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Sandia magnetized fusion technique produces significant resultsSandia magnetized fusion technique produces significant results

Can tapioca replace corn as the main source for starch sweeteners?Can tapioca replace corn as the main source for starch sweeteners?

Antifreeze proteins in Antarctic fish prevent both freezing and meltingAntifreeze proteins in Antarctic fish prevent both freezing and melting

Penn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny poresPenn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny pores

Violent origins of disc galaxies probed by ALMAViolent origins of disc galaxies probed by ALMA

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Mice and men share a diabetes geneMice and men share a diabetes gene

Slimy fish and the origins of brain developmentSlimy fish and the origins of brain development

Microbes evolve faster than ocean can disperse themMicrobes evolve faster than ocean can disperse them

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Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologiesNature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

When rulers can't understand the ruledWhen rulers can't understand the ruled

Hey1 and Hey2 ensure inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right placeHey1 and Hey2 ensure inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right place

Is a gluten-free diet enough to control the complications of celiac disease?Is a gluten-free diet enough to control the complications of celiac disease?

X-ray imaging paves way for novel solar cell productionX-ray imaging paves way for novel solar cell production

Missing piece found to help solve concussion puzzleMissing piece found to help solve concussion puzzle

Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

Bombarded by explosive waves of information, scientists review new ways to process and analyze Big DataBombarded by explosive waves of information, scientists review new ways to process and analyze Big Data

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Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyGeography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

A healthy lifestyle adds years to lifeA healthy lifestyle adds years to life

Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

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New hadrosaur noses into spotlight (10/1/2014)

New hadrosaur noses into spotlightCall it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs -- a newly discovered hadrosaur with a truly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists from North Carolina State University and Brigham Young University, lived in what is now Utah approximately 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. ...> Full Article


Firelight talk of the Kalahari Bushmen (10/1/2014)

Firelight talk of the Kalahari BushmenAfter human ancestors controlled fire 400,000 to 1 million years ago, flames not only let them cook food and fend off predators, but also extended their day. A University of Utah study of Africa's Kalahari Bushmen suggests that stories told over firelight helped human culture and thought evolve by reinforcing social traditions, promoting harmony and equality, and sparking the imagination to envision a broad sense of community, both with distant people and the spirit world. ...> Full Article


Capturing ancient Maya sites from both a rat's and a 'bat's eye view' (9/30/2014)

A trip to the Guatemalan jungle usually nets a few souvenirs: Photographs of Maya ruins, bragging rights about encounters with venomous snakes, perhaps a bug bite or two. In addition, the UC San Diego team has received a Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities grant to fund aerial sensing of the Maya jungle. Calit2 is the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology -- home base to QI. ...> Full Article


If hippopotamuses can't swim, how can some be living on islands? (9/29/2014)

If hippopotamuses can't swim, how can some be living on islands?There is no published account where hippopotamuses are demonstrably shown swimming or floating at the surface of any body of water. But if they can't swim, how did they reach and colonize islands? ...> Full Article


'Jaws' lived in Doncaster (9/28/2014)

'Jaws' lived in DoncasterSharks, swamps and a tropical rainforest teeming with life -- it's not what comes to mind when you think of Yorkshire, England. But for the first time evidence of Doncaster's 310-million-year-old past, including a fossilized shark egg case, has been discovered in a derelict mining tip. ...> Full Article


How an ancient vertebrate uses familiar tools to build a strange-looking head (9/27/2014)

How an ancient vertebrate uses familiar tools to build a strange-looking headIn this study, Investigator and Scientific Director Robb Krumlauf, Ph.D., and colleagues show that the sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus, a survivor of ancient jawless vertebrates, exhibits a pattern of gene expression that is reminiscent of its jawed cousins, who evolved much, much later. ...> Full Article


The creation of the Vuoksi River preceded a significant cultural shift (9/26/2014)

