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They Spent 40 Days in a Dark Cave for Science. Some Want to Go Back

Isolation study in France deprived subjects of clocks, light, contact with outside world

(Newser) - Ever wonder what it would feel like to unplug from a hyperconnected world and hide away in a dark cave for 40 days? Fifteen people in France did just that, emerging Saturday from a scientific experiment to say that time seemed to pass more slowly in their cavernous underground abode,...

New Dead Sea Scrolls Found in 60-Year First

IAA director says they are 'of immeasurable worth for mankind'

(Newser) - "The Cave of Horror" has given up a new wonder: the first fragments of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls found in 60 years. Israeli archeologists have been combing the caves and ravines of the Judean Desert since 2017 in the hope of beating looters to relics preserved in the...

Missing Teen Survives in Snow Cave
Missing Teen Survives
in Snow Cave

Missing Teen Survives in Snow Cave

Canadian snowmobiler 'did everything right after things went wrong'

(Newser) - A missing 17-year-old snowmobiler was found in "good condition" Saturday in Canada after building himself a snow cave and hunkering down. The snowmobiler, identified as Robert, had been traveling with his father and brother on British Columbia's Mica Mountain when he diverted into an area with steep terrain...

Australia to Mining Firm: Rebuild Those Ancient Caves

Rio Tinto detonated explosives to access iron ore

(Newser) - Calling the destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal caves "inexcusable," lawmakers in Western Australia have ordered a mining firm to rebuild caves that are among the country's most significant archaeological sites, the BBC reports. The company, Rio Tinto, detonated explosives in May to access $96 million in iron...

Ancient Stones Give Up Their Secrets
2M-Year-Old Stones
Baffled Experts—Until Now
new study

2M-Year-Old Stones Baffled Experts—Until Now

An international team analyzes stones from Qesem Cave in Israel

(Newser) - Ancient humans didn't exactly have kitchen supplies, but still had to eat—a fact that might help solve an old mystery. In a new paper , researchers say they can explain the small stone balls found in archaeological sites across Asia, Africa, and Europe dating back nearly two million years....

After 17 Years on the Lam, the Drones Came
Drone's Find in Mountain Cave:
Man on the Run for 17 Years
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Drone's Find in Mountain Cave: Man on the Run for 17 Years

Chinese fugitive found barely able to communicate, his body 'devastated'

(Newser) - In 2002, Song Jiang broke out of a prison camp in China, where he was serving a sentence for human trafficking. He wasn't seen for 17 more years—until earlier this month, when a drone finally found him in a cave in Yunnan province, per the BBC and Sky...

5 Men Rescued From 'Cyclops Cave'
5 Men Rescued
From 'Cyclops Cave'

5 Men Rescued From 'Cyclops Cave'

They ventured in Friday night in Virginia, got trapped by heavy rain

(Newser) - They're out and safe. Five men who were trapped in a cave in southwestern Virginia have been rescued, reports CBS News . The men had ventured into the Cyclops Cave in Cleveland Friday night, intending to camp overnight, and heavy rain then made exit impossible. One man escaped early Sunday...

5 Men Trapped in 'Cyclops Cave'
5 Men Trapped in 'Cyclops Cave'

5 Men Trapped in 'Cyclops Cave'

Virginia officials are planning a rescue

(Newser) - Authorities say five men have been trapped in a cave in southwest Virginia after heavy rains drenched the area, the AP reports. Emergency management officials say six men entered Cyclops Cave near Cleveland and had planned to camp overnight Saturday until conditions worsened because of the rains, which also made...

Cave Rescue Expert Rescued From Cave

Josh Bratchley helped save Thai boys last year

(Newser) - Josh Bratchley, a member of the team of divers that helped save 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year, is very good at rescuing people from caves. Luckily for him, he is also very good at being rescued from caves. Bratchley was rescued...

