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Evolutionary population history of early Paleoamerican cranial morphology

The nature and timing of the peopling of the Americas is a subject of intense debate. In particular, it is unclear whether high levels of …

Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks<p>The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behaviour of marine life, scientists have warned, after a …

Climate Change

NASA Asks College Kids to Help It Explore Deep Space

Living on Mars is going to be hard, so NASA is enlisting the help of a group of people who already know how to survive fraught social relationships …

NASA

Cosmic Superclusters, The Universe's Largest Structures, Don't Actually Exist

On the largest scales, the Universe looks like a vast cosmic web. Stars link up into galaxies, which are clustered together in galactic groups. Many groups bound together lead to galaxy clusters, and occasionally clusters merge together, creating even larger clusters. Many clusters together, …

Cosmology

Iowa State spinoff sees small towns using algae to clean water

Two Iowa State University scientists believe algae can help cut costs for hundreds of small Iowa towns that face up to $1 billion to upgrade their …

Focus: Atomic Impersonator

February 24, 2017• <i>Physics</i> 10, 21<p>Calculations show that a carefully engineered laser pulse can induce an atom to emit light as if it were a …

Quantum Mechanics

We Were Wrong About How the Asteroid Apocalypse Will Go Down

Here’s a cheery thought to send you into the weekend: New research suggests that the greatest danger posed by an incoming asteroid is not from the …

Space

Theoretical battle: dark energy vs. modified gravity

LIGO could help tell us whether gravitational waves move at the speed of light.<p>Two decades ago, scientists found that the Universe’s expansion is …

Physics

Want to Find an Exoplanet? Scientists Make Huge Amount of Star Data Available to Public

Scientists release observation data from 1,600 stars in hopes the public can help find planets that orbit stars outside our solar system.<br>Read More

Exoplanets

Iran Launches Naval Drills Amid Escalating Tensions With US

One of the five military vessels from Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps that approached a U.S. warship hosting one of America's top generals on a day …

Iran

Shedding Light on the Grey Zone of Speciation along a Continuum of Genomic Divergence

by Camille Roux, Christelle Fraïsse, Jonathan Romiguier, Yoann Anciaux, Nicolas Galtier, Nicolas BierneSpeciation results from the progressive …

Swedish asylum shelter in Vanersborg hit by blaze

<b>Up to 20 people have been hurt in a fire at a shelter for asylum seekers in Sweden, officials say.</b><p>Two residents were badly injured jumping from windows of the building in Vanersborg, about 80km (50 miles) north of Gothenburg.<p>The cause of the fire is unknown though police have opened an arson …

Immigration

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Previews

Red state rural America is acting on climate change – without calling it climate change

President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably concerned. He and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established …

Climate Change

Robert Reich: A boycott is in order — we need to make it unprofitable to work with Trump

It's not enough to be political activists — we need to be consumer activists at the same time<p>Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, among other retailers, have dropped Trump brands, both Ivanka’s and her father’s. Their decisions came amid calls for a boycott against retailers that carry Trump …

Liberal POV

Kim Jong-nam death: poison dose so high he died in '15 to 20 minutes'

Ministers believe half brother of North Korean leader was killed with more than 10mg of UN classified VX nerve agent<p>The dose of poison given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un’s half brother was so high it killed him “within 15 to 20 minutes”, Malaysia’s health minister has said.<p>Kim Jong-nam died on …

Kim Jong-nam

Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees

<b>The leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has urged Afghans to plant more trees.</b><p>In the statement, he called on civilians and fighters to "plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of Earth and the benefit of almighty Allah's creations".<p>Afghanistan …

Taliban

Siberia's 'doorway to the Underworld' Is Getting So Big It's Uncovering Ancient Forests

A doorway to 200,000 years ago.<p>It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost has been on thin ice lately. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes …

Climate Change

The way breast cancer genes act could predict your treatment

A Michigan State University breast cancer researcher has shown that effective treatment options can be predicted based on the way certain breast …

Cancer

Trump's Laughable War on Leaks

Donald Trump has picked a fight no president has or ever will win. At best, it will make him look stupid, at worst, lead to a new Watergate.<p>Leaks about what now resigned National Security Advisor Michael Flynn did or did not convey to Russia Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in a late December phone call …

Michael Flynn

Is spending billions on space research worth it?

Scientists have discovered nearly 3,500 planets that circle a star other than our sun. And, yet, something about the announcement of seven new exoplanets this week seemed to have struck a chord with millions of people in ways the previous thousands did not. Even my colleague’s six-year-old daughter …

Astronomy

10 (More) Must-Read Books That Explain Modern China

China’s been a tough place to understand recently. Regressive politics, advanced weaponry unveilings, and, despite an economic slowdown, an economy …

China

As Negotiators Talk Peace In Geneva, Bombings Kill At Least 32 In Syrian City

A cluster of coordinated suicide attacks have claimed the lives of at least 32 people in the major Syrian city of Homs. The bombings, which targeted two separate security offices in the largely government-held city, killed one senior Syrian intelligence official and left another critically …

Syria

Remembering Ren Hang

The controversial Chinese photographer pushed the limits of the body to create an intoxicating beauty<p>Yesterday afternoon a photographer reached out with news that Ren Hang had reportedly committed suicide. I could see tributes beginning to form on Twitter, but, I thought, it can’t be true. But when …

Photography

14 People Who Broke Barriers to Make Black History

In honor of Black History Month, here's a look at 14 people who broke color barriers to become the first Black Americans to achieve historic accomplishments in politics, academics, aviation, entertainment and more.<p>Alain Leroy Locke<p><i>First Black Rhodes Scholar</i><p>Alain LeRoy Locke was an American …

Black History

We Fact-Checked All the Lies Donald Trump's Administration Told This Week

From incorrectly suggesting a terrorist attack in Sweden to exaggerating the amount of money saved on military planes.<p>Last weekend President Donald Trump falsely suggested a terrorist attack in Sweden at a campaign-style rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida. That …

Donald Trump

‘Guerrilla archivists’ are rescuing data on climate change under the Trump administration

Throughout history, in hostile political climates, people smuggled, copied or collected materials that they fear could be lost.<p>On Inauguration Day, a …

Climate Change

This gorgeous video about the Hubble Space Telescope puts our existence into perspective

‘We’re smaller than we can readily comprehend’<p>In 1995, astronomers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope toward a seemingly empty region of space to see what was there. What they found was astounding: almost 3,000 objects, too faint to see with the naked eye. In a short animated video from Vimeo user …

Astronomy