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Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

<b>Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN) —</b> When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic.<p>Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand …

Archaeology

Ankylosaurs Slurped Food With Powerful Tongues

Over eight decades ago, while pondering the heavily-armored dinosaur <i>Scolosaurus</i>, the eccentric paleontologist Franz Nopcsa proposed what is probably one of the oddest ideas in the annals of paleobiological speculation. <i>Scolosaurus</i> was a low-slung quadruped that shuffled around what were then thought …

Dinosaurs

Jurassic saw fastest mammal evolution

A new study suggests that mammal ‘experimentation’ with different body-plans and tooth types peaked in the mid-Jurassic period, 200-145 million years …

Scientists beam power to a fitness tracker via WiFi

Wireless electricity transmission sounds... dangerous, but the ability to do it could transform the internet of things. Researchers from the University of Washington have charged a JawBone UP24 fitness tracker with nothing but ordinary WiFi. They noticed that regular, ambient WiFi was strong enough …

Fatal Attraction: These Sex-Crazed Male Marsupials ‘Do It’ to Death

Two chubby marsupial species that would literally die for 14-hour sessions of sex have been discovered Down Under, researchers report.<p>The new species are types of antechinuses — bristly haired, mouselike marsupials that eat creatures such as spiders and insects. Every year, antechinus males fight …

Zoology

Isis drives Iraqi troops out of stronghold to strengthen its grip on Ramadi

Militants raise their flags over government compound in centre of city after using car bombs to breach blast walls<p>Iraqi troops have been forced out of most of Ramadi by Islamic State forces, consolidating the militant group’s control over the capital of Anbar province, which covers more than …

Water

Android 5.1 arrives with HD calling and safeguards for stolen phones

After weeks of teasing, it's here: Google has officially unveiled Android 5.1 Lollipop. The new release focuses on support for features that usually depend on extra software to work, such as multiple SIM cards (handy for prepaid service in countries like China and India) and higher-quality HD voice …

Dark matter may have killed the dinosaurs, claims scientist

Earth passing through areas of dark matter might have triggered the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs<p>Dark matter may have been responsible for the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs, a scientist has suggested.<p>Earth, as well as spinning around the Sun, is also moving around our own …

Dark Matter

Were dinosaurs tripping on hallucinogens?

Scientists discover fungus from which LSD is derived on ancient grass<p>Researchers have claimed that dinosaurs may have been tripping on hallucinogens.<p>They have discovered a perfectly preserved amber fossil that contains the oldest grass specimen ever found, on top of which was a 100 million-year-old …

Long-necked Jurassic 'dragon' discovered in China

Dinosaur fossils discovered in China may have given rise to legends of dragons<p>A new dinosaur which had an extraordinarily long neck has been discovered in China and named the ‘Dragon of Qijiang.’<p>Qijianglong (pronounced "CHI-jyang-lon") is about 15 metres in length and lived about 160 million years …

How Dinosaurs Talk With Their Feathers

What did <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> sound like? The movies tell us that the dinosaur shrieked and roared, befitting its status as one of the largest carnivores of all time, but the truth is that we don’t really know. The soft tissues needed to reconstruct the dinosaur’s sounds have never been found, rendering …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Man’s headaches due to tapeworm living in his brain for four years

Parasitic worm normally found in amphibians and crustaceans in China may have scavenged nutrients from patient’s brain<p>A man who went to see his doctor after suffering headaches and experiencing strange smells was found to have been living for more than four years with a rare parasitic worm in his …