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Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found

Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found

Technology
An enigmatic sculpture of a king's head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts. The 5-centimeter (2-inch) sculpture is an exceedingly rare example of figurative art from the Holy Land during the 9th century B.C. — a period associated with biblical kings. Exquisitely preserved but for a bit of missing beard, nothing quite like it has been found before. While scholars are certain the stern bearded figure wearing a golden crown represents royalty, they are less sure which king it symbolizes, or which kingdom he may have ruled. Archaeologists unearthed the diminutive figurine in 2017 during excavations at a site called Abel Beth Maacah, located just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the modern-...
Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

Science
A project to sequence DNA from about 1,000 ancient remains could resolve a genetic mystery involving people from south-east Britain.A recent study showed that the present-day genetic landscape of Britain was largely laid down by the Bronze Age.But Prof David Reich told the BBC that this wasn't the end of the story.During the Iron Age or Roman Period, the DNA of people in the south-east diverged somewhat from that of populations in the rest of the Britain.Prof Reich told BBC News: "We are initiating an effort to follow up on this observation - and more generally to provide a fine-grained picture of population structure of Iron Age and Roman Britain - using a study that will be on a scale of 1,000 newly reported British samples."This, he explained, "would be far larger than any previously re...
Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Science
Thunderstorms are some of the most spectacular events in nature, yet what we can see from the surface of our planet is only the beginning. There are bizarre goings on in Earth's upper atmosphere, and a new mission aims to learn more about them.Launched to the International Space Station on Monday, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) will observe the strange electrical phenomena that occur above thunderstorms.Sky labOrbiting at an altitude of just over 400km, the ISS provides the perfect view of Earth's turbulent weather systems.ASIM will be deployed aboard the station later this month. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe electrifying effects of storms are frequently observed from the space station.Yet when lightning strikes downward, something very different is hap...
Where Chinese space station Tiangong falls to Earth still a mystery

Where Chinese space station Tiangong falls to Earth still a mystery

Science
March 30 (UPI) -- The best guess of expert astronomers and space junk-trackers is that China's decommissioned, out-of-control space station, Tiangong-1, will reenter Earth's atmosphere anywhere between late Friday night and Sunday.In the words of the European Space Station: "This is highly variable."What is clear, is that it's very hard to track pieces of space junk like Tiangong."There are many factors acting on an object as it decays and reenters the atmosphere," Maj. Cody Chiles, spokesperson for the Joint Force Space Component Command, told UPI. "These factors include how it tumbles and breaks up, variations in the gravitational field of a landmass or ocean, solar radiation pressure and atmospheric drag.""These factors complicate our ability to predict what happens after reentry occurs...
Citizen scientists help solve mystery of the purple sky

Citizen scientists help solve mystery of the purple sky

Science
March 14 (UPI) -- The aurora borealis has a cousin, a related geomagnetic phenomenon, and citizen scientists helped discover it.In 2015 and 2016, citizen scientists reported seeing a mysterious purple light dance across the sky some 30 times. The reports were filed by participants of Aurorasaurus, an online project funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation.Aurorasaurus links backyard skywatchers with trained astronomers as part of an effort to track auroras, the colorful light shows produced when high-energy particles from sun penetrate Earth's magnetosphere and collide with gas molecules in the upper atmosphere.But as NASA scientists realized, Aurorasaurus participants were witnessing a phenomenon unique from the typical aurora.The average aurora takes on an oval shape and featur...