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Surveying Solar Storms by Ancient Assyrian Astronomers  ASTRO WATCH · 2 hours
A research team led by the University of Tsukuba combined observations from ancient cuneiform tablets that mention unusual red skies with radioisotope... more
Humpback whale population on the rise after near miss with extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
A new study finds that the western South Atlantic humpback population has grown to 25,000 whales. Researchers believe this new estimate is now close to pre-whaling... more
Mystery solved: Ocean acidity in the last mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
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
Lucy mission completes critical design review  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
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
'Artificial leaf' successfully produces clean gas  SCIENCE DAILY · 8 hours
A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable... more
Scientists reveal how the fossil fuel industry misled the public about climate change  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
An international group of scientists show that fossil fuel corporations have, for decades, denied the public's right to be accurately informed about... more
From biomedicine to buzz pollination: why we need a plan 'bee'  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
With Extinction Rebellion's mass bee-themed 'die ins' hitting the international news, we're reminded again that our bees are facing many threats—from climate change and loss of... more
What was the first color in the universe?  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
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 · 10 hours
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 · 11 hours
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
Ancient City of 'Mahendraparvata' Hidden Beneath Cambodian Jungle  LIVE SCIENCE · 12 hours
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 · 17 hours
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
Data mining applied to scholarly publications to finally reveal Earth's biodiversity  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
At a time when a million species are at risk of extinction, according to a recent UN report, ironically, we don't know how many species there... more
30 Perfectly Preserved Coffins Holding Ancient Egyptian Priest Mummies Discovered  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
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 · 2 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
Wind turbine design and placement can mitigate negative effect on birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Wind energy is increasingly seen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, as it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. However, the rapid expansion... more
30 'Cachette of the Priests' Mummies Discovered in Egypt  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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
Young climate activists in Africa struggle to be heard  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion inspire climate protesters across the globe, young African activists say they still struggle to make themselves heard. more
Kayakers find partially fossilized bear skull in Kansas  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Two sisters have found a partially fossilized bear skull while kayaking the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas. more
Nearly Complete Specimen of Saurornitholestes langstoni Unearthed in Canada  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
A fossil site in Canada has yielded the best-preserved specimen of the dromaeosaurid dinosaur Saurornitholestes langstoni ever found.... more
Europe's largest meteorite crater home to deep ancient life  PHYS.ORG · 3 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 · 3 days
Since ancient times, horse behavior, and the bond between horses and humans, has been a source of intrigue and fascination. more
Oddness of Australian creatures goes way back  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Australian creatures like the echidna and the koala are celebrated for their oddness. The fossil record shows that this oddity reaches far back into prehistory, as illustrated in the form of a fossil horseshoe... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 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
Giant Dinosaurs Evolved Various Brain-Cooling Mechanisms: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Different groups of gigantic dinosaurs had different thermoregulatory strategies to help moderate brain temperatures in the face of high heat loads, according... more
Museums put ancient DNA to work for wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 4 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 · 4 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 · 4 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
Paleontologists discover complete Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The discovery of a nearly complete dromaeosaurid Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen is providing critical information for the evolution of theropod dinosaurs, according to new research by a University of Alberta paleontologist. more
Paleontologists discover complete Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The discovery of a nearly complete dromaeosaurid Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen is providing critical information for the evolution of theropod dinosaurs, according to new research. more
Arthropods formed orderly lines 480 million years ago  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers studied fossilized Moroccan Ampyx trilobites, which lived 480 million years ago and showed that the trilobites had probably been buried in their positions -- all oriented in the same direction. Scientists... more
480-million-year-old arthropods formed orderly queues  PHYS.ORG · 4 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
Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier... more
Huge dinosaurs evolved different cooling systems to combat heat stroke  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Different dinosaur groups independently evolved gigantic body sizes, but they all faced the same problems of overheating and damaging their brains. more
New study shows huge dinosaurs evolved different cooling systems to combat heat stroke  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Different dinosaur groups independently evolved gigantic body sizes, but they all faced the same problems of overheating and damaging their brains. Researchers... more
Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier... more
Surveying solar storms by ancient Assyrian astronomers  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 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
Solar storm surveys by ancient Assyrian astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 5 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
Plant skeletons: Weighing the environmental impacts of a byproduct of biofuel combustion  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As a renewable resource, biomass presents an appealing alternative to fossil fuels for energy production. Burning plants, however, is not a completely clean process;... more
