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The toxic sugar tree: Mapping the evolutionary history of a cancerous sugar gene
PHYS.ORG Around two million years ago, a genetic change occurred that differentiated humans from most other primates that both protected humans from diseases,... 5 hours
Sally Ride, 1st American Woman in Space, to Appear on 2018 US Postage Stamp
SPACE.COM America's first woman in space will become only the second astronaut to be honored on a United States postage stamp.... 6 hours
East Antarctic Ice Sheet has history of instability
SCIENCE DAILY The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet). It's also thought to be among the most stable, not gaining or losing... 6 hours
The Indian monsoon variability and civilization changes in the Indian subcontinent
Science Magazine The vast Indo-Gangetic Plain in South Asia has been home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, whose fortunes ebbed and flowed with time—plausibly driven in... 7 hours
Ancient Asian cultures may have risen and fallen on the strength of monsoons
Science Magazine Researchers reconstruct climate record back nearly 6000 years 8 hours
East Antarctic Ice Sheet has history of instability
PHYS.ORG The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet), more than any other ice sheet on the planet. It's also thought to... 8 hours
A better understanding of ancient landscapes
SCIENCE DAILY Geologists use zircon mineral grains to reconstruct what the Earth and its landscapes looked like in ancient times. A new study suggests that scientists may be able to better leverage zircon data to understand how landscapes... 12 hours
New research improves understanding of ancient landscapes
SCIENCE DAILY Geologists use zircon mineral grains to reconstruct what the Earth and its landscapes looked like in ancient times. A new study suggests that scientists may be able to better leverage zircon data to understand... 12 hours
Giant Prehistoric Penguin Fossil Found in New Zealand
SCI-NEWS.COM Paleontologists have found the fossil remains of a giant prehistoric penguin that lived about 59 to 56 million years ago... 12 hours
Putting molten history on the map
PHYS.ORG At temperatures as hot as the sun and under pressures over a million times atmospheric pressure, the metal molybdenum melts. Tracking the molten history of the metal clarified the melting point, the border between solid and... 13 hours
Ancient Jellyfish Embryos Curled Up Like Accordions
LIVE SCIENCE A 537-million-year-old fossil was the victim of mistaken identity. 14 hours
Waddling into history: huge ancient penguin inhabited New Zealand
REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion... 15 hours
The Coolest Historical Discoveries of 2017
HISTORY Here are the 15 most intriguing finds of the year. 1 day
Giant Penguin: This Ancient Bird Was As Tall As a Refrigerator
LIVE SCIENCE The fossils of a refrigerator-size penguin were so gargantuan that the scientists who discovered them initially thought they belonged to a giant turtle. The ancient behemoth... 1 day
New research improves understanding of ancient landscapes
PHYS.ORG Geologists use zircon mineral grains to reconstruct what the Earth and its landscapes looked like in ancient times. These microscopic grains, commonly the width of a human hair, record detailed information on when and... 1 day
Suomi NPP satellite provides copious information on California's fires
PHYS.ORG The Thomas fire, the fifth largest in California's history, continues to creep towards Montecito and Santa Barbara, and is currently 234,200 acres in size. That is about 4,200 acres larger... 1 day
Feather-Gripping Tick Trapped in Amber Dined on Dinos
LIVE SCIENCE A rare find in amber connects ancient ticks to feathered dinosaur hosts. 1 day
Q&A: How is the US opioid crisis affecting children?
