Most likely, a raiding party torched the village. Flames raced through the wooden roundhouses so quickly that the inhabitants fled without their belongings. The scorched remains, perched on stilts, eventually collapsed into the river below. Buried in silt, the debris remained intact for 3000 years, preserving the best Bronze Age settlement ever found in the United Kingdom. Now, its history is coming to light as archaeologists wrap up a £1.4 million excavation and begin the years-long work of analyzing the site’s many artifacts.
New data from a massive neutrino experiment show that the elusive subatomic particles must literally be of two mutually exclusive types at once—poking a hole in our intuitive sense of reality. The result is bedrock quantum mechanics. But it's the sort of thing typically shown with highly controlled quantum optics experiments and not with nearly undetectable neutrinos, as it was in this new experiment.
Scholars who ponder the end of humanity think a self-induced catastrophe such as nuclear war or a bioengineered pandemic is most likely to do us in. However, a number of other extreme natural hazards—including threats from space and geologic upheavals here on Earth—could still derail life as we know it, unraveling advanced civilization, wiping out billions of people, or potentially even exterminating our species. Giggle all you want, but the survival of human civilization could be at stake.
After the third time he nearly died but before the fourth, David Fajgenbaum embraced a new motto: Think it, do it. “I got out of the hospital with this profound sense of, you need to make the most of every second,” he says. A former college football player with close-cropped dark hair and a firm handshake, Fajgenbaum, 31, was on track to become an oncologist when he was diagnosed with a rare and deadly immune disorder. Read Jennifer Couzin-Frankel’s story about this young doctor leading the fight against Castleman disease—and time.
Pokémon GO, a free-to-play mobile game from the Pokémon Company, has millions of players flocking to locations all over the world to flush out and capture rare Pokémon—digital monsters the franchise has been creating since 1996. Along with monuments and statues, some buzzworthy scientific landmarks have made the Pokémon GO circuit. Here are our top picks!
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