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Red Sea huge source of air pollution, greenhouse gases: study  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Hydrocarbon gases bubbling from the bottom of the Red Sea are polluting the atmosphere at a rate equivalent to the emissions of some large fossil fuel exporting countries,... more
Feral horses are destroying fragile post-fire habitat in the Australian Alps  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
On Friday I flew in a helicopter over the fire-ravaged Kosciuszko National Park. I was devastated by what I saw. Cherished wildlife species are at grave... more
New study debunks myth of Cahokia's Native American lost civilization  SCIENCE DAILY · 16 hours
An archaeologist has dug up ancient human feces, among other demographic clues, to challenge the narrative around the legendary demise of Cahokia, North America's most iconic pre-Columbian metropolis. more
Benefits of conservation efforts may not yet be fully visible  SCIENCE DAILY · 22 hours
Last year, a UN report on global biodiversity warned one million species are at risk of extinction within decades, putting the world's natural life-support systems in jeopardy. But... more
New study debunks myth of Cahokia's Native American lost civilization  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
A University of California, Berkeley, archaeologist has dug up ancient human feces, among other demographic clues, to challenge the narrative around the legendary demise of Cahokia, North America's... more
Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
In 1961, John Kutzbach, then a recent college graduate, was stationed in France as an aviation weather forecaster for the U.S. Air... more
Fungal decisions can affect climate  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
When we think of climate change, we tend to think about greenhouse gases, fossil fuels and pollution. Most of us don't think about fungi. more
New Species of Carnivorous Dinosaur Unveiled: Allosaurus jimmadseni  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
A new species of carnivorous theropod dinosaur has been identified from the fossilized remains discovered in the 1990s in northeastern... more
Towering dinosaur with radioactive skull identified in Utah  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Paleontologists have discovered the skeleton and radioactive skull of a previously unknown species of Allosaurus. more
Large amounts of oxygen detected in ancient star's atmosphere  nanowerk · 3 days
An international team of astronomers has detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known. more
Scientists to search for relatives of extinct Galapagos tortoises  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A scientific expedition to the Galapagos Islands will spend ten days searching for relatives of two tortoise species believed to be extinct, including those of the archipelago's Lonesome George, park... more
What do Chinese opera masks and spiders have in common? A lot, as it turns out.  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
To better understand how animals like spiders communicate with pattern and color, a University of Cincinnati... more
15,000-year-old viruses found in Tibetan glacier  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A team of researchers from The Ohio State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found a host of ancient virus groups in ice cores taken from a Tibetan glacier. They have written a paper about... more
715-Million-Year-Old Fungi Microfossils Found  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
An international team of researchers has found the microscopic fungal filaments and mycelium-like structures in dolomitic shale from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The microfossils are at least... more
Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star's atmosphere  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers have detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known -- a 'primitive star' scientists call J0815+4729.... more
Astronomers Find Huge Amount of Oxygen in Ancient Dwarf Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Using high-resolution spectroscopic observations from the High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) on the 10-m Keck I telescope... more
New species of Allosaurus discovered in Utah  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A remarkable new species of meat-eating dinosaur has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Paleontologists unearthed the first specimen in early 1990s in Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah. The huge... more
Did asteroid that hit Australia help thaw ancient 'snowball Earth'?  REUTERS · 5 days
Scientists have identified Earth's oldest-known impact crater, and in doing so may have solved a mystery... more
Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star's atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An international team of astronomers from the University of California San Diego, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and the University of Cambridge have detected large amounts... more
Egyptian mummy speaks again after 3,000 years  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
The voice of an ancient Egyptian priest has been heard for the first time in more than 3,000 years, thanks to a detailed reconstruction of his vocal tract from his mummified remains. more
Ancient voice: Scientists recreate sound of Egyptian mummy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers say they've mimicked the voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy by recreating much of its vocal tract using medical scanners, 3D printing and an electronic larynx. more
New Research Tracks Evolution of Extinct Straight-Tusked Elephants  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Palaeoloxodon is an extinct genus of straight-tusked elephants that lived throughout Europe and Asia during the Pleistocene and Holocene. It... more
