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Missing bones and our understanding of ancient biodiversity
SCIENCE DAILY Fossils come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from isolated fragments of bones and teeth to complete skeletons. 55 minutes
Flipping the switch: Making use of carbon price dollars for health and education
SCIENCE DAILY A switch from subsidizing fossil fuel to pricing CO2-emissions would not only help to meet global climate targets but also create additional... 57 minutes
Reducing carbon emissions will limit sea level rise, study says
PHYS.ORG In recent years, scientists have been able to correlate the amount of global warming to cumulative carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels—a relationship that became the... 1 hour
Australia has a new venomous snake -- And it may already be threatened
SCIENCE DAILY The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be... 3 hours
Missing bones and our understanding of ancient biodiversity
PHYS.ORG Fossils come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from isolated fragments of bones and teeth to complete skeletons. 3 hours
Behavior-influencing policies are critical for mass market success of low carbon vehicles
PHYS.ORG Policies to entice consumers away from fossil-fuel powered vehicles and normalize low-carbon alternatives such as electric vehicles are vital if the world is to... 3 hours
Flipping the switch: Making use of carbon price dollars for health and education
PHYS.ORG A switch from subsidizing fossil fuel to pricing CO2-emissions would not only help to meet global climate targets but also create additional... 3 hours
Australia has a new venomous snake – and it may already be threatened
PHYS.ORG The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be... 6 hours
Human evolution: back to the trees?
PHYS.ORG Scientists have uncovered new clues from the spinal columns of ancient human ancestors that suggest the various types moved in different manners within their environments. 11 hours
Early Humans Probably Didn't Evolve from a Single Population in Africa
LIVE SCIENCE Did humans evolve from one population in Africa? Probably not. 3 days
Fuzzy yellow bats reveal evolutionary relationships in Kenya
SCIENCE DAILY DNA analysis of fuzzy yellow bats in Kenya revealed at least two new species unknown to science. It's important because Africa's biodiversity is often under-studied and poorly understood, even though bats play... 3 days
Rice plants evolve to adapt to flooding
SCIENCE DAILY Although water is essential for plant growth, excessive amounts can waterlog and kill a plant. In South and Southeast Asia, where periodic flooding occurs during the rainy season, the water depth can reach several... 3 days
Growing a dinosaur's dinner
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have measured the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs' diet by growing their food in atmospheric conditions similar to those found roughly 150 million years ago. 3 days
Growing a dinosaur's dinner
PHYS.ORG Scientists have measured the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs' diet by growing their food in atmospheric conditions similar to those found roughly 150 million years ago. 3 days
Research sheds on how new species may arise from rapid mitochondrial evolution
NEWS MEDICAL Genetic research at Oregon State University has shed new light on how isolated populations of the same species evolve toward reproductive incompatibility and thus... 3 days
Algae have land genes
SCIENCE DAILY The genome of the algae species Chara braunii has been decoded. It already contains the first genetic characteristics that enabled the water plants' evolutionary transition to land. 3 days
Researchers reveal massive genome havoc in breast cancer
NEWS MEDICAL In cancer cells, genetic errors wreak havoc. Misspelled genes, as well as structural variations -- larger-scale rearrangements of DNA that can encompass large chunks of chromosomes -- disturb carefully balanced mechanisms that... 3 days
New species may arise from rapid mitochondrial evolution
PHYS.ORG Genetic research at Oregon State University has shed new light on how isolated populations of the same species evolve toward reproductive incompatibility and thus become separate species. 3 days
Study: Negative selection plays major role in cancer evolution
NEWS MEDICAL Natural selection shapes genomes to evolve and to adapt but, are the rules of natural selection also applying to cancer genome evolution? 4 days
New species may arise from rapid mitochondrial evolution
SCIENCE DAILY Genetic research at has shed new light on how isolated populations of the same species evolve toward reproductive incompatibility and thus become separate species. 4 days
Rice plants evolve to adapt to flooding
PHYS.ORG Although water is essential for plant growth, excessive amounts can waterlog and kill a plant. In South and Southeast Asia, where periodic flooding occurs during the rainy season, the water depth can reach several... 4 days
