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Meet the Carolina Butcher: a nine-foot-tall, crocodile-like monster

This giant walked on its hind legs 230 million years ago<p>Gigantic, walking reptilian alert! <i>Carnufex carolinensis</i> — a name that translates to "Carolina Butcher" — was a nine-foot-tall predator that walked on its hind legs about 230 million years ago, according to a study published today in <i>Scientific</i> …

Bullies who were bullied at risk for suicide

Being bullied can put youth at risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, but so can being a bully. And those who have been both bullies and bullied …

Parasites encourage cannibalism in some animals, say scientists

Parasites may be responsible for encouraging some animals to engage in cannibalism, claims a new study published in the journal <i>Royal Society Open Science</i>. Scientists investigating the effects of the common parasite <i>Pleistophora mulleri</i> found that adult shrimps infected with the creature were more …

Darwin’s ‘strangest’ animals get new relatives

Scientists have solved the evolutionary puzzle regarding the “strangest animals ever discovered,” as Charles Darwin once called them.<p>The Natural …

Giant walking crocodile terrorised Earth before dinosaurs

A terrifying walking crocodile which stood 9ft tall and has been dubbed the 'Carolina Butcher' preyed on mammals before the rise of the dinosaurs<p>A terrifying crocodile which walked on its hind legs may have been the most deadly creature on Earth before the evolution of the biggest dinosaurs.<p>The …

Recycled photocopier paper pyramids send distress signals when you pee on them

Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) – the same laboratory that recently introduced the prototype urinal that generates …

Genomes project produces first diagnoses of rare diseases

Three men and their families will be eligible for personalised treatment designed to target their genetic defects<p>Three men from two families are the first patients to be diagnosed with rare diseases after volunteering to have their complete genetic codes mapped as part of the groundbreaking 100,000 …

Volunteering

DNA from ancient teeth solves mystery of African slave burial

Researchers have analyzed the DNA of ancient teeth to identify the regional origin of three African slaves buried more than 300 years ago on a former Dutch colony in the Caribbean.<p>The development could open the door to broadening the understanding of African American ancestry linked to the European …

Anthropology

Chilvary could indicate hidden sexism, study finds

Men who demonstrate 'well intentioned' sexism are said to see women as warm and pure yet helpless and incompetent<p>Men who open doors for women are as guilty of sexism as those who are rude to them, according to a new study.<p>Psychologists found that a friendly or chivalrous attitude can mask …

Feminism

The secrets of color-changing chameleons revealed

Scientists studying chameleon skin have discovered the secret to the lizards' color-changing prowess: Rather than relying purely on pigments, the animals use photonic nanocrystals in their skin to manipulate light with exquisite precision.<p>The findings, described in the journal Nature …

Mesmerizing Ride in a Solar-Powered Plane

Gamers Have Spent 12,000 Years in The Sims 4

EA's Sims infographic includes some cheeky facts - who knew death by laughter was a thing that could happen?<p>Electronic Arts has released a new …

'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

It might seem like science fiction but a new implant which attaches directly to the spine could help paralysed people walk again<p>Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant.<p>In …

Spinal Cords

Goldilocks planet: Deep in space, we may have found our 'twin’

The discovery of an Earth-like planet raises the question: are aliens also looking at us?<p>The starry sky is now far more fascinating to us than it ever was to our forebears. Stars may seem just points of light, but we’ve learnt recently that most are orbited by retinues of planets, just as our Sun …

5 ways your body can talk to your brain

We usually think our mind is in control and telling our body what to do. But there is a lot of scientific evidence that shows the chatter between …

Kids with this gene variant may be extra vulnerable

Scientists have identified a gene variant that may serve as a marker for some children who are, for better or worse, more sensitive to their …