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Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain
(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in Len (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. Researchers from the University of Salamanca made the discovery from the air with an airborne laser teledetection system.

Dizzying heights: Prehistoric farming on the 'roof of the world'
(University of Cambridge) Archaeological findings pose questions about genetic resistance in humans to altitude sickness and genetic response in crop plants to flowering times and ultraviolet radiation tolerance.

Digging for answers
(University of California - Santa Barbara) On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a man, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women.

Queen's researchers prove for the first time that ash clouds can cross Atlantic Ocean
(Queen's University Belfast) Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have led the discovery of a volcanic ash cloud that traveled from Alaska to Northern Ireland and beyond -- overturning previously held assumptions about how far ash deposits can drift, with major implications for the airline industry.

Has one of Harald Bluetooth's fortresses come to light?
(Aarhus University) This was the first discovery of its kind in Denmark in over 60 years. Since then, archaeologists have been waiting impatiently for the results of the dating of the fortress. Now the first results are available.

Climate change was not to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age
(University of Bradford) Scientists will have to find alternative explanations for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age as researchers prove definitively that climate change -- commonly assumed to be responsible -- could not have been the culprit.

Supercomputing beyond genealogy reveals surprising European ancestors
(University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) Most Europeans today derive from three distinct populations, as evidenced by sequenced genomes of nine ancient remains and 2,345 contemporary humans.Genomic analysis of modern and ancient DNA, combined with archeological evidence is revealing new complexity in human history.Scientists used the NSF XSEDE Stampede supercomputer of the Texas Advanced Computing Center to model and compare genomic data of ancient and modern Europeans.

Too many people, not enough water: Now and 2,700 years ago
(University of California - San Diego) Drought and overpopulation helped destroy Assyrian Empire, study says. Researchers see parallels with modern Syria and Iraq, and caution other regions also facing weather stresses.

Accidental discoveries that changed the world (video)
(American Chemical Society) Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or even a failed recipe's waste. Other times, discovery came out of pure desperation from a seemingly dead-end experiment. This week, Reactions celebrates those happy accidents that ended up changing the world in the first episode of a new sub-series, 'Legends of Chemistry.' Check out the video here:

Archaeologists discover remains of Ice Age infants in Alaska
(University of Alaska Fairbanks) The remains of two Ice Age infants, buried more than 11,000 years ago at a site in Alaska, represent the youngest human remains ever found in northern North America, according to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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