World Science Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:00:00 EST RapidFeeds v2.0 -- Chimp attacks drone with stick, wins The incident at a Dutch zoo de­mon­strates an ab­ility to both plan ahead and use tools, re­search­ers say. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST Sex buyers, sexually aggressive men often the same people, study finds The study auth­ors say their find­ings should give pause to ad­voc­ates of legal­ization. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:19:00 EST Better friendships in teen years may lead to better health in adulthood Giving in to peer press­ure is not with­out its bene­fits, re­search sug­gests. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:21:00 EST Fewer than half of psychology papers met replication test, study finds Only 39 out of a sam­ple of 100 re­cently pub­lished sci­en­tif­ic re­ports stood up to an at­tempt to rep­li­cate the find­ings. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:10:00 EST Parrot found able to “conclude by excluding” Gof­fin cock­a­toos can choose a cor­rect an­swer by rul­ing out al­ter­na­tives, a study finds. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:23:00 EST Researchers make people indecisive by tweaking brain waves The in­tens­ity of com­mu­nica­t­ion be­tween brain re­gions dic­tates wheth­er we’re in­de­ci­sive, sci­ent­ists claim. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:36:00 EST Move over, Spiderman: actual spider excels at thread-free air stunt Rain­forest spi­ders known as “flatties” know how to han­dle fall­ing from a tree, a stu­dy says. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:42:00 EST Report: head lice are evolving tougher, harder to zap Sci­en­tists re­port that lice popula­t­ions in at least 25 states have de­vel­oped re­sist­ance to over-the-coun­ter treat­ments. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:44:00 EST Massacres may have riled Europe at dawn of farming A roughly 7,000-year-old mass grave re­veals mur­der, mutil­ation and may­hem and is not the first such find, re­search­ers re­port. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:17:00 EST Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think A study reports on the sim­ple but un­u­sual vocal abili­ties of Ko­ko, a go­rilla who has lived among hu­mans for de­cades. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:13:00 EST Study: cat competition has rocked dog family for ages A study finds that cat-dog ri­val­ry has been deadly for mil­li­ons of years, with dogs, es­pe­cial­ly, get­ting the short end of the stick. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:05:00 EST “Fireworks” begin on comet under spacecraft’s eye A com­et un­der a space­craft’s close watch is start­ing to give off out­bursts as its path takes it near the Sun, sci­ent­ists re­port. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:21:00 EST Planetary rings follow “beautiful” law wherever they are The par­t­i­cles mak­ing up rings around plan­ets fol­low a universal law of size dis­tri­bu­tion, a stu­dy claims. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:20:00 EST Study: vaccine skeptics persuadable—if you avoid calling them wrong Many peo­ple who are skep­ti­cal of vac­ci­nat­ing their chil­dren can be coaxed to do so, psych­o­lo­gists say. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:26:00 EST In earliest complex life forms, clever reproductive strategy discerned A strange creature known as Fracto­fu­sus could settle new areas with sur­pri­sing ef­fi­ciency, re­search sug­gests. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:38:00 EST Plant wars: vampire weeds use chemical "radar" to stalk victims Cer­tain par­a­sit­ic plants have seeds that don’t bother grow­ing until they de­tect host plants nearby, a study re­ports. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:00:00 EST Bias against female leaders found as early as teen years Bi­as against fe­male lead­ers is common even am­ong teen­agers—and some of it comes from girls as well as moth­ers, a study finds. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:45:00 EST Premature babies may risk becoming withdrawn adults Ba­bies born very prem­a­ture or se­verely un­der­weight can be­come so­cially with­drawn adults, re­search sug­gests. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:01:00 EST Possibly Earth-like planet reported near sun-like star, another first The find­ing is a first in that the star is much like our Sun, astron­omers say. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:39:00 EST Four-legged snake fossil reported found in plain sight The ob­ject could help re­veal how snakes, thought to have e­volved from liz­ards, lost their legs. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:00:00 EST Robotic telescope joins huge search for signals from aliens A robotic tel­e­scope a­bove San Jose, Calif. will under­take an in­ten­sive search for la­ser sig­nals from ex­trater­res­trials. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:39:00 EST First Pluto close-ups show mountains of ice, scientists say NASA released additional photos of Pluto and its moon Charon after their first visit by a spacecraft. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:29:00 EST New Pluto images released with historic flyby NASA released new images with the first close flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:09:00 EST Scientific dissenters predict "mini ice age" in 2030s Some researchers pre­dict the return of a a solar calm spell that co­in­cided with un­usually cold win­ters in the mid-1600s. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:37:00 EST Giant black hole "outgrew its galaxy" The find­ing runs counter to most ob­serva­t­ions about black holes. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:44:00 EST "Earth-like" planets out there even more Earth-like than thought, simulation finds Great­er chem­ical si­m­i­lar­ity might en­hance the like­li­hood of life on some of these worlds. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:45:00 EST Monster black holes said to come out of hiding En­er­get­ic X-rays have helped un­veil a pos­sibly large popula­t­ion pre­vi­ously hid­den black holes, as­tro­no­mers say. Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:48:00 EST 24 dinos may have perished with “babysitter” Re­search­ers say the animals seem to have been hit by a mix­ture of mud, wa­ter, rock and junk after a vol­can­ic out­burst. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:10:00 EST Comet may be developing sinkholes The deep, round pits are evi­dence that a com­et is con­stantly chan­ging, sci­ent­ists say. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:50:00 EST To reproduce, bizarre flatworm may have sex with own head Zoologists reported the "first de­scribed ex­am­ple of hy­po­der­mic self-injection of sperm in­to the head." Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:59:00 EST Bird said to re-arrange sounds to create meaning—like people Only hu­mans were thought ca­pable of mak­ing new mean­ing by re­ar­rang­ing mean­ing­less el­e­ments, scient­ists say. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:54:00 EST Rats may dream about finding treats When rats rest, their brains sim­u­late jour­neys to a de­sired fu­ture such as a treat, new re­search finds. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:25:00 EST Universe may be ringing like crystal glass, scientists say The expansion of the uni­verse seems to be re­peat­ed­ly speeding up and slowing back down, cos­mol­o­gists claim. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:08:00 EST Planet zips around its sun sporting comet-like tail: study Sci­en­tists at­trib­ute the ef­fect to high-energy light from the star that is push­ing hy­dro­gen off the plan­et’s up­pe­r at­mos­phere. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:31:00 EST Consciousness no "decider," just "interpreter," theory claims Con­scious­ness is like the In­ter­net in a way, ac­cord­ing to a team of scient­ists. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:13:00 EST Human may have had Neanderthal great-great-grandparent An anatomi­cal­ly mo­dern per­son known only from a jaw­bone had re­cent Ne­an­der­thal an­ces­try, scien­tists say. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 02:02:00 EST Study could solve controversy over ancient skeleton An 8,500-year-old ske­l­e­ton found in 1996 in Wash­ing­ton State has been the fo­cus of a bit­ter dis­pute. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:15:00 EST Ancient Mars mostly icy, not wet, study claims Despite lots of water, the Mars of 3 to 4 bil­lion years ago might have been in­hosp­it­able to life. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:16:00 EST Study: Nazi propaganda still influences those who grew up with it Find­ings de­mon­strate how offi­cial policy can shape be­liefs, re­search­ers say. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST Green space may make city kids smarter Ex­po­sure to green spaces may help boost chil­dren’s cog­ni­tive de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to a stu­dy. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST Pedophilia may be innate A study linked pedo­philia to a higher like­li­hood of certain types of facial flaws as­sociated with pre­natal develop­ment. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:35:00 EST New analysis downsizes record-breaking dino A study re-evaluates a fossil hailed last year as representing the heaviest dinosaur whose weight could be reliably calculated. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:25:00 EST Glass in Martian crater could trap bits of past life, study says Meteor strikes often form glass in the searing heat of the impact. Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:28:00 EST Newfound dino resembles Triceratops with frills Scientists are reporting the discovery of a close relative of the horned dinosaur Triceratops. Sat, 06 Jun 2015 20:33:00 EST Why do political disagreements get nasty while others don't? A group of social scientists say answers may lie in their new research. Fri, 29 May 2015 17:57:00 EST The oldest evidence of murder? Lethal wounds on a Neanderthal skull may point to a bloody encounter some 430,000 years ago, scientists say. Thu, 28 May 2015 22:50:00 EST For homely men, a pass—but less room for error Women don't mind a physically unattractive man, but woe to that man if he does something wrong, a study suggests. Wed, 27 May 2015 16:50:00 EST Robot is designed to learn actions through trial and error Researchers turned to a new branch of artificial intelligence known as deep learning. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:36:00 EST Stone tools pre-dated "man," study finds Scientists dated the artifacts, found in Kenya, to 3.3 million years ago. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:13:00 EST New action plan to save rarest ape A new report outlines steps needed to save the Hainan gibbon, of which only 25 remain. Wed, 20 May 2015 12:36:00 EST School cell phone bans found to raise test scores Banning cell phones reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study in the U.K. Tue, 19 May 2015 07:44:00 EST Scientists weigh in on optical illusion that went viral Psychologists claim to have an explanation for why viewers see sharply different colors in a photo that spread across the Internet. Mon, 18 May 2015 07:42:00 EST Astrology not so off the mark about personality types, study claims Correlations between birth season and personality really exist, though not necessarily for the reasons astrologers claim, a study says. Thu, 14 May 2015 09:46:00 EST Scientists re-engineer bird beak to ancestral "dino" state Research aimed to retrace some of the evolutionary steps that gradually transformed dinosaurs into birds. Wed, 13 May 2015 04:11:00 EST Chemical process in Saturn moon could help spark life, scientists say The sixth planet’s sixth largest moon, Enceladus is thought to have a liquid water ocean beneath its icy surface. Fri, 08 May 2015 01:03:00 EST Image said to show planets forming, in first A recent and famous image from space is the first that shows planets forming, according to a study. Wed, 06 May 2015 23:59:00 EST First evidence of changes on a "super-Earth" reported Massive volcanism may be disrupting a rocky planet in the constellation Cancer, astronomers think. Tue, 05 May 2015 12:21:00 EST Peer bullying may cause more damage than adult maltreatment: study Children bullied by peers have similar or worse long-term mental health outcomes, a study says. Fri, 01 May 2015 09:20:00 EST "Runaway galaxies" found We know of runaway stars and a run­away star cluster, but whole ga­la­xies would be some­thing new. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:35:00 EST Brain glitch causes people to live Peo­ple with a condition called SDAM can learn any­thing about their own past—they just can’t per­son­al­ly rec­all it, sci­ent­ists say. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:32:00 EST Scientific "outsider" anticipated Darwin’s ideas, research finds A Scotsman described evolution in 1831 but got little credit, according to a study. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:37:00 EST Some Neanderthals chopped up their dead—reasons unknown, study says Scientists are considering cannibalism or ceremony as possible explanations, but say evidence for cannibalism is thin. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:53:00 EST Hunt for alien-filled galaxies yields nothing "obvious," but some "interesting" Astronomers are continuing a search for galaxies that might be thoroughly populated by aliens. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:45:00 EST Study looks at why we have chins Humans are the only species with chins, an enduring puzzle that researchers claim to have now solved. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:37:00 EST Persistent "warm blob" in Pacific linked to strange weather Global warming isn’t the whole reason for strange weather that has struck the United States in recent months, some scientists say. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:49:00 EST Reinstate Brontosaurus as its own dino, study declares The so-called “thunder lizard” has long been considered wrongly named, but some scientists now dispute that. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:31:00 EST Women and men may answer moral dilemmas differently Would it be right to kill Adolf Hitler when he was still a young artist to save millions of lives? Women and men have different takes on such questions, a study finds. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 08:23:00 EST Scientists claim to rescue early- aging mice with new method Whether the findings would apply to humans, and even normal aging, is unclear, but there are some promising signs, they add. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:29:00 EST Galaxies may have formed in groups as “fireworks” Astronomers ident­ified dra­ma­tic act­i­vity in pos­sible pre­curs­ors of vast galaxy clusters seen today. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:49:00 EST Global warming doesn’t cause extreme winters, study says That a warming trend doesn’t cause cold snaps might seem ob­vious, but mass­ive temp­er­ature drops in some places had raised the ques­tion. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:54:00 EST Study ties education, not just genes, to IQ A study com­pared the in­tel­li­gence test scores of Swed­ish twins raised in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:15:00 EST Colliding stars could explain 17th-century mystery explosion A “new star” that Eu­ro­pe­an as­tro­no­mers saw in 1670 was ac­tu­ally a stel­lar smash­up, a study pro­poses. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:14:00 EST Little fish found to kill smaller ones by posing as family The dusky dot­ty­back’s dis­guise—ac­com­plished by chang­ing col­ors—al­so helps pro­tect it from its own preda­tors, ac­cord­ing to the stu­dy. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:19:00 EST Jupiter moon may conceal ocean with more water than Earth’s Glowing ribbons of gas called au­ro­rae give it away, scien­tists claim. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:24:00 EST Music can affect your genes, study finds Lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal mu­sic can en­hance the ac­ti­vity of genes in­flu­enc­ing the flow of brain chem­i­cals, learn­ing and mem­o­ry. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:31:00 EST Do heroes win sexiness points? Only if they're soldiers, male—and decorated, study finds Perhaps any­one can be a hero. Get­ting re­warded for it is an­other mat­ter. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:53:00 EST Millions of modern men found to be descendants of 11 kingpins Geneticists have found that millions of modern Asians descend from 11 powerful dynastic leaders who lived up to 4,000 years ago. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 20:56:00 EST New findings suggest Mars had an ocean A study sought to measure how much water must have been lost to space, based on characteristics of Martian water now. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:00:00 EST First-ever photo said to capture light acting as both particle and wave Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave as a particle or a wave, but both aspects have never been seen at once. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:43:00 EST Study links war, global warming—in Syria Researchers have published the first major study to draw a link between global warming, drought and ongoing civil unrest. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:06:00 EST Thoughts of "God" found to increase risk-taking Findings suggest people are willing to take these risks because they think of God as a protector, researchers say. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:36:00 EST Mystery of early black holes deepens with huge new find The discovery of a too-large, too-ancient black hole doesn't square with standard theories of cosmic evolution. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:57:00 EST A land where strange crocs proliferated The swampy waters of what is now northeastern Peru were very different 13 million years ago, new research finds. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:39:00 EST Study: publicizing hospital ratings doesn't always spur improvement The well-intentioned idea of rating health centers is having showing disappointingly little benefit so far, scientists say. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:58:00 EST Fire ants spread globally on 17th-century ships, study finds Some little ant conquerors, too, put humankind's Age of Discovery to good use, scientists report. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:06:00 EST Little star probably grazed our solar system, astronomers conclude The event could have triggered a deadly "comet shower" had the star come much closer, a study suggests. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:09:00 EST Strange cloudy features high over Mars baffle scientists Scientists can't figure out the cause of mysterious plumes photographed high over Mars by amateur astronomers. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:23:00 EST Dogs can tell apart human facial expressions, study finds Evidence also suggests dogs prefer to approach "happy" rather than "angry" photos, according to the research. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:25:00 EST Study finds first stars were born "late" New findings are based on the cosmic microwave background, light believed to have been traveling toward us since almost the dawn of time. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:05:00 EST Satellite to check alien skies for traces of life It's the "first mission dedicated" to studying these atmospheres, said project leader Giovanna Tinetti of University College London. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:49:00 EST Student scientists find partially drug-resistant germs, scraps of anthrax DNA—all in subway High school students sampled some of the smaller living things crowded into New York City's subway system. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 02:55:00 EST Zoo chimps said to learn grunt for "apple" from each other Captive chimps can learn grunts from each other that refer to specific foods, a study has found. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:49:00 EST Sea slug turns itself into plant-like creature by eating algae A bright green sea slug manages to live like a plant and skip meals thanks to genes it steals from the algae it eats, scientists say. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:10:00 EST Mining the Moon becomes a real prospect, report says Companies and nations dream of obtaining rocket fuel and rare-earth elements from the Moon's resources. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:56:00 EST New find spotlights super-long-necked dinos An unusual dinosaur lineage known as mamenchisaurids may be more diverse than previously realized. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:00:00 EST Study: war-for-oil "conspiracy theorists" are often right While many claims are simplistic, researchers say, statistics show oil does motivate countries to interfere in conflicts. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:24:00 EST Star found to have little planets over twice as old as our own Findings raise the possibility of life far more ancient than Earth itself, scientists say. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:11:00 EST "Kindness curriculum" may boost success in preschoolers An experimental program was designed to cultivate "mindfulness" and compassion in 4-to-6-year olds. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:28:00 EST Jellyfish not just drifters, study finds At least some jellyfish can swim strongly against a current, researchers report. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:53:00 EST Could our galaxy be a wormhole? It could conceivably be a shortcut through spacetime, a study concludes, though that path may or may not be navigable. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:41:00 EST Craft closes in on dwarf planet, takes pictures NASA is preparing for what would be a spacecraft's first visit to a dwarf planet. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:06:00 EST Top U.S. research institute accused of coverup A professor's lawsuit claims Caltech covered up an Israeli academic's suspected illegal gathering of U.S. Defense Department-funded technology. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:45:00 EST Ocean wildlife may collapse soon, study warns The same pattern of events that led to the collapse of wildlife populations on land is now happening in the sea, a report says. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:04:00 EST Study: a computer can figure you out as well as your spouse A computer can read your personality as well as your spouse if you give it 300 Facebook "Likes" to analyze, a study has found. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:03:00 EST Brain wiring may reflect gender identity A study examined our self-perceptions as male or females, as distinct from our physical form. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:09:00 EST Study links lifespan, solar activity Talk about a rough start in life. Being born when the sun is stormy might cut your lifespan, research says. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 01:00:00 EST Part of our reactions to music may be "universal" Whether you're from the Congolese rainforest or a big city, some aspects of music will touch you in the same ways, a study suggests. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:00:00 EST Scientists study whale that lives 200 years for clues Changes in genes linked to cell division, DNA repair and more may help the bowhead live long, researchers say. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:00:00 EST Is warfare linked to evolution? In one farming society, males who participate in livestock raids also may have more wives and children, a study finds. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Study finds police body-cameras can prevent violence Researchers are working to repeat the study with 30 police forces across the globe. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:49:00 EST Light human skeleton may have come after agriculture The relatively light skeletons of modern humans arose late in our evolutionary history, researchers report. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:30:00 EST Quantum physics may have just gotten simpler New research claims to unite two strange features of the quantum world, or nature at the smallest scales. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:30:00 EST Crows found able to reason by "analogy" Crows in a study were said to recognize how different pairs of objects have similar relationships. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:11:00 EST Impact that killed dinos may have nearly snuffed mammals too The dinosaurs' extinction 66 million years ago is thought to have opened the way for mammals to dominate the land. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:08:00 EST Mars crater may be belching organic gas; biological origin not ruled out Levels of methane are periodically spiking at the Gale Crater on Mars, NASA scientists say. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:41:00 EST Herd mentality: Are we programmed to make bad decisions? A desire to be part of the "in crowd" is a result of our evolution but can degrade our decisionmaking ability, a study has found. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:03:00 EST Probe of comet's water yields surprises New data from the Rosetta spacecraft suggest most of Earth's water came from asteroids, not comets. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:29:00 EST Birds diversified in "big bang" after dinosaurs died out A major new study looks at how and when birds evolved and gained features such as feathers, flight and song. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:00:00 EST Hummingbird's hover surprisingly easy to "hack" Hummingbirds' remarkable ability to hover in place depends on a motionless field of view, a study finds. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:36:00 EST Punishing kids for lying doesn't work, study suggests In an experiment, positive encouragements led many fewer children to lie than the threat of being "in trouble." Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:39:00 EST Two giant stars seen starting to merge Theoretical models predict that the biggest stars form through mergers. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 23:40:00 EST Men's "Y chromosome" may be a vulnerability A DNA structure that only males have may be the undoing of some, especially smokers, research suggests. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:37:00 EST Human reasoning attributed to special brain network New findings focus on brain areas known the frontal and parietal lobes. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:02:00 EST Mars rock called possible evidence of biological activity Did Mars ever have life? Might it still? A meteorite identified as coming from Mars has reignited the old debate. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 04:35:00 EST "Invisible" infrared light made human-visible Any science textbook will tell you we can't see infrared light, but that can change under some conditions. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:07:00 EST Parasites found to use "Trojan horses" to quell resistance Pathogens dump unfriendly genetic material sealed in friendly-looking packages, a study says. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:43:00 EST Vultures evolved extreme gut to handle disgusting food, scientists say Vultures live on rotting, often poop-contaminated meat that would poison or kill most other animals. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:45:00 EST Voice may reveal who has clout Being in a position of power can change the sound of your voice, a study finds. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:57:00 EST Ancient landslide could be record breaker A giant landslide some 21 million years ago is said to have covered an area greater than Rhode Island within minutes. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:37:00 EST Spooky alignments of galaxies detected Similarities in the ways that galaxies spin can extend over vast reaches of space, a study suggests. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:24:00 EST Comet lander said to find dusty ice, organics Preliminary data came from a lander that spent two days on a comet before losing power. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:05:00 EST Social status may persist across eight centuries or more At least in England, social status has tended to persist for some 28 generations, a study finds. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 EST Comet lander loses power but completes "primary" job Mission scientists hope the probe may reawaken later with more light. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:01:00 EST Lander in awkward spot on comet, but sends pictures The Philae lander is not quite where it was meant to be, but it's working, scientists report. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Storms flare up on Uranus The planet's normally placid blue-green face is seeing changes visible even in amateur astronomers' telescopes. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:01:00 EST Lander touches down on comet The first-in-history feat is expected to lead to many more images and data. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:50:00 EST Newfound particle might not be famous Higgs, team claims What was identified as a Higgs boson might instead be something related to the mysterious "dark matter," some argue. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:20:00 EST People deny a problem when they dislike the solution, study finds Phenomena such as global warming denialism might not stem directly from the nature of the problem itself. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:58:00 EST Seal-like beast gave rise to dinosaur-era sea monsters, study says A fossil is said to represent an ancestral form of giant sea reptiles called icthyosaurs. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 22:25:00 EST Astronomers identify mystery object at center of galaxy Astronomers say they have solved a puzzle about a thin, bizarre object near our galaxy's monster black hole. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:14:00 EST Childhood beliefs about soul may stick with us despite what we say What we believed as children about the soul and afterlife shapes our adult views more than we may admit, research suggests. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:55:00 EST Strange, fanged deer re-appears in Afghanistan An endangered deer with vampire-like fangs lives on in northeast Afghanistan, scientists report. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:35:00 EST Why did dinos have feathers long before flight? Display and communication may have spurred the initial evolution of feathers, a feature later passed down to birds. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:26:00 EST Study: isolating only "likely non-survivors" can stop Ebola Promptly isolating just the sickest patients would eliminate the epidemic in Liberia, research suggests. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:40:00 EST Lizards seen evolving in just 15 years Scientists have documented rapid evolution of a native Florida lizard species as a result of pressure from an invading lizard. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:32:00 EST Dinosaur stabbing said to reveal stegosaurs' deadly skill A huge hole in a predator's skeleton may show that a seemingly lumbering plant-eater could use its tail spikes with lethal effect. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:02:00 EST Feeling of seeing world in detail is illusory, scientists say The brain uses memory to fill in a lot of blanks, a study proposes. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:19:00 EST Hint of dark matter found? Scientists have measured a signal that they say might come from the mysterious substance detected so far only through its gravity. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:42:00 EST Birds beat turbulence by folding wings, study finds Researchers examined how soaring birds manage to fly in turbulence that would keep a light aircraft grounded. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:43:00 EST Family tree traces evolution of mysterious birds Cotingas are some of the brightest, loudest, oddest-looking, least-understood birds. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:39:00 EST "Dark matter" may be half what was thought—at least locally Astronomers made a new measurement of "dark matter" in our galaxy, invisible stuff detected only through its gravitational pull. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:25:00 EST Hungry black hole found to eat faster than thought possible It's swallowing star material in an amount estimated as the equivalent of 100 billion billion hot dogs a minute. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:20:00 EST Sharing our "epic" moments may cost us Talking about ordinary stuff might help you feel more included in a conversation than recounting the exceptional, psychologists have found. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:05:00 EST Feeling down? Head to Facebook, find someone worse off People in a bad mood were found more likely to search sites to find friends who are doing even worse than they are. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:29:00 EST "Cousin" planets reported found Astronomers say they have found two planets, each orbiting one star—while the stars orbit each other. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:06:00 EST Out in space, the most complex organic molecule yet The finding suggests an easier path to the formation of life on many planets, the researchers argue. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:48:00 EST An image, or its interpretation? Newfound brain cells show surprising role Scientists combined images of celebrities to make viewers' brains do a little extra work. Aristotle would have appreciated the results, they say. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:02:00 EST Mystery fossils seem to represent tiny balls of cells No one knows quite where they sit on the evolutionary tree of life. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:05:00 EST Anomaly in spacecraft flybys puzzles scientists The laws of gravity don't seem to be working exactly as they should around Earth. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:12:00 EST Study: population won't stabilize this century New projections contradict past predictions of a peak near 2050. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:39:00 EST Not our fault chimps kill each other, study concludes Chimps' evolutionary closeness to humans has fueled interest in why these apes become violent, and what that might say about us. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:05:00 EST Smarter mice with a "humanized" gene? Introducing a "humanized" version of a language-linked gene into mice accelerates their learning, according to a study. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 EST Scientists report first "semiaquatic" dino A huge dinosaur discovered over a century ago turns out to have been adapted for living and hunting in a water environment, scientists say. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:50:00 EST Parrot found to "teach" tool use to others Goffin's cockatoos can not only make and use tools but also teach others to do it, a study concludes. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:31:00 EST Study suggests delaying aging may be easier than thought Research on people and fruit flies has renewed attention on a process of cellular "garbage disposal." Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:07:00 EST Deadly sophistication seen in trout-eel hunting partnership The coral trout's collaborative skills rival those of the much bigger-brained chimp, scientists say. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:01:00 EST New dino described as largest weighable specimen ever Scientists say they have discovered a fossil of the largest land animal whose weight can be accurately calculated. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:10:00 EST How the brain chooses between truth and lies Most of us want to be honest, but at some point, we'll lie if the benefit is great enough. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:04:00 EST Cutting carbs may beat cutting fat A study suggests people could reduce their weight and heart disease risk without a low-fat diet. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:06:00 EST Training might teach the brain to prefer healthy food It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, research suggests. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:26:00 EST Tiny "cannon" shoots single light particles The invention is part of an attempt to develop super-fast computers using photons. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:50:00 EST Sheepdogs found to use simple rules to herd sheep Sscientists used GPS technology to understand how sheepdogs do their jobs so well. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:07:00 EST Movie recreates in detail past visit to far-off moon Scientists working with NASA restored 1989 footage from the Voyager 2 spacecraft to make a map and film of Neptune's moon Triton. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:18:00 EST Parasitic ant may have evolved from its own host, at home If confirmed, the bizarre phenomenon would challenge traditional versions of evolutionary theory. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:33:00 EST Kids with autism found to have extra connections in brain Researchers examined brains of young people with autism who had died from other causes. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:15:00 EST Past global warmings were good times for sea crocs Past spells of naturally caused warming were golden opportunities for sea crocodiles to spread, according to a study. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:41:00 EST Dust gathered by spacecraft found to come from outside solar system Grains collected by NASA's Stardust craft could be much like the material that formed our sun and planets. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:23:00 EST Turtles found to communicate, care for young Giant South American river turtles use various calls to coordinate their activities, a study reports. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:55:00 EST "Terminator" fish worries scientists A fish that's invading the Atlantic hunts more like the relentless robot of movie fame than an ordinary predator, scientists say. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:13:00 EST 3-D study of comets reveals "chemical factory" within Research identified some chemicals that may have been important to the origin of life. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:00:00 EST Office windows may boost health Office daylight may lead to improved sleep and other benefits, according to a study. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:20:00 EST Playing up "manly" side may help women enter male-dominated fields Though it's not job seekers' responsibility to ensure their own fair treatment, researchers in a study hoped to improve real "outcomes." Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:22:00 EST Spacecraft reaches comet for first up-close study A European spacecraft came within 100 km (60 miles) on Aug. 6. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:45:00 EST Jupiter moon spouts "curtains of fire" in crazed series of eruptions Io, about the size of our own moon, went nuts during two weeks last August, astronomers say. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 23:02:00 EST Scientists report successfully Implanting brain cells in mice A finding is said to raise hope for therapies to replace cells in patients with diseases such as Parkinson's. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:39:00 EST Giant asteroids battered early Earth, NASA scientists say New research indicates huge impacts repeatedly melted, mixed and buried Earth's surface. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:51:00 EST Particles can be physically separated from own properties, scientists say Physicists explore yet another strange consequence of the laws of quantum mechanics. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:44:00 EST Study: fist-bumping more hygienic than shaking hands shaking hands Health care providers might want to switch to the "fist-bump" gesture, researchers say Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:45:00 EST Some women really do prefer mean guys, research suggests What your guy pals told you may be true, according to new research. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:09:00 EST Four billion-year-old chemistry in cells today? Some of the chemical processes that first gave rise to life may be still at work in living cells. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:14:00 EST Study: We could detect aliens by their pollution Research suggests we could spot the fingerprints of certain common pollutants. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:25:00 EST Don't tell kids how healthy any food is, study suggests According to a new study, when children hear about the benefits of healthy food, they're less likely to eat it. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:47:00 EST Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force cosmic rethink A finding that many small galaxies don't "swarm" around larger ones like bees but rather circle them is creating a new conundrum. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:06:00 EST Newfound gene could play role in aging from birth A developmental gene called Spns1 was found to affect aging in experiments with animals. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:43:00 EST Fossil suggests flight was common among bird-like dinosaurs The animal had an extremely long, feathered tail that biologists think was crucial for safe landings. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:52:00 EST Prehistoric "bookkeeping" continued long after invention of writing Archaeologists in Turkey have found clay tokens that served as records of trade until the advent of writing, or so it was thought. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:20:00 EST Consciousness research not dead, scientists insist Why does a relentless stream of experiences normally fill your mind? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:00:00 EST Mysterious bursts of radio waves identified far outside galaxy The mystery is reminiscent of that of gamma-ray bursts, which are now thought to come from stars collapsing to form black holes. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:07:00 EST Astronomers detect most distant Milky Way stars known They're being called ghosts of galaxies past. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:50:00 EST Fossils of tiny, unknown hedgehog found Scientists are investigating a "lost world" in Canada. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:57:00 EST Specific brain area may aid stock market success Reliance on a brain area called the anterior insular cortex may have helped players avoid crashes in a stock market game. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:05:00 EST Study: most people dislike being alone with their thoughts Many would even rather give themselves electric shocks than just sit quietly, according to new research. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 07:35:00 EST Chimp culture reaches new heights with "grass-in-the-ear" trend Chimpanzees are copycats and, in the process, they form new traditions that are often specific to just one group. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:28:00 EST Poor physical, financial health tied to same factors Decision to contribute to a retirement plan predicts responses to results of a physical exam, a study found. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:45:00 EST Caribbean coral reefs disappearing, study says Global warming alone isn't to blame, according to a new report. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST Three black holes found spiraling into each other Astronomers are hoping similar systems could give off detectable "ripples" in space and time. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:51:00 EST Bizarre parasite from Jurassic found Researchers have discovered a fossil fly larva with a spectacular sucking apparatus. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:01:00 EST Back away, please: humans fear approaching objects "Approach avoidance" is a general, and not entirely rational, tendency, a study suggests. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 01:25:00 EST NASA sizing up "weird" asteroid candidates for capture Asteroids being looked at for a proposed NASA mission may have rubble-pile like compositions. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:56:00 EST New dino species has "winged crest" Scientists have named a new species of horned dinosaur based on fossils collected from Montana and Alberta. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:33:00 EST New method could detect alien life, scientists claim Scientists say they have developed a new model to detect methane on planets outside of our solar system. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:40:00 EST Anxious children found to have bigger "fear centers" in the brain Development of the amygdala may affect anxiety traits, according to a study. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:23:00 EST How group membership can change our moral priorities When people get together in groups, unusual things can happen. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:17:00 EST First intact pterosaur eggs found with their parents The huge flying reptiles lived together in colonies, according to researchers. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:36:00 EST Does "free will" stem from brain noise? Our ability to make choices—and mistakes—might arise from random fluctuations, a study claims. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:31:00 EST Spiders understand "music" of their own web A spider web, plucked like a guitar string, provides its inhabitants with information, scientists have found. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:31:00 EST Climate engineering can't stop global warming, scientists warn Tinkering with the climate directly won't help us avoid what's needed, says a report. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:55:00 EST Lasers help recreate supernova explosions in lab Researchers are using lasers to recreate at a small scale what happens when stars explode. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:36:00 EST Printable robots in development Engineers are working on robots that can be assembled from parts made by 3-D printers—some could be baked, too. Sat, 31 May 2014 08:42:00 EST Race against time to save vanishing Da Vinci "self-portrait" Results could help save other old drawings and documents, scientists say. Thu, 29 May 2014 12:37:00 EST Toxins in environment might make you older than your years Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? Tue, 27 May 2014 14:52:00 EST Personal judgments swayed by group opinion for 3 days: study We all want to feel like free thinkers, but there's nothing like social pressure. Mon, 26 May 2014 13:38:00 EST Fruit flies found to "think" before acting The insects take longer to make hard decisions, a study noted. Thu, 22 May 2014 20:45:00 EST Breaking the rules may be "cool"—or not A new study looks at which kinds of rule-breaking can win "cool" points, and which fall flat. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:34:00 EST The more people with beards, the less they attract: study Beards are often said to confer a masculine or dominant look, but their role in male attractiveness isn't clear-cut. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:03:00 EST Favoritism, not hostility, seen behind much discrimination Most discrimination in the U.S. stems from plain favoritism aimed at helping people similar to us, a new report claims. Mon, 19 May 2014 18:04:00 EST Measurements show Jupiter's "Red Spot" shrinking fast The swirling storm, larger than Earth, would be gone by about 2030 if shrinkage continues as recently measured. Fri, 16 May 2014 13:12:00 EST Are jellyfish really taking over? Global database to shed light Worries lurk over whether environmental destruction is creating opportunities for "nuisance" species. Thu, 15 May 2014 19:30:00 EST Revenge not satisfying without attitude change, study finds Revenge may be a dish best served with a side of change. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:28:00 EST Species numbers found stable--but maybe thanks to invaders Findings raise the prospect of a situation resembling a so-called "planet of weeds." Tue, 13 May 2014 18:51:00 EST Scientists identify Sun's "long-lost brother," hope life might turn up Astronomers say they've found a star almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as our star. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:33:00 EST First realistic universe simulation said to be created A giant computer program mimics 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. Fri, 09 May 2014 12:13:00 EST Early depression, anger may taint love life for decades Researchers are trying to crack the code to happiness by exploring the long reach of depression and anger. Thu, 08 May 2014 18:40:00 EST Long-snouted T. rex cousin reported found A newfound fossil reveals a beast that like a cross between T. rex and Donald Duck. Wed, 07 May 2014 11:57:00 EST Warming already causing extreme weather, official report says Climate change is affecting the United States right now in far-reaching ways, according to the document known as the National Climate Assessment. Tue, 06 May 2014 11:21:00 EST Good institutions may prompt "fairer" behavior People are more likely to favor their family and local community where institutions are weak, a study found. Mon, 05 May 2014 16:25:00 EST For birds, predation linked to faster aging Findings are said to support an old theory explaining why animals have such widely varying lifespans. Thu, 01 May 2014 16:41:00 EST Snobby staff may boost luxury sales When it comes to luxury brands, the ruder the sales staff the better the retail sales, a study suggests. