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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Slideshow: Mysteries of Megaliths
2 January 2014 2:00 pm
For millennia, people have been fascinated by ancient British monuments like Stonehenge, with their circles of gigantic standing stones. Now, a flurry of discoveries offers a new perspective on the monuments’ meaning and origins. These great rings of earth and stone served as social glue to bring far-flung ancient communities together in ritual, archaeologists say, and building the monuments may have been as important as the grand final product. Surprisingly, new evidence suggests that this ancient tradition arose in the remote Orkney Islands in far northern Scotland, and only later spread south to Stonehenge and Avebury in southern England. Read more at Monumental Roots (subscriber only).