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Global Warming Is a Major Threat to Our Overlords, the Lizards

Who run the world? Lizards, why of course. But their reign might be coming to an end, thanks to global warming.<p>A new study suggests global warming is …

Climate Change

Out Of Thin Air: Israeli Scientists Harvest Drinking Water From Air

Water shortage is a pressing issue worldwide: According to the UN, 1.2 billion people (almost one-fifth of the world’s population) live in areas …

A Middle Jurassic monster put in its taxonomic place

An analysis of the fossil known as the Minden Monster has enabled paleontologists to assign the largest predatory dinosaur ever found in Germany to a …

Blood-Guzzling Brain Key To Evolution Of Human Intelligence

What's grey and wrinkly and drinks 10 gallons of blood per hour?<p>The human brain is a fuel hog, and that, it turns out, is key to how our intelligence evolved. It has long been believed that the evolution of human intelligence was simply related to increasing brain size, but a team of researchers …

How One of the World's Oldest Human Ancestors Died

The world’s best-known human ancestor fossil—widely known as Lucy—likely died following a fall from a tree, according to new research.<p>Scientists …

Evolution

Darwin’s Dogs wants your dog’s DNA

Going for walks, playing fetch and now participating in genetic research are just a few things people and their dogs can do together.<p>Darwin’s Dogs, a …

Mental Health

Dating app founder: Response rates go up 60% when your first message is like this

CEO and founder of popular dating app Bumble Whitney Wolfe came by to talk about her hit app where women have to reach out to men first. She revealed the best way to get a response to your first message.<p><i>Produced by Joe Avella</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

Scientists Have Finally Figured Out What ÖTzi The Iceman Wore When He Died

A 5,300-year-old boss.<p>New DNA analysis has revealed what Ötzi the Iceman’s clothing was made from when he died over 5,000 years ago in the Italian …

Anthropology

From cloaks and daggers to loincloths, here’s the week’s best science news

This week’s biggest stories<p>A new exhibition in Glasgow has a bone to pick with two women who died more than 1,000 years and miles apart. Their skeletons are included in the Our Buried Bones display at Hunterian museum and art gallery to reveal how, despite being from different backgrounds, they …

Look at This Lil IRL Emoji Scientists Found Off the Coast of California

I shall call him Stubby Squid and he shall be mine and he shall be my Stubby. (No, really, that's what it's called.)<p>Researchers on the E/V Nautilus spotted a rare "stubby squid" via a submersible camera they sent about 3,000 feet deep off the coast of California and they have the video to prove it. …

A dog's dilemma: Do canines prefer praise or food?

Given the choice, many dogs prefer praise from their owners over food, suggests a new study published in the journal <i>Social, Cognitive and Affective</i> …

Dogs

Science Once Again Proves There’s Nothing Dogs Love More Than Their Humans

Dogs and humans have a unique bond. Over the centuries the two species have evolved a strong social bond; in other words, we really like dogs, and dogs really like us, which is why they’ll follow us around no matter what and why they recognize us even if they don’t see us for years. And it turns …

The Brain

Study gets to truth of one of 'greatest scientific crimes ever'

In 1912, an ambitious lawyer named Charles Dawson discovered a fossilized skeleton with the skull of a man but the jaws of an ape in a British gravel pit, the <i>Telegraph</i> reports.<p>For the next three decades, <i>Eoanthropus dawsoni</i>—better known as Piltdown Man, named for the location it was discovered—was …

Humpback whales may be the vigilantes of the sea

For decades, people have observed humpback whales engaging in what appears to be some sort of vigilantism. As a pod of orcas attacks baby whales of …

The App That Aims To Gamify Biology Has Amateurs Discovering New Species

It's dusk at a park in Dallas, and white sheets are pinned up next to tall trees, fluttering like ghosts in the wind. They've been lit up with ultraviolet lights to attract moths.<p>A handful of people are holding up their smartphones, zooming in on the small dark specks that fly to the cloth.<p>"Bugs …

