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A team of scientists studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, found that it was especially well-suited to jump from animals to humans by shapeshifting as it gained the ability to infect human cells.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:12 pm
Analysis of two cosmic explosions indicates to astronomers that the pair, along with a puzzling blast from 2018, constitute a new type of event, with similarities to some supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, but also with significant differences.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 8:11 pm
One in three women in Europe inherited the receptor for progesterone from Neanderthals -- a gene variant associated with increased fertility, fewer bleedings during early pregnancy and fewer miscarriages, according to new research.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 7:17 pm
When pollen is in short supply, bumblebees damage plant leaves in a way that accelerates flower production, new research reveals.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 5:46 pm
With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 4:40 pm
New simulations have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the 'deadliest possible' angle.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:13 pm
Six-month old infants recognize when adults imitate them, and perceive imitators as more friendly, according to a new study. The babies looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them, as opposed to when the adult responded in other ways. Babies also approached them more, and engaged in imitating games.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:12 pm
Researchers have discovered a new migration pattern (or lack of) at Pinnacle Point, a now-submerged region in South Africa. While it was first believed large omnivores would travel to follow the growth of vegetation to survive, researchers came to a completely new conclusion through studying antelope teeth. They discovered that this region was an 'Eden' to all living species that called it home, including the earliest humans.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 6:02 pm
Tropical forests face an uncertain future under climate change, but new research suggests they can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world, if countries limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 7:18 pm
The COVID-19 global lockdown has had an 'extreme' effect on daily carbon emissions, but it is unlikely to last, according to a new analysis.
Posted: May 19, 2020, 3:42 pm