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Henry Molaison's (or HM) brain digitized to show how amnesia affects the brain

One of the most famous brains in the field of neuroscience, the brain of "H.M." was dissected into 2,401 slices in 2009. Now, the researchers have published their findings.

Animals January 29, 2014

Whale shark slaughterhouse discovery in China exposes human greed for money

A factory slaughtering and processing endangered whale sharks have been discovered in China.

Animals January 29, 2014

300,000 year old hearth in Qesem Cave holds clues on how our ancestors used fire

A recently discovered caveman hearth in Qesem Cave site in Israel may shed light on early human usage of fire.

Animals January 28, 2014

Earthquake fault zones may be hiding vast 'oceans' of water

A new study shows that earthquake fault zones deep in the sea may be taking in large amounts of water from the ocean.

Animals January 28, 2014

Grand Canyon is much younger than previously thought

New evidence indicates that the Grand Canyon may have formed at a more recent time period compared to previous estimates.

Animals January 28, 2014

Mesolithic Europeans had blue eyes and dark skin: Study

The analysis of DNA from the 7,000 year old remains of a stone age European man reveals that early Europeans had blue eyes and dark skin.

Animals January 27, 2014

Mantis shrimp unique eyes boast 12 photoreceptors and yet they can't distinguish colors: Why?

A new study has discovered how the mantis shrimp perceives color with the 12 photoreceptors in its eyes, and it's nothing like how other living beings see color.

Animals January 26, 2014

Polar bears adapting diet to melting Arctic ice

A series of new studies suggest that polar bears in Hudson Bay may be changing their diet in an effort to adapt to the melting Arctic ice.

Animals January 25, 2014

Ancient humans took away 'virginity' of South East Asian rainforests: Study

A recent study shows how human activities over the last 11,000 years have affected and shaped the rainforests in South East Asia.

Animals January 25, 2014

Watch molecules form into memories in brain (Video)

Check out molecules form into memories in the brain, thanks to groundbreaking work by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Animals January 27, 2014

Frog love ripples attract mate...and death from above

A new study shows that bats use water ripples caused by the mating habits of frogs to home in on their prey.

Animals January 24, 2014

Our ancestor Adam walked the earth much earlier than previously thought, say scientists

New findings show that Adam, humanity's common male ancestor, may have lived 9,000 years earlier than what was previously believed.

Animals January 26, 2014

Scientists discover new Amazon dolphin species after nearly a century

The discovery of Inia araguaiaensis is the first of its kind after almost 100 years when the now extinct river dolphin, Lipotes vexillifer, was discovered in 1918.

Animals January 24, 2014

Archaeologists stumped by discovery of 3,600 year old pharaoh Woseribre-Senebkay tomb

Discovery of the 3,600 year old tomb of Woseribre-Senebkay, a previously unknown pharaoh, in an archaeological dig site in Egypt, has stumped archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania, because this pharaoh appears to be one of the first rulers from the little-known Abydos dynasty.

Animals January 23, 2014

Ancient fish had necessary genes to transform fins to limbs

A new research indicates that the ancient fish already had the genes needed to develop limbs.

Animals January 23, 2014

At least 1 in 4 sharks and rays facing extinction in near future

Researchers have found that more than 30 percent of the 1,041 known species of sharks, rays and chimaera are at risk of extinction.

Animals January 23, 2014

Transparent HUD now possible, thanks to MIT researchers

Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a transparent display crafted from nanoparticles integrated into a thin plastic material that can be attached to almost any glass. The proof-of-concept study indicates that in the future, heads-up displays will be affordable, easy to manufacture, and with wide viewing angles.

Animals January 22, 2014

Mysterious bee killer identified as mutating virus

The researchers have finally found the cause behind the mass death of honeybees in the past couple few years - a mutating virus that transferred from plants to bees.

Animals January 22, 2014

Scientist track down great white shark Katherine off Florida coast

Researchers said tracking Katherine allowed them to learn many things about great white sharks.

Animals January 21, 2014

Rough surface helps reduce drag, UCLA researchers say

New research from the UCLA suggests that rough surfaces can reduce drag in the water, contrary to popular belief.

Animals January 20, 2014

Male black widow spiders can teach a thing or two to Miley Cyrus about twerking (and not getting eaten)

In the world of black widow spiders, where sexual cannibalism is common, twerking can make the difference between life and death.

Animals January 20, 2014

Chimps use gestures to communicate and achieve common goals

A team of scientists at Georgia State University had a eureka moment after observing how a pair of chimps used gestures to coordinate their actions and find hidden food during an experiment.

Animals January 18, 2014

Blame these 7 countries for all global warming problems

Ever wondered which countries are the biggest culprits behind all the global warming problems?