ABC NEWS A historic and deadly wave of opioid addiction is flooding children into the U.S. foster care system 1 day
Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule
SCIENCE DAILY The Chachapoyas region was conquered by the Inca Empire in the late 15th century. Inca oral histories, written down after the Spanish conquest, claim that the native population was forcibly... 1 day
Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs
NPR The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires... 1 day
Ancient penguins may have weighed more than 100 kilograms, been as tall as a human
Science Magazine Gigantic penguins may have evolved more than once 1 day
Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin
PHYS.ORG Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 1 day
Personalized blood sugar goals can save diabetes patients thousands
SCIENCE DAILY A cost analysis shows treatment plans that set individualized blood sugar goals for diabetes patients, tailored to their age and health history, can save $13,546 in health care costs over... 1 day
Ancient weakening of Earth's crust explains unusual intraplate earthquakes
PHYS.ORG New research reveals that mysterious pockets of earthquake activity in the middle of North America all have one thing in common: Earth's crust in these zones underwent significant deformation hundreds... 2 days
Ancient Tomb Full of 'Soup Bowls' & Food Vessels Discovered in China
LIVE SCIENCE Also inside the tomb was a badly decomposed body of an unidentified person, the archaeologists said. 2 days
Photos: Ancient Chinese Tomb Full of Bronze Vessels
LIVE SCIENCE A 3,100-year-old tomb filled with bronze food vessels that have incredible designs has been discovered in Baoji City in China. 2 days
Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule
PHYS.ORG The Chachapoyas region was conquered by the Inca Empire in the late 15th century. Knowledge of the fate of the local population has been based largely on Inca oral histories,... 2 days
Traces of historical reindeer grazing can still be observed after 100 years
SCIENCE DAILY With the holiday season around the corner, most people may first think of reindeer as Santa Claus' trusted helpers. But it turns out that... 2 days
Cold suns, warm exoplanets and methane blankets
SCIENCE DAILY Three million years ago, the sun shone weaker, but Earth stayed surprisingly warm. Carl Sagan thought a greenhouse effect must have been to thank. A model built on 359 chemical processes has finally arrived... 2 days
Scientists pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork
PHYS.ORG Scientists from UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have used a combination of three advanced imaging techniques to produce a highly detailed analysis of a second century Egyptian painting. 2 days
Linen-Wrapped Mummy Found Inside 3,500-Year-Old Tomb in Luxor
LIVE SCIENCE Archaeologists have excavated two ancient tombs in Luxor, Egypt, that haven't seen the light of day in about 3,500 years, according to the country's antiquities ministry. 2 days
How much can 252-million-year-old ecosystems tell us about modern Earth? A lot
SCIENCE DAILY During the late Permian, the equator was dry and desert-like, yet surprisingly a hotspot for biodiversity, new paleontological research shows. Similarly to modern rainforests,... 2 days
California wildfire torches forest, forces new evacuations
PHYS.ORG One of the most destructive fires in California's history was raging in a sprawling national forest on Monday and creeping up the Pacific coast, forcing new evacuations. 2 days
African deforestation not as great as feared
SCIENCE DAILY The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence shows. 2 days
Ancient Rock Art Mapped in Amazing Detail, Revealing 100-Foot Snake
LIVE SCIENCE These are some of the largest rock engravings found anywhere in the world. 2 days
African deforestation not as great as feared: study
PHYS.ORG The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence by Yale researchers shows. 2 days
Traces of historical reindeer grazing can still be observed after 100 years
PHYS.ORG With the holiday season around the corner, most people may first think of reindeer as Santa Claus' trusted helpers. But it turns out that... 3 days
Ancient Rock Art Mapped in Amazing Detail, Revealing 300-Foot Snake
LIVE SCIENCE These are some of the largest rock engravings found anywhere in the world. 3 days
This ancient marsupial lion had an early version of ‘bolt-cutter’ teeth
SCIENCE-NEWS Extinct dog-sized predator crunched with unusual slicers toward the back of its jaw. 3 days
Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules
PHYS.ORG A scientific analysis of fossilised tree resin has caused a rethink of Australia's prehistoric ecosystem, and could pave the way to recovering more preserved palaeobiological artefacts from the time of dinosaurs or prehistoric mammals. 3 days
Image: The moon in 1992
PHYS.ORG The moon was a focal point for NASA in 2017, whether it was blocking out the sun during one of the most-viewed events in U.S. history, or reinvigorating the agency's human space exploration plans. But the moon has... 3 days
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ASTRO WATCH NASA's New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short, 2.5-minute engine burn on Saturday, Dec. 9 that refined its... 4 days
Before the Bus, Rosa Parks Was a Sexual Assault Investigator
HISTORY Why has history left out this piece of Rosa Parks' story? 5 days
Isaac Newton 'Graffiti' Discovered in Historic English Manor
LIVE SCIENCE Graffiti that was hidden in Isaac Newton's historic English manor has just been discovered, and apparently young Newton was fond of drawing windmills 5 days
