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Big Discovery in a Tiny Mammal-Like Skull Found Under a Dinosaur’s Foot

In 2006 a team of paleontologists in Utah were examining the fossils of a large dinosaur when they discovered beneath its foot a tiny skull unlike anything they had seen in the area.<p>Now, scientists have found that the fossilized cranium belonged to an ancient relative of modern mammals that once …

How ′gray energy′ is underestimated

Although gray energy is a term most people have never heard of, it is everywhere: in the water we drink, in the smartphones we use, and in the cars …

Jetfuel

Six clouds you should know about – and what they can reveal about the weather

Modern weather forecasts rely on complex computer simulators. These simulators use all the physics equations that describe the atmosphere, including …

Stephen Hawking may have been suffering from 'polio', says US expert

Stephen Hawking may have been misdiagnosed and actually a victim of polio, a US medical expert has suggested.<p>Christopher B Cooper, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the probability the physicist’s famously debilitating condition was in …

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Full text of Obama's speech

This is the text of President Barack Obama’s speech on Syria, as provided by the White House:<p>My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria — why it matters, and where we go from here.<p>Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime …

Before You Listen to Obama Tonight, Read His Nobel Peace Prize Speech

It's easy to joke about the president's prize. But his 2009 speech on the role of American power included a surprising defense of the use of force.

Cameras Designed To Find Rare Animals Could Catch Poachers Instead

A project to photograph rare animals turns out to be a great tool for recording poachers.<p>The Instant Wild project, designed for the Zoological Society of London by Cambridge Consultants, started out as a quest to use motion-activated cameras to find rare animals in Kenya. But the project's creators …

How Often Do Mass Shooters Die In Their Attacks?

Almost half of mass shooters die during the attack, but certain factors raise the likelihood of that happening.<p>Details are starting to emerge in the aftermath of yesterday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C., a military administrative headquarters. Though at first, authorities …

Spanish bat study shines new light on spread of coronavirus

Picture this: two men with heavy backpacks, clambering up a mountainside in the middle of August in the Inca area of Majorca, 35km north-east of Palma. Neither tourists, nor hunters, they are actually scientists heading for Ratapinyades cave to catch bats. The aim is to study the viruses they carry.<p>…

Antibiotic-resistant diseases cause at least 23,000 deaths per year in US, says CDC

"If we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters this week. "Without urgent action now, more patients will be thrust back to a time before we had effective drugs."<p>You've likely heard warnings that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi …

Healthful Living May Lengthen Telomeres And Lifespans

As Heard On Morning Edition<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>Scientists claim they have evidence that explains why lifestyle changes known to be good for you — low-fat diets, exercise, reducing stress — can lengthen your life.<p>Based on a small, exploratory study, researchers say these good habits …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Pharmaceutical Ads Are Misleading

Six out of 10 claims in TV drug ads exaggerate or omit information.<p>The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world* that allows pharmaceutical companies to market their products directly to consumers--in commercials like those cute little Zoloft ads and all those coy Viagra spots. Somewhat …

Heavily logged forests still valuable for tropical wildlife

New findings challenge a long-held belief that there is limited, if any, value of heavily logged forests for conservation.<p>New research has found …

Ecology

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

In every whale's earwax is a record of its lifetime exposure to pollutants

Scientists have developed a new method for learning all sorts of interesting things about whales by studying their earwax<p>In addition to the amazing revelation that whales have earwax, we learn that a team of researchers in the US has published a paper detailing a new method that they developed for …