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Tw writers penned landmark inscriptions in 8th-century BCE Samaria  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
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
Astronomers Create Stunning 3D Visualization of Crab Nebula  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 hours
In 1054 CE, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a ‘new star’ in the heavens, which they recorded... more
'Ghost' population of humans discovered in ancient Africa  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 hours
The ancient DNA from four children who lived thousands of years ago is rewriting what geneticists thought happened in sub-Saharan Africa. more
Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption turned a man's brain to 'glass'  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 hours
A man who died in Herculaneum during the historic Vesuvius eruption was found with an exploded skull and glass-like brain tissue. more
Anthropologists confirm existence of specialized sheep-hunting camp in prehistoric Lebanon  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
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
Multi-isotope evidence for the emergence of cultural alterity in Late Neolithic Europe  Science Magazine · 9 hours
The coexistence of cultural identities and their interaction is a fundamental topic of social sciences that is not easily addressed in prehistory. Differences in... more
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 2.7 billion years ago inferred from micrometeorite oxidation  Science Magazine · 9 hours
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 · 10 hours
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 · 10 hours
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
Researchers May Have Solved Mystery of Akrotiri’s Monkey Frescoes  SCI-NEWS.COM · 13 hours
The blue monkeys painted on the walls of Akrotiri on the Greek island of Santorini are among many... more
Ancient Assyrian rock carvings in Iraq show procession of gods riding mythical animals  LIVE SCIENCE · 16 hours
Stunning ancient rock carvings that portray an Assyrian king paying homage to his gods amid a procession of mythical animals have been... more
Study reveals pre-Hispanic history, genetic changes among indigenous Mexican populations  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
As more and more large-scale human genome sequencing projects get completed, scientists have been able to trace with increasing confidence both the geographical movements and underlying genetic variation... more
Cataclysmic bashing from giant planets occurred early in our Solar System's history  Science Magazine · 1 day
Models and observations suggest that an earlier date for the upheaval can explain puzzles including a puny Mars more
'Ancient' cellular discovery key to new cancer therapies  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
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
News aggregator websites play critical role in driving readers to media outlet websites  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
News aggregators help to simplify consumers' search for news stories by gathering content based on viewing history or other factors. Commonly used... more
Discovery of beneficial fungal taxa may help restore native plant in the PNW  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Camas, a seed-producing forb, grows in prairie and wetland habitats in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and carries profound prehistoric and current significance... more
Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
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
Alarming link between marijuana and increased heart risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Marijuana use is rising steadily across the US as more and more states enact laws making it a legal recreational and medicinal agent. However, a new study underlines the fact that this... more
On the edge between science and art: Historical biodiversity data from Japanese 'gyotaku'  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Japanese cultural art of 'gyotaku,' which means 'fish impression' or 'fish rubbing,' captures accurate images of fish specimens. It has been used... more
Fossils of Earliest Known Scorpion Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
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
Why Didn't the Allies Bomb Auschwitz?  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
A new PBS documentary probes the deliberation behind the historic decision. more
On the edge between science and art: Historical biodiversity data from Japanese 'gyotaku'  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Historical biodiversity data is being obtained from museum specimens, literature, classic monographs and old photographs, yet those sources can be damaged, lost... more
TESS Dates an Ancient Collision with Our Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an... more
A new method for dating ancient earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
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
Using machine learning to fine-tune views of the ancient past  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
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
A high-resolution summary of Cambrian to Early Triassic marine invertebrate biodiversity  Science Magazine · 6 days
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
Glimpse into ancient hunting strategies of dragonflies and damselflies  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
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 · 6 days
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
Fossil is the oldest-known scorpion  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
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 · 7 days
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 · 7 days
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 · 7 days
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 · 7 days
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
Solving the Greek monkey mystery gave us an important clue to Bronze Age world  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The blue monkeys painted on the walls of Akrotiri on the Greek island of Santorini are among many animals found... more
Ancient Yahweh Worshipper's Jar Bears Hebrew Script in Biblical City  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
