human history

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

New research published online this week in the journal Nature 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…

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This caterpillar could be the key to biodegradable plastic

A species of caterpillar that typically consumes honey and the wax from beehives may be the answer to the growing problem of plastic waste, as new research has revealed that it can easily devour a commonly used type of the…

science march

March for Science to take place this weekend

This weekend, researchers and the scientifically-minded will converge on Washington DC and more than 450 locations around the world to show their support for the important work done by those in fields such as biology, ecology, astrophysics, epidemiology and nanotechnology.…

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Naked mole-rats just keep getting weirder and weirder

Naked mole-rats are probably the weirdest and most wonderful animals in the world - and now it has been discovered they often behave more like plants than animals. Why are naked mole-rats weird and wonderful? Take the name, for starters.…

plastic

Giant ‘hotspot’ of plastic waste discovered in the Arctic Ocean

Scientists have discovered a new “hotspot” of plastic pollution accumulating in the waters of the Arctic north of Norway, and they believe that the problem will only worsen in the years ahead as melting ice due to climate change leads…

clam

‘Unicorn of mollusks’ found in the Philippines

A giant, black, worm-like bivalve whose existence was only known from a few dead specimens and shell fragments has at long last been discovered and investigated by a team of scientists from the US and Philippines, the University of Utah…

dino

The oldest known dinosaur relative looks a lot like a freaky crocodile

The recent discovery of 245-million-year-old fossils belonging to one of the earliest dinosaur relatives could drastically alter our understanding of these giants lizards’ origins, as the species turned out to be much larger than researchers anticipated and walked on four…

ant

No Ant Left Behind: Ants will rescue wounded colony mates

The phrase “army ant” has been used to describe multiple species of these social insects, and based on the behavior of the Megaponera analis, it isn’t difficult to see why – these well-trained warriors are committed to ensuring that no…

bleaching

Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef is bleached from climate change

Two-thirds of the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – an estimated 900 mile (1,500 km) stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – have been damaged by “unprecedented” bleaching over the past two years, researchers from James Cook University in Queensland…

OCTOPUS VULGARIS

Octopuses can edit their own brain genes, study finds

Octopuses have a good change of being among the world's most interesting creatures, and newly published research adds weird evolutionary habits to their noteworthy features. Evolutionary changes that benefit an organism tend to occur at the start of the molecular…