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Intensive agriculture may have exacerbated drought in ancient Maya city
Archeologists worry planned tunnel could ruin chance to understand history before Stonehenge
Ecosystems need maths not random nature to survive
A previously unknown mathematical property has been found to be behind one of nature's greatest mysteries – how ecosystems survive.
Industrial clusters fuel economies, according to study
Experts have long theorized that having a cluster of firms within a given industry helps a region's economy grow. Now a study co-authored by an MIT professor shows empirically that clusters of almost all ...
Unique entry complex discovered at Herodian Hilltop Palace
Archaeologists from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology have discovered a monumental entryway to the Herodian Hilltop Palace at the Herodium National Park. The unique complex was ...
Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical era
Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist ...
Rosetta comet-landing is Science's 2014 breakthrough
The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendez-vous with a comet, the US journal Science said Thursday.
550-million-year-old fossils provide new clues about fossil formation
A new study from University of Missouri and Virginia Tech researchers is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil record. Findings suggest that bacteria ...
Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape
The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.
Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs may have nearly knocked off mammals, too
The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.
Study identifies prevalence of rickets among 16th century sailors
The bones of sailors who sailed on Henry VIII's Mary Rose ship have been analysed with the help of new laser technology to identify evidence of bone disease.
Spirituality shaped through cultural understandings, anthropologist says
Culture makes a significant difference in how people experience spirituality, according to new Stanford research.