Scientists discover how malaria switched host from African gorillas to humans  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 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
Did early mammals turn to night life to protect their sperm?  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Humans are diurnal -- we are active in the day and sleep at night. But diurnalism is by far the exception rather the rule in mammals.... more
Geologists reveal anoxia caused loss in biodiversity in ancient seas  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
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
Examining age, sustainability of fossil aquifers in Arabian Peninsula  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
What does the presence of 1,000 year old water mean for the future of water supplies under the desert regions of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen and the United... more
Discovered: Unknown yellow colors from antiquity  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
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 · 6 days
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
Searching for water  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In a place like Delaware, where it rains frequently, water is a renewable resource. Natural processes will replenish the water that is being used or consumed. In an area where rain is not as plentiful, such as the Arabian Peninsula,... more
Did early mammals turn to night life to protect their sperm?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Humans are diurnal—we are active in the day and sleep at night. But diurnalism is by far the exception rather the rule in mammals. About 250-230... more
Survival strategy found in living corals which was only seen in fossil records  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Some corals can recover after massive mortality episodes caused by the water temperature rise. This survival mechanism in the marine environment --... more
Eocene-Epoch Stingray Had Unique Body Plan  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
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 · 6 days
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor. 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
Bones Filled with Marrow Served as Prehistoric Humans' 'Cans of Soup'  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Around 400,000 years ago, humans set aside bones filled with tasty grease and marrow, storing them like canned soup for later meals. more
Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
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
Fossilized dinosaur proteins, and making a fridge from rubber bands  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Have you ever tried to scrub off the dark, tarlike residue on a grill? That tough stuff is made up of polymers—basically just byproducts of cooking—and it is... 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
Meet Siamraptor suwati, a new species of giant predatory dinosaur from Thailand  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Fossils discovered in Thailand represent a new genus and species of predatory dinosaur, according to a new study. 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
Fossil fuel industry sees the future of their product in hard-to-recycle plastic  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Plastic pollution and the climate crisis are two inseparable parts of the same problem, though they aren't treated as such. Many countries have implemented... more
Why Humans' Extinct 'Hobbit' Relatives Were So Small  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The diminutive size of the extinct human relative called the Hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, could come down to really fast evolution. 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
Fossils of 'shark-toothed' carnivorous dinosaur found in Thailand  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Fossils of a large carnivorous dinosaur that was a top predator about 115 million years ago have been unearthed in... more
Living evidence of a fossil survival strategy raises hope for warming-affected corals  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Climate change is affecting reef-building corals worldwide, with little hope for recovery. However, coral fossils hint at the existence of environmental stress–triggered survival strategies... 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
Meet Siamraptor suwati, a new species of giant predatory dinosaur from Thailand  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Fossils discovered in Thailand represent a new genus and species of predatory dinosaur, according to a study released October 9, 2019 in the open-access... 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
Pioneers of lithium-ion battery win 2019 Nobel chemistry prize  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Scientists John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for... more
Meet the 'mold pigs,' a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery... more
Meet the 'mold pigs,' a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery... more
Study: Short-Term or Catastrophic Events Caused Extinction of Wrangel Island Mammoths  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The world’s last population of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) lived on Wrangel Island, currently... more
Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must reconstruct the ecosystems in which they lived. Because putting together the puzzle of millions-of-years-old ecosystems is a difficult task,... more
Ancient Maya canals and fields show early and extensive impacts on tropical forests  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
New evidence in Belize shows the ancient Maya responded to population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features in wetlands, potentially... more
A study on tropical fish sheds light on species invasions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Biodiversity, i.e., the variety of life forms on Earth, is in great danger. Human-driven climate change and intensive land use are altering ecosystems, and globalisation facilitates the transport... more
How differences in the genetic 'instruction booklet' between humans and Neanderthals influenced traits  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When it comes to our differences from Neanderthals, most of what we know comes from comparing fossils. But fossils can only tell... more
Ancient Maya canals and fields show early and extensive impacts on tropical forests  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
New evidence in Belize shows the ancient Maya responded to population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features in wetlands, potentially... more
Archaea hold clues to ancient ocean temperatures  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Solving a decades-old mystery, Stanford researchers have discovered proteins that enable hardy microbes called archaea to toughen up their membranes when waters are overly warm. Finding these proteins could help scientists piece together the... more
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