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Mouse Killed by 150-Year-Old Trap in English Museum Display

(Museum of Rural Life in Reading, England)
(Museum of Rural Life in Reading, England)

A mouse was apparently killed by a 150-year-old trap inside a museum display in the United Kingdom, officials said. Staff at the Museum of Rural...


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    The recent and ongoing flooding of urban areas in northern England and the Scottish borders has in part been caused by unprecedented rates of rainfall... Read more

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    The Paris Agreement: The First Local Global Environmental Pact

    Nearly 200 national governments have committed to make cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in an ambitious global deal. But the task will in many ways... Read more

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    Revealed: How Giant Icebergs Breathe Life Into Remote Oceans

    As giant icebergs bob across the open seas they leave behind a trail of nutrient-rich meltwater, sparking new life in the world’s remotest and least... Read more

  • A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    More Than 600 Turtles Rescued From Cold Waters Off Coast of North Carolina

    A sharp drop in the temperature of the water off the coast of North Carolina sent hundreds of sea turtles into a state of shock,... Read more

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    Cold Climate Greeted Vikings in Greenland

    A new study questions the popular notion that 10th-century Norse people (Vikings) were able to colonize Greenland because of a period of unusually warm weather... Read more

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    The Arctic Emits More Methane Than We Thought

    Until now scientists assumed the Arctic tundra was releasing almost zero methane when the soil surface is frozen during the cold months, which run from September... Read more

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    Give Bees a Chance: The Ancient Art of Beekeeping Could Save Our Honey (And Us Too)

    There’s no denying it: We’re in a long-term relationship … with bees. Recent evidence published in the journal Nature shows that humans have been depending... Read more

  • "If our goal is to use forests as a way to manage carbon stocks, we should know what is leaking into streams, rivers, and lakes," says David Butman. (Thomas LeFebvre/CC0 1.0)

    Freshwater Carries Carbon out of the Forest

    Forests help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by storing it in trees, but a sizable amount of the greenhouse gas actually escapes through the... Read more

  • The village of Ilulissat is seen near the icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland, on July 24, 2013. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Time to Let the Climate Scare Die

    2015 was the year the United Nations and governments around the world abandoned rational thought about climate change. Rather than focus on preparing for the... Read more

  • A sand berm created by city workers to protect houses from El Nino storms and high tides is seen at Playa Del Rey beach in Los Angeles, California on November 30, 2015 at the start of the COP21 conference in Paris. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

    What North America Can Expect From El Niño

    A major El Niño is under way now. It already has substantially influenced weather patterns around the globe, but could have even bigger impacts this... Read more

  • The Pantheon dome - made entirely out of concrete. (MatthiasKabel, CC BY-SA 3.0)

    From Chrome Plating to Nanotubes: The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used in Ancient Times

    The ancient Babylonians were the first to use sophisticated geometry – a staggering 1,400 years before it was previously thought to have been developed. Sadly,... Read more

  • A view of the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome on Feb. 3, 2016. Rome's only surviving pyramid from ancient times is getting fresh visibility. After a Japanese clothing magnate paid for a cleanup, archaeologists are eager to show off the monument, constructed some 2,000 years ago as the burial tomb for a Roman praetor, or magistrate, named Caius Cestius. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    2,000-Year-Old Rome Pyramid Spotlighted

    ROME—Rome’s only surviving pyramid from ancient times is being put in the spotlight. After a Japanese clothing magnate helped pay for an ambitious cleanup, archaeologists... Read more

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    Did the Vikings Use Crystal ‘Sunstones’ to Discover America?

    Ancient records tell us that the intrepid Viking seafarers who discovered Iceland, Greenland and eventually North America navigated using landmarks, birds and whales, and little... Read more

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    4,500 Year-Old Egyptian Boat Unearthed at Abusir Pyramids Site

    A funeral boat dating to approximately 2,550 B.C. was unearthed in Egypt by archaeologists.  At the Abusir pyramids site south of Cairo, a team found... Read more

  • Researchers examining the prehistoric drawings in the famed Chauvet-Pont D’Arc cave believe they have found evidence of the oldest known depiction of a volcanic eruption. (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers May Have Found the Oldest Human Depiction of a Volcano (Video)

    Volcanic eruptions are among Earth’s most dramatic events, and it appears humans have been chronicling the fiery blasts for much longer than thought. Researchers examining the... Read more

  • A renovation and expansion of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium recently led to the unexpected discovery of what appear to be the remains of a mammoth among other extinct mammals. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mammoth Remains Uncovered During Football Field Renovation (Video)

    The remains of what was likely a mammoth have been uncovered during construction at Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium. Anthropology professor Loren Davis, who was... Read more

  • A significant dinosaur discovery has been made in Wales. A recently published study states that the 201-million-year old creature is “the oldest known Jurassic dinosaur and it represents the first dinosaur skeleton from the Jurassic of Wales.” (AOL Screenshot)

