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To get creative, get walking - Futurity

Walking, indoors or out, can boost creative inspiration by as much as 60 percent, new research shows.

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Blue-Footed Booby Threatened in the Galápagos

Breeding is down among birds known for their happy feet.<p>A cartoonish character in the avian world, the blue-footed booby is known for its vivid webbed feet and its high-stepping mating dance. But the birds have mostly ceased their hypnotic moves on the breeding grounds of the Galápagos Islands, …

3D goggles for insects could lead to robot breakthrough

Experiments which saw tiny 3D goggles stuck to the head of a praying mantis with wax could pave the way for new optical recognition systems for robots<p>Experiments which saw tiny 3D goggles stuck to the head of a praying mantis with wax could pave the way for new optical recognition systems for …

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Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …

Pterosaurs cast a giant shadow over today's biggest winged creatures

Look at the birds outside your window: little feathery things that beg for crumbs and make cute chirpy noises. What if they were nine metres across and could fold up their wings and walk on all fours? Not so cute. Long ago, just such hulking creatures ruled the skies.<p>Pterosaurs were Earth's first …

The tiny creek connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

There’s a point called Two Ocean Pass on the Continental Divide. It separates the headwaters of Pacific Creek (which flows west to the Pacific) and …

'Mafia' Cuckoos Rule By Fear, Foisting Young On Other Birds

Cuckoo bullying, explained.<p>Great spotted cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds' nests, and the host does all the work of raising the impostor. But if the new foster parent doesn't cooperate and ditch the new arrival, the the cuckoo sometimes retaliates, destroying the poor birds' other eggs. …

Meet Kryptodrakon: Oldest Known Pterodactyl Found in China

Kryptodrakon flew the Jurassic skies about 163 million years ago.<p>The oldest known pterodactyl has been unearthed in China, pushing back the evolution of the ancient flying reptiles by five million years, a new study says.<p>Dubbed <i>Kryptodrakon progenitor</i>, the beast had a wingspan of 4.5 feet (1.4 …

50 Years Ago: NYC World's Fair in Pictures

Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was the start of something big - really big.<p>The fragmentary remains of the Kryptodrakon progenitor found in the famed "dinosaur death pits" area of the Shishugou Formation in northwest China are seen in an undated illustration courtesy of Brian Andres. Scientists on …

Will Newer Wind Turbines Mean Fewer Bird Deaths?

The jury is still out on what works to protect wildlife.<p><b>About an hour's drive east of San Francisco, steady winds blow about half the year through a stretch of terrain dotted with thousands of electricity-generating turbines.</b><p><b>Since the 1960s, Altamont Pass has been a proving ground for wind power.</b> …

Scientists Rank World's Most 'Evolutionarily Distinct' Birds

Rating may help drive efforts to save some of Earth's most critically endangered (and weirdest) birds.<p>Is a bird more worth saving from extinction if it is evolutionarily unique, as well as physically rare? That's one challenging question raised by newly published research that factors together the …

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