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The fall of Rome was Europe's lucky break  PHYS.ORG · 34 minutes
Why the Roman Empire fell is often discussed in history classes and textbooks. But new research by Stanford historian Walter Scheidel considers an angle that has received little scholarly attention: Why did... more
Dementia patients’ adult kids develop symptoms six years earlier than their parents  NEWS MEDICAL · 12 hours
A person's chance of developing dementia is influenced by family history, variations in certain genes, and medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.... more
Humans May Be the Only Intelligent Life in the Universe, If Evolution Has Anything to Say  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
A look at 4.5 billion years of Earth's history tells us that intelligence, including extraterrestrial intelligence,... more
NASA wants international partners to go to Moon too  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the... more
Climate warming promises more frequent extreme El Niño events  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research, based on 33 historical El Niño events from 1901 to 2017, show climate change effects have shifted the El Niño onset location from the eastern Pacific to the... more
Surveying Solar Storms by Ancient Assyrian Astronomers  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
A research team led by the University of Tsukuba combined observations from ancient cuneiform tablets that mention unusual red skies with radioisotope... more
Mystery solved: Ocean acidity in the last mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new study led by Yale University confirms a long-held theory about the last great mass extinction event in history and how it affected Earth's oceans. The findings may also... more
Dozens of elephants die in Zimbabwe drought  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
At least 55 elephants have died in a month in Zimbabwe due to a lack of food and water, its wildlife agency said Monday, as the country faces one of the worst droughts in... more
Lucy mission completes critical design review  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Lucy mission led by Southwest Research Institute is one step closer to its 2021 launch to explore the Trojan asteroids, a population of ancient small bodies that share an orbit with Jupiter. With the successful... more
What was the first color in the universe?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The universe bathes in a sea of light, from the blue-white flickering of young stars to the deep red glow of hydrogen clouds. Beyond the colors seen by human eyes, there are... more
Archaeologists uncover 2,000-year-old street in Jerusalem built by Pontius Pilate  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
An ancient walkway most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship at the Temple Mount has been uncovered in the 'City of David' in... more
The rotation of Venus  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Venus is covered in a thick layer of clouds, one reason that it appears so bright in the sky. Ancient astronomers had a good idea of what (since Copernicus) we know as its orbital period; the modern measurement is that... more
Coral discovery equips researchers with new environmental monitoring method  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A rare element discovered in Great Barrier Reef coral skeletons will help scientists understand the environmental history of nearby regions. more
Spectacled Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
An international team of ornithologists led by by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History has discovered and scientifically described a... more
Ancient City of 'Mahendraparvata' Hidden Beneath Cambodian Jungle  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Archaeologists have mapped the ancient city of Mahendraparvata, hidden beneath thick vegetation on a Cambodian mountain not far from the temple of Angkor Wat. more
Archaeologists uncover 2,000-year-old street in Jerusalem built by Pontius Pilate  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An ancient walkway most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship at the Temple Mount has been uncovered in the "City of David" in... more
Toad disguises itself as deadly viper to avoid attack  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The first study of a toad mimicking a venomous snake reveals that it likely imitates one of Africa's largest vipers in both appearance and behavior, according to results published in... more
Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway. more
30 Perfectly Preserved Coffins Holding Ancient Egyptian Priest Mummies Discovered  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Archaeologists have unearthed 30 sealed wooden coffins with mummies inside at "El-Assasif," an ancient necropolis near Luxor, Egypt. more
Egypt unveils trove of ancient coffins excavated in Luxor  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Egypt revealed Saturday a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. more
30 'Cachette of the Priests' Mummies Discovered in Egypt  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Archaeologists have unearthed 30 sealed wooden coffins with mummies inside at "El-Assasif," an ancient necropolis near Luxor, Egypt. more
30 Sealed Coffins Holding Mummies Called the 'Cachette of the Priests' Discovered in Egypt  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Archaeologists have unearthed 30 sealed wooden coffins with mummies inside at "El-Assasif," an ancient necropolis near Luxor, Egypt. more
In Photos: 'Cachette of the Priests' Discovered in Luxor  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Archaeologists near Luxor, Egypt, have discovered 30 sealed wooden coffins with mummies inside, some of which belonged to ancient Egyptian priests. Here are photos of the findings. more
NASA astronauts complete repairs on historic spacewalk  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Two NASA astronauts successfully replaced a faulty battery charger during the agency’s first all-female spacewalk Oct. 18, an event that at times... more
NASA Astronauts Make History with 1st All-Female Spacewalk  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Today (Oct. 18), NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir embarked on the first spacewalk in history to be completed by a team of all women. more
Long-Lost WWII Ship Found at the Bottom of the Pacific Ocean  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
The Kaga sank during the historic Battle of Midway, along with six other vessels. more
US makes history with first all-female spacewalk  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir on Friday became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk—a historic milestone as NASA prepares to send the first woman to the Moon. more
First all-female spacewalking team makes history  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. more
Evolution tells us we might be the only intelligent life in the universe  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable... more