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:40:00 EST At least one in 25 death-sentenced people are innocent, study claims In new work, researchers argue that the false-conviction rate is not everywhere as unknowable as is sometimes said. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:00:01 EST Weird ocean sound finally explained: a whale The strange, deep underwater sound was first reported by submarine sailors in the 1960s. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:42:00 EST People found to remember atrocities in ways that favor their group People who learn of atrocities usually forget a few details—not quite randomly, research suggests. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:22:00 EST Test could provide "family tree" of a patient's own tumors Biologists hope the genetic test could help with treatment planning. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:31:00 EST First Earth-sized planet in star's "habitable zone" reported found In a long-awaited first, astronomers report finding an Earth-sized planet possibly able to support life. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:03 EST Even moderate pot use tied to clear brain changes: study Even once- or twice-a-week use can lead to abnormalities, scientists say. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:27:00 EST We're over the hill at 24? So says computer-game study If you're over 24 you've already peaked in terms of speed in executing decisions, a study suggests. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:48:00 EST Saturn may be spawning tiny new moon Astronomers suspect the object may be going through stages that characterized the birth of other moons, and planets. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:06:00 EST Scientists to explore deep ocean trench What lives in the deepest part of the ocean? Scientists plan to use the world's only full-ocean-depth underwater robot and other technology to find out. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:26:00 EST Possible alien moon detected, but never to be seen again Though unconfirmable, the finding is seen as a tantalizing first step toward finding exomoons. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:39:00 EST Neanderthals no strangers to good parenting, study says Neanderthal parents were more attentive than traditionally supposed, a new study argues. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:28:00 EST Zombie cancer cells eat themselves to live Some cancer cells may survive chemotherapy attacks by eating parts of themselves, research suggests. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:18:00 EST Saturn moon hides sea within, scientists conclude Researchers also believe the water is in contact with a rocky floor below, making it more suitable for a hypothetical origin of life. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:05:00 EST "Dark matter" possibly seen destroying itself Scientists report new clues in the hunt for a mysterious substance thought to make up over 80 percent of the material universe. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:49:00 EST Did limits on lead cause huge U.S. crime drop? Removal of lead from gas and paint contributed to a huge decline in violence across the United States since the 1990s, a theory claims. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:56:00 EST Riddle of zebra's stripes "solved" Scientists say they now know why the zebra has stripes, but the solution raises a new problem. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:25:00 EST Tiny planet found to have Saturn-like rings A mini-planet in our solar system has rings, contradicting a longtime assumption that only big planets can have these, a study finds. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:17:00 EST Fair bosses "pay a price" Bosses who are fair make their workers and companies better off, but may be burning themselves out, a study finds. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:00:00 EST Big, unseen planet may inhabit outer Solar System A dwarf planet just found far outside the known Solar System also hints that a far bigger one lurks, astronomers report. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:13:00 EST Debris of Earth-like planets found to float around dead stars Scientists say they have "solved" a decades-old space mystery. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:53:00 EST Study: E-cigarettes not linked to higher quit rates Manufacturers shouldn't advertise new devices as smoking-cessation tools absent more evidence, scientists say. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:50:00 EST Cuckoo helps nestmates by releasing awful stench Cuckoos are the bird world's most notorious freeloaders, but one species is found to give something in return. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:03:00 EST Radar shows mirror-smooth sea on Saturn moon The finding could be due to lack of winds at the time of the measurements, scientists said. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:53:00 EST Social groups may ease depression Clinically depressed patients recover more reliably if they build strong ties to a group, research finds. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:13:00 EST Males, females may deal with stress oppositely Stress could be undermining not only our health but also our relationships with others. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:45:00 EST Ripples in space-time detected, "confirming" theory Scientists reported detecting waves described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang." Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:12:00 EST Journalism-by-robot may spread Computer-written articles may come across to readers as more boring—yet more credible—than those by humans. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:17:00 EST Soft robotic fish swims "like real thing" Soft robots have become a popular research topic. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:00:00 EST Europeans may have evolved lighter skin in past 5,000 years The skin changes may be a result of the body's need to produce more Vitamin D, scientists say. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:09:00 EST "5-second" food rule of urban legend found to have real basis Folklore claims that many people use the rule, not necessarily that it really works. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:29:00 EST Space rock mysteriously falls apart NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:51:00 EST Even "Dr. Barbie" may dampen girls' career dreams "Sexualized" dolls may affect young girls negatively regardless of the dolls' costumes, researchers suggest. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:52:00 EST Invasive plants use our shoes, tires as transport, scientists say Harsh, cold climates don't seem to stop alien plants from conquering mountain areas. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:29:00 EST Policy to protect domestic violence victims may be killing them Scientists called the findings a medical mystery. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:57:00 EST How learning new ideas alters brain cells A new study identifies an important molecular change that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:27:00 EST "Super-Earths" may be dead worlds It may be disappointing, but many seemingly Earth-like planets are not that at all, a study finds. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:32:00 EST Obesity rates for U.S. toddlers found to plummet Scientists said the results indicated that obesity-prevention programs targeted at young children might be starting to bear fruit. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:06:00 EST Astronomers film record-breaking lunar impact A rock the weight of a small car hit the Moon last September, according to astronomers who filmed the impact. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:09:00 EST Ants make well-organized rafts with own bodies Ants facing a flood use their own brood as "flotation devices," protect the queen and manage to keep almost everyone safe, according to a study. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:13:00 EST "Artificial muscles" could be woven into clothing Fibers from fishing line and thread can be used to make inexpensive artificial muscles, researchers say. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:26:00 EST Distant quasars could close loophole in quantum mechanics Scientists are trying to prove that lack of human free will isn't the reason nature seems to follow seemingly absurd probabilistic laws. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:11:00 EST Elephants "console" distressed pals Consolation behavior is rare in the animal kingdom, researchers say. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:39:00 EST Scientists said to restore some youthful strength to old mice Researchers hope to eventually try the treatment on people. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:07:00 EST Study suggests method to predict eruptions Detecting whether the rock under a volcano is liquid enough to erupt might help narrow down when that might happen. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:28:00 EST No such thing as porn addiction, researcher says So-called porn addiction treatment is a lucrative business based on questionable science, a report claims. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:33:00 EST Beauty in math may touch same brain area as art, music The mathematical formula rated most beautiful in a new study was "Euler's identity." Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:27:00 EST Scientists take step toward usable fusion energy Scientists are closer than ever to using the process that powers the Sun to produce energy, says a report to appear in the research journal Nature. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:00 EST Aggression genes go way back Aggression-causing genes have kept their roles for hundreds of millions of years, in different animals and contexts, scientists say. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:27:00 EST Beast evolved "steak-knife" teeth before dinosaurs The first top predators to walk on land weren't afraid to bite off more than they could chew, a study suggests. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:56:00 EST Money makes people more right-wing, lottery study finds Lottery winners tend to switch towards support for a right-wing party and become less egalitarian, according to new research. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 07:08:00 EST Rats may take over the world and grow bigger, scientist predicts The evolutionary success of rats so far leads one scholar to a disturbing prediction. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:13:00 EST Just four basic emotions, not six, study says Humans have only four basic emotions—not six, a new study based on facial expressions proposes. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 03:09:00 EST Two-sunned planets don't form easily, study finds Planets with two stars—like Luke Skywalker's home planet from Star Wars—can only form very far from their suns, a new study concludes. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:37:00 EST Scientists develop "bendy" glass In the future, when you drop a glass, it might just bend and become slightly deformed. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:24:00 EST "Rogue" asteroids may be the norm Asteroids found far from where they formed are evidence of a long-ago shakeup in the Solar System, astronomers say. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 02:25:00 EST "Unique" brain area seen only in humans The brain area is considered to be involved in planning and decision-making. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 03:15:00 EST Anthrax faces silent war with giant, deadly virus Although the anthrax bacterium strikes fear in the hearts of many, it has its own mortal enemy, scientists report. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:05:00 EST Could space dust have brought life's ingredients to Earth? Space dust brings water and organic molecules to Earth and similar rocky planets, a study has found. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:58:00 EST Narcissism may be good in moderation A little narcissism is good for leadership success, researchers are suggesting. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:11:00 EST Beer foam explodes like a "mushroom cloud," scientists find Scientists say they have explained why beer foams up so quickly when a bottle gets bumped. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:26:00 EST Link in "cosmic web" reported seen for first time A network of filaments is thought to link galaxies throughout the universe. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:56:00 EST Jellyfish drones coming? New flying machine moves like sea creature Scientists have devised a little flying machine that moves like a jellyfish does in water, though for now it has to remain attached to a cord. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:40:00 EST Even microbes carry out tiny "commerce" There's big business going on in a very small world, and sometimes we are part of the transaction, scientists say. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:13:00 EST Study: Even prisoners think they're nicer than most people Just about everyone thinks they're better than average—including convicted criminals, a study has found. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:05:00 EST DNA said to disprove war elephant myths Researchers say they have cleared up questions around the only known battle between Asian and African elephants. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:20:00 EST Prairie dogs may do version of "the wave" as alertness test Black-tailed prairie dogs use a "jumping display" that spreads through their community. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:24:00 EST Study said to explain giant underwater waves Internal waves, hidden totally within the ocean, can tower as high as skyscrapers, scientists say. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:28:00 EST Racism victims may age faster Targets of racism may suffer accelerated aging if they let the negative attitudes about them sink in, a study finds. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:00:00 EST Search suggests no one from future lives amongst us If time travel is ever to be invented, shouldn't somebody from the future be among us now? Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:00:00 EST Microbe sex gets crazy, too Researchers have watched mating in the microbes that cause African sleeping sickness. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:45:00 EST Vitamin E may lessen Alzheimer's symptoms A regimen was tied to moderately slower decline and a 2-hour daily drop in caregiver time. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 02:00:00 EST An evolutionary role for "Jackass"-like stunts? Risk-prone people are perceived as larger and stronger, new research finds. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:39:00 EST Scientists get DNA-like molecule to assemble itself: report New findings may hint at how life originated. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:24:00 EST "Impossibly" large stellar explosions find explanation A newly identified type of stellar explosion breaks all the old rules—and records—for such explosions, a study has found. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:56:00 EST Earlier brain "pruning" may explain girls' faster maturation The brain re-organizes its connections throughout life, but the process begins earlier in girls, scientists say. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:19:00 EST An apple a day really does keep the doctor away, scientists say Researchers say a proverb dating back to Victorian times rivals a good deal of modern medical advice in usefulness. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:16:00 EST Medical costs rise steadily with any excess weight, study finds Health care costs rise in parallel with body mass measurements, even beginning at a moderate weight, a study finds. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:27:00 EST Huge geysers on Jupiter moon? Huge plumes containing water vapor escape Europa's icy crust, hints to the ocean beneath, scientists report. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:34:00 EST Scientists developing way to "see" pain in the body A new technique might give doctors a way to assess pain that goes beyond patients' own sometimes unclear accounts. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:18:00 EST First documented tool use by reptiles claimed Some crocodiles use sticks as lures to catch birds, according to a study. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:51:00 EST Deep-rock microbes found to be similar worldwide Scientists are digging deep into the Earth's surface collecting census data on the microbial denizens of the hardened rocks. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:40:00 EST Huge underwater cliff may hold clues to dinos' fate Clues to what killed the dinosaurs may lie in the wall of a Grand-Canyon-like cliff under the Gulf of Mexico, geologists say. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:50:00 EST "Entangled" particles could build wormhole A strange natural phenomenon that Albert Einstein once described as "spooky action at a distance" could be even spookier than he thought. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:46:00 EST Global warming could lead to more anxious fish, study reports Rising ocean acidity linked to global warming may be making fish more anxious, hunkering down in darker waters. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:51:00 EST Scientists decode oldest DNA of extinct human Scientists were able to study DNA so old that previous samples of similar age could only be retrieved from permanently frozen ground. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:02:00 EST Tidy Neanderthals? Study probes their use of living space Neanderthals didn't just throw their stuff everywhere, but organized things, archaeologists say. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:19:00 EST Comet seems to survive solar approach Continuing a history of surprising behavior, Comet ISON vanished from view then reappeared. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:17:00 EST DNA "markings" may transmit learned experiences So-called epigenetic changes have garnered increasing attention as a route by which nature transmits traits across generations. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:00:01 EST Scientists identify brain area responsible for bird smarts A portion of the bird brain with no clear counterpart in humans may be responsible for some of birds' strategic, intelligent behavior, according to scientists. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 19:30:00 EST A price on happiness? Study cites $36,000 In Europe, an average income of about $36,000 per person is associated with the highest levels of happiness, economists report. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 03:13:00 EST "Hippie chimp" quickly losing ground to people: study One of humans' two closest living relatives is quickly losing living space to us, a study reports. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:42:00 EST Find said to confirm time of Buddha's life A sixth-century B.C. wooden shrine may be associated with the Buddha's birth, researchers say. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:52:00 EST Scientists ID brain region that helps you make up your mind One of the smallest parts of the brain is getting a second look after new research suggests it plays a crucial role in decision making. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:42:00 EST Ancient wine cellar spills secrets Would you drink wine flavored with mint, honey and a dash of psychotropic resins? Ancient Canaanites did more than 3,000 years ago, experts say. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:28:00 EST "Strong evidence" of jet in Milky Way center A weak jet of high-energy particles characterizes our galaxy's black hole, like many others, a study indicates. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:20:00 EST "Evolvability" may itself evolve The ability to evolve can itself evolve, a study suggests. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:04:00 EST Study: Your brain sees things you don't The brain may process and understand visual input that we never consciously perceive. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:51:00 EST Musical training found to change brain anatomy, function Thorough musical training affects the brain more profoundly than previously thought, according to new research. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:13:00 EST Just getting hungry may change your politics People are more supportive of a welfare state when they themselves get hungry, a study suggests. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:58:00 EST Homing pigeons go by smell, study suggests "Virtual pigeons" in a computer may have helped crack a mystery centuries old. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:54:00 EST "Freakish" asteroid resembles spinning sprinkler Astronomers have found a "weird and freakish object" resembling a spinning lawn sprinkler in the asteroid belt. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 04:06:00 EST Torture permanently damages normal pain perception, study finds A study looked at soldiers who had suffered severe beatings, burns, electric shocks, starvation, and worse, 40 years later. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:28:00 EST Russian meteor studied in detail The meteor that burst over Chelyabinsk, Russia Feb. 15 had collided with something before, scientists say. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:54:00 EST 1 in 5 Sun-like stars may host habitable worlds A sun-like star with an Earth-size planet in its "habitable zone" is probably close enough to be seen by the naked eye, a study finds. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:02:00 EST Galaxy growth examined like tree rings Scientists have gained more evidence for an "inside-out" theory of galaxy growth. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:12:00 EST "Earliest galaxy" offers surprises Astronomers say they have identified the most distant confirmed galaxy, in a survey not even designed to find such a thing. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 07:48:00 EST Love your enemy? Hormone spray may help with that, too Inhaling the hormone oxytocin may make people empathize more with outsiders, a study suggests. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:54:00 EST Mystery world baffles astronomers Earth-like in size, the planet Kepler-78b is where no planet should be, scientists say. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:00:00 EST Honesty gets harder as day wears on, researchers find The self-control that helps us resist cheating or lying may deteriorate as a day passes Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:53:00 EST Brain cells for snake-spotting found? New research may boost a theory that says snakes forced our ape-like ancestors to evolve good vision. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:16:00 EST Better gifts, better sex for spiders A male spider that provides a nuptial gift gets to mate for longer, boosting his chances of fathering offspring, scientists say. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:17:00 EST Why hazing? Anthropologist investigates With a long history of widespread acceptance, the practice of hazing is an enduring anthropological puzzle. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:25:00 EST Childhood poverty, stress may affect brain in adulthood Childhood poverty and chronic stress may lead to problems regulating emotions as an adult, according to new research. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:51:00 EST Human relationship to Neanderthals remains murky Research concludes that no known creature is the last common ancestor of modern humans and Neanderthals. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:02:00 EST Marmoset monkeys chat politely, scientists say Marmoset monkeys take turns when they vocalize, engaging each other that way for up to 30 minutes, a study finds. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:19:00 EST Findings could simplify human lineage Several ancestral forms of humans were really one species, not separate ones as previously thought, according to new research. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:49:00 EST Low-voiced men love 'em and leave 'em, yet still attract more women: study Low-voiced men are preferred for flings, but less desired for long-term partnerships, scientists say. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:57:00 EST Lightning helps shape mountains, study finds Lightning strikes cause rocks to explode, a process that helps shape mountain landscapes, scientists propose. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:48:00 EST Royal-sounding last name could aid your career Germans with last names meaning "emperor," "king," and "prince" get managerial positions more often than others, a study finds. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:10:00 EST Sahara pebble said to come from comet Scientists have reported what they call the first direct evidence of a comet having entered the sky and exploded. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:55:00 EST Elephants get pointing, with no help, study finds Elephants spontaneously get the gist of human pointing and can use it as a cue for finding food, researchers report. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:14:00 EST "Free-floating planet" photographed for 1st time But other new findings are also blurring the boundaries between such planets, and stars. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:06:00 EST Meerkat moms kill rivals' pups—and get rewarded for it A rather brutal system prevails among the cute, intelligent African mammals known as meerkats, research found. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:05:00 EST 157 scientific journals accept fake report in "sting" Research journals reportedly accepted for publication a de­lib­er­ately err­or-rid­dled paper, with little or no vetting. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:21:00 EST "Pristine" gas from birth of universe detected Gas formed minutes after the "Big Bang" is feeding a distant galaxy—a process our own might have undergone, astronomers say. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:27:00 EST Could bouncing droplets help us sort out the nature of reality? The exquisite dances of tiny droplets may be related to the way subatomic particles act, physicists say. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 06:37:00 EST "Cloud map" of planet beyond our system a first Light from a distant planet's star is bouncing off its cloud tops, astronomers say. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:51:00 EST Not funny when it's you: drug might cure erections that don't stop Priapism is a condition causing erections so long-lasting that they can damage the penis permanently. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 06:55:00 EST Could changes to your chromosomes make you aggressive? Chronic aggression in some boys from poorer families may stem from "epigenetic" changes in early life, studies suggest. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 06:00:00 EST "Maternal instincts" seen in group of colorful beetles A group of related, colorful beetles in the thick foliage of tropical forests shows signs of maternal instincts and active care, scientists say Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:34:00 EST Nanotube computer could revolutionize electronics, researchers say Engineers have made a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a pasta-like material they hope will replace the less efficient silicon. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:03:00 EST Playing with blocks may boost math skills An old playroom standby may help kids develop skills that support learning in science and related fields, researchers say. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 03:57:00 EST Our "home" black hole's last big blast dated to 2 million years ago A sleeping "volcano" lies at the heart of our galaxy. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:51:00 EST Norwegian boys becoming more girly—and that's good, study says Young schoolboys in Norway are talking about their feelings, holding hands and learning kindness, according to a social anthropologist. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:20:00 EST Domestic abuse seen rising in U.K. during soccer matches The problem gets worse if the home team loses, a study has found. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 01:47:00 EST Drivers of market bubbles found to lie in the mind Scientists watched the brain activity of student volunteers as they placed trades within a staged financial market. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:52:00 EST Study: Earth to be livable 2-3 billion years more, but not for all A move to Mars might make sense should we be around in a distant future, scientists say. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:10:00 EST Life’s ingredients could form through cometary impact, study finds While past studies have suggested a comet could bring some ingredients of life to Earth, new research goes further. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 03:42:00 EST Orangutans found to plan, communicate future routes Male orangutans plan their travel route up to a day in advance and communicate it to other orangutans, research indicates Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:08:00 EST Are anti-bullying programs making the problem worse? Students at schools with anti-bullying programs may actually face an increased risk of being bullied, a study has found. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST Darwin's dilemma resolved? Evolution's "big bang" explained by 5x faster rates A burst of novelty in animal body forms and habits occurred during the Cambrian explosion, 540 to 520 million years ago. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:03:00 EST Technology for detecting those distant signs of life advances Telescopes being planned may be sensitive enough to detect signs of life in other solar systems, scientists say. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:42:00 EST In parts of the world, nearly 1/4 of men admit to having raped If men are asked about it in a way that avoids the word "rape," disturbing findings can arise, a study has found. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:01:00 EST Earth's biggest volcano found to lurk under Pacific Its existence was known, but not whether it was one volcano or many. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:12:00 EST Chemical found to reverse Down syndrome-like symptoms in mice A one-time injection seems to enable the cerebellum, part of the brain, to grow to a normal size, scientists say. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:18:00 EST African fish live fast, die young Research sheds new light on some puddle-dwellers whose life cycle is so short, parents die before ever encountering their spawn. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:53:00 EST Tendency to wage war not on the wane, analysis finds Statistics suggesting a more peaceful world are somewhat misleading, a researcher says. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:44:00 EST Are we all Martians? A mineral needed to generate life was probably only present on Mars, a scientist proposes. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:29:00 EST Video games don't stir violence in vulnerable teens, study finds Violent video games don't lead teenagers with symptoms of depression or attention deficit disorder to become aggressive or delinquent, research indicates. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:41:00 EST Tendency to hate, like everything is measurable, scientists decide Are you a hater? A new test can supposedly tell. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:38:00 EST More cases show skills tied to art can survive serious brain illness Art is "better than many medications" as a tool to preserve a meaningful life amid memory loss, one doctor says. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:10:00 EST Free-floating planets can be born free, study says Little round, cold clouds in space have right characteristics to form planets with no parent star, astronomers are reporting. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:36:00 EST Astronomers take sharpest photos of night sky Astronomers have developed a type of camera that allows sharper images. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:20:00 EST Bullying may have effects long into adulthood Illness, job troubles and poor social relationships are among the lasting outcomes, a study finds. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:23:00 EST Will to win may form at about four years An understanding of competition is linked to a more developed grasp of other people's perspectives, research suggests. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 05:46:00 EST High debt may harm your health People who are drowning in debt may suffer higher blood pressure and poorer health, researchers warn. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:38:00 EST Researchers measure consciousness through brain activity A study seems to back up proposals that the level of complexity of your brain activity largely determines whether you're conscious or not. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:53:00 EST Intelligent people as racist as others, study finds Are smart people are just better at concealing their prejudice? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:02:00 EST Higgs boson could explain facets of "dark energy," physicists say A mysterious substance called "dark energy," has a smaller value than it's supposed to have. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:08:00 EST Upcoming meteor shower predicted to be better than usual The annual Perseids meteor shower, to peak early next week, should be good this year, astronomers say. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 23:39:00 EST More TV linked to problems in toddlers For kids a bit more than two years old, every extra hour of daily TV time is linked to poorer vocabulary, math and physical skills, a study finds. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:33:00 EST Dolphins found to remember their friends at least 20 years Dolphins can recognize their old friends' whistles even after long separation, research indicates. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:28:00 EST Blast lights up invisible galaxy from "dark ages" A brilliant flash traveled across space for 12.7 billion years to a planet that hadn't even Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:10:00 EST Warming seen driving fish toward poles at alarming rate Contrary to previous thinking, marine species are heading toward the poles, and much faster than land creatures, a report says. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:08:00 EST Evolution punishes selfish jerks over time, study finds Two biologists have published evidence that evolution doesn't favor the selfish -- disproving, they claim, a theory popularized last year. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:25:00 EST Could cancer cells' sugar addiction be their undoing? Scientists are exploring a way to treat breast cancer by targeting cancer cells' habit of over-indulging in sugar. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:31:00 EST Exercise may help stave off Alzheimer's Moderate exercise seems to improve memory in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease, researchers report. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:09:00 EST Scientists probe how Inca kids were drugged for sacrifice Children of the ancient Inca Empire may have consumed intensifying doses of alcohol and coca leaf for as long as a year before a ritual slaughter. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:08:00 EST Did monogamy arise to prevent infanticide? Infanticide, the killing of infants, is widespread among apes and other evolutionary relatives of humans. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:02:00 EST "Inflation" theory of infant cosmos may need revision A detailed map of the early universe is renewing questions among physicists. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:31:00 EST False memories" planted in mice Scientists are trying to understand how false memories form in humans. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:57:00 EST Adolescence may be key time when pot harms the brain Marijuana can permanently throw off nerve cell activity patterns if smoked regularly in youth, research suggests. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:00:00 EST Love hormone may also cause emotional pain The love and trust hormone, oxytocin, seems to be two-faced, researchers are reporting. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:50:00 EST Evolution is predictable, study suggests If you could hit "reset" on evolution and start over, would basically the same species appear? Yes, according to a study of lizards. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 01:52:00 EST Scientists: our gold came from colliding neutron stars Earth's gold was probably formed in an explosive collision between the dead cores of spent stars, according to a new study. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:22:00 EST "Intelligent knife" tells surgeon where the cancer is Scientists have reportedly developed a knife that can reveal immediately whether the tissue being cut is cancerous or not. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:43:00 EST Big-nosed, long-horned dinosaur found A 76-million-year-old plant-eater said to be related to Triceratops was unearthed in southern Utah. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:00:03 EST A reputation restored? Finding suggests T. rex hunted for real A toothy discovery suggests the iconic dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex was a real hunter after all -- not a mere scavenger. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:54:00 EST Someone needs to eat these things, say scientists shocked by lionfish surge Popular, eye-catching aquarium dwellers, lionfish are also voracious predators whose toehold in the Atlantic has exploded to a full-fledged invasion. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:17:00 EST Planet outside our system assigned a color for first time A nearby "hot Jupiter," where it possibly rains glass sideways, happens to be cobalt blue, astronomers say. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:16:00 EST "Virtual schoolgirl" designed to trap online perverts A simulated 14-year-old plays along while gathering information on suspected pedophiles. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:04:00 EST Neanderthals may have talked -- even contributed to our language, scholars claim Surprising proposals come on the heels of findings that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of modern humans. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 01:12:00 EST Study explores how power gets to the brain Power may or may not corrupt, but it does change you. New research explores what happens in the brain as that takes place. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 21:44:00 EST Smart parrots solve five-step puzzle to unlock treat A few feathery burglars revealed new depths to physical intelligence in birds, scientists say. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:00:01 EST New process could make hydrogen fuel without using costly platinum A new finding might advance the quest to create a "hydrogen economy" fueled by a source of abundant, clean energy. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:44:00 EST Clouds may make many planets more livable A new study doubles the estimated number of potentially habitable planets circling red dwarfs, the most common stars. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:55:00 EST Being too generous may make you unpopular People ostracize those who are too generous because they're nonconformists, according to a study. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:25:00 EST Computer model said to help explain why skin ages A dwindling population of stem cells in the skin explains why older skin is slower to heal, researchers say. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:51:00 EST Poor people get fewer painkillers from ER, study finds Doctors are constantly balancing the concern of narcotics abuse against legitimate pain complaints. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:42:00 EST Scans might reveal even past brain activity Research hints that scientists could probe the brain and uncover the history of past experiences. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:30:00 EST Study confirms contamination near some "fracking" sites Stray gases seep into the drinking water in some areas where a controversial energy extraction method is used, research finds. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:01:00 EST 9/11 stress linked to resurgence in smoking The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks led about a million former smokers across the United States to resume the habit, a study suggests. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:00:00 EST Ball-shaped robot debuts A new robot that's basically just a rolling ball has been tested and seems to work fine, researchers say. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:01:00 EST Applause spreads like "disease" People pick up the clapping "infection" by hearing the volume of applause, rather than seeing their neighbors clapping, a study finds. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 EST Scientists report reading emotions from brain activity The latest system of "mind-reading" through brain scans seems to be best at recognizing happiness, and worst with envy. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:00:02 EST Particle may combine nature's building blocks in new way A newfound particle may consist of four quarks -- fundamental units previously thought to group only in twos and threes. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:34:00 EST Studies may have overestimated our generosity Scientists recreated a game often used to assess people's altruism -- but this time there was a twist, and a darker result. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:01:00 EST Research paints new picture of "dinobird" feathers Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil linking dinosaurs and birds, had light-colored feathers with a dark edge and tip, an analysis indicates. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:53:00 EST Bacteria found to arrange themselves in hidden patterns Scientists have discovered strange, branching patterns in bacterial populations. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:30:00 EST Eww! 95% don't wash hands properly Remember Mom's advice about washing your hands thoroughly after using the restroom? Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:05:00 EST Study: Hidden wildfires taking big toll on Amazon rainforest A previously unmapped type of Amazon rainforest wildfire is destroying several times more forest than deforestation wipes out, scientists say. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 20:26:00 EST Bird has different dance for different songs Male superb lyrebirds often move their bodies to the music in a choreographed way, say researchers. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 02:33:00 EST Oldest nearly complete primate skeleton reported A find in China could help scientists understand the story of primates, a lineage that includes people, apes and monkeys. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:09:00 EST Sunscreen slows skin aging, study finds Daily use of sunscreen slows skin aging in the young and middle-aged, a study has found. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:00:00 EST Meeting online may lead to happier marriages If you're still turning up your nose at "online dating," you might want to think again, a study suggests. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:00:00 EST Ending poverty, protecting nature go hand in hand: UN report Wiping out poverty will require protecting the environment, a United Nations panel concludes. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 18:20:00 EST Astronomers hope to find alien civilizations through heat A new proposal involves watching planets to check for abnormal amounts of infrared, or heat, radiation. Fri, 31 May 2013 14:29:00 EST Some may beat "guilt-detection" tests by suppressing memories Tests designed to check brain activity for signs of guilty memories are in use in several countries -- but they're not foolproof, a study suggests. Wed, 29 May 2013 18:57:00 EST Rats have "double view" of world Keeping the world overhead in permanent view seems to come at the expense of an ability that humans take for granted, scientists say. Tue, 28 May 2013 16:54:00 EST Even farm animal diversity is waning, experts say A new conservation group modeled on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is trying to address biodiversity loss. Tue, 28 May 2013 02:58:00 EST Already-approved drug tied to longer, healthy life in mice The first drug to successfully extend the lifespan of normal lab mice also does so in a way that prolongs their healthy existence, a study suggests. Sat, 25 May 2013 13:52:00 EST Overeating learned in infancy, study suggests Some simple parenting practices may substantially reduce a child's risk of obesity, researchers say. Thu, 23 May 2013 11:39:00 EST Hurricanes are part of forecast -- for Saturn moon Titan might be in for wild weather and some of its first known waves. Wed, 22 May 2013 15:42:00 EST Allosaurus ate more like a falcon, T. rex more like a croc, study finds Seemingly similar dinosaurs may have had quite different feeding styles. Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02:00 EST Mammoths may have died after impact from space Tiny balls of carbon hint at a disaster that melted rock and affected at least four continents, scientists say. Mon, 20 May 2013 20:22:00 EST Does your physical strength influence your politics? Men's upper-body strength predicts some of their political views, according to new research. Sun, 19 May 2013 20:09:00 EST Stacking 2-D materials leads to surprises A nearly perfectly flat "wonder material" called graphene lacks one key property. Physicists hope to remedy that. Fri, 17 May 2013 12:31:00 EST NASA planet-hunting telescope breaks down A NASA spacecraft designed to hunt for Earth-like planets has broken, and agency scientists don't know whether they will be able to fix it. Wed, 15 May 2013 17:31:00 EST Cotton may offer "eco-friendly" way to clean up oil spills A cheap form of raw cotton reportedly can sop up more than 30 times its weight in oil. Wed, 15 May 2013 15:32:00 EST New principle may help explain why nature is quantum Like children, scientists are always asking "why?" One question they've yet to answer is why nature picked quantum physics. Tue, 14 May 2013 17:52:00 EST Study may overturn thinking on human intellect The human edge in intelligence isn't due mainly to the large size of the front part of our brain, new research indicates. Mon, 13 May 2013 15:33:00 EST Anti-cocaine vaccine getting ready for prime time Preliminary tests are done and human testing should begin within a year, scientists report. Sun, 12 May 2013 16:47:00 EST Moon, Earth water traced to same source: ancient meteorites The moon's water, like Earth's, came from small, primitive meteorites in the first 100 million years or so of the solar system, researchers say. Fri, 10 May 2013 03:08:00 EST Killed twice in 1600s, hoax "dragon" slain again -- in creationism dispute Scientists say they've proven what some suspected three centuries ago: the swamp dragon from Rome was a hoax. And maybe now it matters more. Wed, 08 May 2013 07:08:00 EST Scientists boost cellular "trash collection" to gives flies extra life Biologists say they have identified a genetic process that could eventually help humans. Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 EST Stem cells found to cure epilepsy in mice A study is said to be the first report in which treatment ended seizures mice with a rodent version of adult epilepsy. Mon, 06 May 2013 01:38:00 EST Blocking single gene makes cancer cells nicer, study finds The gene is normally supposed to be turned off long before we're born. Fri, 03 May 2013 06:14:00 EST DNA similarities increasingly seen in different cancers A large study of endometrial cancer hints at new ways to classify tumors that might aid treatment, scientists say. Wed, 01 May 2013 20:30:00 EST Moon blamed in death of US Civil War general Stonewall Jackson has gone down in legend as a hero of the South, but his friendly-fire death has fueled long debate. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:28:00 EST Stunning new view of Saturn storm shows eye about the size of India The first close-up views of a gigantic hurricane at Saturn's north pole could help us understand Earth hurricanes too, scientists say. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:51:00 EST To understand far-off worlds, astronomer looks closer to home Scientists are betting that comparing distant, planet-hosting stars to better-known ones nearby could help reveal their properties. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:31:00 EST Carrying baby leads to comfort -- from mice to people, study says Mothers' carrying of babies to calm them down is a ritual that has worked throughout a long evolutionary period, research suggests. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:23:00 EST Bacteria may help pummel one of toughest cancers A weakened, radioactive strain of bacteria killed tumor cells in mice with pancreatic cancer, researchers report. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:42:00 EST Depression-like symptoms seen in flies Animals faced with impossible circumstances often hunker down in a condition called learned helplessness. