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Old mold: Fossil of world's earliest fungus unearthed in Canada

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Microfossils of a globular spore connected to a T-shaped filament excavated in an Arctic region of northwestern Canada represent the oldest-known fungus, a discovery that sheds light on the origins...

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

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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

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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

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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...

Nima Samimi, aka Muhammad Seven, receives master’s in Middle Eastern Studies

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Nima Samimi knew early on that everything’s in a name — except identity. Growing up, the first-generation Iranian immigrant...

Harvard’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to explore Egypt — without leaving the country

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Four thousand years ago, a member of Egypt’s elite was buried on the Giza Plateau in an elaborate stone tomb, complete with several rooms and underground chambers. Then, in 1912, a team...

Harvard grad hopes to build bridges between museums and communities

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.  Brittany N. Ellis ’19 can remember the moment she began loving museums. “I was in ninth grade, and...

Jane Pickering named director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum

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Jane Pickering has been named the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Claudine Gay...

Harvard researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

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About 400 million years ago, vertebrates first began to crawl from the primordial seas onto land. Last week, thanks to a cutting-edge mathematical-analysis technique, a global research team uncovered how a crucial stage...

Talking to the new director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum

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When Jane Pickering assumes her new role as William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology July 1, she will have an eye on both the...

Egyptian village revives Papyrus as tourism returns

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

Analysis reveals why some yellow paint in Picasso's Femme has faded to brown

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Differences in the paints' cadmium sulfide particles affect the rate of degradation

A química brasileira Joana D'Arc Félix de Sousa em sua trajetória da pobreza até inventora e professora

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Filha de um profissional de curtume e de uma empregada doméstica, ela agora defende a juventude desprivilegiada

Drones edge toward the research lab

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An NIH-backed partnership looks to use drones to replace robotic arms in sample delivery

La espectroscopía Raman, ahora con resolución de Angstroms

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Un estudio logra imágenes de vibraciones moleculares con resolución atómica

Solving the chrome-plating mystery of the terra-cotta army

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Coating on 2,200-year-old bronze weapons comes from lacquer

Corante alimentício amarelo ajuda os pesquisadores a imprimir estruturas semelhantes a órgãos

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A visão química permite que pesquisadores imitem estruturas complexas de órgãos e redes de vasos sanguíneos

Ancient proteins tell tales of our ancestors

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With the help of mass spec, archaeologists are turning to proteins, which degrade less quickly than DNA, to learn about the past

Signs of red pigment were spotted in a fossil for the first time

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For the first time, scientists have identified the chemical fingerprint of red pigment in a fossil.

Largest and oldest T. rex named "Scotty" revealed

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The largest tyrannosaurus rex to ever roam the earth is about to make his official debut. CBS News got a look at "Scotty" before he goes on display at a...

In Syria's Maalula, fear for survival of language of Christ

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Hunched over a thick book, George Zaarour uses a magnifying glass to decipher Aramaic script—the biblical language of Jesus that is starting to disappear from everyday use in his village.

Mites and ticks are close relatives, new research shows

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Scientists have reconstructed the evolutionary history of the chelicerates, the mega-diverse group of 110,000 arthropods that includes spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks.

Climate change affects the genetic diversity of a species

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What effects does climate change have on the genetic diversity of living organisms? In a new study, researchers studied the genome of the alpine marmot. Results were unexpected: the species...

How corn's ancient ancestor rejects crossbreeding

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New research elucidates the mechanism that keeps maize distinct from its ancient ancestor grass, teosinte.

Creative Types Reserve a Special Corner of the Brain for Dreaming Big

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Artists, novelists, actors and directors excel at tapping into “imagination” circuits -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Find Corvus, the Crafty Crow, In the Spring Southern Sky

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Nine out of the 88 officially recognized constellations are birds. For those who care to dabble in celestial ornithology, there are a wide variety of feathered creatures: everything from a...

Archaeologists Discover the First Ever Iron-Age Shield Made of Bark in England

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This 2,300-year-old shield was painted in a red checkerboard pattern.