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King Richard III genome sequence may help scientists see eye to eye

Richard III, who ruled England in the late 15th century, will be the first historical figure to have his DNA completely sequenced. What will this be able to teach historians, and, more importantly, what does William Shakespeare have to do with DNA?

Animals February 12, 2014

Here's a computer chip that can eavesdrop on conversations between bacteria

It's easy to see bacteria, but now we can listen in on what they are saying to each other, as well. What could this mean for the future of medicine?

Animals February 13, 2014

Tibetans have special genes for high altitude living

People living on the Tibetan plateau are well adapted to life two-and-a-half times higher in altitude than Denver. A genetic study of the people of this region reveals how they thrive and their distant origins.

Animals February 12, 2014

Crocodiles can climb trees better than you think: Study

If you're being chased by a crocodile, a tree is not a safe place to hide. These reptiles are expert climbers and some of them even love to bask on branches.

Animals February 11, 2014

Mystery of the globe-trotting calabash aka bottle gourd may be finally solved

Scientists may have finally solved the mystery behind the calabash's widespread distribution around the world.

Animals February 11, 2014

Mass extinction was faster and shorter than previously believed

Researchers claim that mass extinction that occurred around 252 million years ago happened faster than previously thought.

Animals February 11, 2014

Loch Ness Monster is dead, locals fear

After 18 months without a sighting of the Loch Ness monster, some locals fear the creature may be dead. The lack of reports may also mean another species has become extinct.

Animals February 10, 2014

Monster jellyfish discovery in Tasmania stuns biologists

A giant jellyfish, measuring five feet across, washed up on the shores of Tasmania. But why are people calling it "Big snotty?"

Animals February 11, 2014

Cellular nanomotors may make Fantastic Voyage possible

Tiny motors have been tested inside human cells for the first time. These miniature torpedoes could destroy cancer cells from the inside.

Animals February 10, 2014

Shooting of 2 endangered whooping cranes in Louisiana enrages wildlife officials, prompts probe

Whooping crane pair shot in Louisiana. Female dies while the male was severely injured, prompting an official probe.

Animals February 10, 2014

Is Jose Salvador Alvarenga a castaway hero or a cannibal? The mystery may never be solved

A strange tale told by castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga involves the disappearance of a young fisherman. Did Alvarenga add the most-forbidden meat to his diet of turtles and fish?

Animals February 9, 2014

Deep sea (mesopelagic) fish biomass 10 times more than previously thought

Deep water fish are ten times more common than once believed. A new discovery about their life cycle could also have a significant effect on the carbon cycle.

Animals February 8, 2014

Photosynthesis protein developed long before oxygen became available

Cyanobacteria living in oxygen-poor environments near underwater volcanoes and thermal vents reveal secrets of how their distant ancestors carried out respiration. Surprisingly, they used a protein essential for photosynthesis long before oxygen became available.

Animals February 10, 2014

U.S. Govt plan to remove gray wolf from endangered species list resisted by conservation advocates

Conservationists have questioned the U.S. government's proposal to remove the gray wolf from endangered species list in 48 states.

Animals February 10, 2014

US sets up climate hubs to help farmers combat global warming

Networked climate hubs proposed by the U.S. government will help farmers better deal with the effects of global warming.

Animals February 10, 2014

Watch a chicken strut like a dinosaur (for the love of science)

Scientists have attached prosthetic tail to chickens to study how dinosaurs would strut. And, no, they don't walk like an Egyptian.

Animals February 11, 2014

Winners of 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge are...

Photographs, illustrations, videos, and more demonstrating the beauty of science and nature have been judged by the National Science Foundation, the journal Science, and the public. Here are the winners.

Animals February 10, 2014

Dimetrodon with 'steak-knife' teeth was more terrifying than T. rex

With teeth like steak knives, the 12-foot-long Dimetrodon may have been far more frightening than T-rex. They were also the distant ancestor of all mammals, including rabbits.

Animals February 7, 2014

Discovery of 800,000 year-old footprints in Norfolk may explain how human ancestors lived

Human footprints from 800,000 years ago could re-write the history of the human race. But, why are the new findings already destroyed?

Animals February 9, 2014

Aachen Cathedral bones likely belonged to Charlemagne

Swiss and German scientists say that the bones found in Aachen Cathedral are probably the remains of Charlemagne or Charles the Great.

Animals February 9, 2014

New technology makes ballistic transport via graphene nanoribbons possible

Graphene nanoribbons attached to silicon wafers allows electrons to travel without resistance. This accidental discovery could herald a new generation of super-fast computers.