Scientists Confirm China's Legendary Ancient Flood Was Real

Scientists have found evidence that the cataclysmic event did indeed happen.<p>With over 4 trillion gallons of rushing water, it was a flood of biblical proportions. Villages for miles around were swallowed in a single, violent gulp. Yet a king arose out of the destructive floodwaters. By dredging of …

8 Personality Traits of Highly Intelligent People (Backed by Science)

The scientific reasoning behind some of the personality traits that smart people share.<p>Over on Quora, more than 100 people have answered the question "What are the common traits of highly intelligent people?"<p>Some users claim to know from personal experience; others are just taking an educated guess.<p>…

Psychology

Why beard hair is a different color than head hair

ShutterStock / glebTv<p>If you've ever wondered why the hair on one part of your body looks so different from the hair on another part, you're probably not alone.<p>This phenomenon is a perfectly natural one, and it can be explained pretty easily with science.<p>As it turns out, you have different types of …

Hair

Why the turtle got its shell

Turtle shells didn’t get their start as natural armor, it seems. The reptiles’ ancestors might have evolved partial shells to help them burrow …

We've Been Imagining T. Rex Roars All Wrong, Study Finds

Way less terrifying than Jurassic Park would have you believe.<p>It’s 65 million years ago. You’re taking a relaxing stroll through the forest, when in …

Jurassic Park

These Are the Ugliest Colors to Paint Your Home, According to Science

After intense research, the Australian government thinks it found the world's ugliest color. In fact, it's using the repellent hue to discourage people from smoking -- and other governments may be following suit.<p>So what horrific shade could possibly be so bad it might turn people off from the …

Research Suggests That These Words Say Everything About Your Personality

Studies indicate that the number of times you use specific words or phrases has a close link to your characteristic way of behaving, thinking and feeling.<p>What comes out of your mouth or through your keyboard can give others a pretty accurate clue about the kind of individual you are. Experts can …

Psychology

This Experiment Suggests Intuition Is A Real Thing

You're probably making decisions based on information you don't even know you have.<p>Most of us have a general idea of what intuition is -- you might say we have an <i>intuitive</i> idea -- but there’s never really been a clear scientific definition of the term.<p>A team of researchers in Australia is trying to …

Underwater 'lost city' in Greece is actually the aftermath of a gas leak

An underwater “lost city” appearing to boast colonnades and courtyards has turned out to be nothing more than the aftermath of a gas leak.<p>When divers first spotted the structures in shallow water off the Greek island of Zakynthos in 2013 they thought they had discovered the ruins of a …

Children who grow up surrounded by books ‘earn more as adults’ - study

Children who have a large number of books in the house when they’re growing up tend to be higher earners later in life, according to a new study published in the Economic Journal.<p>Economists Giorgio Brunello, Guglielmo Weber and Christoph Weiss of the University of Padua looked 6,000 men born in …

How Do Animals Keep from Getting Lost?

Every three years, the Royal Institute of Navigation organizes a conference focussed solely on animals. This April, the event was held southwest of London, at Royal Holloway College, whose ornate Victorian-era campus has appeared in “Downton Abbey.” For several days, the world’s foremost …

Does the yeti exist? Scientists use DNA evidence in bid to solve mystery of the abominable snowman

It is one of the world's greatest enduring mysteries. Stories of a yeti, or an abominable snowman, have been entrenched in Himalayan folklore for hundreds of years - but there has never been any definitive proof of its existence.<p>Now, a team of leading international scientists will use advanced DNA …

Here's the fascinating science behind why birthmarks exist

People come in all shapes and sizes, some with birthmarks, spots, moles, and freckles on their skin and some without. Talking about birthmarks in …

Slumbering 'dragons' hint at evolution of human sleep patterns

Researchers find that lizards have the same sleep patterns as mammals and birds. And the sleeping Australian bearded dragons, Pogona vitticeps, …

And the beak shall inherit the Earth: Why did birds live when dinosaurs died?

A small feathered dinosaur swoops down on an unsuspecting lizard while a bird hunts for seeds in this reconstructed slice of life in Alberta 66 million years ago. A new theory suggests that a seed diet helped birds survive the mass extinction event that wiped out all other dinosaurs.<p>DANIELLE DUFAULT<p>…