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Scientists reveal new vision of Earth 4 billion years ago

The Hadean and Eoarchean epochs were the real hell on Earth. For millions of years, our planet was heavily bombarded by millions of asteroids with …

Amazing Maze: What Science Says About Solving Labyrinths

From myth to movies, mazes are a cultural icon and a powerful tool for studying the brain.<p>From the twists and turns of the labyrinth in the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, to the treacherous network of hedges in Stanley Kubrick's <i>The Shining</i>, mazes have an unmistakable and mysterious …

Asteroid Timing Erased the Dinosaurs?

A few million years off, and dinosaurs might have survived a big space impact.<p><b>Wrong place. Wrong time. Dinosaurs didn't have to die off, but the space impact that blasted the Earth some 66 million years ago arrived at a most inopportune moment for the long-time rulers of the planet, according to a</b> …

Killer Sperm Violently Prevents Worms From Interbreeding

When different species of worms mate, it doesn't end well.<p>Every so often, animals looking for love will color outside the lines, taking a mate that doesn’t exactly share their own genetic code. Such inter-species pairings can produce some pretty cool animal hybrids, like the popular liger or the …

Biology

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever known | @GrrlScientist

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War<p>I had a little bird,<br>Its name was Enza.<br>I opened the window,<br>And in-flu-enza.

Open access: are effective measures to put UK research online under threat?

Open access scientific publishing,Higher education,Peer review and scientific publishing,Science<p>The universities of the UK should not squander the opportunity to put in place an effective mechanism for making their published research freely available<p>A great deal of water has passed under the bridge …

Secret language of penguins decoded

African penguins communicate feelings such as hunger, anger and loneliness through six distinctive vocal calls, according to scientists who have observed the birds' behaviour in captivity.<p>The calls of the "jackass" penguin were identified by researchers at the University of Turin, Italy. Four are …

Octopus Broods Its Eggs For 4.5 Years, Longest For Any Animal

This is commitment.<p>In April 2007, Bruce Robison and colleagues happened upon a deep-sea octopus more than 4,500 feet below the sea off California. When they came back about a month later it was guarding a clutch of eggs that appeared quite new and small. So Robison, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium …

Zoology

Octopus mom protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If someone were to create an award for “mother of the year” in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender.<p>A deep-sea octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica) is shown on a ledge near …

Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows

When you look up at the moon's pockmarked face, you're actually staring at Earth's early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet too — it's just that erosion and plate tectonics blotted out the evidence. In fact, no rocks anywhere in the world survived to tell …