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This Was the World's Largest Bird. It Weighed as Much as a Dinosaur.
LIVE SCIENCE The world's largest bird — a newly identified species of elephant bird — weighed as much as a dinosaur when it strutted... 1 hour
Bacteria's 'password' for sporulation hasn't changed in 2.7 billion years
SCIENCE DAILY When it comes to changing their passwords, bacteria are just as bad as you and me -- maybe even worse. A research team has found that despite 2.7... 6 hours
Bacteria's password for sporulation hasn't changed in 2.7 billion years
PHYS.ORG When it comes to changing their passwords, bacteria are just as bad as you and me—maybe even worse. A Carnegie Mellon University research team has found that despite... 9 hours
Ancient Japanese wolf may be rare remnant of ice age wolves
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PHYS.ORG The shift from fossil-based industries to a bioeconomy is creating a growing demand for biobased chemicals, materials and fuels as sustainable and renewable alternatives. One possible source is fructose from wood for use in the production of bioplastics. 11 hours
What can fossil shellfish tell us about our environmental future? Plenty.
PHYS.ORG The Earth's climate is changing, and it's changed before. The world's oceans are warming, and they've warmed before. 11 hours
Genome duplication drives evolution of species
SCIENCE DAILY Polyploid plants have a duplicate set of chromosomes. As a result, large-scale genetic changes are therefore possible in the new species, making it more adaptable in comparison with the parental species, as has now been demonstrated... 12 hours
Medical News Today: Type 2 diabetes: Five genetic 'clusters' may explain evolution
MNT Researchers have identified five clusters of genetic variants that may explain the different evolution of type 2 diabetes in different individuals. 12 hours
Researchers now confirm that genome duplication drives evolution of species
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Genome duplication drives evolution of species
PHYS.ORG Many wild and cultivated plants arise through the combination of two species. The genome of these so-called polyploid species often consists of a quadruple set of chromosomes—a double set for each parental species—and thus has about... 13 hours
Genomic ‘islands’ evolved from viruses can be converted into ‘anti-bacterial drones’
NEWS MEDICAL Genomic "islands" that evolved from viruses can be converted into "drones" that disable Staphylococcus aureus, bacteria that are often resistant to antibiotics and pose a threat... 19 hours
Ancient mice discovered by climate cavers
SCIENCE DAILY The fossils of two extinct mice species have been discovered in caves in tropical Queensland by scientists tracking environment changes. 1 day
Astronomers use Earth's natural history as guide to spot vegetation on new worlds
PHYS.ORG By looking at Earth's full natural history and evolution, astronomers may have found a template for vegetation fingerprints—borrowing from epochs of changing... 1 day
Astronomers use Earth's natural history as guide to spot vegetation on new worlds
SCIENCE DAILY By looking at Earth's full natural history and evolution, astronomers may have found a template for vegetation fingerprints -- borrowing from epochs... 1 day
Research forecasts US among top nations to suffer economic damage from climate change
SCIENCE DAILY For the first time, researchers have developed a data set quantifying what the social cost of carbon -- the measure of the... 1 day
Birds' voiceboxes are odd ducks
SCIENCE DAILY Birds' voiceboxes are in their chests instead of their throats like mammals and reptiles. Scientists aren't sure how or why birds evolved these unique voiceboxes, but a new study sheds some light on how they came about. Similarities... 1 day
Birds' voiceboxes are odd ducks
PHYS.ORG Birds sing from the heart. While other four-limbed animals like mammals and reptiles make sounds with voiceboxes in their throats, birds' chirps originate in a unique vocal organ called the syrinx, located in their chests. No other animals... 1 day
Chinese Cretaceous fossil highlights avian evolution
PHYS.ORG A newly identified extinct bird species from a 127 million-year-old fossil deposit in northeastern China provides new information about avian development during the early evolution of flight. 1 day
DNA islands effective as 'anti-bacterial drones'
SCIENCE DAILY Genomic 'islands' that evolved from viruses can be converted into 'drones' that disable Staphylococcus aureus, bacteria that are often resistant to antibiotics, a new study finds. 1 day
DNA islands effective as 'anti-bacterial drones'
PHYS.ORG Genomic "islands" that evolved from viruses can be converted into "drones" that disable Staphylococcus aureus, bacteria that are often resistant to antibiotics and pose a threat to safe hospital care, a new study finds. 1 day
Research forecasts US among top nations to suffer economic damage from climate change
PHYS.ORG For the first time, researchers have developed a data set quantifying what the social cost of carbon—the measure of the economic harm... 1 day
National parks bear the brunt of climate change
SCIENCE DAILY Human-caused climate change has exposed US national parks to conditions hotter and drier than the rest of the nation, says a new study quantifying for the first time the magnitude of climate... 1 day
Ecologist suggests wild approach to selling threatened plants
PHYS.ORG Selling plants could save them from extinction. The key is growing them in their natural habitats, not on private properties or nurseries, according to FIU conservation ecologist Hong Liu. 1 day