3D-printed vocal tract reproduces sound of ancient mummy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The sound produced by the vocal tract of a 3,000 year-old Egyptian mummy has been synthesized using CT scans, 3-D printing and an electronic larynx. The findings are presented in a study... more
A new way to count and identify microscopic particles in fluids  nanowerk · 5 days
A new method is proposed to automate the measurement of nano- to microscale particles suspended in fluid. The single particle extinction and scattering (SPES) method can... more
EU strides forward on just transition, but risks stumbling on fossil fuels  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The path to a climate neutral Europe became a little easier today, with the European Commission's proposal for a fund to help coal regions... more
Computer model shows ancient Earth with an atmosphere 70 percent carbon dioxide  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of researchers from the University of Washington has found evidence that the Earth's atmosphere approximately 2.7 billion years ago might have been... more
Vesuvius victims baked slowly as they died  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Hundreds of people in ancient Herculaneum died when Mount Vesuvius erupted. And their deaths weren't instantaneous, new evidence reveals. more
Study reveals two writers penned landmark inscriptions in eighth-century BCE Samaria  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The ancient Samaria ostraca—eighth-century BCE ink-on-clay inscriptions unearthed at the beginning of the 20th century in Samaria, the capital of the biblical kingdom of Israel—are among... more
Tw writers penned landmark inscriptions in 8th-century BCE Samaria  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A new study reveals that only 2 writers penned landmark inscriptions on an 8th-century BCE Samarian ostraca. The discovery illuminates the bureaucratic apparatus of an ancient kingdom of Israel. more
'Ghost' population of humans discovered in ancient Africa  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
The ancient DNA from four children who lived thousands of years ago is rewriting what geneticists thought happened in sub-Saharan Africa. more
Anthropologists confirm existence of specialized sheep-hunting camp in prehistoric Lebanon  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Anthropologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) have confirmed the existence more than 10,000 years ago of a hunting camp in what is now northeastern Lebanon—one... more
Molecular identification of fungi microfossils in a Neoproterozoic shale rock  Science Magazine · 6 days
Precambrian fossils of fungi are sparse, and the knowledge of their early evolution and the role they played in the colonization of land surface are limited. Here, we... more
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 2.7 billion years ago inferred from micrometeorite oxidation  Science Magazine · 6 days
Earth’s atmospheric composition during the Archean eon of 4 to 2.5 billion years ago has few constraints. However, the geochemistry of recently discovered iron-rich... more
Engineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
According to ancient lore, Genghis Khan instructed his horsemen to wear silk vests underneath their armor to better protect themselves against an onslaught of arrows during battle. Since the time of Khan,... more
First ancient DNA from West/Central Africa illuminates deep human past  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An international team led by Harvard Medical School scientists has produced the first genome-wide ancient human DNA sequences from west and central Africa. more
Neutron source enables a look inside dino eggs  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Did the chicks of dinosaurs from the group oviraptorid hatch from their eggs at the same time? This question can be answered by the length and arrangement of the embryo's bones, which... more
Neutron source enables a look inside dino eggs  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Did the chicks of dinosaurs from the group oviraptorid hatch from their eggs at the same time? This question can be answered by the length and arrangement of the embryo's bones, which... more
Ancient Assyrian rock carvings in Iraq show procession of gods riding mythical animals  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
Stunning ancient rock carvings that portray an Assyrian king paying homage to his gods amid a procession of mythical animals have been... more
An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, a volcano helped life flourish.  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
A massive meteorite impact and extreme volcanic activity occurred around the same time that Earth's large dinosaurs went extinct. But, did the volcanic activity... more
'Ancient' cellular discovery key to new cancer therapies  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Researchers have uncovered a metabolic system which could lead to new strategies for therapeutic cancer treatment. A team has found a link between a metabolic system in a yeast, and now mammals,... more
The little auks that lived in the Pacific  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Findings from a 700,000-year-old fossil bone indicate that a close relative of the most abundant seabird species in the North Atlantic, the modern dovekie, or 'little auk,' used to thrive in the... more
Discovery of beneficial fungal taxa may help restore native plant in the PNW  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Camas, a seed-producing forb, grows in prairie and wetland habitats in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and carries profound prehistoric and current significance... more
Platypus on brink of extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research calls for national action to minimize the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs. more
Five ways to turn carbon dioxide from pollution to a valuable product  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It's far easier to avoid burning fossil fuels than it is to clean up CO2 emissions once they're in the Earth's atmosphere. But the... more