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:36:00 EST "Earth-like," possibly habitable planets identified Researchers say they have identified the first fairly Earth-sized planets in a Sun-like star's "habitable zone." Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:41:00 EST DNA of "living fossil" decoded The African coelacanth is thought to be one of the closer living relatives of the first land-walking, four-legged animals. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:08:00 EST "Tantalizing hint" of dark matter particles Physicists said they found with 99.8 certainty a particle of a type theorized to make up a mysterious portion of the universe. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:14:00 EST Inedible plant material may be convertible to food Researchers say they have managed to turn an inedible plant material called cellulose into starch. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:16:00 EST NASA plan to grab asteroid could spur other technologies, too An ambitious new proposal could also drive development of technologies to save Earth from asteroids and to explore deeper space. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:13:00 EST Study tracks "rain" from Saturn's rings Water drops from Saturn's rings more extensively than previously thought, a study finds. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:46:00 EST Laziness genes possibly found Scientists have added a new twist to the argument over whether obesity stems from laziness or an unfortunate mix of genes. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:40:00 EST More evidence of swimming dinos reported Dinosaurs including an ancestral form of Tyrannosaurus rex may have been able to paddle long distances, research suggests. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:06:00 EST Yes, gentlemen, size matters -- but something else matters more, study finds Scientists assessed how penis size, body height and body shape interact to influence female rankings of male allure. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:00:02 EST New heart disease-red meat link also involves popular supplement A compound plentiful in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks has been found to promote atherosclerosis. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:53:00 EST Dream-reading machine in the works? Scientists have applied computer processing to brain scans to see what images pop up in sleeping people’s heads. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:00:02 EST 3-D view inside proton may be coming into focus Physicists are measuring how the most basic known particles -- quarks -- are arranged to make up pieces of the atomic nucleus. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:55:00 EST Simulations may reveal how galaxies become spiral How galaxies like ours get and maintain their characteristic arms has proved to be an enduring puzzle. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:32:00 EST Buddhists are right: meditation makes you kinder, scientists say Meditators in a controlled study were found more apt to become that nice stranger who steps forward to help when no one else will. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 07:40:00 EST Scientists use robots to replicate ant colony behavior New experiments show that ants don’t need great smarts to navigate efficiently, researchers say. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 04:19:00 EST A new way to lose weight? Mice were found to quickly shed weight when implanted with gut microbes from other mice that had undergone gastric bypass. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:50:00 EST "Near-death experience" memories found to share qualities with true ones The mystical, meaningful experiences sometimes described by survivors of close brushes with death have long fascinated scientists. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:56:00 EST How one microscopic creature juggles seven sexes Biologists say they have figured out how nature determines which of seven sexes a newborn Tetrahymena is assigned. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:53:00 EST Who pays for sex, anyway? New findings offer surprises Most men don't visit prostitutes, yet those who do seem to be pretty typical guys, a U.S. study suggests. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:24:00 EST Dodos weren’t alone: Huge bird die-off blamed on ancient man The last region on colonized by people harbored more than 1,000 species of birds that then died out, a study says. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:03:00 EST In earliest image of cosmos, "strange" features The most accurate map ever made of the oldest light in the universe reveals some surprises, astronomers report. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:54:00 EST First man-made object may have left solar system -- or not The Voyager 1 spacecraft may have escaped the Sun’s zone of influence, a study says, but not all agree. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:35:00 EST Newborn stars make a splash with astronomers The findings bring scientists "closer to witnessing the moment when a star begins to form," one says. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:43:00 EST Scientists said to clone embryos of extinct frog Although "Jurassic Park" may be impossible, scientists hope to revive some extinct species through cloning technology. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:36:00 EST "Black Death" could return in force, study warns Antibiotic-resistant strains of the virus that decimated medieval peoples are being called a serious concern. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 01:47:00 EST Mars rover finds conditions once suited for life An analysis of a sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover suggests ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:09:00 EST Using magic tricks to study the brain An engineer is using his expertise with magic to research the brain's powers of perception and memory. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:14:00 EST Hidden stellar companions revealed almost next door A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to us, and might harbor planets, according to a report. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:41:00 EST Infants may be drawn to those who mistreat the "different" Researchers report new evidence that hard-to-eradicate biases based on race, sex and other differences take root early in life. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:32:00 EST Scientists report breaking barrier to efficient cloning Sequential cloning -- making copies of copies, and so forth -- may be no longer be the problem it has been. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:01:00 EST Bright comet to visit evening sky Skywatchers in the northern hemisphere should enjoy a rare treat in the weeks ahead. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:50:00 EST Study proposes violent past for Milky Way Stars flung out of the galactic center thanks to a long-ago black hole collision should still be identifiable, new research claims. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:26:00 EST Baby reported cured of HIV Scientists want to find out if a treatment that worked on one infant can also help other "high-risk" newborns. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:50:00 EST Study links rat brains together electronically Scientists envision an "organic computer" which could allow sharing of information among groups of animals. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:35:00 EST Giant black hole found to spin like mad A black hole at the center of one spiral galaxy is measured to be spinning at near light speed at its surface. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:00:00 EST Honesty may not be best policy when it comes to that talk about drugs Being open with your kids about your past drug use may help you sleep better at night -- but it shouldn’t, a new study suggests. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:41:00 EST Your brain cells may be capable of outliving you -- by a lot New findings make scientists hopeful that if human lifespan is increased, brain cells will cooperate and live longer accordingly. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:00:04 EST Humans may be "upside-down" with respect to jelly ancestors The evolutionary origin of the head is traceable to a structure usually considered the "foot" of jellyfish-like creatures, scientists say. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:13:00 EST Tiny planet found A planet estimated as being about the size of Earth's moon was identified using NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:49:00 EST Extra spatial abilities in males may be hormonal "side effect" There is no deep evolutionary significance to the male edge in spatial navigation skills, a study proposes. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:00:00 EST Can too much TV lead to criminality? Youths who watch a lot of TV are more likely to exhibit antisocial and criminal behavior as adults, new research indicates. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:01:00 EST Russia meteor unrelated to asteroid flyby, NASA says A meteor over Chelyabinsk, Russia, that caused hundreds of injuries is said to be unrelated to asteroid 2012 DA14. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:21:00 EST Mood-changing drugs enter waterways, affect fish, study finds: Medicines, even when properly used, can affect ecosystems, scientists warn. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:06:00 EST Face structure may predict expressions of prejudice Men with relatively wide faces are more prone to express racist beliefs, but are not actually more racist, research suggests. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:21:00 EST Mom's obesity may affect unborn child's brain Obese women's fetuses were found to exhibit gene activity suggestive of abnormal brain development. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:09:00 EST Cupid's arrow: research aims to illuminate laws of attraction New research rejects the notion that women trade beauty for men's status, and offers other findings. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:50:00 EST Small insect-eater gave rise to today's mammal diversity, study finds New research traces the family tree of placental mammals, which are those bearing live young. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:17:00 EST Are super-Earths really mini-Neptunes? Many recently discovered planets originally judged to be somewhat like giant Earths are really very different, a study suggests. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 02:33:00 EST Bones of King Richard III "confirmed" found A skeleton unearthed last year is definitely that of England's sometimes reviled 15th-century monarch, scientists say. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:47:00 EST Plants help their own, too, study finds Not unlike dolphins, people and many other animals, some plants may help their kin. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:05:00 EST "Mr. Mom" is not so much Mr. Bedroom, study suggests Married men who spend more time doing traditionally female household tasks report having less sex than other husbands, surveys indicate. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:00:00 EST Domestic cats seen as major killers of wildlife Billions of wild birds and mammals fall prey yearly to free-ranging domestic cats, far more than previous estimates, scientists report. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:42:00 EST Birdsong changes much like language, study finds Changes in bird "culture" explain why male Savannah sparrows have altered their mating song over three decades, scientists say. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:51:00 EST New figures suggest global warming not so hopeless Global warming may be milder than prevailing estimates predict, but scientists warn against complacency. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:47:00 EST For signs of life, some strange planetary systems may be most promising Atmospheric chemicals betraying the presence of alien life might be detectable around white dwarf stars, a study says. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:02:00 EST In kids' world, bullying makes you cool, troubling findings suggest Anti-bullying programs may have to be sophisticated and subtle to succeed, researchers say. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:26:00 EST Men may commit more research fraud Men put out fraudulent research findings out of proportion to their representation in the sciences, new figures indicate. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:39:00 EST "Green-eyed monster" may stalk Facebook -- and users' lives Envy is a frequent and unpleasant companion to many Facebook users, especially more passive ones, a new study suggests. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:02:00 EST Power linked to tendency to punish harshly They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. But can it also make you meaner? Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:52:00 EST Linkage between pot, low IQ "premature," study says Socioeconomic factors may have skewed previous findings about marijuana, new research suggests. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:55:00 EST Fame as peace-lovers off-base for ancient Minoans, scholar says One of the first European civilizations has been misunderstood, according to new research. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:14:00 EST Chimps found to play fairness game like people In some important ways, chimps may have more human-like concepts of fairness than previously recognized, biologists say. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:00:07 EST Astronomers find structure so huge it disrupts cosmic uniformity New findings challenge a longstanding assumption among scientists. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:09:00 EST When can a moon harbor life? Scientists get down to nitty-gritty The factors that might make a moon habitable, or not, turn out to be more complex than you might expect. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 07:45:00 EST Toe tracks said to come from many little, swimming dinos Modern methods of analyzing ancient track marks in 3D are yielding sometimes surprising results, according to scientists. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:46:00 EST Ancient bird's teeth really stood out A newly discovered bird of the dinosaur age had some of the most elaborate teeth of any bird, scientists say. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:38:00 EST "Basic" personality traits may not be universal Psychologists often speak of the "Big Five" personality traits, but this doesn't fit every culture, research indicates. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 20:55:00 EST Drug found to reverse "Alzheimer's" memory loss in mice Scientists are hoping a small molecule that seems to work wonders in sick rodents will do the same in people. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:29:00 EST Enjoy the beach: global jellyfish boom not evident, scientists say There are 20-year cycles in jellyfish populations, but no solid evidence for a sustained increase, a study reports. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:13:00 EST Newfound mechanism behind aging called a "surprising" advance Biologists say aging may have a lot to do with a declining capacity for storage by certain cellular compartments. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:51:00 EST 25,000 harmless bugs may inhabit your average Christmas tree Before discarding the evergreen in your living room, you might like to examine its surprising contents, an insect expert says. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:08:00 EST Fluctuating environment may have spurred human intelligence A string of rapid changes in East Africa around two million years ago may have forced our ancestors to get smarter, scientists propose. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:52:00 EST Rock/pop stars going solo found more likely to die young Burning the candle at both ends may be a bit less harmful if you're among friends, if a new study is any indication. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:57:00 EST Possibly "habitable" world called smallest yet found New findings also suggest our own planetary system is "a bit of a freak" in its layout, one astronomer says. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:21:00 EST Egyptian king had throat slashed, study finds An old papyrus document describes a plot that shook ancient Egypt, but exactly how things turned out has been uncertain. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:19:00 EST Music and movement might share common structure Experiments fit with the notion that music "recycles" brain areas that evolved for movement and speech, four scientists propose. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:37:00 EST Elephant fiasco seen as sign moving truck no "panacea" for wildlife troubles After Sri Lankan authorities relocated some "problem" elephants, their clashes with humans just got worse, a study found. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 05:48:00 EST "Epigenetics" proposed to underlie homosexuality Temporary "switches" influencing gene activity in our cells could solve an evolutionary riddle, scientists say. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:36:00 EST "Right" words found to inspire environmental care in conservatives To win over sometimes reluctant audiences, environmentalists may need to focus on themes they're not necessarily very at home with. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 02:21:00 EST Newfound protein linked to big, strong muscles Scientists found a molecule in humans and mice that they say beefs up muscles after resistance exercise. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:13:00 EST Did huge caverns swallow up the Martian water? The ultimate fate of what seem to be old fluid discharges on the Red Planet has been a longstanding puzzle. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:30:00 EST 75% of African lion habitat gone, study says Ecotourism is motivating some African governments to protect lions -- but not in places where that industry is unimportant, a report notes. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:29:00 EST Cleaner air seen continuing to boost life expectancy Though U.S. clean-air regulations have been tightening for a good four decades, at no small cost, they’re still paying dividends, scientists say. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:44:00 EST Grand Canyon dates to dinosaur era, study says The great chasm in Arizona may be much older than was thought. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:00:00 EST Too-big black hole flummoxes scientists A finding upsets models of galaxy formation, which assume some predictability in the sizes of black holes at the centers of galaxies. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:28:00 EST Study: dogs link words to object sizes, not shapes Dogs relate words to objects very differently than humans do, new research suggests. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 00:27:00 EST Can you literally throw out unwanted thoughts? When study subjects wrote thoughts on some paper and threw that away, they mentally got rid of the thoughts too, scientists claim. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:36:00 EST Why do parrots talk? For some, mimicking may be for addressing individuals A study suggests some parrots' talent for imitating sounds functions to let them address individual parrots they encounter. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:50:00 EST New type of bursting star may be a dud Some stars explode only halfheartedly, a study suggests. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:20:00 EST Happy kids found more likely to get rich Happy adolescents are more likely to become rich or well-off adults, even after accounting for many other factors, new research indicates. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:00:00 EST Scientists try to measure animal boredom Giving caged animals a stimulating environment is key to their well-being -- but what is adequate stimulation? Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:37:00 EST Einstein's brain gets a new look-over Parts of Einstein's brain are visibly unusual, which may help account for his genius, according to a new study. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:36:00 EST Sadness can hit your pocketbook, study finds Your emotions can certainly influence your decisions, but you might be surprised by how much they affect your finances, scientists say. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:12:00 EST Gene that may have helped make people smart ID'd A gene known as miR-941 may have helped humans learn to use tools and language, scientists claim. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:12:00 EST Are people getting dumber? Pressure to be intelligent is weaker for people today than it was for our hunting-and-gathering ancestors, a biologist argues. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:58:00 EST Comet collisions every 6 seconds by distant star? Comets hit each other constantly near an unusual star in the constellation Cetus, astronomers say. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:05:00 EST "Boom times" in star birth gone, never to return, study suggests New results suggest 95% of stars that will ever be formed, already have been, astronomers say. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 06:39:00 EST Bird wasn't supposed to make tools, but he did Parrots are not considered to be tool-makers or users, but evidently Figaro didn't get that memo. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 07:48:00 EST Astronomers tally leftover light from dead, living stars A newly developed estimate of how much starlight has ever shown could help us understand cosmic history, astronomers say. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 05:42:00 EST Could dinosaurs have shaped the way mammals see the world? Mammals adapted their eyes to night vision during the Age of Reptiles -- and most never totally adjusted back, a study claims. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 21:33:00 EST Zombie fad seen as entry point to serious bioethics discussions While zombies aren't real, some scientific and ethical questions they provoke are very much so, panelists at an upcoming symposium claim. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:06:00 EST Did some Neanderthals learn advanced skills from "moderns"? Surprisingly, some Neanderthal people seem to have made body ornaments and sophisticated tools, a study reports. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:54:00 EST Quitting smoking may extend life 10 years Throwing out the cigarettes for good before middle age can add about a decade to a woman's lifespan, a U.K. study indicates. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:45:00 EST Resveratrol found to fall short in health benefits A chemical thought to reduce risk of heart disease and boost lifespan may not do much for healthy women, a study suggests. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:16:00 EST Stray stars may haunt vastness between galaxies A faint glow of infrared light detected across the sky may emanate from stars that galactic history left behind. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:37:00 EST Summer babies found less likely to be CEOs Babies born in March and April may have a greater shot at rising up the corporate ladder. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:37:00 EST It's true: cooking may have given us our big brains, study says New data support a theory that the invention of cooking almost 2 million years ago enabled humans to get smarter. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:01:00 EST Deadly heat baked pre-dinosaur world: study Vicious heat may have made huge swaths of Earth virtually unlivable for five million years following its worst mass extinction. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:18:00 EST Too late to stop global warming by cutting emissions? Governments shift their focus to adapting to climate change, a study claims. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:51:00 EST Does true love wait? Age of first sex found to predict adult outcomes People who have sex before age 20 experience romantic and financial life differently later on, research suggests. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 19:26:00 EST An Earth-sized planet in our stellar backyard? Astronomers have identified a planet about the same weight as Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:30:00 EST Super "compact" solar system found A surprisingly crowded planetary system is providing clues to why most solar systems seem different from ours, astronomers report. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:50:00 EST Nasty noises: Why do we recoil at unpleasant sounds? Nails scratching a blackboard and other disturbing noises trigger a seemingly primitive brain response, a scientist says. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:45:00 EST Amateur rediscovers lost asteroid A determined hobbyist made the finding in a collaboration with the European Space Agency. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:06:00 EST Windows could capture solar energy A flat panel added to windows could generate electricity while still letting people to see outside, researchers claim. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:34:00 EST Fossil said to be earliest to show complex brain A worm-like ancestor of insects, spiders, crabs and lobsters sheds light on how brains evolved, scientists report. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:23:00 EST Giant black holes from chaotic early era coming to light Cutting-edge sky surveys have revealed a previously unseen group of giant, fast-growing black holes, astronomers say. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:52:00 EST Not getting sleepy? Brain scans may reveal why some can't be hypnotized Connections between brain cell networks account for why some are unhypnotizable, research finds. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:04:00 EST Scientists measure cosmic "exit door" Measurements at the edges of a black hole could shed light on how galaxies evolve and on the correctness of Einstein's theories. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 01:04:00 EST Honor and revenge: how tribal warfare sheds light on modern conflict Understanding tribal wars in the Amazon sheds light on the instincts that drive modern wars and the role of culture, research suggests. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 02:55:00 EST Genes thought to affect IQ might not Most genes long believed to be tied to intelligence, just aren't, new research concludes. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:57:00 EST Next moon rover could be a boat -- on Titan They've landed rovers on Mars. Now, say scientists, it's time to land a boat on Titan, the hazy largest moon of Saturn. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:32:00 EST Signs of "ancient stream" on Mars Scientists say a stream once ran briskly across the area of Mars where the Curiosity rover is driving. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:02:00 EST Slave ant "rebellions" found to be common Ants held as slaves in nests of other ant species often damage their oppressors through sabotage, according to new research. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 01:48:00 EST Street coyotes more faithful than people, study suggests Scientists who sampled 236 coyotes in the Chicago area said they found not one case of abandoning or cheating on mates. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 01:16:00 EST Pesticide link to bee dieoffs questioned Crop pesticides are unlikely to cause recent alarming declines in honeybee populations, some scientists say. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 00:55:00 EST Study suggests people can reverse opinions in moments without knowing Using a mere trick adapted from stage magic, scientists say they exposed a surprising flexibility in human moral attitudes. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:38:00 EST Ancient text said to suggest Christ was married Scholars are awaiting further test results on a tantalizing papyrus fragment. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:41:00 EST Common chemical linked to nearly tripled odds of youth obesity Widely used in food packaging, bisphenol A or BPA has come under increasing scrutiny. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:09:00 EST Findings called clear evidence of "dry ice" snowfall on Mars Frozen carbon dioxide drops to the ground as a sort of snowfall at the Red Planet's southern pole, scientists report. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:21:00 EST New monkey species identified It is only the second new species of African monkey discovered in the last 28 years, biologists said. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:43:00 EST Scrub jays found to react to their dead A small North American bird calls others to screech over the body of a dead bird, though no one knows quite why. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:21:00 EST Pill may cut HIV risk as much as 99% Research also suggests that even imperfect adherence to a daily regimen can provide a big risk reduction. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:53:00 EST Doctors' caring -- not just care -- found to matter in patient outcomes Empathy is not just a soft and squishy concept: it leads to measurably better results, research suggests. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:55:00 EST "Supergel" could replace damaged joint cartilage A gel that can stretch up to 21 times is original length without breaking has potential where other materials have failed, scientists say. Sun, 09 Sep 2012 01:27:00 EST Silver and gold come from bursting stars -- different types, study finds Measurements of various heavy stars were used to reconstruct how elements were formed within them. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 15:54:00 EST "Dark matter" may give off an already-seen signal, physicists say A mysterious substance filling the universe may shed its usual invisibility in certain cases, some physicists claim. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 22:15:00 EST Most "junk" DNA not junk, studies find The vast majority of our DNA is active in at least one type of cell, according to biologists who made public a series of new studies. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:05:00 EST Tasmanian devil may be saved by a bit less devilishness Evolving to become less aggressive could be key to saving the famously ferocious Tasmanian devil from extinction, research suggests. Mon, 03 Sep 2012 23:51:00 EST "Cyborg" tissues may become reality Harvard scientists say they have created a "cyborg" human tissue that incorporates a network of functional wires. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:25:00 EST Does wisdom really come with age? It may depend on the culture A study investigated wisdom as manifested through conflict resolution skills. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 01:04:00 EST Eating far less doesn't extend monkey lives, study finds A 23-year project was designed to show whether effects found in rodents would extend to a species more closely related to humans. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:54:00 EST Chimps found to develop "social traditions" Scientists investigated varying styles of mutual grooming among groups of chimps. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 02:12:00 EST Arctic sea ice measured at record low The blanket of ice floating on the Arctic Ocean has melted to its lowest extent since satellites began measuring it, scientists say. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:36:00 EST Spacetime: A smoother brew than we knew? Spacetime may be less like beer than like smooth whiskey, if some new findings are any indication. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:40:00 EST Dad's advancing age gives newborns two extra mutations per year, study finds Researchers say the findings could have implications for population-wide health. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:52:00 EST Scientists see evidence of planet destroyed by parent star A Jupiter-like planet was engulfed after its aging host star began expanding into a "red giant," astronomers say. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:34:00 EST Birth of the universe: Big Chill instead of Big Bang? Some physicists say investigating the cracks and crevices found in crystals could revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:20:00 EST Chunk of protein explains our big brains, study proposes Researchers have found what they think is the key to understanding why the human brain is larger and more complex than that of other animals . Sat, 18 Aug 2012 13:37:00 EST Lost letter experiment suggests rich London neighborhoods more altruistic Anthropologists measured helpfulness in 20 neighborhoods by dropping letters on the ground. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:43:00 EST Friendliness to minorities may often be a performance -- a fragile one Many whites behave extra nicely to minorities, but it's often an act that arises from a sense of obligation, new research suggests. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:06:00 EST Findings could sharpen view of first stars Astronomers could peer a good deal further into space -- and back into the history of time -- by using a new approach, research suggests. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:45:00 EST Drive to rein in bullies led to evolution of morality, study suggests People may help each other because our distant ancestors learned to band together to control bullies, a new study proposes. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:46:00 EST Study said to crack mystery of "monster" stars Four stars whose size has defied explanation turn out to have been formed thanks to stellar mergers, scientists report. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:08:00 EST No shortage of dark matter in Sun's neighborhood, study claims: A new study contradicts other recent work suggesting there is almost no "dark matter" near the Sun. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:08:00 EST Human lineage had diverse offshoots, study finds At least two different species of humans lived alongside our own ancestors in Africa almost two million Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:37:00 EST Rover sends new images from Red Planet Curiosity's landing site is starting to come into focus, NASA scientists say. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:22:00 EST Global warming probably causing heat waves, study says Recent heat waves and extreme summers were likely caused by man-induced global warming, a study reports. Sun, 05 Aug 2012 13:16:00 EST Earth vaporized in simulations An unusual computer model could help scientists better understand newly discovered planets. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 15:20:00 EST Spate of recent big quakes looks like a fluke, scientists say The past decade has been plagued with what seems to be a cluster of large earthquakes. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 19:26:00 EST Slimy bacterial colonies may have met their match Slimy, wily bacterial colonies that have been outsmarting human attempts to clean them off may no longer have a ground to stand on. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:17:00 EST Smiling lowers heart rate, relieves stress, research finds Feeling good usually makes us smile -- but does it really work the other way around as well. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:40:00 EST Seats of self-awareness in brain revealed anew -- through sleep, researchers say Scientists have taken a new tack to finding out which parts of our brain handle self-awareness. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:09:00 EST No LOL matter: Tween texting may lead to poor grammar skills Text messaging could lead to declining language skills, according to researchers. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:05:00 EST Birds, children show similar abilities for "Aesop's fable" riddle Children before age eight perform comparably to some birds on a simple and famous puzzle, psychologists say. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:41:00 EST Physics hints at truth in epics of old Scientists have found that some of the most famous historical myths -- including the Iliad -- exhibit measurably realistic qualities. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:38:00 EST "Virtual cell" seen as unlocking new potential for discovery The first complete computer model of an organism might lead to a new sort of Human Genome Project, some scientists predict. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:27:00 EST "Weirdly Earth-like" rivers adorn Saturn moon Rivers of liquid methane creeping across Titan seem eerily familiar, but carry some mysteries, scientists say. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:51:00 EST Why people participate in atrocities: mere obedience, or something more? A prevailing view among psychologists may let people off the hook a little too easily, new research suggests. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 03:43:00 EST "Grand" spiral galaxy formed too early, reshuffles thinking Just how spiral galaxies form is not a well-settled question. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:32:00 EST Long-running Pioneer spacecraft mystery may be explained The standard laws of physics have won the day as astronomers seek to account for a puzzling slowdown. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 05:20:00 EST The middle items win the votes of our wallets, study finds Consumers are unknowingly more likely to choose products that sit in the horizontal center of a display, a new study indicates. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:22:00 EST "Old boys' network" seen in monkeys Call it sexist -- but for white-faced capuchin monkeys, it's a way of life, scientists say. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:45:00 EST Size of brain area linked to willingness to give The size of a small brain region influences one's predisposition for altruistic behavior, a study has found. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:00:00 EST Fifth Pluto moon found A new discovery could shed light on Pluto's history and help a spacecraft navigate through its area. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:49:00 EST "Ghost galaxies" seen as cosmic relics Small galaxies with almost no stars may be clues to big cosmic questions, astronomers propose. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:06:00 EST Lifespan boost might be harder for couch potatoes -- at least for now The much-ballyhooed strategy of living longer by eating less may involve another requirement, biologists report. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 23:09:00 EST Huge stellar dust cloud vanishes, leaving only questions Astronomers are scratching their heads over a baffling discovery. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 22:53:00 EST Much-sought "Goldilocks" black hole identified through its belching Outbursts of scalding gas have clinched the identity of the first known "middleweight" black hole, astronomers say. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:16:00 EST Long-sought Higgs particle probably found, scientists say The long journey to detect a key subatomic particle might finally have reached its goal, physicists report. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 10:15:00 EST Feathers may have been common on dinosaurs A newfound fossil suggests feathers might have graced all predatory dinosaurs, scientists say. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 22:30:00 EST How tomatoes lost their flavor Breeders have unknowingly bred the flavor out of tomatoes by favoring those with a nice uniform color, scientists are reporting. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:24:00 EST Water ran deep on ancient Mars, scientists say Rocks tossed out of impact craters help reveal what once went on deep underground. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:34:00 EST Human ancestor ate bark, study finds Next time you're grumbling about a stale cookie or a steak that tastes "like cardboard," count yourself lucky. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:00:00 EST Much maligned, vultures now missed as Asia populations collapse Cambodia is a last bastion of vultures in Asia after many of them have died from ingesting a drug meant for cattle, researchers say. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:55:00 EST Life forms survive space exposure New research on the International Space Station is helping to boost theories that life came from outer space. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:16:00 EST Religion: It's the hell part that makes us behave, study finds The more punitive aspects of religion are associated with lower crime rates, research indicates. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:51:00 EST In planetary odd couple, two worlds within plain sight distance of each other New findings are surprising astronomers with just how diverse solar systems can be. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:54:00 EST Some "poor memory" might just reflect disinterest Your problem with remembering names might have an unexpected source, a psychologist claims. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:33:00 EST Ancient effect harnessed to get electricity from waste heat A phenomenon noted by an ancient Greek philosopher has become the basis for a new invention. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:55:00 EST "Racial purity" DNA test slammed as perversion, but halting practice might not be easy A politician has sparked outrage after reportedly taking a DNA test for a shocking purpose. But just where the red line lies is not widely agreed upon. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:18:00 EST Could Neanderthals have painted? New date estimates on some ancient cave artworks raise intriguing possibilities, scientists say. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:08:00 EST Gospel of Matthew linked to trail of self-mutilations A particular set of verses from a book in the Bible has created consternation among some medical professionals. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:22:00 EST Causes of mammoth extinction resonate in modern realities, scientists say The pressures that finished off the woolly mammoth are similar to those that are killing animals today, a study suggests. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:40:00 EST Moral "taint" still seeps along blood lines We are still blamed to some degree for the misdeeds of our relatives, according to a set of newly reported surveys . Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:42:00 EST Watching tiny living machines self-assemble Scientists have devised a new way to see how proteins, tiny machines naturally built inside our bodies, come together. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 01:18:00 EST Concept of "cool" has warmed, veered from its origins, study finds The popular concept of "cool" in some ways stands for the near-opposite of what it used to mean, new research concludes. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:38:00 EST First cosmic objects burned brightly, astronomers say A faint, lumpy glow from the first objects may have been detected with the best precision yet. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 23:32:00 EST Can whole economies be psychoanalyzed? Western economies displayed "manic" behavior leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, a researcher says. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:52:00 EST "Ring of fire" to offer clues about Venus, our hellish twin planet When Venus passes in front of the Sun on June 5 and 6, an armada of telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 10:47:00 EST Rats reported cured of spine injury paralysis Using a chemical cocktail and a robotic aid, scientists say they've helped paralyzed rats train themselves to become "athletes." Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:32:00 EST Are birds just baby dinosaurs? Kind of, scientists say There might be a good reason birds are so much cuter and less threatening than their scary ancestors. Thu, 31 May 2012 10:37:00 EST Immune system cells found to hunt like real predators T cells move around like sharks in many ways as they track down pathogens, scientists report. Wed, 30 May 2012 17:52:00 EST Hereditary inequality may date to Stone Age Researchers have found that farmers buried with tools had access to better land than others in Central Europe. Tue, 29 May 2012 16:19:00 EST "Sexual revolution" may have paved way for invention of marriage A new alliance between women and low-ranking males was key to forging the modern family, calculations by a biologist suggest. Tue, 29 May 2012 06:04:00 EST Stem cells found to relieve tough chronic pain in mouse study Stem-cell transplants might quell the hardest-to-treat kinds of pain, scientists report, though such an advance could also raise ethical dilemmas. Fri, 25 May 2012 07:43:00 EST Cold case solved? Study probes riddle of sinking beer bubbles Bubbles in dark beer are seen to slide downward, ironically, because they're trying to head upward, a study reports. Thu, 24 May 2012 03:48:00 EST Your environmental exposures might haunt your great-grandchildren Scientists have found increased stress sensitivity and differences in weight gain in rats three generations after exposure to a specific chemical. Wed, 23 May 2012 03:01:00 EST Study: soldiers who desecrate dead bodies see themselves as hunters Battle stress is not the main reason some soldiers end up hacking off enemy body parts, a researcher claims. Mon, 21 May 2012 18:01:00 EST Planet may be turning to dust Astronomers have detected what they say could be a planet that's evaporating under the searing heat of its parent star. Sat, 19 May 2012 05:56:00 EST Life might have formed as early as 10-12 billion years ago "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" may be more than just a line from science fiction, if new research is correct. Fri, 18 May 2012 02:01:00 EST Robotic arm for the paralyzed reported to reach new level of sophistication A study reports that two paralyzed people controlled a robotic arm through brain signals picked up by a Thu, 17 May 2012 00:35:00 EST "Smart swimming," magnetism said to help baby turtles through epic journey Young sea turtles barely longer than a thumb undertake one of the most spectacular migrations in the Wed, 16 May 2012 03:59:00 EST American heads have been changing shape, but why? White people's heads in the United States have gotten taller and narrower since the days the steamship was king, research indicates. Mon, 14 May 2012 18:21:00 EST Instead of "dark matter," rogue planets? Weeks after studies questioned the leading theory to explain vast amounts of missing cosmic material, other research proposes a radical new solution. Sun, 13 May 2012 22:12:00 EST Ape at war with gawkers found even shrewder than thought Santino the zoo chimp is refining his military tactics in surprisingly clever ways, researchers say. Fri, 11 May 2012 02:37:00 EST When humans were smaller, and crocs much bigger Although dinosaurs never coexisted with humans, maybe they didn't need to. Wed, 09 May 2012 21:09:00 EST Light from "Super-Earth" reported seen Though the world is inhabitable, scientists call detection of its infrared light a big step toward the search for signs of life on other planets. Wed, 09 May 2012 01:44:00 EST Holy cow! Dino flatulence may have changed ancient climate Cattle are no match for dinosaurs when it comes to releasing greenhouse gases, researchers report. Mon, 07 May 2012 16:57:00 EST Pet scan indeed: Scientists map brain activity in dogs When your pet gazes up at you, what does it see? A best friend? A can opener? Scientists hope brain Mon, 07 May 2012 02:50:00 EST Unexpected allies aid ants at war with "zombifying" parasite A group of parasites known as Ophiocordyceps hijack ants' brains and direct them to their deaths. Fri, 04 May 2012 01:41:00 EST Black hole caught red-handed in stellar homicide? Astronomers say they have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a giant black hole shredding a star Thu, 03 May 2012 00:55:00 EST Rare Venus event could aid planet-hunters, delight sky-watchers Venus will pass across the face of the Sun next month, in an event not to recur until 2117. Tue, 01 May 2012 13:25:00 EST Art appreciation, self-reflection may go together in the brain Intense aesthetic experiences activate a brain region associated with inward contemplation, scientists say. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:15:00 EST Wall of stars found to extend through our galaxy A newly detected structure poses a fresh problem for the theory of dark matter, astronomers claim. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 01:48:00 EST Violence may mar kids' DNA with signs of aging Children who have suffered violence might truly be older than their years, if new research is correct. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:19:00 EST Mystery of cosmic rays deepens Subatomic projectiles from space don't seem to come from great cosmic explosions after all, physicists have announced. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:11:00 EST Your left side is your best side, researchers find In a study, images of the left side of the face were perceived and rated as more pleasant than those of the right side. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 15:57:00 EST No single "God spot" in brain, scientists find Multiple parts of the human brain contribute to spirituality, a study indicates. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:05:00 EST Where's the dark matter? Not here, befuddled astronomers admit Indispensable to modern physical theories, "dark matter" has turned up missing in our own cosmic back yard. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:29:00 EST Homeless planets may get adopted There may be hope yet for those worlds that are wandering in the cold without a home star, a study suggests. