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Monsanto ‘bullied scientists’ and hid weedkiller cancer risk, lawyer tells court
2018-07-10
As ill California man’s landmark case begins, attorney attacks Roundup maker’s response to researchers’ findings.
Every person has a unique brain anatomy
2018-07-10
Like with fingerprints, no two people have the same brain anatomy, a study has shown. This uniqueness is the result of a combination of genetic factors and individual life experiences.
The Stonehenge dead tell their stories
2018-07-09
The skeletons were all excavated in in 2015, but the long, slow process of investigating them has only now been completed.
Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Society investigates new allegations of abuse
2018-07-09
Anonymous survey of young scientists reveals fresh accusations of bullying and harassment at astrophysics institute.
Swiss Archaeologists’ Refrigerator Theory Gets a Cool Result
2018-07-09
The theory could help experts understand the enigmatic pits that have long baffled investigators.
Discoveries by archaeology team give new clues on life in ancient Jewish village
2018-07-09
The discoveries indicate villagers flourished under early fifth century Christian rule, contradicting a widespread view that Jewish settlement in the region declined during that period.
Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution
2018-07-09
Far from just being the product of our parents, widespread transfer of genes between species has radically changed the genomes of today's mammals, and been an important driver of evolution.
Fifty years ago, at Lake Mungo, the true scale of Aboriginal Australians’ epic story was revealed
2018-07-09
The 40,000-year-old “Mungo Lady” and the equally ancient remains of Mungo Man, found nearby in 1974, doubled scientific estimates of how long Aboriginal people had called Australia home.
Fragment of impacting asteroid recovered in Botswana
2018-07-06
Its one of the fragments of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 2, 2018 and turned into a meteor fireball that detonated over Botswana a few seconds after entering the atmosphere.
3-million-year-old skeleton reveals the story of ancient toddlers’ lifestyles
2018-07-06
Over 3 million years ago, our ancient ancestors and their toddlers were standing on two feet and walking upright, it has been revealed.
New wasp species with a giant stinger discovered in Amazonia
2018-07-06
The new insect, which is found in the extremely diverse transitional zone between the Andes and the Amazonian lowland rainforest, uses its stinger both for laying eggs and injecting venom.
56-million-year-old fossils complicate long-held theories about mammalian body size
2018-07-06
The discovery of a new species of mammal in Alberta's fossil record has shaken up some long-held beliefs about other species in its lineage.
Paleolithic stoneware found in northeast China
2018-07-05
Researchers have found stoneware that was made in the late period of the Old Stone Age dating back 10,000 to 20,000 years, meaning the area was long inhabited by people in ancient times.
Contagious cancer could have wiped out America’s first dogs
2018-07-05
Ancient-genome study finds that indigenous dogs in North and South America split from other domestic canines around 15,000 years ago.
Two 4,500-Year-Old Homes Found Near Giza Pyramids
2018-07-05
The structures may have housed officials responsible for overseeing the production of food for a paramilitary force more than 4,500 years ago.
How Ancient Teeth Reveal the Roots of Humankind
2018-07-05
From diet to evolution, prehistoric chompers tell archaeologists a surprising amount about our ancestors.
Researchers upend conventional wisdom on thermal conductivity
2018-07-05
The discovery has the potential to address a range of technological challenges, including cooling electronic devices and nanodevices.
Jupiter’s Moons Spin Intricate Auroras
2018-07-05
New research shows the closest-ever view of Jupiter's swirling auroras, revealing the complicated footprints left by its moons Io and Ganymede.
Something Big Crashed into Uranus and Changed It Forever
2018-07-05
A new study confirms that this collision with a huge object — which was approximately twice the size of Earth — could have led to the planet's extreme tilt and other odd attributes.
Bolivia to build museum at bottom of ‘sacred lake’
2018-07-05
Bolivia is to build an underwater museum in its sacred Lake Titicaca, the culture minister said.The move comes after thousands of priceless artifacts were discovered at the bottom of the abyss.