The creation of the Vuoksi River preceded a significant cultural shiftThe creation of the Vuoksi River and the subsequent rapid decrease in the water level of Lake Saimaa approximately 6,000 years ago revealed thousands of square kilometers of new, fertile land in eastern Finland. A multidisciplinary research project organised by University of Helsinki researchers has studied the role that the decrease in water levels has played in the interaction between nature and humans ...> Full Article


Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus (9/25/2014)

Scientists today unveiled what appears to be the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. New fossils of the massive Cretaceous-era predator reveal it adapted to life in the water some 95 million years ago, providing the most compelling evidence to date of a dinosaur able to live and hunt in an aquatic environment. ...> Full Article


Study ties groundwater to human evolution (9/24/2014)

Our ancient ancestors' ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species, a new study shows. ...> Full Article


Researchers discover 3 extinct squirrel-like species (9/23/2014)

Researchers discover 3 extinct squirrel-like speciesPaleontologists have described three new small squirrel-like species that place a poorly understood Mesozoic group of animals firmly in the mammal family tree. The study supports the idea that mammals -- an extremely diverse group that includes egg-laying monotremes such as the platypus, marsupials such as the opossum, and placentals like humans and whales -- originated at least 208 million years ago in the late Triassic, much earlier than some previous research suggests. ...> Full Article


Ancient swamp creature had lips like Mick Jagger (9/22/2014)

A swamp-dwelling, plant-munching creature that lived 19 million years ago in Africa has been named after Rolling Stones lead singer Sir Mick Jagger, because of its big, sensitive lips and snout. The name of the animal, Jaggermeryx naida, translates to 'Jagger's water nymph.' ...> Full Article


New digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology of Stonehenge (9/21/2014)

A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an unprecedented digital mapping project that will transform our knowledge of this iconic landscape -- including remarkable new findings on the world's largest 'super henge,' Durrington Walls. ...> Full Article


New species of extinct dolphin sheds light on river dolphin history (9/20/2014)

New species of extinct dolphin sheds light on river dolphin historyIn the new issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, researchers describe a new fossil dolphin species from the Miocene -- dating to more than 16 million years ago -- of the Pisco Basin, a desert on the coast of Peru. It belongs to a rare extinct family of marine dolphins, the squalodelphinids, which are related to the endangered Ganges and Indus river dolphins living today. ...> Full Article


Testing the fossil record (9/19/2014)

Testing the fossil recordHow good is the fossil record? And does it paint an accurate picture of the history of life? Those are the long-standing questions that geobiologist Bjarte Hannisdal at the University of Bergen's Centre for Geobiology is trying to answer. ...> Full Article


Paleontologists discover new species of titanosaurian dinosaur in Tanzania (9/18/2014)

Ohio University paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, a member of the large-bodied sauropods that thrived during the final period of the dinosaur age, in Tanzania. Although many fossils of titanosaurians have been discovered around the globe, especially in South America, few have been recovered from the continent of Africa. ...> Full Article

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New hadrosaur noses into spotlightNew hadrosaur noses into spotlight

Firelight talk of the Kalahari BushmenFirelight talk of the Kalahari Bushmen

Capturing ancient Maya sites from both a rat's and a 'bat's eye view'

If hippopotamuses can't swim, how can some be living on islands?If hippopotamuses can't swim, how can some be living on islands?

'Jaws' lived in Doncaster'Jaws' lived in Doncaster

How an ancient vertebrate uses familiar tools to build a strange-looking headHow an ancient vertebrate uses familiar tools to build a strange-looking head

The creation of the Vuoksi River preceded a significant cultural shiftThe creation of the Vuoksi River preceded a significant cultural shift

Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus

Study ties groundwater to human evolution

Researchers discover 3 extinct squirrel-like speciesResearchers discover 3 extinct squirrel-like species

Ancient swamp creature had lips like Mick Jagger

New digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology of Stonehenge

New species of extinct dolphin sheds light on river dolphin historyNew species of extinct dolphin sheds light on river dolphin history

Testing the fossil recordTesting the fossil record

Paleontologists discover new species of titanosaurian dinosaur in Tanzania



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