Visit This Natural Wonder, Face $740K Fine

'Sarlacc's Pit' is dangerous, mostly unexplored

(Newser) - A massive cave discovered in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park and said to be among Canada's largest has been given an unofficial name. "Sarlacc's Pit" resembles the lair of Sarlacc in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, though Star Wars fans—and everyone else—should...

They Were Trapped in an Ice Cave. They Started Burning Hair

'We only had about an hour or two before we would've died,' Jessica Christiansen says

(Newser) - An Idaho couple was rescued this week from an ice cave in Wyoming with a little less hair than they entered with. By Sunday night, Spencer and Jessica Christiansen were sure they were staring death in the face. Drenched by a waterfall inside the mazelike Darby Canyon Ice Cave, where...

Cave Boys Tried to Dig Their Way Out

'We didn't realize how far the water could rise'

(Newser) - Before help finally arrived, the 12 boys and soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave system in Thailand tried to dig their way out. Speaking publicly for the first time at a press conference in Chiang Rai shortly after leaving a hospital Wednesday, the team described moving backward through the...

Elon Musk Sorry for 'Pedo' Insult
Elon Musk Sorry
for 'Pedo' Insult

Elon Musk Sorry for 'Pedo' Insult

'My words were spoken in anger'

(Newser) - Elon Musk has apparently decided to cut his losses and withdraw from the Thailand cave dispute with whatever dignity he has left. In a tweet , the Tesla CEO apologized for describing British cave diver Vern Unsworth, who played a key role in rescuing 12 trapped boys and their coach, as...

In Thailand, a Tearful Reunion Through Glass

'Everybody started to cry,' says father of rescued boy

(Newser) - "It's like a rebirth." That's how a father is viewing his 11-year-old son's rescue as part of a soccer team pulled by divers from a flooded cave in Thailand. "Everybody started to cry," he adds of the moment Wednesday when family members were...

Thai Boys, Coach Are All Out of the Cave

Thai Navy SEALs confirm the rescue is complete

(Newser) - With the "rain god" apparently on the side of Thai rescuers, the nation's most infamous flooded cave is now empty after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world, reports Reuters . "The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," Thai...

Divers Return for Phase 2 of Cave Rescue
Thai Cave Rescuers
Pull Out 4 More Boys
UPDATED

Thai Cave Rescuers Pull Out 4 More Boys

Divers have ended operations for the day; 4 boys and their coach remain

(Newser) - Four more boys were rescued from a cave system in Thailand on Monday, leaving four more boys and their soccer coach still stranded deep in the system as rescue operations suspended for the day, reports Reuters . Ambulances were seen leaving the scene. The development comes a day after four other...

At Least 4 Boys Emerge From Cave; Rescue Put on Pause

'Air tanks must be put back in place'

(Newser) - "There is no other day that we are more ready than today," rescue director Narongsak Osottanakorn said, in announcing that 18 divers had gone in to rescue the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave since late June . "Otherwise we will lose the opportunity." Now, the...

Elon Musk's Idea to Save Thai Boys: Make a 'Bouncy Castle'

SpaceX CEO says he's sending engineers over to see if his Boring Company can assist

(Newser) - Initial elation at finding 12 boys and their soccer coach in a Thai cave has since turned to concern at not being able to immediately extract them, and sadness after a diver bringing supplies died during his exit . Now, per the BBC , renewed hope joins those emotions after Tesla and...

Report Suggests Health Waning for Some of Boys in Cave

CNN references a new medical assessment

(Newser) - Reports on the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand along with their soccer coach have generally quoted officials as describing the group as in good health . CNN is changing that narrative somewhat, referencing a new doctor's report that described the coach and two boys as experiencing exhaustion...

Rescuers Hope Boys Can Walk Out of Flooded Cave

They're 'racing against water,' governor says

(Newser) - The weekend weather forecast has provided an ominous deadline for rescuers scrambling to get 12 young soccer players and their coach out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand. The area has been dry for days but heavy rains are expected to hit soon, potentially driving water levels up, thwarting...

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