Two mummified baby woolly mammoths found in the Siberian Arctic
Jul 29, 2014 · 19 

By Andreea Scientists studying two mummified baby woolly mammoths found in the Siberian Arctic have announced new details about the animals’ short lives – and gruesome deaths. Researchers at the University of Michigan believe that both of the 40,000-year-old babies, nicknamed Lyuba and Khroma, suffocated in mud – Lyuba after falling through lake ice, Khroma after …

A new feathered dinosaur suggests that most dinosaurs had feathers
Jul 28, 2014 · 8 

By Why Evolution Is True What better evidence that birds arose from dinosaurian reptiles than the discovery of a fossil with both scales and feathers? Further, the fossil comes from the right time period: after reptiles had already evolved but before we see modern flying birds with fully-developed feathers. Of course, we already knew that birds are the …

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses
Jul 28, 2014 · 2 

By Rachel Metz Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems. The technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person’s glasses prescription together with a light filter set in front of the display. …

Many Parents Think Their Obese Child’s Health Is Good
Jul 28, 2014 · 22 

By Cari Nierenberg   Nearly 1 in 3 parents whose children were referred to an obesity clinic did not perceive their child’s weight as a health problem, a new study suggests. Researchers found that 31 percent of parents of obese or overweight children considered their child’s health to be excellent or very good, and 28 percent of …

UN Human Rights Committee tells Ireland to stop breaching the human rights of atheists and minority faiths
Jul 28, 2014 · 8 

By Michael Nugent The UN Human Rights Committee today told Ireland to stop breaching the human rights of atheists and minority faiths in the education system, employment, religious oaths and blasphemy law. The UN report published today vindicates all of the complaints raised by Atheist Ireland when we briefed the Human Rights Committee in Geneva last …

Marmots, China and the Plague
Jul 28, 2014 · 5 

By Richard Stabler Chinese authorities have lifted a nine-day quarantine on a town in the country’s northwest that saw a resident die of the plague. The victim is thought to have caught the disease from a dead marmot, which he fed to his dog. Shocking though this might sound, plague did not die out with the …

Underwater ‘Aquanaut’ Mission Simulates Life in Space
Jul 27, 2014 · 5 

By Megan Gannon   There aren’t any places on Earth where astronauts in training can experience — all at once — the isolation, cramped quarters and microgravity of life in space. But one lab comes close. Called the Aquarius Reef Base, the school-bus-size habitat is anchored on the seafloor 62 feet (19 meters) underwater and six …

Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World’s Population
Jul 27, 2014 · 6 

By Rachael Rettner   A virus that lives in the human gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, it can be found in about half the world’s population, according to a new study. While it’s not yet clear exactly what the virus does, scientists are eager to find out whether it promotes …

Thousands of women, accused of sorcery, tortured and executed in Indian witch hunts
Jul 27, 2014 · 13 

By Terrence McCoy   If it began like the others, the first sign that Saraswati Devi would be murdered was an accusation delivered to a shaman. Perhaps she had offended someone. Perhaps someone had fallen sick and had wondered why. Perhaps a community well had suddenly dried and someone needed blaming. Perhaps they chose her because Devi was …

Parched West Is Using Up Underground Water: NASA/UCI
Jul 27, 2014 · 7 

By NASA A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than …

Why Do We Care So Much About El Niño?
Jul 26, 2014 · 7 

By Andrea Thompson   Every month since March, when the first El Niño Watch was issued, forecasters, government officials around the world, and yes, even those in the media, have been watching with bated breath to see whether various climate agencies would officially pronounce the arrival of that infamous climate phenomenon. So far, no clear-cut El Niño …

Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars
Jul 26, 2014 · 49 

By BBC   A Conservative MP has spoken of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into medicine. David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could work. The MP for Bosworth, a member of the health committee and the science and technology committee, …