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Land disturbance in Wyoming stirring up unwarranted fears

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Hunters on a private ranch in Wyoming’s Bighorn mountains were astonished to find a land disturbance of impressive proportions. The news first appeared on the Facebook page of the SNS Outfitters and Guides. Since then, it was picked up by several mystery mongering sites that declared it was “apocalyptic” (as is everything unusual) or related…

Human evolution news: Announcement of Homo naledi

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Exciting news of a surprising fossil collection found deep in a cave. Was this a burial site? A hiding place? Even the age is unclear. But it’s fascinating. A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor, scientists announced Thursday in the journal eLife. Homo naledi, as they call it, appears…

New prehistoric stone monument find near Stonehenge

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News snippet: The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project reveals traces of standing stones beneath Durrington Walls super-henge The remains of a major new prehistoric stone monument have been discovered less than 3 kilometres from Stonehenge. Using cutting edge, multi-sensor technologies the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project has revealed evidence for a large stone monument hidden beneath the…

Ordovician extinctions may have been caused by metals poisoning in oceans

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Science news driblet: Toxic metals such as iron, lead and arsenic may have helped cause mass extinctions in the world’s oceans millions of years ago, according to recent research from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Center for Scientific Research, France; and Ghent University, Belgium. These findings largely came from studying “teratological” or malformed fossil…

Ancient Bronze Age Spartan Palace discovered

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An ancient Greek palace filled with cultic objects and clay tablets written in a lost script may be the long-lost palace of Mycenaean Sparta, one of the most famous civilizations of ancient Greece. Source: Lost Palace of Sparta Possibly Uncovered – Yahoo News The palace, which burnt to the ground in the 14th century B.C.,…

A solution to the information paradox? We need the information first.

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News blip: Physicist Stephen Hawking made a splash this week when he announced that he had solved a vexing conundrum that had puzzled generations of leading physicists — including the 73-year-old scientific superstar himself — for the better part of a half-century. During an eight-minute speech at a scientific meeting in Sweden, Hawking said that…

108 year old bottle washed upon the shore

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In the early 1900s a bottle was released into the sea by George Parker Bidder. 108 years later, it has returned. Source: World’s oldest message in a bottle washes up in Germany after 108 years at sea Marianne Winkler, a retired post office worker, found the message from the past while on holiday with her…

Creationists foiled again: Ancient rock painting is NOT a pterosaur

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The interpretation of ancient rock paintings of Utah’s Black Dragon Canyon should finally be put to rest. But it won’t be. Source: ‘Winged Monster’ Rock Art Finally Deciphered Now, using cutting-edge technology, researchers suggest the red paintings show five separate images, including a tall bug-eyed person, a smaller person, a sheep, a dog and a serpentlike…

Mystery message in ancient Israeli bath site

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News smidgen: Well-preserved Aramaic inscriptions are discovered in a cave including a depiction of a the sacred menorah. Source: Mysterious Message Found in 2000-Year-Old Ritual Bath in Jerusalem : Discovery News A mysterious message has been found in an underground cave which turned out to house the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, the Israel Antiquities Authority…

There are stranger things…

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In our effort to supply the masses with information about the real world, here is a new video from the SERPENT project. This is a Rhizophysid Siphonophore possibly Bathyphysa sp. observed off Angola in 1325m deep water. Taken 15 June 2015. So, now you know these things are really real. When someone posts this video…

‘Old Slave House’ legend demolished by archaeology

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News driblet: Archeologists do a scientific and through investigation into a house legendarily know for slave smuggling. They find the house was not likely to have been used the way local legend tells. Even the notorious third floor that was supposedly to keep kidnapped slaves, now claimed to be haunted, was found to be decorated just like…

Aircraft debris being examined – part of Malaysian flight MH370?

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Will the mystery finally be solved? Debris in Indian Ocean checked for MH370 ties. Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

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UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Blood Falls hint at what’s underneath

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This area of Antartica is dry with just ice, but appears to contain briny cold groundwater that may host some extreme life forms. The seeps of salty water contain iron oxide which turns blood red and stains the ice and ground. Creepy but a clue… Scientists find the origin of Antarctica’s creepy ‘Blood Falls’ –…

Sky Shows Galaxy-lensed “Reruns” of Exploding Supernova, Demonstrating Gravity of the Situation

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Sometimes† space is just awesome. More specifically, stuff (or mass) in space has some properties that manifest in empirically awesome ways. Earlier this week, Science put out a report on a supernova (Wikipedia) observed behind a galaxy in the MACS J1149.6+2223 cluster. This particular supernova is visible due to gravitational lensing (Wikipedia) around the cluster, greatly magnifying…

An original copy of the Magna Carta has surfaced in Kent

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Amazing! Original Magna Carta Copy Found in Scrapbook. An original copy of the Magna Carta has been discovered in a scrapbook in Kent, England. The tattered document dates back to 1300, 85 years after King John of England was compelled to sign the first agreement limiting the rights of kings. This version was issued by…

Blast of radio waves makes waves among astronomers

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A mystery… Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed…

The real secret of the mummy might be the gospel of Mark

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The earliest version of the Gospel of Mark? Results to be published later this year so, for now, we’re justified in reserving judgment. Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel. This first-century gospel fragment was written on a sheet of papyrus that was later reused to create a mask that was worn by a mummy.…

Warblers high-tailed it away from on-coming storm a day in advance

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In a small study that tracked 20 songbirds, scientists noted that five birds seemingly evacuated before an oncoming storm. BBC News – Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed…

Hairless, toothy mystery carcass in Santa Barbara has a normal ID

It's a dead mammal. No doubt about that. But it's "MONSTROUS" so go viral.

It’s hairless, bloated and decomposing. Of course people will freak out and speculate wildly. Unusual Creature Puzzles People on a Santa Barbara Beach | News – KEYT. A brownish creature, with sharp teeth and claws, is deceased on the beach in Santa Barbara after the latest storm, and many people are wondering what it is.…