A number of damaged statues and parts of statues were found respectfully buried along with a large sculpture of the god Ptah in a pit next to a temple for the Egyptian deity. Researchers say the statues likely outlived their usefulness and were laid to rest over 2,000 years ago in a favissa, where holy items are placed when they are no longer being used.
The calls of storm petrels heard on the Shiant Islands near Scotland may indicate that efforts to eliminate rats that came ashore from 1900s shipwrecks may be working, conservationists say. The invasive rats had been eating the small birds' eggs, driving them from the area.
High-energy cosmic rays that are constantly hitting Earth from space come from outside the galaxy, according to findings published in Science. "We can conclude that these are truly extragalactic sources, and it's the basis of ongoing studies looking for the sources," said Karl-Heinz Kampert of the Pierre Auger Observatory, which gathered data on cosmic rays over a decade.
Plate tectonics may have originated about 3.5 billion years ago, about a half-billion years earlier than previously thought, according to findings published in Science. Researchers examined the ratios of certain titanium isotopes to determine the timing.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for a study of how public policies affect coastal communities. The study focuses on how these communities may respond to environmental and economic changes.
US Department of Education officials earlier this year asked for public feedback about potential changes to federal regulations, rules and guidance. The comment period recently closed with feedback from close to 15,000 people and organizations.
Scientists are exploring genetic techniques such as selective breeding as they look to preserve and restore coral reefs around the world. "To think we've had to turn our science this way is kind of terrifying, but that is what we've had to do," said coral researcher Ruth Gates.
Forty-two percent of employers in a Missouri community want to grow their workforce, according to a survey conducted by St. Louis Community College. However, results show that some employers are concerned about aspects of the applications they receive, including a lack of soft skills among applicants.
Students in an Ohio county are eligible for scholarships and job-placement assistance through the newly formed Workforce Development Alliance. The goal is to train more students to be nursing assistants, patient access specialists and truck drivers.
Animal migration patterns are affected by urban development, as the book "Where the Animals Go" shows. The book maps migration patterns based on data from almost 40 studies that rely on GPS and other technology to provide precise data.