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
Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
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
Stellar Heavy Metals Can Trace History of Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers have cataloged signs of 9 heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. New observations based... more
Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was symbolically painted  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
A new 'cool' blue  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Throughout history, people have sought vibrant blue pigments. The Egyptians and Babylonians used lapis lazuli 6,000 years ago. In 1802, a French chemist synthesized cobalt blue. More recently, in 2009 scientists discovered YInMn Blue, otherwise known as ''Oregon Blue.'' But... more
Chemicals between us: Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have discovered gender-based differences in response to therapeutic oxytocin treatment in cocaine-addicted individuals with a history of childhood trauma. Oxytocin has been shown previously to function as... more
Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
Super-fast beer fermentation from ancient Norwegian yeast  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Huygens landing spin mystery solved  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Fifteen years ago today, ESA's Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully land on another world in the outer solar system. However, during its... more
Infectious disease defenses among ancient hominid contributions to adaptation of modern humans  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
During the past decade, our human evolutionary tree has turned into something more resembling an unwieldy bush. Scientists have discovered swapped segments of DNA... more
Study provides insights into how viral infection can continue to affect immunity  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The strength of the immune system in response to respiratory infections is constantly changing, depending on the history of previous, unrelated infections, according to... more
Ocean Temperatures Have Reached a Record-Breaking High  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Our planet's oceans are warmer than they've ever been in recorded human history. more
Huygens landing spin mystery solved  ESA · 1 week
Fifteen years ago today, ESA’s Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully... more
Historical housing disparities linked with dangerous climate impacts  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to climate change. However, extreme heat does not affect... more
What the 2010s taught us about women in space   SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir captured the world’s attention with their historic all-woman space walk at the... more
On the trail of purple: Tracking ancient trade routes through purple dye  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As part of a DFG-funded project, a German-Tunisian team co-directed by LMU archaeologist Stefan Ritter have surveyed the ancient city of Meninx on the... more
Haiti 'still in crisis' 10 years after earthquake  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When a 7.0 earthquake reduced Haiti to rubble, sparking one of the biggest international aid efforts in history, some experts predicted it would take the country a decade to get back to... more
Oceans were hottest on record in 2019  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The world's oceans were the hottest in recorded history in 2019, scientists said on Tuesday, as manmade emissions warmed seas at an ever-increasing rate with potentially disastrous impacts on Earth's climate. more
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy  nanowerk · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller... more
Study links historical housing policies across the U.S. to inequitable heat exposure  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to... more
Study link historical housing policies across the U.S. to inequitable heat exposure  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to... more
Study links historical housing disparities with dangerous climate impacts  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to climate change. However, extreme heat does... more
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller... more
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller... more
Broadest study to date of Bornean elephants yields insight into their habitat selection  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only an estimated 1,500 Bornean elephants in the wild, with populations mostly concentrated in... more
Even for an air pollution historian like me, these past weeks have been a shock  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Smoke from this season's bushfires has turned the sun red, the moon orange and the sky an insipid... more
Columbus' Claims of Cannibal Raids May Have Been True After All  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Christopher Columbus claims to have fought with a fierce cannibal tribe in the Caribbean, despite historical evidence to the contrary. Now, a new study shows he... more
Herpes simplex viruses: new relationships between epidemiology and history  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An Italian research team has refined the history and origins of two extremely common pathogens in human populations, herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. more
Researchers refine history and origins of common pathogens in human populations  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
An Italian research team has refined the history and origins of two extremely common pathogens in human populations, herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. more
TESS Shows Ancient North Star Undergoes Eclipses  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have shown that Alpha Draconis, a well-studied star visible to the naked... more
Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The birthplace of Germany's national anthem and a practice bombing range for British airmen after World War II, Helgoland island in the North Sea turns cuddly at the turn of... more
