Pioneering climate change research reveals long-term global carbon cycle impacts

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study in Nature Geoscience, co-authored by Dr. Heather Ford from Queen Mary’s School of Geography, uses a unique research model to illustrate how past geological periods can help us understand future climate changes. As research uncovers more about Earth’s distant history, going back millions of years before human life, … Read more

Study reveals yunnanozoans as the oldest know

image: Artistic reconstruction of the yunnanozoan from the Cambrian Chengjiang biota shows basket-like pharyngeal skeletons view sea Credit: YANG Dinghua Scientists have long puzzled over the gap in the fossil record that would explain the evolution of invertebrates to vertebrates. Vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and humans, share unique features, such as a … Read more

Startling new science reveals the truth about chronic pain

That’s not something you’d expect to hear from a doctor, especially one with the bona fides of Haider Warraich, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. The “misguided miseducation” of Western medicine, he argues, stems from “turning persons into patients and healers into providers, and by separating the body … Read more

New picture reveals the death of hypergiant stars

Artist’s impression of the red hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris. Credit: NASA / ESA / Hubble / R. Humphreys, University of Minnesota / J. Olmsted, STScI. Astronomers have created a detailed, three-dimensional image of a dying hypergiant star. The team traced the distribution, directions, and velocities of a variety of molecules surrounding a red hypergiant … Read more

Study of Tibetan Monks Reveals Surprising Advantages of Lifelong Celibacy

Why would someone join an institution that removed the option of family life and required them to be celibate? Reproduction, after all, is at the very heart of the evolution that shaped us. Yet many religious institutions around the world require exactly this. The practice has led anthropologists to wonder how celibacy could have evolved … Read more

Social Isolation Actually Changes The Structure of Our Brains, Neuroimaging Reveals

Why do we get a buzz from being in large groups at festivals, jubilees and other public events? According to the social brain hypothesis, it is because the human brain specifically evolved to support social interactions. Studies have shown that belonging to a group can lead to improved wellbeing and increased satisfaction with life. Unfortunately … Read more

‘Starfield’ 1st gameplay reveals Mars rover easter egg

After sifting through a treasure of evocative concept art images and “Into The Starfield” making-of videos, Bethesda Game Studios has finally rewarded our patience and released the first gameplay footage for their epic sci-fi masterpiece, “Starfield.” Here in this informative new video (opens in new tab)Game Director Todd Howard delivers an engaging tour of this … Read more

Mastodon Killed in Bloody Battle 13,200 Years Ago – Reveals Extinct Animal’s Annual Migration

University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher with a mounted skeleton of the Buesching mastodon, based on casts of individual bones produced in fiberglass, on public display at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor. Credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography Mastodons are relatives of elephants belonging to the genus Mammut that inhabited … Read more