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  • Synchrotron X-ray sheds light on some of the world's oldest dinosaur eggs
    Posted on April 9, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Scientists have reconstructed the skulls of some of the world's oldest known dinosaur embryos in 3D, using powerful and non-destructive synchrotron techniques. They found that the skulls develop in the same order as those of today's crocodiles, […]

  • Archaeologists on a 5,000-year-old egg hunt
    Posted on April 8, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Scientists are closer to cracking a 5,000-year-old mystery surrounding the ancient trade and production of decorated ostrich eggs. Long before Fabergé, ornate ostrich eggs were highly prized by the elites of Mediterranean civilizations during […]

  • Revolutionary new method for dating pottery sheds new light on prehistoric past
    Posted on April 8, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    A team has developed a new method to date archaeological pottery using fat residues remaining in the pot wall from cooking. The method means prehistoric pottery can be dated with remarkable accuracy, sometimes to the window of a human life span. […]

  • Repairing stroke-damaged rat brains
    Posted on April 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Researchers have succeeded in restoring mobility and sensation of touch in stroke-afflicted rats by reprogramming human skin cells to become nerve cells, which were then transplanted into the rats' brains. […]

  • Engineered virus might be able to block coronavirus infections, mouse study shows
    Posted on April 7, 2020 at 11:27 am

    No vaccines exist that protect people against infections by coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, or the ones that cause SARS and MERS. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, many labs around the world have developed a […]

  • What makes Saturn's atmosphere so hot
    Posted on April 6, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    New analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft found that electric currents, triggered by interactions between solar winds and charged particles from Saturn's moons, spark the auroras and heat the planet's upper atmosphere. […]

  • The Milky Way's satellites help reveal link between dark matter halos and galaxy formation
    Posted on April 6, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Just like we orbit the sun and the moon orbits us, the Milky Way has satellite galaxies with their own satellites. Drawing from data on those galactic neighbors, a new model suggests the Milky Way should have an additional 100 or so very faint […]

  • Lucy had an ape-like brain
    Posted on April 3, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    A new study led by paleoanthropologists reveals that Lucy's species Australopithecus afarensis had an ape-like brain. However, the protracted brain growth suggests that -- as is the case in humans -- infants may have had a long dependence on […]

  • When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth
    Posted on April 2, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Scientists share details of the most ancient fossil of Homo erectus known and discuss how these new findings are forcing us to rewrite a part of our species' evolutionary history. […]

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