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How dingoes could be shaping Australia’s landscape

New study informs a long-standing debate about how predators shape ecosystems.<p>Dingoes can wreak havoc on Australia’s sheep population, so the canines …

'Baby Dragon' Found In China Is The Newest Species Of Dinosaur

Meet <i>Beibeilong sinensis,</i> the most recently identified dinosaur species.<p>The name means "baby dragon from China." The dinosaur had massive feathered wings and a birdlike skull. It probably looked most like a cassowary, flightless birds slightly smaller than an ostrich.<p>But the <i>Beibeilong</i> was much …

Dinosaurs

Feathered Dinosaurs

Video<p>Reptile skin is a complex system of scales separated by flexible joints, which are identical to scales, except thinner. In birds, the only …

The Deadliest Volcano in the United States Just Got Really Weird

Picture a volcanic eruption: fiery lava and smoke billowing skyward as a towering mountain empties its over-pressurized belly of a hot meal. At …

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could prove they believe in God, according to scientists

New footage of ritual behaviour by chimpanzees, taken and analysed by researchers, shows they may be engaging in spiritual practices - and could even believe in God.<p>West African chimpanzees have been captured on camera throwing rocks into holes in trees and engaging in other bizarre behaviour, …

Indigenous Peoples

Siberian unicorns? Five incredible science tales that aren’t April Fool’s jokes

Unicorns are real! Scientists propose cloaking device to protect Earth from aliens! Glow-in-the-dark skin grown in lab! Those may sound like April …

Last woolly mammoths 'died of thirst'

<b>One of the last known groups of woolly mammoths died out because of a lack of drinking water, scientists believe.</b><p>The Ice Age beasts were living on a remote island off the coast of Alaska, and scientists have dated their demise to about 5,600 years ago.<p>They believe that a warming climate caused …

Paleontology

World Press Photo Awards Top Images of 2015

Nature 1st prize singles: A sunbather is oblivious to the ominous shelf cloud approaching on Bondi beach on Nov. 6, 2015. A massive cloud looms over Sydney in a spectacular weather event seen only a few times a year. The enormous shelf cloud rolled in from the sea, turning the sky almost black and …

Clean Technology

Plastics in ocean harm oysters

Ground-breaking data on a negative effect on oysters from microplastics, which enter our oceans via cosmetics, clothing, and industrial …

Lost Worlds Revisited – an introduction to our new palaeontology blog

Lost Worlds has evolved! Welcome to Lost Worlds Revisited, our new palaeontology blog, and meet our five expert bloggers<p>Welcome to the latest of the Guardian’s science blogs. For the last few years Dave Hone has written a palaeontology blog called ‘Lost Worlds’ that has focused primarily on the …

Dinosaurs

Gravitational waves will unlock these 'revolutionary' secrets of the universe

Ripples in the fabric of space, called gravitational waves, are careening across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment have detected some of the waves— a feat Einstein thought impossible 100 …

LIGO

Recon: Kifaru Urban Zippy

10 Truths That Will Lead to Everlasting Happiness

Every day we are inundated with suggestions and ideas for how we can ensure a happy and healthy lifestyle. Coincidently, at almost every panel I participate in I'm asked the question, "As a busy CEO of a growing startup, how do I still manage to find time for my family and friends?" Randi …

Virgin Islands National Park, Multi-sport

<i>St. John National Park is a water lover's paradise. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>About 60 percent of the island of St. John where Virgin Islands National Park is located is protected parkland, and that excludes the 5,650 acres of parkland area that is submerged beneath the water surrounding its …