Top Science News
February 13, 2016

New research confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million years ... read more
Two new hominin specimens, a finger bone and a molar, that were found in South Africa's Sterkfontein Caves seem to be from early hominins that can be associated with early stone tool-bearing ... read more
When you're on the go and your smartphone battery is low, in the not-so-distant future you could charge it simply by plugging it into your shoe. An innovative energy harvesting and storage technology ... read more
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major ... read more
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Health News
February 13, 2016

People who feel older than their peers are more likely to be hospitalized as they age, regardless of their actual age or other demographic factors, according to ... read more
Almost all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat, suggests new research. The study, carried out in yeast -- which can be used to model ... read more
After the age of nine months, the development of the infant gut microbiota is driven by the transition to family foods, not maternal obesity, ... read more
By genetically reprogramming the most common type of cell in mammalian connective tissue, researchers have generated master heart cells -- primitive progenitors that form the developing heart. The ... read more
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Physical/Tech News
February 13, 2016

Researchers have made a breakthrough in our understanding of graphene's basic properties, observing for the first time electrons in a metal behaving like a fluid. This research could lead to novel ... read more
The placid appearance of NGC 4889 can fool the unsuspecting observer. But the elliptical galaxy, seen in a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, harbors a dark secret. At its heart ... read more
A new, more computationally efficient way to process data from the Global Positioning System (GPS) has been developed to enhance location accuracy from the meter-level down to a few ... read more
New high-speed videos captured researchers show that as a person sneezes, they launch a sheet of fluid that balloons, then breaks apart in long filaments that destabilize, and finally disperses as a ... read more
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Environment News
February 13, 2016

Like people, ants have often fought over food and territory. But ants began fighting long before humans: at least 99 million years ago, according to ... read more
Using a special high-pressure chamber, scientists have discovered two new iron oxides in experiments at DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III and other facilities. The discovery points to a huge, ... read more
The catastrophic release of fresh water from a vast south American lake at the end of the last Ice Age was significant enough to change circulation ... read more
New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of ... read more
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Society/Education News
February 13, 2016

When carbon dioxide is stored underground in a process known as geological sequestration, it can find multiple escape pathways due to chemical reactions between carbon dioxide, water, rocks and ... read more
Radical ways of removing CO2 from the atmosphere could prove to be a risky business -- according to an environmental scientist. Techniques put forward include growing crops to be burned in power ... read more
Beliefs about all-knowing, punishing gods -- a defining feature of religions ranging from Christianity to Hinduism -- may have played a key role in expanding co-operation among far-flung peoples and ... read more
Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the United ... read more
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