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Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

Geoscience

Man's severed hand attached to his ankle

Doctors have kept a Chinese man's severed hand alive by stitching it to his ankle after a work accident severed it. Xiao Wei's right hand was reportedly temporarily attached to his left ankle for a month before surgeons reattached it, largely because injuries to his arm required immediate attention …

Ancient Chinese cat bones shake up domestication theory

A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines became the tame pets we know today.<p>Scientists believe it was the cat's appetite that led to domestication. Grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents, which in turn …

Newborn babies may be more developed than we think

My baby could not look more like a subject in a laboratory experiment. Wearing a soft white skullcap attached by long wires to an EEG machine measuring his brain activity, he is also surrounded by computer equipment and fussing researchers at University College London. "Hopefully you'll be …

Robotic mission to Mars announced to pave way for first human space colony

Mars One lander mission will provide information ahead of human settlers' planned landing on one-way ticket<p>A Dutch company that plans to send a crew of amateur astronauts on a one-way mission to Mars has lined up two major companies to work on a robotic mission to the planet.<p>Slated for launch in …

Like us, Neanderthals buried their dead - Futurity

Neanderthals, forerunners to modern humans, intentionally buried their dead, according to a 13-year study of remains discovered in southwestern …

Controversial pesticides linked to human neurotoxicity

Europe should slash the acceptable human exposure limits on two neonicotinoids — a class of insecticide previously linked to bee declines — says a …

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.<p><b>A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.</b><p><b>Confirming that careful burials</b> …

Big bang swirls hint at universe's birth - Futurity

A subtle distortion in the oldest light in the universe may help reveal secrets about the earliest moments in its formation.

Moon Contributed to Titanic Sinking?—'Once-in-Many-Lifetimes' Coincidence

Several very unusual factors related to the moon, and thus the ocean’s tides, all lined up at once before the Titanic’s sinking, which may have …

Cats Have Been Crashing on Our Couch for 5,300 Years

To my mind, there’s no excuse for cats. They’re animal hipsters — preening, demanding and terribly full of themselves. Plus they make me sneeze. Yes, …

Dinosaur Fossil With Fleshy Rooster's Comb Is First of Its Kind

Mummified fossil represents first description of a soft-tissue crest atop a dinosaur's head.<p><b>The structure above the fossil's head was so unexpected that Phil Bell put his chisel straight through the middle of it. "I was just expecting there to be rock, and all of a sudden there was skin underneath,</b> …

Will Grizzly Bears Unlock Secret to Obesity?

Most medical research is done on lab rats or in test tubes, where the genes are easily manipulated by scientists. Larger animals, such as grizzly bears, are rarely subjects because they pose a few challenges—their claws, for example. But researchers at the Washington State University Bear Center in …

Grizzly Bears

Why Do We Blame The Obese For Their Obesity?

Last month I attended a talk given by biologist Dr. Jeffrey Friedman at the much beloved NYC-based lecture series, Secret Science Club. Friedman, a 2010 Lasker Award recipient, was there to discuss the research that culminated in that prestigious award—his discovery of the hormone leptin and its …

Is the Moon Man-Made?

Is the moon hollow? Was it man-made, with a thick layer of dust simply covering its metal frame over billions of years?<p>Of course, this supposes that …

Astronomy

Largest-ever true-color photo of the night sky

The photographer trekked 60,000 miles (100,000 km) across the western United States and South Africa to create this massive composite image.<p>A …

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …

Astronomy

Orca whale gatecrashes a Google hangout in Antarctica | Science | theguardian.com

Bone from human-like hand is 1.4 million years old - Futurity

The discovery of an ancient hand bone suggests early humans had the dexterity to use tools more than half a million years earlier than previously …

Scientists draw up definitive list of genes that make us human

Genetic changes that distinguish us from Neanderthals could throw light on how humans came to dominate planet<p>Researchers have drawn up the first definitive list of genetic changes that make modern humans different from our nearest ancient ancestors, who died out tens of thousands of years ago.<p>The …

Atlantic Walrus

On ice floes and rocky beaches in the far North Atlantic, cinnamon brown blobs pile up in living heaps. Some weigh more than a ton. Some are longer than ten feet. Each is a rumpled portrait of buckteeth and whiskers, deep scars and bloodshot eyes. They nap, burp, squabble, and bark—“something …

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 …

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 …

Nine Colorful New Wasp Species Discovered in China

Scientists have discovered nine colorful new wasp species in China. The wasps belong to the cucko wasp genus <i>Cleptes</i> and the family, <i>Chrysididae</i>. The …

Mutant mosquito virus may serve as vaccine for deadly disease - Futurity

Scientists say a mutant form of a deadly mosquito-borne virus that kills about half of the people it infects shows promise as a potential vaccine.