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UN scientists to report climate change impacts: Food and Water shortage, flooding on spotlight

While a lot of people do not take climate change seriously, the United Nations' latest report is expected to reveal how it can impact human existence.

Animals March 24, 2014

Will Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' give airtime to creationists?

Following a recent episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey that included a discussion on evolution, creationists are demanding airtime to highlight creationist views on the subject matter. Creationist scientists are requesting that their side be heard.

Animals March 24, 2014

Smile! New tech creates 3D mug shots from DNA

Virtual 3D faces can now be produced from DNA code. Here's how the application was developed, and what could come next.

Animals March 23, 2014

Anzu wyliei: The 500 lb 'chicken from hell' was anything but a chicken

It's a chicken from Hell! Or, a dinosaur. Maybe a little of both. What exactly was Anzu Wyliei?

Animals March 23, 2014

Swedish researchers find 180 million-year-old fern fossil with intact nuclei and chromosomes

Swedish researchers have discovered a remarkably well preserved fern fossil. Many of the fern’s cellular components were also intact allowing scientists a glimpse of the inner workings of a 180 million year old plant cell.

Animals March 23, 2014

Evolution of facial expression/emotional response traced: The eyes have it

Eyes may provide the basis of all human facial emotions, according to new research. Here is the reason your eyes get wide when you're surprised.

Animals March 22, 2014

'Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular' roars back into North America this summer

Life-sized dinosaurs are coming back to North America this summer. Here's a preview of Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular show!

Animals March 21, 2014

Climate change triggered storms and rising sea levels cost China $2.6 bn

Climate change is a serious global issue, and China has seen the toll in its country. Now, they're making policies to countermeasure the dangers.

Animals March 21, 2014

Sea snakes dehydrate while living in salt water, waiting for rain

Undersea living may be fine for sea snakes, but they wait until it rains to drinks. Here is how they do it!

Animals March 21, 2014

Fossils show stick insect developed ability to mimic foliage since ancient times

Stick insects may have been disguising themselves as plants 126 million years ago, if a study of fossils is correct.

Animals March 21, 2014

Ancient bighorn sheep tell their tale in prehistoric dung

Bighorn sheep may have found their way to Tiburon Island hundreds of years before humans "introduced" the species there forty years ago. What could this mean for the future of invasive species?

Animals March 21, 2014

Beware of Anzu wyliei: This chicken (dinosaur) could have eaten you for breakfast

A Chicken from Hell could have eaten a human being. Strangely, it had a taste for eggs.

Animals March 21, 2014

'Chicken from Hell' dinosaur: Ten-foot bird-like, clawed creature that you can't BBQ

Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur unofficially called the “chicken from hell.” The new dinosaur is a large, feathered dinosaur that looks remarkably like a monster chicken.

Animals March 20, 2014

Ancient stick insect in camouflage for 126 million years: Fossil discovered in China

The stick insect might be one of the best creatures in terms of mimicry. Scientists have unearthed a specimen fossil that proves the existence of this excellent trait millions of years ago while dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Animals March 20, 2014

Narwhal tusk - Scientists finally solve its real purpose

The unicorns of the sea are unusual. Now we know why they have that unusual horn.

Animals March 20, 2014

3000 year old horn from a giant cattle breed discovered in Wales

A Welsh beach goer has found a 3,000 year old horn from an extinct type of giant cattle. The horn was found in Dinas Dinlle beach in Gwynedd, Wales.

Animals March 19, 2014

Why did the chicken cross the Pacific? Answer lies in the bones

Chicken DNA reveals the history of one of the last great migrations of people to virgin lands on Earth. It also raises at least one big question.

Animals March 18, 2014

AAAS getting hot over global warming

Scientists are coming together to advance knowledge of global warming for idea exchange and public speaking engagements.

Animals March 19, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey delves into the intricacies of evolution and intelligent design

The latest episode of the show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey finally dove into the finer details of evolution. Neil deGrasse Tyson also offers his insights on intelligent creation.

Animals March 18, 2014

Scientists produce bionic plants using nanotubes to boost photosynthesis

Scientists from MIT have successfully created a "bionic plant" using nanotubes. This new type of plant has been turbocharged for an increased capacity for photosynthesis.

Animals March 18, 2014

Global warming to global famine: Scientists warn of lower crop yields due to climate change

Global warming may lead to a reduction in crop yields by the year 2030. A new study has indicated that a mere 2°C rise in temperature may cause adverse effects on agriculture.

Animals March 18, 2014

Checking for spoiled milk gets hassle-free with new smart tags

Chinese scientists have unveiled a new "smart tag" that can tell whether milk has gone bad. The new technology was unveiled at the recent ACS National Meeting.

