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Up until a year ago, how an elephant made its guttural infrasonic calls was still a matter of debate, as Christian Herbst, from the University of Vienna, Austria, points out: 'Some people suggested it's just like in us humans, so a passive, flow-induced vibration of the tissue in the larynx, and others suggested it's like purring in cats [requiring neural control].
Coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming, improving their chance of surviving through the end of this century, if there are large reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a study funded by NOAA and researched by the agency's scientists and its academic partners. Results further suggest corals have already adapted to part of the warming that has occurred.
DENVER — Strange forests with some features of today's tropical trees once grew in Antarctica, new research finds.
BOURNEVILLE: Spruce Hill remains one of the biggest mysteries in Ohio.
The Norwegian Vikings were more oriented towards the East than we have previously assumed, says Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo in Norway. After four years of in-depth investigation of the silk trade of the Viking Age, she may change our perceptions of the history of the Norwegian Vikings. The silk trade was far more comprehensive than we have hitherto assumed.
Viking graves in Norway contain a grisly tribute: slaves who were beheaded and buried along with their masters, new research suggests.
A video posted on YouTube claims to show a Bigfoot lurking in the woodland that runs alongside the Trans-Canada highway in British Columbia.
Sharks have roamed the world's seas for more than 420 million years and now scientists think they know one of the secrets of their longevity.
DENVER — Talk about a creature feature: A bizarre boomerang-headed amphibian that burrowed in a seasonal pond in what is now Texas often met its doom in the jaws of a reptilian fin-backed mammalian ancestor, new fossils reveal.
Some of the Ancient West’s most distinctive and downright weird dinosaur species — from the famous Tyrannosaurus rex to the odd therizinosaurs — turn out to be members of an exclusive group: According to new research, they and others like them were the only true feathered dinosaurs.
Here's the full text of the article Russell Brand kindly invited me to contribute to last week's issue of the New Statesman. The article, entitled "The War on Consciousness," had to be shortened to fit the space available in the magazine, but I reproduce the complete unedited text here.
Syphilis has been infecting people for centuries, and many researchers have tried to pinpoint the part of the world where the bacterium that causes the disease first appeared, before spreading across the globe and becoming the international disease that it is today.
A blindfold is no match for the power of the brain. Even when shrouded in total darkness, your mind still thinks it can see your body moving, creating visual sensations of motion even when it's impossible to see, according to a new study in Psychological Science.
Up until now the best way to bridge the communication gap between the deaf or hard of hearing and those that can hear has been through both parties learning sign language. But a new sign language translator that converts signs into spoken and written language — and vice versa — could open up a whole new range of communication, even for those who don’t understand sign language.
Researchers from ITM Power, a UK-based clean energy company, say their new blowtorch prototype produces fire using only water as fuel. The electrolyser system turns hydrogen and oxygen gases from water into fuel for the torch using electricity.
To fix a damaged ecosystem you need to start from the ground up – with the microbes that live in the soil. The first step in that direction has been taken for the tallgrass prairies of the US Midwest – a once fertile landscape now described as a near-extinct biome.
Earthworms have long been the organic gardener's friend. They aerate soil as they burrow into the earth and release nutrients as soil passes through their digestive systems. In their tubular, segmented bodies, nutrients are transformed into a form that plants can consume. Their influence on the environment has interested scientists since Charles Darwin.
The sun's activity is in free fall, according to a leading space physicist. But don't expect a little ice age. "Solar activity is declining very fast at the moment," Mike Lockwood, professor of space environmental physics at Reading University, UK, told New Scientist. "We estimate faster than at any time in the last 9300 years.".
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