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Scientists today are still searching jungles, oceans and other corners of the world for microorganisms that make medicines. But in a new study published Thursday in the journal Cell, Dr. Fischbach and his colleagues suggest that we should also be looking inward.
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A team of enterprising and adventurous scientists in Wyoming has just finished the first in a series of excavations at one of the largest deposits of Ice Age fossils in the United States.
Further tests will be conducted on skeletons initially recovered from a centuries-old mass grave in Durham City, in the UK, in 2013.
The row goes to the heart of well-worn theories over whether Shakespeare actually wrote the plays and poems attributed to him almost 400 years ago.
Researchers have examined whether 3-D film is more effective than 2-D when used as a research method for evoking emotion. Both were effective, and 3-D did not add incremental benefit over 2-D, with implications for emotional research as well as entertainment.
Movies, scientists know, can turn us into smokers and drinkers. Now, it turns out, they also make us buy dogs. Not any old dog, of course, but the particular breed of dog that starred in last night’s feature film. To make the discovery, researchers analyzed 87 movies that featured pooches and correlated those findings with data from the American Kennel Club, which maintains a registry of more than 65 million dogs.
The most social female baboons live the longest—two to three years longer than their less social peers.
The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?
"Clouds are part of the planet's climate system," explained Haberle. "Their behavior tells us about winds and temperatures." Studying weather and clouds on Mars today can shed light on processes that have shaped the planet's climate through time.
The farside of the moon may have had some extremely explosive volcanic eruptions hundreds of millions of years ago.
As expected, the double CME hit on Friday resulted in a strong geomagnetic storm, which generated some auroral displays.
Researchers at Glasgow University have claimed a breakthrough in producing hydrogen fuel from water.
Humans are noisy creatures, our cacophony of jet engines and jackhammering drowning out the communications of other species. In response, a number of animals, including marmosets and whales, turn up their own volume to be heard above the din, a phenomenon called the Lombard effect. A new study reveals that even fish “shout.”
The grand accomplishments of our genomic age—which are reliant to a large extent on unheralded, bleary-eyed graduate students staring at seemingly infinite bytes of data on their screens for hours on end—might never have come to pass were it not for the copious amounts of coffee fueling said students. So it's only fitting that some of them have now analyzed the genome of the coffee plant itself.
Kepler researchers want to understand how terrestrial planets like Venus, Earth and Mars and gas giant planets like Jupiter are distributed in planetary systems around other stars. Understanding how planetary systems form and where different types of planets form can shed light on whether our solar system is unique, or more likely, is a "standard" form of planetary system formation.
Congress is back in session and getting right down to work on pressing science and technology issues like education funding, Net neutrality and ... oh wait. Actually, the House is holding a hearing on Wednesday to discuss a new law to manage resource mining in space: the ASTEROIDS Act (PDF).
Could you leave everyone you love for the chance to settle on Mars? Sonia Van Meter describes herself as an "aspiring Martian" - she hopes to be one of the first humans on the planet in 10 years' time. But it would mean never seeing her husband again.
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