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Evolutionary leap from fins to legs was surprisingly simple
New research reveals that the limbs of the earliest four-legged vertebrates, dating back more than 360 million years ago, were no more structurally diverse than the fins of their aquatic ancestors. (2016-03-08)
Leaf mysteries revealed through the computer's eye
A computer program that learns and can categorize leaves into large evolutionary categories such as plant families will lead to greatly improved fossil identification and a better understanding of flowering plant evolution, according to an international team of researchers. (2016-03-07)
CO/NO dual sensor for real time brain event observation
IBS records separate, simultaneous carbon monoxide/nitric oxide levels during induced seizure activity. (2016-03-03)
'A load of old rot': Fossil of oldest known land-dweller identified
The earliest example of an organism living on land -- an early type of fungus -- has been identified. (2016-03-02)
Taming oceans for 24/7 power
OIST team proposes a novel ocean-current turbine design. (2016-03-02)
Recoupling crops and livestock offers energy savings to Northeast dairy farmers
For Pennsylvania dairy farmers, producing feed grain on-farm requires significantly less energy than importing it from the Midwest, according to Penn State researchers whose findings may help dairy farmers save energy and money in the face of rising feed costs. (2016-03-02)
NREL analysis finds tax credit extensions can impact renewable energy deployment and electric sector
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory today released new analysis exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits on the deployment of renewable generation technologies and related US electric sector carbon dioxide emissions. (2016-03-01)
New climate study argues for carbon fee
A new study reports that current rising temperatures already noticeably load the 'climate dice,' with growing practical impacts. (2016-03-01)
Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight
Losing the ability to fly gave ancient penguins their unique locomotion style. (2016-03-01)
520-million-year-old fossilized nervous system is most detailed example yet found
A 520-million-year-old fossilized nervous system -- so well-preserved that individually fossilized nerves are visible -- is the most complete and best example yet found, and could help unravel how the nervous system evolved in early animals. (2016-02-29)
Predicting human evolution: Teeth tell the story
Researchers find evolution of human teeth to be much simpler than previously thought, and can predict the sizes of teeth missing from hominin fossils. (2016-02-25)
Europe 2030: Energy saving to become 'first fuel'
By 2030, more energy will be saved than the amount of energy consumed deriving from oil, according to a JRC analysis. (2016-02-25)
Study: Carbon tax needed to cut fossil fuel consumption
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests otherwise: Technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all the oil, gas, and coal we can, unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions. (2016-02-24)
Adapted Trombe wall now used for both building heating and cooling
Researcher Marwa Dabaieh from Lund University in Sweden has come up with a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall -- a passive solar building design from the 19th century -- to not only heat but also cool buildings, while drastically reduce associated carbon emissions. (2016-02-24)
Predicting human evolution: Teeth tell the story
New research shows that the evolution of human teeth is much simpler than previously thought, and that we can predict the sizes of teeth missing from human and hominin fossils. (2016-02-24)
One rule to grow them all
A new study by an international team including researchers from Arizona State University, combined tools from embryology, comparative anatomy and computational biology to reveal that a single embryonic rule has regulated hominin tooth size. (2016-02-24)
Urban soils release surprising amounts of carbon dioxide
In the concrete jungle at the core of a city, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are dominated by the fossil fuels burned by the dense concentrations of cars and buildings. (2016-02-23)
Using fossilized remains, scientists complete the mitochondrial genome of the glyptodont
Scientists have sequenced the entire mitochondrial genome of the ancient glyptodont, a giant, strange mammal and ancestor of the modern-day armadillo, which first appeared approximately 4 million years ago, roaming the Earth until its extinction during the Ice Age. (2016-02-22)
Extinct glyptodonts really were gigantic armadillos, ancient DNA shows
According to researchers who have reconstructed the family tree of glyptodonts based on their mitochondrial genome, reconstructed from small fragments of DNA extracted from bits of a protective, bony carapace. (2016-02-22)
Texas fish of dinosaur era, at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, found to be new species
A 90-million-year-old fossil fish, currently on display at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, turns out to be a new species. (2016-02-22)
Sea level rise in 20th century was fastest in 3,000 years, Rutgers-led study finds
Global sea level rose faster from 1900 to 2000 than during any of the previous 27 centuries. (2016-02-22)
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. (2016-02-21)
Ancient lone star lizard lounged in lush, tropical Texas
Researchers have discovered a new species of extinct worm lizard in Texas and dubbed it the 'Lone Star' lizard. (2016-02-19)
Sauropod swimmers or walkers?