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:19:00 EST Penguin census, taken from space, yields surprise A new study using satellite mapping reveals there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica as previously thought, scientists say. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:12:00 EST In bird "divorce," females seen having the advantage Divorce might not be healthy -- but at least it may be natural, if findings from a new study are to be believed. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:59:00 EST "Robotic cat" illness mystifies vets Scientists are on the hunt for a pathogen they say may be causing a mystery illness: cats are starting to walk like robots. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 06:08:00 EST Tumor risk from dental X-rays not eliminated, study finds Research has linked dental X-rays to an increased risk of a rare, usually benign brain tumor. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:25:00 EST Scientist hopes to help you create "perfect dream" A new study is designed to use iPhones to improve people's dreams. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 23:36:00 EST 2nd study links pesticide to bee epidemic Mysterious collapses of honeybee populations may be explained, scientists say. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:29:00 EST After anesthesia, "primitive" consciousness awakens first Brain structures that we share with many animals go into action first as awareness emerges, research finds. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 01:00:00 EST Coupled stars seen as chief diet for hungry black holes Black holes at the hearts of galaxies may grow by swallowing single stars from pairs of stars, a new study proposes. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 02:05:00 EST Link between fast food, depression "confirmed" A new study supports past research tying fast food consumption to a greater risk of depression. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 23:21:00 EST Earth-like planets could number "billions" in our galaxy Red dwarf stars host an abundance of worlds that could hold liquid water, astronomers report. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:46:00 EST Planets from long ago puzzle astronomers Scientists have identified a planetary system that they describe as a likely survivor from one of the earliest cosmic times. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:50:00 EST All cattle descend from one small herd, study finds Living cattle descend from as few as 80 animals domesticated from wild oxen in the Near East some 10,500 years ago, a DNA analysis suggests. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:00:00 EST Dolphins may be dying due to U.S. oil spill, study finds Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico are showing signs of severe ill health, according to preliminary findings from a U.S. agency. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 18:49:00 EST New wide image of universe called unprecedented A panoramic image is the most detailed picture taken of a region large enough to be representative of the distant universe, astronomers say. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:50:00 EST Feeding babies on demand may improve IQ Infants fed whenever they want may later perform better in school than those who were fed on a schedule, new research suggests. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:33:00 EST Spotting ancient sites from space An archaeologist and a computer scientist say they have greatly simplified the process of finding early human settlements. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:01:00 EST Two words may help people brush off temptation People who resist temptation by telling themselves "I don't" rather than "I can't" are more successful in their quest, new research suggests. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 12:05:00 EST Newer generations increasingly selfish, study finds Money, appearances and fame are indeed the idols of our time, new research suggests. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:32:00 EST Pesticide linked to bee die-offs New research has linked part of a mysterious bee malady called colony collapse disorder to a technology for planting corn. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 07:20:00 EST Old-fashioned ripoffs common in organ trade: study A study in Bangladesh found that black-market organ trafficking is more sinister than commonly assumed. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:02:00 EST Device makes 3-D objects with "nano-precision" A technology for printing three-dimensional objects with incredibly fine detail now wprks faster than ever, researchers say. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:27:00 EST Bird-like dino had glossy plumage for the ladies, research suggests The discovery of the first known four-winged dinosaur in 2003 has fueled a stream of questions about the evolution of feathers and flight. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:41:00 EST Additional evidence of elusive "God particle" The findings on the long-sought Higgs boson are still not definitive, physicists caution. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 22:37:00 EST Did the Moon help doom the Titanic? An exceedingly rare astronomical event stacked the deck against the ill-fated ship, astronomers propose. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 03:06:00 EST Personality found surprisingly changeable Personality changes are more common than previously known, and can lead to big boosts in happiness, scientists say. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:49:00 EST "Oldest" fossilized forest revealed A fossil forest in upstate New York is not only the oldest known -- it's also much more complex than once thought, researchers are reporting. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 00:27:00 EST In dinosaur age, fleas were giant too A new report details the discovery of what scientists call the most ancient known fleas. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:45:00 EST Trophy for toughest bite may go to T. rex The terrifying dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex may have had an even stronger bite than previously realized, scientists say. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:00:02 EST Wealthy people found more prone to unscrupulous behavior Upper-class folk lie and cheat more, largely because they think greed is fine; but the poor can be easily led into the same mindset, research suggests. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:00:00 EST Galaxy may swarm with "nomad planets" Our galaxy may be awash in homeless planets, wandering through space instead of orbiting a star, researchers say. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 01:54:00 EST Where the wild things aren't? Nature seen vanishing from kids' books A disturbing trend in children's literature parallels developments in the wider world, scientists say. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:16:00 EST Madness may now be easier to break free of A computerized training course can markedly help people suffering from schizophrenia, research reports. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:34:00 EST Rightie? You might prefer people that are at your right A string of recent research findings point to seemingly irrelevant considerations that sway our thinking. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 01:01:00 EST Single-atom transistor could revolutionize electronics Physicists say they've paved the way for future leaps in computing power. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 23:03:00 EST In night sky, a delayed replay of cataclysm seen in 1830s When if first happened, cameras were barely invented. Astronomers are now better prepared. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 00:58:00 EST Implantable microchip can deliver meds, study finds A clinical trial tested the first device of its kind with success, researchers say. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:19:00 EST Tiny chameleons turn up in Madagascar Scientists documented one species that grows to less than an inch long and can fit on a match head when young. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:00:01 EST Liars may be identifiable through their writing, too Online dating might just get a bit easier if participants learn a few sleuthing tricks, new research suggests. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:39:00 EST A simpler name may help you get ahead Having a simple, easy-to-pronounce name may help you win you friends and favor in the workplace, new research suggests. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 15:45:00 EST The fish that piranhas leave alone Engineers are studying what makes Arapaima's scales so bite-resistant in hopes of developing better battle armor. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 23:34:00 EST Fasting found to help beat cancer in mice Nutrient deprivation may turn cancer cells' relentless drive to reproduce into their own Achilles heel, scientists suggest. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:00:02 EST New, "strong" evidence for ancient ocean on Mars Radar imaging reveals apparent ocean water deposits within the bounds of previously noted, ancient shorelines, researchers say. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:00:00 EST Scientists reconstruct sound from dinosaur age A clean, high-pitched "ping" or chirp seems to pierce the air when you replay a reconstruction by scientists of an extinct cricket's song. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:00:01 EST Earlier treatment might be key in Alzheimer's: researchers The devastating memory illness spreads through links between brain regions, a bit like cancer, research suggests. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 07:25:00 EST Move elephants into Australia, scientist proposes Does the Land Down Under need an infusion of large mammals to solve its ecological and wildfire problems? Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:00:01 EST From tiny to titanic in 24 million generations It takes eons for a mouse-sized animal to evolve to an elephant's size, but reductions in size go much faster, scientists say. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:38:00 EST Arabia identified as key stop in early human migrations Arabia was the first staging post for humans when they first migrated out of their ancestral home of Africa, Sat, 28 Jan 2012 09:50:00 EST Mice sing too, scientists find Male house mice produce melodious songs to attract mates, not unlike many birds, according to new research. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:38:00 EST Study: Lifelong criminality may stem from genes The link between genes and crime is a divisive issue in the criminology field. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 04:27:00 EST Leftists and rightists found to look at things differently -- literally It's increasingly apparent that political differences stem partly from biological ones, researchers claim. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 03:36:00 EST "Oldest known" dino nesting site found A practice of using the same nesting sites repeatedly and in groups may have originated earlier than Tue, 24 Jan 2012 04:19:00 EST Comet dies on film, leaving trail of mystery A comet has been caught doing something never seen before: die a scorching death in the heat of the sun. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:35:00 EST Empathy? It seems we can't even spare it for ourselves An "empathy gap" between us and our future selves leads us to overestimate how much courage we'll muster, Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:15:00 EST Ancient South Americans ate popcorn, study finds People along the coast of modern-day Peru may have been crunching on popcorn more than 3,000 years ago. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:47:00 EST Scientists plan to take picture of black hole A endeavor that a few years ago would have been regarded as outrageous is now very realistic, astronomers claim. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 03:17:00 EST European birds seen falling behind in race to adapt to warmer world Birds seem to be shifting their home ranges much less than some of the insects they feed on, scientists report. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:52:00 EST Ill-designed economic bailouts threaten nature, advocates warn Hard put to re-ignite business activity, beleaguered politicians are reported to be tossing aside environmental safeguards. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:05:00 EST Newfound frog dubbed tiniest known backboned animal A newly discovered frog grows to no more than 9 mm, or about 1/3 of an inch, long, biologists say. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:00:01 EST New materials may vacuum up CO2, culprit in global warming Climate scientists say scrubbing dangerous excess carbon dioxide from the air is a fundamental challenge of our century. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:40:00 EST Bad-boy looks are measurable and may really predict bad deeds, study concludes New research may upset decades of settled scientific thinking. Sat, 07 Jan 2012 15:05:00 EST Violin shocker? Blind test said to show "old master" fiddles not so special Generations of musicians have revered violins made by a handful of 18th-century craftsmen, most famously Antonio Stradivari. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 13:38:00 EST Antarctic seafloor geyser found hosting strange community A new report highlights how little is still known about the odd ecology of deep-sea vents. Wed, 04 Jan 2012 04:11:00 EST Decisionmaking by great apes found unexpectedly complex In weighing options, chimps and related species take into account the possible rewards and the role of chance, research suggests. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:29:00 EST Cotton fabrics may clean themselves under sunlight Clotheslines might make a big comeback if some researchers have their way. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:58:00 EST Boosting your schooling may enhance your IQ Education as late as the mid-teen years may significantly improve intelligence test scores, research suggests. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 04:37:00 EST Fed "string theory," computer reportedly explains our 3D space New findings back up a popular but controversial theory of the universe, its proponents claim. Sat, 24 Dec 2011 02:21:00 EST Pigeons found to measure up in numbers game Birds are looking smarter and smarter as scientific knowledge grows, according to new reports. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:01:00 EST Frog said to describe its home through song In its mating calls, a type of frog in China conveys the physical properties of its burrow, scientists say. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:15:00 EST First Earth-sized planets beyond Solar System reported While probably too hot to live on, they're still a likely milestone in the search for alien life, scientists say. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:37:00 EST Psychologists: a little trauma may be a good thing Your parents were right: hard experiences may indeed make you tough, researchers report. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:23:00 EST Monkeys pick up local "accents" Regional variations in vocalization are learnt rather than innate, research suggests. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 19:32:00 EST Just walking faster might help extend life Men aged 70 and up may be able to live longer just by walking at at three miles (five km) an hour or faster, a study finds. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:01:00 EST Why men overestimate their sexiness: it's evolution, study proposes Sexual cues are ambiguous and confounding. We -- especially men -- often read them wrong. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:36:00 EST A human bias against creativity is hindering science, research claims Most of us love creativity -- until it actually comes knocking, some psychologists say. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:59:00 EST Nasal spray may help beat shyness For some people, first dates, job interviews or Christmas cocktail parties are the stuff of nightmares. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 16:40:00 EST Even rats will lend a helping paw: study Rats will free distressed cagemates from a trap, even when there's no evident reward, scientists say. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:19:00 EST Drug may undo aging-associated brain changes in animals Drugs that affect the levels of an important brain protein reverse cellular changes seen during aging, according to a study. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 11:56:00 EST First Earth-like planet around Sun-like star reported Astronomers have identified a planet with balmy temperatures and possibly liquid water. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:56:00 EST Two record-sized black holes identified Black holes almost as hefty as 10 billion or more suns have been identified, astronomers say. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:54:00 EST Was blackmail essential for marriage to evolve? A study takes a cold new look at a custom as ancient and firmly established as it is sacred to millions. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 19:16:00 EST Astronomers may be learning to predict when a star is about to explode The current inability to accurately predict a supernova deprives scientists of valuable data. Thu, 01 Dec 2011 04:52:00 EST Ravens show things to partners, a rare ability, study finds Actions aimed at drawing attention to an object are milestones in the evolution of speech, scientists claim. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:01:00 EST "Fool's gold" may lead to real treasure for solar cell developers The glittery mineral pyrite has gotten a bad rap, but that may be about to change, scientists say. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 01:42:00 EST Debate heats up on dog origins Conflicting theories have modern dogs descending from wolves either in the Middle East or southeastern Asia. Sat, 26 Nov 2011 00:52:00 EST Dreaming may take edge off bad memories They say time heals all wounds. New research suggests time spent dreaming may also help. Thu, 24 Nov 2011 20:53:00 EST Millennia of chaos may have finally defeated the dinosaurs A famous meteorite collision isn't even the half of what the great reptiles endured, scientists now claim. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 02:09:00 EST "Terminator"-style info-vision may be closer to reality A new prototype contact lens brings the streaming of real-time information across your visual field a step closer, researchers say. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:00:00 EST Physicists report drawing light from seeming emptiness A finding could aid our understanding of the mysterious activities that take place in the vacuum. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:41:00 EST Mom's mood may affect developing fetus Depression in a pregnant woman can change how the baby develops after birth, research suggests -- but the effect is far from simple. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:19:00 EST Play develops similarly in chimps and humans, research finds Chimpanzees play and develop much the same way as human children, a study indicates. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:44:00 EST Low birth weight may have effects 60 years later Low birth weight and slow growth in pre-adolescence raise the risk of poor physical functioning at age 60, a Finnish study reports. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 02:21:00 EST Gene found linked to easily visible differences in kindness Strangers watching short silent videos can tell apart people in them who carry different versions of a gene, research suggests. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 22:27:00 EST She-male shrimp are serial killers, but faithful A variety of cleaner shrimp brings to mind the giddily murderous couple in the 1994 film Natural Born Killers. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:09:00 EST Solar system may have ejected a giant planet As a chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a planet and spared Earth, a new theory suggests. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:22:00 EST Is our galaxy's black hole shredding asteroids, planets? A new proposal seeks to explain small, daily flares detected daily near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:58:00 EST Largest near-Earth asteroid to pass by The small, rather round and dark object is expected to come closest to Earth the evening of Nov. 8. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:40:00 EST Newborns' separation from moms found to be "major" stressor While routine in hospitals, the separation of infants from mothers should be minimized, a study proposes. Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:04:00 EST E.T. might be detectable through his city lights A pair of astrophysicists is proposing a new technique for tracking down alien civilizations: look for city lights on their planets. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 22:33:00 EST Study points to watery underground past for Mars If life ever existed on Mars, the longest-lasting habitats were most likely underground, research suggests. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 23:28:00 EST Wine ingredient may help cheat some of obesity's effects When obese men take resveratrol every day for a month, their metabolisms improve, a study has found. Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:16:00 EST Planets may be smashed to dust near black holes Doughnut-shaped dust clouds surrounding many giant black holes might be the result of crashes among planets and asteroids. Tue, 01 Nov 2011 03:09:00 EST Global warming already causes some droughts, scientists say New research by U.S. government scientists presents sobering conclusions. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:36:00 EST Surprisingly complex organic matter identified in space Organic molecules similar to those that serve as the ingredients of life can form in stars, a study indicates. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 21:43:00 EST Pluto has even colder "twin" of similar size, studies find A "dwarf planet" orbiting our sun three times further away than the distant dwarf planet Pluto is about as big as that better-known, frigid world, astronomers have found. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:00:02 EST "Junk DNA" may help explain human-chimp differences Research may shed new light on the riddle of what makes humans so different from their closest evolutionary cousins. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:55:00 EST Ancient ceramics point to gradual shift to agriculture Researchers studied cooking pots from 15 ancient settlements, some of them now underwater. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:29:00 EST Embryonic solar system may be brimming with water New findings suggest water-covered planets like Earth could be common, astronomers say. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:02:00 EST Ancient images of childbirth intrigue archaeologists Depictions found at 2,700-year-old settlement in Italy are probably the oldest known images of childbirth in Western art, scholars say. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:44:00 EST Number of Facebook friends linked to brain structure New research identifies a link between the number of "Facebook friends" a person has and the size of certain brain regions. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:05:00 EST "Dark matter" mystery deepens The limited progress researchers have made so far in unlocking a key riddle of nature, may have gone off track, two scientists report. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:44:00 EST Will Mt. Everest be covered with solar panels? Some of the world's highest and coldest areas may be the best for generating solar energy, a new study proposes. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:07:00 EST Prehistoric "art workshop" surprises scientists A newly investigated site shows humans made a pigment out of ochre some 100,000 years ago, researchers say. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:17:00 EST Women on "the pill" may choose better dads as mates Oral contraceptive pills may influence women to choose more caring, but less sexy, men as partners, according to a new study. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:41:00 EST Did a sea monster make an artwork… out of bones? A bizarre theory proposes that a gigantic, prehistoric octopus found a grisly hobby -- whose material was the bones of other sea monsters. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 07:56:00 EST Series of thumps may have thrown planet off-kilter Scientists say they may have figured out why Uranus seems to be lying on its side with respect to the Sun. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 02:06:00 EST Finding suggests ocean water could come from comets A characteristic feature of Earth's ocean water has also been measured in water from a comet. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 23:58:00 EST Explosion might have rocked space itself, scientists claim Astronomers searching for an exotic type of ripple in the very fabric of space and time say a distant blast creating such waves may have already been detected. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:17:00 EST Saturn moon is snowy, forms perfect skiing powder, scientists report A slow buildup lasting probably millions of years has created a thick blanket of superfine crystals on Enceladus, research suggests. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 21:00:00 EST Scoop from Twitter data: People are happiest in the AM, sour on work The rise of social media has given sociologists an unprecedented ability to investigate common daily rhythms in mood. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:54:00 EST More unequal societies spread faster, simulations suggest Individual suffering paradoxically leads to success on a larger scale, according to the perhaps disturbing conclusions of one study. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:23:00 EST Global warming may cause animals to shrink Scientists say they have figured out why cold-blooded animals tend to grow to smaller adult sizes when it's hotter. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:13:00 EST Shrinking ice said to reopen major Arctic passage for whales Melting sea ice has let whales navigate a route between the Atlantic and Pacific for the first time in perhaps 10,000 years, scientists say. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:59:00 EST "Longevity gene" may be unrelated to longevity Any techniques or products that may have successfully slowed aging are probably not working by the biological mechanism previously thought, new research claims. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:48:00 EST NASA raises doubts on asteroid group thought to have killed dinosaurs New research keeps the case open on one of Earth's great mysteries. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:12:00 EST Could robot tractors revolutionize agriculture? A ritual older than civilization, the farmer rising at dawn to till the fields all day, could become a thing of the past if a group of researchers has its way. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 02:26:00 EST First planet with two suns reported found The existence of a world orbiting two stars, as portrayed in the "Star Wars" more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact, Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:03:00 EST Self-delusion a winning survival strategy, study suggests Could a mistakenly inflated belief in our ability to meet challenges be good for us? Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:29:00 EST Facial expressions reported to develop before birth Expressions such as laughter and crying are identifiable in developing fetuses, researchers claim. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:08:00 EST In "vicious" ancient river environments, a sharp-toothed giant fit right in A newfound fossil reveals the existence of a huge fish that once prowled the bottom of North American waterways, scientists say. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 01:29:00 EST Oldest known human ancestor may be about 2 million years old: study Researchers have reached a more precise age estimate for a fossil that they say could be the oldest known direct human ancestor. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:26:00 EST Babies' capacity for pain may form around time of birth A new study suggests infants may develop the ability to sense pain a few weeks before their normal due dates. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 13:12:00 EST Tree-climbing critter called milestone in mammal evolution The oldest known member of the largest lineage of mammals was a shrew-like creature that likely scurried on trees at night as dinosaurs lurked, scientists say. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 22:36:00 EST Thousands of "time bomb" stars might dot our galaxy New research indicates some old stars might be kept from blowing up only by their rapid spins. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:40:00 EST Early human interbreeding may go back much further than thought New research looks at interbreeding between ancestors of modern humans and our extinct evolutionary relatives. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:29:00 EST Remnants of ancient Mars lake reported A European Space Agency spacecraft has spotted what scientists call a rare case of a crater once filled by a lake. Fri, 02 Sep 2011 12:29:00 EST Intoxicated: you know your mistakes, but don't care, study finds Most of us have seen smart people doing dumb or embarrassing things when drunk. But what exactly happens in the brain. Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:00:00 EST Newfound star shouldn't be, physicists say A star in our galaxy is believed to be made of elements too light to have come together, through gravity, to form a star. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:14:00 EST Chocolate may lower heart risk by a third: study Findings back up results of previous research finding a potential link between chocolate consumption and heart health. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:50:00 EST Parasite found to use sexy trick to fool rats into becoming cat food Rats stricken with the single-celled Toxoplasma parasite lose some of their natural fear of cats. New research may explain why. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:22:00 EST New lab tests measure "wisdom" Psychologists say they have identified some flaws in past studies that suggested older adults make worse decisions than young ones. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:21:00 EST Work out? Some of those muscle-building drinks can actually work, researchers say Protein drinks marketed to help build muscle can work, but must be taken the right way for the best results, according to new research. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:21:00 EST Is too much TV as dangerous as smoking? A new study suggests watching TV for an average of six hours a day could shorten life expectancy by almost five years. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:20:00 EST Possible hints of much-sought mystery particle reported The Higgs boson is thought to be responsible for endowing every other fundamental particle of matter with mass. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:19:00 EST Ancient sea monster may have cared for its young A newly analyzed fossil reveals possible surprises about plesiosaurs, which prowled the oceans during the Age of Dinosaurs. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:00:02 EST Astronomers: planet is blacker than coal, but glows faintly Researchers are stumped as to how a distant planet became so dark. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:19:00 EST Sparrow sing-alongs may signal hostility more than harmony Song sharing among some birds may be akin to flinging insults back and forth, biologists say. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:15:00 EST Brain's map of space may fall flat when it comes to height Animal's brains are much less precise in mapping how high up they are than where they are horizontally, a study finds. Mon, 08 Aug 2011 12:35:00 EST More evidence of flowing water on Mars reported Dark, finger-like features appear and extend down some Martian slopes during late spring through summer, and fade in winter. Sat, 06 Aug 2011 23:05:00 EST Scientists testing theory that there are multiple universes Physicists are reporting possible, but only preliminary, evidence that there are more universes out there. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:05:00 EST "Big splat" may explain mountains on Moon's far side A vast mountainous region on the far side of the Moon may have formed that way because of a collision with a smaller companion moon, scientists say. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:48:00 EST Oxygen molecules "confirmed" in space Astronomers say they have finally confirmed there are oxygen molecules in outer space, but how they got there is less certain. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 13:20:00 EST DNA-doubling trick may help plants conquer adversity Plants may seem to just sit there strangely passively while animals munch on them. Appearances are often deceptive, though. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 05:58:00 EST "Invisibility cloak" said to be the first to work with visible light Though it only works for microscopic objects, the new device is a leap forward for a technology still in its "infancy," according to a report. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:51:00 EST DNA clears Ben Franklin in invasive tree case Blame for Chinese tallow trees overruning swaths of the U.S. Gulf Coast is being lifted from the statesman, scientist and founding father. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:48:00 EST Asteroid is leading Earth in strange dance, astronomers say A new report puts Earth in the company of at least five other planets or moons documented to have "Trojan" companions. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:59:00 EST Water on Saturn found to be coming from its moon Uniquely among known planets, the "ringed" one has a chemical relationship with one of its own moons, researchers report. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:51:00 EST Study identifies relatives of microbe that became part of us Mitochondria -- the energy-generating compartments of our cells -- are thought to be descendants of free-living bacteria. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:38:00 EST Chance helps the rich get richer, simulation study finds Luck is blind -- but not equally kind -- to everyone. New research analyzes how chance affects economies. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 20:46:00 EST "Remarkable" dolphin healing abilities spur investigation Dolphins seemingly shrug off -- and fully recover from -- even atrocious shark bites, scientists say. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 01:52:00 EST Suits of armor take heavy toll on wearers, study finds If you think working out is tough, imagine doing it in a suit of armor. A new study examines how heavy metal might have affected medieval soldiers' performance. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:14:00 EST Galaxy-sized twist in time may explain cosmic conundrum Spinning galaxies may account for some unexpected differences between matter and "antimatter," a physicist says. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:55:00 EST "Confirmed": all of us but Africans are part Neanderthal Humans and Neanderthal people interbred, probably in the Middle East, research indicates. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:08:00 EST Wipeout of top predators called No. 1 human effect on nature Killing off nature's "apex consumers" has had a host of unintended and unwanted consequences, biologists say. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:07:00 EST "Personality" variation seen as vital to ants' success More and more scientists are taking the idea of animal personality seriously. Research is starting to address its roles in ecology. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:51:00 EST Gossip may scare people into being nice Gossip can be hurtful, unproductive, and mean. It can also help pressure people into sharing and cooperating, a study suggests. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:04:00 EST Is the universe spinning? New findings suggest the universe was born spinning, which means it may still be, physicists say. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:43:00 EST Polar bears may have Irish ancestor thanks to interbreeding Polar and brown bears don't meet often, but where they have, there seems to have been "little barrier to their mating," a biologist says. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 12:48:00 EST Anti-prejudice programs may backfire Education aimed at eliminating racism may often actually stoke it thanks to a combative tone, say some Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:24:00 EST Beauty found to activate same brain area whether it's visual or auditory One characteristic all works of art may share is that they stimulate the so-called medial orbitofrontal cortex, scientists say. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 17:00:02 EST Paris pigeons never forget a face? Free-roaming birds of the city likely recognize people by their faces and aren't fooled by changes of clothes, researchers report. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:51:00 EST Metal traces help scientists "color in" fossilized animals Scientists say they non-biodegradable materials may keep providing information for hundreds of millions of years. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 12:11:00 EST Military conflicts have been increasing since 1870, study finds Military conflicts between states have been on a steady upward path, without even counting the post-9/11 period, two Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:43:00 EST Super black hole a "headache" for astronomers A new discovery smashes records and may shed light on never-seen stages of cosmic history, scientists say. It also, to some extent, unwanted. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:00:01 EST Afghan wildlife shows "incredible resilience" amid war A survey revealed that a wide variety of mammals including black bears, gray wolves and leopard cats survive in parts of Afghanistan. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:44:00 EST Big dinos were about as warm as people, study finds Ancient teeth provided information that will help unlock secrets of the giant reptiles' behavior and Sun, 26 Jun 2011 06:48:00 EST Overfishing has profoundly changed the fish already, study finds Fish in our century live fast and die young compared to those of the past, researchers say after Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:07:00 EST Evidence for ocean in Saturn moon now compelling, scientists say Samples of a spray shooting from Saturn's moon Enceladus show the strongest evidence yet for a vast, saltwater ocean underground, according to a study. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:29:00 EST New step toward "spin" computing could save energy Physicists are working toward computers that would save energy and retain data even if power suddenly Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:25:00 EST Could simple anger have taught people to cooperate? New research challenges one of the leading theories as a solution to an evolutionary puzzle. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:31:00 EST Scientists: black hole kills star, blasts beam at Earth One of the biggest, brightest explosions on record comes from a huge black hole at the center of a distant galaxy, astronomers say. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:09:00 EST Scientists find bizarre mushroom, name it after "SpongeBob" A new fungal species is almost cartoonish in its spongy nature, but may play a role in sustaining its forest environment. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:43:00 EST Chemical mix may help regrow limbs in mammals Move over, newts and salamanders. The mouse may join you as the only animal that can re-grow their own severed limbs. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 03:55:00 EST 3D film captures line between consciousness and lights-out New data of­fers sci­en­tists what they call an un­prec­e­dent­ed peek in­to the phys­i­cal na­ture of con­scious­ness. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:14:00 EST Different cultures' music matches their speech styles, study finds Researchers have debated for years what the biological basis of music might be. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:36:00 EST Monkeys stop on red, too Color appears to be a persistent force in human evolution, biologists say. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 11:36:00 EST "Dark matter" may dress for the changing seasons The elusive substance pervading the universe may show a seasonal rhythm, new research suggests. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 23:23:00 EST * Violent video games move over? Relaxing ones may boost mood, kindness While violent video games may lead to more aggression and anger, new research suggests the opposite also holds. Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:00:00 EST Bird's mating dance leaves scientists goggle-eyed The golden-collared manakin's ritual leaves its heart beating at some of the highest rates in the avian world, biologists say. Sat, 04 Jun 2011 10:08:00 EST Mammoths weren't picky, happy to interbreed, scientists say The woolly mammoth may have often mated with a very different, much larger type of mammoth. Tue, 31 May 2011 09:47:00 EST Attention cheaters: bacterial police are coming At least some bacteria can "police" cheaters in their midst, a study has found, although how they do so is unclear. Sun, 29 May 2011 13:19:00 EST Electrons boast near-perfect roundness, physicists report The electrical charge-carrying components of atoms are virtually perfect spheres, physicists have announced. Thu, 26 May 2011 05:32:00 EST Black holes spinning faster and faster, researchers say The giant black holes in the centers of galaxies are spinning faster than ever before on average, two astronomers have concluded. Tue, 24 May 2011 15:09:00 EST Study: whites believe they are now the victims Whites believe they've replaced blacks as the chief targets of discrimination in the U.S., results of a survey indicate. Tue, 24 May 2011 02:01:00 EST Lost critter reappears, poses for photos after 113 years After eluding repeated searches, an odd-looking, puffy red rodent has reportedly showed up at conservationists' front door -- literally. Sat, 21 May 2011 05:51:00 EST Mega storm grips Saturn as scientists get unprecedented view European and American astronomers have teamed up to study a rare storm on Saturn in more detail than ever before possible. Thu, 19 May 2011 22:04:00 EST Scientists surprised to find Egyptian princess had heart disease A condition seen as a fruit of modern lifestyles has been around for millennia, researchers say. Tue, 17 May 2011 21:05:00 EST Species are to ecosystems as cells are to the body, study asserts An ecosystem is like a great organism, in that the species making it up act as cells do within the body, scientists claim. Mon, 16 May 2011 21:32:00 EST Fast talker? speed of speech may affect your persuasiveness Want to convince someone to do something? A new study offers some insights drawn from how we speak. Sun, 15 May 2011 22:00:02 EST To understand unrest in our time, a study of mutinies in another What factors influence the likelihood and nature of an uprising? Social scientists are poring over old ship records in hopes of some answers. Thu, 12 May 2011 19:47:00 EST Lizard builds big, close-knit family homes Lizards are seldom seen as the warm, cuddly types. Yet to their family members, lizards of one species might be just that. Thu, 12 May 2011 15:03:00 EST Putting the squeeze on suspects: scientists refine methods to catch deception When someone is acting suspiciously at an airport or other public space, how can police find out whether he's up to no good? Wed, 11 May 2011 10:50:00 EST Craft may sail seas on distant moon NASA is considering sending a probe to a sea of Saturn's moon Titan as one of three options for a solar system mission later this decade. Mon, 09 May 2011 23:21:00 EST Study: global warming hurting corn, wheat crops Over the past 30 years, global corn and wheat production has fallen 3 to 5 percent in response to a warming global climate, a new study reports. Fri, 06 May 2011 15:45:00 EST "Confirmed": spinning Earth drags space along Researchers say they have confirmed two predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. Thu, 05 May 2011 18:55:00 EST Ancient "Nutcracker Man" ate grass, not nuts, researchers say An early human relative that walked on two legs and sported a ridged skull may need a new nickname. Wed, 04 May 2011 17:16:00 EST Robots learn to share, and hint relatedness is the key Robots can "evolve" a willingness to share, under conditions that a biologist predicted in 1964, scientists say. Tue, 03 May 2011 17:00:04 EST Asteroid grows "tail" after apparent crash with kin Astronomers say they have for the first time observed the recent aftermath of a collision between asteroids. Sun, 01 May 2011 21:20:00 EST Voyager crafts at edge of Solar System More than 30 years after they left Earth, NASA's twin Voyager probes are still beaming back news. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:48:00 EST Small groups of brain cells may "sleep" if you fail to Research in rats may shed light on how sleep-deprived lifestyles impair functioning without people realizing it, scientists say. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:27:00 EST Somersaulting robots the next generation of design? Researchers are working on robots that mimic the special skills of certain caterpillars. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:00:02 EST How handsome are you? Look at your hands New research suggests men whose ring finger is significantly longer than the index finger tend to be rated better-looking. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:34:00 EST Pesticide robs kids of IQ points, study finds Prenatal exposure to a class of widely used crop pesticides is related to lower intelligence scores at age seven, a U.S. study indicates. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 17:06:00 EST Physicists pore over data hinting at mystery particle If confirmed, new findings might upend the "Standard Model" of physics. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:32:00 EST In double-sunned worlds, black trees? A sky with two suns is a favorite science-fiction image, but it really happens on some planets and it would bear on any evolution of life, scientists say. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:35:00 EST Radio glow might reveal elusive planets Emissions similar to Earth's Northern Lights might give away otherwise hidden worlds, some with life nearby, a study suggests. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:11:00 EST Ambitious search fails to find dark matter The mystery continues over the makeup of a substance thought to comprise about five-sixths of the material in the universe. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:41:00 EST Human language may have originated in Africa Patterns of genetic and linguistic diversity among humans show a broad similarity, a scientist reports . Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:12:00 EST It's not torture if it's happening to someone else? Studies probe our hidden biases People are more likely to define an act as torture if they are suffering even part of the pain it causes, scientists say. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 03:39:00 EST Docs' own treatment choices differ from what they advise patients, study finds A survey in which doctors reacted to hypothetical medical scenarios yielded results that may not please everyone. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:27:00 EST Music making may help keep mind in tune in old age Longtime playing of a musical instrument may help keep your mind sharp as others' start going flat, research suggests. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:35:00 EST Political views found to be reflected in brain structure Differences in political opinions are associated with variations in the very structures of our brains, scientists claim. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 19:43:00 EST Global warming could clobber food production: UN Climate change could have a "potentially catastrophic" long-term impact on crops, a U.N. agency is warning. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:44:00 EST Newfound asteroid is companion to Earth, scientists say An asteroid has probably been following Earth around the Sun for over a quarter of a million years, two researchers say. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:48:00 EST Comet had watery past, scientists find New findings challenge a long-held belief that comets are always frozen. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 22:20:00 EST Ancient life liked it hot, acidic, study finds A reconstruction of molecules used by primitive organisms suggests they were built for seemingly extreme conditions. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:35:00 EST Little grains bombarded early Earth relentlessly, study finds Bombardments of "micro-meteorites" on Earth and Mars four billion years ago may have chilled both planets' climates. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 22:14:00 EST "Long lost cousin" of T. rex identified Fossils from China point to a brute that rivaled the fearsome "tyrant lizard" in size, scientists claim. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:02 EST White dwarfs might be fertile ground for other Earths The best place to look for habitable planets might be around dim, slowly dying stars, new research proposes. