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Carved Skulls Flesh Out Neolithic Cult Evidence

Fragments of uniquely carved skulls — at least one of which may have also been decorated — have turned up at one of Turkey's most important Neolithic sites. Investigation into how the skulls were modified, and what they might have been...Show More Summary

This Company Claims It Will Deliver Lab-grown Meats by 2018

Patties of beef grown in a lab could be hitting supermarket shelves as early as 2018. That's the bold statement from Hampton Creek, a San Francisco-based food company that produces mainly vegan condiments and cookie doughs. As the Wall...Show More Summary

Could you be a plant whisperer?

What are plants trying to tell us? Take a moment to look at and listen to the plants around you. Are they blooming earlier than usual? Are they playing host to pollinators? Do you know their names? Summer is finally here and the plants in our yards, parks, and schools are probably in full bloom. Show More Summary

Fishing Fleets Threw Away 10 Percent of Their Catch Over the Past Decade

“Waste not, want not.” The origin of this proverb traces back centuries, but time has hardly tarnished its relevance. It’s a warning every generation would do well to heed: Mismanaging precious commodities today will lead to an impoverished future. Show More Summary

Why It's Never Wise to Get Into the Ring With a Chimpanzee

Humans are sort of nature's wimps. Relatively speaking, our physical prowess just doesn't match up to the rest of the animal kingdom. Our lack of brawn is a result of our our big, energy-hungry brains, an adaption that seems to have worked out pretty well, all things considered. Show More Summary

Music: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Our lives are awash in tunes. Songs are blasted through the radio, piped into supermarkets, they waft through the air at public gatherings and soundtracks can make or break a blockbuster movie. Humans seem obsessed with melody and rhythm. Show More Summary

Sex Sells? No, It Doesn't

Chiseled abs and bikinis can sell just about anything, right? According to the minds behind those Carl’s Jr. ads—and countless others—you’d think that’d be true. This idea that “sex sells” has hung around for more than a century, and by this point it’s almost accepted as a doctrine. Show More Summary

Ancient DNA Unravels Cat Domestication Like Ball of Yarn

The truth about cats and dogs is this: despite being the two species that humans are most likely to have as pets, Rex and Ruffles had very different paths from the wild to our couches. Analyzing ancient and modern cat DNA, researchers...Show More Summary

Australian Scientists Dredged the Deep Seafloor — Here's What they Found

In a dark world of crushing pressures and barren landscapes, creatures we've never seen before, and, likely, couldn't even imagine, are swimming. The ocean's abyssal zone begins over two miles beneath surface; it's so deep that light never touches it. Show More Summary

Surviving the Hunt: Female Elk Get Sneakier With Age

Cougars, wolves, and bears (oh my!) all scour the landscape of Western Canada, ready to take out an elk if the opportunity arises. Although each of these predators poses a deadly threat to unsuspecting ungulates, elk have an even bigger...Show More Summary

For Funding, Scientists Turn to Unorthodox Sources

When Donna Riordan first moved to the idyllic Orcas Island just off the coast of Washington state, she had no plans of doing any sort of research, despite her background in science and education policy. But a few years later, in 2012,...Show More Summary

Flatworm Travels to Space With One Head, Comes Back With Two

Researchers have been sending animals to space for decades, and the growing roster includes everything from dogs and monkeys to scorpions and jellyfish. But a more recent animal space traveler returned to Earth with something never before...Show More Summary

Meet Dean Lomax, Master of the Prehistoric 'Death March'

Paleontologists study creatures that have long ceased to be, all in the hopes of "resurrecting" the history of their lives on Earth. But paleontologist Dean Lomax, an Honorary Visiting Scientist at the University of Manchester, has made...Show More Summary

Meet The New Oldest Homo Sapiens — Our Species Evolved Much Earlier Than Thought

For decades, based on both the fossil record and, more recently, paleogenomic modeling, researchers have generally put the start date for Homo sapiens around 200,000 years ago. A trove of fossil and artefact finds from Morocco, however, pushes the age of our species back — way back. Show More Summary

Just Say No To Feathered Tyrannosaurs

It's a good day here at Dead Things: A new study provides a nice big nail in the coffin of the notion that T. rex and its kin ran around all kitted out in feathers. Lovers of old-school, scaly dinosaur renderings, rejoice! Maybe I'm showing my age, but when I was learning about dinosaurs they were tail-dragging, vaguely reptilian, monochromatic lugs. Show More Summary

These Pine Trees Always Point Toward the Equator, But Why?

In a world of upright trees, one species dares to be different. Cook pines, a type of tall, slim evergreen native to a remote island in the South Pacific, at first glance appear to be falling over. Many tilt precariously to the side as if caught in a heavy wind, though no breeze ruffles their foliage. Show More Summary

Tree-Climbing Goats Keep the 'Desert Gold' Growing

What do goats and squirrels have in common? They both climb trees, of course. While squirrels live amongst the branches, goats, or at least those in arid regions, climb them for dinner. And that's good for the goats, and the trees. Scientists...Show More Summary

Egyptian Mummy DNA Reveals the Region's Rich, Diverse History

DNA recovered from ancient Egyptians mummies is revealing the mosaic of cultures that came to dominate the region. German researchers gathered genetic data from over 100 mummies stored in museum collections and analyzed it with updated sequencing techniques. Show More Summary

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