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Before there was a periodic table, there was chaos

4 weeks ago from PopSci

Science Excerpt: Mendeleyev’s Dream In this excerpt from "Mendeleyev’s Dream: The Quest for the Elements," author Paul Strathern describes the state of science in...

Oldest human footprint found in the Americas confirmed in Chile: researcher

4 weeks ago from Reuters:Science

A 15,600-year old footprint discovered in southern Chile is believed to be the oldest ever found in the Americas, according to researchers.

Denisovans, mysterious extinct humans, conquered high altitudes

4 weeks ago from Reuters:Science

A jawbone found in a cave on the Tibetan Plateau in China is providing surprising insights into Denisovans, the enigmatic extinct cousins to Neanderthals and our own species, including that...

Bat-winged dinosaur was intriguing detour in evolution of flight

4 weeks ago from Reuters:Science

A fossil unearthed in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution...

Jawbone found in a Tibetan cave expands the known territory of ancient Denisovans

4 weeks ago from LA Times - Science

Nearly 40 years after it was found by a monk in a Chinese cave, a fossilized chunk of jawbone has been revealed as coming from a mysterious relative of the...

Nature is in the worst shape in human history, U.N. report says

4 weeks ago from LA Times - Science

Nature is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. It's all...

Meet the T. rex cousin that you could look down on

4 weeks ago from LA Times - Science

History's most frightening dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex, came from a long line of pipsqueaks. Scientists have identified a new cousin of the T. rex that reached only the 3-foot height...

Peabody Museum exhibit features photography fellow’s Caspian Sea work

4 weeks ago from Harvard Science

In 2010 a 10-month hitchhiking trip from China to Britain took photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews to a part of the world she’d never seen. Now she is taking others there with her...

Poet Tracy K. Smith ’94 accepts Harvard Arts Medal

4 weeks ago from Harvard Science

Some of the most important time in Tracy K. Smith’s life was spent in the armchairs of Lamont Library. During a tumultuous first year at Harvard College following the death of her...

Harvard study explores genetics behind evolution of flightless birds

4 weeks ago from Harvard Science

Since Darwin’s era, scientists have wondered how flightless birds like emus, ostriches, kiwis, cassowaries, and others are related, and for decades the assumption was that they must all share a common ancestor who...

Egyptian village revives Papyrus as tourism returns

4 weeks ago from SciDev

Residents of El-Karamous in the Nile Delta have revived the ancient art of papermaking.

Human activity can influence the gut microbiota of Darwin's finches in the Galapagos

6 weeks ago from Science Daily

In the Galapagos Islands, Darwin's finches drawn to junk food are experiencing changes in their gut microbiota and their body mass as compared to finches that don't encounter human food,...

In Diamonds' Flaws, Finding the Secret History of Continents

6 weeks ago from Live Science

Minerals more than 2 billion years old lurk inside the sparkly gems.

Amnesty International: U.S.-backed alliance killed 1,600 Syria civilians in former IS stronghold

6 weeks ago from UPI

Amnesty International and a British nonprofit said in a new study Thursday the U.S.-backed military coalition in Syria killed more than 1,600 civilians in the onetime terror stronghold of Raqqa...

Here we go again: Earth's major 'mass extinctions'

6 weeks ago from Physorg

Most scientists agree that a "mass extinction" event is underway on Earth, with species disappearing hundreds of time quicker under the influence of human activity.

Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcons' chicks hatch

Three noisy falcon chicks hungry for food reveal themselves in a cathedral spire nest.

Human activity can influence the gut microbiota of Darwin's finches in the Galapagos

6 weeks ago from Physorg

In the Galapagos Islands, Darwin's finches drawn to junk food are experiencing changes in their gut microbiota and their body mass as compared to finches that don't encounter human food,...

How to destroy an asteroid without nuking each other first

6 weeks ago from Physorg

In the event of an asteroid heading to Earth and likely to cause catastrophic damage, an Armageddon-style nuclear explosion may well be our best line of defence. But would doing...

Early hunter-gatherer ate entire venomous snake, possibly for religious reasons

6 weeks ago from UPI

Archaeologists have found evidence that an early hunter-gatherer consumed an entire venomous snake, minus a single fang.

South Korea survivors of Hiroshima report anxiety, discrimination

7 weeks ago from UPI

South Korean survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing say they suffer from anxiety.

Ancient Tomb of Mysterious Man Named Tjt Discovered in Egypt

7 weeks ago from Live Science

Inside were many mummies and a statue of a ba-bird.

Look: Tamron Hall introduces newborn son Moses

7 weeks ago from UPI

Former "Today" host Tamron Hall took to Instagram after welcoming a baby boy with husband Steven Greener.

'It was disgusting': Nova Scotia meat plant pleads guilty to multiple violations

7 weeks ago from CBC: Health

Nearly 3½ tonnes of mouldy meat had to be thrown out at a Shubenacadie, N.S., plant after government inspectors found numerous deficiencies at the facility, including abundant mould growth on the ceilings, walls, compressors,...

The secret to San Francisco's famous sourdough: bug poop

7 weeks ago from PopSci

Science Meet the wee, multilegged chefs behind the world's most sought-after loaves. Meet the wee, multilegged chefs behind the world's most sought-after loaves.

Fossil crab reveals a new branch in the tree of life

7 weeks ago from Science Blog

A new fossil from the dinosaur era challenges the understanding of evolution. In a paper published in Science Advances, an international team, including researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)...

'Extinction Rebellion' disrupts London Stock Exchange, traffic on final day

7 weeks ago from UPI

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists stopped traffic across London Thursday, continuing a large-scale movement to protest climate change and pollution.

Look: Demian Bichir mourns wife Stefanie Sherk's death

7 weeks ago from UPI

"Weeds" and "The Bridge" alum Demian Bichir said it's been the "toughest" time of his life since Stefanie Sherk died at age 37.

Study suggests Sino-Tibetan language family originated in present-day northern China

7 weeks ago from Physorg

A small team of researchers affiliated with several institutions across China has conducted an in-depth study of the Sino-Tibetan language family and has concluded that it likely originated in present-day...