Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014

This year, humanity landed on its first comet, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest… » 12/19/14 12:40pm 12/19/14 12:40pm

Archaeologists Have Made An Incredible Discovery At Stonehenge

Using powerful ground-penetrating radar, investigators working around Stonehenge have detected a trove of previously unknown burial mounds, chapels, shrines, pits — and most remarkable of all — a massive megalithic monument made up of more than 50 giant stones buried along a 1,082-foot-long c-shaped enclosure. » 9/10/14 8:00am 9/10/14 8:00am

Stonehenge archaeologists have been digging in the wrong place!

For the past 90 years, archaeologists have been scouring Pembrokeshire's Preseli Hills in search of clues that could shed light on where the bluestones used to build the famous monument came from. But it turns out that the rocks may have originated from another hill — one that's just a mile away. » 11/21/13 7:40am 11/21/13 7:40am

Constructing Stonehenge was the project that unified Britain

We now know that Stonehenge's stones traveled great distances to reach their final destination in Wiltshire, some coming from as far away as western Wales. The sheer amount of human power required to move and place those stones might very well have been the point of the whole endeavor, as a team of archaeologists now… » 6/23/12 2:00pm 6/23/12 2:00pm

Was stonehenge based on a "magical" auditory illusion?

So this is pretty wild. We've heard our fair share of radical explanations for the mysterious layout of Stonehenge's iconic boulders, but we've never heard one quite like this. A new theory maintains that the prehistoric architects of Stonehenge were inspired by patterns of acoustic interference, which the builders… » 2/17/12 10:40am 2/17/12 10:40am

Archaeologists are one step closer to unravelling the mysteries of Stonehenge

For centuries, the iconic boulders of Stonehenge have puzzled researchers the word over — for what purpose were they erected? What manner of human rituals centered around the stones and their surrounding landscape? Now, an international team of archaeologists has chanced upon two previously undiscovered sub-surface… » 11/28/11 11:50am 11/28/11 11:50am

Movie Sequels: Ripped From the Science Headlines!

Sometimes a movie premise is so absurd that the plot must've been hastily cobbled together after reading a sensational headline. With this in mind, we asked ourselves: Just how hard can it be to come up with the plot to a scifi sequel? We scanned some recent real-life science headlines for inspiration and drummed up a… » 9/24/08 2:00pm 9/24/08 2:00pm

People Have Been Visiting Stonehenge for 9,000 Years, Say Archaeologists

A new dig at pagan holy zone Stonehenge in England has revealed that people have been flocking to the spot for at least 9 millennia. Researchers determined this by dating rocks chipped by human hands, as well as the remnants of fires. Though it's not clear what drew visitors through the ages, anthropologists now… » 9/24/08 11:19am 9/24/08 11:19am