    ‘Oldest Known Jurassic Dinosaur’ Found in Wales (Video)

    A significant dinosaur discovery has been made in Wales. A recently published study states that the 201-million-year old creature is “the oldest known Jurassic dinosaur... Read more

  • A basalt artifact found in Jackson County, Ga. (Courtesy of Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)

    Jackson County Artifact Adds Mystery to Area’s History

    History is slow to share its secrets, but did recently for a rural Jackson County man while clearing an area of his property. As a... Read more

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    Roman-Era Skeletons Found in York, England Yield Interesting DNA Results

    The DNA from seven Roman-era skeletons found in York, England indicate the Roman Empire included both locals and immigrants. Six of the skulls contained DNA matching... Read more

  • Oak Island, Nova Scotia, in August 1931. (Richard McCully/Public Domain) Artifacts found on or around Oak Island with possible connections to the ancient Roman Empire. (Courtesy of J. Hutton Pulitzer/InvestigatingHistory.org)

    Exclusive: New Evidence Ancient Romans May Have Made It to Oak Island, Canada

    What appears to be an ancient Roman sword has been found off the East Coast of Canada, and it is just one of several indications... Read more

  • Life reconstruction of the baby chasmosaur (Michael Skrepnick)

    Findings on Fossil of 75 Million-Year-Old Baby Dinosaur Released

    In 2010, scientists discovered the nearly-complete fossil of a juvenile Chasmosaurus in Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada. The Chasmosaurus is a relative of the... Read more

  • The 4,500-year-old Bent Pyramid is seen in Dahshour near Cairo, Egypt, on March 24, 2009. An international heritage research group says scientists will begin analyzing radiographic muons, or cosmic particles, collected from the ancient Bent Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Snefru. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Particles Could Reveal Clues to How Egypt Pyramid Was Built

    CAIRO—An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt’s Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to... Read more

  • Archaeologists have dug up the remains of a 6th-century man with a wooden foot, making their discovery the oldest known evidence of such an appendage ever found in Europe. (AOL Screenshot)

    1,500-Year-Old Artificial Limb Unearthed in Austria is Oldest in Europe (Video)

    In Early Medieval times, prosthetic appendages were rare, partially because surviving an amputation at all was largely against the odds. Archaeologists say they have dug... Read more

  • Salem State University history professor Emerson Baker stands in an area Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, that he and a team of researchers said is the exact site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Mass. Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said the city plans to put a tasteful memorial at the site, which is known as Proctor's Ledge and is surrounded by private homes. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)

    Researchers Confirm Site of Hangings for Salem Witch Trials

    SALEM, Mass.—A team of researchers using historical documents and 21st-century archaeological techniques has confirmed the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the Salem... Read more

  • A replica of one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered is unveiled at the American Museum of Natural History on January 14, 2016 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Exhibit Opens for Titanosaur, One of the Largest Dinosaurs Ever

    The fossil exhibit for the Titanosaur, one of the largest dinosaurs ever, opens at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on... Read more

  • The head of a sarcosuchus imperator in Expominer 2007, Barcelona, Spain (Eduard Solà Vázquez/Wikipedia Commons)

    Fossil of 30-Foot Crocodile Found in Sahara Desert

    Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of a Cretaceous-era crocodile in the Sahara Desert, Tunisia. The fossil is incomplete, but the newly named “Machimosaurus rex,”... Read more

  • Two ancient Roman artifacts and a note left together at a museum in Be'er Sheva, Israel, in July 2015. (Courtesy of the Israel Antiques Authority)

    Robber Returns Stolen Archaeological Artifacts, Leaves Note: ‘They have brought me nothing but trouble’

    A bag was left in the courtyard of the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Be’er Sheva, Israel, containing two ancient Roman sling... Read more

  • An aerial photograph of the excavation in Nahariya, Israel. (Guy Fitoussi/Israel Antiquities Authority)

    High-Rise Residential Building Includes Bronze Age Citadel in Basement

    A residential building will be constructed on top of a 3,400-year-old Canaanite citadel in Nahariya, Israel. The Israel Antiques Authority (IAA) announced this unique approach... Read more

  • Eryx jaculus in Pylos, Greece. (Benny Trapp/CCBY)

    Researchers Rediscover Species of Snake Used as Weapon in Ancient Greece

    Imagine you are in battle, probably scared out of your wits, and then enemy troops start flinging snakes in your face. The ancient Greeks did... Read more

  • In this photograph taken on March 23, 2013 an endangered orangutan is fed at a conservation centre located in the forest in Indonesia. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why the Real King Kong Became Extinct

    The largest ape to roam Earth died out 100,000 years ago because it failed to tuck into savannah grass after climate change hit its preferred... Read more


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