World's 1st female spacewalking team makes history  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The world's first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network. more
Europe's largest meteorite crater home to deep ancient life  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Fractured rocks of impact craters have been suggested to host deep microbial communities on Earth, and potentially other terrestrial planets, yet direct evidence remains elusive. In a new study published... more
Is your horse normal? Now there's an app for that  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Since ancient times, horse behavior, and the bond between horses and humans, has been a source of intrigue and fascination. more
U.S. astronauts embark on the first all-female spacewalk  REUTERS · 5 days
U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday when they stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS)... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique. more
Phylogenetic analysis forces rethink of termite evolution  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists have constructed a new family tree for this unassuming insect brood, shedding unexpected light on its evolutionary history. more
Museums put ancient DNA to work for wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Scientists who are trying to save species at the brink of extinction are finding help in an unexpected place. more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new UCLA study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique.... more
Museums put ancient DNA to work for wildlife  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists who are trying to save species at the brink of extinction are finding help in an unexpected place. Researchers increasingly are embracing the power of ancient DNA from old museum specimens... more
Scientists discover new species of wasp-mimicking praying mantis  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Director of Research & Collections and Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Gavin Svenson and former Case Western Reserve University graduate student, Henrique Rodrigues, have discovered a new... more
First scientific description of elusive bird illuminates plight of Borneo's forests  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Scientists with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and collaborators surveying the birdlife of Borneo have discovered a startling surprise: an undescribed species of bird,... more
480-million-year-old arthropods formed orderly queues  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Fossils of ancient arthropods discovered in linear formation may indicate a collective behaviour either in response to environmental cues or as part of seasonal reproductive migration. The findings, which are being published in Scientific Reports this week, suggest... more
Phylogenetic analysis forces rethink of termite evolution  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have constructed a new family tree for this... more
Old friends and new enemies: How evolutionary history can predict insect invader impacts  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists have developed a model that could help foresters predict which nonnative insect invasions will be most problematic. This could help managers... more
Eye to eye with a 350-year-old cow  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
What may be the earliest surviving objects seen by microscope—specimens prepared and viewed by the early Dutch naturalist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek—have been reunited with one of his original microscopes for a state of the... more
Scientists Find Antimalarial Compounds in Amazonian Acai Berries  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
An international team of researchers from Brazil, the United States and Sweden has found that polyphenols found in berries of... more
Old friends and new enemies: How evolutionary history can predict insect invader impacts  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
About 450 nonnative, plant-eating insect species live in North American forests. Most of these critters are harmless, but a handful wreak havoc... more
Computer model predicts location of future Ebola virus outbreaks  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a deadly infection that is highly contagious. It has taken thousands of lives across history, with a number of outbreaks mostly happening in West... more
Scientists find how deadly malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans  REUTERS · 6 days
Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analyzed it to figure out how... more
Surveying solar storms by ancient Assyrian astronomers  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Researcher finds evidence of ancient solar magnetic storms based on cuneiform astrological records and carbon-14 dating. This work may help with our understanding of intense solar activity that can threaten modern electronics. more
Scientists Reconstruct Geological History of Spain’s Giant Geode  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
In a paper published in the journal Geology, Dr. Juan Manuel García-Ruiz from the Universidad de Granada and colleagues reveal... more
One deer's journey: An epic migration is revealed in new maps  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
In the spring of 2016, a determined mule deer did something that, as far as anyone knows, no other mule deer had done before: She traveled... more
Solar storm surveys by ancient Assyrian astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Scientists at the University of Tsukuba study ancient cuneiform records for evidence of unusual solar activity 2,700 years ago, and identify three possible magnetic storms by matching the dates with tree-ring radioisotope data more
Scientists discover how malaria switched host from African gorillas to humans  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Researchers have revealed the series of events that probably led to the world’s deadliest form of malaria being able to jump from ancient great apes to... more
Both conservatives and liberals can agree on action on climate change  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
We tend to assume that democracies, over the long arc of history, work towards progress and justice. But with an issue like climate change, we're running... more
Geologists reveal anoxia caused loss in biodiversity in ancient seas  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Since 2016, the researchers of the Department of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology have been engaged in a research project analyzing the causes of Silurian biodiversity crisis.... more
CDISC and C-Path develop new standard to streamline data for animal rule studies  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The Critical Path Institute (C-Path) and CDISC are pleased to announce the release of a global Foundational Standard that describes how to... more
