New study: Humans reached America 100,000 years earlier than we thought

New research published online this week in the journal is claiming that the first humans found their way to the Americas far earlier than previously believed –  more than 100,000 years earlier, to be precise – but not everyone seems to be on board with the study’s findings. In the stud...

Newly-discovered ice planet is ‘much colder than Hoth’

Researchers have discovered a new planet that has about the same mass as Earth and orbits its star at about the same distance separating our home planet from its sun – but that doesn’t mean that the conditions are suitable for life, as the planet is far too cold to be habitable. In fact...

Facebook is building a brain-computer interface to let you type with your mind

Facebook on Wednesday unveiled a project in development at a secretive R&D division headed up by a former Pentagon research chief: a brain-computer interface that could purportedly enable people to type with their thoughts – at speeds far exceeding traditional input methods. Accordi...

At a political boot camp for scientists, enthusiasm and anxiety

One marcher at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., shows his support for scientists running for Congress. Ryan Cross At a political boot camp for scientists, enthusiasm and anxiety Self-promotion, pithy sound bites, and political advocacy aren’t always the tr...

Will the March for Science wither away like the Women’s March?

Activist Margaret Breslau protests at a minimum wage rally in Richmond. Margaret Breslau Will the March for Science wither away like the Women’s March? Margaret Breslau is no stranger to political action—and she knows that sustaining momentum is vital. The organizer...

Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here's why scientists are worried

Sunset at Bears Ears National Monument. Bob Wick/BLM Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here’s why scientists are worried President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday calling on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to re...

Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here's why scientists are worried

Sunset at Bears Ears National Monument. Bob Wick/BLM Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here’s why scientists are worried President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday calling on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to re...

BioRxiv preprint server gets funding from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

BioRxiv preprint server gets funding from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative BioRxiv, the free online archive of draft biology papers, is getting a major funding boost. Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced that it is putting an undisclosed amount of money into expanding th...

Humpback calves ‘whisper’ to avoid being heard by killer whales. Listen here

Humpback calves ‘whisper’ to avoid being heard by killer whales. Listen here Humpback whales are known for their operatic songs that carry across the seas. Their calves, however,  whisper, uttering soft squeaks and grunts to their mothers (which you can hear above). Now, a...

Were humans in the Americas 100,000 years earlier than scientists thought?

Paleontologist Don Swanson helps excavate a site near San Diego, California, that may show that humans were present in the Americas 130,000 years ago.  San Diego Natural History Museum Were humans in the Americas 100,000 years earlier than scientists thought? W...
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