An international team of scientists, led by the China University of Geosciences in Beijing and including palaeontologists from the University of Bristol, has shed new light on some unusual dinosaur tracks from northern China. (2016-02-18)
500 million-year-old fossils show how extinct organisms attacked their prey
Most fossils preserve the physical remains of organisms and their structure; however, geologists and paleobiologists at the University of Missouri recently collaborated to study fossils that reveal the behaviors of predators preserved as traces in ancient sediments. (2016-02-17)
Assessing carbon capture technology
Carbon capture and storage could be used to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and thus ameliorate their impact on climate change. (2016-02-17)
Paleontologist Thomas Tütken receives ERC Consolidator grant
The European Research Council has granted EUR 1.7 million funding to the research project 'Vertebrate Herbivory' led by Dr. (2016-02-17)
Fossil analysis pushes back human split from other primates by 2 million years
A paper in the latest issue of the journal Nature suggests a common ancestor of apes and humans, Chororapithecus abyssinicus, evolved in Africa, not Eurasia, two million years earlier than previously thought. (2016-02-16)
Portion of ancient Australian chert microstructures definitively pseudo-fossils
A team of scientists including Carnegie's Dina Bower and Andrew Steele weigh in on whether microstructures found in 3.46 billion-year-old samples of a silica-rich rock called chert found in Western Australia are the planet's oldest fossils. (2016-02-16)
Ancient flowering plant was beautiful -- but probably poisonous
Researchers today announced the discovery of the first-ever fossil specimens of an 'asterid' -- a family of flowering plants that gave us everything from the potatoes to petunias and our morning cup of coffee. (2016-02-15)
Trapped in amber: Flower identified by Rutgers plant biologist as new species
A Rutgers scientist has identified a flower trapped in ancient amber as belonging to a species completely new to science. (2016-02-15)
X-raying of fossil beetles
The layman considers fossil beetles just stones. Even experts were able to describe the shape of the millimeter-sized fossils only. (2016-02-15)
New CU study confirms giant flightless bird wandered the Arctic 50 million years ago
New research by the University of Colorado Boulder and the Chinese Academy of Sciences confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million years ago. (2016-02-12)
Anniversary grant from VILLUM FONDEN for a new center for developing sustainable
With a huge grant of DKK 150 million, VILLUM FONDEN supports the establishment of a new, ambitious research center at DTU. (2016-02-12)
Success in making use of waste heat to generate electrical power
The industrial engineer Patricia Aranguren-Garacochea has successfully demonstrated in an experiment that the waste heat from the combustion fumes produced by a boiler and an industrial kiln can be used to generate electricity. (2016-02-11)
100-mllion-year-old amber preserves oldest animal societies
Fighting ants, giant solider termites, and foraging worker ants recently discovered in 100-million-year-old amber provide direct evidence for advanced social behavior in ancient ants and termites -- two groups that are immensely successful because of their ability to organize in hierarchies. (2016-02-11)
South Africa's Sterkfontein Caves produce 2 new hominin fossils
Two new hominin specimens, a finger bone and a molar, that were found in South Africa's Sterkfontein Caves seem to be from early hominins that can be associated with early stone tool-bearing sediments that entered the cave more than two million years ago. (2016-02-11)
Study: Fossil record disappears at different rates
Considerably more of the fossil record of creatures such as mammoths, mastodons, camels, horses and ground sloths has been lost in what is now the continental United States and South America than in Alaska and areas near the Bering Strait. (2016-02-10)
Scientists say window to reduce carbon emissions is small
At the rate humans are emitting carbon into the atmosphere, the Earth may suffer irreparable damage that could last tens of thousands of years, according to a new analysis. (2016-02-08)
Early human ancestor didn't have the jaws of a nutcracker, study finds
Research published in 2012 garnered international attention by suggesting that a possible early human ancestor had lived on a diverse woodland diet including hard foods mixed in with tree bark, fruit, leaves and other plant products. (2016-02-08)
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