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Challenge at Chicago school construction site: Watch for 38,000 unmarked graves

A 15-year effort to build a school in Chicago's Dunning neighborhood is underway with an unusual complication: Construction workers are taking careful steps to avoid disturbing human remains that may lie beneath the soil.<p>The $70-million school is to be built on the grounds of a former Cook County …

Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures That Talk to Whales

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Whaling

Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya

The last male northern white rhinoceros died on Monday at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya following a series of infections and other health problems.<p>At 45, Sudan was an elderly rhino, and his death was not unexpected. Hunted to near-extinction, just two northern white rhinos now remain: Najin, …

San Diego Zoo

Orange crocodiles that swim in bat poop are turning into a new species

A very special kind of crocodile calls the Abanda caves in Gabon, Africa, home. The creatures are African dwarf crocodiles, but they might not be for …

Study Skills

A Never-Before-Seen Virus Was Just Found in the Sea, and It Kills Bacteria

Their genomes are "quite different from other viruses."<p>When you think of a virus, you likely think of the microscopic agents that make life on land …

Naked mole rats defy the biological law of aging

In the world of animal models, naked mole rats are the supermodels. They rarely get cancer, are resistant to some types of pain, and can survive up …

Scientists rebuilt a 30,000-year-old woolly rhino, and its name is Sasha

We often think of dinosaurs as the coolest creatures to have walked the Earth before mankind began its bizarre march towards the present, but you …

Dinosaurs

Do our mitochondria run at 50 degrees C?

Our body temperature is held at a fairly steady 37.5°C, and the assumption has always been that most of our physiological processes take place at …

Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Creativity is often …

What Obama’s Photographer Learned About Travel

During his eight years as the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, Pete Souza, the former director of the White House Photo Office, traveled to all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Those trips added up to more than 1,300 flights on Air Force One and nearly 1.5 …

The 11,500-year-old skeleton of a baby girl offers clues on how the Americas first came to be populated

A six-week old infant who died some 11,500 years ago in central Alaska is now providing clues about how the Americas first came to be populated.<p>Genomic data from remains of the girl - named "Xach'itee'aanenh T'eede Gaay" (Sunrise Girl-Child) by the local indigenous community - broadly support a …

German patient is immune to highly poisonous ricin

Ricin is one of the strongest poisons in the world. But not for this 20-year old man in a hospital in Münster. Doctors have found out that an …

Treeshrews defy these 2 evolution rules

The common treeshrew, a small and skittish mammal that inhabits the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, defies two widely tested rules that describe …

Construction workers just accidentally discovered 30 perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs

The holidays are all about happy surprises, and paleontologists got one heck of a shock earlier this week after learning about an unexpected …

Eggs

Tiananmen Square protest death toll 'was 10,000'

<b>The Chinese army crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests killed at least 10,000 people, according to newly released UK documents.</b><p>The figure was given in a secret diplomatic cable from then British ambassador to China, Sir Alan Donald.<p>The original source was a friend of a member of China's …

HIV's Jump From Apes to Humans May Have Been Aided by an Unfortunate Deficiency

How it all began.<p>Nobody knows quite when it happened. But some time in our not too distant past, a chimpanzee version of a pathogen known as simian …

A New Type of Steel Kills Bacteria With Nanospikes

In an age when bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to our best antibiotics and the words “E. coli” can shut down your favorite local …

Lucky View: Rare Double 'Moonbow' Shines in Magical Photo of Green Aurora

An explosion of colors lights up the evening sky as a rare double "moonbow" meets the northern lights in this stunning, star-speckled …

Astronomy

Scientists find ancient crab that looks like Darth Vader, so they named it after him

Horseshoe crabs are pretty strange looking creatures, with large domed shells covering insect-like bodies, but as odd as they are they’ve actually …

Darth Vader

The big loser in the CVS-Aetna deal already seems pretty clear

The news of CVS's $69 billion deal to buy Aetna broke on Sunday night, and by Monday it was already clear who would lose out — the largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in the country, Express Scripts.<p>PBMs are basically gatekeepers that manage the list of drugs an insurer will pay for. That's …

Deep in The Ocean, There's a 'Shadow Zone' Where The Water Is 2,000 Years Old

An airless, mysterious abyss.<p>The oldest water in the ocean didn't reach its advanced years by accident.<p>Deep in the North Pacific, a vast stretch of …

Seafloor

Top 5 Misconceptions About Evolution And Why They're Wrong

Most science lovers are used to defending the evidence when the subject of evolution comes up. But even the most enthusiastic of us can get tired of …

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

When it comes to brain training, some workouts seem to work better than others.<p>A comparison of the two most common training methods scientists use to improve memory and attention found that one was twice as effective as the other. The more effective method also changed brain activity in a part of …

Johns Hopkins University

‘Hunting Ground’ Filmmakers Working on Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary

Academy Award nominees Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering have begun work on an untitled documentary about sexual assault in Hollywood.<p>The exposé will …

The best ways to keep in touch with home while you're abroad

Here is every parent's nightmare: Your child is going off to study abroad. As unsettling as that might be, the real nightmare comes when you get your first cellphone bill and realize you forgot to address the issue of staying in touch when your child is in a foreign land.<p>In truth, it's not just …

Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge

How the 5,000-year-old monument aligns with the sun.<p>The Stonehenge monument in England is known for its alignment with the summer solstice sunrise, and a is popular destination for revelers welcoming the longest day of the year. The inner “horseshoe” of the monument opens toward the point on the …

Goodbye, Planet Nine! New And Better Data Disfavors A Giant World Beyond Neptune

It was perhaps the most exciting idea to come out of science last year: that an undiscovered, giant world exists in our Solar System, far beyond the orbit of Neptune. This wouldn’t be some tiny, frozen world like Pluto or Eris, smaller even than Earth’s Moon, but a monstrous super-Earth, perhaps …

Astronomy

Scientists Think They've Solved the Mystery of Our Atmosphere's Missing Xenon

Xenon is a peculiar element. It certainly has one of the most mysterious names (from the Greek <i>xenos</i>, or “stranger”). As a noble gas, it refuses to …

Comets

11 New Facts Science Has Revealed About The Body

We're just scratching the surface.<p><b>1.</b> Hundreds of genes spring to life after you die - and they keep functioning for up to four days. Together with an …

Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.<p>Scientists said on Monday the …