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Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronicsPiezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

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Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storageEngineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage

How kids' brain structures grow as memory developsHow kids' brain structures grow as memory develops

Impact glass stores biodata for millions of yearsImpact glass stores biodata for millions of years

Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanesMantis shrimp stronger than airplanes

Lemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voiceLemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voice

Nanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitorNanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitor

The malaria pathogen's cellular skeleton under a super-microscopeThe malaria pathogen's cellular skeleton under a super-microscope

The story of animal domestication retoldThe story of animal domestication retold

Diffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomyDiffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomy

Scientists grow cartilage to reconstruct noseScientists grow cartilage to reconstruct nose

Deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequencedDeadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequenced

Simplicity is key to co-operative robotsSimplicity is key to co-operative robots

Appearance of night-shining clouds has increasedAppearance of night-shining clouds has increased

Sperm meets egg: Protein essential for fertilization discoveredSperm meets egg: Protein essential for fertilization discovered

Satellite shows high productivity from US corn beltSatellite shows high productivity from US corn belt

The surprising consequences of banning chocolate milkThe surprising consequences of banning chocolate milk

Babies prefer fairness -- but only if it benefits them -- in choosing a playmateBabies prefer fairness -- but only if it benefits them -- in choosing a playmate

A new twist makes for better steel, researchers findA new twist makes for better steel, researchers find

Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investmentsRenewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

Study finds gaming augments players' social livesStudy finds gaming augments players' social lives

A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technologyA breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

Overcoming structural uncertainty in computer modelsOvercoming structural uncertainty in computer models

Monkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier studyMonkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier study

Researchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drugResearchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drug

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Turning back the clock on aging muscles?Turning back the clock on aging muscles?

New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmetsNew study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

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Chickens to chili peppers (4/22/2014)

Chickens to chili peppersSuddenly there was a word for chili peppers. Information about archaeological remains of ancient chili peppers in Mexico along with a study of the appearance of words for chili peppers in ancient dialects helped researchers to understand where jalapenos were domesticated. Special issue of PNAS on plant and animal domestication. ...> Full Article


New species discovery sheds light on herbivore evolution (4/21/2014)

New species discovery sheds light on herbivore evolutionA new fossil may provide evidence that large caseid herbivores, the largest known terrestrial vertebrates of their time, evolved from small non-herbivorous members of that group. ...> Full Article


Study: The trials of the Cherokee were reflected in their skulls (4/20/2014)

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee have found that environmental stressors -- from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War -- led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics. ...> Full Article


Ancient shark fossil reveals new insights into jaw evolution (4/19/2014)

Ancient shark fossil reveals new insights into jaw evolutionThe skull of a newly discovered 325-million-year-old shark-like species suggests that early cartilaginous and bony fishes have more to tell us about the early evolution of jawed vertebrates -- including humans -- than do modern sharks, as was previously thought. The new study, led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, shows that living sharks are actually quite advanced in evolutionary terms, despite having retained their basic 'sharkiness' over millions of years. ...> Full Article


Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula (4/18/2014)

Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian PeninsulaThe meeting between a Neanderthal and one of the first humans, which we used to picture in our minds, did not happen on the Iberian Peninsula. That is the conclusion reached by an international team of researchers after redoing the dating of the remains in three caves located on the route through the Pyrenees of the first beings of our species. ...> Full Article


La Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predators (4/17/2014)

La Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predatorsThe La Brea Tar Pits are famous for ground sloths, mammoths, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves. But the climate during the end of the Ice Age (50,000-11,000 years ago) was unstable, with rapid warming and cooling. New research has documented the impact of this climate change on La Brea predators for the first time. ...> Full Article


Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years old (4/16/2014)

Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years oldThe Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared. Also dubbed the 'Cambrian explosion,' fossilized records from this time provide glimpses into evolutionary biology. Most fossils show the organisms' skeletal structure, which may give researchers accurate pictures of these prehistoric organisms. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found rare, fossilized embryos they believe were undiscovered previously. Their methods of study may help with future interpretation of evolutionary history. ...> Full Article


Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary tree (4/15/2014)

Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary treeLiving harvestmen -- a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs -- have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 305-million-year-old fossil shows that wasn't always the case. Research led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and the University of Manchester indicates that primitive harvestmen had two pairs of eyes, adding significant details to the evolutionary story of this highly successful group. ...> Full Article


Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secrets (4/14/2014)

Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secretsStunning images of a 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil reveal ancestors of the modern-day arachnids had two sets of eyes rather than one. ...> Full Article


New research unwraps the study of ancient Egypt (4/13/2014)

The study and popular perception of Egyptian antiquities focuses too much on the unwrapping of mummies and the use of technologies such as scanning, according to an academic from the University of East Anglia. ...> Full Article


Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itself (4/12/2014)

Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itselfThe reconstruction of an extinct meat-eating marsupial's skull, Nimbacinus dicksoni, suggests that it may have had the ability to hunt vertebrate prey exceeding its own body size. ...> Full Article


Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting (4/11/2014)

Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A research team from PALAEO and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new and distinctive perspective which suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and played a significant role in their society. ...> Full Article


Rare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar Pits (4/10/2014)

Rare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar PitsThe La Brea Tar Pits are celebrated for saber-toothed cats and mastodons. The site's insect collection is also of great significance. Recent examination of fossil leafcutter bee nest cells, led by Anna Holden of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and colleagues, exemplifies how fossil insects reveal insights into the habitat and climate at the La Brea Tar Pits toward the last Ice Age. The findings appear in PLOS One on April 9, 2014. ...> Full Article


Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vessels (4/9/2014)

Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vesselsIn 520 million-year-old fossil deposits resembling an 'invertebrate version of Pompeii,' researchers have found an ancestor of modern crustaceans revealing the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail. The organ system is surprisingly complex and adds to the notion that sophisticated body plans had already evolved more than half a billion years ago. ...> Full Article


'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases (4/8/2014)

'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increasesAndalusian researchers, led by the University of Granada, have discovered a curious characteristic of the members of the human lineage, classed as the genus Homo: they are the only primates where, throughout their 2.5-million year history, the size of their teeth has decreased alongside the increase in their brain size. ...> Full Article

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Chickens to chili peppersChickens to chili peppers

New species discovery sheds light on herbivore evolutionNew species discovery sheds light on herbivore evolution

Study: The trials of the Cherokee were reflected in their skulls

Ancient shark fossil reveals new insights into jaw evolutionAncient shark fossil reveals new insights into jaw evolution

Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian PeninsulaNeanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula

La Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predatorsLa Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predators

Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years oldResearchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years old

Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary treeFour-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary tree

Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secretsAncient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secrets

New research unwraps the study of ancient Egypt

Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itselfExtinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itself

Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Rare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar PitsRare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar Pits

Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vesselsAncient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vessels

'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases



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