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:37:00 EST Animal deaths in BP spill possibly greatly underestimated: study The impact on wildlife of last year's BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have been underestimated by fiftyfold, a study suggests. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:00:02 EST Scientists claim first practical "artificial leaf" A new device could turn every remote home into its own power station, its proponents predict. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:25:00 EST "Junk food" moms may risk having "junk food" babies A rat study suggests pregnant and breastfeeding women who eat lots of fat and sugar will likely have children with the same habits. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:54:00 EST America was populated earlier than thought, scientists conclude Researchers in Texas say they have unearthed thousands of artifacts that upend old theories. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:00:01 EST Dinos may have used long necks "vacuum-cleaner" style Staggeringly long necks may have let some dinosaurs graze widely without shifting their huge bodies, researchers claim. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:42:00 EST Domestic violence reports found to spike after sporting upsets Unexpected losses could spur some fans to act out, scientists say. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 06:34:00 EST Number of years spent obese linked to death risk For every two years lived obese, one's risk of dying is six to seven percent higher, research indicates. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:46:00 EST Quartz may be key to understanding quakes A common mineral may be behind earthquakes and other deformations of the Earth's crust, according to new research. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 05:03:00 EST Human prejudice may date back 25 million years or more, scientists say Like people, some of our monkey cousins tend to take an "us versus them" view of the world, a study has found. Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:49:00 EST Did the universe once have fewer dimensions? The familiar three dimensions of space may have been just one or two when the universe was formed, some physicists claim. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:14:00 EST Particle smasher might also act as time machine, scientists say The world's largest particle collider may also be the first machine that can make things go back in time, some researchers claim. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 07:35:00 EST Happy-go-lucky types die younger, study finds Cheer up. Stop worrying. Take it easy. That may be somewhere close to the worst advice you could give someone Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:29:00 EST Having and walking a dog may make you fitter Man's best friend provides more than just loyal companionship, a study suggests. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:16:00 EST Study: "climate change" less doubted than "global warming" Popular skepticism about whether the world's weather is changing may vary depending on what the change is called. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 19:57:00 EST Pain really does help ease guilt, study finds Virtually no experts would agree that hurting yourself is the right way to ease guilty feelings. But, scientists admit, it may be one way. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:32:00 EST Taste for sweets is more complex than we knew, scientists say New findings may help explain why a pinch of salt can enhance a cake's sweetness, among other things. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:12:00 EST Tiny bugs have own personalities despite being clones, scientists say Tiny green insects known as pea aphids have individual behavior patterns, or "personalities," a study reports . Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:01 EST Does a smile mean something to a dog? Dogs can learn to tell apart smiles from blank expressions in photos of people, a study has found. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST "At least I'm not him": comparing yourself to those worse off may improve health, coping Regrets are more bearable when we reflect on those who have it even worse, research indicates. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:12:00 EST Noise distracts fish from dinner: study There is evidence that human-made noise is harming the scaly beings that go on our dinner plates, scientists say. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:25:00 EST Scientists report creating illusion of having third arm New research may help clarify an old question in psychology and neuroscience: exactly how we experience our bodies. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 02:02:00 EST Similar genes may promote human music, bird song Interest in music is associated with a gene previously tied to musical aptitude and, less directly, to singing in birds, research finds. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 13:13:00 EST Explosion shutting down a galactic party: physicists An immense black hole in a galaxy far, far away seems to be causing a blast that will change that galaxy forever, scientists say. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:54:00 EST "King" of dinos called more hyena than lion The ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex is often depicted as the bloody top dog of its time. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:51:00 EST Scientists steer car with thoughts You'd better not let your thoughts wander if you drive using a new technology from the Free University of Berlin. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:57:00 EST Could the fountain of youth be your faucet? An element found in tap water may promote longer life, a study suggests. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:18:00 EST Recent "human ancestor" finds under question Two scientists are questioning claims that several prominent fossil finds from the last decade are remains of human forebears. Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:10:00 EST Ecuadorean community escapes scourges of aging A genetic defect in a remote population may help lead to treatments or diets that fend off cancer and diabetes, scientists say. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:28:00 EST Scientists worry that vines are taking over the American tropics A bizarre development in the rainforests may be connected to global warming, researchers say. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:56:00 EST On the trail of giant rats, scientists find ancient faces Fossil-hunting researchers have stumbled into a group of stone carvings that are sparking curiosity. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:00:02 EST Scientists put date on world's "strangest" book Filled with bizarre drawings, the venerable Voynich manuscript was penned by an unknown author in an utterly baffling language. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:27:00 EST Prostate cancer joins growing list of cancers dogs could sniff out Trained dogs can detect prostate cancer by sniffing patients' urine, scientists have found. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 23:37:00 EST Resources, choices found to hinder women in science Reasons for women's underrepresentation in science today may differ from those in the past, researchers say. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:00:01 EST Lifestyle affects life expectancy more than genetics does: scientists How you live, more than how long your parents lived, determines how old you’ll get, new research suggests. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:39:00 EST Fish face overexploitation even in Arctic, study finds Almost 75 times more fish are being caught in the Arctic than United Nations figures show, scientists say. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 22:29:00 EST Possible Earth-sized, habitable planets found A NASA telescope seems to have discovered five planets that are about the size of Earth and could support liquid water, the agency has announced. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:53:00 EST Newfound dino species called "father" of Triceratops New research traces the family tree of two tank-like, horned giant reptiles. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 18:00:02 EST Some dinos may have survived dieoff, for a while The dinosaurs are supposed to have died out by 65.5 million years ago, but a study suggests at least one duck-billed dinosaur missed the memo. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 22:22:00 EST Hubble peers back to an age of fewer, newer galaxies A new record-holder for furthest galaxy ever seen illustrates a time when the universe was very different, according to astronomers. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:08:00 EST Eruption may have caused worst extinction ever Evidence suggests a volcanic blast led to the largest mass extinction in Earth's history, long before the dinosaurs died off, scientists say. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:29:00 EST Self-control in childhood found to predict success later Conscientiousness, self-discipline and perseverance in childhood can predict health and wealth years later, a study suggests . Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:57:00 EST Meditation really can change the brain, study finds An eight-week program of meditation led to brain structure changes in people participating in a study, researchers say. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 15:09:00 EST Simple recall exercises may be best study method for science Students learn more science through simple recall tasks than through more widely taught study techniques, a study suggests. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:03:00 EST Birds' plastic nest décor carries a message Members of a bird species that decorate their nests with bits of white plastic do it for more than just looks, new research suggests. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:00:02 EST Range of asteroid types could have seeded life, study finds A wider variety of space rocks than previously thought had the right kind of amino acids to bring to Earth, scientists say. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:00:10 EST Birds may attract mates with "scary movie" effect Using a horror film to bring your date closer is a classic move in the teenage playbook, but certain birds may use a similar strategy. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:00:04 EST Why do men use silly pickup lines? A new study assesses the psychology and success rates of various gambits by which men try to get women's attention. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:12:00 EST Test could screen for 100s of childhood diseases New research might lead to the first large-scale program to reveal whether children not yet conceived are at risk for disease. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:39:00 EST Exercise may not outweigh health effects of "couch potato" recreation Metabolic factors and inflammation may partly explain a link between prolonged sitting and the risks to heart health, scientists say. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 04:14:00 EST Thunderstorms produce antimatter, scientists find Scientists using a NASA instrument have detected beams of a rare, mirror-image form of matter above storms on Earth. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:21:00 EST Climate change to go on for at least "1,000 years" Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will cause unstoppable changes for years to come, a study suggests. Sun, 09 Jan 2011 20:08:00 EST Misfolded molecules gain prominence as culprit in aging Roundworms could be induced to live longer by stimulating a protein-folding program in their cells, scientists say. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 22:00:02 EST Household sewage called a vast new energy resource A gallon (about 4 liters) of wastewater could power a 100-watt light bulb for five minutes, according to a new estimate. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:11:00 EST Bird used club-like wings as weapon, researchers claim Long before medieval knights wielded flails, a flightless bird may have brandished a similar type of weapon. Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:00:02 EST Hair color of unknown offenders no longer a secret, researchers say Scientists are gaining in ability to piece together a perpetrator's appearance based on crime scene remains. Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:41:00 EST "Oldest" modern human remains identified in Israeli cave The finding undermines a traditional view that our species emerged from Africa, some researchers say. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:59:00 EST Fatigued surgeons should alert patients, experts propose An editorial in a leading medical journal proposes a sweeping response to a thorny problem. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:41:00 EST Neanderthals had Siberian kin, study finds Scientists have used DNA from a finger bone to decode an ancient genome. Fri, 24 Dec 2010 16:01:00 EST Sham pills may help us -- even without the sham Fake pills known as placebos are used in countless medical studies. But researchers say they've now made a surprise discovery about them. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:00:03 EST New gene "encyclopedias" delve deeper into life's mechanics Sweeping new research seeks to explain how genes really work, using simple animals as models. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:30:00 EST Sticks appear as "dolls" in hands of chimps Some chimpanzees have been sighted playing with sticks in a manner reminiscent of doll play, scientists are reporting. Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:04:00 EST Burning debate lights up over safety of electronic cigarettes Supposedly safer substitutes for cigarettes are themselves under fire, but some researchers call health concerns overblown. Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST Burning debate lights up over safety of electronic cigarettes Supposedly safer substitutes for cigarettes are themselves under fire, but some researchers call health concerns overblown. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:23:00 EST A lost civilization under the Persian Gulf? A fertile land, now submerged, may have hosted some of the earliest human populations outside Africa, according to a new report. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 17:26:00 EST "Drop" of blood still enough to get you perceived as minority? The "one-drop rule" dating to 1662 Virginia lives on in our modern mentality, research suggests -- but many biracial people are today pleased to highlight their minority side. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:27:00 EST Our gold was a crash delivery from space, study finds Gold prices seem otherworldly these days -- which may be fitting in light of a new study. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:33:00 EST Safe drug touted as able to cure "Rain Man"-like mice Researchers have announced a possible major advance in treating autism spectrum disorders. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 18:33:00 EST Scientists work to make livestock happier -- even if it must die Making sure farm animals feel good is increasingly becoming a research priority, not entirely for altruistic reasons. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:29:00 EST Low dose aspirin cuts cancer risk, study finds But its authors cautioned that not everyone should take aspirin, as it can boost the risk of serious bleeding. Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:58:00 EST Religion gives happiness because of the social ties, study claims A survey suggests spirituality might not be the key reason pious folk report greater life satisfaction. Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:00:02 EST "Forests" detectable even in distant solar systems, scientists suggest Once humans start imaging Earth-like planets in other solar systems, tree-like life forms might also be detectable, a study proposes. Sat, 04 Dec 2010 09:37:00 EST Microbes made partly of "toxic" chemical found A discovery highlights the possibility that life could form even in worlds that seem uninhabitable due to their chemistry, scientists say. Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:11:00 EST Finding "triples" number of stars in universe Little stars called red dwarfs are surprisingly common, and tend to be good candidates for hosting inhabited worlds, astronomers say. Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:32:00 EST AIDS falling off media radar, but environment rising: study A new analysis tracks trends over the past two decades in newspaper coverage of health, environmental and related issues. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 04:18:00 EST Could being too clean lead to allergies? Young people may suffer more allergies if they're overexposed to antibacterial soaps with a common ingredient, a study indicates. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 03:00:04 EST Dinos out of way, mammals ballooned to record sizes The giant reptiles' demise paved the way for mammals to eventually grow over a thousandfold, biologists report. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 23:00:02 EST Astronomers puzzled by galaxies that formed "too early" Some of the biggest galaxies may have formed billions of years earlier than current scientific models predict, scientists say. Thu, 25 Nov 2010 03:36:00 EST Test could estimate age of crime suspects from bloodstains The new method works to within an accuracy of nine years, researchers report. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:31:00 EST Molecule said to underlie benefits of light drinking A well studied molecule called Notch may be behind the beneficial effects of moderate alcohol drinking on the heart, researchers say. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:41:00 EST "Gangster" bird found to charge for protection An avian species in Africa runs what some scientists are likening to a protection racket. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 02:12:00 EST Microbes attack each other with "poison-tipped swords" Battles among bacteria are more complex than once imagined, scientists say. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 22:29:00 EST U.S. scientists more likely to publish fake research? A new study suggests U.S. researchers are more likely to publish fraudulent studies than scientists from other countries . Wed, 17 Nov 2010 17:11:00 EST Report of ancient meat-fest by human ancestors disputed Some re­search­ers are skep­ti­cal of a study find­ing that an­ces­tral hu­mans butchered an­i­mal bones 3.4 mil­lion years ago. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:00:02 EST Depressing reverie fills almost half our waking lives: study It may be best to try to live in the moment -- just as some religions advise, psychologists say. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 20:06:00 EST Bilingualism may delay Alzheimer's Speaking two or more languages may help delay Alzheimer's disease symptoms by as much as five years, research has found. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 18:29:00 EST "Johnny has two daddies" may have been common in Amazon cultures Widespread promiscuity was tied to some surprising ideas about paternity in many ancient societies, anthropologists say. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:00:01 EST Giant "bubbles" lurk at heart of Milky Way Astronomers are trying to understand a huge, mysterious structure newly identified in our galaxy. Tue, 09 Nov 2010 22:09:00 EST Bars may kill spiral galaxies Some lovely cosmic structures may eventually come undone, say researchers aided by citizen volunteers. Mon, 08 Nov 2010 19:00:02 EST Looking older than your age may not mean bad health A study suggests people must look at least 10 years older than their real age before assumptions about their health can be made. Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:27:00 EST Goose eggs may help save warmth-battered polar bear As cold-adapted polar bears flounder for survival in a warming Arctic, scientists predict a new resource may be opening up for some of them. Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:18:00 EST Moving 3D images may be inching toward real-life use Scientists claim that a concept from science fiction could enter real life thanks to a breakthrough in holographic imaging. Wed, 03 Nov 2010 18:02:00 EST Galaxies detected by "shadows" Previously unseen cosmic structures are turning up thanks to a new technique, astronomers say. Tue, 02 Nov 2010 13:21:00 EST Friendships seen as key to success for dolphin moms Female dolphins who have help from female friends are far more successful at raising surviving offspring, research has found. Mon, 01 Nov 2010 15:00:03 EST "Liberal gene" identified People with a specific gene variant tend to grow up into liberals if they also had many friends as teenagers, a study suggests. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:04:00 EST Scientists work on sun-charged "heat battery" A new type of rechargeable battery would store heat absorbed from the sun instead of electrical charge. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:28:00 EST Daily vibration may help protect aging bones Whole-body vibration may reduce the bone density loss that occurs with age, researchers report based on a mouse study. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:43:00 EST Peace of mind may close health gap for less educated Good psychological health may erase the bad long-term health effects of low socioeconomic status, research suggests. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:53:00 EST Obese kids said to show sign of "middle-age" heart disease Obese children have stiff blood vessels typical of much older adults with cardiovascular disease, according to a study. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 01:43:00 EST Storied "monster" is just a furry victim of mites As Halloween approaches, tales of monsters and creepy crawlies abound. Among the more insidious is the legendary chupacabras. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 02:18:00 EST Astronomers peer into primordial cosmic "fog" Scientists say they have confirmed the discovery of the furthest galaxy known. Thu, 21 Oct 2010 02:03:00 EST Forecast: global warming may bring giant drought The United States and many other populous lands face a growing threat of long, harsh drought in the next 30 years, a study indicates. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 19:03:00 EST Would you sleep on a chunk of ice? Building your "experience résumé" Some people can't resist a chance to collect experiences, a study suggests. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:40:00 EST T. rex was a cannibal, scientists report The fearsome "king" of the dinosaurs ate not just other dinosaurs but also its own kind, paleontologists claim. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 17:00:02 EST Societies evolve a bit like creatures, study concludes Increases in political complexity are usually gradual, as is the case with the complexity of living things, researchers propose. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:00:02 EST Get them some sleep, scientists say of young delinquents Many high-school age delinquents get too little snooze time, research suggests. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:00:00 EST Butterflies "treat" sick young Monarch butterflies seem to use plants to treat their yet-unborn offspring for an infection, biologists say. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:59:00 EST Falling U.S. life expectancy rank blamed on health system Smoking, obesity and murders don't explain the United States' drop in global rankings of life expectancy, scientists claim. Sat, 09 Oct 2010 23:01:00 EST Could ingredients of life have formed over a moon of Saturn? The types of molecules necessary to build living things could have formed in Titan's hazy atmosphere, scientists say. Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:02:00 EST Artificial white light may become eye-friendly Scientists aim to make the harsh, artificial-looking light of today's energy-efficient light bulbs a thing of the past. Wed, 06 Oct 2010 21:06:00 EST Neanderthals had feelings too, researchers say Neanderthal people had a deep-seated sense of compassion, their brutish reputation notwithstanding, archaeologists claim. Tue, 05 Oct 2010 16:58:00 EST Did volcanoes wipe out Neanderthals? The stocky cave men may in large measure have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, a study suggests. Fri, 01 Oct 2010 21:42:00 EST Many dinosaurs were taller than thought, study concludes Many dinosaur joints contained thick layers of cartilage that haven't been accounted for, according to some researchers. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 18:38:00 EST Candidate "habitable" planet described as most promising yet Two other candidates were possibly too cold and too hot, but this one seems just right, astronomers claim. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:00:02 EST Over a fifth of plant species may face extinction threat Plants are at risk globally, mainly because of human-induced habitat loss, scientists say. Tue, 28 Sep 2010 18:28:00 EST Just bad boys, or malfunctioning brains? Antisocial boys who abuse drugs, break laws and act recklessly aren't just "bad," according to a new study. Sun, 26 Sep 2010 15:51:00 EST Gorillas may have given us malaria A scourge of warmer parts of the world, the microbe that causes malaria evolved from a gorilla parasite, new research concludes. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 14:40:00 EST Bizarre dinos found A fossil with a stupendously multi-horned face and another likened to a giant rhino with an absurdly large head have turned up in Utah, scientists say. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:07:00 EST Worried about kids getting fat? Maybe get a dog Children with dogs spend on average 11 less minutes per day sitting on their behinds than kids without, a U.K. study has found. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:37:00 EST AIDS virus ancestor over 32,000 years old, study finds New data suggests AIDS won't stop killing anytime soon, researchers say. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:00:02 EST Dummy pill may improve women's sex life A pill containing no medicine at all may help boost the bedroom satisfaction of women with low sexual arousal, scientists have found. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:39:00 EST Brain region linked to introspective thinking People vary in their skill at reflecting on their decisions, a key aspect of consciousness, according to scientists. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 22:35:00 EST Freshwater turtles in "catastrophic decline" Habitat loss, hunting and a pet trade is decimating the world's freshwater turtle populations, environmentalists say. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 02:42:00 EST Solar system's distant ice-rocks come into focus Beyond where Neptune circles the Sun, there lurk countless faint objects with ancient stories to tell. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:59:00 EST Physicists claim first true random number generation Most seemingly random events aren't really random. But in the quantum world, things may be different. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:36:00 EST Giving robots the ability to deceive A robot tricks an enemy soldier by creating a false trail, then hiding. This may sound like a scene from a movie, but it's actually the scenario of a recent experiment. Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:22:00 EST Money CAN buy happiness, within limits: study Up to an income of about $75,000, Americans rate their everyday experiences more highly with increasing income, researchers found. Wed, 08 Sep 2010 18:59:00 EST A "fundamental" number may be shifty New findings may imply that the universe is infinite, and also stir up controversy, some astronomers say. Tue, 07 Sep 2010 12:44:00 EST In war on germs, "backstabbers" might be our friends on the inside Some microbes just drag down companions that are working to keep an infection going, researchers say. Mon, 06 Sep 2010 20:47:00 EST INTERVIEW: Stephen P. Diggle A leading microbiologist talks about the medical and evolutionary implications of a study on "backstabbing bacteria." Mon, 06 Sep 2010 20:45:00 EST Organic farms have better fruit, soil, environment, study finds A research group compared conventional and organic strawberry farms in California. Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:14:00 EST Drug-resistant germs found to help their brethren through the attack Confronting assault by antibiotics, some bacteria help each other out, researchers say. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:00:02 EST Evolution rewritten, over and over Scientists always seem to be saying some new fossil is about to "rewrite evolutionary history." But are these big, frequent revisions happening? Not really, a study finds. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 18:17:00 EST First "clear evidence" of feasting Scientists are reporting what they call the earliest clear evidence of one of the most universal and important social behaviors. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:20:00 EST Attacked, tobacco plants call their enemy's enemy When caterpillars chomp on wild tobacco plants, it triggers a special SOS signal from the victims, a study has found. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:21:00 EST Biggest black holes formed early, study finds New simulations suggest the first "supermassive" black holes arose shortly after the birth of the universe. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:09:00 EST World money meltdown can start in surprising places, physicists say Researchers used concepts from "statistical physics" to draw up a list of countries that could trigger a global economic crisis. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:07:00 EST A moment on the lips, a year on the hips Just a few weeks of overeating may affect your weight and fat storage years later -- even if you lost the initial excess weight, scientists say. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:13:00 EST Designing the smells that sell household products Putting a smell that sells into consumer products is much like composing a symphony, according to a top fragrance designer. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:09:00 EST The Moon may be slowly shrinking Our companion world has seen its crust sink inward by up to a thousandth of a millimeter yearly, estimates suggest. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:31:00 EST "Terror bird" jabbed like an agile boxer: scientists Researchers produced what they called the most detailed study of the attack style of a fierce ancient hunter. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:19:00 EST "Psychedelics" could find new lease on life -- in the doctor's office Sometimes touted as spiritual aids, certain illegal, hallucination-inducing drugs are now being discussed as potential medicines. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:16:00 EST Scientists zero in on barnacle gene to keep critters off ships Understanding one gene could help engineers drive away pesky barnacles without harming the environment, researchers say. Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:29:00 EST Adolescent obesity may finally be sliding, but not for all groups A study in California found encouraging trends, but researchers are concerned about some minorities. Mon, 16 Aug 2010 09:55:00 EST Solar activity seen restarting after long lull Scientists say they have "sub-visual" evidence that a new cycle of solar activity is starting. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 09:52:00 EST Earliest signs of tool use, meat eating ID'd among human forebears A new find could rewrite the history of the human lineage, researchers say. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:01:00 EST Robots designed to develop emotions through relationships A new breed of machines is programmed to form emotions in much the way that children do. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 15:52:00 EST Watery moon claims off base, study claims Recent studies purporting to reveal unexpectedly high lunar water content are mistaken, a research group says. Fri, 06 Aug 2010 19:10:00 EST Company floats giant balloon concept as solution to space mess NASA estimates that over half a million bits of refuse are orbiting the planet, increasingly threatening to damage costly satellites. Wed, 04 Aug 2010 11:52:00 EST What hit the Moon? New crater makes a splash NASA scientists are avidly studying a new crater that formed on the Moon within the past 39 years, as photographs show. Wed, 04 Aug 2010 03:01:00 EST Men, not just ladies, in red may gain allure New research has documented a "red effect" that works in a direction opposite to that typically expected. Mon, 02 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EST Tracks may tell tale of reptilian land conquest Scaly pioneers were the first to inhabit continental interiors, some scientists say. Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:05:00 EST Planets found sharing strange dances Most planets orbit in a solitary sort of majesty around their host star, too far from other planets to be affected by their gravity. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 04:43:00 EST Birds may boost offspring survival through infidelity Scientists have been investigating possible reasons why mate infidelity is common throughout the animal kingdom. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 01:10:00 EST "Best-ever" Mars map online; public invited to work on it What researchers call the best Mars map yet made is on view for planetary scientists and armchair astronauts alike.. Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EST Exiled stars may have merged to form speeding giant The Hubble Space Telescope has detected a hypervelocity star, a rare object moving three times faster than our Sun. Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:45:00 EST Newfound stars seen shattering known size limits One monstrous star would make our Sun look as dull as the Moon by comparison, astronomers say. Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:08:00 EST Do cleaning products cause breast cancer? Women who report greater use of cleaning products may be at higher breast cancer risk than those who say they use them sparingly, a small study suggests. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 12:32:00 EST Strange crystals found to twist as they grow New research points to a much more varied process of crystal growth than was previously known, chemists say. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 14:46:00 EST Unusual electrons go with the flow Scientists seeking new states of matter have found that on some surfaces, charged subatomic particles act like tiny superheroes. Thu, 15 Jul 2010 10:02:00 EST Ovarian transplant found to lengthen mouse lives 40% Some scientists are asking themselves whether ovarian self-transplants in women might have similar benefits. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:27:00 EST Longevity findings in question Some geneticists doubt the validity of a new study on genes that are said to predict who will live longest, a newspaper reports. Fri, 09 Jul 2010 18:01:00 EST Drug said to thwart mental decline, grow brain cells in rodents Research has turned up clues to a mechanism that could lead to a for Alzheimer's disease treatment, scientists claim. Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:00:08 EST Right whales forced to shout over people's noise, scientists say There is a limit to how much background din from ships North American right whales will be able to take, researchers warn. Wed, 07 Jul 2010 11:09:00 EST Once-in-a-lifetime eclipse by asteroid to treat Europe In a rare event next Thursday, some skywatchers will be able to see a star be “eaten” by an asteroid. Mon, 05 Jul 2010 18:09:00 EST Group of genes may predict longevity with 77% accuracy Researchers have identified a group of genes that they say can be used to foretell whether people will live to near or past 100. Fri, 02 Jul 2010 13:28:00 EST From brain science, new questions about free will Subconscious thoughts are a starting point for much of our decisionmaking, some researchers argue. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 15:19:00 EST Experience with different cultures may boost creativity Creativity can be enhanced by experiencing cultures different from one's own, according to new research. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:10:00 EST Natural "Velcro" binds ant, tree in deadly cooperation An unusual attachment mechanism helps some tree-dwelling ants attack insects far larger than themselves. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:29:00 EST "Standard model" safe as physicists can't find misbehaving light particles A distinction between two basic types of particles held firm in a new test, backing up long-held assumptions about space, time and causality. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:33:00 EST Brain structure linked to personality The sizes of different parts of the brain correspond to personality, though experience can mold brain structure, scientists say. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:00:00 EST Touch: how a hard chair creates a hard heart Through textures, shapes, weights and temperatures, the sense of touch influences both our thoughts and actions, researchers say. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 20:27:00 EST "Superstorm" detected on planet outside our system Powerful, nonstop winds roil a hot, far-off world toward the constellation Pegasus, according to a report. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 21:36:00 EST Coffee may help prevent cancer Several new studies suggest coffee helps ward off breast, prostate, head and neck cancers. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 19:31:00 EST Chimps kill each other for territory, study finds Scientists have wondered what motivates violence among groups of primates closely related to humans. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 20:00:00 EST Star reportedly witnessed in birth Not yet developed into a true star, the object has just begun pulling in surrounding gas and dust to form a core, according to astronomers. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:21:00 EST Sense of direction may be innate New research suggests the brain comes hard-wired with working navigational cells. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 14:00:10 EST Study points to why stress may affect women more Studying rat brains, researchers found that females are more sensitive than males to low levels of a stress hormone. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 17:14:00 EST "Trust hormone" may drive aggression between groups The compound oxytocin's well known role in social relationships may also extend to promoting group defense, a study suggests. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 15:11:00 EST Neighborhood violence may impair kids' thinking Local violence may impair a child's ability to think, even if he or she didn't see the violence directly, a study finds. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:36:00 EST Ocean covered a third of Mars, study concludes An ancient ocean was probably part of an Earth-like water cycle that included rain, according to a new study. Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:29:00 EST Comets may have come from other solar systems Many of the best known comets may have been born orbiting other stars, according to a new theory. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:00:01 EST Surveillance technologies get more powerful Two new systems might dramatically boost the reach of equipment ostensibly meant to catch terrorists and criminals. Wed, 09 Jun 2010 20:36:00 EST "Power-hungry" image may hurt female, but not male politicians Voters tend to punish female candidates for seeming brazenly ambitious, but let the same quality slide in males, a study suggests. Tue, 08 Jun 2010 21:14:00 EST Cockroaches may share food advice The pesky insects may use chemical signals to pass along knowledge of food sources in your home and elsewhere, researchers say. Sun, 06 Jun 2010 18:55:00 EST Arctic ice at multi -millennium low: researchers Less ice covers the Arctic today than at any time in the past few thousand years, a study concludes. Thu, 03 Jun 2010 15:10:00 EST Diversity within species may be as important as among them: study Many past studies have focused on diversity of species as a key factor in the health and resilience of a natural environment. Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:58:00 EST Squirrels found to adopt orphans Those squirrels you see fighting over food may not seem altruistic, but a study has found they sometimes take in orphaned relatives. Tue, 01 Jun 2010 13:18:00 EST Could banknotes made like butterfly wings deter forgery? Scientists say they have created artificial surfaces that mimic the stunning colors found on the wings of tropical butterflies. Mon, 31 May 2010 17:47:00 EST Study seeks to show how acupuncture really works A traditional Chinese healing technique may work by activating pain-suppressing molecules in the body, researchers say. Sun, 30 May 2010 13:00:02 EST Hey Jude: Get that song out my head! Most of us have, at some point, been "infected" with a song we just can't seem to shake off. What does it mean? Fri, 28 May 2010 15:31:00 EST Oil spill threatens iconic fish with saw-like snout The huge spill spreading in the Gulf of Mexico could finish off a critically endangered sawfish, an expert says. Thu, 27 May 2010 14:29:00 EST Termites, not lions, may be kings in African grasslands When it comes to actually shaping a landscape, small players sometimes have the edge over attention-grabbers. Wed, 26 May 2010 14:28:00 EST Off-kilter planetary system surprises astronomers New findings could complicate the study of how planetary systems evolve, researchers say. Mon, 24 May 2010 14:00:02 EST Fuel from sewage can be profitable: study It costs only a little more to produce biodiesel fuel from sewage sludge than to make conventional diesel fuel, a report says. Sun, 23 May 2010 22:13:00 EST Scientists report first cell made with artificial genes Their "synthetic genome" is a near-copy of a natural one, but researchers say their method can be used to better understand the workings of life. Thu, 20 May 2010 19:21:00 EST Mysterious ball lightning may be brain illusion A new theory addresses a mysterious phenomenon in which lightning apparently forms into a ball and starts floating around. Wed, 19 May 2010 15:39:00 EST Garden birds found to shun organic Wild garden birds prefer conventional bird seed to organically grown bird seed, according to a study. Tue, 18 May 2010 19:00:02 EST Mom's hugs in youth may help keep doctor away later Warmth and caring from a person's mother seems to reduce the formation of proteins that promote inflammation, researchers say. Tue, 18 May 2010 17:03:00 EST Calcium early in life may help prevent obesity later A study with piglets examined the effect of calcium on stem cells in the bones. Fri, 14 May 2010 18:03:00 EST Why is breast milk best? It's in the genes, scientists say Researchers compared breast-fed and formula-fed babies by tracking which genes were operating in their intestines. Thu, 13 May 2010 17:09:00 EST Can a mother's voice spur coma recovery? A clinical trial is investigating whether repeated stimulation with familiar voices can help repair a coma victim's brain. Tue, 11 May 2010 18:02:00 EST "Mozart effect" disputed Listening to Mozart is great -- but it won't make you smarter. So conclude scientists who carried out a new study. Mon, 10 May 2010 16:18:00 EST Mice show pain in their faces, study finds Researchers hope a new "grimace scale" will help eliminate unnecessary pain in lab rodents. Sun, 09 May 2010 13:00:01 EST Genome data suggests we mixed with Neanderthals, study reports Scientists say they have decoded more than half the genome of ancient Neanderthal people. Thu, 06 May 2010 19:26:00 EST Scientists explore whether some apes shake heads for "no" Preventing an action by someone else may be one purpose for which bonobos shake their heads, a study suggests. Wed, 05 May 2010 11:49:00 EST Study: fleet works 17 times harder for same fish catch of 1880s A stunning statistic from the U.K. highlights a drastic decline in European fish stocks, researchers say. Tue, 04 May 2010 15:24:00 EST CEOs who look the part get paid more, researchers say An online beauty contest staged by economists has identified links between appearance and success in the business world. Fri, 30 Apr 2010 18:11:00 EST International pledge on biodiversity broken, study finds In 2002, world leaders gathered and pledged to slow the rate of biodiversity loss around the globe by this year. Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:29:00 EST Frosty asteroid may hint at origin of oceans Water-ice has been detected for the first time on an asteroid, along with organic chemicals, researchers say. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 22:48:00 EST Scientists marvel at "asphalt volcanoes" Off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., a series of strange landmarks rise from the sea floor. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 17:41:00 EST Studies probe chimps' awareness of death Chimps' awareness of death may be more highly developed than is generally believed, some researchers say. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:22:00 EST Pressure to publish may bias scientists The quality of research may be suffering because scholars are judged on how much they get published, a new analysis suggests. Sat, 24 Apr 2010 16:19:00 EST Mostly-male book images may reduce girls' science scores In a small study, a gender gap in school science scores flipped when students used a text showing only female scientists. Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:06:00 EST Can't go paperless here: demand for soft toilet paper getting hard to meet The Internet's rise is making it ever harder for manufacturers to satisfy a common American preference, a report says. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:50:00 EST Indoor tanning may be addictive, report says Might gossip magazines soon start featuring tales of TV and Hollywood personalities entering "tanning rehab"? Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:46:00 EST "Mediterranean diet" benefits partly due to oil: study Olive oil ingredients that suppress inflammation are partly responsible for the healthy effects of "Mediterranean diets," scientists say. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 20:28:00 EST Brain circuits for empathy, violence may overlap New findings might help explain why people are both an unusually kind and abnormally vicious species, scientists argue. Sun, 18 Apr 2010 14:02:00 EST Did Native Americans contribute to global warming? Tree-burning by natives seems to led to copious emissions of heat-trapping gases, researchers say. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 20:58:00 EST You may still have to avoid T. rex A leech that turned up in a girl's nose has been dubbed the "T. rex" of its kind by scientists. They say its ancestors might have tormented the old T. rex in a like fashion. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:34:00 EST New evidence cited that rocky, watery planets are common Vaporized remnants of rocky, and possibly watery, bodies hang around many dead stars, astronomers say. Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:32:00 EST Life on Titan? Stand far back and hold your nose! If life has evolved on Saturn's frigid moon, Titan, it would be strange, smelly -- and potentially explosive, new research suggests. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:23:00 EST Family tree research can open "Pandora's Box" While many people find researching their ancestry fulfilling, for some it may unearth unwanted secrets or spark disputes. Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:14:00 EST Possible new human ancestor revealed Two partial skeletons unearthed in South Africa are from a previously unknown species, scientists say. Thu, 08 Apr 2010 12:14:00 EST Carbon dioxide linked to strange experiences near death Mystical-seeming visions and feelings are often reported by people resuscitated after showing clinical signs of death. Wed, 07 Apr 2010 20:00:06 EST Brain cells shout in unison to get message through How do you get your say if you are in the minority? Thu, 01 Apr 2010 17:15:00 EST Eye-operated video game developed for the disabled College students have developed a computer game operated by eye movements. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 19:53:00 EST "Artificial leaves" could help power machines of future Scientists are presenting a design strategy that they say could harness Mother Nature's ability to produce energy from sunlight and water. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:12:00 EST Power prompts less accurate time predictions, research finds Having more power may lead to greater errors in predicting how long a project will take to complete. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:34:00 EST New species of extinct humans identified? A previously unknown lineage of humans has been identified based on genes extracted from a bit of bone found in Siberia, scientists say. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:23:00 EST "Last Supper" got ever bigger in paint: study An analysis suggests a trend of growing portion sizes, today often blamed on fast-food places, might have really started long ago. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 07:11:00 EST Eyes betray numbers in our heads, study says It may be harder to lie about your age, or your poker hand, after new research. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:23:00 EST Method would "revolutionize" dating of ancient treasures Scientists say they have found a way to estimate the ages of ancient relics without damaging them. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:00:01 EST Bizarre "quantum" behavior noted in device large enough to see The tiniest objects have been found able to behave in two opposite ways at once. Physicists are trying to show similar tendencies in bigger things. