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Adding graphene to silly putty somehow creates a heart monitor

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:43:09 +0000

Scientists in Ireland have combined Silly Putty with a special form of carbon known as graphene to create an amazing new material they said might be useful in making medical devices, according to a new report in the journal Science. Jonathan Coleman, a physicist at Trinity College, Dublin, told NPR that Silly Putty’s extraordinary properties […]

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Well-preserved tail gives more proof dinosaurs had feathers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:12:29 +0000

If there was any lingering doubt about whether or not dinosaurs possessed bird-like feathers, the unprecedented discovery of a well-preserved, feathered dinosaur tail entombed in an almost 100 million-year-old piece of amber should put an end to the debate once and for all. The fossilized tail, discovered by Lida Xing of the China University of […]

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Newly discovered early marsupial had the strongest bite ever

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:29:11 +0000

Mammals that co-existed alongside the dinosaurs may not have ruled the Earth, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t formidable. According to a new study in the journal Nature Communications, an early marsupial relative called Didelphodon vorax had the strongest bite force for a mammal ever calculated by scientists. The new study indicated mammals were much […]

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Giraffes face the threat of ‘silent extinction’ as populations dip

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:06:41 +0000

A quiet but significant decrease in giraffe populations during the past three decades makes the world’s tallest land mammal vulnerable to extinction, according to new statistics released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Wednesday. Speaking at a biodiversity conference in Mexico, IUCN officials increased the threat levels for the giraffe […]

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Human remains found at ‘unprecedented’ Neolithic site

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:11:19 +0000

Archaeologists excavating on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales, UK, have uncovered two partial human remains and thousands of artifacts at a vast Neolithic site, in what has been dubbed an ‘unprecedented’ discovery. The company CR Archaeology has uncovered over 6000 artifacts at the dig in Llanfaethlu, including a broad array […]

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Greenland lost its entire ice sheet millions of years ago, and it could happen again

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:30:26 +0000

In order to predict what will happen to the Greenland ice sheet as a result of climate change in the years ahead, two teams of researchers have used new techniques to peer into its past farther than was previously possible – but their studies produced contrasting results. Four times larger than the state of California, […]

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Newly found fossil could be the first animal to walk on land

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:12:55 +0000

Fossils of what could possibly be the earliest four-legged vertebrates to walk on land were recently found in Scotland, according to a new report in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. The team behind the discovery said the lizard-like animals that left behind these fossils lived approximately 355 million years ago when the precursors of […]

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Team discovers the world’s oldest polluted river

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:42:04 +0000

Industrial pollution may feel like a modern development, however, an international team of scientists uncovered what might be the world’s oldest contaminated river, polluted about 7,000 years ago. Within a now-dry riverbed in southern Jordan, researchers found proof of early contaminants from copper smelting. Neolithic humans here could have been in the early stages of […]

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House Science Committee under fire for tweeting climate change denial article

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:27:02 +0000

The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology is under fire from scientists after retweeting a controversial article which challenges the validity of climate change and mocks “alarmists” who cite corroborated, peer-reviewed data regarding the matter. The committee, which is comprised of 38 members, oversees energy, environmental, aviation and space-travel research in development […]

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New sugar formula could cut sugar in candy by 40 percent

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:52:07 +0000

Swiss candy maker Nestle has developed a novel way of processing sugar that would allow it to cut the amount of the sweetener used in its chocolate bars by 40 percent, according to a recent statement from the company. Nestle said the process causes sugar to break down faster so that less can be used and […]

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