Aug 19, 2021
Ugly Diamonds Hold a Billion-Plus Years of History
Cloudy, yellowish “fibrous diamonds” are too unsightly for most jewelers. But for scientists, their crystalline structure holds valuable secrets stretching back a billion...
Jun 24, 2021
Spiders Seen Killing and Eating Much Larger Snakes
Venomous spiders prey upon snakes many times their size, a new study finds — and often emerge victorious against snakes as venomous as they are. The study researchers found 319...
Apr 20, 2021
Footprint of Baby Stegosaur Discovered in China
A hundred million years ago, a wee baby stegosaur pranced around on its hind feet in what is today China. The footprint of this adorable, cat-size tot from the Cretaceous...
Mar 14, 2021
A New Hypothesis for What Fueled Humans' Big Brains
Over the course of the Pleistocene epoch, between 2.6 million years ago and 11,700 years ago, the brains of humans and their relatives grew. Now, scientists from Tel Aviv University...
Mar 2, 2021
Bizarre 'Swirlons' Are a New Kind of Matter
Fish school, insects swarm and birds fly in murmurations. Now, new research finds that on the most basic level, this kind of group behavior forms a new kind of active matter, called...
Jan 15, 2021
Earth's First Life Could Have Evolved on Ancient Islands
The first life on Earth could have evolved in warm pools of water on islands speckling a vast, planet-wide ocean. The oldest confirmed life on Earth is 3.5...
Jan 7, 2021
Earth Spinning Faster Than It Has in 50 Years
Even time did not escape 2020 unscathed. The 28 fastest days on record (since 1960) all occurred in 2020, with Earth completing its revolutions around its axis milliseconds...
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