What makes ships mysteriously slow down or even stop as they travel, even though their engines are working properly? This was first observed in 1893 and was described experimentally in 1904 without all the secrets of this “dead water” being understood. An interdisciplinary team from the CNRS and the University […]

ANDRE PATTENDEN/ENGLISH HERITAGE As Robert Phillips neared his 90th birthday, the former diamond cutter decided to return a priceless piece of history to the United Kingdom: a 91-centimeter-long cylinder of rock from the heart of Stonehenge. Now, archaeologists working with the so-called Phillips core have all but conclusively shown that […]

The leechbook. Credit: © The British Library Board (Royal 12 D xvii) To fight antibiotic resistance more antimicrobials are needed to treat bacterial biofilms, which protect an infection from antibiotics. Using the ‘Balds eyesalve’ medieval mixture containing every day natural ingredients such as garlic, researchers from the University of Warwick have found […]

Chiquihuite Cave in Mexico. Devlin A. Gandy, Author provided Humans lived in what is now Mexico up to 33,000 years ago and may have settled the Americas by travelling along the Pacific coast, according to two studies by myself and colleagues published today. It has been commonly believed that the first […]

This is a CGI reconstruction of Thomas Beckets shrine. Credit: John Jenkins Released on the 800th anniversary of the creation of Saint Thomas Becket’s shrine, stunning CGI reconstruction uses new evidence to show how it would have likely appeared. The shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, the most important pilgrimage destination […]

Dimitris Siskopoulos/Wiki commonc, CC BY-SA Let’s turn back the hands of time. Before extinction knocked dinosaurs off their pillar, before the “Great Dying” extinction wiped out 95% of all organisms – we had the Paleozoic Era. During this age in Earth’s history, between 541 million and 252 million years ago, arthropods […]

For most of the human history of Australia, sea levels were much lower than they are today, and there was extra dry land where people lived. Archaeologists could only speculate about how people used those now-submerged lands, and whether any traces remain today. But in a study published today in PLOS […]

Okmok Caldera. Credit: Alaska Volcano observatory, USGS/Wikimedia Commons Ice core samples provide new evidence of a massive volcanic eruption in 43 BCE. An international team of scientists and historians has found evidence connecting an unexplained period of extreme cold in ancient Rome with an unlikely source: a massive eruption of […]