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 06:50:00 EST Media focuses on positives in covering cancer, study finds Too much good news can be misleading, the authors of a new report suggest. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 04:26:00 EST New anti -cancer strategy: make tumors age Researchers have identified a chemical chain of events that leads cancer cells to stop reproducing because they get old. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:00:02 EST Ladies second: are we sexist in writing? Romeo and Juliet. Antony and Cleopatra. Porgy and Bess. Jack and Diane. What unites all these famous couples, real or fictional? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:14:00 EST Psychopaths' brains wired to seek rewards at any cost, researchers say New research is said to clarify the role of the chemical dopamine in psychopathy. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 06:02:00 EST It seems we're all more human than average A widespread tendency for people to consider themselves "better" than the norm is well known. Now scientists say another odd human conceit may be coming to light. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 04:55:00 EST Repeated anesthesia may affect kids' learning A study with rodents shows repeated anesthesia wipes out memory-forming cells, but exercise may help undo the damage, scientists say. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 18:37:00 EST Scientists learning how monkeys fend off "monkey AIDS" The findings could be useful in the quest to design a vaccine for people, biologists say. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 14:00:01 EST Exposure to letters A or F may affect test scores Seeing the letter "A" before a test can improve a student's score, while noticing an "F" may reduce it, according to a study. Tue, 09 Mar 2010 22:38:00 EST Quake moved whole city The massive earthquake that struck Chile last month moved an entire city at least 10 feet (3 meters) to the west, scientists say. Mon, 08 Mar 2010 21:22:00 EST At sentencing, some murder victims "matter" more than others A defendant is much more likely to get a death sentence if he or she kills a "high-status" victim than if not, a study claims. Mon, 08 Mar 2010 11:01:00 EST Exotic antimatter detection may clarify cosmic symmetries Physicists say they have detected the heaviest "anti-nucleus" to date, a rare specimen of a sort of mirror-image form of ordinary matter. Thu, 04 Mar 2010 22:08:00 EST Darkness promotes dishonesty, researchers find Lack of light may foster a feeling of impunity, even when there's no basis for it, a study suggests. Wed, 03 Mar 2010 20:15:00 EST Snakes preyed on dino hatchlings, study concludes A primitive snake couldn't eat hard dinosaur eggs -- but it could lie in wait for a treat to emerge from them, scientists say. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 14:38:00 EST Gene therapy may reverse deadly muscle wasting: scientists A deadly muscle-wasting disorder that afflicts children was reversed in mice by partially replacing a missing gene, researchers say. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:15:00 EST Laser surgery method gets new life in art restoration A laser technique used to remove unwanted tattoos is finding new applications. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:58:00 EST Can promiscuity save a species? Promiscuous females may be key to a species' survival, at least among certain fruit flies, according to a study. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST The science of Hollywood blockbusters Hollywood films have over time converged toward a special mathematical pattern, some researchers maintain. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 15:58:00 EST Cricket babies "warned" about spiders before birth Just because cricket moms abandon their eggs before they hatch doesn't mean they can't pass wisdom along to their babies. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 20:18:00 EST Happiness may protect against heart disease People who are usually happy, enthusiastic and content are less likely than others to develop heart illness, according to a new study. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 05:51:00 EST Do oil and gas "boomtowns" attract sex offenders? Environmental damage and social ills sometimes go hand-in-hand where economies depend on energy extraction, a study suggests. Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:36:00 EST UV color a hidden signal for butterflies The insects may use unusual hues to tell each other apart while confusing predators. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 06:47:00 EST Physicists report creating hottest temperatures ever in lab The work is aimed at unveiling the fundamental structure of atoms. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 02:31:00 EST Vitamin cocktail found to extend youthfulness in mice A complex mix of ingredients available in many drug stores was noted in a study to help keep mice vigorous into old age. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 05:05:00 EST "Quantum chemistry" a new window into lives of molecules Physicists have detected molecules still interacting when they "should" be too cold to move. Fri, 12 Feb 2010 01:02:00 EST Challenge to dino-bird evolution theory not dead yet A new study suggests birds descend from something that lived in trees, not from ground-dwelling reptiles, some researchers say. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:55:00 EST Child obesity: It's the TV food ads, not the TV, study finds Steer your kids toward programming without the junk-food commercials, researchers suggest. Tue, 09 Feb 2010 20:48:00 EST How did religion evolve? Religion arose as a byproduct of pre-existing mental capacities, two scientists conclude. Mon, 08 Feb 2010 22:19:00 EST Leap toward quantum computing reported Researchers say they have passed a major hurdle in a quest to create a new kind of super-fast computer. Sat, 06 Feb 2010 16:34:00 EST Study maps acupuncture's effects on brain New research may shed light on the complex mechanisms of this Eastern healing technique, scientists say. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:52:00 EST Too much Internet linked to depression People who spend a lot of time on the Internet are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to a large study. Wed, 03 Feb 2010 17:49:00 EST Device might allow "spider-man" walk A palm-sized device that exploits the stickiness of plain water might one day let us walk on walls, its developers claim. Tue, 02 Feb 2010 19:21:00 EST Mystery rays probably from burst stars, scientists say The origins of high-energy particles that bombard Earth from space has been a puzzle for almost a century. Tue, 02 Feb 2010 04:45:00 EST White roofs may cool cities Painting rooftops white might cool off cities and counter some effects of global warming, a study suggests. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 20:53:00 EST Mystery of the sexless rotifer solved, biologists say An enduring mystery of biology has been solved, according to scientists. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:09:00 EST Some dino feather colors identified The color of some feathers on dinosaurs and early birds is now known for the first time, some scientists say. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:38:00 EST Study: recognition of facial expressions not universal Caucasians and Asians don't examine faces in the same way, according to new research. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 22:51:00 EST Almost never-seen bird resurfaces in Afghanistan A species with just a handful of documented human sightings in its past has turned up in a war-torn land, scientists say. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:23:00 EST "Survival of the cutest" said to back up Darwin Domestic dogs have followed a unique evolutionary path, according to a new study. Fri, 22 Jan 2010 16:59:00 EST Post-traumatic stress diagnosed using magnetism Post-traumatic stress disorder, which afflicts war veterans and others, was previously detectable only through psychological screening. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 19:21:00 EST Scientists: docs don't feel your pain much -- and that may be best If you've ever felt like you've had a doctor who just didn't care, scientists now have an explanation. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 15:07:00 EST Snail's armor could offer human protection The robust, efficient shell of a deep-sea snail could provide inspiration for advances in human body armor design, researchers say. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:18:00 EST Report: cancer studies used wrong cells A study raises questions about over 100 published studies, two clinical trials and possibly much additional research. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:00:05 EST Stress may cause cancer, study suggests The research also points to new ways to attack the deadly disease, scientists say. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:08:00 EST For healthy mental aging, brain games may fill in for schooling People with less education can avoid the increased risk of memory loss, a study suggests. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:24:00 EST Distant solar system forming from mysterious dust, scientists say A far-off solar system seems to be forming from a strange dust whose makeup is unlike that of our and other solar systems. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 18:58:00 EST Baby temperament found to predict adult brain structure Four-month-old infants' temperament predicts some aspects of their brain structure at age 18, researchers say. Sun, 10 Jan 2010 07:18:00 EST "Punisher" of the seas is a little finned janitor For small fish known as cleaner wrasse, stepping into the line of fire reaps huge rewards, according to a new study. Thu, 08 Jan 2009 06:00:00 EST "Golden ratio" hints at hidden atomic symmetry A hitherto undiscovered order can be found in solid matter at very small scales, physicists are reporting. Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:00:00 EST Hubble reveals "uncharted" cosmic zone The space telescope has uncovered a primordial population of small, ultra-blue galaxies, according to astronomers. Mon, 05 Jan 2009 23:00:00 EST "Lifeless" molecules found to evolve, adapt Prions -- infectious molecules that cause fatal brain diseases -- can evolve in a Darwinian fashion, biologists say. Mon, 05 Jan 2009 03:00:00 EST Mosquito lovers "sing" in harmony The insects responsible for the most malaria deaths find mates by using their wingbeats to produce tones that agree, a study reports. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 18:38:00 EST Power promotes hypocrisy: study Behind 2009's scandal-ridden headlines lies a deeper psychological pattern, researchers claim. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 17:45:00 EST Scientists create "memories" in isolated brain slices Researchers say the effect occurred thanks to an obscure type of cell described in 1893 by a Spaniard dubbed the father of neuroscience. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 22:23:00 EST Collisions and "vampirism" may make stars look newly young Two processes can make some stars look much younger than they really are, astronomers have found. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 01:02:00 EST Females may harbor biological "inner male" In female mice, switching off one gene seems to start turning the ovaries into testicles that produce male hormones, scientists report. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 21:51:00 EST Moon like that in "Avatar" could be real Habitable moons may well exist, perhaps even around the same star that illuminates the fictional Pandora, astronomers say Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:26:00 EST For some stone-agers, home was where the hearth was Some of our human ancestors may have organized their living spaces into different areas much earlier than previously thought. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:00:01 EST Violent conflicts fit into patterns, researchers find The size and timing of violent events in human insurgent conflicts exhibit many similarities, a report says. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 13:22:00 EST First "super-Earths" found orbiting sun-like stars Astronomers have reported finding as many as six planets, not many times heavier than Earth, orbiting two nearby Sun-like stars. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:43:00 EST Second "Mozart Effect"? Premature babies may grow faster Hearing classical music might make premature babies grow faster by reducing their rate of energy expenditure, a study has found. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:55:00 EST Personalities judged by appearance alone in study They say never to judge a book by its cover. But some aspects of a stranger's personality may be discernible from a photo. Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST Fossils said to clarify dinosaur evolution A new find indicates that dinosaurs split up early into three basic lineages, researchers say. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 14:00:06 EST Life on the Red Planet? Methane results boost hopes A new study leaves microbes as one of just two possible explanations for how a "marsh gas" got on the red planet, according to scientists. Wed, 09 Dec 2009 19:35:00 EST Poor, misunderstood testosterone Despite popular conceptions, the hormone may sometimes promote fair play. Tue, 08 Dec 2009 12:00:02 EST "Hammer" heads give sharks super vision: study A TV "myth" dismissed by some scientists has turned out to be even truer than anyone thought, some of those very researchers now say. Mon, 07 Dec 2009 12:58:00 EST Feeding birds could change their evolution Feeding birds in winter is innocent fun, but it can have profound -- and relatively quick -- effects on a species, researchers say. Fri, 04 Dec 2009 11:27:00 EST To keep muscles strong, "garbage" has to go To maintain muscle strength with age, cells must get rid of trash that accumulates in them, according to a study. Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:29:00 EST Tattoos, piercings may advertise good health Body decorations common since ancient times may exist because they signal "biological quality" to potential mates, a study proposes. Thu, 03 Dec 2009 08:09:00 EST Do black holes zap galaxies into existence? Astronomers say they may have solved a long-debated chicken-and-egg problem. Tue, 01 Dec 2009 19:00:00 EST Particle smasher becomes world's most powerful After a year of troubles, the Large Hadron Collider is back. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:23:00 EST Video shows Saturn's northern lights A spacecraft has spotted the tallest known "northern lights" in the solar system, the auroras flickering high above Saturn. Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:03:00 EST America's food waste laying "waste" to environment Food waste contributes to global warming, researchers warn. Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:29:00 EST Scientists make plastic without using fossil fuels Researchers say they have managed to make plastics through "bio-engineering" rather than using fuels that contribute to global warming. Tue, 24 Nov 2009 19:09:00 EST Road rage? Gas fumes may heighten aggression A study has found that rats exposed to gasoline fumes become more aggressive. Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:06:00 EST Blame game is "contagious" The mere sight of someone in a group being blamed for a problem can lead to a domino effect, researchers say. Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:05:00 EST Poop evidence exonerates humans in mammoth mystery Giant mammals died out before any well-known human populations showed up in the area, a study suggests. Thu, 19 Nov 2009 20:08:00 EST Our oceans, extraterrestrial material? A conventional view that the atmosphere and oceans came from vapors emitted during volcanism may be wrong, a a study says. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 20:59:00 EST From chimps, new clues to language origins Chimps seem to use the left half of the brain to communicate with gestures -- just as humans do to talk, researchers have found. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 20:26:00 EST Lunar water "confirmed" Preliminary data from NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite shows the moon really does have water, scientists say. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:53:00 EST Stars' chemistry could give away planetary presence Researchers say the finding not only could save money and time in planetary searches, it also points to a solution to a longstanding riddle. Wed, 11 Nov 2009 17:33:00 EST How could they? Poop-eating apes prompt quest for answers Nature can be beautiful. Elegant. Graceful. But not always. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 21:01:00 EST Ants could inspire military strategies A researcher has designed a system that uses ant colonies' behavior to help plan troop movements on battlefields. Mon, 09 Nov 2009 17:49:00 EST Language learning may start in womb From their first days, babies cry differently depending on the language of their parents, according to a new study. Fri, 06 Nov 2009 13:15:00 EST It's not an earthquake -- it's an aftershock from long ago Some "earthquakes" that occur in unusual locations may really be aftershocks of quakes centuries ago, a new report suggests. Wed, 04 Nov 2009 13:00:02 EST Drunken flies could pave way for alcoholism cure Intoxicated insects have helped scientists find networks of genes -- also present in humans -- implicated alcohol drinking. Tue, 03 Nov 2009 21:50:00 EST Inequality, "silver spoon" effect found in ancient societies Inequality caused by handed-down wealth was well established long ago, a study has found. Mon, 02 Nov 2009 19:24:00 EST Technology could cool the laptop "Spin" electronics may keep devices from overheating and give information technology a unique twist. Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:06:00 EST Light from a cosmic "dark age" Astronomers are reporting the discovery of the most distant object ever discovered, from a time when the first stars were forming. Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:38:00 EST Being tortured may make people seem guilty Some witnesses to torture see the victims as more guilty the more they suffer, a study suggests. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 22:24:00 EST No joke: new hope for painful "four-hour erection" Hours-long erections may seem like a rich source of jests, but to victims, the pain -- and possible resulting impotence -- is not amusing. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:15:00 EST "Superspreader" workers may trigger hospital outbreaks Certain types of health-care workers may play a disproportionate role in spreading germs, a theoretical study suggests. Thu, 22 Oct 2009 01:52:00 EST Near-black hole conditions recreated, study says Lasers can be used to generate extreme states of matter. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 14:49:00 EST Scientists find out how moon makes own water: report The moon absorbs particles from the Sun, which in turn combine with oxygen in the dust to make water, researchers say. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:20:00 EST New space map reveals "mystery ribbon" Findings don't fit with accepted models of the "solar wind" that helps shield our solar system. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:52:00 EST Scientists report giving flies false memories How do you get intelligence from parts that are unintelligent? A group of researchers is exploring that. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:00:02 EST Giving among strangers more nurture than nature, study suggests New research addresses the thorny issue of how altruism might have evolved. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:22:00 EST "Loyal" gators said to display bird-like mating habits Findings may help shed light on the ancestral mating systems of birds and of many dinosaurs. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:52:00 EST Distant moon may have oxygen in ocean The abundant water in Jupiter's moon Europa may have enough oxygen to support even animal-like life forms, a study suggests. Fri, 09 Oct 2009 20:46:00 EST Could birth control pills alter mate choices? Birth control pills may alter women's abilities to choose, compete for and retain mates, scientists say. Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:00:03 EST Huge "hidden" Saturn ring found Astronomers are reporting the discovery of largest-known planetary ring in the Solar System. Wed, 07 Oct 2009 05:52:00 EST Coin hoards may reveal population histories Buried cash can help reveal the population history of a given time period, a new study suggests. Mon, 05 Oct 2009 21:34:00 EST Color plays "musical chairs" in brain A color divorced from the shape to which it "belongs" seems to go into another one, scientists have found. Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:04:00 EST Pre-"Lucy" fossils reveal secrets The last common ancestor of chimps and humans was probably not as chimp-like as widely believed, researchers report. Thu, 01 Oct 2009 13:27:00 EST Hyenas cooperate better than chimps, study finds The much-maligned, dog-like creatures may beat out our ape relatives in cooperative problem-solving tests. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:03:00 EST Rough day at work? You might not feel like exercising If you use your willpower to do one task, it may deplete your willpower for a totally different task, scientists say. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 20:34:00 EST Key to subliminal messaging: keep it negative, study suggests Subliminal messaging is most effective when the message being conveyed is negative, according to new research. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:34:00 EST Lower IQ's measured in spanked children Only part of the effect is due to spanking itself, but still, laws should be passed against spanking, some researchers say. Thu, 24 Sep 2009 21:28:00 EST Moon may have water Our moon is potentially not quite as dry as it is traditionally thought to be, researchers say. Wed, 23 Sep 2009 21:28:00 EST Exotic life forms: looking for life as we don't know it A new research group is devoted to finding out how life might evolve using chemicals not found in Earth-based life forms. Wed, 23 Sep 2009 01:09:00 EST Study: torture produces unreliable information Extreme stress appears to warp memories while motivating suspects to say anything to stop the torture, an analysis concludes. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:04:00 EST Tiny "T. rex" found An ancestor of the giant predator resembles a miniature replica of it, at 1/90 the weight, scientists say. Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:00:01 EST Negative public opinion seen as warning signal for terrorism Terrorism is more likely when one country's people dislike the leaders and policies of another, a study has found. Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:00:01 EST Mold-treated violin beats Strad in blind test A newly developed type of violin won in a blind contest against one made by the most famed violin maker of history. Tue, 15 Sep 2009 23:24:00 EST Showerheads may spray germs at you Your morning scrubdown may give you more than you bargained for. Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:21:00 EST Brain activity may predict schizophrenia A small area of the brain is linked to the earliest stages of a serious mental illness, researchers say. Sat, 12 Sep 2009 01:27:00 EST Graffiti "shield" may offer hope for paint-threatened landmarks Graffiti mars many historic monuments, and can be hard to erase without damaging the underlying surface. But help may be coming. Fri, 11 Sep 2009 02:51:00 EST Memories may persist even when forgotten Scientists have found that a person's brain activity while remembering an event is similar to when it was first experienced, even if specifics can't be recalled. Wed, 09 Sep 2009 21:10:00 EST Cities work much like brains, study finds Highway interconnections in cities are organized and evolve much like brain connections, research suggests. Sat, 05 Sep 2009 18:13:00 EST Oldest known black hole reported found New research could shed light on the origins of the most massive black holes. Thu, 03 Sep 2009 21:46:00 EST Artificial steps against global warming may be dangerous, necessary Humanity is boxing itself into a corner when it comes to climate change, scientists say. Wed, 02 Sep 2009 17:49:00 EST Tiny "nanolaser" could change face of computing, telecom Researchers say they have created a device that can generate visible light in a space smaller than a protein molecule. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 23:30:00 EST Brain region linked to sense of personal space A new finding may shed light on the brain mechanisms involved in social behavior. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 15:35:00 EST Signs of recent Ice Age noted on Mars The distribution of ground ice hints at a colder time in the Red Planet's past, researchers claim. Fri, 28 Aug 2009 16:43:00 EST Last great forest under threat, study finds Scientists are calling for urgent preservation of the boreal forest across large stretches of Russia, Canada and other northern countries. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:46:00 EST For freeloader birds, careful counting comes in handy Some birds that freeload on other birds by dumping their offspring on them, may employ sophisticated counting skills to carry out the ruse. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:52:00 EST Unguided, we really do go in circles, study finds The popular wisdom about lost travelers is correct, research indicates. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:08:00 EST Technique reveals buried paintings in new way A new X-ray method shows never-seen details of a painting hidden under another painting by illustrator N.C. Wyeth, researchers report. Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:15:00 EST Building block of life reported found in comet The finding supports a claim that ingredients for life might have come from space, according to NASA scientists. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:16:00 EST Small "epidemic" may have killed Mozart A minor bacterial epidemic spread from a military hospital may have felled the great composer, scientists say. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:00:02 EST "Dance restaurant" theory of water takes shape New studies suggest the molecular structure of water can be compared to a crowded restaurant with a dance floor. Fri, 14 Aug 2009 17:56:00 EST Cancer stem cells not drug-immune, researchers find Scientists say they have found the first chemical that selectively kills cells that spawn deadly tumors. Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:02:00 EST Crash destroyed little planet, scientists say A NASA telescope is thought to have found evidence of a violent collision between two planets around a young star. Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:20:00 EST Chicken-hearted tyrants? Dinos may have sought easy prey Huge, meat-eating dinosaurs like T. rex seem to have preferred picking on youngsters, researchers say. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 16:59:00 EST Tiny deer, gliding frog among 100s of newfound species A biological treasure trove threatened by climate change, the eastern Himalayas are still giving up secrets. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 08:14:00 EST Scientists report growing new teeth for mice, in place The technique may be a step toward more advanced organ replacement therapies, researchers propose. Mon, 03 Aug 2009 17:00:01 EST Sharpest views of a colossal, violent, star Astronomers have captured the sharpest views yet of the doomed "supergiant" star Betelgeuse. Mon, 03 Aug 2009 08:56:00 EST "Dream therapy" set for a comeback? Similarities in brain activity between a special dreaming state and some forms of mental derangement are drawing interest from researchers. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:39:00 EST Reflection is key to jewel beetle colors, scientists say New studies could lead to applications including car paints that reflect different colors from different angles. Sat, 25 Jul 2009 18:34:00 EST A new way to fix a broken heart? Scientists have reportedly devised a method to to coax mature heart muscle cells into regenerating. Fri, 24 Jul 2009 03:36:00 EST Astronomers: impact gives Jupiter bruise as wide as Pacific Something apparently slammed into the giant planet in the last few days, scientists say. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:29:00 EST Origin of raindrop size "revealed" The sizes of raindrops result from the breakup of larger droplets, new high-speed films indicate. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:14:00 EST Fossil poop balls reveal secrets of lost world A study has revealed an intricate network of long-ago interactions in "mega-dung" from giant mammals. Sun, 19 Jul 2009 16:34:00 EST Ocean current changes predicted to be gradual Scientists have released a rare bit of hopeful news linked to global warming. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 04:19:00 EST Cats are crafty manipulators, study finds Anyone who has had cats knows how hard it can be to get them to do anything they don't want to do. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:00:00 EST %#$!? Swearing may actually reduce pain Unleashing ver­bal bombs may show poor self-control, but it sure seems to help peo­ple tol­er­ate pain bet­ter, sci­ent­ists have found. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 07:00:00 EST Monkeys live longer after eating less, research finds Cutting calories by 30 percent seems to have remarkable effects, scientists say. Thu, 09 Jul 2009 10:20:00 EST A "theory of everything" is said to solve its first real-world problem String theory, which postulates extra dimensions, has long been criticized for making promises that it failed to live up to. Wed, 08 Jul 2009 06:39:00 EST Could coffee reverse Alzheimer's? Studies with mice are suggesting surprising new possibilities for treating the memory disorder, according to researchers. Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:35:00 EST People only sometimes seek out opposing views, research finds People tend to avoid ideas they disagree with -- but some factors can prompt them to seek out such points of view, scientists say. Fri, 03 Jul 2009 01:54:00 EST Finding may help explain giant black holes Astronomers are reporting that they have discovered a new class of black hole, the mid-sized one. Wed, 01 Jul 2009 22:44:00 EST Scientists look to bat caves for "fountains of youth" Scientists are batty over a finding they say could lead to a breakthrough -- significantly longer lifespans. Wed, 01 Jul 2009 06:07:00 EST Scientists report capturing first image of memories being made Researchers say they have captured the first image of a mechanism underlying long-term memory formation. Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:49:00 EST Flute said to be oldest handcrafted musical instrument Early modern humans may have been dancing to bird-bone flutes as early as 35,000 years ago, scientists say. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 21:46:00 EST Oceans in Enceladus? Scientists can't decide Two contrasting findings are leaving researchers unsure whether a distant moon has underground oceans. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 20:04:00 EST Need something? Talk to my right ear! Most of us prefer to be addressed in our right ear, and are more likely grant a request when we hear it from the right, researchers have found. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 01:51:00 EST Study turns pigeons into "art critics" A Japanese researcher is reporting that he has trained birds to tell apart "good" and "bad" children's paintings. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 02:54:00 EST Researchers find "a touch of glass" in metal Metals and ceramics have more in common with glass than has been previously recognized, a new study indicates. Thu, 18 Jun 2009 01:36:00 EST Brain energy use proposed as key to understanding consciousness Some researchers are proposing a new way to understand a mysterious state of being. Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:47:00 EST "Guilty look" in dogs mostly owners' fantasy, study finds People may see "guilt" in a dog's body language when they think the dog did something wrong – even if it didn't. Mon, 15 Jun 2009 11:15:00 EST Lion tamers step aside: beasts could be tamed through genes Recent research raises the prospect that humans could tame "untameable" species in new ways. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 02:43:00 EST Birds didn't come from dinosaurs, study suggests New findings about bird breathing abilities challenge entrenched ideas, some scientists say. Wed, 10 Jun 2009 04:10:00 EST Giant black holes even heavier than thought: study New findings may affect the way astronomers theorize about galactic evolution. Mon, 08 Jun 2009 21:27:00 EST Do sex cells hold the secret to long life? The secret of longevity may lurk within the genetic activity of sperm and eggs, new research suggests. Sun, 07 Jun 2009 13:02:00 EST "Warrior gene" found rife among young thugs Boys with a particular variant of a gene are more likely to join gangs -- and to be among their most violent members, researchers say. Fri, 05 Jun 2009 21:57:00 EST Sandcastle secrets could help revive ancient building technique The secret of a successful sandcastle could aid the revival of an ancient, eco-friendly building method, according to some engineers. Fri, 05 Jun 2009 01:27:00 EST When evolution isn't so slow and gradual Guppies introduced into new habitats developed new and advantageous traits in just a few years, a study has found. Tue, 02 Jun 2009 22:15:00 EST Ocean acidification to trigger job losses, scientists warn Ocean acidification, a consequence of human activity, is set to change marine ecosystems forever, researchers say. Tue, 02 Jun 2009 01:33:00 EST No enforcement, no trade -- not for chimps Scientists have managed to teach chimps to trade a primitive "currency," but the creatures never really ran with the idea. Thu, 28 May 2009 18:52:00 EST "Language gene" alters mouse squeaks Mice carrying a "humanized" gene can't talk, but might tell us something about our evolutionary past. Thu, 28 May 2009 14:06:00 EST Technique would detect watery worlds An Earth-like planet would appear in telescopes as little more than a "pale blue dot." What could we make of it? Wed, 27 May 2009 22:28:00 EST Green tea extract reported to show promise against leukemia Scientists are reporting positive results in early clinical trials using a substance in green tea. Wed, 27 May 2009 00:28:00 EST "Swine Flu" was circulating undetected, scientists say All segments of the virus originated in avian hosts and began circulating in pigs at various times in the 1900s, according to investigators. Sat, 23 May 2009 01:54:00 EST Earliest cells might have thrived amid asteroid pummeling The so-called Late Heavy Bombardment wasn't necessarily the end of the world for ancient microbes, scientists say. Wed, 20 May 2009 22:01:00 EST "Missing link" ancestor reported found A 47-million-year-old fossil connects humans, apes and monkeys to other mammals, researchers announced. Tue, 19 May 2009 19:09:00 EST Monkeys found to wonder what might have been Recordings of brain cells show that monkeys take note of missed opportunities and learn from their mistakes, scientists say. Fri, 15 May 2009 14:15:00 EST Race is on to preserve "oldest submerged town" An ancient site associated with a legendary Greek "age of heroes" may be about to give up its secrets. Thu, 14 May 2009 13:47:00 EST Study links daydreaming to problem-solving Our brains are much more active when we daydream than previously thought, a study has found. Wed, 13 May 2009 14:25:00 EST Warriors don't always get the girl Violence isn't the ticket to having more wives and children among all tribal peoples, scientists say. Tue, 12 May 2009 18:30:00 EST Acupuncture found to beat "usual" care for back pain A study is reviving questions for some about how the traditional Chinese treatment might really work. Mon, 11 May 2009 17:23:00 EST Memories stolen by Alzheimer's may be retrievable: study Scientists have found a gene said to have enabled mice with an Alzheimer's disease-like condition to recover lost memories. Thu, 07 May 2009 20:20:00 EST Expedition to bursting, undersea volcano yields marvels The mountain supports unique creatures thriving despite constant eruptions, scientists say. Tue, 05 May 2009 19:16:00 EST Tiny "invisibility cloak" is like a magic carpet Researchers have created a "carpet cloak" that conceals objects under it from detection using light near the human-visible part of the spectrum. Mon, 04 May 2009 13:25:00 EST "Rogue" black holes out there, but fear not: astronomers It sounds like a sci-fi movie plot: rogue black holes roaming our galaxy, threatening to swallow anything that gets too close. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 11:59:00 EST Detection of "furthest object" could pave way for probing early cosmos An explosion detected last Thursday marks the most distant, longest-ago event and object known, astronomers say. Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:30:00 EST A seat of wisdom in the brain? Two scientists have compiled what they say is the first scholarly review of the basis in the brain of wisdom. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:18:00 EST A warm TV may drive away feelings of loneliness, rejection For those feeling unloved, illusionary relationships with TV characters sometimes helps fill the gap, researchers say. Thu, 23 Apr 2009 13:19:00 EST "Complex" organic molecules detected in space Computer models also suggest larger molecules may be out there, including amino acids, essential for life as we know it. Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:29:00 EST Study: personalized drugs may lengthen cancer survival Researchers used a company's "genetic profiles" of individual patients to create custom treatments. Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:28:00 EST Keeping slim is good for the planet, say scientists A study finds that maintaining a healthy body weight is good news for the environment. Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:35:00 EST Physicists see the cosmos in a coffee cup A professor and a graduate student say they have found a new "universal principle." Thu, 16 Apr 2009 07:48:00 EST Bright feathers found to get color from foamy structure Some of nature's brightest colors come from tiny structures with a structure similar to beer foam or a sponge, according to researchers. Sat, 11 Apr 2009 09:16:00 EST Aerosols may drive much Arctic warming, scientists find New NASA research suggests around half the atmospheric warming measured in the Arctic is due to particles called aerosols. Thu, 09 Apr 2009 01:24:00 EST Researchers wanted: humans need not apply? Scientists are creating automated systems that can generate new hypotheses and approaches to research. Tue, 07 Apr 2009 01:43:00 EST Straw bale house survives quake tests An earthquake simulation with a force reported as 82 tons couldn't take down a straw home designed by civil engineer Darcey Donovan. Mon, 06 Apr 2009 02:08:00 EST Bird can "read" our gaze A bird whose eyes look rather like human eyes pays good attention to where our glances fall, researchers say. Thu, 02 Apr 2009 12:56:00 EST It's not just chemical -- it's the same chemicals, study suggests Much the same cocktail of substances may flow in both men and women as a result of their mutual attraction. Wed, 01 Apr 2009 22:51:00 EST Vindictiveness doesn't pay, study finds A study of Germans found that people inclined to deal with inequity on a tit-for-tat basis tend to suffer higher unemployment. Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:03:00 EST Crabs suffer, remember pain, study finds Research is calling into question the view that when small animals recoil from unpleasantness, it's only a reflex. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:12:00 EST Astronomers catch a "shooting star" Asteroid 2008 TC3 has a humdrum name but an unusual distinction. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 23:12:00 EST Brain cell type found to differ between man and mouse An often overlooked cell embodies one of the very few basic differences that set apart the human brain, scientists propose. Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:19:00 EST Multiple out-of-Africa migrations seen for early humans Fossils suggest early, anatomically "modern" humans may have split into many isolated groups before leaving Africa, scientists say. Mon, 23 Mar 2009 17:00:02 EST Language of music may really be universal Africans who have never listened to radio can pick up on emotions in Western music, according to a new report. Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:43:00 EST Brain lives at "edge of chaos" Scientists are offering new evidence that our brains function at a critical point between randomness and order. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 20:00:02 EST Tiny space engine to push back against sunshine Researchers are preparing to test what they call the smallest, most precisely controllable engine built for space. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:07:00 EST Gruesome group death of young dinos analyzed A muddy lakeside some 90 million years ago drew a herd of young, birdlike dinosaurs to a terrifying end, say paleontologists. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 22:30:00 EST "Mind-reading" experiment highlights how brain records memories New research adds to mounting evidence that it's possible to "read" memories by looking at brain activity. Fri, 13 Mar 2009 09:50:00 EST Technology seen slashing battery recharge time, weight Engineers say they've found a way to move energy faster through a well-known battery material. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:00:13 EST Rock-hurling zoo chimp stocked ammo in advance: study Researchers have found what they say is some of the first clear evidence that a non-human animal can spontaneously plan ahead. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:38:00 EST Faith found to reduce errors in psychological test Distinct brain activity patterns in believers may dovetail with performance differences, scientists said. Fri, 06 Mar 2009 19:53:00 EST Warning: warning labels may enhance lure of raunchy video games A study claims to have confirmed what many suspected. Thu, 05 Mar 2009 22:44:00 EST Martian mountain may answer big question One Martian volcano is about three times Mount Everest's height. But it's the small details that two geologists are looking at. Thu, 05 Mar 2009 01:27:00 EST Odd, bouncing fish with lollipop face dubbed new species "Psychedelica" seemed the perfect moniker, to a scientist who named this creature. Tue, 03 Mar 2009 21:25:00 EST Doodling gets its due: tiny artworks may help recall Drawing while listening doesn't necessarily imply a wandering mind, a study suggests. Mon, 02 Mar 2009 20:00:00 EST From oral to moral? Dirty deeds may prompt "bad taste" reaction Moral disgust may be an outgrowth of older forms of revulsion, psychologists propose. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:03:00 EST People walked like us 1.5 million years ago, study finds Newfound footprints are the oldest evidence of humans walking on anatomically modern feet, scientists report. Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:15:00 EST Missing asteroids explained? Scientists have reported a case of missing asteroids -- and a possible explanation. Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:19:00 EST Black hole "baldness" reflected in ordinary objects: physicist A mysterious number remains fixed during a small object's wild orbit about a spinning black hole, theorists say. Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:49:00 EST Richest biological zones found to suffer most wars More than four in five wars in recent times arose in areas identified as the most biologically diverse, a study indicates. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 23:10:00 EST "Green Comet" visits neighborhood A rodent may be doing its own small part to provide a renewable electricity source. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 03:12:00 EST Collective rituals spur support for suicide attacks: researchers A new study proposes that acts of war by self-destruction are part of a larger psychological phenomenon. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 20:23:00 EST Running hamsters, tapping fingers tapped for energy A rodent may be doing its own small part to provide a renewable electricity source. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 21:21:00 EST Cosmologists aim to reveal first moments of time Scientists want to test whether random, microscopic fluctuations in the fabric of space and time spawned the universe. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:29:00 EST HIV gene therapy trial results seen as positive A new treatment appeared to safely boost the number of immune system cells normally attacked by HIV, according to researchers. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:00:06 EST Researchers cracking code of the common cold Scientists say they have put together the pieces of the genetic codes for all known strains of the virus behind the common cold. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:00:01 EST In early humans, "jaws of steel" Nut-cracking abilities in our distant ancestors let them adapt to changing circumstances, a study suggests. Wed, 11 Feb 2009 15:19:00 EST "Longevity gene" may boost lifespan A variation in a gene called FOXO3A seems to increase human life expectancy in populations worldwide, scientists report. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 16:06:00 EST "Birthplace" of Zeus found? Mounting evidence supports a legend linking the king of Greek gods to Mt. Lykaion in Greece, archaeologists report. Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:56:00 EST Wolf in dog's clothing? Study points to twist in fur color Although dogs descend from wolves, dogs may have passed a helpful genetic mutation back to some wolves. Fri, 06 Feb 2009 17:38:00 EST Stem cell recipe gets even simpler One chemical can convert cells from adult mice into the powerful embryonic-like stem cells needed in medicine, biologists report. Thu, 05 Feb 2009 12:59:00 EST Fossil snake said to break length record An ancient South American snake that might make today's anacondas seem almost cuddly is renewing discussion of why giant species evolve. Wed, 04 Feb 2009 11:00:00 EST Like Earth, if you overlook the lava everywhere? A European satellite has revealed a planet only twice as large as Earth orbiting a distant star, astronomers say. Wed, 04 Feb 2009 01:49:00 EST Insulin may help treat Alzheimer's Scientists are reporting that a substance commonly used to treat diabetes, may also protect against Alzheimer's disease. Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:00:02 EST Chemical found to trigger locust swarming A common brain chemical in humans also sparks the Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation of desert locusts, scientists report. Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:50:00 EST When a stone lands in water Physicists are clarifying how one of nature's most beautiful spectacles unfolds: the dance of a watery surface hit by a falling stone. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:47:00 EST Ill-fated ice man may have suffered two attacks Scientists say they've revealed a new chapter in a murder case some 5,300 years old. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:31:00 EST "Alarming" bone deterioration after long space flights Months spent in space may raise astronauts' risk for fractures later in life, a study suggests. Tue, 27 Jan 2009 12:33:00 EST Mightier sperm in "cuckolded" species Where infidelity prevails, sperm evolve to be faster and bigger to cope with the competition, researchers claim. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 14:05:00 EST Schizophrenia reassessed as fixation on self The mental illness may overactivate a brain system involved in self-reflection, scientists say. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 16:43:00 EST Makings of a deadly brown cloud Burning wood and dung for home use is mainly responsible for a haze over south Asia, researchers report. Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:00:07 EST Micro-motors would fit to swim human arteries Many complex surgeries for stroke, hardened arteries or blood vessel blockages are about to become safer, scientists say. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:44:00 EST "Cannibalism" creates huge stars Oddly bloated stars known as blue stragglers grow by feasting on companions, astronomers claim. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 07:13:00 EST Evidence of ancient chemical warfare reported A poison-gas assault on Roman soldiers may be the oldest archaeological evidence for chemical warfare, a researcher says. Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:34:00 EST Enforcer of conformity: our own brains Although a grammatically challenged advertisement exhorts us to “think different,” group opinion affects us powerfully. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:02:00 EST How "puppydog eyes" do their trick A so-called trust hormone may promote bonding between members of different species, as well as within a species, researchers say. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 00:41:00 EST Through DNA, breathing new life into museum pieces From marsupials to manuscripts, researchers are dusting off old specimens to learn their secrets using genetics. