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Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop.
This morning, an animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed a lawsuit in a New York Supreme Court in an attempt to get a judge to declare that chimpanzees are legal persons and should be freed from captivity. The suit is the first of three to be filed in three New York counties this week.
Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.
The possibility of an effective male contraceptive pill that can be taken orally has been brought a step closer to reality, scientists have said.
A single dose of the hormone oxytocin, delivered via nasal spray, has been shown to enhance brain activity while processing social information in children with autism spectrum disorders, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study published in the Dec. 2 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
You're already aware, I assume, that buying stuff is a terrible way to try to achieve happiness or fulfillment. For one thing, it's people rather than things that feature most centrally in our reflections on what happiness is really about. For another, if you must attempt to buy happiness, you're far better off buying experiences – and, by extension, the happy memories that will result – than buying clothes, gadgets or cars.
High up in the Andes, numerous species of hummingbirds are thriving despite low levels of oxygen.
It is a low, rumbling bellow that seems very incongruous coming from the mouth of a diminutive koala.
The surprise discovery of traces of European ancestry in the 24,000-year-old bones of a boy unearthed in the heart of Siberia has caught the attention of Canadian experts, who say the find could rewrite the story of the people who first populated ancient Canada and the rest of the Americas.
Deep under the streets and buildings of Rome is a maze of tunnels and quarries that dates back to the very beginning of this ancient city. Now, geologists are venturing beneath Rome to map these underground passageways, hoping to prevent modern structures from crumbling into the voids below.
Archaeologists have uncovered more than 80 skulls of young women who may have been sacrificed 4,000 years ago in China.
Like their birdie descendants, some types of dinosaurs had beaks — but what good were they? X-ray fossil scans and computer modeling suggest that those beaks stabilized the Cretaceous creatures' skulls while they were gobbling down their food.
When it comes to space and energy, we need to think big. That’s what one Japanese company is doing — and they’re reaching for the moon, literally.
China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy-— a solar-powered, six-wheeled vehicle similar to ones the United States has sent to Mars- into orbit. Chang'e-3 lunar probe blasted off on board an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's southwestern Sichuan province at 1:30 am (1730 GMT).
Tiny bits of plastic rubbish ingested by marine worms is significantly harming their health and will have wider impact on ocean ecosystems, scientists have found.
If you can’t find the hole in a leaky bike tire, one thing you can do is stick it under water. The line of rising bubbles will lead you right to the damaged patch of rubber. You can use a similar trick if you’re trying to work out how methane is being released from thawing permafrost—you just have to look in the shallow Arctic waters off the Siberian coast.
In recent years it has – I really, really hope – become better known that non-bird reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, alligators and so on) are not boring dullards, but behaviourally complex creatures that get up to all sorts of interesting things. Play behaviour, complex social interactions, gaze recognition, pair-bonding and monogamy, social hunting, speedy learning abilities and good memories have all been demonstrated across these groups.
The orchid mantis, which resembles a flower, takes on this appearance in order to lure in prey, researchers say.
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