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Can we know what animals are thinking? – The Economist

<i>For the first of our new series of Medium stories about the animal kingdom, we’ve chosen a 2015 essay about the minds of animals. Animals think,</i> …

Researchers uncover stampede of dinosaur tracks in B.C.

A team of paleontologists and volunteers is at work in northeastern British Columbia, peeling back a layer of dirt to reveal a sandstone shelf containing tens of thousands of dinosaur tracks.<p>Although research is only in the early stages, it is already thought to be one of the biggest collections of …

One of ecology's oldest puzzles: Why does diversity cluster near the equator?

From plants to animals, insects to fish, mammals to reptiles, and vertebrates to invertebrates, there are generally more species at lower latitudes, …

The medical industry is plundering a 450-million-year old species for its rare blue blood

The horseshoe crab is a hardy sea creature. It has lived through all the mass extinctions our planet has seen, including the one that killed the dinosaurs, and the biggest one, which wiped out more than 95% of marine species. It has done all that without changing much in the last 450 million years. …

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AI Wrote a Sci-Fi Screenplay for a London Film Festival, and Humans Directed It

This is not by far the first thing written by an AI—one almost shared a literary prize last March, for example—but it may be AI’s first movie script. …

Dogs were a species so nice, we domesticated them twice

In Europe and Asia<p>Humans have a tighter bond with dogs than perhaps any other animal. But figuring out exactly how that bond developed has been a huge, tantalizing challenge for researchers. Now, an ambitious study of canine genetics suggests that dogs’ history is even more complex than we thought …

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How to Make a Long-Term Relationship Work in Your Twenties

Some handy tips for dealing with the issues every long-termer will go through.<p>There are exactly two types of long-term relationship. The first: where you're best friends who can make each other orgasm without it getting weird. And the second: where you both know that all you're really doing is …

Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began

Insects have a form of consciousness, according to a new paper that might show us how our own began.<p>Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that …

Dramatic Aerial Landscape Photos of Our Impact on Nature Captured by Daniel Beltrá | Colossal

<p>During his past two decades as a photographer, Daniel Beltrá has photographed landscapes in all seven continents, exploring equally the beauty and …

305 Million-Year-Old Fossil A Glimpse Into The Origins Of Spiders

Scientists have discovered a well-preserved 305 million-year-old arachnid that is "almost a spider" in France. In a new journal article, they say the fossil sheds some light on the origins of "true" spiders.<p>The main point of distinction: This newly discovered arachnid very likely could produce silk …

Can We Find Out Where The Big Bang Started?

<i>Is there a reason why we can’t extrapolate the expansion of the universe backwards to determine where it all started in the Big Bang? Thanks!</i><p>Nope – we can, in fact, trace the universe back to where it all started. Unfortunately, it rapidly gets complicated, because the answer is that it began where …

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Poachers using science papers to target newly discovered species

Journals begin withholding locations after warnings the data is helping smugglers drive lizards, snakes and frogs to ‘near-extinction’<p>Academic journals have begun withholding the geographical locations of newly discovered species after poachers used the information in peer-reviewed papers to …

7 Ways People Who've Been Emotionally Abused Loved Differently

<i>By Amanda Chatel</i><p>When it comes to abusive relationships, it isn't always just physical abuse. While this isn't meant to detract from the issue of domestic abuse that far too many women have suffered (and still suffer), it's to address the fact that emotional abuse can be just as damaging, but in …

An ancient Maya village in El Salvador frozen in time

A new University of Colorado Boulder study, reports on the archaeological findings from a Maya village in El Salvador frozen in time 1,400 years ago …

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Look Closely at This Data. Can You Spot the Key Difference Between Christianity and Every Other Major World Religion?

Among the plethora of fascinating findings to emerge in the second installment of the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study were key and notable differences among various religious groups when it came to perceptions about the nature of God.<p>A close look at the following table that was …

Understanding animal coexistence with a little dung and a lot of DNA

Africa's abundant and iconic wildlife provides seemingly endless wonderment. For ecologists, that has extended to the persistent riddle of how the …

Researchers see evolution working faster than expected (in chickens)

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, well, evolution takes ages, right? Well, a study conducted by …

An evolutionary process that assembles phenotypes through space rather than through time

• Darwin C<p>(1859) The Origin of Species (John Murray, London).<p>Wilson DS,<br>• Dugatkin LA<p>(1997) Group selection and assortative interactions.Am Nat …

Amateur Finds 700,000-Year-Old Java Man in German Quarry

Fragments of skull found in a German quarry have turned out to belong to Java Man, an early human previously thought to be native to Asia, triggering …

Archaeologists find possible evidence of earliest human agriculture -- 11,000 years earlier than thought

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered dramatic evidence of what they believe are the earliest known attempts at agriculture , 11,000 years before the …

Kiwi genome reveals nocturnal bird’s colour blindness

<b>The genetic blueprint has been mapped for New Zealand’s national bird, revealing that the kiwi’s adaptation to a nocturnal, ground-dwelling lifestyle</b> …

Four-legged snake fossil stuns scientists—and ignites controversy

Scientists have described what they say is the first known fossil of a four-legged snake. The limbs of the 120-or-so-million-year-old, …

Dinosaurs

Lead by Professor Alan Cooper, a researcher at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, the paper presents evidence that sudden warm climactic …

10 Travel Destinations from the World of Dinosaurs & Extinct Prehistoric Creatures

<i>(Image: G.dallorto; the Scipionyx)</i><p>Everyone loves dinosaurs and other extinct prehistoric creatures. There’s something fascinating about great beasts …

100 million-year-old fossils shed new light on Australia’s ancient inland sea

The skull of a giant predator fish called cooyoo reveals its formidable teeth and massive jaw