‘Snowball Earth’ helps explain the origin of complex life

Biological life made the leap from simple, one-celled microbes to complex multi-cellular plants and animals following a period of glaciation that began around 700 million years ago, geologists from the Australian National University reported online Wednesday in the journal . Scientists ...

Scientists solve the mystery of the ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’

An unusual species of ancient reptile dubbed the “Frankenstein dinosaur” because it seemed to be made up of parts from unrelated species  could be the missing link between plant-eaters and meat-eaters, according to research published Wednesday in the journal . Known as , the creature cl...

Thousand-year-old Viking fortress reveals a technologically advanced society

Archaeologists uncovered the fifth known Viking Age ring fortress in Denmark, which would have looked similar to this Swedish fortress reconstruction. Antony McAulay Thousand-year-old Viking fortress reveals a technologically advanced society When archaeologists unc...

Watch this soft robot heal like Wolverine

Watch this soft robot heal like Wolverine Hard metal robots are fine and good for building cars and exploring Mars, but when it comes to gripping fragile objects or mimicking human limbs, soft machines are best. The problem: Today’s soft robots are very delicate, and small rips...

Water ice found near Mars’s equator could entice colonists and life-seekers

NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft has discovered subsurface ice on Mars at latitudes far lower than the planet’s polar caps. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU Water ice found near Mars’s equator could entice colonists and life-seekers Scientists have discovered substantial deposits of w...

Zika has all but disappeared in the Americas. Why?

Mosquito spraying efforts, shown here at a cemetery in Peru, likely had little to do with the steep drop in Zika cases. MARTIN MEJIA/ASSOCIATED PRESS Zika has all but disappeared in the Americas. Why? One. That is the total number of locally transmitted Zika cases c...

Scientists think they can save the European mink—by killing its ruthless rivals

European mink pups bred at the Tallinn Zoological Gardens have been released on Hiiumaa Island in Estonia since 2000. Tiit Maran Scientists think they can save the European mink—by killing its ruthless rivals Somewhere along the upper Aragón River, between the jagge...

Missions to probe exoplanets, galaxies, and cosmic inflation vie for $250 million NASA slot

SPHEREx would map hundreds of millions of galaxies to look for signs of cosmic inflation, a rapid expansion just after the big bang. NASA JPL Missions to probe exoplanets, galaxies, and cosmic inflation vie for $250 million NASA slot From exoplanet atmospheres to th...

Scientists struggle to fit this strange vegetarian dinosaur into the family tree

Chilesaurus diegosuarezi has a puzzling mix of anatomical features that make it hard to classify. First thought to be a theropod, a new study suggests it’s an ornithischian.  Sebastian Silva/EFE/Newscom Scientists struggle to fit this strange vegetarian dinosaur...

Record-shattering 2.7-million-year-old ice core reveals start of the ice ages

Yuzhen Yan Record-shattering 2.7-million-year-old ice core reveals start of the ice ages Scientists announced today that a core drilled in Antarctica has yielded 2.7-million-year-old ice, an astonishing find 1.7 million years older than the previous record-holder. B...
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