Ancient mice discovered by climate cavers
PHYS.ORG The fossils of two extinct mice species have been discovered in caves in tropical Queensland by University of Queensland scientists tracking environment changes. 1 day
MAVEN selfie marks four years in orbit around Mars
PHYS.ORG Today, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft celebrates four years in orbit studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet and how it interacts with the sun and... 1 day
Kiwifruit duplicated its DNA in two separate evolutionary events millions of years ago
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The way hunter-gatherers share food shows how cooperation evolved
SCIENCE-NEWS Camp customs override selfishness and generosity when foragers divvy up food, a study of East Africa’s Hazda hunter-gatherers shows. 4 days
Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction
SCIENCE DAILY A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world -- raising the risk of global extinction -- due to... 4 days
Ancient Cholesterol Confirms Dickinsonia as One of Earth’s First Animals
SCI-NEWS.COM The first complex organisms emerged during the Ediacaran period (635-541 million years ago). Ediacaran fossils are... 4 days
Narrowing down the mass of the Milky Way
PHYS.ORG Since the birth of modern astronomy, scientists have sought to determine the full extent of the Milky Way galaxy and learn more about its structure, formation and evolution. At present, astronomers estimate... 4 days
Octopuses given mood drug 'ecstasy' reveal genetic link to evolution of social behaviors in humans
SCIENCE DAILY By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then... 4 days
Wild African monkeys infected with the bacterium causing yaws in humans 
PHYS.ORG An international research team, led by scientists from the German Primate Center, the Robert Koch Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, McGill University, Masaryk... 4 days
Perovskite semiconductors seeing right through next generation X-ray detectors
PHYS.ORG From observing celestial objects to medical imaging, the sensitive detection of X-rays plays a central role in countless applications. However, the methods used to detect them have undergone an interesting... 4 days
The extirpation of species outside protected areas
PHYS.ORG Land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world—raising the risk of global extinction—due to the loss of suitable habitat, according to a report led by UCL. 5 days
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NEWS MEDICAL A new study has found that when octopuses are intoxicated with MDMA, they act like humans who are high on the same drug. This has led... 5 days
Kiwifruit duplicated its vitamin C genes twice, 50 million and 20 million years ago
SCIENCE DAILY Today's kiwifruit contains about as much vitamin C as an orange -- the result of the kiwifruit's ancestors' spontaneously duplicating... 5 days
Scientists find wild African monkeys infected with bacterium that causes syphilis, yaws in humans
NEWS MEDICAL An international research team, led by scientists from the German Primate Center, the Robert Koch Institute, the Max Planck Institute... 5 days
Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago. 5 days
This fossil is one of the world’s earliest animals, according to fat molecules preserved for a half-billion years
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The evolution of the spine fueled the rise of mammals—and human back problems
Science Magazine Fossils show how lumbar vertebrae were freed up to adapt to myriad lifestyles 5 days
Fossils reveal the complex evolutionary history of the mammalian regionalized spine
Science Magazine A unique characteristic of mammals is a vertebral column with anatomically distinct regions, but when and how this trait evolved remains unknown. We reconstructed vertebral regions... 5 days
Ancient steroids establish the Ediacaran fossil Dickinsonia as one of the earliest animals
Science Magazine The enigmatic Ediacara biota (571 million to 541 million years ago) represents the first macroscopic complex organisms in the geological record and... 5 days
Cholesterol traces suggest these mysterious fossils were animals, not fungi
SCIENCE-NEWS Traces of cholesterol still clinging to a group of enigmatic Ediacaran fossils suggests the weird critters were animals, not fungi or lichen. 5 days
Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record... 5 days
Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers estimates only 3 to 4 percent of recorded fossil locations from across the globe are currently accounted for in published scientific literature. 5 days
Nomadic hunter-gatherers show that cooperation is flexible, not fixed
PHYS.ORG In the realm of evolutionary biology and survival of the fittest, cooperation is a risky business. Yet humans do it on a scope and a scale unmatched by any group... 5 days
Octopuses given mood drug 'ecstasy' reveal genetic link to evolution of social behaviors in humans
PHYS.ORG By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then... 5 days
Kiwifruit duplicated its vitamin C genes twice, 50 million and 20 million years ago
PHYS.ORG Today's kiwifruit, a member of the Chinese gooseberry family, contains about as much vitamin C as an orange. This extra... 5 days
Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy
NPR The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It's one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots. 5 days
Mesosaurs: ‘Oldest-Known Aquatic Reptiles’ Were Semi-Aquatic, Paleontologists Say
