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Homo Heidelbergensis Slightly Taller Than The Neanderthal
2012-06-06 10:04:41

The reconstruction of 27 complete human limb bones found in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain) has helped to determine the height of various species of the Pleistocene era. Homo heilderbergensis, like Neanderthals, were similar in height to the current population of the Mediterranean. Along with its enormous quantity of fossils, one of the most important features of the Sima de los Huesos (SH) site in Atapuerca, Burgos, is the splendid state of the findings. They are so well conserved that the 27...

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2012-06-02 11:37:54

Researchers at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) have discovered the remains of newborn twin girls in the archaeological site of Olèrdola in Barcelona. They date back to between the middle of the 4th century B.C. to the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. The findings are the first bone remains of twins to be recorded. "This is the first documented case in the Iberian Peninsula. There has been much talk of possible twins but never has sufficient data been gathered in...

The Absence Of Elephants And Rhinoceroses Reduces Biodiversity In Tropical Forests
2012-05-11 08:52:07

The progressive disappearance of seed-dispersing animals like elephants and rhinoceroses puts the structural integrity and biodiversity of the tropical forest of South-East Asia at risk. With the help of Spanish researchers, an international team of experts has confirmed that not even herbivores like tapirs can replace them. "Megaherbivores act as the 'gardeners' of humid tropical forests: They are vital to forest regeneration and maintain its structure and biodiversity", as was explained...

2012-04-19 23:04:04

British Tinnitus cure researcher Andrew Parr has released a Self-Help treatment program that could assist up to 90.5% of tinnitus sufferers, according to clinical trials. http://www.newtinnitustreatments.com London, UK (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 British Tinnitus Cure Researcher and Tinnitus Specialist Andrew Parr announced the release of a his new Tinnitus Relief Program, a comprehensive Self-Help system for people with ringing ears and head noises, that could help up to 90.5% of patients...

2012-04-18 09:09:55

US Department of Justice to step in to curb police misconduct Deadly police shootings, racial profiling and discriminatory law enforcement are once again in the forefront of national debate. Police killings of unarmed civilians in New Orleans and Seattle have generated local protests and national controversies. Accusations of racial profiling have been lodged against police departments in those and other cities as well as the Maricopa County sheriff's office in Arizona. In addition, the...

2012-04-17 06:27:39

LONDON, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior clinical executives from top pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Shire and GSK, met recently at the US offices of Shire Pharmaceuticals to agree quality standards and define competencies for a global competition to recognise and encourage talented researchers in North and South America. The US Clinical Researcher of the Year competition ( http://www.usclinicalresearcher.com) provides professionals working...

2012-04-17 06:26:22

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Clint Eastwood, and Melinda F. Gates Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2012 class features national and international scholars, artists, scientists, writers and other professionals including historian David W. Blight, volcanologist Katharine V. Cashman, mathematician Ngo Bao Chau, cancer researcher Tyler Jacks, musician Sir Paul McCartney, playwright Neil Simon, and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 17, 2012...

2012-04-11 15:04:21

PVA is a material used to produce the capsules that deliver drugs, for example - Ainhoa Lejardi has obtained new compounds based on that Ainhoa Lejardi, a materials engineer at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), has taken a step forward in the development of new polymer materials. Biomaterials are being increasingly used in medicine and need to have a great variety of properties so that they can be used in all types of therapeutic applications. A task into which this...

Miniature Sandia Sensors May Advance Climate Studies
2012-04-11 08:18:45

Self-sealing valves also increase data reliability for airborne industrial and battlefield gas detection and point-of-contact medicine An air sampler the size of an ear plug is expected to cheaply and easily collect atmospheric samples to improve computer climate models. "We now have an inexpensive tool for collecting pristine vapor samples in the field," said Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ron Manginell, lead author of the cover story for the Review of Scientific Instruments,...

Extinct Species Of Scops Owl Discovered In Madeira
2012-03-24 03:10:17

An international team of scientists, including some from Majorca and the Canary Islands, have described a new type of fossil scops owl, the first extinct bird on the archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). Otus mauli, which was also the first nocturnal bird of prey described in the area, lived on land and became extinct as a result of humans arriving on the island. Twenty years ago, the German researcher Harald Pieper discovered fossil remains of a small nocturnal bird of prey in Madeira,...