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The discovery of the oldest bee fossil supports the theory that bees evolved from wasps. The 100 million-year-old fossil was found in a Myanmar mine preserved in amber. "This is the oldest known bee we've ever been able to identify, and it s

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LA Times

A curious teenager in Argentina has discovered the fossil skull of the biggest bird ever found -- a swift, flightless predator 10 feet tall that pursued its prey across the steppes of Patagonia 15 million years ago.

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In this era of extreme sports, beaked whales take one activity to new depths by diving deeper than any other air-breathing species. Beaked whales are medium-sized toothed whales dove as deep as 6,230 feet for up to 85 minutes

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"It's surprising that it's as simple as it is and that it works so well," Leonhardt said. "The microwaves come in and are swept around the cloak and reconstructed on the other side while avoiding the interior region. So it look

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Scientists found a gold mine of bacteria almost two miles beneath the Earth’s surface. The subterranean microorganisms use radioactive uranium to convert water molecules into useable energy. Uranium is an abundant source of energy.

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First complete fossil of a Gogonasus fish last year in a limestone formation. The specimen, whose middle ear and limbs resemble those of land vertebrates, could be a missing link between fish and four-legged land vertebrates.

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Reuters

Wobbles or variations in the Earth's orbit and tilt are associated with extinctions of rodent and mammalian species, Dutch scientists said. They studied rodent fossil records in central Spain dating back 22 million years and found that the

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While diving, hooded seals can handle oxygen levels so low they'd be lethal to humans. Now scientists are beginning to understand how they do it: The seals stop shivering and go with the chilly flow. By switching off the shivers, which are des

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Reuters

Genes involved in skin pigmentation have an effect on a person's skin cancer risk beyond their influence on a person's hair or skin color, a new study shows. Women who carried one so-called "red hair color" gene but had medium or

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AP

Using DNA testing, scientists have discovered what is believed to be the first terrestrial mammal found in Europe in decades: a mouse with a big head, ears, eyes and teeth that lives in a mountainous area of Cyprus.

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Giant insects might crawl on Earth or fly above it if there was just more oxygen in the air, scientists report. Roughly 300 million years ago, giant insects scuttled around and fluttered over the planet, with dragonflies bearing wingspans comparab

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Reuters

The biggest diamond to be found in 13 years, the "Lesotho Promise," was sold at auction for more than $12 million and is expected to fetch in excess of $20 million once it is cut up. The 603-carat (120 gram) diamond, named after the tiny

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Adhesive bandages might become a thing of the past, thanks to researchers at the MIT and Hong Kong University who have developed a simple biodegradable liquid that can stop bleeding in rodents within seconds.

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Scientists in England are developing new dressings for wounds designed to mimic maggots to clean away dead tissue and promote healing. The ancient use of living maggots in non-healing wounds—to eat away only the dead tissue and encourage regenerat

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Health Day News (kudos Dean P.)

Civil society may hinge on a tiny piece of tissue at the front of the human brain. The right side of this region -- called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex -- helps people suppress selfish urges in obviously unjust situations, even at their own exp

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The active ingredient of marijuana could be considerably better at suppressing the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's than any currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of the disease.

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