Oct 24, 2021
Why Did Our Brains Shrink 3,000 Years Ago?
The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Now, a new study has brought us closer to understanding some of its evolution. It shows that human brains decreased in size...
Oct 7, 2021
Hidden Forest 'Trapped in Time' for 100,000 Years
There's a system of swampy red mangroves, deep in the rainforests of the Yucatan peninsula, that's a long, long way from home. The nearest seashore lies 170 kilometers away (105...
Oct 4, 2021
We Might Be Wrong About When Kids Gain Theory of Mind
There's a chance we're overestimating how much children understand about the minds of others – in fact, we might be expecting too much of kids at too young an age. For decades...
Sep 12, 2021
Oldest Known Forest Was Not Like We Imagined
The fossilized web of a 385-million-year-old root network has scientists reimagining what the world's first forests might once have looked like. The picture they have painted...
Aug 16, 2021
Excavations Near Arthur's Stone Revealed Its True Origin
Archaeologists have finally figured out how Arthur's Stone, the famous Neolithic monument that inspired the 'stone table' in The Chronicles of Narnia, came to be. Ever since the...
Aug 9, 2021
There Are Too Many Men in China and India
Since the 1970s, sex-selective abortions in China, India, and ten other nations have caused between 23 and 45 million women to go 'missing'. By 2030, a new study predicts those very...
Jul 26, 2021
Time Spent Among Trees Might Help Kids' Brains Grow
As a child grows and develops, the neurons in their brain are said to branch like trees. Being around this very type of foliage could actually help the process along. A long-term...
Jun 28, 2021
Tiny Fossil Has a T. Rex-Like Skull on a Bird Body
A tiny, 120 million-year-old fossil, discovered in northeast China, is neither bird nor dinosaur but is perched on its own evolutionary branch, somewhere in between. While the...
Jun 21, 2021
51% of Rivers Stop for at Least One Day Each Year
Our traditional idea of a river, an endlessly flowing stream of water, needs a rethink, scientists argue in a new study. Even when a river runs dry, they say, it's still a river....
May 2, 2021
Medieval Skeletons Hide Higher-Than-Expected Cancer Rate?
Cancer isn't just a modern-day affliction. A new archaeological analysis suggests malignant growths in medieval Britain were not as rare as we once thought. Even before...
Mar 14, 2021
An Explanation for the Weird, Long Cloud on Mars
In 2018, a camera on board the Mars Express mission caught sight of a strangely long and wispy cloud, billowing across the surface of the red planet. From a distance, the...
Mar 7, 2021
Octopuses Can Feel Both Physical and Emotional Pain
An important new study suggests octopuses are likely to feel and respond to pain in a similar way to mammals - the first strong evidence for this capacity in any invertebrate. The...
Feb 11, 2021
First Signs of Immune Response Filmed in Embryo
Even as a hollow ball of embryonic cells, developing fish and mammals are not entirely defenceless. The very first tissue, formed on the surface of a vertebrate blastula, has been...
Jan 11, 2021
Alzheimer's Is Actually 3 Distinct Disease Subtypes
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is probably more diverse than our traditional models suggest. Postmortem, RNA sequencing has revealed three major molecular subtypes of the disease, each of...
Jan 10, 2021
Platypus Genes Are Part Bird, Reptile, and Mammal
The first complete map of a platypus genome has just been released, and it's every bit as strange as you'd expect from a creature with 10 sex chromosomes, a pair of venomous spurs, a...
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