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 02:09:00 EST Climate-induced food crisis seen by 2100 Barring drastic action, global warming could cripple agriculture in hotter areas, a study predicts. Sat, 10 Jan 2009 05:55:00 EST Black holes came first, astronomers conclude Scientists may have solved a cosmic chicken-and-egg problem. Tue, 06 Jan 2009 20:23:00 EST Our galaxy no longer "little sister" Fasten your seat belts: our galaxy spins faster, weighs more, and is more likely to collide than we thought, researchers claim. Tue, 06 Jan 2009 20:23:00 EST Materials for "Earths" may be common in universe New findings add to evidence that rocky planets are a normal occurrence, astronomers say. Mon, 05 Jan 2009 13:00:04 EST Using light beams to grab molecules Researchers say they've created a trap that can capture DNA molecules and other tiny objects. Tue, 01 Jan 2008 21:00:00 EST Competition, not climate, killed Neanderthals: study The stocky breed of early humans couldn't hold its own against more modern populations, scientists claim. Mon, 29 Dec 2008 12:09:00 EST Life grew in two, millionfold leaps, researchers say Earth's creatures come in all sizes, yet scientists believe they all descend from the same single-celled organisms. Fri, 26 Dec 2008 19:21:00 EST Ancient African exodus mostly involved men: geneticists An ancient migration out of Africa is thought to have led to most human populations outside the continent. Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:00:01 EST Still today, most will torture if ordered: study Scientists say they have replicated an experiment in which people would obediently give painful shocks to others when prompted. Sun, 21 Dec 2008 00:00:00 EST Odd bird fathering styles may come from dinos Males in some flightless bird species are devoted fathers -- and polygamists. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 17:48:00 EST Is global warming preventing an Ice Age? While human-caused effects are potentially leading Earth to disaster, they may also be preventing a cold spell, some researchers say. Wed, 17 Dec 2008 19:56:00 EST At least 8 genes tied to obesity, all in brain Variants of at least eight genes contribute to determining body weight, scientists have found. Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:45:00 EST God, science no easy mix for many In many or most people's minds, religion and science conflict fundamentally, a study suggests. Mon, 15 Dec 2008 18:55:00 EST Wobbly planets could reveal Earth-like moons Moons outside our Solar System capable of supporting life may have just become easier to find. Fri, 12 Dec 2008 01:54:00 EST Distant moons may have liquid oceans Tidal motions may generate enough heat to maintain liquid oceans within the outer planets' icy moons, a scientist says. Wed, 10 Dec 2008 15:59:00 EST Chemistry of other stars' planets coming to light Astronomers have identified carbon dioxide around a planet outside our solar system. Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:08:00 EST Brain drugs for healthy people OK: scientists Healthy people should be allowed to take brainpower-boosting drugs, if the risks are properly managed, some researchers say. Sun, 07 Dec 2008 15:05:00 EST Poverty may reduce kids' brain function Scientists are calling new findings an alarming "wake-up call." Sat, 06 Dec 2008 18:09:00 EST Happiness spreads socially, study finds Your happiness may depend on many people you don't know -- friends of friends of friends. Thu, 04 Dec 2008 21:02:00 EST How unusual cells may hold key to HIV control Rare people who manage to control HIV on their own are offering new insights into how the immune system kills infected cells. Thu, 04 Dec 2008 12:12:00 EST Scientists produce illusion of body-swapping Neuroscientists say they have gotten people to perceive the bodies of mannequins and other people as their own. Tue, 02 Dec 2008 11:29:00 EST Did a modern-day scourge save ancient Earth? A gas blamed for global warming may once have helped Earth escape a deep freeze, some scientists propose. Sun, 30 Nov 2008 15:07:00 EST Canada skyburst attributed to 10-ton rock Researchers have been collecting witness reports and data on a giant flash in the skies over western Canada Nov. 20. Fri, 28 Nov 2008 12:52:00 EST Oceans acidifying much faster than was thought: study The process could pose a threat to some ocean life, scientists argue. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:10:00 EST Needy amoebae reach out to "family" When in distress, some single-celled creatures seek the support of kin, researchers say. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 21:25:00 EST Microbes may help fossilize ancient embryos Bacterial decay was once viewed as the mortal enemy of fossilization, but a new study suggests otherwise. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:25:00 EST Vast underground glaciers reported on Mars The findings could present new avenues for the search for life or provide water to support future exploration, scientists claim. Thu, 20 Nov 2008 18:34:00 EST Woolly-mammoth genome decoded Biologists report that they have for the first time unraveled nearly the whole genetic code of an extinct animal. Wed, 19 Nov 2008 13:53:00 EST Signs of dark matter found? Telltale residue may have turned up from a mysterious and invisible substance that pervades the universe, astronomers say. Wed, 19 Nov 2008 13:52:00 EST Earliest known nuclear family reported unearthed Four ancient skeletons unearthed in Germany in 2005 seem to have been united in death as they were in life, researchers say. Mon, 17 Nov 2008 15:28:00 EST "Super-aged" brains reveal secrets of sharp old-age memory Tiny tangles may make the difference between a declining brain and lasting mental acuity. Mon, 17 Nov 2008 15:27:00 EST Photo captures 3 planets by distant sun The technology for imaging worlds in far-off solar systems is making strides, astronomers say. Thu, 13 Nov 2008 14:02:00 EST Videogame craving may rev up brain's addiction circuits When the urge to play a video game strikes, some players show similar brain activity to that of drug addicts, a study suggests. Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:36:00 EST Mouth microbes helping the chef make magic? Bacteria play a role in creating the distinctive flavors of certain foods, scientists report. Mon, 10 Nov 2008 15:33:00 EST Forgotten but not gone: leprosy lives on in America Long seen as a disease of biblical times, leprosy still lurks but is often misdiagnosed, researchers warn. Sun, 09 Nov 2008 14:36:00 EST Bullies may enjoy others' pain Brain scans suggest unusually aggressive youth find pleasure in others' suffering, scientists say. Thu, 06 Nov 2008 23:05:00 EST Cancer genome sequenced Researchers report success with a new strategy for identifying mutations involved in cancer. Thu, 06 Nov 2008 02:06:00 EST Giant simulation could help solve "dark matter" mystery A search for the mysterious substance making up most of the material in the universe may be over before long, cosmologists claim. Wed, 05 Nov 2008 15:12:00 EST Kids' music practice may pay off in other skills Children who study an instrument outperform others even in non-musical skills, a study has found. Wed, 05 Nov 2008 14:33:00 EST Same gene, different results Scientists are learning to their surprise that a single gene very often functions differently in different parts of the body. Sun, 02 Nov 2008 15:40:00 EST "Real" Crusoe's isle said to yield clues to sojourn The tale of the marooned Robinson Crusoe is thought to be based on the real experience of sailor Alexander Selkirk. Thu, 30 Oct 2008 13:00:00 EST Study: red enhances men's attraction to women Something many players of the love and dating game have long suspected, now has scientific confirmation. Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:31:00 EST Thin line between love, hate? Science explains why Brain scans suggest a certain overlap between hate and romantic love, experimenters say. Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:54:00 EST Green space better for kids' waistlines, health In an era of rampant obesity, researchers see a better outlook for children in leafy neighborhoods. Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:05:00 EST Two asteroid belts found in solar system's young "twin" A nearby star has two rocky belts, an outer icy ring and probably unseen planets, researchers say. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:36:00 EST World's smallest storage space: an atomic nucleus A study describes yet a new step toward quantum computing. Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:46:00 EST Warm hands, warm hearts Just holding a hot cup of coffee can improve one's attitude toward a stranger, scientists have found. Thu, 23 Oct 2008 14:36:00 EST Dancing molecules "trapped" New technology aims to better show how molecules move, rather than just how they're made. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 16:19:00 EST Key to fighting poverty: toilets More toilets and safer water would do more to improve world health than any other possible measure, a report says. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 18:11:00 EST Dino crests may have had communication role Scientists are taking a new look at strange, bony crests on the heads of some dinosaurs. Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:13:00 EST Scientists: one brain cell may reverse muscle paralysis Activation of a single brain cell may help restore muscle activity, researchers report. Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:16:00 EST "Peacenik" chimps not always so nice A study on bonobo hunting habits challenges traditional ideas of how aggression originates. Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:11:00 EST "Other half" of Darwin's theory passes test Some flirtatious cells have confirmed Darwin's view of how sexual advertising evolves, biologists say. Mon, 13 Oct 2008 07:43:00 EST Study: narcissists tend to lead, but not better Self-centered, overconfident types often take control -- and others tend to accept it, scientists claim. Wed, 08 Oct 2008 07:13:00 EST Why some kids suffer chronic bullying Researchers say factors identifiable in infancy predict later victimization. Wed, 08 Oct 2008 07:12:00 EST Craft "ready" to map outer solar system A NASA satellite is to image and map processes at the regions where a hot wind from the Sun hits cold outer space. Tue, 07 Oct 2008 02:52:00 EST Found: earliest known animal tracks? Scientists claim to have found possibly the earliest animal footprints, but admit the report will stir skepticism. Sun, 05 Oct 2008 09:00:10 EST Religion can spur goodness -- but it depends Belief in God has fostered cooperation that aided the rise of some large, stable societies, researchers say. Thu, 02 Oct 2008 19:55:00 EST AIDS pandemic may be a century old A study suggests the most pervasive strain of HIV began spreading among humans between 1884 and 1924. Wed, 01 Oct 2008 22:31:00 EST "Nanoparticles" may seep through skin The health implications of nanoparticles in the body are uncertain, investigators note. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 20:49:00 EST NASA: snow found in Martian skies It's not certain whether the flakes ever reach ground, researchers say. Mon, 29 Sep 2008 23:41:00 EST Researchers explore amnesia, sex link Investigators are puzzled by reports suggesting sexual intercourse may occasionally lead to temporary amnesia. Mon, 29 Sep 2008 01:47:00 EST One more terror for ancient fish: monster ducks Duck-like birds almost the size of small airplanes, armed with tooth-like spikes, once skimmed ocean waters, researchers say. Fri, 26 Sep 2008 17:37:00 EST Possible oldest-known rocks found A section of Canadian bedrock more than four billion years old may help shed light on Earth's early evolution, geologists say. Thu, 25 Sep 2008 17:13:00 EST Temporary collider shutdown a "blow" Technical problems have struck a giant particle-smasher whose recent launch scientists hailed as historic. Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:28:00 EST Something beyond visible universe detected? Scientists have measured an unexpected motion in distant clusters of galaxies. Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:39:00 EST "Smoothest" mirror could lead to new microscopes Physicists say they have created unusual surfaces that could help image biological samples more precisely without destroying them. Mon, 22 Sep 2008 19:29:00 EST Origin of fingers seen in fish Previous findings on the subject were mistaken, a report claims. Sun, 21 Sep 2008 18:29:00 EST Sensitivity to sudden noises may predict your politics Our political views come from places deeper inside of us than many had suspected, a study suggests. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 21:10:00 EST "Relic" ant said to hail from lost past A bizarre predatory, blind, underground ant probably descends almost straight from the first ants, scientists say. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 21:18:00 EST Spider sex cannibalism: it may come down to size There's no deep, complex reason why females eat the males -- they're just hungry, two researchers say. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 17:27:00 EST World's largest study of near-death experiences to start New research aims to establish whether people may have thoughts for a time while clinically "dead." Thu, 11 Sep 2008 18:25:00 EST "Historic" collider operation begins The first beam in the world's newest and largest particle collider was switched on this morning, scientists announced. Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:35:00 EST On-and-off floods formed Mars valleys, study finds Floods that created distinctive features of Mars were not of a catastrophic sort, scientists claim. Mon, 08 Sep 2008 17:46:00 EST Report: cells "from space" have unusual makeup A lineage of mysterious microbes found in some rain give off colors in a strange way, two scientists are reporting. Mon, 08 Sep 2008 14:54:00 EST "Junk DNA" key to human evolution? Genetic material once dismissed as useless might have contributed to our upright walking, researchers say. Thu, 04 Sep 2008 18:25:00 EST Robotic helicopters teach themselves stunts The research is a prelude to designing choppers that search for land mines or fight fires, scientists predict. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 15:55:00 EST Cancer cells may "prepare" earlier than thought New research on mice suggests disturbing conclusions but also could inspire new therapeutic strategies, researchers say. Fri, 29 Aug 2008 17:15:00 EST Why are flies so hard to swat? Chalk it up to good planning Fast, high-resolution video imaging is revealing secrets of the wily insects. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 16:39:00 EST Scientists report converting cells to new type directly Research described as a major advance sidesteps previous complications with the production of stem cells for medical treatment. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:43:00 EST A surprising new way to discourage risky behaviors? Linking a risky behavior with groups of "other" people is an effective way to discourage it, researchers claim. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:24:00 EST New collider promises to transform physics A massive particle smasher to start operation next month will reveal deeper laws, physicists say. Thu, 21 Aug 2008 19:07:00 EST "Extreme" rain follows global warming Heavy rain is coming unexpectedly more often as global warming continues, researchers say. Thu, 21 Aug 2008 16:03:03 EST Washington's doctors absolved The statesman was beyond help when his much-maligned doctors found him on a fateful morning in 1799, a study concludes. Tue, 19 Aug 2008 18:21:00 EST Scientists: century-old drug might cure Parkinson's, more A study with mice suggests a century-old drug could slow or even cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, researchers say. Mon, 18 Aug 2008 16:31:00 EST Computer helps reassemble a lost past Rebuilding shattered artifacts can be like solving jigsaw puzzles of bewildering proportions. Fri, 15 Aug 2008 14:43:00 EST Stone-Age graveyard reveals life in a "green Sahara" Scientists in Niger are reported to have found the Sahara Desert's largest known Stone-Age graveyard. Thu, 14 Aug 2008 16:44:00 EST A bit of dazzle to throw off predators Bright patterns may really work to protect animals from becoming a meal, researchers say. Wed, 13 Aug 2008 21:24:00 EST Mass extinction going on, researchers say Great die-offs of amphibians are a sign that a mass extinction is underway on Earth -- brought on by us, some scientists argue. Tue, 12 Aug 2008 15:23:00 EST Pride and shame displays "universal" In both victory and defeat, athletes blind from birth behave much like their sighted counterparts, psychologists have found. Mon, 11 Aug 2008 23:00:00 EST "Extreme" rain follows global warming Heavy rain is coming unexpectedly more often as global warming continues, researchers say. Thu, 07 Aug 2008 14:30:00 EST Dolphins and the evolution of teaching Some dolphins seem to teach their young to forage, by repeating actions many times and "pointing" at things, scientists report. Thu, 07 Aug 2008 14:12:00 EST Martian salt not bad for life: scientists A finding of perchlorate salts is leading researchers to "reassess" the planet's habitability. Wed, 06 Aug 2008 11:54:00 EST Nature's mightiest bites calculated The great white shark has the hardest bite of any living species known -- yet it's a mere nibble compared to that of an extinct shark, a study finds. Mon, 04 Aug 2008 13:27:00 EST U.S. understated HIV infection rate Many more Americans pick up the AIDS virus yearly than past official estimates showed, authorities said. Sat, 02 Aug 2008 21:06:00 EST Road to obesity may begin by age two Children often become overweight by age two -- thereby hitting a "tipping point," researchers report. Sat, 02 Aug 2008 13:15:00 EST NASA confirms water on Mars The agency's robotic Phoenix Lander "touched and tasted" the Red Planet's frozen water, a mission scientist says. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 18:09:00 EST Drug may trick body into "thinking" you exercised A new study is creating both hope, and worries that a remarkable substance could be ripe for abuse. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:27:00 EST Revealing a world of hidden paintings Researchers unveiled a new technique for seeing what lies beneath visible layers of paint. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:18:00 EST Diamonds may have best friend to earliest life The surfaces of gems may have provided the conditions for life to evolve, scientists say. Tue, 29 Jul 2008 18:29:00 EST Earth filmed as "alien" world The first spacecraft from Earth to have studied a comet up-close has taken on a new project. Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:20:00 EST Single atoms viewed thanks to super-material A recently discovered substance may be both the strongest known, and the first to allow the imaging of small atoms. Mon, 21 Jul 2008 19:16:00 EST Baby penguins found dead by the hundreds The news comes weeks after a report claimed penguin populations are being devastated globally. Sun, 20 Jul 2008 16:29:00 EST Robotic mini-snowmobiles ply the Arctic Researchers are developing the devices in a bid to better understand effects blamed on global warming. Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:25:00 EST Tweaking quantum force lowers barrier to tiny devices Cymbals don't clash on their own -- in our world, anyway. Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:07:00 EST Smog may boost storms, NASA finds Pollution is being called a likely reason why summer storms in the southeastern U.S. are worst at midweek. Tue, 08 Jul 2008 20:45:00 EST Tit-for-tat: birds found to repay wartime help Pied flycatchers and red-winged blackbirds share two traits, studies suggest: they're feisty defenders and shrewd account keepers. Sun, 06 Jul 2008 22:51:00 EST Atoms found to interact unexpectedly A surprising process may change our understanding of chemical reactions in the atmosphere and our bodies. Mon, 07 Jul 2008 06:02:00 EST In mice, "youth" drug seen prolonging vigor but not life A red wine ingredient can ward off many ill effects of aging in mice who start taking it at midlife, researchers have found. Thu, 03 Jul 2008 17:55:00 EST Study finds lasting benefit in banned mushroom drug The compound psilocybin may bring psychological benefits, but also harm if taken without proper supervision, researchers say. Tue, 01 Jul 2008 21:51:00 EST Secret of the great violins? The wood, study suggests The long-sought explanation for the unmatched sound may lie in uniformity of density, a scientist claims. Tue, 01 Jul 2008 19:50:00 EST Penguin populations falling steeply: biologist Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, penguins are sounding the alarm for possible environmental disaster, an expert warns. Tue, 01 Jul 2008 01:49:00 EST Red wine may mitigate red meat's dangers Chemicals in wine may thwart formation of harmful substances during digestion of fat in meat, scientists say. Sat, 28 Jun 2008 19:29:00 EST "Most primitive" known four-legged animal described New findings may further close the already shrinking gaps in in the fossil record of the epochal transition, from land to sea. Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:59:00 EST Brain region for adventurousness reported found Located in a primitive part of the brain, it's activated when we choose unfamiliar options, researchers say. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 19:32:00 EST Epic crash may explain two faces of Mars Scientists have been hard-pressed to explain why the two halves of Mars look very different. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 17:35:00 EST On brink of collapse, Neanderthals may have flourished Newfound stone tools offer a snapshot of ancient technological change, experts say. Tue, 24 Jun 2008 19:45:00 EST The Odyssey astronomically accurate? The ancient Greek epic of adventure at sea and long-awaited homecoming may have more truth than suspected, scientists say. Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:20:00 EST From the egg, baby crocs call out Pre-hatching calls actually mean something to the siblings and mothers, researchers have found. Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:00:02 EST Planes with glass wings? A new insight into the nature of glass might make it possible, some scientists say. Sun, 22 Jun 2008 19:56:00 EST In distant universe, the same laws Nature's laws appear to be the same far off as they are here, helping to resolve a scientific debate, scientists report. Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:09:00 EST Faked research data common, survey suggests Scientific misconduct may be much more widespread than hitherto suspected, U.S. government researchers say. Thu, 19 Jun 2008 12:07:00 EST Study: gays' brain symmetry resembles other sex Researchers have found that gay people's brains resemble those of the opposite sex in some ways. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:49:00 EST Eat the parents In a practice thought to be over 100 million years old, some creatures feed on their mothers' skin. Fri, 13 Jun 2008 12:16:00 EST Some "dwarf planets" are now "plutoids" Newly introduced terminology further complicates the once-simple concept of "planet." Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:42:00 EST Just-launched telescope scans gamma-ray sky The cosmos looks much different outside the narrow range of colors our eyes see. Wed, 11 Jun 2008 12:22:00 EST Drug found to cure alcoholic rats Scientists say the research suggests a potential treatment for human boozers. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 01:28:00 EST Taming volcanoes Chunks of limestone might be key to stopping lava in its tracks, a study proposes. Sun, 08 Jun 2008 00:46:00 EST Parasite turns host into bodyguard Among those nasty creatures that live as unwanted guests inside others, some are particularly sinister. Thu, 05 Jun 2008 12:04:00 EST From cracks to catastrophes A field known as singularity theory explores hidden complexities in events from the everyday to the extraordinary. Thu, 05 Jun 2008 00:07:00 EST Obesity may not be directly due to eating A study of worms suggests the nervous system controls eating and fat separately, researchers say. Tue, 03 Jun 2008 16:46:00 EST Brain abnormalities seen in heavy pot smokers Two important brain structures appear smaller in long-time, heavy pot smokers, a study has found. Mon, 02 Jun 2008 17:09:00 EST Revealed: One of the last 'uncontacted' tribes A new photo shows members of one of the last tribes not to have any contact with the outside world, living in the deep Amazon rainforest. Fri, 30 May 2008 14:30:00 EST Gender math gap erasable, studies suggest New research may shed light on a long, bitter debate: are boys better at math than girls? Fri, 30 May 2008 05:08:00 EST Monkey controls robotic arm with thoughts Scientists reported what they said is a smoothly working system that might help paralyzed people. Wed, 28 May 2008 18:02:00 EST Big quakes found to spark jolts worldwide Bumps even on the opposite side of the globe can follow a large earthquake, researchers say. Tue, 27 May 2008 17:47:00 EST Mars craft lands in search of ice The event marks the start of what scientists hope will be the first in-depth robotic exploration of water ice, and perhaps life, on the planet. Mon, 26 May 2008 00:55:00 EST Crystal skulls are fake: study As Indiana Jones races to find an ancient artefact in the new film, he might want to take a moment to check its authenticity. Fri, 23 May 2008 14:37:00 EST Tests back up theory of hot springs on Mars Mars may have experienced life-giving processes similar to those that occur at Yellowstone National Park, researchers say. Thu, 22 May 2008 14:29:00 EST Robot follows in cricket's footleaps A tiny new robot weighs little more than a medium-sized coin and can jump more than 27 times its body size. Wed, 21 May 2008 22:43:00 EST For once, a supernova is seen at birth A stroke of luck may provide valuable insight into massive stellar explosions. Wed, 21 May 2008 14:56:00 EST Spray turns people to pushovers Researchers have identified brain centers activated by betrayal of trust -- and a way to keep them quiet. Wed, 21 May 2008 12:47:00 EST Extinct gene resurrected Scientists say they have gotten a gene from the now-lost Tasmanian tiger to work in a mouse. Mon, 19 May 2008 19:13:00 EST Erectile woes may portend heart disease Erectile dysfunction is always a matter of the heart, but new research suggests more than romance is at stake. Mon, 19 May 2008 17:06:00 EST Brighter universe seen: ours Simple dust has kept scientists from realizing that the cosmos is twice as bright as it appears, astronomers say. Fri, 16 May 2008 15:17:00 EST U.S. to list polar bears as threatened But because climate change is thought to be involved, there are big questions as to whether the ruling will spark decisive action. Thu, 15 May 2008 00:28:00 EST Dip in brainpower may follow drop in real power Researchers say lack of status seems to erode mental function -- with complicated implications for society. Sat, 10 May 2008 17:11:00 EST Designer isotopes push the frontiers Creating rare variants of chemical elements may be the next big thing in nuclear physics. Fri, 09 May 2008 17:59:00 EST Brain molecules may tell of child abuse A study has found distinct chemical markings on the DNA of people who took their own lives after suffering maltreatment. Tue, 06 May 2008 20:00:00 EST Study: galactic goings-on were dinos' undoing, and maybe ours Our movement through the galaxy may cause mass extinctions, researchers claim. Sat, 03 May 2008 12:53:00 EST Probe to reach near sun An unmanned NASA craft would plunge into an inferno more than hot enough to liquefy stone. Thu, 01 May 2008 19:46:00 EST "Nanotrees" might help miniaturize gadgets Beautiful and possibly useful, tiny structures shed light on strange aspects of crystal growth, scientists say. Thu, 01 May 2008 13:00:00 EST Mega-storm continues on Saturn Saturnian electrical storms resemble Earth thunderstorms, but much larger, with lightning 10,000 times stronger. Wed, 30 Apr 2008 10:33:00 EST Musical genes may be coming to light Musical ability seems to share genetic roots with language, scientists report. Tue, 29 Apr 2008 23:22:00 EST Training may boost type of intelligence General problem-solving ability may be improved through a series of exercises, researchers say. Tue, 29 Apr 2008 14:27:00 EST Gene therapy success reported in blindness cases Clinical trial results are being called one of the first clear successes for gene therapy. Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:27:00 EST Fateful signature may haunt unsuspecting patients When you tell your doctors to cut life support -- then forget you did and change your mind -- there may be a problem. Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:45:00 EST The inbred -- betrayed by scent? Female mice can sniff out inbred males, and the same might be true of other species, researchers say. Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:44:00 EST Understanding of superconductivity may be nearing A strange effect called superconductivity offers hopes of a new electrical golden age. But scientists don't quite know how to get there. Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:43:00 EST Brain found to prepare decisions in advance New research casts fresh doubt on whether we have free will. Tue, 15 Apr 2008 19:30:00 EST Step toward man-made lightning reported Scientists say they have touched off electric discharges in thunderclouds by shooting powerful lasers. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 17:41:00 EST Dinosaurs along the Grand Canyon? Arizona's monstrous gorge may be 55 million years old or more, researchers say. Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:44:00 EST Unproven genetic tests called health threat Little is done to keep unreliable or misleadingly advertised tests off the U.S. market, a report warns. Wed, 09 Apr 2008 02:16:00 EST Strange animal finds: Lungless frogs, crawling fish Biologists are still getting over their surprise from unrelated findings of two weird species in the past week. Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:50:00 EST Meteorites left "seeds" of Earth's left-handed life New research could explain why Earthly life forms prefer only one orientation of molecules called amino acids. Sun, 06 Apr 2008 12:04:00 EST Hunting was just final straw for mammoth, study finds Does the human species have mammoth blood on its hands? Scientists have long debated it. Mon, 31 Mar 2008 20:00:01 EST Scientist: "superbugs" resist all drugs, portend pandemic Doctors are resorting to drugs once abandoned due to harsh side effects -- and even that has stopped working in some cases. Mon, 31 Mar 2008 19:23:00 EST Organic chemicals detected at Saturn moon A surprising "brew" is erupting like a geyser from Saturn's moon Enceladus, according to researchers. Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:50:00 EST Preterm birth tied to lifelong problems Premature birth leads to health issues more varied and lasting than was known, scientists report. Tue, 25 Mar 2008 17:43:00 EST Uniqueness in human brain's language zone Human cells have more complex interconnections in and around language-linked brain areas, researchers say. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 21:05:00 EST The evolution of drug abuse New research challenges traditional explanations of why we wallow in chemical gratification. Fri, 21 Mar 2008 06:54:00 EST Blast called furthest object visible to naked eye Halfway across the known cosmos, scientists say, a massive stellar explosion March 19 was briefly visible to unaided eyes. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 19:05:00 EST Distant moon may have hidden ocean Scientists are reporting evidence of a vast body of water and ammonia inside Saturn's moon Titan. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 18:13:00 EST Money might buy happiness -- when you spend on others People report greater happiness if they spend money on gifts or charity, researchers say. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 15:53:00 EST Drive to complexity seen in animal evolution A study claims to clarify a longtime debate: does evolution have long-term trends? Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:56:00 EST Estimates for peopling of Americas getting earlier Humans appear to have first entered the Americas some 22,000 years ago, according to some archaeologists. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 18:24:00 EST More "little people" fossils found A finding may renew and complicate a debate over whether miniature, island-dwelling people once evolved. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:23:00 EST That habitable planet might not be so far We just might have neighbors among the closest stars to our sun, scientists say. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:15:00 EST Butterflies may keep memories of caterpillar youth Scientists have wondered for over a century whether memory survives metamorphosis. Fri, 07 Mar 2008 10:05:00 EST Grand Canyon 20 million years old, study says The canyon's "incision history" has been disputed for more than a century. Thu, 06 Mar 2008 14:47:00 EST Study: media misconstrues blues as "chemical imbalance" An ancient, but unsupported notion about depression still finds its way into many news reports, a study has found. Tue, 04 Mar 2008 16:38:00 EST After jeers, some recognition for "reverse evolution" theorist A leading research journal is set to publish work by a controversial Turkish physiologist who studies people who walk on all fours. Mon, 03 Mar 2008 17:05:00 EST Dark energy, or just dust? Findings raise questions Outer space may be strewn with tiny whiskers of carbon that dim faraway objects, researchers say. Sat, 01 Mar 2008 09:28:00 EST Pollution may make birds change their tune Nothing like a birdsong to remind you of nature's glory, right? Maybe not quite, according to rather creepy new findings. Thu, 28 Feb 2008 06:09:00 EST Brain workings linked to parental instinct Infant faces spark a flurry of activity in a key brain region, researchers have found. Thu, 28 Feb 2008 06:08:00 EST "Noah's Ark" seed vault opens A remote vault designed to protect seeds for future generations received its first shipments. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:12:00 EST Expert: obesity, global warming could be fought together Redesigning cities to curb excess driving could reduce both warming and waistlines, a physician claims. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 01:47:00 EST Pirates had "democratic" ways Pirates of old created impressive examples of self-rule and mutual fairness -- largely because they had little choice, a researcher says. Sat, 23 Feb 2008 00:13:00 EST Computers learn "regret" New programs imitate human decision-making in strategy games by looking backwards. Sat, 23 Feb 2008 00:13:00 EST Music may aid stroke recovery A study suggests music helps stimulate repair of brain wiring, researchers report. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 19:00:01 EST Moon systems, not planets, may be place to find life Alien life might be both easier and more interesting to discover through a new strategy, a study suggests. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:24:00 EST Brain cells tied to consciousness reported found Trying to understand what causes consciousness is one of the all-time most exasperating problems in science. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 11:38:00 EST Study links heavy cell phone use to cancer Increased risk of salivary gland tumors might be avoidable by using hands-free devices, researchers say. Fri, 15 Feb 2008 23:37:00 EST Salt might have thwarted Martian life New findings may narrow the possibilities for where and when microbes could have lived on the red planet. Fri, 15 Feb 2008 19:48:00 EST People feeling powerful don't listen, study finds Don't bother trying to feed your boss a new idea while he's feeling important, new research suggests. Fri, 15 Feb 2008 02:06:00 EST Two strange dinos, one dark hunger -- fresh meat Newfound fossils highlight the unusual carnivores that prowled southern lands in the Cretaceous, researchers say. Wed, 13 Feb 2008 23:35:00 EST Simple recipe for ad success: art Seeing almost any painting on a product or product pitch makes people rate the item more highly, studies suggest. Wed, 13 Feb 2008 05:22:00 EST Why anyone can make a sandcastle The precise amount of water in the sand doesn't matter much. Researchers now think they know why. Wed, 13 Feb 2008 02:24:00 EST Probe would swim into alien seas Scientists hope to send a robotic submarine into oceans that may lurk within a moon of Jupiter. Sat, 09 Feb 2008 18:04:00 EST A function for "gay genes" after all? Studies of some unusual men in the remote Pacific have led scientists to surprising conclusions. Fri, 08 Feb 2008 23:28:00 EST A machine with a taste -- for espresso Can a machine taste coffee? The question has plagued scientists who study the bracing beverage. Thu, 07 Feb 2008 22:31:00 EST "Sounds" of individual molecules captured Physicists claim to have made their tiny vibrations, describable as sound by some definitions, audible. Wed, 06 Feb 2008 00:39:00 EST Severe stress in pregnancy may be tied to children's schizophrenia The popular notion that a mother's state of mind can affect her unborn baby seems to have some truth, scientists say. Mon, 04 Feb 2008 17:18:00 EST Communing with nature less and less People are losing interest in the outdoors, and it bodes ill for health and the environment, researchers warn. Mon, 04 Feb 2008 17:00:04 EST Particle smasher may reveal extra dimensions Physicists have big hopes for the world's most powerful particle accelerator, to start up this summer. Fri, 01 Feb 2008 17:42:00 EST A common ancestor for all blue-eyed people Everyone with blue eyes can trace their lineage to one person who lived around the late Stone Age, researchers say. Thu, 31 Jan 2008 11:56:00 EST Surprises from smallest planet A spacecraft has given scientists a totally new look at Mercury, NASA reports. Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:04:00 EST Get lazy, age faster People who are physically active in their spare time seem biologically younger than their couch-bound peers, researchers say. Mon, 28 Jan 2008 21:46:00 EST Girl changes blood type, immune system Doctors are describing a teenage Australian as something of a medical miracle. Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:44:00 EST A new geologic age -- started by us A radical proposal is gaining ground among geologists. Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:23:00 EST Researchers report blackest black yet made A new material could one day improve solar energy technology by increasing light absorption, scientists say. Wed, 23 Jan 2008 11:53:00 EST Claim of alien cells in rain may fit historical accounts: study A controversial theory concerning recent strange, red rains hasn't died. In fact, things might be getting weirder. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:31:00 EST Do rich nations "owe" poor ones for eco-abuse? It would seem they do -- more than $1.8 trillion, if a new appraisal is to be believed. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 02:49:00 EST "Largest" ever fossil rodent found A rodent as big as a bull once roamed South America, researchers report. Thu, 17 Jan 2008 01:20:00 EST Death by flowers: giant, suicidal palm has botanists stumped Scientists are wondering how a self-destructing plant got to Madagascar and eluded discovery before now. Wed, 16 Jan 2008 19:40:00 EST Clone food safe, FDA says; no sales foreseen yet U.S. regulators say and milk from cloned animals are safe to eat. Wed, 16 Jan 2008 18:56:00 EST Did Columbus lead syphilis to Europe? A study suggests as much, but some researchers say it's far from the last word. Mon, 14 Jan 2008 21:06:00 EST Researchers recreate rat heart The work may be a first step toward building lifelike, functioning human hearts, scientists say. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 21:57:00 EST Mystery world a merged planet? A strange object "needs a strange explanation," an astronomer says. Thu, 10 Jan 2008 18:46:00 EST "Unprecedented" results after new Alzheimer's treatment Researchers say an already approved drug reverses symptoms of a devastating illness. Wed, 09 Jan 2008 20:54:00 EST Pollution found to shrink fetuses New findings bode ill for the lifelong health of affected children, scientists warn. Tue, 08 Jan 2008 22:32:00 EST Four healthy habits may give 14 more years: study Researchers see a remarkable combined benefit in following four basic healthy practices. Tue, 08 Jan 2008 00:34:00 EST "Micro-needle" would spare patients the sting A tiny needle made partly of ceramic may allow painless injections, researchers claim. Mon, 07 Jan 2008 20:54:00 EST Shrinking helium reserves may threaten more than kids' play The element that lifts balloons, spirits and voice ranges also plays key roles in technology -- but it may run out. Sat, 05 Jan 2008 17:45:00 EST Did insects take down T. rex? A new book fingers a surprise suspect as contributor to the dinosaurs' demise. Fri, 04 Jan 2008 01:37:00 EST Search for ET beefed up -- with your help A search for radio signals from alien civilizations is set to become 500 times more powerful, investigators say. Wed, 02 Jan 2008 16:35:00 EST Anthrax may be ally in cancer war Most people wouldn't consider anthrax helpful. But its toxin may someday be a cancer therapy, scientists claim. Sat, 29 Dec 2007 11:46:00 EST Science gives beauty some of its mystery back -- for now There may be more to good looks than averageness, after all. Sat, 22 Dec 2007 13:41:00 EST Is humor tied to male aggression? A doctor's hobby of unicycling turned into a study of human nature that offers a new perspective on why we joke. Fri, 21 Dec 2007 10:13:00 EST Small asteroids may do major damage A new look at a 1908 event suggests disaster from space could be more common than once thought. Fri, 21 Dec 2007 06:48:00 EST Whales evolved from raccoon-sized creature, study finds The "missing link" for whales and dolphins was a small hoofed mammal, researchers say. Thu, 20 Dec 2007 05:47:00 EST Galaxy seen blasting neighbor A jet from a galaxy's giant, central black hole is pummeling a nearby galaxy, according to astronomers. Mon, 17 Dec 2007 17:33:00 EST Famed wreck reported found, "pristine" Remains of a ship linked to the scandalous 17th century "pirate," Capt. Kidd., could shed light on a pivotal era, archaeologists say. Fri, 14 Dec 2007 08:10:00 EST Global warming to worsen malnutrition: report Amid rising concern over climate change, three U.N. agencies issued a stark new warning. Wed, 12 Dec 2007 22:40:00 EST Why we feel "slow motion" during crisis Why does "time fly" as you get older -- or seem slower during accidents? Scientists say they have an answer. Tue, 11 Dec 2007 21:36:00 EST Life's building blocks formed on Mars: study Organic molecules might be able to form on any cold, rocky planet, researchers claim. Tue, 11 Dec 2007 15:03:00 EST Did "dark stars" reign in early cosmos? Stars powered by dark matter might still exist, some scientists propose. Thu, 06 Dec 2007 22:02:00 EST Google's kinship with the mind Thinking and using a Web search engine might seem to be very different activities. But a study has found they may draw on similar principles. Wed, 05 Dec 2007 22:38:00 EST Honey may be best for cough, research finds Some cultures have long used honey for cough relief. Wed, 05 Dec 2007 21:51:00 EST Fitness predicts longevity better than fat: study Fat but fit may be OK, researchers say. Wed, 05 Dec 2007 21:50:00 EST Flu mystery may be cracked Influenza spreads in winter because the virus thrives on cold, dry air, scientists have found. Wed, 05 Dec 2007 21:50:00 EST Humans lose to chimps in number memory game Young chimps have an "extraordinary" ability to remember numerals, researchers report. Mon, 03 Dec 2007 17:47:00 EST Dino "mummy" has skin turned to stone A startlingly well-preserved dinosaur may have had stripes and the ability to outrun T. rex, according to researchers. Mon, 03 Dec 2007 04:29:00 EST First reversal of aging in an organ claimed A short-term success in rejuvenating the skin of mice points the way to future progress against aging, scientists say. Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:05:00 EST Antarctic image map to "revolutionize" research A new map of the frozen continent, in unprecedented detail, is free on the Web. Tue, 27 Nov 2007 17:01:00 EST Scientists hope to give artificial limbs "feelings" New findings point to a way amputees could gain sensation in, and more control over, prostheses, researchers say. Mon, 26 Nov 2007 17:00:04 EST A "Big Bang" of plant evolution Scientists are shedding light on what Charles Darwin called an "abominable mystery": how flowers evolved. Mon, 26 Nov 2007 17:00:01 EST Site tied to Rome's legendary founding revealed Archaeologists revealed a site said to have been venerated as the cave where, by legend, a she-wolf raised Rome's twin founders. Thu, 22 Nov 2007 15:13:58 EST Stem cells on demand? Possible, studies suggest Two research teams are reporting that they may have made human cells into stem cells. Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:52:34 EST "Noah's flood" spread farming, researchers say An ancient deluge -- controversially linked to the tale of Noah's Ark -- kick-started European agriculture, a study claims. Mon, 19 Nov 2007 17:38:01 EST Robot infiltrators sway roach group decisions They don't look like cockroaches -- but they smell and act enough like them. Fri, 16 Nov 2007 18:46:23 EST Drastic diet may extend human life: study Researchers knew it worked in animals, but whether we'd benefit has been unclear. Thu, 15 Nov 2007 17:22:29 EST Monkey embryos reported cloned The work could lead to a way to produce patient-specific stem cells for curing disease, researchers say. Wed, 14 Nov 2007 21:35:00 EST What's in a name? Studies link initials to success If you like your name too much, even unconsciously, you might be in trouble, scientists suggest. Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:46:20 EST Alzheimer's "vaccine" seen to aid mice Immunization might blunt or even prevent the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, researchers say. Tue, 13 Nov 2007 12:10:08 EST Cosmic mystery "solved" after decades Ultra-energetic cosmic rays probably come from supermassive black holes, a study concludes. Thu, 08 Nov 2007 13:47:31 EST Why poor kids may make sicker adults Scientists believe they're starting to understand why the poor suffer worse health and shorter lives than the rich. Wed, 07 Nov 2007 12:40:27 EST Solar system "packed with planets" looks like our own Astronomers report finding a solar system that resembles ours more than any other known. Tue, 06 Nov 2007 14:53:04 EST Even monkeys rationalize, study finds After we make a questionable choice, we often think up -- or make up -- new reasons why it was right after all. Tue, 06 Nov 2007 02:10:31 EST Gene tied to lower cognitive function in kids The research raises new possibilites for therapies targeting cognitive function, researchers say. Mon, 05 Nov 2007 16:57:40 EST Competition drives forward robotic car technology A university team won $2 million for its entry in a government-sponsored competition for self-driving cars. Mon, 05 Nov 2007 15:15:02 EST Study suggests how DNA building block might have formed Researchers say the work could help understand how DNA originated on early Earth. Fri, 02 Nov 2007 05:31:42 EST Genes affecting generosity may be found One gene underlying altruism is an evolutionarily ancient strip of DNA also found in rodents, a study indicates. Wed, 31 Oct 2007 12:42:01 EST At 400, clam may be longest-lived animal known A venerable mollusc could shed light on the mysteries of aging, researchers say. Tue, 30 Oct 2007 06:16:46 EST Majority found willing to consider cosmetic surgery The widespread appeal of plastic surgery surprises a scientist studying the issue. Sun, 28 Oct 2007 10:12:50 EST Humans go into heat after all, strip club study finds Mammals go into heat. Except humans -- it's just for animals, right? Wrong, a study has found. Sun, 28 Oct 2007 10:11:51 EST Cosmic anomaly could point to ultimate realities A new proposal for the possible cause of a strange "cold spot" suggests profound implications. Thu, 25 Oct 2007 14:24:03 EST Scientists report flipping worms' sex preferences Research suggests human sexual orientation may be genetic, as with roundworms, researchers say. Thu, 25 Oct 2007 05:28:36 EST Researchers: warming could cause mass extinction Predicted climate change could kill off more than half of animal and plant species, a study warns. Wed, 24 Oct 2007 01:22:30 EST A predisposition to pedophilia? Male pedophiles are shorter than average, hinting at biological factors in pedophilia, researchers say. Tue, 23 Oct 2007 01:13:43 EST Aspirin against heart disease: just for men? First it was an apple; now a small aspirin a day is thought to keep the doctor away, or at least heart attacks. But women might benefit less. Thu, 18 Oct 2007 18:14:28 EST Study: Neanderthals had "language gene" The only gene known to date to underlie language was present in our stocky cousins, scientists say. Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:04:06 EST Elephants tell human friends from foes, study finds Elephants are remarkably perceptive in distinguishing ethnic groups, research suggests. Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:03:39 EST Nobel scientist catches heat over race comments A DNA co-discoverer's reported statements on African and European intelligence raised an uproar. Thu, 18 Oct 2007 04:08:40 EST Trip to beach a milestone in human evolution: study The discovery of coastal living may have put our forbears on the road to modernity, according to researchers. Wed, 17 Oct 2007 13:00:01 EST Making light bend backwards An unusual material could help usher in new electronic devices and ultra-potent microscopes, engineers say. Tue, 16 Oct 2007 23:57:08 EST Probing ancient shipwrecks with DNA DNA can help tell what long-sunken transport jars contained, say scientists studying a Greek wreck. Mon, 15 Oct 2007 22:41:35 EST "Most complete" giant dino, new species, reported found A dinosaur with a huge neck is part of a bonanza of newly described finds. Mon, 15 Oct 2007 17:21:17 EST Feminists are sexy, study finds Stereotypes of feminists as sexually unappealing are wrong: in fact, feminism may improve romance, researchers say. Mon, 15 Oct 2007 14:32:30 EST Hormone found to predict mother-child bonding Levels of a hormone in a pregnant woman predict how closely she'll bond with her baby, scientists report. Mon, 15 Oct 2007 12:55:00 EST Genes for overeating? People driven to eat may need to eat more than others do to get the same rewarding feeling, researchers say. Sun, 14 Oct 2007 15:27:59 EST Oldest wall painting said found Archaeologists report finding an 11,000-year-old mural in Syria. Thu, 11 Oct 2007 19:08:57 EST Other universes may be detectable, published study claims If there are other universes, then one or more of them might leave a mark on ours, a study suggests. Thu, 11 Oct 2007 17:23:46 EST When our vices get the better of us What happens in the brain when we just can't say no? Thu, 11 Oct 2007 17:23:24 EST "Megadroughts" may have driven human evolution Extreme droughts parched tropical Africa as early humans evolved, researchers report. Mon, 08 Oct 2007 17:00:02 EST Could you eat this? Hunt for better fertilizer leads to human urine Healthy people's urine is nutrient-rich and virtually sterile, scientists say. Sun, 07 Oct 2007 23:25:11 EST What lies beneath? Possible Mars caves found A discovery is fueling interest in searches for caves that could shelter Martian life, or human explorers. Sun, 07 Oct 2007 23:23:35 EST Pain relief without the numbness Scientists say they finally can knock out pain-sensing cells without disabling other types. Wed, 03 Oct 2007 14:40:35 EST Craft lifts off to asteroid belt In a mission astronomers are hailing as an historic first, a NASA spacecraft is on its way to study asteroids. Thu, 27 Sep 2007 23:42:44 EST Arctic ice disappearing Arctic sea ice extent just hit a low that shattered previous records, researchers report. Thu, 20 Sep 2007 22:10:20 EST Age of "personal genomics" coming The ethical and clinical implications must be carefully considered, experts say. Thu, 20 Sep 2007 15:23:36 EST Good fences make good neighbors, scientists find Could the cold reasonableness of math prevent the burning irrationality of ethnic strife? Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:53:02 EST A language dies every two weeks, researchers say The demise of each obscure language in some corner of the world snuffs out centuries of tradition, culture and thinking. Tue, 18 Sep 2007 21:52:23 EST Worrisome "silence" in genes may predict lung cancer When it's quiet -- almost "too quiet" -- in movies, it's a sign something may be about to go wrong. Lung cancer may work similarly, researchers say. Wed, 19 Sep 2007 11:49:01 EST Built-in brain "templates" may clue tots to threats Do babies know something about spiders before ever seeing one? Tue, 18 Sep 2007 13:19:21 EST Cold probably didn't end Neanderthals: study What caused the demise of Neanderthal people, around 28,000 years ago in Europe? Wed, 12 Sep 2007 22:14:53 EST Tailored virus kills brain cancer cells in mice A customized virus killed stem cells that cause a highly aggressive, tenacious brain cancer, researchers report. Tue, 11 Sep 2007 16:00:02 EST Sunless but livable planets may be detectable They drift through deep space alone, studies suggest -- lightless, but perhaps not lifeless. Mon, 10 Sep 2007 20:23:19 EST Report: Most polar bears to die out by 2050 Global warm-ing will kill off two-thirds of polar bears by 2050, U.S. government scientists forecast. Sat, 08 Sep 2007 08:58:13 EST Researchers cracking case of the vanishing bees A virus may explain a a mys­teri­ous syn­drome in which bees ab­an­don their hives, in­vest­i­ga­tors say. Thu, 06 Sep 2007 14:13:51 EST Asteroid "crime family" blamed in dino wipeout Scientists say they've learned where the thing that killed the dinosaurs probably came from. Wed, 05 Sep 2007 13:02:41 EST "Spooky" atomic links could lead to "quantum internet" Physicists report making two atoms seemingly communicate across space. Wed, 05 Sep 2007 13:02:13 EST Rockers really are more likely to die young The adage "live fast and die young" seems to be true for rock and pop stars, a study finds. Tue, 04 Sep 2007 13:44:16 EST "Lean gene" found Researchers have reported finding a gene that helps keep its bearers skinny. Tue, 04 Sep 2007 12:21:53 EST Surge in youth bipolar diagnoses seen A study notes a 40-fold rise over a decade in the number of visits to doctors leading to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in U.S. youths. Tue, 04 Sep 2007 12:21:31 EST Finding used to show "race isn't real" withdrawn Famed geneticist Craig Venter dropped his claim that all people have 99.9 percent identical genes, but he still says race doesn't exist. Mon, 03 Sep 2007 20:05:55 EST Reports of dolphin's demise premature A businessman has spotted a Yangtze River dolphin weeks after it was reported probably extinct, scientists say. Fri, 31 Aug 2007 22:04:58 EST Some gene damage from smoking is permanent: study New research may help explain why former smokers are still more prone to cancer than those who have never smoked. Thu, 30 Aug 2007 00:49:18 EST "Spiderman suit" may be on the way Using technology adapted from gecko and spider feet, we could climb walls and ceilings, a study predicts. Tue, 28 Aug 2007 21:27:23 EST Scientists: Ancient Mars microbes might still live Some microbes can live for more than half a million years by repairing their DNA, a study indicates. Mon, 27 Aug 2007 23:56:06 EST "Out of body" research attacks philosophical questions Researchers say they have induced in healthy people the sensation of leaving their own bodies. Fri, 24 Aug 2007 18:15:39 EST Monkeys "baby talk" young Rhesus monkeys make special calls to infants -- but surprisingly, not their own, research has found. Thu, 23 Aug 2007 23:07:17 EST Gaping "hole" in universe detected Astronomers say they have come across an empty zone of stupendous size. Thu, 23 Aug 2007 19:08:44 EST Free Google program brings heavens to Earth It's like having a planetarium on your desktop, an astronomer says. Wed, 22 Aug 2007 18:03:35 EST Humans not just "big-brained apes": scholar Contrary to fashionable thinking, new studies show we really are unique, a psychologist argues. Wed, 22 Aug 2007 01:35:40 EST Behind school shootings, rejection and anger In a study, psychologists offer an assessment of why some students go on killing sprees. Mon, 20 Aug 2007 19:29:32 EST Drug found to erase memories in rats Memory erasure is a recurrent theme in science fiction, but until recently it has stayed in that realm only. Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:41:38 EST Star with long tail astonishes scientists The object is in a sense a real shooting star, unlike most "shooting stars" which are rocks in the sky, astronomers say. Wed, 15 Aug 2007 17:18:45 EST Mom's junk food could put babies at risk Eating junk food while pregnant and breastfeeding could lead to overeating, obese kids, a study suggests. Tue, 14 Aug 2007 20:02:15 EST Pollution blamed for four in 10 deaths Water, air and soil pollution are behind some 40 percent of deaths globally, a study claims. Tue, 14 Aug 2007 01:53:04 EST Animated fluids getting fancy Beer pours, and waves roar, in a video illustrating the latest efforts to make computer-simulated liquids better and cheaper. Tue, 14 Aug 2007 00:52:27 EST Facial attraction: how sexual choices shaped the face Men with large jaws, wide cheeks and big eyebrows are sexy -- or at least were to our evolutionary ancestors, researchers say. Mon, 13 Aug 2007 22:30:20 EST What? Where? When? Some animals may know New findings may bear on debates over whether animals are conscious. Sun, 12 Aug 2007 18:00:01 EST Perseid meteor shower enlivens sky The meteor shower's natural fireworks should become visible in all their glory tonight. Sun, 12 Aug 2007 04:33:14 EST First human-caused dolphin extinction reported China's Yangtze River dolphin was a victim of fishers, and its perilous situation was long known, according to researchers. Sat, 11 Aug 2007 20:51:27 EST Giant galaxy pileup seen Four galaxies are merging in one of the largest cosmic smash-ups ever observed, astronomers say. Tue, 07 Aug 2007 10:01:58 EST Dark matter doubters not silenced yet Growing "proof" that an unseen, exotic substance pervades space still hasn't won over a core of skeptics. Thu, 02 Aug 2007 16:27:23 EST Brain stimulation "awakens" near-unconscious patient A new brain stimulation treatment awakened a patient from a near-vegetative state, researchers report. Wed, 01 Aug 2007 23:33:39 EST Orangutan communication resembles "charades" Captive orangutans use gestures not unlike humans do in the parlor game, researchers say. Wed, 01 Aug 2007 21:32:02 EST Scientists recreate "Hydra" of myth, in miniature In the ancient Greek tale, the hero Hercules kills a many-headed monster that could regrow its heads. Wed, 01 Aug 2007 18:40:14 EST Ancestor of the "living fossil" sheds new light Zoologists called it the find of the century in 1938: a fish thought to have been extinct since dinosaurs roamed. A new discovery may help complete the story. Wed, 01 Aug 2007 04:04:57 EST Blacks who kill whites likeliest to be executed, study finds Bias in the U.S. justice system continues even after sentencing, a sociologist says. Mon, 30 Jul 2007 22:12:13 EST Sabotage, Drinking Reports Shake NASA America's space agency was shaken Thursday by two startling and unrelated reports. Fri, 27 Jul 2007 07:36:52 EST Pot could boost psychosis risk later in life, study finds Evidence points to a link between marijuana use and eventual loss of contact with reality, scientists say. Fri, 27 Jul 2007 06:32:25 EST Obesity spreads socially, study finds Your chances of becoming obese almost triple if a close friend is that way, research suggests. Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:19:19 EST "Itch gene" found Are you scratching yourself to distraction? Relief may come soon, scientists claim. Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:59:27 EST Renewable energy wrecks environment, scientist claims "Renewable" energy isn't green, says a researcher who played an early role in publicizing the issue of global warming. Tue, 24 Jul 2007 15:32:06 EST Surprising chemicals found among stars Discoveries are adding to the known ways in which life's ingredients could form, astronomers say. Mon, 23 Jul 2007 22:23:27 EST Climate change behind U.K. floods? Severe flooding hitting England may stem from global warming, according to some scientists. Mon, 23 Jul 2007 19:23:39 EST Computers can play "perfect" checkers game Computers have played every possible checkers move and solved the game once and for all, scientists report. Mon, 23 Jul 2007 18:43:50 EST Species hiding in plain sight New species are evading detection using an almost foolproof disguise -- their identical appearance to other, known species. Thu, 19 Jul 2007 22:41:25 EST Little protection from cold seen in Vitamin C Taking extra vitamin C daily won't help most people avoid common colds, a report says. Tue, 17 Jul 2007 22:34:56 EST How fear memories take hold Scientists have uncovered a molecular mechanism that they say governs the formation of fears stemming from traumatic events. Mon, 16 Jul 2007 01:04:55 EST Baby mammoth found SCIENCE IN IMAGES: Sci­en­tists are stu­dy­ing what they call the best-preserved spec­i­men of a ba­by mam­moth, found in May in the fro­zen ground of north­west Si­be­ria. Wed, 11 Jul 2007 14:47:33 EST "Clear signs" of water on foreign solar system Researchers say they have the best evidence to date that planets outside our solar system have water. Wed, 11 Jul 2007 13:58:33 EST How Roman farmers left their mark on nature Recently unearthed, ancient settlements are found to have had surprising effects on the landscape above. Mon, 09 Jul 2007 15:00:02 EST Gene therapy reported to wipe out pancreatic cancer in mice Researchers report encouraging signs in the fight against one of the deadliest cancers. Mon, 09 Jul 2007 14:01:52 EST Researchers modify herpes virus to fight cancer A virus designed to kill cancer cells while sparing healthy ones shows promise in a preliminary study, scientists say. Sat, 07 Jul 2007 18:47:14 EST Do women really talk more than men? New research challenges the popular idea that women are the big chatters. Thu, 05 Jul 2007 14:00:03 EST New cancer mutation found Biologists say they have found a mutation implicated in at least four types of cancer. Wed, 04 Jul 2007 13:32:30 EST Cops racist in shooting? Not as much as the rest of us A study has found little evidence that police shoot unarmed black people more readily than unarmed whites. But the research did turn up a surprise. Tue, 03 Jul 2007 14:58:35 EST Poor smell sense could signal early Alzheimer's Difficulty identifying common smells may be the first sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study. Mon, 02 Jul 2007 22:29:19 EST First baby born from eggs matured in lab, frozen Experiments are leading to novel fertility treatments, scientists report. Mon, 02 Jul 2007 22:01:13 EST Universe "forgets" its past Another universe may have preceded ours -- but its exact properties may be unknowable, some physicists have concluded. Sun, 01 Jul 2007 13:14:12 EST Warm rock keeps North America from drowning, geologists say Much of the continent would sink were it not for heat that makes rock buoyant, research has found. Thu, 28 Jun 2007 19:00:01 EST Kitty's family tree analyzed Housecats trace their ancestry back to Near Eastern wildcats, a study indicates. Thu, 28 Jun 2007 16:24:03 EST Archaeologists think they have mummy of Queen Hatshepsut Some researchers believe Hatshepsut, the most famous queen to rule ancient Egypt, has been found. Tue, 26 Jun 2007 01:23:38 EST Human-like altruism claimed in chimps Scientists often assume that purely unselfish behavior, if it exists, is unique to people. Tue, 26 Jun 2007 01:09:17 EST Ancient giant penguins liked it hot New finds shed light on the world of ancient penguins, some of which were as tall as many humans. Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:06:50 EST Intelligence favors first-borns, study finds Children raised as the eldest sibling score slightly higher on intelligence tests, a study has found. Thu, 21 Jun 2007 22:34:13 EST Ancient wolves had bone-crushing teeth, scientists find A specialized breed of gray wolves once roamed Alaska's icy expanses, a study indicates. Thu, 21 Jun 2007 12:57:15 EST The perks and pitfalls of pride What is the origin and purpose of this complex emotion? Wed, 20 Jun 2007 05:52:30 EST Power goes wireless Researchers hope to banish the tangle of cables that keep alive our cell phones, laptops and other small devices. Tue, 19 Jun 2007 13:07:20 EST Gigantic, bird-like dinosaur reported Remains of a colossal, surprisingly bird-like dinosaur have been found in China, scientists say. Wed, 13 Jun 2007 07:11:06 EST Rome reborn in virtual glory Experts have recreated ancient Rome in a three-dimensional computer simulation. Tue, 12 Jun 2007 02:37:52 EST Doctors investigate why man bled green A report in a medical journal describes an unusual case. Thu, 07 Jun 2007 19:00:01 EST First patent claimed on man-made life form, and challenged A research institute is seeking a patent on what could be the first largely man-made organism. Thu, 07 Jun 2007 04:18:46 EST Stem cells from anyone? Patients could one day get new organs and other treatments using cells drawn from their own bodies. Wed, 06 Jun 2007 18:03:08 EST T. rex, the clumsy giant? New research challenges the traditional notion that the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex could turn quickly and chase down agile prey. Tue, 05 Jun 2007 16:10:01 EST Abnormal sex acts linked to array of sleep disorders Sexual behaviors during sleep may be more common than was once thought, researchers say. Fri, 01 Jun 2007 02:14:16 EST Dump "ethnic cleansing" jargon, group implores A team of scholars wants doctors and scientists to lead the world in consigning the phrase "ethnic cleansing" to history. Fri, 01 Jun 2007 00:04:52 EST Lessons from orangutans: upright walking may have begun in trees A new theory suggests our two-legged walk first arose in ancient, tree-dwelling apes. Thu, 31 May 2007 14:00:01 EST Deer moms come to the rescue -- sometimes Mothers in one deer species seem quite generous in defending other parents' kids, a study has found. Not so another species. Wed, 30 May 2007 23:16:18 EST The evolution of animal personalities Personality differences have been documented in dozens of species. What produces the variations? Wed, 30 May 2007 22:15:58 EST Radio "screams" portend nasty space weather Bursts of radio waves can provide advance warning of hazardous radiation storms, astronomers say. Wed, 30 May 2007 20:23:18 EST Monster black holes, quietly cruising the cosmos? Research suggests some galaxy mergers can spit giant black holes into space, for good. Wed, 30 May 2007 02:40:58 EST Dolphin braininess due to social life, studies suggest Dolphins and their kin are widely thought to be among the cleverest creatures. But what might have made them so is unclear. Wed, 30 May 2007 00:44:20 EST Genes may influence our language: researchers Differences in our genes may affect the type of language we speak, linguists report. Mon, 28 May 2007 20:23:55 EST Study: stereotypes alone can hurt female performance A stereotype that boys outperform girls in math causes anxiety that undercuts women's work -- in math and other areas, researchers report. Mon, 28 May 2007 19:40:03 EST "Definitive" evidence of dinosaur swimming found A trackway with 12 claw marks is the best evidence to date that some dinosaurs swam, scientists say. Fri, 25 May 2007 19:03:14 EST Finger length linked to exam scores Measurements of children's finger lengths appear to predict their scores on math and literacy tests, researchers have found. Thu, 24 May 2007 20:24:43 EST Antibiotic resistance genes in our food? The food we eat could be fueling the disturbing spread of antibiotic-resistant infections, scientists warn. Wed, 23 May 2007 08:00:02 EST Saturn rings found clumpier, heavier than thought Saturn's largest, most compact ring consists of clumps of particles separated by gaps, new findings indicate. Wed, 23 May 2007 04:46:35 EST Sex-free shark birth startles scientists, and worries them A female hammerhead shark was found to have given birth without having sex. Tue, 22 May 2007 20:15:22 EST What is consciousness? Study aims to settle debate Researchers also propose to subject claims of "out-of-body experiences" to a strict test. Sun, 20 May 2007 21:45:36 EST Morality: where it came from, where it gets us Morality is an evolved system, not quite equipped to deal with global-scale clashes of values, a scientist says. Thu, 17 May 2007 14:00:01 EST Antarctic depths called possible "cradle of life" Scientists have found hundreds of new sea creatures in a vast, dark deep surrounding Antarctica. Wed, 16 May 2007 23:18:48 EST Biodiversity good for mental health, scientists find Species-rich parks may bring more peace of mind than big green spaces alone can, a study suggests. Wed, 16 May 2007 20:06:38 EST Roots of "free will" seen in flies Insects, with their apathetic eyes and stiff little frames, often seem to epitomize a common view of lower animals as robots. Not so, researchers say. Tue, 15 May 2007 20:00:01 EST The galaxy next door -- our destined home? New simulations predict what could happen when our galaxy, as expected, runs into a neighboring one. Fri, 11 May 2007 00:39:03 EST First map of planet outside our system Astronomers plan someday to map continents and oceans on distant planets. Wed, 09 May 2007 14:07:18 EST Mutation may contribute to human uniqueness Scientists have identified a gene that they say could help account for our distinctive cognitive abilities. Tue, 08 May 2007 19:39:27 EST King Herod's tomb said to be found Herod is said in the Bible to have ordered a slaughter of babies in order to be rid of the newborn Jesus. Tue, 08 May 2007 13:26:17 EST Global warming could shorten day, report predicts Earth's familiar 24-hour cycle may become a hair shorter due to human activities, scientists say. Mon, 07 May 2007 19:24:08 EST "King" of star explosions seen Astronomers report what could be a new type of supernova, the death blast of a massive star. Mon, 07 May 2007 18:52:28 EST Ripples on Sun reported, after 30-year search Findings could help understand the Sun's core -- hub of the original, spinning cloud that became our Solar System. Thu, 03 May 2007 20:02:17 EST New "longevity gene" spurs hopes of long life Findings could lead to new anti-aging treatments, scientists say. Wed, 02 May 2007 13:00:02 EST Female duck anatomy evolves to block "rape" Male and female ducks are evolving in a sexual arms race, according to a study. Tue, 01 May 2007 14:13:03 EST Clues to language origins seen in ape gestures Scientists have found what they call new evidence for an old theory that language began with gestures. Mon, 30 Apr 2007 17:02:49 EST Is reality a misunderstanding? Several physicists say they've confirmed strange predictions of modern physics that flout our most basic ideas of reality Sun, 29 Apr 2007 19:33:47 EST Internet-controlled robots anyone can build New research is touted as bringing robotics to an unprecedented level of public usability. Thu, 26 Apr 2007 22:41:20 EST Distant planet judged possibly habitable Astronomers report finding the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date. Mon, 23 Apr 2007 20:35:18 EST Origin of brain lies in a worm, scientists say Surprising findings also suggest we've flipped over during the course of evolution. Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:14:36 EST City-sized fossil forest found A "spectacular" discovery in a coalmine is said to transform our understanding of the first rainforests. Mon, 23 Apr 2007 03:25:15 EST Black holes may scatter "seeds of life" through cosmos Black holes aren't the all-consuming monsters they're often portrayed as, new research has found. Sun, 22 Apr 2007 15:24:38 EST Ape facial expressions foster group harmony, study finds Facial expressions may have evolved as a sort of social glue in our ape-like ancestors, researchers say. Fri, 20 Apr 2007 12:30:36 EST Robotic arm to conduct brain surgery The machine will give surgeons an unprecedented degree of fine control, the designers say. Wed, 18 Apr 2007 23:36:36 EST Grow a garden to fire kids' veggie-ardor Homes with fruit and vegetable gardens see healthier eating among youth, a study finds. Wed, 18 Apr 2007 22:37:51 EST Swarms of dust-sized particles would explore planets Engineers are devising a new breed of planetary probes: tiny devices that ride the wind. Wed, 18 Apr 2007 16:23:23 EST Ethanol vehicles pose health risks, study finds Ethanol is widely touted as a clean, eco-friendly fuel. But new research challenges that view. Wed, 18 Apr 2007 13:32:06 EST Findings uphold "standard model," for now Researchers presented long-awaited initial data from tests on ghostly particles called neutrinos. Fri, 13 Apr 2007 21:30:04 EST Gene study finds "clearest link yet" to obesity U.K. scientists say they have identified the clearest genetic link yet to obesity in the general population. Thu, 12 Apr 2007 18:55:44 EST Dinosaur molecules decoded Researchers have analyzed molecules from soft tissue of a T. rex, a feat once thought impossible. Thu, 12 Apr 2007 18:11:22 EST "Space tsunamis" investigated New findings are shedding light on celestial storms that help create dramatic light shows. Thu, 12 Apr 2007 15:30:54 EST Catching suicide bombers U.S. researchers say they have developed a way to defeat a key edge that suicide bombers possess. Tue, 10 Apr 2007 05:35:02 EST Plague as a weapon Scientists worry that a disease tied to medieval epidemics may re-emerge as a bioterrorism tool. Tue, 10 Apr 2007 04:41:40 EST Climate report charts "highway to extinction" A new international report on global warming makes dire predictions. Sat, 31 Mar 2007 18:44:16 EST Even after dino dieoff, our mammal forebears laid low: study The dinosaurs' extinction wasn't the direct cause of the great flourishing of mammals, research indicates. Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:14:45 EST Hexagon on Saturn mystifies astronomers An odd, six-sided feature encircles Saturn's north pole. Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:14:17 EST Human evolution, radically reappraised Our evolution has been speeding up exorbitantly, a study contends. Mon, 26 Mar 2007 23:49:48 EST "Emotional eavesdropping" seen in toddlers Toddlers eavesdrop on adults' emotional communications, researchers say. Mon, 26 Mar 2007 23:49:14 EST The next great quake A geophysicist warns that seemingly innocuous geological structures may be "locked, loaded, and dangerous." Thu, 22 Mar 2007 15:00:00 EST Brain mishaps lead to "cold" morality A study at the crossroads of philosophy and neuroscience probed the ingredients of ethics. Wed, 21 Mar 2007 19:00:00 EST Could self-moving objects explain away "dark matter"? Each year, four points on Earth could witness a bizarre phenomenon, a study claims. Tue, 20 Mar 2007 23:00:00 EST Traditional plant knowledge found to give health boost Globalization can strip indigenous peoples of valuable botanical knowledge, researchers say. Mon, 19 Mar 2007 22:00:00 EST Rats can reflect on their knowledge, study finds New research was touted as the first to find this ability in an animal other than primates. Thu, 08 Mar 2007 13:00:00 EST Probe to explore deepest known sinkhole A robotic sub explores and maps unknown, subterranean waters -- a possible prelude to a probe on a distant moon. Thu, 08 Mar 2007 13:00:00 EST Robot walks and swims A new device demonstrates that nature often offers the best solutions for robot design, researchers say. Thu, 08 Mar 2007 13:00:00 EST Little genomes for big dinosaurs They might be giants, but many dinosaurs apparently had genomes no larger than that of a modern hummingbird. Wed, 07 Mar 2007 16:00:00 EST Unifying principle said to govern all galaxies The discovery could say something deep about the cosmos, astronomers claim. Tue, 06 Mar 2007 19:00:00 EST Therapy for traumatized Iraq vets: Iraq again, virtually An unusual treatment has worked for a few troubled war veterans, psychologists report. Tue, 06 Mar 2007 11:00:00 EST "Mafia" behavior noted in birds Researchers have found a new low in the ways of some parasitic birds, which impose their progeny on other birds. Mon, 05 Mar 2007 17:00:00 EST "Wound" in seafloor to be probed Scientists plan to set sail to study a strange geological finding in the depths of the Atlantic. Fri, 02 Mar 2007 06:00:00 EST Seeing red affects achievement Just a flash of red is enough to impair performance on tests, psychologists have found. Fri, 02 Mar 2007 02:00:00 EST Inching closer to regrowing spinal tissue Researchers have regrown a tadpole tail in what they say could be a stride for regenerative medicine. Wed, 28 Feb 2007 09:02:54 EST Angry God, angry people Scriptures portraying a vengeful Lord may encourage their readers to behave in kind, a study reports. Wed, 28 Feb 2007 09:01:52 EST Milky Way’s black hole seen as particle smasher The center of our galaxy acts as a juiced-up version of the particle accelerators we build on Earth, physicists say. Tue, 27 Feb 2007 22:55:51 EST Death from across the galaxy Explosions called gamma-ray bursts could beam lethal radiation across a galaxy, frying life forms along the way, a study has found. Tue, 27 Feb 2007 18:17:46 EST Chimps found using spears Chimps in Senegal were reported making sharpened sticks to hunt other, small primates. Thu, 22 Feb 2007 21:47:07 EST Story of first Americans being rewritten An anthropologist says new evidence could be the final nail in the coffin of traditional views on America's peopling. Thu, 22 Feb 2007 16:15:17 EST Birds found to plan future meals Western scrub jays seem to be acquainted with the concept of diet planning, scientists report. Wed, 21 Feb 2007 14:41:56 EST Video games may boost surgical skill, tests find A small study has linked video game savvy to skill in simulated laparoscopic surgeries. Mon, 19 Feb 2007 16:27:22 EST Genome scan finds new genetic links to autism The first results from a scan of the world's largest collection of DNA from families affected by autism point to two new genetic links. Sun, 18 Feb 2007 14:08:42 EST Sun's "twin" found, as embryo It's one of four newfound "proto-stars" that are probably the youngest imaged by astronomers, the researchers said. Fri, 16 Feb 2007 16:36:25 EST Origami technology Folding a piece of paper, it turns out, can yield a virtually endless array of shapes. Scientists are taking advantage of that. Thu, 15 Feb 2007 22:05:24 EST Cleopatra no beauty? Judge for yourself An Egyptian queen's vaunted looks got an unkind, Valentine's day reassessment from researchers. Wed, 14 Feb 2007 16:39:11 EST Pot found to ease HIV-linked pain Smoked marijuana reduced severe foot pain associated with HIV by a third, researchers report. Mon, 12 Feb 2007 16:04:47 EST Study: Naps may cut heart deaths Naps may do your heart good, researchers have found. Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:00:05 EST Parents blind to their children's weight, study finds Many parents don't notice their children's excess weight -- bad news amid an obesity boom, researchers warn. Fri, 09 Feb 2007 18:01:43 EST Plans for "Noah's Ark" seed vault unveiled A "Doomsday" seed vault would protect today's seeds for a post-apocalyptic future. Fri, 09 Feb 2007 18:00:41 EST Action video games sharpen vision, researchers say A shoot-em-up game improved students' visual acuity 20 percent, according to scientists. Thu, 08 Feb 2007 19:28:16 EST Cosmic blasts re-evaluated They spit out as much energy in seconds as our Sun does in 10 billion years, but no one knows quite why. Thu, 08 Feb 2007 17:36:37 EST Next-generation particle collider planned A proposed accelerator would recreate conditions in the cosmos a trillionth of a second after its birth. Thu, 08 Feb 2007 15:51:21 EST "Youth" pills, hawked online, win over top scientists A company selling pills with "youth-prolonging" molecules has snagged a leading biologist and a Nobel Laureate as customers. Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:24:09 EST For some species, an upside to inbreeding While not recommending it for humans, researchers found inbreeding may make for better parents. Mon, 05 Feb 2007 12:05:44 EST Report spurs backing for global body on warming Fear of runaway global warming pushed over 40 countries to support a bid for a body that could single out, and perhaps police, polluting nations. Sat, 03 Feb 2007 07:47:39 EST How drugs cause hallucinations Scientists say they have partly explained what causes the mind-bending effects of substances such as LSD. Wed, 31 Jan 2007 12:24:59 EST Huge settlement unearthed near Stonehenge The dwellings housed those who built the U.K.'s fabled stone monument, archaeologists say. Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:32:35 EST Dig deeper for Mars life, scientists urge Probes haven't drilled deep enough to find the living cells that might lurk within the red planet, according to new research. Mon, 29 Jan 2007 11:46:50 EST Most horrible sound: vomiting, study finds An online experiment has produced a surprising answer to the age-old question of which sound is most awful. Wed, 24 Jan 2007 15:07:35 EST Family loyalty driving sperm teamwork? The promiscuity of rats and mice may lead to partnerships among their sex cells. Wed, 24 Jan 2007 00:01:47 EST Cancer killed Napoleon, study concludes A new investigation may put to rest nearly 200 years of lingering mysteries, a scientist reports. Wed, 24 Jan 2007 00:01:23 EST Dino flew like a "biplane" The Wright brothers weren't the first to come up with their trademark, double-decker design for aircraft wings, if two scientists are correct. Tue, 23 Jan 2007 00:00:58 EST Activation of brain area found to predict altruism A study might help reveal how the desire to help others takes root in the brain. Sun, 21 Jan 2007 17:04:37 EST Black diamonds come from space, scientists claim Rare, dusky gems may have been parts of massive asteroids that struck Earth, scientists say. Sun, 21 Jan 2007 17:03:54 EST Study: Nobel Prize may add two years to life Fame alone, in­de­pen­d­ent­ly of wealth, seems to give a life-ex­tend­ing boost, two eco­n­o­m­ists re­port. Sat, 20 Jan 2007 20:07:24 EST Mother ducks cooperate on parenting For eider ducks, parenting is a negotiated joint venture, researchers say. Thu, 11 Jan 2007 21:58:40 EST Earliest evidence of modern humans in Europe reported Modern humans who first arose in Africa moved into Europe as early as about 45,000 years ago, a new study indicates. Thu, 11 Jan 2007 19:59:40 EST Homer's Ithaca possibly found British researchers say they may have solved a centuries-old mystery. Wed, 10 Jan 2007 17:09:51 EST How the body becomes asymmetric Tiny molecular motors in cells might help determine which organs go on which side, scientists claim. Tue, 09 Jan 2007 10:02:50 EST "Superstrings" could raise cosmic clatter Physicists are looking for huge, flopping loops of energy in space that could point the way to a theory of everything. Tue, 09 Jan 2007 09:52:33 EST Brain's "shopping circuitry" mapped Researchers say they can now predict whether someone will buy a product by checking their brain activity. Wed, 03 Jan 2007 14:22:10 EST First stars may have been supergiants, researchers say New observations are being cited to support a claim that astronomers have seen the universe's first bright objects. Wed, 03 Jan 2007 14:21:40 EST Nightmares, suicidal tendencies linked A study has found that nightmares are associated with suicidality. Tue, 02 Jan 2007 14:28:25 EST Scans pinpoint brain regions that "see the future" Psychologists say they have found that the brain draws heavily on the past to imagine the future. Tue, 02 Jan 2007 12:29:38 EST Bush administration proposes listing polar bear as "threatened" Environmentalists hailed the move as a possible major shift in direction for U.S. policy on global warming. Wed, 27 Dec 2006 20:39:15 EST Even rats may dream in pictures, study finds Animals, like humans, appear to have sleep imagery, according to scientists. Tue, 19 Dec 2006 05:53:02 EST Surprises in comet dust Dust gathered from a comet and brought to Earth tells a tale of a solar system that partially turned itself inside out, researchers say. Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:10:50 EST Mammals might have flown before birds, scientists claim An ancient squirrel-like, gliding beast differed from all known orders of mammals, a study suggests. Wed, 13 Dec 2006 21:49:34 EST "Trust hormone" now tied to "mind reading" -- and increasingly, autism An unusual hormone has a growing list of documented powers, some of them surprising -- and intriguing to scientists hunting autism treatments. Wed, 13 Dec 2006 05:04:16 EST Why laughter is contagious You can catch it without asking for it, or even necessarily wanting it. Now, scientists say they have an idea of why. Tue, 12 Dec 2006 20:25:47 EST Humor beats disease, researchers find Scientists are reporting what they call most direct evidence yet that ability to laugh saves lives. Tue, 12 Dec 2006 05:08:32 EST Hysteria is real, study finds Hitherto unexplained cases of partial paralysis or numbness may have a physical cause after all, scientists say. Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:02:55 EST Drastic speedup in Arctic melting forecast Arctic summers could be nearly ice-free by 2040, new research suggests -- much sooner than previous forecasts have predicted. Mon, 11 Dec 2006 15:21:41 EST Water still flows on Mars, scientists say NASA photos have revealed bright new deposits in two gullies on Mars. Wed, 06 Dec 2006 19:19:25 EST Galactic evolution both "nature" and "nurture" Galaxies evolve as a result of influences from their surroundings, astronomers have found. Wed, 06 Dec 2006 19:19:00 EST NASA announces lunar base plan The space agency has announced plans to build a permanent lunar base by 2024. Mon, 04 Dec 2006 22:02:39 EST City birds sing their own tune Members of a bird species that have adapted to city life sing a shorter, sharper, faster song than their forest kin, a study has found. Mon, 04 Dec 2006 20:47:15 EST Hard, brutal lives for Neanderthals Neanderthal remains from Spain speak of malnutrition and possible cannibalism, researchers report. Mon, 04 Dec 2006 17:08:25 EST Gene "archaeology" sheds light on male pregnancy A gene might help explain why males get pregnant among members of the seahorse family, according to biologists. Mon, 04 Dec 2006 17:07:59 EST Oldest known ritual: python worship, archaeologist says Snake-worship in Stone-Age Africa might have been the first human ritual, if new findings are correct. Thu, 30 Nov 2006 18:59:04 EST Genes may help predict infidelity, study finds Could DNA tests tell you your risk of being cuckolded? Scientists think so. Thu, 30 Nov 2006 01:20:59 EST Ancient sky calculator awes scientists A 2,000-year-old computer could transform our view of the ancient world, according to researchers. Wed, 29 Nov 2006 17:09:51 EST Success may be a "family affair" A study has led researchers to speculate that career success may be partly genetic. Wed, 29 Nov 2006 02:33:49 EST Science teachers' association accused of oil company influence After the top U.S. science teachers' group spurned some free DVDs, a controversy erupted over a reason they gave for the decision. Mon, 27 Nov 2006 19:43:44 EST Backache? Sitting upright could be culprit "Dignified" might not always equal healthy, a study suggests. Mon, 27 Nov 2006 19:39:28 EST Pot may be good and bad, researchers propose The truth about marijuana might be more complex than either its opponents or its champions suggest, some scientists argue. Sat, 25 Nov 2006 03:01:23 EST We're more genetically diverse than thought: study Research has found that at least one in 10 human genes vary in the number of copies of certain DNA sequences. Thu, 23 Nov 2006 03:08:09 EST A step toward quantum computers Physicists say they've taken a step toward making computers that work at blinding speeds thanks to the weird realities of quantum physics. Wed, 22 Nov 2006 20:03:09 EST One cell makes almost any heart tissue, study finds New research could be a stride forward for therapy to rebuild hearts, but its use of embryonic cells may stir controversy. Wed, 22 Nov 2006 15:16:44 EST Molecules may "anchor" memories in brain Our brains nail down memories by using special proteins as anchors, a study suggests. Tue, 21 Nov 2006 17:21:46 EST Extreme black hole pushes spin "limit" A black hole's blindingly fast rotation could help explain some strange phenomena, physicists say. Tue, 21 Nov 2006 00:29:04 EST Monkeys wearing perfume? Study investigates Some wild spider monkeys dab on a chewed-leaf paste that may act as a sort of cologne, researchers say. Fri, 17 Nov 2006 19:43:40 EST Red wine ingredient found to boost endurance A substance earlier linked to long life in animals, also "re-programs" muscle to double endurance, a mouse study indicates. Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:14:18 EST "Dark energy" an age-old phenomenon, study finds A weird force pushing our universe outward has existed since near the beginning, astrophysicists say. Thu, 16 Nov 2006 14:09:32 EST Neanderthal DNA partially sequenced Scientists have preliminarily mapped out when the stocky human cousins diverged from our species. Wed, 15 Nov 2006 17:35:22 EST Cleansing nuclear fallout from the body A U.S. government scientist envisions purging the body of fallout with a compound from crab shells. Mon, 13 Nov 2006 20:55:52 EST Physical activity might explain vets' risk for wasting disease A report has found "limited and suggestive evidence" that military service raises the risk for Lou Gehrig's disease. Fri, 10 Nov 2006 19:39:09 EST Gay men likelier to gamble addictively, study suggests A small study may fuel a charged debate over why homosexuals, as growing evidence suggests, suffer addictions unusually often. Thu, 09 Nov 2006 22:57:39 EST Laser reveals hidden earthquake "time bombs" Using an aircraft-mounted laser, scientists say they've found quake-prone fault lines concealed by woods. Wed, 08 Nov 2006 20:55:11 EST Mystery of sudden infant deaths may be solved: researchers "Sudden infant death syndrome" results from abnormalities in the brain stem, a primitive brain region, a study suggests. Wed, 08 Nov 2006 20:52:39 EST Pollution may impair brain development worldwide, researchers say A silent pandemic may have boosted the number of retarded people while sapping the ranks of the intelligent, a study claims. Tue, 07 Nov 2006 20:25:34 EST Saturn moon resembles Earth at life’s birth, study finds Hazy skies on early Earth, similar to those on Saturn’s moon Titan, could have provided the ingredients for life, chemists say. Tue, 07 Nov 2006 03:18:37 EST Testosterone levels dropping, research finds Scientists cited a "substantial," unexplained drop in American men's testosterone levels in the past two decades. Sat, 04 Nov 2006 13:24:02 EST Almost no more seafood after 2048 at current rates, study warns Seafood will be all but a memory if fishing and pollution go on at current rates, a study predicts. Thu, 02 Nov 2006 14:02:54 EST Antimatter rays studied as medical treatment Scientists are studying what could arguably be the first use of an exotic substance, antimatter, in medical treatment. Thu, 02 Nov 2006 13:34:12 EST Brain scans examine "speaking in tongues" People lose control of their speech in a mysterious religious practice, brain scientists report. Wed, 01 Nov 2006 19:45:51 EST Study: red wine substance counteracts bad diet, extends life A compound found to extend lifespans in various small animals, does so even in mice on fatty diets, researchers say. Wed, 01 Nov 2006 13:51:54 EST More evidence for Neanderthal-human mixing claimed A study has concluded that some long-ignored fossils are blends of human and Neanderthal. Mon, 30 Oct 2006 17:00:18 EST The newborn mind's not-quite "blank slate" New findings may shed light on the old nature-nurture debate, researchers say. Mon, 30 Oct 2006 17:00:14 EST Elephants recognize mirror image; elephant ancestor found Two new studies make strides in elephant biology, according to scientists. Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:59:05 EST Report: dinos took repeat pounding before final exit A new account of the reptiles' demise demotes a famous meteor impact to a secondary role. Thu, 26 Oct 2006 13:44:20 EST Oldest complex organic molecules found in fossils Ancient molecules from creatures known as sea lilies offer a new way to map evolution, scientists say. Wed, 25 Oct 2006 16:59:13 EST Vampires shown mathematically impossible Researchers have laid to rest one source of Halloween nightmares. Wed, 25 Oct 2006 02:10:47 EST A wild, and gay, kingdom Nature is prancing, fluttering and altogether teeming with gay animals, say organizers of the first museum exhibition on the topic. Wed, 25 Oct 2006 02:10:23 EST Strange, underworld microbes raise hopes for alien life Bacteria found deep in a gold mine rely on energy from radioactive uranium to live, scientists say. Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:01:09 EST Pot against Alzheimer's? Research suggests the widely maligned drug may protect against a devastating brain illness. Wed, 18 Oct 2006 13:02:50 EST Facial expressions may be inherited: study The blind make similar facial expressions as their relatives, researchers have found. Tue, 17 Oct 2006 01:17:25 EST Yes, we have no blue bananas Color perception depends partly on expectations, a study suggests. Sun, 15 Oct 2006 22:11:17 EST The science of dough The squishy bread ingredient has become an object of engineering studies. Sat, 14 Oct 2006 20:41:25 EST Paper challenges bedrock law of nature The conservation of energy law states, in essence, that there's no free lunch. But is there? Sat, 14 Oct 2006 16:29:38 EST Tiny genome may be melting away, study suggests Researchers have identified the smallest known genome, and say it may suffer a strange fate. Thu, 12 Oct 2006 14:00:15 EST Earth's wobbles may explain some extinctions, research finds Wobbles in Earth's orbit may explain a puzzling cycle of extinctions, scientists say. Wed, 11 Oct 2006 17:26:12 EST Strongest evidence yet that planets form from "disks" The philosopher Emmanuel Kant got it right 200 years ago, researchers proclaim. Mon, 09 Oct 2006 20:27:53 EST For ants, one playbook fits many situations Scientists are interested in the "algorithms," or step-by-step rules, by which organisms make decisions. Mon, 09 Oct 2006 17:04:55 EST Fitness, childhood IQ may affect old-age brain function Mental function in old age depends more on fitness than on childhood IQ, a study has found. Mon, 09 Oct 2006 17:04:33 EST Computers help churn out cancer remedies Scientists are working on ways to make computers churn out new cancer treatments, with no need to figure out how they work. Fri, 29 Sep 2006 15:02:36 EST Computers help churn out new cancer remedies Scientists are working on ways to make computers churn out cancer remedies, with no need to figure out how they work. Fri, 29 Sep 2006 14:58:10 EST Burglars found to be as skilled as pilots Burglars are so good at robbing houses, they should be regarded as experts in their field, researchers say. Wed, 27 Sep 2006 13:43:51 EST Scientists attack mysteries of Mona Lisa For centuries she has given us mysterious looks. Now researchers claim to have cracked some mysteries of the painting itself. Tue, 26 Sep 2006 20:24:31 EST Physicists seek to put one thing in two places Researchers say they've made an object move just by watching it, which is inspiring them to a still bolder project. Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:20:18 EST Earth hottest in 5,000 years, study suggests A further slight increase will produce dangerous sea level rises and species exterminations, scientists warn. Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:19:47 EST Chemistry defeats the "Godzilla of odors" Chemicals known as isonitriles have a stench so vile, its victims claim to suffer mental scars for a while. Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:19:19 EST "Lucy's Baby": pre-human fossil dazzles scientists Human-like below the waist, ape-like above, an ancient tot is stirring up the study of our origins. Wed, 20 Sep 2006 13:00:46 EST Woman gets "bionic arm" A new device is meant to let amputees move artificial arms just by thinking. Thu, 14 Sep 2006 17:14:10 EST Ancient writing system said to be found Archaeologists report the oldest writing system known in the New World. Thu, 14 Sep 2006 14:30:16 EST Planet "lighter than cork" baffles astronomers An unknown mechanism may heat some planets internally, puffing them up, researchers say. Thu, 14 Sep 2006 14:29:48 EST Neanderthals hung on tough, study finds Neanderthals didn't give up on existence easily, scientists report. Wed, 13 Sep 2006 18:07:14 EST Arctic meltdown? Arctic sea ice is hitting record lows, probably due to global warming, NASA researchers say. Wed, 13 Sep 2006 15:24:41 EST Voices in your head might be good Psychologists have launched a study to learn why some people consider voices in their heads helpful. Wed, 13 Sep 2006 15:24:20 EST Green tea may save lives, researchers find A Japanese study links the beverage to lower death rates. Tue, 12 Sep 2006 16:00:28 EST Baby bugs team up for sex scam The moment they're born, beetles of one species join forces for a curious drill. Mon, 11 Sep 2006 17:03:57 EST "Vegetative" patient can think, study suggests Brain imaging peers into the inner lives of people thought to be totally unresponsive. Mon, 11 Sep 2006 17:03:25 EST Eye photos might deter crime, police say following research An unusual experiment is the inspiration for a new police campaign. Mon, 11 Sep 2006 17:02:59 EST Paintings really can be "heard," scientist says It seems the artist Kandinsky wasn't talking nonsense when he said his pictures could be heard. Mon, 11 Sep 2006 17:02:32 EST Livable worlds abound, simulations find: Computer studies indicate Earth-like planets, warm and wet enough for life, should be plentiful. Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:03:47 EST Lost planet, or vastest system? A planet thought to drift alone may instead help form the widest known planetary system, scientists say. Wed, 06 Sep 2006 20:13:45 EST Gene fights cancer by aging us, studies find Biologists say they've found a gene that protects against cancer by suppressing cell division -- making us age faster. Wed, 06 Sep 2006 20:12:49 EST Protest over new planet definition More than 300 scientists have signed a petition protesting a redefinition of "planet" adopted officially last month. Wed, 06 Sep 2006 20:10:19 EST Study: Most dinosaurs still unaccounted for Researchers say 71 percent of dinosaur types have yet to be discovered. Wed, 06 Sep 2006 20:09:17 EST Invisible 9/11 victims: the unborn Stress over the 2001 attacks apparently triggered hundreds of miscarriages if not more, studies have found. Fri, 01 Sep 2006 17:58:39 EST NASA awards contract for moon craft Lockheed Martin Corp. won a contract to build a manned lunar spacecraft. Fri, 01 Sep 2006 17:58:29 EST Bird attacks a force in human evolution? Prehistoric raptors may have routinely targeted our ancestors for meals, scientists say. Tue, 29 Aug 2006 20:54:05 EST A trip to cannibal country A journalist ventures into one of the last places on Earth where humans eat each other, and like it. Tue, 29 Aug 2006 20:53:36 EST Researchers create permanently "happy" mice A breed of permanently "cheerful" mice is providing hope for depression treatment, scientists report. Tue, 29 Aug 2006 20:52:32 EST Pluto no longer a planet A newly adopted definition of "planet" shuts out a longtime member of the planetary club. Thu, 24 Aug 2006 12:04:21 EST New stem cell technique would avoid killing embryos Scientists say they've managed to grow human embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos. Wed, 23 Aug 2006 14:50:28 EST Jilted dogs feel intense jealousy, study finds New research challenges long-held scientific beliefs about animal emotions. Tue, 22 Aug 2006 13:28:40 EST Ants' Olympic jumps caught on tape New high-speed videoclips show how certain ants manage to jump 40 times their own length. Tue, 22 Aug 2006 13:28:05 EST Stupendous crash proves "dark matter" exists, astronomers claim The most forceful known collision in the universe has torn apart normal and dark matter, researchers say. Mon, 21 Aug 2006 14:10:56 EST "Artificial muscles" to liven TV color Scientists are exploring a technology that they say could produce more lifelike colors. Mon, 21 Aug 2006 14:10:29 EST A gene that makes us human? A newfound gene might help explain why our brains are so big, researchers say. Wed, 16 Aug 2006 22:50:43 EST Bringing back the extinct Mouse experiments are reviving the idea that some extinct species can be resurrected. Wed, 16 Aug 2006 22:50:16 EST Now downloadable: "music" of the stars The an­cient Greeks be­lieved the stars par­t­i­ci­pate in a sort of ce­l­es­t­ial sym­phony. They had it wrong—but not to­tally. Sun, 13 Aug 2006 13:04:13 EST "Toxic environment" making kids fat, study claims Unhealthy, addictive food is behind today's obesity epidemic, a scientist says. Fri, 11 Aug 2006 17:02:45 EST No black holes after all? One of the universe's brightest and furthest known objects might not be a black hole as traditionally thought, a study suggests. Fri, 11 Aug 2006 17:02:38 EST New robot rolls on ball A newly built robot balances and moves on a metal ball instead of legs or wheels. Fri, 11 Aug 2006 11:02:41 EST Driverless cars to unclog traffic Authorities in Europe are pushing a plan to ease traffic and pollution through automated vehicles. Fri, 11 Aug 2006 11:01:48 EST Human-animal mixing going too far, report says An organization is warning that the creation of fused organisms raises grave ethical questions. Tue, 08 Aug 2006 20:40:33 EST