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Mysterious ring of Neolithic underground structures discovered near Stonehenge – Fox News

Archaeologists have discovered a huge 1.2-mile-wide ring of Neolithic shafts near Stonehenge in southern England.

Experts led by the U.K.’s University of Bradford report that the shafts are up to 32.8 feet wide and 16.4 feet deep. The structures have been carbon-dated to 2500 B.C.

Up to 20 shafts have been identified, but archaeologists think that, originally, there may have been more than 30.

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The shafts form a ring around the “super henge” at Durrington Walls, a much larger Neolithic monument than Stonehenge. Super henge is located about two miles from Stonehenge and is 15 times larger than its famous counterpart, according to LiveScience.

Woodhenge, a prehistoric monument once composed of six rings of wooden posts enclosed by an earth embankment, is also within the ring formed by the shafts.

“The area around Stonehenge is among the most studied archaeological landscapes on earth and it is remarkable that the application of new technology can still lead to the discovery of such a massive prehistoric structure which, currently, is significantly larger than any comparative prehistoric monument that we know of in Britain, at least,” said Professor Vince Gaffney of the University of Bradford, in a statement.

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The discovery was made as part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project. Experts from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria also participated, as well as the U.K.’s Universities of Birmingham, St Andrews, Warwick, the University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids, and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre at the University of Glasgow.

Experts led by the University of Bradford discovered the underground structures. (University of Bradford)

Experts led by the University of Bradford discovered the underground structures. (University of Bradford)

“When these pits were first noted it was thought they might be natural features – solution hollows in the chalk,” Gaffney added. “Only when the larger picture emerged, through the geophysical surveys undertaken as part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project, could we join the dots and see there was a pattern on a massive scale.”

The research is published in the journal internet archaeology.

MISSING PIECE OF STONEHENGE RETURNED 60 YEARS AFTER IT WAS REMOVED DURING EXCAVATION

Stonehenge continues to be a source of fascination. Parts of it bear a resemblance to ancient “Lego,” according to a recent report by English Heritage, which oversees the famous site in southern England.

Many have speculated over the purpose of Stonehenge.

Many have speculated over the purpose of Stonehenge.
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In 2018, experts said that the famous ancient site may have been built using Greek philosopher Pythagoras’ famous theorem two millennia before the mathematical equation was developed.

Last year a missing piece of Stonehenge was returned 60 years after it went missing during an archaeological excavation.

The first monument at the site, an early “henge” monument, was constructed about 5,000 years ago. The world-famous stone circle was built around 2,500 B.C. during the late Neolithic period.

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The World Heritage site is known for its alignment with the movements of the sun – thousands travel to the site near Amesbury in Southern England to mark the solstices in summer and winter.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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NASA Planning Mysterious Test With ISS-Docked SpaceX Crew Dragon – Futurism

On May 30, SpaceX pulled off a historic launch.

The space company launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, the first time astronauts were sent into orbit from American soil since 2011.

And their ride, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, is now being put through its paces as it rests docked to the space station — including a mysterious “test” that could take the form of a dry-run escape from the station.

“Crew Dragon has been doing great,” Kathy Lueders, NASA’s new head of human spaceflight, said during a Q&A on Thursday. “Every week it wakes up and we do checkouts, and then it goes back into what we call quiescent mode, which is kind of like sleep mode.”

In a matter of weeks, NASA is planning to conduct a “demonstration” of the Crew Dragon with four of the five current ISS crew members on board. According to Teslerati, that demonstration will “rehearse” an “emergency” in which the crewmembers will simulate a last-minute escape from the space station.

NASA has yet to publicly reveal further details about the test, though. A spokesperson declined to provide additional details to Futurism.

The news comes after NASA announced it will allow SpaceX to reuse both Crew Dragon capsules and Falcon 9 rockets for future astronaut missions, which would be “beneficial from a safety and/or cost standpoint,” as NASA spokesperson Stephanie Schierholz told SpaceNews earlier this week.

According to Lueders, NASA is still eyeing an early August return for Behnken and Hurley. While the May launch was undoubtedly a great accomplishment, SpaceX hasn’t finished the mission until both astronauts are safely back on the ground.

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Second mysterious, repeating radio burst from space keeps scientists guessing – CNET

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An artist’s impression of an orbital modulation model shows the FRB progenitor (blue) in an orbit with a companion astrophysical object (pink).


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For the second time, astronomers detected a consistent pattern in a fast radio burst from somewhere in deep space. The first such pattern was discovered in a different FRB back in February. 

