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When Darwin Met Another Ape

On March 28, 1838, Charles Darwin paid a visit to the London Zoo. At age 29, he was far from the scientific celebrity he would eventually become. It had only been two years since his return from his round-the-world voyage on the <i>Beagle,</i> and he was still methodically working his way through the heap …

Charles Darwin

Anthropocene: New dates proposed for the 'Age of Man'

<b>The Anthropocene - a new geological time period that marks the "Age of man" - began in 1610, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists believe that the arrival of Europeans in the Americas had an unprecedented impact on the planet, marking the dawn of this new epoch.<p>The findings are published in the journal …

Climate Change

'Giant lobster' ate like a whale

<b>Scientists have discovered a bizarre human-sized lobster ancestor that lived 480 million years ago.</b><p>The monster used spiny "limbs" on its head to sift food from the ocean.<p>It also had pairs of fins along both sides of its 2m-long body, which are precursors of the double limbs seen in many of its …

Paleontology

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

A Bold Vision to Protect our Oceans Permanently

Changing Planet<p>By Sylvia Earle, Lance Morgan, and Jackie Dragon<p>The oceans need our help. Human impacts – overfishing, pollution, invasive species, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change – have put our ocean species on the cusp of mass extinctions today. Scientists predict the …

Conservation

INDEFINITE

Project info<p>Discarded debris found along the shore having existed for varying amounts of time in the sea collectively conveys a message about the marine environment. The images combine visual beauty<br>with the message of pollution and the time it takes them to<br>biodegrade in the sea.<p>The series shows an …

Sustainability

Multiple-Star Birth Revealed in Stellar Nursery

Quadruple-star system will emerge in 40,000 years.<p>Astronomers have have gotten their first good look at the beginnings of a quadruple-star system.<p>The discovery could lead to a better understanding of why some stars, such as our sun, are loners, while many others are born into systems with two, …

Universe

Another new ichthyosaur in the golden age of Jurassic discovery

An ichthyosaur fossil found on the Isle of Skye has been identified as a new species of sea-going reptile, dating back 170 million years. It‘s the latest of a number of ancient species to be uncovered in the area<p>Jurassic Park is alive and well and found in Scotland. A 4.2 metre ichthyosaur fossil …

How Killer Fungus Burns Up Bats From the Inside

Hibernating bats with white-nose syndrome expend twice as much energy as healthy ones, a new study says.<p>A deadly invasive fungus has been wiping out hibernating bats for years in the U.S., eating away at their wings and muzzles. But it's been unclear exactly how the interloper kills its victims, …

Microbiology

Science scores major victory in fight against antibiotic resistance

A new test could slash the wait time for diagnoses and eliminate ineffective prescriptions<p>Antibiotic resistance, which transforms ordinary microbes into menaces that cannot be easily controlled, is exacting a growing toll on the human population. More than two million people in the U.S. develop …

Watch: Video of Rare Deep-Sea Shark Blows Researcher's Mind

After hours of staring at footage of a nearly barren seafloor, scientists are shocked when a Greenland shark puts in an appearance.<p><b>Every now and then, buried among hours of deep-sea video as exciting as watching grass grow, the ocean serves up a heart-pounding surprise—like a rare Greenland shark</b> …

Nature

MRI probe detects Alzheimer's at earliest stage - Futurity

A new MRI probe not only detects Alzheimer's disease at its earliest stage, but also may stop toxins from doing more damage.