Tree shrews can tolerate hot peppers: Mutation in pain receptor makes peppery plant palatable
PHYS.ORG Almost all mammals avoid eating chili peppers and other "hot" foods, because of the pain they induce. But not the... 4 days
Rare skull of elephant ancestor unveiled in France
PHYS.ORG A French farmer kept quiet for years after stumbling across the skull of an extinct ancestor of the elephant near the Pyrenees mountains, the Natural History Museum of Toulouse has told AFP. 4 days
New perspective on tumor genome evolution
SCIENCE DAILY An interdisciplinary team of scientists deepens understanding of tumor genome evolution and suggests negative selection acting on cancer-essential genes plays a more important role than previously anticipated. The scientists' work also provides new insights for improving... 4 days
Rethinking Homo sapiens? The story of our origins gets dizzyingly complicated
PHYS.ORG You might say it's the ultimate prize of science, to discover when, where and why humans evolved. 4 days
Superior seismic imaging for better drilling
PHYS.ORG Software could transform underground imaging of fossil fuel reserves by providing unprecedented detail in record time. 4 days
Green energy is the future, according to new report
PHYS.ORG The UK should seize a 'golden opportunity' to move away from fossil fuels, towards cheaper, greener energy sources, according to a new report, published by the National Infrastructure Commission. 4 days
Researchers detail plant self-recognition system that prevents self-fertilization
PHYS.ORG Self-fertilization is a problem, as it leads to inbreeding. Recognition systems that prevent self-fertilization have evolved to ensure that a plant mates only with a genetically different plant and not with itself.... 4 days
Dodder genome sequencing sheds light on evolution of plant parasitism
PHYS.ORG Most plants absorb sunlight and CO2 with their leaves, take up water and minerals from the soil through roots, and are fully autotrophic. However, parasitic plants are a... 4 days
Fuzzy yellow bats reveal evolutionary relationships in Kenya
PHYS.ORG After Halloween, people tend to forget about bats. But, for farmers, residents of Kenya, and scientists, bats are a part of everyday life. While North America has 44 species, Kenya, a country... 5 days
Scientists discover Earth's youngest banded iron formation in western China
SCIENCE DAILY The discovery of Earth's youngest-ever banded iron formation is changing how scientists understand the evolution of complex life. 5 days
Scientists discover Earth's youngest banded iron formation in western China
PHYS.ORG The discovery of Earth's youngest-ever banded iron formation is changing how scientists understand the evolution of complex life, according to a study by University of Alberta geologists. 5 days
Deep in the fly brain, a clue to how evolution changes minds
SCIENCE DAILY A new study sheds light on the mystery of how evolution tweaks the brain to shape behavior. It started with a close look at... 5 days
Deep in the fly brain, a clue to how evolution changes minds
PHYS.ORG For lovers throughout the animal kingdom, finding a suitable mate requires the right chemistry. Now, scientists at The Rockefeller University have been able to... 5 days
Salamanders show more resistance to global warming than previously believed
SCIENCE DAILY The southern Appalachian Mountains are home to 10 percent of global salamander diversity. But current predictions indicate that 70 to 85 percent of this habitat will become unsuitable... 5 days
Chondrules as direct thermochemical sensors of solar protoplanetary disk gas
Science Magazine Chondrules, millimeter-sized igneous spherules comprising the major component of most chondritic meteorites, formed during the first 4 million to 5 million years of the evolution of the solar... 5 days
Plasticity reveals hidden resistance to extinction under climate change in the global hotspot of salamander diversity
Science Magazine Extinction rates are predicted to rise exponentially under climate warming, but many of these predictions ignore... 5 days
Uncovering the evolutionary history of IBD-associated colorectal cancer
SCIENCE DAILY A team of researchers have reported the genetic events involved in the early development of bowel cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). 5 days
Recognizing others but not yourself: New insights into the evolution of plant mating
SCIENCE DAILY Recognition systems have evolved to ensure that a plant mates only with a genetically different plant and not with itself, hence preventing... 5 days
Eating bone marrow played a key role in the evolution of the human hand
SCIENCE DAILY The strength required to access the high calorie content of bone marrow may have played a key role in the... 5 days
Eating bone marrow played a key role in the evolution of the human hand
PHYS.ORG The strength required to access the high calorie content of bone marrow may have played a key role in the... 5 days
Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan
