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Newly Discovered Shrew May Look Like A Mouse, But It's More Closely Related To The Elephant

By Laura Zuckerman<p>(Reuters) - A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said on Thursday.<p>The new species of elephant …

Fish-eating spiders are taking over the world

Spiders that can catch and consume fish are found in every continent in the world — except Antarctica. That's the main conclusion of a study, published on Wednesday in <i>PLOS ONE</i>, in which researchers identify 18 species of spiders that have been observed catching fish.<p>Those specimens, reports <i>National</i> …

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dead At 90

"It was terribly exciting because it was so unexpected."<p>It's hard to calculate the lives saved by Stephanie Kwolek. She started working as chemist for DuPont in 1946. In 1965 Kwolek invented Kevlar, the strong and lightweight fibers that go into bulletproof vests, among other safety applications. …

Dwarf Galaxies in the Early Universe Worked Overtime Making Stars

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Can you see the dwarf galaxies in the above image, shot by the Hubble Space Telescope? Yeah, me neither. But they’re there, and some of them are working exceptionally hard to make new stars. I’ve included a cheat sheet below so you’ll know which of the galaxies …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Great white shark numbers are surging, study finds

A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline -- bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers this …

Clint Eastwood's Baffling Jersey Boys

Despite a few fun moments, this mess of a Broadway adaptation didn't need to exist.<p>The question you could be forgiven for asking, the question even the cast admitted being perplexed by, is why? Why would Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood, he of the bleak <i>Unforgiven</i> and the haunting <i>Million Dollar</i> …