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Does New Theory Pinpoint Lost City of Atlantis?

An author’s obsessive quest leads to a site off the coast of Morocco.<p>Type the word “Atlantis” into Google and 120 million results pop up. Like El Dorado or Shangri-la, the legendary sunken city of Atlantis hovers on the horizon of our imagination, tantalizing, mysterious, unreachable. <i>Meet Me in</i> …

Unbelievably Cute Mammal With Teddy Bear Face Rediscovered

More than 20 years after its discovery, the rare Ili pika was spotted in the mountains of northwestern China.<p>You could call it one of the world's longest games of hide and seek.<p>For more than 20 years, the Ili pika <i>(Ochotona iliensis)</i>, a type of tiny, mountain-dwelling mammal with a teddy bear face, …

Nature

Shellfish 'hot zones' hit hard by acidic oceans - Futurity

Ocean acidification will have a real impact on people's lives, experts say. It will put livelihoods at risk and alter the fabric of communities …

Great gerbils – not black rats – were chief cause of the great plague, study says

The gruesome waves of bubonic plague that began with the Black Death in medieval Europe and ended with the Great Plague of London may have been driven more by great gerbils than black rats, researchers claim.<p>In a study that threatens to overturn the popular history of one of the world’s greatest …

Environmental Health

Rats Remember Who's Nice to Them—and Return the Favor

It's the first time scientists have found direct reciprocation in the animal kingdom.<p>Rats can remember acts of kindness by other rats—and treat them accordingly, a new study says.<p>In experiments, Norwegian rats were most helpful to individuals that had previously helped them—perhaps to try and …

Research

Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

But can it work well enough to generate reliable leads?<p>This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs' Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the …

Genetics

Are coral reefs headed for another big collapse? - Futurity

About 4,100 years ago, La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean led to a shutdown of coral growth. It could happen again, say researchers.

Mary Lyon obituary

Geneticist whose work with mice had a fundamental impact on human medical research<p>Mary Lyon, who has died aged 89, was one of the foremost geneticists of the 20th century. She used the mouse as a powerful genetic tool to gain fundamental and profound insights into mammalian genetics and the genetic …

Genetics

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

Sculpture

World first: bionic hand controlled by the mind - video

Three Austrian men have become the first in the world to be fitted with bionic hands that are able to be controlled by the mind. The men suffered severe injuries in vehicle and climbing accidents which damaged vital nerves and lead to hand amputations. Videos released by the Lancet medical journal …

Medical Journals

When Did Dinosaurs Learn to Fly?

Birds are dinosaurs. That’s a fact underscored by dozens upon dozens of discoveries in the last 30 years. Free of the historic blinders that cast dinosaurs as monstrous reptiles, we’re now gaining an ever-greater appreciation for how bird-like <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> and its famous relations really were.<p>In …

Paleontology

After Spacewalk, Astronaut Reports Water in Helmet

Space Science

Scientists reveal the real reason you have eyelashes

The mysterious function of eyelashes has been revealed at last -- thanks to science.<p>After measuring the dimensions of nearly two dozen mammal eyes, performing a series of wind tunnel experiments and engaging in some complex fluid dynamic modeling, researchers determined that most mammal eyelashes …

Research

Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

A potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infection is more common than previously estimated, federal health officials reported Wednesday.<p>The infection, caused by a bacterium known as <i>Clostridium difficile</i>, or <i>C-diff</i>, causes nearly 500,000 illnesses in the United States each year and kills …

Microbiology

Glassbrain Maps Your Brain Waves In Real Time

One of 10 award-winning visualizations from the 2015 Vizzies<p>Part education tool, part neuroscience party trick, the Glassbrain app was first used publicly in 2012 on Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, to show his brain reacting to music. A cap detects the different types of waves …

Brainwaves

UK lawmakers demand new EU rules on genetically modified crops | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - EU rules that prevent genetically modified crops from being grown in the UK, even after they pass rigorous safety tests, are not fit for purpose and should be totally reformed, British lawmakers said on Thursday.<p>Members of parliament’s science and technology committee said the EU …

Organisms

Ceres: Bright spot on dwarf planet is a twofer, NASA spacecraft finds

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has snapped even clearer views of Ceres, but its surface just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. A strange bright spot on the dwarf planet now appears to have a companion spot shining right next to it.<p>Bright spots are often thought to have icy origins, though a Dawn …

Astronomy

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

Case Western Reserve University

Gigantic Black Hole Discovered From the Dawn of Time

Astronomers find a cosmic monster that pushes theories of the early universe to the limit.<p>Astronomers have identified a mammoth black hole weighing as much as 12 billion suns.<p>It's not the biggest black hole ever found, but it's astonishingly young. The giant appears to have swelled to its enormous …

4 Acidic Ocean 'Hot Zones' That Threaten Oyster And Clam Populations

The heat is on shellfish, and not in a good way<p>Typically when you think of acid and shellfish, you might picture some fresh lemon juice or a light mignonette to brighten up a perfectly shucked raw oyster. But another kind of acidification is threatening the occupants of the raw bar, and the outlook …

Britain must take back powers from Europe to allow GM crops, say MPs

MPs on the Science and Technology Committee said Britain should be allowed to make up its own mind about GM<p>European opposition to genetically modified crops is based on ‘values and politics’ not science, MPs have said as they have called for an overhaul of EU regulation to allow more plants to be …

United Kingdom