SCIENCE DAILY Fossils discovered in Japan show that an extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, that was originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, also resided in Japan nearly 120,000 years ago; indicating that the... 5 days
Humans evolved in partially isolated populations scattered across Africa
PHYS.ORG A scientific consortium led by Dr. Eleanor Scerri, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History,... 5 days
Researchers uncover evolutionary history of IBD-associated bowel cancer
NEWS MEDICAL A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London have reported the genetic events involved in the early development of bowel cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. 5 days
Giant Dinosaurs Appeared at Least 25 Million Years Earlier than Previously Thought
SCI-NEWS.COM A team of Argentinian paleontologists has rewritten the paleontology textbooks by finding that giant, long-necked, herbivorous dinosaurs known as sauropods were present on Earth... 5 days
Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan
PHYS.ORG Scientists report that a large, extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus—originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, far to the north—also resided in Japan nearly 120,000 years ago. 5 days
Discovery of 'First Giant' Dinosaur Is a Huge Evolutionary Finding
LIVE SCIENCE The discovery of the "first giant" dinosaur has provided a gigantic clue on how these paleo-beasts got to be the largest animals to walk on Earth. 6 days
Long-necked dinosaurs grew to be giants in more ways than one
SCIENCE-NEWS Some early relatives of giant, long-necked sauropods may have used a different strategy to grow to colossal sizes than previously thought. 6 days
Evolutionary outcomes can be predicted
SCIENCE DAILY Biologists show that evolutionary outcomes can be predicted. 6 days
Fossils of early giant dinosaur discovered in Argentina
REUTERS Scientists have unearthed in northwestern Argentina fossils of the earliest-known giant dinosaur, a four-legged plant-eater with a medium-length neck and... 6 days
Bright Pink is Oldest Color in Geological Record
SCI-NEWS.COM An international team of researchers from Australia, Japan, the United States and Belgium has successfully extracted bright pink biological pigments... 6 days
Researchers develop model of toxoplasmosis evolution
PHYS.ORG Toxoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by the spread of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasitic alveolite with an interesting life cycle. It exists in three forms. First, oocysts are produced in cats and passed in feces or... 6 days
Scientists flip molecular switches on building blocks of life
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers at Yale is expanding our understanding of how bacteria continue to evolve and adapt at the molecular level. 6 days
Evolution does repeat itself after all
PHYS.ORG For every two species of mammal there is one species of cichlid fish, which goes to show that biodiversity is distributed rather unevenly among animals. But why? And to what extent can evolution be predicted? A... 6 days
High climate variability and increasing aridity brought an end to an early hominid species
PHYS.ORG Africa plays a prominent role in human evolution, and is considered by researchers to be the cradle of humanity. In... 6 days
Uncovering the lost world of New Zealand from fossil bone DNA
PHYS.ORG Curtin University researchers have used DNA from fossil bones to reconstruct the past biodiversity of New Zealand, revealing a history of extinctions and biodiversity decline since... 6 days
Charcoal: Major missing piece in the global carbon cycle
PHYS.ORG Most of the carbon resulting from wildfires and fossil fuel combustion is rapidly released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that... 6 days
Giant dinosaur bones get archeologists rethinking Triassic period
PHYS.ORG Giant dinosaurs lived on Earth much earlier than previously thought, according to a team of excavators in Argentina who discovered the remains of a 200-million-year old species. 6 days
Bale monkeys living in different areas have very different DNA
PHYS.ORG Bale monkey's that live in continuous bamboo forests have different mitochondrial DNA to Bale monkeys living in fragmented forests, according to a study published in the open access... 7 days
In responding to predation risk, secondhand experience can be as good as new
PHYS.ORG Throughout the living world, parents have many ways of gifting their offspring with information they will need to help them survive. A... 7 days
What natural greenhouse gases from wetlands and permafrosts mean for Paris Agreement goals
SCIENCE DAILY Global fossil fuel emissions would have to be reduced by as much as 20 percent more than previous estimates to achieve the... 1 week
Study reveals what natural greenhouse emissions from wetlands and permafrosts mean for Paris Agreement targets
