Stonehenge was formed from rock quarried at two Welsh outcrops 5,000 years ago. These crated the bluestones that first formed Stonehenge and were moved, archaeologists claim, over the Salisbury plains to its current location. This is contrary to a popular theory stating the enormous rocks, up to 80 of them in total, were transported by

Young trees are better at absorbing carbon dioxide than established tropical rainforests. Older trees have long been thought to be more efficient carbon ‘sinks’, but new research has found this not to be the case. Trees less than 140-years-old are responsible for purging Earth of more than half of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide. Researchers at the

A rise in summertime thunderstorms has been ‘robustly connected’ to climate change for the very first time by scientists at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Climate change is also the culprit fueling a host of other weather anomalies that includes longer heat-waves spells, higher pollen counts and urban smog, the scientists say. Using yearly

A pyrotechnic party trick that involves grapes bursting into flame in a microwave has been explained by scientists. The trick, popular at science fairs and on YouTube, is performed as follows: Cut a grape into two halves joined by a small piece of skin and place in a household microwave oven. Switch on at full power

The genome of the great white shark has finally been decoded, and it may hold the key to discovering a cure for cancer. The genome is far bigger than that of a human and contains a plethora of mutations that protect against cancer and other age-related diseases. It contains an estimated 4.63 billion ‘base pairs’, the

An albino baby turtle born with its heart beating outside its body has defied all the odds and appears to be thriving despite its disadvantages. The tiny reptile, known as Hope, has such a rare condition that the condition has not yet been named in veterinary medicine. A similar condition in humans is dubbed ectopia

A world-renowned British photographer who specialises in capturing images of the world’s insects has turned his attention to animals that have been encased in amber for millions of years. The animals were found along Latvia’s Baltic coast an date back between 40 and 45 million years ago. Levon Bliss, from London and now based in Wiltshire, has published

Conservationists have captured a rare look at an elusive ocelot in the Arizona wild. Stunning footage from remote sensor cameras in the southwest United States shows multiple views of a wild cat nicknamed ‘Lil Jefe’ as he sips from a creek and passively takes in his surroundings. The footage comes at what experts say is

A ‘triple toilet seat’ from London in the 12th century that allowed locals to defecate directly into  a cesspit near Fleet Street is going on display. The triple toilet seat once sat above the banks of the River Fleet which runs under the streets of north London from Camden into the River Thames and is known as 

A giant predatory shark likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, a new study from the US has found. The 50-foot-long megalodon shark, featured in documentaries, books and blockbuster movies, was thought to have been erased by a supernova 2.6 million years ago. A team of researchers from North Carolina