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A Convincing Theory About Human Evolution

No ape had done that before.<p>It was an important milestone in the story of human evolution.<p>The ancestor in question, Homo erectus, could use simple tools and hunt. His diet was more meat-based than plant-based. Meat has more calories than food derived from plants. Humans had transformed themselves …

Prehistory

Linux Introducing New Common Automotive Infotainment Software

While it seems that Apple and Google rule the world, we often forget about that little penguin in the corner, Linux. Sure, it doesn’t have the slick design of something with a pre-bitten fruit logo or control over the world’s internet queries, but Linux quietly runs most of the rest of the internet …

How blackjack and coin tosses gave rise to the pixel

A video essay on the father of the Information Age<p>Thanks to Claude Shannon, you're able to read this article on a screen right now. This loving documentary, from video essay channel Delve, neatly depicts the father of information theory and his early work.<p>In 1948, Shannon published a paper with a …

Newly Discovered Wasp Plugs Nest With Cork of Ant Corpses

Here’s a great home security tip from nature: if you don’t want people breaking into your house, stuff your hallway with corpses. Ideally, use the corpses of dangerous and foul-smelling people.<p>For specific hints, you need to travel to the forests of China. There, Michael Staab from the University …

Extinct Humans Passed High-Altitude Gene to Tibetans

Tibetan people can survive on the roof of the world—one of the most inhospitable places that anybody calls home—thanks to a version of a gene that they inherited from a group of extinct humans called Denisovans, who were only discovered four years ago thanks to 41,000-year-old DNA recovered from a …

Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

It would be tough to think up a more plum assignment for a test subject: Simply step into an empty room, sit down, and think.<p>Just think.<p>But in a study to appear in Thursday's issue of the journal <i>Science,</i> participants found the experience within their own heads surprisingly difficult to manage — if …

25 minutes of meditating eases stress

Even brief sessions of mindfulness meditation—25 minutes for three consecutive days—can alleviate stress, new research suggests.<p>“More and more people …

Salt on Mars May Turn Ice into Liquid Water (Video)

It may seem impossible that water could flow on the frigid surface of Mars, but a new study in a simulated Red Planet environment shows that a type …

Plants fight back when they ‘hear’ bugs chew

The sound a caterpillar makes when it chews on a leaf sets off a plant’s alarm system. In response, researchers say, the plant launches its …

Found: Earth-like planet in two-sun system. Are there more?

Astronomers have spotted an Earth-like planet orbiting a single star in a two-star system, roughly 3,000 light-years away.<p>The newly found world is the second Earth-like planet to be observed in a compact binary star system, but its discovery suggests there may be just as many planets in two-star …

Cosmic Cannibalism Reveals How Galaxies Grow

Changing Planet<p>The Umbrella galaxy takes its name from a mysterious feature (seen at left), which has now been found to be debris from a tiny galaxy that was shredded by gravity. Courtesy of R. Jay Gabany<p><b>The largest telescopes in the world have spied a Milky Way lookalike, some 62 million</b> …

A Drone For Dangerous Missions

The Ares drone lands like a chopper, so it can enter and exit a dangerous spot quickly<p>As early as next year, the Depart­ment of Defense will test-fly an entirely new type of combat drone. The craft is called Ares, for Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System, and it’s designed to take off and land …

Animals experience a full range of emotions, according to new research

After years of back and forth, new research suggests animals do have thoughts and emotions<p>The theory on animal behavior for most of history was this: people think and feel; other animals do not. It's only in recent years that there's been a sea change in the field of animal cognition, where, …

Meet The Scientist Who Might End The Climate Culture Wars

Katharine Hayhoe, "Climate Change Evangelist," wins national science communicator award<p>Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe is among the American Geophysical Union's 2014 award-winners for science communication, announced on July 3.<p>"She's someone who has been tireless in having the public …

Scientists figured out how shrooms open your mind

It’s one thing to say that psychedelic mushrooms "open your mind," but it’s another entirely to demonstrate its dream-like effects in a scientific study. Yet, that’s what one group of researchers appear to have achieved in a study published today in <i>Human Brain Mapping</i>.<p>these effects are akin to what …

Controversial clues of two 'Goldilocks planets' that might support life are proven false

Mysteries about controversial signals coming from a dwarf star considered to be a prime target in the search for extraterrestrial life now have been …

The mountains we have never climbed

Hundreds of mountains have yet to be explored, finds Rachel Nuwer. Why are these peaks so difficult to scale?<p>Since mountaineering became a popular sport in the 1850s, members of its community have often spoken of the “last great problems” in climbing: a peak that has yet to be summitted, a route …

Mountaineering

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.<p>That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the …

3D printed organs come a step closer

For years, scientists have been able to “print” types of human tissue using a 3D printer, but in a significant leap forward by US and Australian researchers they can now make that tissue survive on its own.<p>Until now a major barrier to them moving from printing tiny sheets of tissue to entire 3D …

Prehistoric circle dated to same summer as Seahenge neighbour

A second prehistoric circle on a Norfolk beach has been dated to the same summer more than 4,000 years ago as its famous neighbour, Seahenge.<p>Archaeologists believe the two circles, which originally stood inland in boggy freshwater but are now being eroded gradually by the tides, were part of the …

Technology bridges gap between brain and muscles for victim of paralysis

First they screwed the end of the grey cord into the metal silo rising out of Ian Burkhart's skull. Later they laid his right forearm across two foam cylinders, and they wrapped it with thin strips that looked like film from an old home-movie camera. They ran him through some practice drills, and …

Terrawatch: The crash that splintered Earth's crust

One of the things that distinguishes Earth from other planets is its plate tectonics. But how did this moving jigsaw surface begin? New research suggests that a 3.26 billion-year-old asteroid impact may have kick-started the process.<p>The impact crater has long since gone (recycled by plate …

Humans prefer an electric shock to being left alone with their thoughts

One man shocked himself 190 times<p>The experiment was simple. All the participants had to do was enter an empty room, sit down, and think for six to 15 minutes. But without a cellphone, a book, or a television screen to stare at, the assignment quickly became too much to handle. In fact, even when …

Chimpanzee language: Communication gestures translated

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1089000/1089136_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532551702_ffcb05dd5754f8f6ca1037d0ef9a2bac<p><b>Researchers say they have translated the meaning of gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.</b><p>They say wild chimps communicate …

St Andrews

Ferrari 250 GTO heading to The Quail with no reserve

It's not every day that a Ferrari 250 GTO changes hands. It is, after all, one of the most highly coveted cars ever made, and there were only 39 of them built in the first place. So when one goes up for sale, it tends to fetch millions. Tens of millions, actually, and the prices keep …