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Are Men the Weaker Sex?

We can, thankfully, remove one threat to the future existence of the human male from our worry list: The male Y chromosome, after dwindling from its …

Ancient American's genome mapped

<b>Present-day Native Americans are descended from some of the continent's earliest settlers, a genetic study suggests.</b><p>Scientists sequenced the genome of a one-year-old boy who died in what is now Montana about 12,500 years ago.<p>Some researchers have raised questions about the origins of early …

Anthropology

Ancient reptile's birth fossilised

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>A rare fossil has revealed how marine reptiles evolved to give birth to live young, scientists say.<p>The fossilised <i>Chaohusaurus</i> was discovered in central China's Anhui Province and includes the remains of three babies.<p>The animals lived 248 million years ago and are the earliest of …

University of California

Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1050000/1050847_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534414017_e942f6b4004a054292f5156013eb3ad6<p><b>Scientists have discovered the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa, on the Norfolk Coast in the East of England.</b><p>The …

Anthropology

Giant jellyfish found on Australia beach

<b>Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania.</b><p>A family found the 1.5m (5ft) jellyfish on a beach south of Hobart last month.<p>Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, of Australia's CSIRO government agency, said that scientists had known about the …

Australia

New strain of 'deadly' bird flu

<b>Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China.</b><p>The 73-year-old from Nanchang City caught the H10N8 virus after visiting a live poultry market, although it is not known for sure if this was the source of infection.<p>A second person has …

Bird Flu

Could bubonic plague strike again?

<b>Scientists have unlocked clues about the strains of bacterium causing two of the world's most devastating plagues, but could it ever kill on a mass scale as it once did?</b><p>A team has compared the genomes of the Justinian Plague and the Black Death to find that both were caused by distinct strains of …

Hunter-gatherer European had blue eyes and dark skin

The team was surprised by the hunter gatherer's unusual colouring<p><b>Scientists have shed light on what ancient Europeans looked like.</b><p>Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes.<p>It has surprised scientists, who …

Anthropology

Be a Geoscientist

Earth is calling…Will you answer?<p>Would you consider a career that pays you to help shape our planet’s future, pays an average salary of nearly …

Natural Gas

Introduction

The climate challenge<p>The science of global warming is clear and the situation is urgent. Human activities are loading our atmosphere with …

Climate Change

Secrets of the sengi: the world's fastest small mammal

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>What's small, furry, related to an elephant and really fast?<p>Not a bizarre punchline as you might expect but the sengi: the world's fastest small mammal.<p>This seemingly contrary combination of features has enthralled scientists since they first discovered these animals at the turn …

Habitats

Gene therapy 'could be used to treat blindness'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1044000/1044287_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534403255_bc786a781e2c27dd8111ce02963674b5<p><b>Surgeons in Oxford have used a gene therapy technique to improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have gone blind.</b><p>The operation …

Medicine

Tiktaalik: Iconic fossil's rear parts described

An artist's impression of Tiktaalik<p><b>Scientists have finally managed to describe the back end of one of the key fossil finds of the past 10 years.</b><p>Known as Tiktaalik, the 375-million-year-old creature is considered pivotal because it has many features that look half-way between fish and land …

University of Chicago

Live Science

Cute Mammal<p>The 160-million-year-old fossil of an extinct rodentlike creature, now called Rugosodon eurasiaticus, from China is helping to explain how …

Dinosaurs

Tiny ancestor of lions and tigers and bears discovered (Oh my!)

Lions, tigers, bears and even loyal pups and playful kitties all come from the same line of carnivorous mammals, a lineage whose origins are lost in time. Now, scientists have discovered one of the earliest ancestors of all modern carnivores in Belgium.<p>The new species, Dormaalocyon latouri, was a …

Madagascar village 'hit by bubonic plague'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1018000/1018233_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534406918_181cde5156cf37c5c5fb31dd16a4069b<p><b>A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed.</b><p>Tests were carried out …

Environmental Health

Space Station News

Space to Ground

How The Platypus And A Quarter Of Fishes Lost Their Stomachs

The platypus is an anthology of weirdness. It has a leathery duck-like bill, a flattened tail and webbed feet. The males have a venomous claw on their hind feet, and the females lay eggs. And if you look <i>inside</i> a platypus, you’ll find another weird feature: its gullet connects directly to its …

This ISS Timelapse Compilation Is Fantastic

Stop what you're doing, set aside three minutes of your time and watch this. This newly released compilation of footage captured by astronauts aboard …

Ancient DNA find is 'very exciting'

Scientists have discovered the oldest known genetic material ever to be recovered from an early human.<p>Matthias Meyer and colleagues extracted mitochondrial DNA from the femur of a 400,000-year-old human ancestor in a cave known as the Pit of Bones in the Sierra de Atapuerca in northern …

Anthropology

Leg bone gives up oldest human DNA

<b>The discovery of DNA in a 400,000-year-old human thigh bone will open up a new frontier in the study of our ancestors.</b><p>That's the verdict cast by human evolution experts on an analysis in Nature journal of the oldest human genetic material ever sequenced.<p>The femur comes from the famed "Pit of Bones" …

This is NOT What Evolution Looks Like

14 Fun Facts About Dragonflies

Flying insects are usually annoying. Mosquitoes bite you, leaving itchy red welts. Bees and wasps sting. Flies are just disgusting. But there’s …

Ison: The comet of the century

<b>If we're lucky, then in just a few days' time we could witness one of the most spectacular sights in the night sky for a generation or more.</b><p>Astronomers hope that on 3 December a comet will appear on the eastern horizon - Comet Ison.<p>For the whole month of December, millions of people across the …

Astronomy

Ancient DNA from Siberian boy links Europe and America

The Mal'ta boy was buried with a variety of artefacts, including a Venus figurine<p><b>Scientists have mapped the genome of a four-year-old boy who died in south-central Siberia 24,000 years ago.</b><p>It is the oldest modern human genome sequenced to date, researchers report in the journal Nature.<p>The results …

Anthropology

Human Evolution Timeline Interactive

Explore the evidence for human evolution in this interactive timeline - climate change, species, and milestones in becoming human.<p>Zoom in using the …

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