Animals accorded same rights as humans in Indian state
2018-07-05
In a landmark ruling, the Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday accorded the status of “legal person or entity” to animals in the northern state.
Slice of PIE: a linguistic common ancestor
2018-07-04
Nicola Davis explores Proto-Indo-European, the hypothetical common ancestor of modern Indo-European languages and asks, where did it come from? How and why did it spread? And do languages evolve like genes?
Many asteroids might be remnants of five destroyed worlds, scientists say
2018-07-04
A vast majority of the half-million bodies in the inner asteroid belt may in fact be shrapnel from as few as five parent bodies called "planetesimals," scientists say.
Scientists Growing Neanderthal Brains To Put Inside Robots
2018-07-04
Scientists are growing Neanderthal brains in Petri dishes, which they plan to put inside robots.
First Human Mission To Binary Asteroid Will Help NASA Defend Earth From Possible Collisions
2018-07-03
The Hera spacecraft mission, proposed by the European Space Agency, is heading to a binary asteroid to support NASA's planetary defense plan against potential asteroid collision.
Neanderthals Hunted in Groups, One More Strike Against the Dumb Brute Myth
2018-07-03
The skeletons of deer killed 120,000 years ago offer more evidence of cooperative behavior and risk-taking among our hominin relatives.
New evidence of ancient child sacrifice found in Turkey
2018-07-03
A team examining burial practices at Ba?ur Höyük, a Bronze Age cemetery in Turkey, has found a series of individuals who were buried between 3100 and 2800 BCE.
Village dog DNA reveals genetic changes caused by domestication
2018-07-03
Free-ranging village dogs serve as rich genetic resources, giving scientists a glimpse at the full range of genetic diversity and what it really means to be a dog.
Researchers identify two new ancient mammals in Bolivia dig
2018-07-03
The animals, which look similar to small moose or deer in a paleoartist's rendering, are being dubbed Theosodon arozquetai and Llullataruca shockeyi, ungulates native only to Bolivia.
Comet or asteroid? Mysterious ‘Oumuamua shows why we may need a new classification system
2018-07-03
Fascinating recent findings add to recent discoveries which suggest it may be time to think beyond the division of asteroid versus comet.
Spacewatch: Ryugu, an asteroid under close inspection
2018-07-03
Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft plans to strike the asteroid creating a crater and dislodging rocks for analysis.
Special-purpose buildings bring together earliest Neolithic communities
2018-06-28
A new study demonstrates that specialized buildings regularly featured in the world's earliest agricultural villages and were key to maintaining and enhancing community cohesion.
Mars dust storm may lead to new weather discoveries
2018-06-28
This storm may not be good news for the NASA solar-powered Opportunity rover, but one professor sees this as a chance to learn more about Martian weather.
New Model Predicts That We’re Probably The Only Advanced Civilization In The Observable Universe
2018-06-28
The Fermi Paradox has been reevaluated in such a way that it makes it seem likely that humanity is alone in the observable universe.
Mystery of buried children at German ‘Stonehenge’
2018-06-28
Scientists scrutinize monumental complex of ditches and posts built more than 4,000 years ago.
These Skeletons from an Ancient Egypt Cemetery Were Riddled with Cancer
2018-06-28
The finds include a toddler with leukemia, a mummified man in his 50s with rectal cancer and individuals with cancer possibly caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
Claims That NASA Has Published Dodgy Asteroid Data Just Got More Serious
2018-06-27
The NEOWISE data a lot of researchers rely on allegedly has a much bigger margin of error than previously thought.
Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage
2018-06-27
“Two-spirited people are not LGBTQ, although some two-spirited people are LGBTQ,” said Ward. Ward added that a real two-spirit is someone who understands Native American culture and traditions.
