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Finding a consumable male contraceptive compound that is safe, effective and reversible has been relatively elusive for scientists but a new study has revealed that the secret to a male birth control pill may lie in a plant extract that has ancient African origins...Continue Reading Ancient African arrow poison inspires prospective male contraceptiveCategory: ScienceTags: Birth Contro
In what sounds like the beginning of an 80s adventure movie, in 1998 a group of kids had their basketball game interrupted by a meteorite crashing to Earth just yards away. It turns out that this space rock, along with another that fell in Morocco that same year, contained traces of liquid water and organic compounds vital to life. Now, a comprehensive chemical analysis of the two meteorites
A few years ago the fossilized remains of a baby girl were uncovered in a harsh and isolated part of central Alaska. The remains were dated at 11,500 years old and a new DNA study has now revealed, not only an incredible insight into the origins of human migration into North America, but also the existence of a previously undiscovered population of humans that have been named "Ancient Beringi
Scientists have discovered that the waters off New Zealand were once the home of a penguin so large it could look a full-grown human in the eye. The 60 million year old remains of the giant flightless bird were examined by a team led by Gerald Mayr at Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, who concludes that the species was one of the largest penguins ever fou
the architects divided the existing residual wall into two parts in order to create a courtyard and improve circulation. The post RSAA/büro ziyu zhuang incorporates ancient village traditions for remote residence in china appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
An international team of astronomers has completed the deepest spectroscopic survey of the early universe ever undertaken, collecting data on 1,600 galaxies, and discovering 72 previously unknown candidate galaxies. The scientists observed a tiny patch of sky that had before served as the subject for the now-famous 2004 Hubble Ultra Deep Field images (HUDF)...Continue Reading Astronomers peer
According to a new study, the ancient relative of modern-day otters may have been a dominant predator. The wolf-sized otter, which lived roughly 6 million years ago, weighed in at roughly 110 lb (50 kg) and had a surprisingly powerful bite...Continue Reading Huge, hard-biting prehistoric otters once lived in ancient ChinaCategory: BiologyTags: CT scan Fossils JawboneRela
Once thought to be a unique feature of Earth, evidence has been found to suggest that water does, or once did, exist on the Moon, Venus, Mars, Pluto, Enceladus, Titan, Charon and Ceres. Two new studies have focused on the latter, using data gathered by NASA's Dawn mission to determine that the dwarf planet's salty, icy crust could be the remains of an ancient global ocean – and there may stil
Cancer is one of our most persistent enemies, but while we now have advanced immune systems to fight the good fight, how did early multicellular life manage to stave it off? A genetic "kill switch" seems to have been the original weapon of choice, and now researchers at Northwestern University believe they've discovered a way to trigger that mechanism. That potentially paves the way to a ther
It turns out you don't need to dig around in the dirt to make new dinosaur discoveries: the back rooms of museums hold just as many secrets. Over the last few months, a plesiosaur fossil in the collection of a German museum was found to belong to a brand new species, and an Ichthyosaurus skeleton was found to be not only the largest known specimen, but also pregnant. Now, paleontologists have


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