Now scientists say they have details on the habits of FRB 121102, which repeats every 157 days, according to a study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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This FRB was discovered in 2012, and researchers noted its repeating nature in 2016. The source is a dwarf galaxy more than 3 billion light years away. The pattern might be the result of a massive star, a neutron star or black hole’s orbital motion.

“This is an exciting result as it is only the second system where we believe we see this modulation in burst activity,” the University of Manchester’s Kaustubh Rajwade, who led the research, said in a release. “Detecting a periodicity provides an important constraint on the origin of the bursts and the activity cycles could argue against a precessing neutron star.”


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FRBs remain mysterious — they were first discovered in 2007 — but each new one offers astronomers a better sense of their origins. We know what you’re thinking… aliens, right? It seems unlikely that would be the case, according to Swinburne University of Technology astrophysicist Adam Deller.

“I think in all likelihood we’ll work out a natural explanation for these events, but I like to keep an open mind and follow wherever the evidence leads me,” he said of the first repeating burst.

When it comes to the origins of FRB 121102, Rajwade told CNET that one good guess is a neutron star. 

“Based on the short durations and the high luminosities of the bursts themselves, a good guess would be a neutron star with a very high magnetic field that is orbiting a companion object,” he said. 

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Mysterious Space Plane X-37B Was Just Launched Into Orbit on Its Sixth Mission – ScienceAlert

The US Air Force on Sunday successfully launched its high-tech drone X-37B, placing the reusable vehicle into orbit for its sixth secretive mission in space.

The drone, which resembles a smaller version of the manned space shuttles retired by the US space program in 2011, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Air Force said.

It will spend months in orbit, remotely conducting a series of experiments.

“Congratulations on the 6th mission of the X-37B reusable spacecraft,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper tweeted shortly after the launch.

The huge Atlas V launch vehicle took off with an earth-shaking roar at 9:14 am (1314 GMT) to loft the drone, also known as an Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), into space.

The drone in turn will deploy a small research satellite dubbed FalconSat-8, to carry out additional experiments, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett explained earlier this month, elaborating on what up to now has been a highly secretive project.

“This X-37B mission will host more experiments than any prior missions,” said Barrett, who also heads the recently created US Space Force.

Among the experiments: testing the effect of radiation on seeds and other materials, and transforming solar power into radio-frequency microwave energy that could be transmitted to the ground.

The X-37B is 29 feet long (nine meters), with a wing span of 15 feet (4.5 meters).

The Pentagon has published photos of the drone, but up to now had revealed few details about its missions and capabilities.

On each of its successive flights – the first took place in 2010 – the solar-powered craft has remained in orbit for longer periods.

Its last flight ended in October 2019, after 780 days in orbit. That brought the craft’s cumulative time in orbit to 2,865 days.

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85 NY kids stricken with mysterious coronavirus-linked disease: Cuomo – New York Post

May 10, 2020 | 2:06pm | Updated May 10, 2020 | 2:06pm

New York has now seen at least 85 children stricken by a new coronavirus-linked inflammatory syndrome — along with two more possible deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed Sunday.

“It is a situation that has taken the lives of three New Yorkers,” Cuomo said of the mysterious sickness that mimics the rare inflammatory condition Kawasaki disease.

“There are two additional deaths that are currently under investigation as possibly related to this same situation,” he revealed at his press briefing Sunday.

The 85 cases were up from the previous tally of 73 statewide.

The Big Apple accounted for at least 38 of them, more than double the previous count of 15 — and with nine other possible cases being tested, Mayor Bill de Blasio also revealed Sunday.

Hizzoner called it “deeply, deeply troubling” that “we’ve actually lost a child to this syndrome” following the death of a 5-year-old boy last Thursday at Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital.

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Of the confirmed cases, almost half tested positive for coronavirus at the same time — while 81 percent of the rest had virus antibodies, showing they had previously been exposed, Hizzoner said.

The “new threat” is now a “major priority” for city health officials, de Blasio said.

The other confirmed fatalities are a 7-year old in Westchester and a Suffolk County teenager.

Cuomo said that it has been tricky to detect because it “does not present as a normal COVID case,” by attacking blood vessels and the heart rather than the respiratory system.

“It’s possible that these cases were coming in, and not diagnosed as related to COVID because they don’t appear as COVID,” he conceded.

“It may be possible — and it may even be probable — that this is a situation that exists in other states,” he said, with New York health officials alerting departments across the US of the warning signs.

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