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Alpha Bacteria

Two budding individuals of Caulobacter crescentus, from the US Dept of Energy. From about the 1980s onwards, the increasing application of molecular data (particularly the sequences of ribosomal RNA genes) to bacterial phylogeny meant that what had previously been an intractable mass of diversity began to emerge into some sort of order. Show More Summary

Fighting a war With China Requires Aircraft Carriers, FA-XX and TWO UCLASS UCAVs

At $4.7 billion over budget, Ford-class aircraft carriers have taken a beating in Congress. This morning, though, the House Seapower subcommittee chairman will roll out a report from the conservative Hudson Institute that’s a ringing defense of the carrier — but which also contains a stinging indictment of the aircraft that fly from it. Show More Summary

Gale Crater was Long Term Lakebed 3.3 to 3.8 Billion Years ago From Late Noachian Into Hesperian

We have heard the Mars exploration mantra for more than a decade: follow the water. In a new paper published October 9, 2015, in the journal Science, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team presents recent results of its quest to notShow More Summary

Genome of ancient Ethiopian tells story of our return to Africa

Comparing DNA extracted from an ancient Ethiopian skeleton with modern examples shows some of our ancestors migrated back to Africa from Eurasia 3000 years ago

Central Asia Became More Arid Across the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary

Onset of aridification by 34 Ma across the Eocene-Oligocene transition in Central AsiaAuthors:Sun et alAbstract:Cenozoic climate has changed markedly from a warm, wet climate to the present cool, dry glacial-interglacial cycles. The largest of these cooling steps is thought to have taken place across the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Show More Summary

What's in a Wing? Aptian Cretaceous Enantiornithine Bird Shows Perfect Flight Adaptation

Birds have an enormously long evolutionary history: The earliest of them, the famed Archaeopteryx, lived 150 million years ago in what is today southern Germany. However, whether these early birds were capable of flying -- and if so, how well -- has remained shrouded in scientific controversy. Show More Summary

Say hello to International Octopus Day!

Well hello indeed! Check your eight watches: it’s time for International Octopus Day!  To celebrate this 8th of Octo-ber, take a look at some of the amazing animals we’ve been lucky to work with, at the Aquarium and in the deep-sea of...Show More Summary

Ancient “Horse” Pregnancy Frozen in Time

Some fossils are just too cool. And slightly tragic. A 48 million year old fossil from the Messel beds of Germany fits this category well, preserving a mare with her unborn offspring. Beyond macabre fascination, however, what do these fossils tell us? … Continue reading » The post Ancient “Horse” Pregnancy Frozen in Time appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #6

Russia claims to have launched 27 air strikes in the last 24 hours. They claim the strikes were against IS. Locals on the ground have stated only two were against IS. The Russo-Assad offensive seems to be making progress. Rumors are of over 70 km taken in the first day. Show More Summary

Gay or straight? Saliva test can predict male sexual orientation

The test, based on epigenetic tags on the genome, claims 67 per cent accuracy, but concerns over eugenics and misuse have led lead researcher to quit his job

Elephants almost never get cancer thanks to multiple gene copies

Duplications of the p53 gene makes elephant cells more likely to die in response to DNA damage, rather than turn cancerous

Zoologger: The robber ants living in a gang of their own

Some of the ants in Costa Rican nests devote their lives to stealing from neighbours, which suggests a distinct behavioural caste

Speech recognition AI identifies you by voice wherever you are

The latest smartphones can recognise you by your voice. What happens when technology can pick us out from the crowd just by listening?

Tokelau keen to monitor ocean acidification

The conference on Ocean Acidification (OA), currently taking place in Auckland, is very relevant to the small atoll nation Tokelau. Indeed the country is keen to become one of the pilot monitoring sites for the effects of ocean acidification. This is because the coral rims the three atolls are composed of, the lagoons they encircle, […]

An Overview of the Revolutionary Nature of the NeoProterozoic

The NeoproterozoicAuthor:ButterfieldAbstract:The Neoproterozoic era was arguably the most revolutionary in Earth history. Extending from 1000 to 541 million years ago, it stands at the intersection of the two great tracts of evolutionary...Show More Summary

Océans et climat : un duo inséparable (in French)

Les océans sont menacés par le dérèglement climatique à plus d’un titre : réchauffement, acidification, montée des eaux… De grands dangers pèsent sur les espèces marines, mais aussi sur les services que rendent les océans à l’humanité. Le 26 août 2015, la nasaa annoncé qu’une montée des océans d’au moins un mètre due au réchauffement […]

48-million-year-old horse-like fetus from Messel, Germany

Description of a Well Preserved Fetus of the European Eocene Equoid Eurohippus messelensis. 2015. PLoS ONE 10(10):e0137985. Skeleton of a mare of Eurohippus messelensis is shown with fetus (white ellipse). The specimen was discovered and excavated by a team in Frankfurt. Show More Summary

British Polacanthid Dinosaurs – Book Review

A Review of the Book “British Polacanthid Dinosaurs” There is a group of enigmatic armoured dinosaurs that are not likely to appear in the second instalment of “Jurassic World” scheduled to arrive in cinemas in two years time, Sir David Attenborough will not be dedicating a television documentary to them any time soon, these prehistoric […]

Results of the 2015 “Our Ocean” Conference: preventing and monitoring ocean acidification

The United States announced that it is working to create a new and innovative public-private partnership involving several foundations that would provide resources to enhance the ability of African coastal States to monitor and better understand ocean acidification in the Indian Ocean. The United States intends to contribute resources to support the training of African […]

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