Every 200,000 to 300,000 years Earth’s magnetic poles reverse. What was once the north pole becomes the south, and vice versa. It’s a time of invisible upheaval. The last reversal was unusual because it was so long ago. For some reason, the poles have remained oriented the way they are […]

Researchers Graham Pearson (left) and Jesse Reimink examine conglomerate rocks in Nunavut. Analysis of the 15 kilograms of samples they collected revealed three small diamonds within the rocks—an unexpected find that sheds light on what geological conditions were like on Earth three billion years ago. Credit: University of Alberta The […]

An artistic reconstruction of ‘Southern European’ Vikings emphasizing the foreign gene flow into Viking Age Scandinavia detected in the study. Credit: Jim Lyngvild In the popular imagination, Vikings were fearsome blonde-haired warriors from Scandinavia who used longboats to carry out raids across Europe in a brief but bloody reign of […]

Volunteer divers from the nonprofit Badewanne team discovered this Dutch fluit ship in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. (Image: © Badewanne) Divers from Finland have made an unexpected discovery while exploring the depths of the Baltic Sea, finding an incredibly well-preserved shipwreck dating back almost 400 years. Volunteer […]

New archaeological research in Saudi Arabia documents hundreds of stone structures interpreted as monumental sites where early pastoralists carried out rituals. Image shows character of these structures as two platforms connected by low walls, note researchers at far end for scale. Credit: Huw Groucutt New archaeological research in Saudi Arabia […]