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Archaeological research on social inequality published
SCIENCE DAILY The origins of social inequality might lie in the remnants of ancient Eurasia's agricultural societies, according to a new article. 1 day
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
SCIENCE DAILY New research suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce... 2 days
Mapping 'damage trails' lets researchers follow the water in Photosystem II
PHYS.ORG Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have traced the paths of three water channels in an ancient photosynthetic organism to provide the first comprehensive, experimental... 2 days
Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them
PHYS.ORG Fisheries biologists in Idaho say they think they know why a relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing... 2 days
A popular tool to trace Earth's oxygen history can give false positives
SCIENCE DAILY If someone cries 'Eureka!' because it looks like oxygen appeared in Earth's ancient atmosphere long before the body of evidence indicated, be careful. If... 2 days
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
PHYS.ORG New research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns... 2 days
Australia is a global top-ten deforester – and Queensland is leading the way
PHYS.ORG When you think of devastating deforestation and extinction you usually think of the Amazon, Borneo and the Congo. But eastern Australia ranks... 2 days
Research suggests vertical axis turbines could increase public support for new wind energy installations
PHYS.ORG VIDEO With global carbon emissions on the rise, wind power continues to be an attractive option for states and countries looking... 2 days
110 Giant Steps: Long-Necked Dinosaur Breaks Record for Longest Trackway
LIVE SCIENCE Each of the 110 dinosaur footprints is more than 3 feet across and the researchers think the sauropod that left them would have been some 115 feet long. 2 days
A popular tool to trace Earth's oxygen history can give false positives
PHYS.ORG For researchers pursuing the primordial history of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, a new study might sour some "Eureka!" moments. A contemporary tool used to... 2 days
UN climate talks wrap up as US stands firm on fossil fuels
PHYS.ORG UN negotiations on implementing the Paris climate change agreement wrap up Friday after two weeks of talks that were slowed down by the United... 2 days
Fossil that fills missing evolutionary link named after University of Chicago professors
PHYS.ORG Lurking in oceans, rivers and lakes around the world are tiny, ancient animals known to few people. Bryozoans, tiny marine creatures that live in... 2 days
Bryozoans: Fossil fills missing evolutionary link
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists recently announced the discovery of a missing evolutionary link -- a fossil of the first known member of the modern bryozoans to grow up into a structure. 2 days
'Living Fossils' of Earth’s Oldest Life-Forms Found in Tasmania
LIVE SCIENCE Scientists stumbled across the 3.5-billion-year-old life-forms in a swamp in Tasmania. They are greenish-yellow rounded blobs. 2 days
Surprise 'Living Fossils' Are Earth's Oldest Life-Forms
LIVE SCIENCE Scientists stumbled across the 3.5-billion-year-old life-forms in a swamp in Tasmania. They are greenish-yellow rounded blobs. 2 days
Passenger pigeon genome shows effects of natural selection in a huge population
SCIENCE DAILY The passenger pigeon is famous for the enormity of its historical population and for its rapid extinction in the face of mass slaughter by... 2 days
Black Friday Deals: Amazon's Best Science Toys for Kids
LIVE SCIENCE If you have a little paleontologist, a star-gazer or a budding chemist, one of these science-inspired toys may be right for your child. Here's a look at some of the... 2 days
Ancient enzyme could boost power of liquid biopsies to detect and profile cancers
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers are developing a new tool for liquid biopsy that can detect RNA biomarkers from cancer cells in a patient's blood much... 3 days
Ancient Australian goes home
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Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity
Science Magazine The extinct passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America, and possibly the world. Although theory predicts that large populations will... 3 days
