Oddball ‘neutral electron’ possibly discovered in new state of matter

A previously unknown quantum particle — equivalent to a neutral electron — may have been found in a new state of matter. The chargeless oddball wouldn’t be one of the fundamental building blocks of matter, however. Rather, it would be a quasiparticle that emerges from the collective behavior of a material only when conditions are […]

Ritual monument discovered in Scotland dates to the time of Stonehenge

A massive “cursus” monument, a site for ancient rituals, that was built around the same time as Stonehenge, has been discovered on the  Scottish Isle of Arran. Cursus monuments, which were constructed during the Neolithic period (4000 B.C. to 2500 B.C.) are long rectangular earthwork enclosures, meaning that they are built by modifying the land. […]

Lost 19th-century Tlingit fort discovered in Alaska

The remains of a long-lost 19th-century fort in Alaska, once the site of a fierce battle between First Nations clans and Russian soldiers, has been revealed by radar scans. It was a stronghold of the Tlingit people, a Northwest Coast Indigenous group, and it was the last fort to fall before Russia colonized the land […]

1,500-year-old ‘Christ, born of Mary’ inscription discovered in Israel

Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,500-year-old inscribed Christian blessing that begins, “Christ, born of Mary,” the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported Wednesday (Jan. 20).  The stone inscription, written in Greek, was once part of a lintel (the structure that spans the top of door frames) that decorated the entrance of a church, located in what is […]

‘Sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system’ discovered whirling through the Milky Way

Ever ridden a teacup ride at a state fair? If so, you might have a small taste of life in a whirling, twirling sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system. “Sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system” is astronomer-speak for a system with six stars all orbiting each other and all regularly eclipsing one another from the perspective of Earth — […]

Helium nuclei at the surface of heavy nuclei discovered — ScienceDaily

The experiment was performed at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP) in Osaka. The research team, lead by scientists from TU Darmstadt and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy-Ion Research, and from the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, discuss the new findings in a contribution to the latest issue of the journal Science. […]

Stash of late medieval gold coins discovered on a farm in Hungary

In the 16th century, an attack from the Ottoman Empire may have prompted panicked Hungarians to bury a stash of valuable silver and gold coins. Now, archaeologists have uncovered this buried treasure on a modern-day farm in Hungary. In 2019, archaeologists discovered 150 ancient coins in Újlengyel, a Hungarian village that’s about 31 miles (50 […]

Bizarre new type of locomotion discovered in invasive snakes

Brown tree snakes can turn their bodies into lassos to shimmy up power poles and trees — a superpower that has allowed the species to invade new territory, new research has found. This is the first time in nearly 100 years that a new type of snake locomotion has been identified.  The bizarre behavior allows […]