Bird family tree shaken by discovery of feathered fossil
2018-06-27
The fact the remains were unearthed in North America shows the distribution of different birds around the globe would have been very different in the past.
Daring Japanese mission reaches unexplored asteroid Ryugu
2018-06-27
Hayabusa-2 will hover above its target and release four landing probes before touching down to collect samples to return to Earth.
Use of Cacao Beans Studied Through Maya Artwork
2018-06-27
an analysis of Classic Maya artwork from the southern lowlands suggests chocolate, in the form of fermented and dried cacao beans, may have been used as currency beginning around the eighth century A.D.
Mysterious interstellar visitor is a comet — not an asteroid
2018-06-27
Quirks in ‘Oumuamua’s path through the Solar System helped researchers solve a case of mistaken identity.
Scientists find evidence of complex organic molecules from Enceladus
2018-06-27
Using mass spectrometry data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists found that large, carbon-rich organic molecules are ejected from cracks in the icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Neanderthal Mini-Brains Possess Characteristics Seen In Modern Humans With Autism
2018-06-25
Muotri has found that, unlike humans, Neanderthal mini-brains with the ancient DNA variant of NOVA1 are characterized by their cells migrating faster as their structures form.
Nathan Myhrvold: ‘Nasa doesn’t want to admit it’s wrong about asteroids’
2018-06-25
The maverick inventor, ex-Microsoft executive and ‘patent troll’ is battling Nasa on its asteroid data and exploring pizza science.
An asteroid exploded over Russia this week
2018-06-25
The small asteroid exploded in the air; fragments may have reached Earth. Plus … why are so many large meteors seen over Russia?
Neanderthals collaborated on spear-hunts 120,000 years ago
2018-06-25
A study led by researchers in Germany and the Netherlands reveals strong evidence for close-range spear hunting by Neanderthals some 120,000 years ago.
The FDA approved a pot-derived drug for seizures — will the DEA allow it to be sold?
2018-06-25
For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made from cannabis.
Scientists Just Found Almost 1,000 New Genes Associated With Intelligence
2018-06-25
Researchers have identified over 1,016 specific genes associated with intelligence, the vast majority of which are unknown to science.
Ancient Diagnosis: Cancer Found in Egyptian Burials
2018-06-25
The researchers found these cancer cases while examining the remains of 1,087 ancient Egyptians buried between 3,000 and 1,500 years ago.
Cranium of a four-million-year-old hominin shows similarities to that of modern humans
2018-06-25
A cranium of a four-million-year-old fossil, that, in 1995 was described as the oldest evidence of human evolution in South Africa, has shown similarities to that of our own, when scanned through high resolution imaging systems.
From the Pharaohs to Cleopatra and Julius Caesar: how Egypt influenced Greece and Rome
2018-06-25
“Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World,” at the Getty Center (through Sept. 9), is a deep dive into how encounters with ancient Egypt shaped the civilizations of Greece and Rome.
Extinct hepatitis B virus discovered in Bronze Age remains by Cambridge geneticists
2018-06-25
The findings – compared to the discovery of the first fossils – changes our understanding of the evolution of the disease and could help improve future vaccines.
The radical story of the Native American liberation movement, 50 years on
2018-06-24
In the thick of 1968’s seismic social upheavals, Native Americans also reached for their rights, and activists renewed their campaign for recognition and status as fully sovereign nations.
2,300-year-old technology inspires new powerful ‘tractor beam’ laser
2018-06-24
A team has achieved a breakthrough in laser optical trapping by harnessing 2,300-year-old water displacement technology to create a beam that can trap and move particles in specific directions.
Preparing for the Asteroid Apocalypse
2018-06-24
The U.S. launches a new effort to better catalog Earth killers. But the big question is what to do if we find one headed our way.
Could Humans and Dinosaurs Coexist? Here’s the Science.
2018-06-24
“The dinosaurs would be aliens in our world.”
