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Study reveals the secret life of the Dodo

Even though they lived alongside humans for more than a century, scientists know precious little about the flightless birds known as the dodo, but a new analysis of the species’ bones could shed new light on the creature’s life cycle,…

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Alaskan permafrost is thawing, and here’s why that’s a big problem

With a name like “permafrost,” one would probably think that the frozen terrain in sub-Arctic Alaska would be safe from the effects of global climate change, but scientists from Woods Hole Research Center now say that is not the case…

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Archaeologists unearth 2,000-year-old burial ground in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered three tombs thought to be at least 2,000 years old at an ancient  burial ground located in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area of Egypt’s Minya province, south of the city of Cairo, the country’s Ministry of State for…

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Scientists collect valuable data during the Great American Eclipse

It came, it swept across the country (plunging parts of it in near-total darkness) and just like that, it was gone – but for most, the Great American Solar Eclipse somehow managed to live up to the hype, offering the…

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‘Snowball Earth’ helps explain the origin of complex life

Biological life made the leap from simple, one-celled microbes to complex multi-cellular plants and animals following a period of glaciation that began around 700 million years ago, geologists from the Australian National University reported online Wednesday in the journal Nature.…

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Scientists solve the mystery of the ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’

An unusual species of ancient reptile dubbed the “Frankenstein dinosaur” because it seemed to be made up of parts from unrelated species  could be the missing link between plant-eaters and meat-eaters, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Biology…

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Cassini dips into Saturn’s atmosphere

The Cassini probe has officially entered the final phase of its 13-year mission studying Saturn, as it executed the first of five planned ultra-close passes of the gas giant this past weekend – a series of dives that will allow…

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Rare white moose caught on video in Sweden

If there’s one thing science enthusiasts love, it’s getting a glimpse of a hard-to-find creature, and a new video that has gone viral this month shows a rare white moose – believed to be just one of an estimated 100…

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Scientists create the first mutant ants using CRISPR

In an attempt to learn more about how ants coordinate to complete tasks, researchers from the Rockefeller University Laboratory of Social Evolution and Behavior altered a gene required to sense the pheromones that the insects use to communicate with each other.…

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Researchers discover fossils of oldest-known ‘winged’ mammals

A pair of 160-million-year-old fossils recently discovered in China are believed to belong to the oldest known “winged” mammals, suggesting that the Jurassic Period creatures had the ability to glide between trees, according to new research published this week in…