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Billion-year-old Chinese seaweed is oldest green plant fossil

8 hours ago from Reuters:Science

Scientists have spotted in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found, tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor roughly a...

Modern technology reveals old secrets about the great, white Maya road

8 hours ago from Science Daily

The first lidar study of the 100-kilometer stone highway that connected the ancient cities of Cobá and Yaxuná on the Yucatan Peninsula 13 centuries ago may shed light on the...

Ancient DNA from Sardinia reveals 6,000 years of genetic history

9 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study of the genetic history of Sardinia, a Mediterranean island off the western coast of Italy, analyzed genome-wide DNA data for 70 individuals from more than 20 Sardinian...

Lesotho PM Thomas Thabane seeks immunity in death of former wife

10 hours ago from UPI

A magistrate ruled Monday that Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will not be charged with the 2017 murder of his former wife until a constitutional question is settled after his...

A distant cousin of jellyfish may survive without working mitochondria

10 hours ago from Sciencenews.org

In the pinkish muscle of some Pacific salmon lives a distant cousin of jellyfish that thrives without working mitochondria, the energy-producing part of cells thought to be a cornerstone of animal life, a...

One billion-year-old green seaweed fossils unearthed in China

11 hours ago from UPI

Scientists have found evidence that green seaweeds were proliferating in Earth's oceans several hundred million years before modern plants began colonizing dry land.

Ancient DNA from Sardinia reveals 6,000 years of genetic history

12 hours ago from Physorg

A new study of the genetic history of Sardinia, a Mediterranean island off the western coast of Italy, tells how genetic ancestry on the island was relatively stable through the...

Modern technology reveals old secrets about the great, white Maya road

12 hours ago from Physorg

Did a powerful queen of Cobá, one of the greatest cities of the ancient Maya world, build the longest Maya road to invade a smaller, isolated neighbor and gain a...

Oldest reconstructed bacterial genomes link farming, herding with emergence of new disease

13 hours ago from Science Daily

Using Salmonella enterica genomes recovered from human skeletons as old as 6,500 years, an international team of researchers illustrates the evolution of a human pathogen and provides the first ancient...

Katherine Johnson, pioneering NASA mathematician of 'Hidden Figures' fame, dies at 101

13 hours ago from Space.com

Katherine Johnson, whose career making vital calculations for NASA was immortalized in the 2016 book and movie "Hidden Figures," has died at 101.

One billion-year-old green seaweed fossils identified, relative of modern land plants

14 hours ago from Science Daily

Paleontologists have made a remarkable discovery in China: 1 billion-year-old micro-fossils of green seaweeds that could be related to the ancestor of the earliest land plants and trees that first...

Israeli rockets kill 6 in Syria in clash with Islamic Jihad

14 hours ago from UPI

Israel Defense Forces fired on targets in Syria and the Gaza Strip belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement, killing six as both groups exchanged missile attacks.

Nations seek biodiversity accord to stave off mass extinction

15 hours ago from Physorg

Nature experts and government delegates gather this week in Rome to thrash out an international deal for endangered species, trying to avoid a mass extinction event caused by human activity.

Oldest reconstructed bacterial genomes link farming, herding with emergence of new disease

15 hours ago from Physorg

The Neolithic revolution, and the corresponding transition to agricultural and pastoralist lifestyles, represents one of the greatest cultural shifts in human history, and it has long been hypothesized that this...

One billion-year-old green seaweed fossils identified, relative of modern land plants

15 hours ago from Physorg

Virginia Tech paleontologists have made a remarkable discovery in China: 1 billion-year-old micro-fossils of green seaweeds that could be related to the ancestor of the earliest land plants and trees...

Look: Horse stuck in fence hoisted back to its feet

15 hours ago from UPI

Firefighters in Britain enlisted the help of a resident with a digger to hoist a horse stuck in a fence back to its feet.

Analyzing Edgar Allan Poe's writings to solve the mystery of his death

15 hours ago from Physorg

On October 3 1849, the famed American horror and mystery author Edgar Allan Poe was found in a complete state of delirium – incoherent, disheveled and wearing a stranger's clothes....

Extinction rate in bivalve mollusks is not entirely determined by growth rate

16 hours ago from Physorg

Six geology students alongside a research fellow at the University of Derby have published a new research paper into the growth rate, extinction and survival of seashells.

Researchers find new parasite species in northern wolverines

16 hours ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Rajnish Sharma, a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, did what a lot of researchers dream of — he helped discover a new species. It's a parasite found in wolverines...

Anonymous no more: combining genetics with genealogy to identify the dead in unmarked graves

17 hours ago from Science Daily

A method developed by a team of geneticists, archaeologists and demographers may make it possible to identify thousands of individuals whose remains lie in unmarked graves.

Anonymous no more: combining genetics with genealogy to identify the dead in unmarked graves

23 hours ago from Physorg

In Quebec, gravestones did not come into common use until the second half of the 19th century, so historical cemeteries contain many unmarked graves. Inspired by colleagues at Barcelona's Pompeu...

7 in 10 Canadians don't use condoms: McMaster University

1 day ago from CBC: Health

Researchers surveyed roughly 2,3000 sexually active Canadians to peek under the covers and get some insight on intimacy.

Quentin Tarantino's wife Daniella Pick gives birth to son

1 day ago from UPI

Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick, the wife of writer-director Quentin Tarantino, has given birth to their first child.

'No Man's Sky' update adds freaky living spaceships you can hatch from eggs

1 day ago from Space.com

Bizarre new points of interest have been added to solar systems in the Living Ships update as well.

Pope Francis clears two for sainthood

2 days ago from UPI

Pope Francis has cleared two people for sainthood including an Indian layman Roman Catholics consider to be a martyr and a religious founder in Italy.

Navy gains a competitive edge with research into biological ocean swarms

3 days ago from Physorg

Tiny and frightening-looking creatures lurking throughout our world's oceans can wreak havoc on Navy tactical decision-makers' ability to sense the environment or plan and chart a navigation course.

Watch: 70-pound beehive found under California man's garden shed

3 days ago from UPI

A homeowner who called bee removal experts to investigate the insects in his back yard said he was shocked to learn there were 100,000 to 150,000 bees living in a...

Fossilized wing gives clues about Labrador's biodiversity during the Cretaceous

3 days ago from Science Daily

A fossilized insect wing discovered in an abandoned mine in Labrador has led palaeontologists to identify a new hairy cicada species that lived around 100 million years ago.