Fossil tells the 'tail' of an ancient beast
133 articles from WEDNESDAY 24.5.2023
Study finds people who expect others to vote are more likely to vote themselves
Approximately 200 million years ago, Antarctica was attached to South America, Africa, India, and Australia in a single "supercontinent" called Gondwana. Paleontologists have long wondered about the unique mammals that lived only on this ancient supercontinent, including a particularly elusive group called Gondwanatheria, for which few fossils have been identified.
Fuzzy falcon chicks who nest at Michigan State football stadium get tracking bands
What role does a person's circle of acquaintances play in whether they will turn out to vote? If people think their friends and family will vote, does that create social pressure for them to vote as well? Does the thought that others will know whether they voted and fear of their disapprove have an impact?
Danish masters prepped canvases with leftovers from brewing beer
Newly fitted with tracking bands, four peregrine falcon chicks named Pickles, Muhammad, Egbert and Swooper have a nest in one of the best seats—make that perches—at Michigan State University's football stadium.
Pre-Hispanic aquaducts irrigate modern Peruvian crops
Danish painters in the 19th century may have turned to an unusual source for some of their supplies: breweries.
Danish researcher and NASA predict how many people will die from air pollution in the future
Built some 1,700 years ago by the pre-Hispanic Nazca people of Peru, an ingenious aqueduct system of wood and stone still provides farmers with water to this day.
Lost since 1362: Researchers discover the church of a sunken medieval trading place
They come from factory stacks, car exhaust pipes and cruise liner engines. They are tiny particles and they are all around us. When we breathe in air, these particles settle in the small vessels of our lungs, and they make us sick.
Relating to someone else's situation 'equally' can be validating, shows research
The medieval trading center of Rungholt, which is today located in the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Site and currently the focus of interdisciplinary research, drowned in a storm surge in 1362.
Nearly 70% of private label avocado oil rancid or mixed with other oils, find researchers
Have you ever wanted to tell someone you were in the same situation as them, but you refrained because you didn't want to seem competitive or steal their spotlight?
White-bellied pangolins have second-highest number of chromosomes among mammals
Avocado oil has become a popular choice for many people in recent years because of its heart-healthy benefits and versatility in cooking. However, not all avocado oil products on store shelves are created equal. Some products are labeled as "pure" avocado oil when they contain other oils or additives. No enforceable standards defining the chemical and physical characteristics of avocado oil exist...
Food forests and urban farms hold promise of addressing numerous problems at once
There's a lot scientists don't know about the pangolin—a peculiar, scaly mammal that looks like a cross between an aardvark and an armadillo. Now, a new paper published in the journal Chromosome Research reveals what UCLA researcher Jen Tinsman calls a "scientific surprise" that underscores how unusual the animal is.
Translating Swahili language and knowledge in colonial and post-colonial Tanzania
What if you could grow fresh food where it is most needed, cost-effectively reduce heat-related deaths, and create green space for the local community? What if you could also reduce flooding and help mitigate climate change? These questions and more are at the heart of a report on the many possibilities of urban agriculture that the Stanford-based Natural Capital Project (NatCap) is presenting...
How can universities better understand students' experiences of violence and victimization?
In the 1940s, a student from Kenya named James Gekonyo applied to the Chemistry Department of Makerere University in Uganda. When his admissions interviewers asked him to explain the difference between a solid, liquid, and gas, Gekonyo said, "I can hold a solid in my hand and it will stay there; a liquid will run to the floor, and I cannot hold a gas at all." Gekonyo was denied admission—his...
Phytophthora 'the plant destroyer' meets its match with a new identification tool
Researchers from City, University of London, in collaboration with the University of Surrey, De Montfort University, Universities UK (UUK) and the National Centre (NatCen) for Social Research have conducted the first pilot study into students' experiences of all forms of violence and victimization at UK universities.
Activity sessions in daycare already nurturing emotional skills by 10 weeks, finds research
Known as the "plant destroyer," the genus Phytophthora is considered one of the most important groups of plant pathogens—causing significant economic and environmental losses throughout history and into today. There are over 200 identified species in the Phytophthora genus. These pathogens, and those yet to be identified, can spread quickly due to the increasing rate of global trade, e-commerce,...
Some carmakers are removing AM radios from dashboards. How big of a loss will it be?
Concerns are growing about the well-being of children and adolescents and their increasing inequality in Finland. Early childhood education and care provides an environment where these concerns can be addressed as early as possible, particularly by supporting children's social-emotional development.
Have you seen the cottonwood killer? Kelowna RCMP seeks witnesses after deliberate poisoning of mature tree
AM radio has long kept drivers company with sports coverage, music and call-in shows, but some automakers are dropping AM receivers in their new...
Algae combined with visible light may create ink for cultured meat
A police file has been opened after someone poisoned an 18-metre-tall cottonwood in a park in Kelowna, B.C., by drilling holes into it and filling them with herbicide. It is the third incident of deliberate tree killing in the city in the past 12...
Scientists advocate synergistic approach to address climate change and air pollution in China
A few years ago, a French daily newspaper published an article titled "Korea's Utilization of Algae as a food ingredient for the Earth." The article highlighted the ecological potential of algae, which Westerners typically find unappealing due to its soft and pulpy consistency. Algae possesses the ability to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide and generate significantly less carbon emissions.
Large-scale long terminal repeat insertions found to produce a significant set of novel transcripts in cotton
In a new research perspective published in Environmental Science and Ecotechnology, a research team emphasizes that the key to a synergistic approach lies in understanding that carbon dioxide and air pollutants predominantly originate from the same sources, namely, the combustion and use of fossil fuels.
Beer was the backdrop to Danish Golden Age masterpieces
TEs (transposable elements), especially LTRs, are known to play an important role in determining the basic genome structure and influencing the expression of functional genes. Insertion of TE or LTR fragments may also create novel transcription start sites (TSSs) to initiate transcription in the host genome. New intergenic transcripts were thought to be created by terminal repeat retrotransposon...
New is good: Novelty is essential to keeping bright learners engaged this summer
It’s said that art imitates life, but painters in 19th century Denmark really took that adage to heart. The so-called Danish Golden Age of painting, which lasted from about 1800 to 1850, coincided with a particularly beer-crazed era for the nation. A new study out today in
Danish artists used grains and yeast leftover from brewing to...
Publication of the first global macrogenetic map of marine habitat-forming species
Parents and caregivers lining up summer camps and other opportunities to occupy their kids when school is out have one more thing to consider as they plan: novelty.
Volcano rumbles near Mexico City, coating towns with ash, disrupting flights
Species known as marine habitat-forming species —gorgonians, corals, algae, seaweeds, marine phanerogams, etc.— are organisms that help generate and structure the underwater landscapes. These are natural refuges for other species, and provide biomass and complexity to the seabeds.
Towering a couple of hours from one of the world's largest cities, the Popocatepetl volcano has been coating nearby towns with ash and disrupting flights at Mexico City's airport, the busiest in Latin America.