Older women liable to lifetime of unequal pay and working conditions
PHYS.ORG Older women are more vulnerable to financial difficulties than older men, with their employment history and family circumstances impacting on pension income and ability to save. 5 days
Understanding Earth's geologic history to predict the future
PHYS.ORG Pratigya Polissar is an organic geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and a Center for Climate and Life Fellow. Polissar uses molecular fossils—the remnants of plants and animals preserved in ocean, lake, and... 6 days
Geologists disprove theory about what stopped the formation of the Midcontinent Rift
PHYS.ORG Geologists have corrected a mix-up that made an ancient geological structure in the central U.S. seem hundreds of miles shorter than it really is.... 6 days
Galaxy growth in a massive halo in the first billion years of cosmic history
SCIENCE DAILY Observations of two galaxies made with the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope suggest that large... 6 days
Guidelines for MRI breast cancer screening not followed in community settings
NEWS MEDICAL Guidelines are not being followed to ensure that breast cancer screening of high risk women, such as those with a strong family history of breast cancer,... 6 days
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ASTRO WATCH Planetary scientists from Brown University have proposed a new scenario for the formation of... 6 days
New approach measures early human butchering practices
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have found that statistical methods and 3-D imaging can be used to accurately measure animal bone cut marks made by prehistoric human butchery, and to help answer pressing questions about human evolution. 6 days
Reading the genome like a history book
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More than 1,000 ancient sealings discovered
SCIENCE DAILY Classical scholars have discovered a large number of sealings in southeast Turkey. More than 1,000 sealings give new insights into the Greco-Roman pantheon. The finds were in a late antique building complex point to a hitherto... 6 days
It's all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals
PHYS.ORG A new study led by Oxford University Museum of Natural History has revealed that an extinct... 6 days
PTScientists 'Mission to the Moon' to Take Care Not to Harm Apollo 17 Landing Site
SPACE.COM A German company aiming to launch robotic rovers on the first mission to the last Apollo moon landing... 6 days
Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars
PHYS.ORG Today Mars has only a thin atmosphere, and its surface is very dry with the possible exception of... 7 days
Research Suggests Martian Clays Formed in Ancient ‘Steam Bath’
SCI-NEWS.COM On Mars, phyllosilicate (clay) minerals are widespread in terrains that date back to the Noachian period, 4.1 to... 7 days
Apollo 17: NASA's Last Apollo Moon Landing Mission in Pictures
SPACE.COM On Dec. 7, 1972, NASA launched its last Apollo mission to the moon: Apollo 17. See photos from that historic mission, which landed astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison... 7 days
2 Bizarre Ancient Galaxies Found in a Colossal Sea of Dark Matter
SPACE.COM Two enormous galaxies seen merging in the distant universe have astronomers rethinking the leading theory of how galaxies form. 7 days
Humans at maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, study suggests
SCIENCE DAILY Newly emerging trends in data suggests humans may have reached their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance. These biological limitations may be... 1 week
Warm and Wet Ancient Mars? Maybe Not
SPACE.COM A new study suggests that Mars' ancient clays may have formed via the interaction of rock with a steamy atmosphere, not water on or just beneath the planet's surface. 1 week
Clay minerals on Mars may have formed in primordial steam bath
PHYS.ORG Planetary scientists from Brown University have proposed a new scenario for the formation of ancient clay minerals on Mars that, if shown to be true, could... 1 week
It's good to be rare, for some species
PHYS.ORG When most people think of rare species, they think of endangered ones that humans have caused to be rare through habitat loss, poaching, climate change and other disturbances. But some species have... 1 week
New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey
SCIENCE DAILY This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a rainforest survey on Malaysia's island state of Penang. A 117-member... 1 week
Biologists say recently discovered fossil shows transition of a reptile from life on land to life in the sea
PHYS.ORG Using modern research tools on a 155-million-year-old reptile fossil, scientists... 1 week
Sea-level rise threatens archaeological and historic sites
PHYS.ORG Rising sea levels resulting from climate change will threaten vast numbers of archaeological and historic sites near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the southeastern United States, according to a study co-authored by Indiana... 1 week
Could Ancient Remains Suggest Santa Claus was Real?
SCI-NEWS.COM New research by University of Oxford scientists has revealed that bones long venerated as relics of Saint Nicholas, the 4th... 1 week
Preventing the next blackout
PHYS.ORG Nine of the 10 biggest blackouts in U.S. history were caused by hurricanes, whose sustained high winds have knocked out power lines over broad geographical areas. Topping the list is Hurricane Maria, which in October disabled the electric grid in... 1 week
Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?
