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Researchers discover new underwater continent ‘Zealandia’

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:39:59 +0000

We may have an eighth continent on our hands, as a new report published in the official journal of the Geological Society of America detailed the evolution of a huge underwater landmass underneath and surrounding New Zealand. Citing geophysical data, the report said the landmass includes New Zealand and New Caledonia, and is completely separate […]

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Harvard scientist wants to ‘de-extinct’ the woolly mammoth. He’s getting close.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:51:25 +0000

Approximately 4,000 years after it originally went extinct, the woolly mammoth may soon once again roam the Earth – sort of, according to researchers who have proposed using the CRISPR gene editing tool to create a hybrid mammoth-elephant embryo within the next two years. To be precise, Harvard University geneticist and molecular engineer George Church […]

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NASA spots iceberg the size of Manhattan breaking off into the ocean

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:06:10 +0000

The shape of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier is changing rapidly, and concerns have been raised further by footage from NASA satellites showing a 1-mile-long chunk of ice breaking away. One of the biggest glaciers within the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the Pine Island Glacier makes up around 20 percent of ice flow to the ocean […]

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First evidence of live birth in dinosaur relative discovered

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:51:49 +0000

Previously believed to reproduce exclusively through the laying of eggs, the group of animals that include dinosaurs and birds actually gave birth to live young at some point, according to the authors of a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. While live birth “has evolved many times independently in vertebrates,” it had been […]

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NOAA finds pollution in some of the planet’s deepest waters

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:25:24 +0000

Not even creatures living in some of the deepest waters in the world are free from the effects of toxic, man-made chemical pollution, according to a new study led by scientists from the UK and published Monday in the online-exclusive journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. According to USA Today and the Washington Post, Dr. Alan […]

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Scientists track third major arctic heat spike this winter

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:36:56 +0000

Just as a significant part of the United States was bracing for frigid weekend temperatures last week, meteorologists were busy documenting yet another unusual warm spell in the air above the Arctic Circle. According to Data from the Danish Meteorological Institute, temperatures above 80 degrees latitude were more than 20 degrees higher than average for […]

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Scientist proposes plan to re-freeze the Arctic using turbines

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:23:40 +0000

Could Arctic sea ice decline be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps to transport water to the region, where it can freeze and thicken the ice cap? Scientists from Arizona State University seem to think so and have detailed their plan in the journal Earth’s Future. According to physicist Steven Desch and his colleagues, […]

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Science reveals the best dance moves for women

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:57:37 +0000

We all know guys can impress the ladies by having “Moves Like Jagger,” but new research published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports reveals exactly how guys (and gals) should dance in order to maximize their potential sexiness. For males, the best moves are focused on the upper body, while for females, the hips, thighs, […]

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Stanford students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:35:16 +0000

Making craft beer isn’t typically considered part of an archaeologist’s job description, but that hasn’t stopped a team of researchers from Stanford University from recreating a 5,000-year-old Chinese brew from residue gathered from the inside of ancient pottery containers. The recipe, which was detailed in a study published last summer in the journal Proceedings of […]

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Team discovers new Dead Sea Scroll cave

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:39:51 +0000

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Virginia’s Liberty University have reportedly discovered fragments of the original Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient texts containing the oldest-known biblical manuscripts, at a new cave located in the West Bank of Israel. According to Smithsonian.com, Hebrew University archaeologist Oren Gutfeld and his fellow researchers discovered a piece of […]

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