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New Fossil Evidence Shows Reproductive Changes During Transition From Dinosaurs To Birds
2014-05-30 13:14:34

Over the course of millions of years, some dinosaurs evolved into the modern birds we see today – and that transition included the shift to a single-ovary reproductive system, according to a new report in the National Science Review journal.

Mars' Atmosphere Loss To Be Measured By NASA's MAVEN Orbiter
2014-05-15 10:47:48

When NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission arrives at its destination later this year, an instrument on board could help to determine why Mars has slowly lost much of its atmosphere and become the barren planet we see today.

Male Fertility Relies On A Key Protein That Also Protects Against Disease
2014-05-13 10:58:14

Male infertility prevents many couples from being able to conceive a child and a new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found a specific protein that is a major determining factor in determining a sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg.

shocking lucid dreams
2014-05-12 12:40:00

Although dreaming takes place entirely within the mind, dreamers often feel like they are living in a reality in which they have no control. However, some dreamers can reach a state in which they are aware they are dreaming and can take control of the dream.

Has The Winning Formula For 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' Been Cracked?
2014-05-02 08:54:38

Played for fun as a child and to settle bets as an adult, rock-paper-scissors is a game played around the world by people of all ages.

Ancient Hunting, Herding Structures Found In Lake Huron's Depths
2014-04-29 11:39:33

Ancient peoples of North America relied on caribou hunts for food and a new study from a team of Michigan researchers has revealed the discovery of 9,000-year-old hunting infrastructure at the bottom of Lake Huron.

Graphene-Based Spaser Could Lead To Printable Smartphones
2014-04-25 04:23:53

According to a new report in the journal ACS Nano, a team of Australian engineers have modelled a kind of laser called a “spaser” that would allow for the creation of smartphones so small and flexible – they could be printed on a t-shirt.

Chocolate Milk Bans Have Backfired In Some Schools
2014-04-17 11:35:14

Citing insufficient nutritional value, some schools have banned chocolate milk from their lunch programs and offered skim milk instead. However, a new study has found that kids who no longer have the choice on chocolate milk take 10 percent less milk and waste 29 percent more.

Happiness Comes From Extroversion In Any Culture
2014-04-15 10:24:22

Western cultures consider being extroverted as a desirable quality associated with happiness, but what about other cultures that tend to prize close-knit relationships and group dynamics?

Seniors Are Increasingly Embracing The Internet And Mobile Technology
2014-04-04 14:47:04

While some people may think of seniors as technology-averse, a new Pew Research study has revealed that Americans 65 and older are increasingly embracing the Internet and mobile technology – particularly seniors that are...


Word of the Day
dapifer
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.