SCI-NEWS.COM According to new research published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, mesosaurs — the oldest known reptiles that... 5 days
'Penis bones' – an evolutionary puzzle explained using innovative 3-D scanning
PHYS.ORG For ferrets, sex is a prolonged affair. In total, the act of mating might last up to three hours. Fortunately for the males of the species,... 5 days
Japan's largest complete dinosaur skeleton comes to life
PHYS.ORG The unearthed bones of Mukawaryu, Japan's largest complete dinosaur skeleton, have now been prepared and pieced together, giving us a fuller and clearer image of the 72 million-year-old dinosaur. 5 days
Scientists predict extinction risk for hard-to-track species
PHYS.ORG Species are going extinct all over the world: Scientists believe that Earth is losing between 200 and 2,000 species every year. That number is squishy, partly because there are so many species for which... 5 days
Co-evolution between a 'parasite gene' and its host
PHYS.ORG A Danish research team has delineated a complex symbiosis between a 'parasitic' noncoding RNA gene and its protein-coding 'host' gene in human cells. The study reveals how co-evolution of the host gene... 6 days
Oldest-known aquatic reptiles probably spent time on land
SCIENCE DAILY A comprehensive analysis of Mesosaurus fossils shows that bones from adults share similarities with land-dwelling animals -- suggesting older Mesosaurus were semi-aquatic, whereas the juveniles spent their time in the water. This... 6 days
Oldest-known aquatic reptiles probably spent time on land
PHYS.ORG The oldest known aquatic reptiles, the mesosaurs, probably spent part of their life on land, reveals a new study published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. The fossilized bones of adult Mesosaurus... 6 days
End-Permian extinction, which wiped out most of Earth's species, was instantaneous in geological time
PHYS.ORG The most severe mass extinction in Earth's history occurred with almost no early warning signs, according to a new study... 6 days
Advancing local terahertz oscillators to enable cosmic observations
PHYS.ORG NASA is developing a new type of detector that will provide insight into the formation and structure of the universe. Many of the radiative and mechanical interactions that shape the interstellar medium... 6 days
Co-evolution between a 'parasite gene' and its host
SCIENCE DAILY A research team has delineated a complex symbiosis between a 'parasitic' noncoding RNA gene and its protein coding 'host' gene in human cells. The study reveals how co-evolution of the host gene... 6 days
Eulogy for a seastar, Australia's first recorded marine extinction
PHYS.ORG We see the surface of the sea: the rock pools, the waves, the horizon. But there is so much more going on underneath, hidden from view. 6 days
European nations plan to use more hydrogen for energy needs
PHYS.ORG Dozens of European countries are backing a plan to increase the use of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels to cut the continent's carbon emissions. 1 week
Review explores how birds can stay slim, even when they overeat
PHYS.ORG Noticing that songbirds, such as finches, never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, London environmental biologist Lewis Halsey wondered whether the amount of... 1 week
Cash, carbon, crude—how to make oil fields bury emissions
PHYS.ORG In February 2018, Donald Trump signed into law new tax credits that reward oil companies for capturing carbon dioxide and preventing it from entering the atmosphere – either by burying... 1 week
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E. coli's adaptation to extreme temperatures helps explain resistance to certain drugs
PHYS.ORG Long before bacteria had to contend with antibiotic drugs, they had to survive extreme temperatures as Earth warmed and cooled over millennia. Could the... 1 week
Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution
SCIENCE DAILY A new study shows that getting smaller was a key factor contributing to the exceptional evolution of mammals over the last 200 million years. 1 week
More than 4 billion birds stream overhead during fall migration
PHYS.ORG Using cloud computing and data from 143 weather radar stations across the continental United States, Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers can now estimate how many birds migrate through... 1 week
The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star
PHYS.ORG An unusual infrared emission detected by the Hubble Space Telescope from a nearby neutron star could indicate that the pulsar has features never before seen. The observation, by a team of researchers... 1 week
Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution
PHYS.ORG A new study published today in Nature shows that getting smaller was a key factor contributing to the exceptional evolution of mammals over the last 200 million years. 1 week
Digitizing the vast 'dark data' in museum fossil collections
PHYS.ORG The great museums of the world harbor a secret: They're home to millions upon millions of natural history specimens that almost never see the light of day. They lie hidden... 1 week
New research warns of primate extinction in China
PHYS.ORG Up to 80 per cent of China's primate species are at risk of extinction according to a new study by a group of international primatologists including The University of Western Australia. 1 week
Fossils reveal diverse Mesozoic pollinating lacewings
PHYS.ORG Insect pollination played an important role in the evolution of angiosperms. Little is known, however, about ancient pollination insects and their niche diversity during the pre-angiosperm period due to the rarity of fossil evidence of plant-pollinator... 1 week