Animals January 18, 2014

T. rex skeleton heading for Smithsonian museum but you may not see it for 5 years

While one of the most complete T. rex skeletons ever found heads off to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the museum's fossil wing is also scheduled to undergo a 5 year renovation project.

Animals January 18, 2014

Older trees grow faster and are better at storing carbon than younger ones

A new study shows that older trees are still better at accumulating carbon and growing faster than their younger counterparts.

Animals January 18, 2014

Antarctica robot discovers new species of upside-down sea anemone underwater

Scientists exploring the currents underneath the Rose Ice Shelf in Antarctica have stumbled onto a new species of sea anemone that had tentacles, burrowed upside down in the ice, and glowed orange.

Animals January 17, 2014

Cam-fitted alligators give us a sneak peek of their eating habits

A team of researchers from the University of Florida strapped cameras to alligators to study the animal's feeding and social habits. What they saw was shocking.

Animals January 20, 2014

Dogs and wolves not as closely related as previously thought

New study indicates that dogs and wolves may have had a common ancestor, debunking commonly held beliefs that dogs are descended from wolves.

Animals January 17, 2014

Secret behind V formation of birds flying revealed

Researchers have uncovered new evidence supporting the theory that birds fly in a V formation to conserve energy.

Animals January 16, 2014

Supermassive trench, far bigger than Grand Canyon, discovered in Antarctica

Researchers have discovered a massive valley under the Antarctic ice, so large that it can be seen from space.

Animals January 16, 2014

Ancient fish Tiktaalik roseae with hips and limbs could be missing evolutionary link

Scientists have made a surprising discovery of fossils of a fish known as Tiktaalik roseae in northern Canada that might reveal more closely how some vertebrates evolved from being water-based to land-based.

Animals January 15, 2014

Humans and apes burn 50 percent less calories than other mammals to live longer

A new study has suggested that slow metabolism among humans and other primates explains why they grow up so slowly and live longer than other animals.

Animals January 15, 2014

Darwin was right: Island animals are tamer than mainland cousins

Charles Darwin's Galapagos theory that living on islands makes animals tamer than their mainland counterparts, has been proved scientifically in a new study.

Animals January 14, 2014

Cats think you're just another big, fat cat

Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw says your cat just sees you as one big, non-hostile version of themselves.

Animals January 13, 2014

Bird-eating monster tigerfish caught on camera by horrified scientists (Video)

Rumors about the elusive African tigerfish eating birds have now been confirmed. Scientists were able to film a stunning footage that shows the tigerfish jumping out of water to capture low-flying birds at an African lake.

Animals January 13, 2014

Harry Potter's invisibility cloak can do analog computing, claim researchers

Experts are looking into advancing the use of metamaterials that make invisibility cloaks possible by stepping backward to analog computing.

Animals January 18, 2014

2000-year old Native American woman's skeleton unearthed at Florida dig site

In Davie, Florida, experts have unearthed an intact set of human bones at a construction site. The bones are believed to have belonged to a native American woman who lived 2,000 years ago.

Animals January 13, 2014

Paleolithic cavemen were mainly vegans and lived on tiger nuts

Scientists have discovered that one of man's ancestors, nicknamed 'Nutcracker Man,' existed on a diet of tiger nuts and fruits.

Animals January 13, 2014

Deadly predator great white shark can terrorize the ocean up to 70 years

A recent study using new techniques shows that Great White Sharks can live up to 70 years.

Animals January 13, 2014

Lions in West Africa could become extinct soon, warn researchers

Alarming data gathered by researchers in a new study shows that West African lions are a beleaguered species, and intensive conservation efforts must be implemented to prevent the species from becoming completely extinct.

Animals January 13, 2014

World's fastest thin-film organic transistor heralds arrival of inexpensive, see-through displays

Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Nebraska have created a thin-film organic transistor using an improved method that could help in improving the performance of electronics.

Animals January 12, 2014

Big carnivores are dying and humans could be next, warn scientists

More than half of the world's big carnivores including lions, wolves and bears are disappearing at an alarming rate and the loss of such species could be extremely damaging for our ecosystems through out the world, a new study has found.

Animals January 10, 2014

Biofluorescent fish put on underwater show of light

Some species of fish that appear normal to humans under regular light, actually emit brilliant neon colors deep underwater, scientists have discovered.

Animals January 10, 2014

Prehistoric shark nursery discovered in Illinois sheds light on breeding habits of early predators

A new paper has shed light on a prehistoric shark nursery. According to recent findings, fossils found in Mazon Creek all belonged to a single species that used the site as a nursery for laying eggs.

Animals January 9, 2014

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