Mysterious 7,000-year-old stone structures may be part of prehistoric cattle cult

New research suggests that some mustatils, which are rectangular structures strewn across Arabia, may have been part of a prehistoric cult.

New research suggests that some mustatils, which are rectangular structures strewn across Arabia, may have been part of a prehistoric cult. (Image credit: Photograph © AAKSA and Royal Commission for AlUla, courtesy Antiquity)

Sprawling rectangular structures scattered across northwest Arabia and dating back more than 7,000 years may have been part of a prehistoric cattle cult, researchers have found. MORE>Continue reading →

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The hunt is on for Tasmania’s glowing ghost mushrooms


The holy grail of mushrooms, the ghostly mushroom, glows bright green when photographed at night with long exposure.(Supplied: Herman Anderson)

There is a trick to correctly identifying a mushroom, according to enthusiast Helen Robertson.

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The rare jungle plants that ‘bleed’ nickel

Rare and valuable plants that naturally “mine” large quantities of nickel are deemed  to be hiding in Indonesia’s forests – but it is a struggle to discover them before they are removed from our planet

Some Sixteen years ago, Aiyen Tjoa was in the process of exploring a small mining town of Sorowako , which is in the heart of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Sorowako once had been a home to immense diversity of many plants, and most of them were found nowhere else on this planet But then the small town became the hub of one of the largest nickel mining areas in the world, with one actual company alone extracting 5% of the global nickel supply.

When Tjoa, a soil biologist and lecturer in Tadulako University in Central Sulawesi, arrived in Sorowako in 2004, most of the lush vegetation had already been wiped out because of mining, leaving barren soil and dusty roads behind it

But some bushes and young trees somehow survived. Back then, Tjoa was eager to find those rare plants that were adapting well to their new, nickel-rich surroundings. These, she reasoned, could be “super plants” capable of taking up high levels of nickel from the soil and storing it in surprisingly high quantities. As well as cleaning the soil, these nickel-rich plants could be “mined” to provide an alternative source of the metal, allowing nickel to be harvested without destroying the ecosystem.

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California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

Sparked by freak thunderstorms, the blazes changed wind patterns and could potentially lead to fire tornadoes and pyrocumulonimbus clouds.

CALIFORNIA IS, ONCE again, burning. A freak summer thunderstorm last weekend swept through the northern part of the state, sparking nearly 400 wildfires, many of which have turned into conflagrations of stunning scale. As of Friday morning, two groups of wildfires, the SCU Lightning Complex near San Jose and the LNU Lightning Complex near Napa, have burned 230,000 acres and 220,000 acres, respectively—that’s 700 square miles total. Fire crews are stretched far too thin to deal with this many wildfires at once and have barely contained any of those blazes. In Santa Cruz, the CZU August Lightning Complex has burned an additional 50,000 acres and has led to mass evacuations. Five people have been killed.

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Praying mantis’s lethal strike highlights

How fast they attack depends on the speed of their prey

Though these strikes are completed in microseconds, the long-armed predators calibrate their attacks even more quickly than that, adjusting to prey’s speed and movements; praying mantises can even halt mistimed attacks mid-strike, scientists reported in a new study.

Related: Lunch on the wing: Mantises snack on birds (photos)

Mantises are ambush predators; rather than stalking or chasing their prey, they select a perch and then wait, motionless, their spike-studded arms folded and ready. When an unsuspecting victim wanders too close, the mantis lunges and grabs, holding tight to the prey’s wriggling body. The mantis then begins to feed on its living victim almost immediately.

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Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

Researchers have documented large population declines in beetles, including carabid
beetles, like the one shown here.

In recent years, the notion of an insect apocalypse has become a hot topic in the conservation science community and has captured the public’s attention. Scientists who warn that this catastrophe is unfolding assert that arthropods — a large category of invertebrates that includes insects — are rapidly declining, perhaps signaling a general collapse of ecosystems across the world.

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Meet the ‘vampire’ parasite that masquerades as a living tongue

Here’s Why the Invasive Asian Giant Hornet’s Identification Is Actually a Scientific Success Story

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Notorious Asian Giant Hornet Finds Home in Smithsonian

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The Asian Giant Hornet, Vespa mandarinia, can grow up to two inches long and is a species not native to North America. The National Insect Collection, co-curated by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), houses one of the first specimens collected in North America (Michael Gates, USDA).

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A Mysterious 25,000-Year-Old Structure Built of the Bones of 60 Mammoths

The purpose of such an elaborate structure remains a big open question

A jaw-dropping example of Ice Age architecture has been unearthed on Russia’s forest steppe: a huge, circular structure built with the bones of at least 60 woolly mammoths. But exactly why hunter-gatherers enduring the frigid realities of life 25,000 years ago would construct the 40-foot diameter building is a fascinating question.

“Clearly a lot of time and effort went into building this structure so it was obviously important to the people that made it for some reason,” says Alexander Pryor, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter (U.K.). He is the lead author of a new study published this week in the journal Antiquity describing the find at Kostenki, a place where many important Paleolithic sites lie clustered around the Don River.

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The world allover has a version of its own hairy monster stalking the forests, hills & jungles of its country. Enjoy the collection of the videos of the various elusive monsters from the past/now?? SHARE WITH FRIENDS & OTHERS 4 THEM TO ALSO ENJOY.

These creatures are known by various names, but the generic term, Yeti will be used here.

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