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Global fossil fuel emissions would have to be reduced by as much as 20% more than previous estimates... 1 week
Charcoal: Major missing piece in the global carbon cycle
SCIENCE DAILY Most of the carbon resulting from wildfires and fossil fuel combustion is rapidly released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Researchers have now shown that the leftover residue, so-called black... 1 week
Fighting back: New study reveals unprecedented details of plant-pathogen co-evolution
PHYS.ORG The co-evolution of plant—pathogen interactions has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a study of one of the world's deadliest crop killers. This is the rice blast pathogen,... 1 week
Jumping genes: Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution
SCIENCE DAILY Far from just being the product of our parents, scientists have now shown that widespread transfer of genes between species has radically changed the genomes of today's mammals,... 1 week
Releasing our inner jellyfish in the fight against infection
PHYS.ORG Mucus is able to protect us from infection thanks to ancient genes that have been conserved throughout 350 million years of evolution—dating back to our days as a jellyfish. 1 week
Groundbreaking study sheds new light on galaxy evolution
PHYS.ORG Using integral field spectroscopy (IFS) and advanced modeling tools, Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers Iris Breda and Polychronis Papaderos have achieved an important milestone towards solving a long... 1 week
What powers the most luminous galaxies?
PHYS.ORG Galaxy-galaxy interactions have long been known to influence galaxy evolution. They are commonplace events, and a large majority of galaxies show signs of interactions, including tidal tails or other morphological distortions. The most dramatic collisions trigger... 1 week
Extracting signals of elusive particles from giant chambers filled with liquefied argon
PHYS.ORG Neutrinos are subtle subatomic particles that scientists believe play a key role in the evolution of our universe. They stream continuously from nuclear reactions... 1 week
Widespread transfer of genes between species appears to be key driver of evolution
NEWS MEDICAL Far from just being the product of our parents, University of Adelaide scientists have shown that widespread transfer of genes between species... 1 week
Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution
PHYS.ORG Far from just being the product of our parents, University of Adelaide scientists have shown that widespread transfer of genes between species has radically changed the genomes of today's mammals, and been... 1 week
Scientists develop unique play structure for rehabilitation of post-stroke patients
NEWS MEDICAL Scientists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with neurophysiologists from Sechenov Institute of evolutionary physiology and biochemistry formed the innovative startup iBrain have... 1 week
Extinction is a natural process, but it's happening at 1,000 times the normal speed
PHYS.ORG When Sudan the white rhino was put down by his carers earlier this year, it confirmed the extinction of one... 1 week
groundbreaking study sheds new light on galaxy evolution Groundbreaking Study Sheds New Light on Galaxy Evolution
ASTRO WATCH Using Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) and advanced modeling tools, Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers Iris Breda... 1 week
latest report on space junk Latest report on space junk
ESA ESA’s Annual Space Environment Report is full of facts, figures and tables that provide a detailed picture of how the space debris environment around Earth has... 1 week
Gene drives accelerate evolution – but we need brakes
PHYS.ORG Worried about mice in the kitchen? Fed up with pigeons on your way to work? Teed off by weeds on your lawn? Recent work points to a way that might... 1 week
56-million-year-old fossils complicate long-held theories about mammalian body size
PHYS.ORG 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. 1 week
Expansion of agricultural land reduces CO2 absorption
PHYS.ORG Plants absorb some of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. But increasing deforestation and other changes in land use will reduce the CO2 absorption capacity of these areas... 1 week
Neanderthals Hunted Fallow Deer Using Close-Range Thrusting Spears: Study
SCI-NEWS.COM In a study published June 25 in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, an international team of researchers... 1 week
cataclysmic collision shaped uranus evolution Cataclysmic Collision Shaped Uranus’ Evolution
ASTRO WATCH Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth that caused the planet to tilt and could explain its freezing temperatures, according... 2 weeks
A polio outbreak threatens global eradication plans, and what happened to America’s first dogs
Science Magazine Wild polio has been hunted to near extinction in a decades-old global eradication program. Now, a vaccine-derived outbreak in the... 2 weeks
