Michael Briggs

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Stars hint at Milky Way's 'missing' arms - Futurity

A new 12-year study of massive stars reaffirms that the Milky Way has four spiral arms, not two.

Mixing It Up 50,000 Years Ago — Who Slept With Whom?

In a remote cave in Siberia, scientists have found a 50,000-year-old bone from a toe that tells a story about life — and love — among some of the earliest humans.<p>They did it by analyzing DNA from that bone.<p>Back in 2010, scientists stunned the world by retrieving recognizable DNA from a Neanderthal …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Millionaire hobbyist says paleobiologists made 'serious errors' on dinosaur lifespan

Findings 'consistent with scientific misconduct,' according to head of Intellectual Ventures<p>Dr. Nathan P. Myhrvold has an eclectic range of interests. The ex-Microsoft CTO is a physicist, a proponent of "modernist cuisine," a multi-millionaire, and the head of the controversial "patent troll" …

New Study Finds Milky Way Has Four Arms, Not Two

Sometimes it’s hard to see the shape of something from the inside.<p>A new study provides evidence that our own home galaxy actually has four major spiral “arms,” instead of two. Can I just point out this is 100 percent more arms than our latest understanding of the shape of the Milky Way?<p>The evidence …