Modified plants to curb climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Each year, an average of 120 gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) worldwide is released through soil and vegetation respiration. Plants are capable of taking in nearly 123 gigatons through photosynthesis in the same period. But as... more
Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Genghis Khan's conquering armies fed on dried curd as they crossed the vast steppes of Eurasia, ancient Romans imported pungent cheeses from France, and Bedouin tribes... more
Fossils of Earliest Known Scorpion Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The exceptionally preserved fossils of the oldest species of scorpion ever found have been unearthed in Wisconsin, the United States. The newly-discovered ancient scorpion... more
It was microbial mayhem in the Chicxulub crater, research suggests  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New insights into how microbial life was quickly re-established following the mass extinction of the dinosaurs have been detailed for the first time by Curtin University-led research. more
Are Birds Dinosaurs?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Modern birds can trace their origins to theropods, a branch of mostly meat-eaters on the dinosaur family tree. more
Australia fires 'devastating habitats' of endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Australia's bushfires and other climate change effects are devastating the habitats of critically endangered species and driving the native platypus towards extinction, according to surveys highlighting the country's vulnerability to rising temperatures. more
Climate change pushing Australia's platypus towards extinction: researchers  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Prolonged drought and other effects of climate change are pushing Australia's unique platypus population towards extinction, scientists warned in a study published Monday. more
TESS Dates an Ancient Collision with Our Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an... more
'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds  REUTERS · 2 weeks
An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120... more
New Feathered Dinosaur Species Identified in China  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Paleontologists in China have identified a new species of microraptorine dromaeosaur closely related to the famous dinosaur Velociraptor. The newly-discovered dinosaur lived... more
A new method for dating ancient earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Constraining the history of earthquakes produced by bedrock fracturing is important for predicting seismic activity and plate tectonic evolution. In a new study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports Jan 17, 2020, a... more
Transformational innovation needed to reach global forest restoration goals  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The U.N. and other international organizations agree that forest restoration is a critical part of the collective global effort to combat climate change, reduce extinctions, and improve the lives of... more
An evolving understanding of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Few things related to science capture the imagination more than the magic of worlds past. This includes the origins of life, dinosaurs, mass extinctions, meteorite impacts, and the evolution of our species. Understanding the evolution of life is... more
Using machine learning to fine-tune views of the ancient past  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China and two in the U.S. has developed a way to use machine learning to get a better look... more
Black rhino population shows steady growth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Good news stories can be hard to come by in an era of extinction, but the steady improvement in the fortunes of the black rhino is one of those stories. more
Human ancestors may have eaten hard plant tissues without damaging teeth  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Hard plant foods may have made up a larger part of early human ancestors' diet than currently presumed, according to a new experimental study of modern... more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid -- not volcanoes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international team... more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It... more
On impact and volcanism across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
The cause of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction is vigorously debated, owing to the occurrence of a very large bolide impact and flood basalt volcanism near the boundary. Disentangling their relative importance is... more
A high-resolution summary of Cambrian to Early Triassic marine invertebrate biodiversity  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
One great challenge in understanding the history of life is resolving the influence of environmental change on biodiversity. Simulated annealing and genetic algorithms were used to... more
'Living fossil' may upend basic tenet of evolutionary theory  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A research team has discovered the first conclusive evidence that selection may also occur at the level of the epigenome -- a term that refers to an assortment of chemical... more
Glimpse into ancient hunting strategies of dragonflies and damselflies  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Dragonflies and damselflies are animals that may appear gentle but are, in fact, ancient hunters. The closely related insects shared an ancestor over 250 million years ago -- long before... more
Fossil is the oldest-known scorpion  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists studying fossils collected 35 years ago have identified them as the oldest-known scorpion species, a prehistoric animal from about 437 million years ago. The researchers found that the animal likely had the capacity to breathe in both... more
'Living fossil' may upend basic tenet of evolutionary theory  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The field of evolutionary biology has seen its share of spirited debates. But if there's one principle that virtually every expert in the field agrees on, it's that natural selection... more