Animals February 8, 2014

Forget GPS: Pacific salmon uses magnetic map to navigate to feeding grounds

Chinook salmon are born with the ability to navigate using the magnetic field of the Earth. What does that mean for the future of the salmon industry?

Animals February 6, 2014

Woolly mammoth was a vegan, munched on flowers

Conditions in the arctic just before the last ice age may have been filled with fields of flowers. One of them became vitally important to giant animals, such as the woolly mammoth, foraging for food.

Animals February 7, 2014

Jackdaws stare to scare: Study

Researchers have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with other jackdaws and chase off rivals and predators.

Animals February 6, 2014

Monster 18-foot python killed in Florida was big enough to swallow an adult human

The snake will be studied on by scientists to help in fighting against the species.

Animals February 6, 2014

Study of camel bones suggests Bible may be wrong

Radiocarbon dating, as well as the presence of bones beginning at 900 BC show several stories in the Bible tell of domesticated camels hundreds of years too early.

Animals February 6, 2014

Sucker-footed bats throw clues on ancestry of modern day bats

The discovery of two ancient fossils of bats may re-write what scientists know about the winged mammals.

Animals February 6, 2014

Scientists fear Fukushima radiation may have leaked to West Coast

Scientists fear that Fukushima radiation may have reached California and the rest of the West Coast.

Animals February 5, 2014

Creation versus Evolution Debate: Bill Nye-Ken Ham verbal duel ends in stalemate

Hundreds of thousands of people were glued to the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham in Kentucky on creation versus evolution.

Animals February 5, 2014

Thinning of Arctic lake ice has shortened winter ice season by 24 days: Study

Researchers have found that Arctic lakes have been freezing much later and thawing much earlier, compared to previous years, prompting them to warn that winter ice season has been shortened by almost a month.

Animals February 5, 2014

Sea turtles and pelicans in Florida Panhandle dying due to extreme winter storms

Winter storms are wreaking havoc on wildlife in the vicinity of Pensacola, Florida. Considerable numbers of sea turtles and pelicans in the area are dying off due to extreme weather conditions.

Animals February 4, 2014

Discovery of 4600 year old step pyramid with remains of buried children stuns archaeologists

Archaeologists have been stumped by the discovery of a 4,600-year-old step pyramid in Egypt. The pyramid was found near an ancient settlement called Edfu, and is older than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Animals February 4, 2014

Mysterious disease causes starfish to rip their arms off and die, say clueless scientists

A deadly disease is causing the starfish population to tear themselves apart and scientists don't know why.

Animals February 4, 2014

Mexican gray wolf making strong comeback from verge of extinction

Mexican grey wold population is now recovering after almost being driven to extinction.

Animals February 3, 2014

Newly discovered freshwater fish cedar sculpin (Cottus schitsuumsh) is ugly, has bug-like eyes and a HUGE head

Scientists have discovered a new species of freshwater fish, Cottus schitsuumsh, which is around six inches long, eats aquatic insects and has a big and ugly head.

Animals February 2, 2014

Skull of female swamp monster which terrorized Triassic era, discovered in Texas

The skull of a prehistoric female reptile, dubbed the "swamp monster," which terrorized Texas about 200 million years ago, has been unearthed.

Animals February 2, 2014

New footage of Felix Baumgartner space jump will leave you gasping for air (Video)

A new GoPro video footage of Felix Baumgartner's world record breaking freefall will leave you gasping for air.

Animals February 1, 2014

Gene targeted monkeys created, humans may be next

Chinese geneticists have succeeded in editing the genomes of monkeys, giving hope that human genome editing may also be tackled in the future.

Animals February 2, 2014

Monopole magnets one step closer to reality

Researchers have successfully emulated Dirac monopole magnets in a lab.

Animals February 1, 2014

Scientists link flying snakes to UFOs

Researchers have discovered that flying snakes take advantage of a UFO-shaped cross section to glide through the air.

Animals January 31, 2014

Me, myself and Neanderthal: The DNA says it all

Modern humans did not just rub elbows with the Neanderthals, they have likely mated with them.

Animals January 30, 2014

Magellanic penguin chicks getting wiped out by freaky weather

Magellanic penguin chicks in Argentina are in trouble...deep trouble, due to extreme weather conditions.

Animals January 30, 2014

Will monarch butterflies cease to exist? No, but migration is at risk

The number of the migratory monarch butterflies are dwindling, threatening the annual winter migration that serves as symbol of unity between Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

Animals January 30, 2014

Mexico water monster axolotl in danger of becoming extinct in its natural habitat

Mexican biologists fear that the axolotl may have finally disappeared from their natural lake habitats.

Animals January 30, 2014

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