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February 21, 2016
New species couldn't hop, but outlived its fanged kangaroo contemporaries
A University of Queensland-led study has discovered a new genus and two new species of, extinct kangaroos which couldn't hop, but may have been ancestral to all kangaroos and wallabies living today.

From Hiroshima University to the World
Hiroshima University will host the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine for a special public talk on March 7th, 2016.

Taste sensors in fly legs control feeding
Scientists at Tohoku University have uncovered the role of taste sensors in fly legs to control feeding.

Galaxy trailed by stunning plume of gas
Astronomers have discovered a spectacular tail of gas more than 300,000 light years across coming from a nearby galaxy.

Most precise measurement of reactor antineutrino spectrum reveals intriguing surprise
Members of the International Daya Bay Collaboration, who track the production and flavor-shifting behavior of electron antineutrinos generated at a nuclear power complex in China, have obtained the most precise measurement of these subatomic particles' energy spectrum ever recorded.

Paper skin sensors for environmental monitoring
Everyday materials found in the kitchen, such as aluminum foil, sticky note paper, sponges and tape, have been used by a team of electrical engineers from KAUST to develop a low-cost sensor that can detect external stimuli, including touch, pressure, temperature, acidity and humidity.

E. coli survives predatory bacteria by playing hide and seek
Knowledge of defense and attack mechanisms in bacteria is crucial for future development of potential alternatives to antibiotics, say Hebrew University scientists, whose research studied the relations between E. coli and bacterial predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus.

New genetic cause of gastric and prostate cancer identified
Researchers at Hiroshima University have opened the door to finding a new class of cancer-causing genetic variations.

Altai Neanderthal shows gene flow from early modern humans
Using several genetic analytical methods, an international research team has identified an interbreeding event between Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred about 100,000 years ago -- tens of thousands of years earlier than previous scientific estimates.

Patients with no schooling benefit least from blood thinning medications
Patients with no schooling benefit least from blood thinning medications, reveals a European Heart Rhythm Association/European Society of Cardiology survey published today in Europace.

First European advice launched for deadly acute heart failure
The first European advice on emergency care for patients with acute heart failure is published today in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care.

Japanese earthenware time capsules contain 4,300-year-old cockroach egg case impressions
Impressions of cockroach egg cases from 4,300-year-old Japanese potsherds (broken pottery fragments) have been found in southern Japan.

Gaps in reporting leave turtles vulnerable
A James Cook University study has called for a change in the way we manage bycatch -- to better monitor the unintentional catching of sea turtles by commercial fishers. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to