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The Origins of an Ancient Fairy Tale

"The Smith and the Devil" progressed from proto-languages to all of the modern languages.

Visit Prehistoric Scotland With A Couple Clicks

A recently released app featuring the latest research on prehistoric Scotland's hillforts gets you close to the archaeological action with drone footage, 3D artifact renderings and plenty of other eye candy. Happy Friday, everyone...start...Show More Summary

How Bioluminescent Fungi Glow In the Dark

Take a moonlit walk through the woods, and you may notice small, glowing green mushrooms brightening your path near the bases of trees and in the underbrush. There are roughly 80 species of bioluminescent fungi scattered throughout the world, and 2015 study indicated they likely glow in the dark to attract spore-spreading bugs. Show More Summary

My First Visit to the Seafloor

A researcher’s first excursion to the bottom of the ocean leaves a lasting impression.

The First Americans May Have Arrived 130,000 Years Ago

Is the conventional chronology of human migration little more than a house of cards? Maybe. And there's a strong wind (or at least a tantalizing breeze) blowing in from southern California, where researchers say they have evidence that the First Americans may have arrived on the continent almost ten times earlier than we thought. Show More Summary

Plastic Bags Are a Feast for This Caterpillar

A caterpillar that can eat plastic and produce an industrially useful compound while doing so could take a bite out of the global scourge of plastic trash, a new study finds. Plastics typically resist breaking down, and as plastic use...Show More Summary

The Hobbit: A Lineage More Ancient Than Once Thought?

The 2003 discovery of the Homo floresiensis added a new, weird branch to the human family tree. At the same time humans were spreading across Asia and Neanderthals were inching toward extinction in Europe (and the mysterious Denisovans...Show More Summary

The Case for Cannibalism

A once taboo topic now appears perfectly natural in the animal kingdom. And it’s changing what we know about evolution.

Naked Mole-rats Can Go 18 Minutes Without Oxygen

Though they may look ugly to us, naked mole-rats never want for friendship. The hairless rodents live in large colonies under the earth, inhabiting byzantine warrens under the soil of their native East Africa. They send foraging parties...Show More Summary

Giant Virus Found in Sewage Blurs the Line Between Life and Non-Life

In most biology textbooks, there’s a clear separation between the three domains of cellular organisms – Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryotes – and viruses. This fault line is also typically accepted as the divider between life and non-life:...Show More Summary

Untangling the Ancient Inca Code of Strings

Two vibrant bundles of string, over 10,000 feet high in the Peruvian Andes, may hold clues for deciphering the ancient code of the Inca civilization. Kept as heirlooms by the community of San Juan de Collata, the strings are khipus, devices of twisted and tied cords once used by indigenous Andeans for record keeping. Show More Summary

Infamous Man-Eaters of Tsavo Ate Like Zoo Animals

The man-eaters of Tsavo, two lions that killed railroad workers in Kenya more than a century ago, have inspired legends, movies and a lot of research papers trying to explain what drove the big cats to prey on humans (a rare menu choice for Panthera leo). Show More Summary

The Names Behind the Units of Measure

You know the units, but do you recognize the scientists responsible for them?

Indian Frog Secretes Virus-destroying Compound Through Its Skin

A peptide secreted by a species of Indian frog can destroy variants of the influenza virus. Frogs, with little defensive weaponry to rely on, have armed themselves with a chemical arsenal that gets leached out through their skins. In...Show More Summary

Arr, Matey! This Sea Scorpion Be A 'Primordial Swashbuckler,' Yarr!

Be glad our species wasn't around some 400 million years ago...we would have had to contend with giant sea scorpions, some more than 10 feet in length and capable of prowling about on land in search of a meal. And that's not all: Researchers...Show More Summary

"The First Green": Ancient Life Inspires Modern Art

Every morning at Hamelin Pool, in Western Australia, the first rays of sunshine illuminate knobby reef-like structures, submerged or peeking just above the gentle waves, depending on the tide. On the crudely rounded surfaces of these...Show More Summary

Hydrothermal Vents on Enceladus Hint at Life Beyond Earth

In 1977, a group of marine researchers discovered something they’d only before theorized: cracks in the ocean floor releasing heat, warming up (and often boiling) the ocean around it. They also found mollusks in them, and subsequentShow More Summary

Magnetic Maps Behind one of Nature’s Craziest Migrations

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, there’s an enormous patch of seaweed that’s perplexed sailors for centuries: the Sargasso Sea. This strange place is where American and European eels go to breed. Once born, the little eels — called...Show More Summary

New Dinosaur Relative Teleocrater Raises Questions About Their Evolution

Well, well, well... looks like it's time for yet another shake-up in the dinosaur story, this time courtesy of one of the animals' early relatives, Teleocrater rhadinus. The first description of the animal, published today, reveals the...Show More Summary

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