Mega-sinkholes are forming as the Dead Sea shrinks. Israelis feel it’s a disaster, but the Geological Survey of Israel begs to differ and has a quirky suggestion for adapting to the evolving landscape
Ruth Schuster is Senior Editor at the Haaretz-TheMarker English Edition.
Schuster has worked in writing, editing and translation for English and Hebrew-language publications for more than two decades. She holds a BSc in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
She lives in Tel Aviv with her daughter and multiple pets and in her spare time, promotes animal rights.
Over 100,000 years ago, a group of Neanderthals in Italy would winter in a cave by the seaside and dive as much as 4 meters deep to collect shells – but not for eating
Global warming is exacerbating atmospheric chaos in unpredictable ways, science warns, and Tel Aviv just bore the brunt
Archaeologists discover stone table used to measure liquids such as wine or oil for sale in lower part of Jerusalem by a paved plaza
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Female Scythian warriors have been found before, but this is the first time multiple generations were found buried together – with a golden headdress and other grave goods that thieves missed
Two smallish specimens only twice the size of horses, found in Montana, weren’t teacup tyrannosaurs: Jane and Petey were juveniles of the real thing
Coins placed in a clay juglet 1,200 years ago included rare specimens from North Africa and one issued by Caliph Haroun A-Rashid, on whom 'One Thousand and One Nights,' was based
Spear-throwing is an acquired skill and the peewee atlatls found in the prehistoric North American site of Par-Tee would have fit the hands of children very nicely
Weather havoc is likely to hit around Christmas 2020, say scientists after identifying correlation between warming events around the world
Apes that share and care are capable of achieving superior technological prowess when fishing for termites, science proves. Is this the origin of our cumulative culture?
The last Ice Age peaked 20,000 years ago, then the glaciers began to melt and the oceans to rise – including the Mediterranean, where ancient, drowned villages still lie preserved beneath the waves
Homo erectus died out far later than thought: redating a site in Java shows survival until just over 100,000 years ago
Actual woman’s remains haven’t been found, but analysis of a piece of birch tar she chewed shows she was of hunter-gatherer stock, dark with blue eyes and ate duck
The Romans loved their raw fish guts sauce and, appropriately for an industry based on fermenting fish offal, the factory found in Ashkelon was nowhere near homes
The part-human, part-animal hunters targeting pigs and bison look a lot like prehistoric European depictions of therianthropes, which some think attest to early shamanism
The naval prowess of our distant ancestors was demonstrated when it was shown it’s impossible to reach Japan’s Ryukyu Islands on reed rafts
Researching hyrax calls at the Dead Sea may tell us something about the evolution of speech, and more about the evolution of swagger
Trying to capture carbon from emissions doesn’t work, says Prof. Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford. Put the resources into switching to renewables and go plant a tree, he urges
Over 70,000 dead birds that crashed into buildings in Chicago all shrank in size — but there was some surprise growth elsewhere
As world leaders convene for COP25 in Madrid: Israel hasn’t enacted any climate law but settles for ephemeral government resolutions, says environmental watchdog report, explaining why puny Israel’s emissions do matter a great deal
No evidence found to support the narrative that the Justinianic plague killed up to half the population in the sixth century, ushering in the Dark Ages
Not finding cooking technology from 2,500 years ago, archaeologists tap isotope analysis to investigate how exactly the pre-Colombian people of Puerto Rico prepared their shellfish
Science had been ignoring a highly unstable acid because, well, it’s highly unstable. But it’s actually regulating the acidity of our blood — and may be killing ocean life
Arid Israel and the waterlogged Netherlands have more in common than one might assume and should collaborate, says Carola van Rijnsoever, Dutch ambassador for sustainable development
Nested arcs engraved on a bone and a stone 53,000 years ago at Quneitra create the impression of continuous lines, whole circles and balance where none exist, the archaeologists say
The hotter it gets, the faster bacteria breathe and the more carbon dioxide and methane they emit — and bacteria comprise half the globe’s biomass
Tar made of birch bark was their best option for gluing handles to axes and tools: coincidence or Neanderthal research?
Are eagle talons forever? On 'Neanderthal necklaces' and confusion about our prehistoric cousins and ourselves
Models failed to factor in how massive ice melt will affect the very bottom of the food chain — on which sea life in the Atlantic depends, new paper explains