Black death was not spread by rat fleas
2014-04-01 08:47:21 UTC
Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th ...
Our home in space, the Solar System
2014-03-23 07:57:24 UTC
Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far ...
Behemoth star destroys potential solar systems
2014-03-19 06:58:17 UTC
A massive star in the Orion Nebula is obliterating some planet nurseries while sparing others. Measurements of the dust swirling around Orion’s young stars reveal a zone of destruction near the massive star, one of the brightest in the nebula. Yet...
Do your bit for bumblebees
2014-03-19 06:53:29 UTC
Bumblebee populations are in decline, but scientists don’t have enough data on which bee species live where to target conservation efforts. People throughout North America, armed with smartphones and cameras, can now help find the bumblebees.
Gravitational waves unmask universe just after Big Bang
2014-03-19 07:00:21 UTC
Astronomers have detected the earliest echoes of the Big Bang, confirming a decades-old hypothesis that describes the universe’s ultrafast expansion during its first moments. The findings provide researchers with the first direct measurement of co...
NASA: humans will outsmart dinosaurs
2014-03-10 16:26:03 UTC
An asteroid at least 10km wide may have seen off the dinosaurs 66m years ago, but will humankind be smart enough to avoid a similar fate?
Nasa is working on it. The space agency has spent the last 16 years searching for near-Earth asteroids lar...
Hubble Telescope captures shattering asteroid
2014-03-07 02:42:56 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid.
Asteroid P/2013 R3 was detected in September in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It appeared as a fuzz...
Get ready for a cosmic event - Plutopalooza
2014-02-17 04:59:28 UTC
It's time to get cracking on plans for a cosmic event. If all goes according to plan, in July 2015, the New Horizons probe, which was launched on Jan. 19, 2006 with Clyde Tombaugh's ashes on board, will arrive at Pluto.
There was a lot of excit...
Indonesian volcano brings life as well as death
2014-02-16 07:19:22 UTC
SIDOMULYO, Indonesia (AP) — The ash and debris that Indonesia's Mount Kelud blasted from its belly brought death and misery, and disrupted international air traffic. But for many of the millions of people cleaning up in the wake of the explosi...
Methane Leaks from the U.S. natural gas production
2014-02-14 09:44:08 UTC
WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”
But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from tradi...
New research shows how circumbinary planets form
2014-02-01 10:38:58 UTC
One planet, two stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form.
Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world cou...
Exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered
2014-01-27 19:25:02 UTC
An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 m...
Ocean water may reach upper mantle through deep sea faults
2014-02-01 10:39:53 UTC
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from Earth's oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought.
Water is carried mantle by deep sea fault zones which p...
One Step at a Time, Researchers Learning How Humans Walk
2014-01-19 10:35:25 UTC
Humans and some of our hominid ancestors such as Homo erectus have been walking for more than a million years, and researchers are close to figuring out how we do it.
It's never been completely clear how human beings accomplish the routine, tak...
Chimps Can Use Gestures to Communicate in Hunt for Food
2014-01-19 10:31:01 UTC
Remember the children's game "warmer/colder," where one person uses those words to guide the other person to a hidden toy or treat? Well, it turns out that chimpanzees can play, too.
Researchers at Georgia State University's Language Research C...
Male Honey Bees More Susceptible Than Females
2014-02-01 10:41:11 UTC
Gender differences in nature are common, including in humans. A research team from Bern, Switzerland has found that male European honey bees, or drones, are much more susceptible than female European honey bees, known as workers, to a fungal intes...
Key Proteins Identified Responsible for Electrical Communication in Heart
2014-01-14 08:32:58 UTC
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers have found that six proteins -- five more than previously thought -- are responsible for cell-to-cell communication that regulates the heart and plays a role in limiting the size of heart attacks and stroke...
Bacteria Seed Ocean With Nutrient-Rich Packets
2014-01-13 10:35:30 UTC
The most abundant photosynthetic organism in the world sheds countless little sacs into the oceans, which could be having a dramatic impact on marine ecosystems, according to a new study. These microbial buds contain proteins and genetic material,...
The True Color of Ancient Sea Creatures
2014-01-12 09:55:22 UTC
Looking a bit like a dolphin, but with a long slim snout filled with pointy teeth, one species of ichthyosaur was practically invisible in the murky depths of Jurassic seas, thanks to dark pigmentation that covered its entire body. That’s one conc...
Bacteria Lay Out Welcome Mat for Tubeworms
2014-01-12 09:49:23 UTC
Although they remain firmly attached to rocks on the sea floor and other surfaces for most of their lives, ocean-dwelling tubeworms spend their early days as free-swimming larvae, looking for a place to call home. A key factor in their decision to...
Potentially record-setting cold to start Sunday
2014-01-05 10:21:54 UTC
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bitterly cold temperatures blowing into the Midwest and Northeast in the coming days are likely to set records, disrupt schools along with airports and endanger those who go outside without the proper clothing.
How to reveal cloudy weather on alien world?
2014-01-02 07:21:05 UTC
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Universit...
To grow or to defend: How plants decide
2014-01-02 07:21:16 UTC
Scientists have discovered how plants use steroid hormones to choose growth over defense when their survival depends on it. The findings published in the open-access scientific journal eLife could be used to engineer crops that combine size with p...
Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100
2014-01-02 07:10:01 UTC
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon...
Interview: Bharat Ratna winner CNR Rao talks about science in India and his immediate interest, artificial photosynthesis
2013-12-29 08:47:47 UTC
While India is doing well in scientific research “others are doing better and more”, says Dr Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, better known as CNR Rao or simply Dr Science, who has just been honoured with the country’s highest civilian honour, th...