Puzzle of early Neolithic house orientations finally solved  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Human behavior is influenced by many things, most of which remain unconscious to us. One of these is known among perception psychologists as 'pseudo-neglect.' This refers to the observation that healthy people... more
Widespread activation of developmental gene expression characterized by PRC1-dependent chromatin looping  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Polycomb repressive complexes 1 and 2 have been historically described as transcriptional repressors, but recent reports suggest that PRC1 might also support activation, although the underlying... more
Scientists find oldest-known fossilized digestive tract at 550 million years old  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A 550 million-year-old fossilized digestive tract found in the Nevada desert could be a key find in understanding the early history of animals on Earth. more
Scientists use ancient marine fossils to unravel long-standing climate puzzle  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists have shed new light on the Earth's climate behavior during the last known period of global warming over 14 million years ago. more
Anthropologist digitizes a changing culture from half a world away  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In 2006, University of Virginia anthropologist Lise Dobrin received a document attached to an email from a man she knew in Papua New Guinea, where she had conducted... more
Strength from perpetual grief: How Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
How do you support people forever attached to a landscape after an inferno tears through their homelands: decimating native food sources, burning through ancient scarred trees... more
Australia bushfires spark 'unprecedented' climate disinformation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Australia's bushfire emergency has sparked an online disinformation campaign "unprecedented" in the country's history, researchers told AFP Friday, with bots deployed to shift blame for the blazes away from climate change. more
Lucy mission now has a new destination  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Less than two years before launch, scientists associated with NASA's Lucy mission, led by Southwest Research Institute, have discovered an additional small asteroid that will be visited by the Lucy spacecraft. Set to launch... more
Mathematicians put famous Battle of Britain 'what if' scenarios to the test  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Mathematicians have developed a new model to explore what the impact of changes to Luftwaffe tactics would actually have been. Their approach uses statistical... more
History of falls can predict fracture risk in postmenopausal women  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The risk of fracture in postmenopausal women can be predicted by history of falls, according to new findings from the Kuopio Osteoporosis Risk Factor and Prevention Study at... more
Scientists use ancient marine fossils to unravel longstanding climate puzzle  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Cardiff University scientists have shed new light on the Earth's climate behavior during the last known period of global warming over 14 million years ago. more
Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have cataloged signs of nine heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. New observations based on this catalog will help researchers to understand how events like binary... more
Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A delicate balance of electrons flowing through the photosynthetic machinery is essential to a plant's ability to turn sunlight into energy and its survival. Understanding the factors that regulate this balance is... more
Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have cataloged signs of 9 heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. more
If trees could talk: Using historic log structures to map migration of Europeans, Native Americans  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers are using tree-ring dating to determine not only when trees were cut down to build historic log... more
Bat poop may give researchers clues about historical changes to climate, vegetation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Whether it's ice, lake-bottom mud, or cave stalactites and stalagmites, if something piles up and accumulates over time, it can tell scientists about past... more
100 million years in amber: Researchers discover oldest fossilized slime mold  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Most people associate the idea of creatures trapped in amber with insects or spiders, which are preserved lifelike in fossil tree resin. An international research team... more
If trees could talk: Using historic log structures to map migration of Europeans, Native Americans  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Log cabins in West Virginia's Appalachian Mountains have a story to tell: when people leave, the forest takes... more
2019 second hottest year on record  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The year 2019 was the second hottest ever recorded and a virtual tie with 2016, the warmest El Nino year, the European Union's climate monitor says in its round up of the hottest decade in history. more
2019 second hottest year on record: EU  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
2019 was the second hottest year on record and ended the hottest decade in history, the European Union's climate monitoring service said Wednesday. more
New version of fossil-recognition app now includes Cretaceous period  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In 2015, when researchers at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum released the free Digital Atlas of Ancient Life app, they didn't know what kind of... more
Study investigates three levels of recovery in people with a history of generalized anxiety disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric illness, yet researchers know very little about factors associated... more
Evolution on the vine: A history of tomato domestication in Latin America  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The common cultivated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L. var. lycopersicum; or (SLL)) is among the world's most widely grown vegetable crops, from big agricultural farms... more
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