Passenger pigeon genome shows effects of natural selection in a huge population
PHYS.ORG The passenger pigeon is famous for the enormity of its historical population in North America (estimated at 3 to 5 billion) and for its... 3 days
World’s Longest Sauropod Trackway Found in France
SCI-NEWS.COM The trackway of a plant-eating sauropod dinosaur has been excavated in the Jura Mountains, France. This 508-foot (155 m) line of footsteps... 3 days
Fracture swarms on Mars
PHYS.ORG These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet's crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. 3 days
We've found an exo-planet with an extraordinarily eccentric orbit
PHYS.ORG VIDEO The discovery of a planet with a highly elliptical orbit around an ancient star could help us understand more about how planetary systems form and evolve over time. 3 days
Origami in Orbit: Ancient Art Inspires Efficient Spacecraft
SPACE.COM The ancient art of origami has inspired numerous NASA spacecraft designs, allowing scientists to pack more technology into smaller space-bound instruments. 3 days
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ESA These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. 3 days
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ASTRO WATCH Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set... 3 days
From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality
NPR Archaeologists say early civilizations in North and Central America were more egalitarian than the societies of Eurasia — and they think it's because early Americans didn't have cattle or horses. 3 days
Microbiome transplants provide disease resistance in critically-endangered Hawaiian plant
SCIENCE DAILY A team of researchers transplanted microbes to restore the health of a critically endangered Hawaiian plant that, until now, had been driven to extinction in the wild and only survived... 3 days
Fossil fuel investment spells 'unsustainable future': UN chief
PHYS.ORG Continued investment in fossil fuel would deliver "an unsustainable future", UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday, saying time was running out to prevent calamitous climate change caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions. 4 days
How taming cows and horses sparked inequality across the ancient world
Science Magazine Livestock-free New World societies were more equal 4 days
How Asian nomadic herders built new Bronze Age cultures
SCIENCE-NEWS Ancient steppe herders traveled into Europe and Asia, leaving their molecular mark and building Bronze Age cultures. 4 days
280-Million-Year-Old Fossil Forest Discovered in … Antarctica
LIVE SCIENCE Fossilized trees from a much warmer era of Antarctic history could provide a basis for predictions about the planet's warming future. 4 days
Researchers Find 260-Million-Year-Old Fossil Trees in Antarctica
SCI-NEWS.COM A research team led by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee paleoecologist Erik Gulbranson has found the fossil remnants of a Permian-age forest on the... 4 days
260-Million-Year-Old Fossil Forest Discovered in … Antarctica
LIVE SCIENCE Fossilized trees from a much warmer era of Antarctic history could provide a basis for predictions about the planet's warming future. 4 days
Study settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide and global warming
SCIENCE DAILY Fossil leaves from Africa resolve a prehistoric climate puzzle and confirm the link between carbon dioxide and global warming. Research previously found... 4 days
Microbiome transplants provide disease resistance in critically-endangered Hawaiian plant
PHYS.ORG Transplanting wild microbes from healthy related plants can make a native Hawaiian plant healthier and likelier to survive in wild according to new research from The Amend Laboratory in the... 5 days
Study settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide, global warming
PHYS.ORG Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle—and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming. 5 days
Scientists Find Ancient Life Form Thriving in Tasmania
SCI-NEWS.COM Tasmanian scientists have found living stromatolites (oldest known life form) in the Giblin River catchment of the UNESCO-listed Tasmanian Wilderness... 5 days
Ancient Georgian Pottery Reveals World’s Oldest Wine
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Where is all that carbon dioxide going?