Neanderthal ‘minibrains’ grown in dish
2018-06-22
At least two research teams are engineering stem cells to include Neanderthal genes and growing them into "minibrains" that reflect the influence of that ancient DNA.
Stonehenge Builders Used Pythagoras’ Theorem 2,000 Years Before He Was Born
2018-06-22
Authors have used the geometry of the blocks making up the henge to suggest their creators knew a thing or two about the relationship between a hypotenuse and its opposing sides.
This Magical Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit
2018-06-22
It looks like a normal tree, but in spring the plant reveals a patchwork of blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months.
Ancient Royal Tomb Yields Strange New Ape Species
2018-06-22
This discovery provides strong evidence of early human exploitation of creatures, helping scientists understand the extent of our influence on past primate extinctions.
Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age, new evidence confirms
2018-06-20
Archaeologists have found carbonised germinated grains indicating a large-scale production of beer, possibly for feasting and trade.
Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips into themselves – here’s why
2018-06-20
New microchips function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards. Once the chip is underneath your skin, you no longer need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a wallet.
Computational method puts finer point on multispecies genomic comparisons
2018-06-20
A new computational tool will help geneticists to better understand what makes a human a human, or how to differentiate species in general.
Long-Lost Panda Relative Revealed by 22,000-Year-Old Fossil
2018-06-19
The weathered remains from a cave in China contain the world's oldest sample of panda DNA.
What is cannabis oil and how does it work?
2018-06-19
Your questions about the medical use of cannabis oil answered.
CERES HAS EVEN MORE ORGANIC MOLECULES ON IT THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
2018-06-19
Last year, scientists with NASA’s Dawn mission made a startling discovery when they detected complex chains of carbon molecules – organic material essential for life – in patches on the surface of Ceres.
Out of their minds: wild ideas at the ‘Coachella of consciousness’
2018-06-19
An annual conference on consciousness in the Arizona desert takes an anything-goes approach to some seriously wacky theories.
This Supercomputer Can Calculate in 1 Second What Would Take You 6 Billion Years
2018-06-19
The supercomputer — which fills a server room the size of two tennis courts — can spit out answers to 200 quadrillion calculations per second, or 200 petaflops.
Americans have been lighting up for more than 3000 years, ancient pipe reveals
2018-06-17
Animal bones found alongside the pipe were dated to between 1685 and 1530 B.C.E., indicating the pipe is the earliest evidence yet of tobacco smoking in North America.
Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage
2018-06-17
Before colonization, Two-Spirits were the balance-keepers blessed to be able to see life through male and female eyes.
How Native American food is tied to important sacred stories
2018-06-17
The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.
‘This is my boy’s medicine’: a mother’s plea for UK to legalise cannabis oil
2018-06-15
Charlotte Caldwell says she and her epileptic son Billy are effectively in exile due to ‘horrendous’ drugs policy.
Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star
2018-06-15
For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a jet of material ejected when the gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close.
Illegal trade in antiquities: a scourge that has gone on for millennia too long
2018-06-15
Looting of artefacts has always been a sign of military might or economic power. Over millennia, conquering generals would take away with them trophies to adorn their cities.
The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories
2018-06-15
Neuroscientists have located the cells that help reprogram long-lasting memories of traumatic experiences towards safety, a first in neuroscience.
US army to return remains of Native American children a century after their deaths
2018-06-15
The remains will be transferred to the children’s descendants in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, who requested the exhumations.
Ancient mammal ancestor found and identified in China
2018-06-15
The well-preserved (and nearly complete) skeleton was unearthed in Yixian County, has been dated to approximately 126 million years ago, and has been identified as eutherian.
ANCIENT EGYPT: 3,500 YEAR OLD ROCK ART WITH EARLY FORM OF HIEROGLYPHS DISCOVERED IN DESERT
2018-06-15
According to Darnell, the inscriptions found on the rock slabs represent the earliest form of writing in Egypt, which was a precursor to the hieroglyphic script.