Expansion of agricultural land reduces carbon dioxide absorption
SCIENCE DAILY Plants absorb some of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. But increasing deforestation and other changes in land use will reduce the carbon dioxide absorption capacity of... 2 weeks
Invaluable to the medical industry, the horseshoe crab is under threat
SCIENCE DAILY The biomedical industry depends on blood from horseshoe crabs for drug and environmental safety testing -- but this commercial demand, together with capture for bait, climate... 2 weeks
A breakthrough to rescue the Northern White Rhino
SCIENCE DAILY Northern White Rhinos (NWR) are functionally extinct, as only two females of this species are left on the planet. An international team of scientists has now successfully created hybrid embryos from Southern... 2 weeks
The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas
Science Magazine Dogs were present in the Americas before the arrival of European colonists, but the origin and fate of these precontact dogs are largely unknown. We sequenced 71 mitochondrial and 7 nuclear genomes... 2 weeks
Spiders go ballooning on electric fields
PHYS.ORG VIDEO The aerodynamic capabilities of spiders have intrigued scientists for hundreds of years. Charles Darwin himself mused over how hundreds of the creatures managed to alight on the Beagle on a calm day out at sea and... 2 weeks
Invaluable to the medical industry, the horseshoe crab is under threat
PHYS.ORG Blood from horseshoe crabs is essential for many drug, implant and environmental safety tests—but blood harvesting, together with capture for bait and impacts from climate change... 2 weeks
Juvenile Australopithecus Climbed Trees, 3.32-Million-Year-Old Foot Fossil Shows
SCI-NEWS.COM A nearly complete foot of Australopithecus afarensis, a hominid species that lived between 3.85 and 2.95 million years ago, from... 2 weeks
Seven percent of Australia's reptiles 'risk extinction'
PHYS.ORG Australia's reptiles, including lizards and snakes, are facing growing threats from invasive species and climate change, with seven percent on the verge of extinction, conservationists said Thursday. 2 weeks
New 2-D spectroscopy methods
PHYS.ORG "Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy. Various methods are known in literature. But generally only the behaviour of a single excitation and... 2 weeks
Researchers create hybrid embryos of endangered white rhinos
SCIENCE-NEWS Scientists have created the first rhino embryos, providing a small glimmer of hope for the nearly extinct northern white rhinoceros. 2 weeks
Foot fossil pegs hominid kids as upright walkers 3.3 million years ago
SCIENCE-NEWS A foot from an ancient hominid child suggests that Lucy’s species, Australopithecus afarensis, walked early in life. 2 weeks
A nearly complete foot from Dikika, Ethiopia and its implications for the ontogeny and function of Australopithecus afarensis
Science Magazine The functional and evolutionary implications of primitive retentions in early hominin feet... 2 weeks
The evolution of anti-bat sensory illusions in moths
Science Magazine Prey transmit sensory illusions to redirect predatory strikes, creating a discrepancy between what a predator perceives and reality. We use the acoustic arms race between bats and moths to investigate the evolution... 2 weeks
Scientists create embryos, hope to save near-extinct rhino
PHYS.ORG Months after the death of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, scientists said Wednesday they have grown embryos containing DNA of his kind, hoping to save the subspecies from extinction. 2 weeks
Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino
REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the... 2 weeks
Scientists Hope Lab-Grown Embryos Can Save Rhino Species From Extinction
NPR Only two northern white rhinos remain, and they're both female. But researchers said Wednesday that they successfully have created embryos using sperm collected from the males before they... 2 weeks
New study questions when the brown bear became extinct in Britain
SCIENCE DAILY New research provides insights into the extinction of Britain's largest native carnivore. The study is the first of its kind to collate and evaluate the evidence... 2 weeks
New study questions when the brown bear became extinct in Britain
PHYS.ORG New research provides insights into the extinction of Britain's largest native carnivore. 2 weeks
Can citizen science reverse the extinction of experience?
SCIENCE DAILY Opportunities for people to interact with nature have declined over the past century, as many now live in urban areas and spend much of their time indoors. Conservation attitudes and behaviors largely... 2 weeks
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Study reveals what natural greenhouse emissions from wetlands and permafrosts mean for Paris Agreement targets
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Spiders go ballooning on electric fields
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