PHYS.ORG An international team of scientists announced today at the Bonn climate talks that human emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide are again rising this year, after three years of remaining basically flat. They... 5 days
Ancient spiral galaxy is 11 billion years old
SCIENCE-NEWS The most ancient spiral galaxy seen to date is 11 billion years old and could help reveal how galaxies sprout arms. 5 days
World's longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light
PHYS.ORG In 2009, the world's largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks,... 5 days
Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks
PHYS.ORG Carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise this year after a three-year pause, scientists said at UN climate talks Monday, warning that "time is running out", even as White House... 5 days
World’s longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light
SCIENCE DAILY In 2009, the world's largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks,... 5 days
Geologists uncover Antarctica’s fossil forests
SCIENCE DAILY Prehistoric polar forests were built for survival, but were not hardy enough to live in ultra-high concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide. A geologist is studying the tree fossil record in Antarctica from a mass extinction 250 million years... 5 days
Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues
NPR Scientists have found evidence of ancient winemaking in Georgia, a country which prides itself on its vino. It's the earliest trace of viniculture using wild grapes similar to those used today. 5 days
Time to Celebrate: Ancient Sundial Made to Honor Roman Politician
SPACE.COM About 2,000 years ago, a Roman politician celebrated his victory by commissioning a sundial and putting it on display for all to see, according to archaeologists who just... 5 days
Chemists May Have Found the 'Missing Link' to the First Life on Earth
SPACE.COM The search for the ancient chemical origins of life has a new candidate — a multitasking enzyme that may have set the... 5 days
Earliest evidence of winemaking: Team discovers 8,000-year-old wine production in ancient Middle East
PHYS.ORG Excavations in the Republic of Georgia by the Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE), a joint undertaking between the University of... 6 days
Dinosaur-Age Shark with 300 'Frilled' Teeth Caught in Deep Sea
LIVE SCIENCE Forget about the minuscule odds of seeing Ahab's white whale: Sightings of the frilled shark, a so-called "living fossil" that has elusively swum around Earth's deep waters since... 6 days
The Lord Howe stick insect is officially back from the dead
SCIENCE-NEWS New genomic sequencing confirms that stick insects discovered near Lord Howe Island are the assumed-extinct Lord Howe stick insect. 6 days
15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends
SCIENCE DAILY Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh... 6 days
herschel discovers galaxy merger in the very early universe Herschel discovers galaxy merger in the very early Universe
ESA VIDEO What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an... 6 days
US to defend fossil fuels at UN climate meeting
PHYS.ORG The White House will host an event defending fossil fuel use Monday at UN climate talks in Germany, in a move blasted by green energy campaigners and conference president Fiji. 6 days
Ancient life form discovered in remote Tasmanian valley
PHYS.ORG A team of Tasmanian researchers has uncovered rare, living stromatolites deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. 6 days
Bad news: Global emissions rising again
SCIENCE DAILY Global carbon emissions are on the rise again in 2017 after three years of little to no growth. Global emissions from all human activities will reach 41 billion tons in 2017, following a projected 2 percent... 6 days
Ancient life form discovered in remote Tasmanian valley
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have uncovered rare, living stromatolites deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. 6 days
Stephen Hawking Warns: Humanity May Have Less Than 600 Years to Leave Earth
LIVE SCIENCE If humanity doesn't become a truly spacefaring species in the next five centuries or so, we may well go extinct, Stephen Hawking... 6 days
15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends
PHYS.ORG Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh... 6 days
Fossil fuel emissions hit record high after unexpected growth—Global Carbon Budget 2017
PHYS.ORG Global greenhouse emissions from fossil fuels and industry are on track to grow by 2% in 2017, reaching a new record high of 37... 6 days
Soil study lends clues to ancient climate
PHYS.ORG Research led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Matt Joeckel of the Conservation and Survey Division, Nebraska's geological survey, is furthering understanding of environmental conditions on land during the age of dinosaurs. 6 days
Global carbon dioxide emissions projected to rise after three stable years
PHYS.ORG By the end of 2017, global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise by about 2% compared with the preceding... 6 days
Aerial Images May Unlock Enigma of Ancient Stone Structures in Saudi Arabia
LIVE SCIENCE An archaeologist was given first-time access to fly above sprawling ancient structures that dot Saudi Arabia. The thousands of images from above could resolve... 7 days
Chemists May Have Found the 'Missing Link' to the First Life on Earth
LIVE SCIENCE The search for the ancient chemical origins of life has a new candidate — a multitasking enzyme that may have set the... 1 week
Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper
SCIENCE DAILY Until recently, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD. But in a new study, analyses of 2,000-year-old papyri fragments with... 1 week
Now Hear This: Ancient Amphitheater Acoustics Weren't So Great After All
LIVE SCIENCE VIDEO If you were sitting in the upper rows of an ancient Greek amphitheater, could you have heard the actors sigh or strike a match? 1 week
Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper
PHYS.ORG Until recently, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD. But in a new University of Copenhagen study, analyses of 2,000-year-old... 1 week
Dinosaur-Killing Space Rock Created Dramatic Temperature Drop
SPACE.COM Dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops met a terrible end 66 million years ago. According to a new study, the frigid weather responsible for their extinction was far worse than earlier models suggested. 1 week
New analysis of Chicxulub asteroid suggests it may have struck in vulnerable spot
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How do you stop the next mass extinction? Look to the past
PHYS.ORG Black rhinos, red wolves, whooping cranes: the global list of endangered species grows every year to the point where some researchers say we're witnessing... 1 week
Ancient European farmers and foragers hooked up big time
SCIENCE-NEWS Interbreeding escalated in regionally distinct ways across Neolithic Europe. 1 week
Why did the Earth's ancient oceans disappear?
