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Sport<p>Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva lead a six-strong cast that also includes the prolific Mohamed Salah and …

Grand National

This Bird Could Actually Be Evolving to Eat From Bird Feeders

Adapting to modern times.<p>A little bird common in the United Kingdom is identical in almost every way to its counterparts across the North Sea in the …

Evidence Shows Natural Selection Is Working Right Now to Cull Bad Genes in Humans

Yep, we're definitely still evolving.<p>Genes associated with Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking are broadly less prevalent in people with longer …

Evolution

This sneaky male fish steals eggs to clone itself

Men’s rights have gone too far<p>For the first time, scientists have discovered a fish capable of cloning itself. The trickster in question is a small Portuguese fish that managed to steal an egg to do the deed.<p>While studying the reproductive habits of the <i>Squalius alburnoides,</i> researchers found a …

Biology

Her Husband Was Dying From A Superbug. She Turned To Sewer Viruses Collected By The Navy.

Scientists have long dismissed “phage therapy” as a fringe idea pushed by eccentrics who enjoy fishing in sewage. But now the Navy is betting on it.<p><b>Two days after</b> walking through the pyramids, Tom Patterson got very sick. The psychiatry professor was in Egypt with his wife on one of their many …

Microbiology

No, epigenetics and environmental responsiveness don’t undermine Darwinian evolution

The remarkable adaptability of octopus with new evidence showing they can alter the information copied from their DNA is an example of epigenetics: …

The Best Science Documentaries on Netflix in April, Ranked

Knowledge is power and Netflix is our professor.<p>Sure, Netflix has a bevy of cheesy rom-coms, sexy capers, and superhero content. But Netflix can also …

Photographers

Evolution Is Slower Than It Looks and Faster Than You Think

In the 1950s, the Finnish biologist Björn Kurtén noticed something unusual in the fossilized horses he was studying. When he compared the shapes of …

Scary interactive map shows how water levels will rise due to global warming

Have you ever wondered how global warming is slowly but gradually changing everything around us? Now there’s a nifty interactive map that will help you easily put things into perspective – or at least give you a better idea.<p>In an effort to raise awareness of the detrimental impact of global …

Climate Change

It's Official: Time Crystals Are a New State of Matter, And Now We Can Create Them

Peer-review has spoken.<p>Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of …

Quantum Mechanics

Am I The Only 20-Something Who Feels Like An Old Person And Thinks Everyone My Age Is Immature?

I am not going to talk about being the person who has a route map prepared for where to go in life. I'm sure most of us figured along the way that …

How nature creates forest diversity

Forests, especially tropical forests, are home to thousands of species of trees—sometimes tens to hundreds of tree species in the same forest—a level …

Computational method makes gene expression analyses more accurate

A new computational method can improve the accuracy of gene expression analyses, which are increasingly used to diagnose and monitor cancers and are …

Gene Expression

Earth Has a New Continent Called 'Zealandia', Study Reveals

It was hiding in plain sight.<p>Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and …

Earth Science

Darwin The Geologist In Galápagos

I look forward to the Galapagos with more interest than any other part of the voyage. They abound with active volcanoes, and, I should hope, contain Tertiary strata. I am glad to hear you have some thoughts of beginning Geology. I hope you will; there is so much larger a field for thought than in …

Geology

We now have the genetic recipe for making tomatoes taste like tomatoes again

The future for tomatoes is looking up<p>Remember when tomatoes didn’t just taste like water? Well, scientists have mapped the entire genome of hundreds of varieties of tomatoes, and identified the genetic traits that make them yummy. Tomato breeders could use this genetic roadmap to create tomatoes …

Tomatoes

Romania's corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy

Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example<p>The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come …

Europe

Electronics are about to reach their limit in processing power—but there’s a solution

For the past four decades, the electronics industry has been driven by what is called “Moore’s Law,” which is not a law but more an axiom or observation. Effectively, it suggests that the electronic devices double in speed and capability about every two years. And indeed, every year tech companies …

Nanotech

The real reason why we have sex

Science may have just learned the real reason we have sex — and, no, it’s not just because it feels good.<p>Evolutionarily speaking, sexual reproduction …

Arctic Inuit, Native American cold adaptations may originate from extinct hominids

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS)—In the Arctic, the Inuits have adapted to severe cold and a predominantly seafood diet. …

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

<b>Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA "typo" in their genetic code, research suggests.</b><p>The mutation was also present in our evolutionary "cousins" - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.<p>However, it is not found in humans' closest living relatives, the chimpanzees.<p>As early humans evolved, they …

Evolution

How About a New Theory of Evolution with Less Natural Selection?

In early November, a group of preeminent biologists, doctors, anthropologists, and computer scientists met in London to consider making a major …

Thank Neanderthal and Denisovan genes for health and skin | Cosmos

<b>In your DNA are traces of evidence that our early ancestors</b> bred with other hominins, such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. And while their genes have …

Surreal Ferrofluid Reflection Pool Magically Changes to Mimic Viewers

It’s time again for another round of everybody’s favorite combined physics/chemistry show… <i>Fun! With! Ferrofluid!</i> This time around we have a creation …

Microcontroller

Fears grow for children addicted to online games

Experts warn of ‘enormous and growing problem’ for youngsters<p>How do you feel about your child’s gaming habits?<p>Medical and addiction experts, charities and parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of time children are spending playing online games as figures show that UK spending …

Online

Evidence of Unknown Human Species Found in DNA of Melanesians

Scientists found traces of a previously unknown, long-extinct human species hidden in the DNA of today’s Melanesians. Melanesia is an area in the …

Anthropology

Animal hybrids may hold clues to Neandertal-human interbreeding

Neandertals are the comeback kids of human evolution. A mere decade ago, the burly, jut-jawed crowd was known as a dead-end species that lost out to …

DNA Evidence Sheds Light on When Humans First Left Africa

Researchers have found evidence to suggest that the ancestry of all non-Africans can be traced back to a single migration out of Africa at least …

Anthropology

Humans and Neanderthals had sex. But was it for love? - Vox

An investigation.<p>In 1911, Marcellin Boule, a French paleontologist, published the first scientific description of the Neanderthal species. And let’s just say it didn’t have a lot of sex appeal.<p>The skeleton in Boule’s volume, dubbed the "Old Man of La Chapelle," was a wretched creature: a …

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