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China: Fish Fossil Discovery Could Dramatically Shift Evolutionary History

In China, a fish fossil was found that could dramatically shift history.<p>The fossil, which scientists say is of a 419-million-year-old fish, …

WTF Is This Weird Web-Tower Thing? We Asked Around. No One Knows

<i>Update, 1 p.m.: We've added comments from several more experts, below.</i><p>Something in the Peruvian Amazon is making weird, intricate structures that …

Brazilian scientists to test AIDS 'vaccine' on monkeys

Brazilian scientists have developed an HIV vaccine and plan to begin testing on monkeys later this year, a sponsor institution has said.<p>Known as the HIVBr18, the vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS was developed and patented by a team from the Medicine Faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, …

Bus-sized Fatberg Removed From London Sewers

Thames Water Utilities reports in a press release that they recently removed a 15 ton fatberg from a London sewer. The fatberg was the size of a bus. …

How did milk turn from a toxin to a staple of the Western diet?

Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar you'll find in milk, while lactase is the enzyme that helps us digest it. The thing is, for most of our existence, the human species has only been able to produce lactase in the early years of life, rendering the consumption of milk during adulthood an …

The mystery of monogamy: scientists claim to have the answer

As an enduring mystery of the human condition, it has been praised and damned in equal measure. It is a bridge over the abyss of isolation but can be a bit like croquet: easy enough to grasp the rules but a hard game to enjoy.<p>Now scientists in Britain have taken the puzzle of monogamy and boiled it …

Y chromosome traced back to ‘Adam’

<b>U. MICHIGAN / STANFORD (US) —</b> Y chromosomes from men all over the world reveal that our male most recent common ancestor likely lived in the same …

‘Orchid’ moms act harshly in bad economy

<b>NYU / PRINCETON / COLUMBIA (US) —</b> Rough economic conditions can lead mothers with a specific gene variation to engage in “harsh parenting” that …

Sea level and temperatures hit record highs last year, report says

The US had its warmest year on record in 2012 as carbon levels grew and Arctic sea ice melted. Another downer: the global sea level hit an all-time high last year as well. These and other troubling environmental records were published Tuesday in the 32nd edition of the American Meteorological …

Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

Imagine enough water to fill a couple of Great Lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight Western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago.<p>But now, Nate Pike, whose been riding the dry rolling ranch lands south of Dodge City, Kan., for most of his 80 years, can't even go …

California Gov. Brown struggles to shore up support for water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown's $24-billion plan to end California's long fight over moving water from the north to the south and Central Valley faces stubborn federal opposition that includes some state Democrats.<p>August 06, 2013|By Evan Halper<p>Water from the north moves through the Central Valley on its way to …

2012 one of 10 warmest years on record, report says

Arctic sea ice reaches record lows and greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports.<p>August 06, 2013|By Neela Banerjee<p>About 97% of Greenland's ice sheet melted last summer, far greater… (Joe Raedle / Getty Images )<p>WASHINGTON — Last year was …

How Biological Patents Promote Research And Save Lives

Patenting viruses doesn't restrict research--it gives an incentive to do more research.<p>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people can't patent isolated human genes, which it considers a product of nature, but they can patent something exceptionally similar: cDNA, a synthesized copy from …

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Fetal Pain Is A Lie: How Phony Science Took Over The Abortion Debate

New laws banning abortion after 20 weeks are based on pseudoscience -- and real research proves it conclusively.<p><b>This article originally appeared on Salon.com.</b><p>Since Nebraska first jump-started the trend back in 2010, close to a dozen state legislatures across the country have passed laws banning …

Kickstarter says it consulted scientists before banning genetically-modified organisms

But co-founder Yancey Strickler still calls glowing plants a 'cool project'<p>Kickstarter waded right into the center of the ongoing debate over how genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) should be regulated last week, when the crowdfunding website quietly altered its rules to prohibit creators of all …

The 5 Best Party Schools For Science Nerds

Do you measure tequila shots in an Erlenmeyer flask? Read on.<p>Choosing the right university can seem like the most important decision of your life. And picking the right major and program is only half the battle. There's also the fact that for many students higher education is about expanding more …

NIH Issues Guidelines For HeLa Cell Genome Data

The 2010 bestseller <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i> highlighted ethical controversies surrounding scientists' use of HeLa cells. The cells are descended from a tumor taken without consent from Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who died in 1951. Ethical concerns resurfaced with the publication …

Watching Fox News Increases Distrust In Climate Science

Conservative media makes people distrust scientists, and in turn, doubt the existence of climate change.<p>Science has done a good job of documenting the great divide between liberals and conservatives on the issue of climate change. Several studies have found that watching conservative media outlets, …

Why pterosaurs weren't so scary after all

For most of us, "pterodactyls" are imagined as large, vicious and ugly gargoyles with lanky limbs, leathery wings and jaws lined with savage teeth, the sort of disreputable brutes we find in Arthur Conan Doyle's <i>The Lost World</i>, the <i>Jurassic Park</i> franchise – even a recent episode of <i>Doctor Who</i>. Such …

Stem cells: what happened to the radical breakthroughs?

It's 1998 and science is taking big strides. The first cloned mammal, Dolly the Sheep, has just had her first lamb; the first robotically assisted heart surgery has been completed; Furbys have hit the shelves. In a bold announcement, biomedical engineer Professor Michael Sefton declared that within …

Smoky Mountains National Park a hotbed for ginseng poaching

With demand nearly insatiable in Asia and the price reaching $900 or more per pound, the plants are quickly disappearing from the North Carolina park.<p>August 10, 2013|By David Zucchino<p>Plant protection specialist Jim Corbin, left, and District Ranger Joe… (David Zucchino / Los Angeles…)<p>CHEROKEE, N.C. …

New immunity-boosting drug helps body kill cancer

A new type of drug that “revs up” the immune system to destroy cancer is being tested on humans for the first time.<p>Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed the treatment in an attempt to tackle cancers, such as those of the pancreas, head and neck, that are particularly hard to …

'Could you patent the sun?' Inside the Supreme Court case on patenting DNA

You can't patent a 'product of nature,' but that may not stop the biotech industry<p>This week, the Supreme Court held arguments in an unusual case: whether a company named Myriad can patent a piece of DNA. The company says it spent $500 million and 17 years studying a pair of genes called BRCA1 and …

Scientists Find Fossil of Ancient Species of Armored Fish in Pennsylvania

Scientists have discovered a new species of armored fish in 370 million-year-old red sandstone deposits in a highway roadcut in Pennsylvania. The …

Computer Tracks Spider Species By Analyzing Webs

An artificial intelligence scans spiders' webs to determine which species are in the area.<p>Spiders' webs are unique from species to species, so something like this giant cave spider and this decoy-building spider can be told apart by their webs, despite being equally terrifying. But why rely on the …

300 Previously Unpublished Darwin Letters To Be Posted Online

The letters outline the experiments Charles Darwin performed at the end of his life, to support his theory of evolution.<p>In a move that would have been unimaginable to the Victorian-age gentleman, the University of Cambridge is undertaking the largest-yet upload of letters to and from Charles …

Scientists Engineer Extreme Microorganisms To Make Fuel From Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

A University of Georgia team tinkered with the genes of Pyrococcus furiosus, and the new breed is hungry for the smoggy stuff.<p>To find a way of fending off global warming, scientists sometimes look to nature. Plants, after all, use photosynthesis to snap up carbon dioxide, the biggest source of our …