archaeology
1,000-Year-Old Cat Skeleton Suggests Nomadic Herders Cared for Ailing Pet

Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have discovered the well-preserved remains of a cat that died over 1,000 years ago along the Silk Road. The feline lived a tough life but was apparently cared for by pastoralists, in an unheard of practice given their nomadic lifestyles. Read More >>

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NASA Calls a Time Out as InSight’s Heat Probe Hits Another Snag on Mars

After some mild progress, the Mars InSight heat probe, known as “the mole,” is no longer descending into the Red Planet. NASA is pressing pause on this part of the mission for now, freeing InSight’s robotic arm for other important jobs. Read More >>

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Evidence of Prehistoric Ochre Mine Found in Submerged Mexican Caves

Underwater caves in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula have yielded evidence of a prehistoric ochre mine, in a discovery that could explain why the region’s earliest inhabitants ventured so deeply inside this treacherous cave system. Read More >>

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Investigation of Botched Starliner Test Exposes Boeing’s Weakness as a NASA Partner

An independent NASA-Boeing review team has completed its investigation into serious issues that arose during a test of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft late last year. Boeing has now been given no less than 80 recommendations to put into practice, in what is an alarming display of the problems at the aerospace company. Read More >>

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Jupiter Just Sprouted a Brand New Spot

An amateur astronomer in South Africa has detected a bright new surface feature rising above the cloud tops on Jupiter. Read More >>

environment
Hundreds of Elephants Have Mysteriously Died in Botswana

More than 350 elephants have died in Botswana since March, sparking a government probe to investigate the mysterious deaths. Read More >>

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This Snake-Like Amphibian Might Actually Pack a Venomous Bite

Scientists have detected snake-like dental glands in caecilians, which means these serpentine creatures might actually be venomous – an unheard of trait among amphibians. Read More >>

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Time to Take an Epic Flight Over This Frozen Martian Crater

Korolev crater on Mars – the largest ice skating rink in the solar system, basically – has never looked more enthralling than it does in this impressive new visualisation. Read More >>

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A ‘Viral’ New Bird Song in Canada Is Causing Sparrows to Change Their Tune

A new bird song is spreading like wildfire among Canadian white-throated sparrows, at a scale not seen before by scientists. Read More >>

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Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colours of Ancient Insects

Fossils rarely retain evidence of an organism’s original colour, but these 99-million-year-old amber fossils found in Myanmar are revealing the vibrant hues of another world. Read More >>

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Whale Sharks Have Eyeballs Covered in Tiny Teeth

Marine biologists from Japan say whale sharks have eyeballs coated in tiny teeth, in a discovery unique to this hulking but gentle aquatic species. Read More >>

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A Massive Star Has Disappeared Without a Trace

An unusually bright star in a nearby galaxy has gone missing, in a mystery of cosmic proportions. Read More >>

archaeology
16th-Century Child Skeletons With Coins in Their Mouths Found at Construction Site in Poland

Road crews in Poland stumbled upon a lost 16th-century cemetery, in which the vast majority of graves belong to children. Incredibly, some of the skeletons still have coins in their mouths, a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Read More >>

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Gigantic Splotches on the Star Betelgeuse Might Explain Its Freaky Dimming

Betelgeuse – a gigantic star in the final stages of its life – has been exhibiting dramatic drops in brightness. New research attributes enormous star spots to Betelgeuse’s flaky appearance, though on a scale never seen before. Read More >>

archaeology
Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

In 2011, Swedish archaeologists found human skulls that had been mounted on stakes at an 8,000-year-old burial site, representing a behaviour rarely seen among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. An incredible, computer-aided facial reconstruction finally puts a face to one of these skulls. Read More >>