This Tech Expert Says NASA’s Asteroid Data Is Flawed—Now Scientists Are Backing Him Up
2018-06-15
Data from NeoWISE has come under fierce criticism from a former Microsoft chief technologist, who has accused NASA of using shoddy methods and even doctoring data.
Using Indus Valley expertise to tackle some Current Issues in South Asia
2018-06-14
Dave, author of the novel Trade Winds to Meluha concludes with a plea for education and a rekindled awareness of the positive lessons we can draw from ancient Indus practice.
The Milky Way Just Got Larger
2018-06-14
Using a large survey of stars instead of just models, astronomers have now determined the disk of our galaxy to be 200,000 light-years across — twice as large as was believed a decade ago.
Archaeologists excavate a prehistoric settlement in Northern Scotland
2018-06-14
The most exciting structural find was a perfectly preserved hearth constructed of orthostats, a base slab and packing stones.
Earliest Rainforest Frogs Preserved in Amber
2018-06-14
Researchers just found four frogs preserved in amber at nearly 100 million years old suggesting frogs have been hanging out in the rainforest much longer than previously shown.
Victory for Native Americans on salmon fishing
2018-06-14
The court tied 4-4 in a case pitting Washington state against the northwestern state’s 21 Native American tribes.
New research unveils true origin of ancient turquoise
2018-06-14
Geochemical analyses of ancient turquoise artifacts refute long-held claims that it was imported to Mexico from US.
Native Americans fear US-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
2018-06-14
Tribal leaders fear a border wall as envisioned by Trump will sever access to the Rio Grande river's water, spoiling religious traditions and ruining ancient culture for the tribes.
Will we ever colonise an asteroid?
2018-06-14
The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one?
The lives of female scientists in India are being chronicled online
2018-06-13
More than 100 researchers describe their work and the struggles they face, including gender bias and achieving a positive work–life balance.
People who deeply grasp pain or happiness of others, process music differently in brain
2018-06-13
Higher empathy people appear to process music like a pleasurable proxy for a human encounter--in the brain regions for reward, social awareness and regulation of social emotions
One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction
2018-06-13
The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research.
LSD and DMT Caused the Brain to Form New Connections in Flies and Rats
2018-06-13
The effects of psychedelic drugs on neurite density is a promising sign that they may be useful in treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
NASA Shuts Down Opportunity Rover Due To Mars Dust Storm Bigger Than North America
2018-06-13
Within days, the dust storm expanded to over 7 million square miles. It has covered Perseverance Valley, where Opportunity is currently located, and has blotted out the sunlight.
‘Shocking’ die-off of Africa’s oldest baobabs
2018-06-11
The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and some as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.
Secrets of the Y Chromosome
2018-06-11
It’s not just what makes males into males. The sex chromosome also influences health in hidden ways, some experts believe, and may even explain why men have shorter life spans.
Nanodiamonds responsible for mysterious source of microwaves across the Milky Way
2018-06-11
Evidence for nanodiamonds in protoplanetary disks has grown over the past several decades. This is, however, the first clear connection between nanodiamonds and AME in any setting.
South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors
2018-06-10
A study of skulls from pre-Columbian Peru suggests the success rates of surgeons there was up to 80% during the Inca era, compared with just 50% during the American Civil War some 400 years later.
Paulette Jordan may become the first Native American governor in US history: Here’s her story
2018-06-10
Ms Jordan says the values passed down to her from centuries of tradition inform her, as she works to become the governor of Idaho.
The asteroid rush sending 21st-century prospectors into space
2018-06-10
A race is on to mine billions of dollars in resources from the solar system’s asteroids, fuelling our future among the stars.
Russian Skeletons Show the Bubonic Plague Has Killed People for 4,000 Years
2018-06-10
The discovery, published Friday in Nature Communications, pushes back the proposed age of the bubonic plague by 1,000 years.
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