PHYS.ORG We think of oceans as being stable and permanent. However, they move at about the same speed as your fingernails grow. Geoscientists at CEED, University of Oslo have found a novel way of mapping... 1 week
Time to Celebrate: Ancient Sundial Made to Honor Roman Politician
LIVE SCIENCE About 2,000 years ago, a Roman politician celebrated his victory by commissioning a sundial and putting it on display for all to see, according to archaeologists who just... 1 week
Finger and toe fossils belonged to tiny primates 45 million years ago
SCIENCE DAILY A new study identifies nearly 500 minuscule finger and toe bones as belonging to 45-million-year-old tiny primates. Many of the fossils are so small... 1 week
Dinosaurs Might Have Survived the Asteroid, Had It Hit Almost Anywhere Else
LIVE SCIENCE The age of dinosaurs met an unlikely end — because had the cosmic impact that doomed it hit just about anywhere else on the... 1 week
Sri Lanka plans to scrap state-owned fossil fuel vehicles by 2025
PHYS.ORG Sri Lanka announced Thursday plans to replace all state-owned vehicles with electric or hybrid models by 2025, a move that will be extended to private vehicles... 1 week
Nearly 500 finger and toe bones belonged to tiny primates 45 million years ago
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Why did the Earth's ancient oceans disappear?
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A giant, prehistoric otter's surprisingly powerful bite
SCIENCE DAILY A massive, wolf-sized otter that lived about 6 million years ago may have been a dominant predator in its time, according to a new analysis of the animal's jaws. When scientists used computers to... 1 week
Geologists uncover Antarctica's fossil forests
PHYS.ORG During Antarctica's summer, from late November through January, UW-Milwaukee geologists Erik Gulbranson and John Isbell climbed the McIntyre Promontory's frozen slopes in the Transantarctic Mountains. High above the ice fields, they combed the mountain's gray rocks for fossils... 1 week
Prehistoric Mammals Wouldn't Have Messed with This Huge Otter
LIVE SCIENCE Six million years ago, the shallow swamps of what's now southern China may have been dominated by massive, 110-lb. (50 kilograms) otters with a bite so strong it could crush... 1 week
A giant, prehistoric otter's surprisingly powerful bite
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Cooling in high and mid-latitudes led to aridification in Northern Africa
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Why male and female bodies of the same species differ
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Intricately Carved Gemstone Found in Ancient Warrior's Tomb
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Paleontologists Discover Two Mammals from Early Cretaceous Epoch
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Gender roles in ancient times
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Ancient lizardlike creature bridged gap between land and sea
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Height and weight evolved at different speeds in the bodies of our ancestors
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The North Atlantic right whale faces extinction
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HISTORY The dinosaur's puny arms were nothing to laugh at. 2 weeks
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Roman road discovered during digging in German city Aachen
PHYS.ORG Authorities say workers digging in the western German city of Aachen have uncovered an ancient Roman road. 2 weeks
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Research suggests vertical axis turbines could increase public support for new wind energy installations
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We've found an exo-planet with an extraordinarily eccentric orbit
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Herschel discovers galaxy merger in the very early Universe
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Now Hear This: Ancient Amphitheater Acoustics Weren't So Great After All
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