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Remains of horses buried 2,000 years ago found in central France

French archaeologists have uncovered nine large graves containing the remains of horses from up to 2,000 years ago, in a find described as “extraordinary”. The 28 stallions, all around six years old, had been buried shortly after they died, each…

Drawings depicting gladiators among latest discoveries at Pompeii

Drawings of gladiators believed to have been made by children inspired by watching battles at Pompeii’s amphitheatre are among the latest discoveries in the ruins of the ancient Roman city. The charcoal drawings were found during excavations at I’Insula dei…

Giving young children peanut products cuts allergy risk, study finds

Feeding children peanut products from infancy until the age of five cuts their risk of developing a peanut allergy into early adolescence, researchers say. Children who ate peanut pastes or puffed peanut snacks regularly from four to six months onwards…

Concrete without CO2: can our biggest building material go green? – podcast

Concrete is strong and durable – which is why it’s the basis for so much of our infrastructure. It’s also terrible for the planet, due to one key ingredient: cement, which is responsible for almost 90% of concrete emissions. Researchers…

North Korea spy satellite explodes in flight as latest launch fails

North Korea’s latest attempt to put a spy satellite into orbit ended in a mid-air explosion, Pyongyang said late Monday, hours after its announcement of a planned launch was criticised by Seoul and Tokyo. Japanese broadcaster NHK ran footage of…

Women advised to pair effective contraception with ‘skinny jabs’

Claims that “skinny jabs” are fuelling an unexpected baby boom have led experts to warn women to pair their use with effective contraception. Medications such as Wegovy and Ozempic, both of which contain semaglutide, have become hugely popular, not least…

Hobbyist archaeologists identify thousands of ancient sites in England

Bronze age burial mounds, Roman roads and deserted medieval villages are among almost 13,000 previously-unknown ancient sites and monuments that have been discovered by members of the public in recent months, it will be announced this week. Truck drivers and…

Can you solve it? How do you like them apples?

Here’s a curious fact taken from The Call of Coincidence, a book by Owen O’Shea about serendipity in maths. The triangle with sides 45, 97 and 56 has an area of √459.756. Bazinga! And here are two puzzles taken from…

Starwatch: the moon passes Saturn in the dawn twilight

The moon passes Saturn this week. The chart shows the view looking south-east from London at 04:00 BST on the morning of 31 May 2024. As the sky begins to fill with the dawn twilight, Earth’s satellite and the ringed…

Rates of melanoma skin cancer hit all-time high in UK, study finds

Rates of melanoma skin cancer have reached an all-time high in the UK, according to analysis that highlights a substantial rise in the number of cases over the past decade, particularly among older people. New diagnoses increased by almost a…