Discovered: Unknown yellow colors from antiquity  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Antique artefacts have been studied by chemists, revealing a hitherto unknown use of yellow in Ancient Egypt. more
4,000-Year-Old Mummies Showed Early Signs of Heart Disease  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Five mummies dating to 4,000 years ago had cholesterol buildup in their arteries, hinting that humans have been susceptible to heart disease since ancient times. more
The giant geode of Pulpí  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The geode of Pulpí is an 11-meter hollow ovoid with crystal-paneled walls. It is like those familiar couplets of stone interiors covered with bright crystallites, but so large that several people can fit inside. The crystals, of up... more
Eocene-Epoch Stingray Had Unique Body Plan  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A new species of prehistoric stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species, has been identified from fossils found in Italy.... more
Egypt says archeologists uncover 20 ancient coffins in Luxor  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor. more
Medical News Today: Can neurofeedback training increase self-esteem in depression?  MNT · 1 week
A new study suggests that fMRI neurofeedback training can increase self-esteem in people with a history of depression by strengthening brain connectivity. more
Can neurofeedback training increase self-esteem in depression?  MNT · 1 week
A new study suggests that fMRI neurofeedback training can increase self-esteem in people with a history of depression by strengthening brain connectivity. more
Evolutionary history of oaks  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Oaks have a complex evolutionary history that has long eluded scientists. New research, however, provides the most detailed account to date of the evolution of oaks, recovering the 56-million-year history that has made the oaks one of the most diverse,... more
Researchers map the evolutionary history of oaks  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
How oaks are related has long posed a challenge to scientists. Dr. Andrew Hipp, senior scientist at The Morton Arboretum, led an international team of 24 scientists to unravel the history of global oak... more
New study explores the chemistry and alarming history of fast-acting insecticide  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society explores the chemistry as well as the complicated and alarming history of DFDT, a fast-acting... more
Bones Filled with Marrow Served as Prehistoric Humans' 'Cans of Soup'  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Around 400,000 years ago, humans set aside bones filled with tasty grease and marrow, storing them like canned soup for later meals. more
Study reveals the role of tea drinking on brain organization  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The researchers recruited healthy older participants to two groups according to their history of tea drinking frequency and investigated both functional and structural networks to reveal the role... more
Fast-acting German insecticide lost in the aftermath of WWII  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study explores the chemistry as well as the complicated and alarming history of DFDT, a fast-acting insecticide. more
Researchers rediscover fast-acting German insecticide lost in the aftermath of WWII  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society explores the chemistry as well as the complicated and alarming history of DFDT, a fast-acting... more
Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday. more
Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: Evidence from brain connectivity evaluation  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The researchers recruited healthy older participants to two groups according to their history of tea drinking frequency and investigated both functional and structural networks to reveal... more
Cigarettes weave a complex path through past century, historian finds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Tobacco is not a simple crop. It is commodity fraught with health, economic and political implications. These last are the focus of Sarah Milov's new book. more
Museum explores spooky science behind 'Frankenstein', 'The Mummy'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
What is the spookiest thing about "Frankenstein," "The Mummy" and "Dracula"? The hideous monster? The ancient curse? The sharp fangs? more
Kinship-based social inequality in Bronze Age Europe  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Revealing and understanding the mechanisms behind social inequality in prehistoric societies is a major challenge. By combining genome wide data, isotopic evidence as well as anthropological and archaeological data, we go beyond the dominating... more
ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter Spots Ancient River System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A new image from the High Resolution Stereo Camera onboard ESA’s Mars Express shows the part of Nirgal Vallis, a... more
Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv. The research provides direct evidence that... more
River relic spied by Mars Express  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Mars may seem to be an alien world, but many of its features look eerily familiar—such as this ancient, dried-up river system that stretches out for nearly 700 kilometres across the surface, making it one of... more
New Giant Carnivorous Dinosaur Unveiled: Siamraptor suwati  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Paleontologists have announced the discovery of a new genus and species of carcharodontosaurian dinosaur, based on the fossilized remains found in Thailand.... more
Ancient fossils reveal fresh clues about early life on land  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Slime has been present on Earth for a very long time—almost 2 billion years, according to a recent reassessment of fossil evidence. more
River relic spied by Mars Express  ESA · 2 weeks
Mars may seem to be an alien world, but many of its features look eerily familiar – such as this ancient, dried-up river system... more
Study finds prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone... more
A deep dive into what drives protests in Ghana  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The history of protests in Ghana reveals three persisting themes. These may suggest what Ghana and some other countries could do to avoid protest action in future. more
A study of genetic contributions to changes in prehistoric human stature  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that genetics played a large role in changes in height for Europeans over... more
'Big Bang Theory' gets shout out to Nobel Prize announcement  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Life imitated art Tuesday when "The Big Bang Theory"—the popular U.S. television show, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began—made its way into the annals of... more
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