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Smoking Leaves Permanent ‘Footprint’ On Human DNA, Study Finds

A study found that smoking can damage the DNA, permanently altering nearly 7,000 genes that can contribute to the development of smoking-related …

Scientists solve singing fish mystery

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Melatonin

Watching Evolution Happen in Two Lifetimes

The biologists Rosemary and Peter Grant have spent four decades on a tiny island in the Galápagos. Their discoveries reveal how new animal species …

Dry tropical forests 'overlooked and under threat'

<b>Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened habitats on the planet, yet remain overlooked by scientists and conservationists, warn researchers.</b><p>Despite being home to many species found nowhere else on the planet, few forests are protected, a study shows.<p>The extent of these valuable biological …

Biodiversity

Teeth Suggest Humans Killed Hobbits

Human teeth found in a hobbit cave appear to implicate our species in the disappearance of Homo floresiensis.<p>Photo: Recreation of a Homo floresiensis …

Should you put your cat under house arrest?

Few of us would happily harbour a cold-hearted killer in our own home. So the owners of the nation’s 7.4 million cats will be alarmed to hear that their beloved fur ball is in fact a brutal menace, responsible for the slaughter of millions of birds and pushing several species, as well as some …

Five Botswanan Lionesses Grow Manes, Start Acting Like Males — NOVA Next | PBS

Though rumored for quite some time, scientists have officially reported the existence of maned female lions and have documented their more typically …

Sexual Health

Conservation hopes live at San Diego's Frozen Zoo

Less than one month after his death, Ranchipur, the 50-year-old Asian elephant, was entering the next stage of the San Diego Zoo’s circle of …

It Takes 2: RNA–DNA Mashup May Have Kick-Started Life on Earth

Early life may have emerged from a mixture of RNA and DNA building blocks, developing the two nucleic acids simultaneously instead of evolving DNA …

The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate

“A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it.”<p>Trees dominate the world’s the oldest living organisms. Since the dawn of our species, they have been our silent companions, permeating our most enduring tales and never ceasing to inspire fantastical cosmogonies. Hermann Hesse called …

Fossil fishes challenge an evolutionary ‘urban legend’

Imagine a half-ton tuna laid out on a dock next to a seahorse, a minnow, and a moray eel. That’s just a snapshot of the astonishing diversity found …

Biology

Birds, bees and bugs: your garden is an ecosystem, and it needs looking after

<i>As the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that forgotten patch of your backyard. This week we’ve asked our experts to</i> …

Determined evolutionary biologists are working to bring extinct animals back to life

No, <i>Jurassic Park</i> won’t become reality anytime soon. But evolutionary biologists are getting serious about bringing extinct animals back to life. Ecologists from the University of California, Santa Barbara recently published a paper on how best to select animals for de-extinction.<p>Dinosaurs are out …

Ecology: Rats and cats drive extinctions

Non-native predatory mammals such as cats and rats can wreak havoc on native animal populations, especially on islands.<p>Tim Doherty of Deakin …

Extinction

Cuban crocodiles pose conservation conundrum

Dozens of spotted baby crocodiles sit as still as garden statues. Only their swivelling eyes betray their intense interest in passing visitors. Then, …

‘Three-eyed’ extinct reptile was a bone-headed dinosaur mimic 100 million years early

Newly discovered <i>Triopticus primus</i> is one of many copy-cat animals<p>A bizarre new extinct reptile with a domed skull of solid bone has been unearthed in Texas. If this sounds familiar, it could be because you have heard of a group of dinosaurs called the pachycephalosaurs that possessed very similar …

The natural history of whales is written in their baleen – Rebecca Kessler

‘It’s hard to believe that a 40-ton animal can get hidden. They’re sneaky.’ Charles ‘Stormy’ Mayo was scanning the sea from the deck of the <i>R/V</i> …

North Atlantic

Trees Communicate Via Their Own Fungi-Based 'Internet'

How trees 'talk' to each other.<p>A new book, <i>The Hidden Life of Trees</i>, claims that trees talk to one another. But is this really the case? The simple …

Genomic Regions Associated With Interspecies Communication in Dogs Contain Genes Related to Human Social Disorders

1.<p>Wang, G. D. <i>et al.</i> Out of southern East Asia: the natural history of domestic dogs across the world. <i>Cell Res</i> <b>26</b>, 21–33, 10.1038/cr.2015.147 …

Cognitive Science

Ancient microbe fossils show earliest evidence of shell making

<b>DENVER</b> — Life on Earth got into the shell game more than 200 million years earlier than previously thought.<p>Fossilized eukaryotes — complex life-forms …

Stanford University

Water Bears' Super Survival Skills Give Up Secrets

A protein from microscopic creatures called tardigrades keeps their DNA protected—and could someday shield humans from radiation.

The Most Visual Science Textbook You've Never Seen

Evolution happens so slowly, it's hard to see up close. Now you can.<p>Technically, Charles Darwin wasn't the first person to stumble upon evolution. Darwin was one in a string of people, one of whom was his own grandfather, who thought there must be a strange reason animals "continue to improve" over …

The sexual deception of plants

<i>Stocksy</i><p>Why would a plant want an animal to have sex with it? Because, it turns out, plants can be horrifically manipulative and deceitful! Wild sex …

Scientists Trace Society’s Myths to Primordial Origins

The Greek version of a familiar myth starts with Artemis, goddess of the hunt and fierce protectress of innocent young women. Artemis demands that …

Synthetic Biology: It's Alive, but Is It Life?

“What is life?”<p>Perhaps this is one of the most perennial questions of, well, life. It’s a question further compounded by discoveries that have …

Huge Claw, Bizarre Limbs Helped Ancient Reptile Dig

A reptile resembling a chameleon wielded a digit on each of its front legs with a massive claw.<p>Photo: About 200 million years ago in what is today …

Gene editing: Ethical issues 'should be discussed'

<b>Ethical questions around a new gene editing technology need to be considered now - even though its use may be some way off, experts say.</b><p>The Nuffield Council for Bioethics was looking into CRISPR - a biological system for altering DNA.<p>Scientists believe CRISPR could have radical effects on areas as …

Genetics

Piltdown Man Hoaxer Acted Alone, Study Say

The roots of the Piltdown Man hoax can be traced back to another international sensation: the publication of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of …

British Museum

FOJBI Friday: Meet Ian Street, The Plant Whisperer

<i>The "Friends of Joe's Big Idea" is a vibrant community of talented people we think you should meet. FOJBI Friday introduces some of these cool communicators of science, in their own words. This week: Ian Street</i><p><b>Background</b><p>Postdoctoral scholar and research associate at Dartmouth College, researching …

World's First Baby Born with 3 Biological Parents from Banned Procedure

A healthy baby boy was born utilizing a new <b>"3 parent"</b> technique, which combines DNA from 3 people. The technique is controversial and is, in fact,</b> …