that were intentionally made

(Newser) - For tens of thousands of years, the secrets of France's Bruniquel Cave went unknown, its mouth closed off by a rock slide. That began to change in the late '80s, the Atlantic reports, when a boy named Bruno Kowalsczewski started clearing away what obstructed the opening; three years... More »

Surprise Ocean News: The Octopus Is Booming

Cephalopods increasing in changing waters

(Newser) - You don't have to look far to find bad news about the world's oceans— overfishing , unhealthy coral reefs , you name it—but one group of sea creatures seems to be doing quite well in this changing world: cephalopods. A study in Cell Biology finds that octopuses, squid, and... More »

Shipwreck Found in Desert Diamond Field Solves 'Maritime Mystery'

Portuguese ship lost in 1500s yields 2K gold coins

(Newser) - Miners have been pulling diamonds from a vast area of Namibia's Namib Desert called the Sperrgebiet (or "forbidden territory") for more than a century. But in 2008, workers hunting for diamonds where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean found something even more precious: the likely remains of... More »

New Orleans Is Sinking Faster Than Previously Thought

Up to 2 inches annually in some areas

(Newser) - Scientist already knew that New Orleans was sinking. But a new study finds that the Big Easy and its environs are losing elevation (a process called subsidence) at a faster rate than previously thought—some two inches per year near the Mississippi River and in industrial areas, and more than... More »

Man-Eating Crocodiles Have Invaded Florida

The huge Nile crocodile is bad news for people, livestock, and other crocodiles

(Newser) - Huge, man-eating crocodiles may be hiding throughout the Florida wilderness, according to a study published last month in Herpetological Conservation and Biology. The Orlando Sentinel reports that DNA testing on three young crocodiles caught between 2009 and 2014 confirmed them to be Nile crocodiles native to Africa. Nile crocodiles can... More »

Long-Hidden Ring: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including ... grape-less wine?

(Newser) - A mug that fooled the Nazis and an intriguing find from a Florida sinkhole were among the notable discoveries of the week:
  • Ring Was Hidden at Auschwitz for 70 Years : The owner of a gold ring and necklace found at Auschwitz was almost certainly murdered by the Nazis, but she
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Walk Quietly in the Woods, Trees Might Be Sleeping

Researchers find trees 'droop' at night

(Newser) - Well this gives the phrase "sleeping like a log" a whole new meaning. New research shows trees might sleep like any other living organism, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Scientists used lasers to make models of silver birch trees in Finland and Australia and discovered the trees' branches "... More »

German Man Claims 'Fantastical' Find: Nazi Nukes

Peter Lohr warns his alleged find will eventually decay

(Newser) - A Nazi gold train . The Amber Room . Claims of legendary Nazi-era finds have been surfacing of late—and, it's worth noting, not panning out —and Nazi nukes now join that list. In what it describes as a "fantastical" claim, the Local reports retired mechanical engineer and amateur... More »

Is the Movie Funny? Test of the Air Might Reveal All

Chemical we exhale may correspond to fear, humor, say researchers

(Newser) - Ever wondered if dogs can actually smell when you are afraid? New research published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that humans emit certain chemical signatures that might be predictive of our emotions "by broadcasting scene specific emissions on breath." To test this, they studied the air in... More »

Ring Was Hidden at Auschwitz for More Than 70 Years

Once, it was somebody's 'ray of hope'

(Newser) - The owner of a gold ring and necklace found at Auschwitz was almost certainly murdered by the Nazis, but she hid her valuables so well that they weren't found by her killers—or by anybody else for another 70 years. The Auschwitz Museum says curators discovered the items in... More »

Science Creates Cheap Dom Pérignon —Without the Grapes

'We can turn water into wine in 15 minutes'

(Newser) - Wine lovers may scoff, but a San Francisco start-up claims it can reproduce classic vintages without "grapes, yeast, or fermentation," City A.M. reports. "We can turn water into wine in 15 minutes," New Scientist quotes as saying Ava Winery . Mardonn Chua and Alex Lee got... More »

What Marriage Can Do to Your Drinking Habits

Marriage lowers risk of alcoholism, study says

(Newser) - While some people complain their spouse drives them to drink, scientists now say the opposite is true. A study published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds a powerful link between marriage and a reduced risk of developing problems with alcohol. "With this study, we were trying to... More »

Mom's Voice Really Fires Up a Kid's Brain

Researchers use MRI scans to observe the impact a mother's voice has

(Newser) - Newborns can pick out their mother's voice in their first days of life, and while the stimulating sound of mom's voice has long been connected to the early emotional and social development of children, little is understood neurologically. Now researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... More »

Divers Find Roman-Era 'Trash' Saved by Shipwreck

Merchant ship sank off Israel 1.6K years ago

(Newser) - A Roman-era treasure trove has been retrieved thanks to two strokes of luck. The first happened 1,600 years ago when a merchant ship carrying the statues and coins to be recycled sank in the ancient port of Caesarea in Israel. The second came last month when two divers discovered... More »

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