Animals March 18, 2014

Moss, 1500 years old, comes back to life

Moss from Antarctica has been brought back to life after 1,500 years. The previous record was just two decades. You'll be amazed how simple it was to bring these plants back to life.

Animals March 18, 2014

New armored spiders rear their heads in China

Five new species of spiders have been discovered in China. They are unusual for a number of reasons.

Animals March 18, 2014

NASA-funded doomsday study warns of 'irreversible collapse'

A new NASA-funded study has highlighted the possibility of a worrisome doomsday scenario. The study may foreshadow the coming of a potential "irreversible collapse" of modern society.

Animals March 18, 2014

'Little Foot' might be human's 3mn year old ancestor: Scientists

Scientists have announced the probable age of the Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot. The latest dating procedure was conducted 13 years after the excavation process began.

Animals March 18, 2014

Ice age fossils discovered in LA subway dig

Subway diggers in LA have found a veritable treasure trove of fossils. The fossils were unearthed while workers were digging a shaft near the La Brea Tar Pits in LA's West side.

Animals March 16, 2014

Americans don't care about climate change but NASA's worried

NASA is warning of increasing temperatures. So, why is the American public so apathetic?

Animals March 17, 2014

Paris now greeting tourists with smog (Beijing, you've got competition)

Paris is now covered in smog. And the government is responding by asking the public to avoid using automobiles if at all possible, and to take public transportation or carpool. Is Beijing listening?

Animals March 16, 2014

NASA helps in search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Space agencies around the world, including NASA, are now on the lookout for missing Malaysian airliner MH370. How can they help?

Animals March 15, 2014

Pi Day: What's so irrational about that?

Pi Day is now in it's 27th year. How are people celebrating this 'nerdy' day?

Animals March 14, 2014

Teen scientist Eric S. Chen wins $100K at Intel Science Talent Search for swine flu-inspired research

Eric S. Chen, a budding scientist from San Diego has been named the winner of the Intel Science Talent Search for his research on swine flu. Chen took home a $100,000 prize for his efforts.

Animals March 14, 2014

Extinct porpoise had 33-inch long lower jaw for a purpose

Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of an extinct porpoise. Compared to other similar species, the newly discovered porpoise has a larger than normal chin.

Animals March 16, 2014

Second War of the Roses looms over Richard III remains as British court plays referee

Is the second War of the Roses already being fought in England's judicial system? And why do the remains of one man - Richard III - mean so much to the English people?

Animals March 13, 2014

T. rex cousin discovered in Arctic, albeit much smaller

A 20-foot-long relative of Tyrannosaurus rex lived in Alaska. What does that tell us about the long-dead creature?

Animals March 16, 2014

Whale fossil holds clue to origin of echolocation

Researchers have discovered fossilized remains of an ancient whale in South Carolina. The discovery can help scientists solve the mystery of how marine animals developed the ability to use sonar.

Animals March 15, 2014

Thin spin ice films follow third law of thermodynamics in breakthrough nanotech research

Researchers have discovered a way to restore the third law of thermodynamics in spin ice. The team's findings may have applications in magnetricity and data storage.

Animals March 15, 2014

Mineral in rough diamond hints at oceans of water deep inside Earth

A seemingly worthless brown diamond found in Brazil and bought by scientists for $20 contained evidence that there is water deep inside earth.

Animals March 13, 2014

Europeans became fairer 5000 years ago because of diet and sexual preference

An international team of scientists have discovered that Europeans gradually became lighter over the last 5,000 years. The change was caused by natural selection and a combination of diet and sexual preference.

Animals March 13, 2014

Cosmos and Neil deGrasse Tyson may just help reignite our waning interest in science

Will Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey re-awaken interest in science among Americans?

Animals March 12, 2014

Pre-Bible era masks go on display in Jerusalem

Ancient stone masks, dating from 9,000 years ago, are now on display in Jerusalem. But what is so special about the way they are displayed?

Animals March 13, 2014

World's thinnest LED is thinner than human hair and yet strong and energy efficient

The thinnest LED ever designed may be the thinnest type ever possible. So, where does this take the electronics industry?

Animals March 11, 2014

Our ancestor was a sponge. No, really

Sponges are one of the most primitive animals on Earth. So, how did they lead to us? Once considered merely a dish washing tool, scientists now believe these animals helped oxygenate the planet.

Animals March 12, 2014

South Lake Mammoth needs a name - Here's how to help

A Columbian Mammoth was unearthed near Seatlle in February. Here's how to give it a name!

Animals March 11, 2014

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