Chandra detection of diskless young stars
PHYS.ORG Stars frequently form in crowded environments. By combining the resources of multi-wavelength missions like Chandra in the X-ray and Spitzer in the infrared, astronomers are able to resolve ambiguities and assemble a much more complete census... 1 week
New research shows evidence of soot from polluted air in placentas
NEWS MEDICAL Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research presented today... 1 week
First evidence that soot from polluted air is reaching placenta
SCIENCE DAILY Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research. 1 week
BUFFALO charges towards the earliest galaxies
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Trees reveal the evolution of environmental pollution
SCIENCE DAILY Chemical analysis of tipuana tree rings and bark by Brazilian researchers shows falling levels of heavy metal pollution in the air of São Paulo City, Southern Hemisphere's largest metropolis. 2 weeks
The walking dead: Fossils on the move can distort patterns of mass extinctions
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Using lignin to replace fossil materials
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The walking dead: Fossils on the move can distort patterns of mass extinctions
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Gut microbes' role in mammals' evolution starts to become clearer
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have made a key advance toward understanding which of the trillions of gut microbes may play important roles in how humans and other mammals evolve. 2 weeks
Trees reveal the evolution of environmental pollution
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A very special protein synthesis machinery
PHYS.ORG Sleeping sickness-causing parasites contain an unusual protein synthesis mechanism. A team of researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Bern have resolved its very special structure for the first time. Ribosomes are among the most... 2 weeks
Half-billion-year-old fossils offer new clues to how life exploded on the sea floor
PHYS.ORG Stephen Pates, a researcher from Oxford University's Department of Zoology, has uncovered secrets from the ancient oceans. 2 weeks
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Colombian zoo celebrates birth of endangered spider monkey
PHYS.ORG A zoo in Colombia is celebrating the birth of a baby spider monkey, a rare species in danger of extinction. 2 weeks
First sequencing of Canada lynx genome
PHYS.ORG Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in collaboration with the Vertebrate Genome Laboratory (VGL), New York, this week are publishing the first-ever whole genome for the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). It is one of 14... 2 weeks
Gut microbes' role in mammals' evolution starts to become clearer
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New genetics tool helps answer evolutionary questions
SCIENCE DAILY Developing cutting-edge statistical tools that can handle these massive new datasets is a piece of the research puzzle, and new research has just added a new tool for the modern genomic toolbox. 2 weeks
New genetics tool helps answer evolutionary questions
PHYS.ORG The age of big data is here. Thanks to innovations in genetic sequencing technology, scientists can now generate massive datasets describing the genomes of Earth's diverse set of species. This ever-growing genomic encyclopedia has... 2 weeks
Famous theory of the living Earth upgraded to 'Gaia 2.0'
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Evolutionary shift toward protein-based architecture in trypanosomal mitochondrial ribosomes
Science Magazine Ribosomal RNA (rRNA) plays key functional and architectural roles in ribosomes. Using electron microscopy, we determined the atomic structure of a highly divergent ribosome found in mitochondria of Trypanosoma brucei,... 2 weeks
Famous theory of the living Earth upgraded to 'Gaia 2.0'
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Aging may have originated at the very beginning of life, says study
NEWS MEDICAL A new USC Dornsife study indicates that aging may have originated at the very beginning of the evolution of life, at the same time... 2 weeks
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BUFFALO charges towards the earliest galaxies
PHYS.ORG The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has started a new mission to shed light on the evolution of the earliest galaxies in the Universe. The BUFFALO survey will observe six massive galaxy clusters and their surroundings. The... 2 weeks
Iron powder: a clean, alternative fuel for industry that replaces natural gas
PHYS.ORG VIDEO The Dutch government informed Dutch industry in January this year that by 2022, it should quit consuming natural gas. Students from Eindhoven University of... 2 weeks
Bull ant venom could put the bite on pain
PHYS.ORG Venom from the giant red bull ant is helping University of Queensland scientists understand the evolution of animal toxins in work that could lead to better treatments for pain. 2 weeks
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Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal
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Iron powder: a clean, alternative fuel for industry that replaces natural gas
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Accelerating electrocatalyst discovery with machine learning
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