PHYS.ORG Was St Nicholas, the fourth century saint who inspired the iconography of Santa Claus, a legend or was he a real person? 1 week
New approach measures early human butchering practices
PHYS.ORG Researchers, led by a Purdue University anthropology professor, have found that statistical methods and 3D imaging can be used to accurately measure animal bone cut marks made by prehistoric human butchery, and to help... 1 week
The Jerusalem Quandary: Why Trump's Proposed Embassy Move Is Problematic
LIVE SCIENCE President Trump declared his intent to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Here's a historical look at why that move is so controversial. 1 week
Women who attempt suicide exhibit different protein levels years after the attempt
SCIENCE DAILY Women with a history of suicide attempts exhibit different levels of a specific protein in their bloodstream than those with no history of suicide... 1 week
On 75th anniversary of first nuclear fission reactor, MIT stages tribute to seminal experiment
MIT MIT’s historic graphite exponential pile has been restored as a tool for education and research. 1 week
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PHYS.ORG VIDEO How can you live the life you want to, avoiding the distractions and manipulations of others? To do so, you... 1 week
Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has uncovered one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world in what is now a part of the... 1 week
Ancient 'Cave of the Dead” Revealed in 3D Model
LIVE SCIENCE The sea cave has been feared since ancient times as a place of the dead and the scene of at least one gruesome act of execution or human sacrifice. 1 week
On 75th anniversary of first nuclear fission reactor, MIT re-enacts seminal experiment
MIT MIT’s historic graphite exponential pile has been restored as a tool for education and research. 1 week
Central California is losing $3.7 billion in crop yield every year
PHYS.ORG From 2011 to 2014, the state of California experienced the worst drought in its recorded history. With that drought came a shortage of agricultural water supplies—in... 1 week
New study finds artwork is worth 35 percent less when created by 'tortured' artists
PHYS.ORG The term 'tortured artists' has been used to describe some of history's greatest painters, from Vincent Van Gogh and Henri... 1 week
Jesus' Secret Revelations? Copy of Forbidden Teachings Found in Egypt
LIVE SCIENCE A forbidden Gnostic text that claims to be Jesus' secret teachings to his brother James have been unearthed in an ancient trash heap in Egypt. 1 week
Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world
PHYS.ORG Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote... 1 week
Ancient DNA Shakes Up Horse Family Tree
SCI-NEWS.COM An analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA from fossils of extinct New World stilt-legged horses reveals that, contrary to previous findings, these... 1 week
Remains of historic aircraft found
SCIENCE DAILY DEDAVE is an innovative autonomous underwater vehicle developed by researchers. Now the deep-diving robot has had its first chance to prove itself in action as it helped hunt down historic test models of a Canadian interceptor aircraft in... 2 weeks
Sir Isaac Newton’s Cambridge papers added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register
SCIENCE DAILY The Cambridge papers of Sir Isaac Newton, including early drafts and Newton’s annotated copies of Principia Mathematica -- a work that changed... 2 weeks
Bottle gourd genome provides insight on evolutionary history, relationships of cucurbits
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have produced the first high-quality genome sequence for the bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) and a reconstructed genome of the most recent Cucurbitaceae ancestor. 2 weeks
The Worst Theoretical Prediction in the History of Physics
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Bottle gourd genome provides insight on evolutionary history, relationships of cucurbits
PHYS.ORG Researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and collaborators in China and France have produced the first high-quality genome... 2 weeks
Hanukkah: History & Traditions
LIVE SCIENCE Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday lasting eight days. It is typically celebrated in late fall or early winter. Although it is a minor holiday, its popularity has grown. 2 weeks
New insight into how dog and man hunted side by side, over 8 000 years ago
PHYS.ORG Ancient carvings recently discovered in caves in the Saudi desert are the first to show dogs... 2 weeks
Remains of historic aircraft found
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Roman Fort Is the 'First Evidence' of Julius Caesar's Invasions of Britain
LIVE SCIENCE An ancient fort where Julius Caesar led his invasions of Britain has been unearthed in southeast England. 2 weeks
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LIVE SCIENCE An ancient fort where Julius Caesar led his invasions of Britain has been unearthed in southeast England. 2 weeks
Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China
NPR The fossilized pterosaur eggs and embryos shed light on the Lower Cretaceous creature's development and nesting habits. The cache was found where the reptile was once... 2 weeks
Dazzling egg fossils crack open secrets of ancient flying reptiles
REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A dazzling discovery in northwestern China of hundreds of fossilized pterosaur eggs is... 2 weeks
Debunking yeti DNA, and the incredibly strong arms of prehistoric female farmers
Science Magazine The abominable snowman, the yeti, bigfoot, and sasquatch—these long-lived myths of giant, hairy hominids depend on dropping elusive clues to stay in the popular... 2 weeks
Ancient flying reptiles cared for their young, fossil trove suggests
Science Magazine New cache of hundreds of fossilized eggs reveals clues about how pterosaurs developed 2 weeks
Egg accumulation with 3D embryos provides insight into the life history of a pterosaur
Science Magazine Fossil eggs and embryos that provide unique information about the reproduction and early growth of vertebrates are exceedingly rare, particularly... 2 weeks
Prehistoric Women Were Stronger than Elite Rowing Teams Today
LIVE SCIENCE Women did a lot of the heavy lifting during the Neolithic era. 2 weeks
Hospitals with history get a second life
NEWS MEDICAL When Laura Kiker rented a new apartment in September a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, she knew she was moving into a historical neighborhood. 2 weeks
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