Fossil is the oldest-known scorpion  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists studying fossils collected 35 years ago have identified them as the oldest-known scorpion species, a prehistoric animal from about 437 million years ago. The researchers found that the animal likely had the capacity to breathe in both... more
This is the oldest scorpion known to science  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Ancient arachnid could reveal clues about the evolution of modern scorpions and spiders more
Glimpse into ancient hunting strategies of dragonflies and damselflies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Dragonflies and damselflies are animals that may appear gentle but are, in fact, ancient hunters. The closely related insects shared an ancestor over 250 million years ago—long before dinosaurs—and provide... more
New species of prehistoric scorpion may have been early land explorer  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new species of prehistoric scorpion from the early Siluarian period (approximately 437.5 to 436.5 million years ago) is described in a study in Scientific Reports.... more
Fossils of largest theropod to date found in Australia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of researchers from the University of New England, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum and Swinburne University of Technology, all in Australia, has identified fossils found... more
Bird species are facing extinction hundreds of times faster than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Extinction, or the disappearance of an entire species, is commonplace. Species have been forming, persisting and then shuffling off their mortal coil since life began on... more
Ancient Yahweh Worshipper's Jar Bears Hebrew Script in Biblical City  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A 2,800-year-old jar inscribed in Hebrew with the Yahwistic name "Benayo" has been discovered at Abel Beth Maacah, an Israel site mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. more
Potential to adapt is revealed by evolutionary genomics  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Global climate change is going to drastically alter the environmental conditions for humans and nature. Animals and plants unable to cope with the new conditions are thus forced to shift their range... more
Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. more
New dinosaur discovered in China shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China, and described by American and Chinese authors and published today in the journal,... more
New feathered dinosaur shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how... more
Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was symbolically painted  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was a multicolored and emblematic sacred icon worshiped for almost 700 hundred years before Spanish conquest, according to a new study. more
Aquatic and terrestrial cyanobacteria produce methane  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Evidence is accumulating to challenge the paradigm that biogenic methanogenesis, considered a strictly anaerobic process, is exclusive to archaea. We demonstrate that cyanobacteria living in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments produce methane at substantial rates under... more
Beach-combing Neanderthals dove for shells  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Did Neanderthals wear swimsuits? Probably not. But a new study suggests that some of these ancient humans might have spent a lot of time at the beach. They may even have dived into the cool waters of the... more
Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was symbolically painted  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was a multicolored and emblematic sacred icon worshipped for almost 700 hundred years before Spanish conquest, according to a study published January 15, 2020 in the... more
'Soil photosynthesis' helps to mitigate environmental pollution  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NOx gases is the generic term used to refer to the group of gases made up of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, gases that result from burning fossil fuel, and also from forest fires,... more
New assessment of gas locked in ice in European waters  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A study led by the University of Southampton has mapped several sites in Europe containing gas hydrate—a relatively clean fuel which could help bridge the gap between fossil... more
New assessment of gas locked in ice in European waters  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A study has mapped several sites in Europe containing gas hydrate - a relatively clean fuel which could help bridge the gap between fossil fuels and renewables. more
Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists know that a particular protein is responsible for regulating gene expression of photosystems in response to perturbations in photosynthetic electron flow, but how it senses the electrons has been an unresolved... more
Shrinking dinosaurs and the evolution of endothermy in birds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The evolution of endothermy (thermoregulation by metabolic means) represents a major transition in vertebrate history. However, the process of endothermy evolution and its timeline in birds and mammals remains controversial.... more
Germany to support 'bio-economy' with 3.6 bn euros  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
German ministers on Wednesday agreed an action plan for the "bio-economy" worth 3.6 billion euros to help sustainable resources replace material of fossil origin in everyday products. more
Super-fast beer fermentation from ancient Norwegian yeast  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The distinctly Norwegian beer-brewing yeast kveik reduces fermentation time drastically. That's a huge advantage, according to NTNU Ph.D. candidate Christian Schulz. more
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