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January 08, 2013
Did Lucy walk, climb, or both?
Dartmouth UK (SPX) Jan 08, 2013
Much has been made of our ancestors "coming down out of the trees," and many researchers view terrestrial bipedalism as the hallmark of "humanness." After all, most of our living primate relatives-the great apes, specifically-still spend their time in the trees. Humans are the only member of the family devoted to the ground, living terrestrial rather than arboreal lives, but that wasn't always the case. The fossil record shows that our predecessors were arboreal habitues, that is, until Lucy arriv ... read more
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An embryo that is neither male nor female
So, is it a girl or a boy? This is the first question parents ask at the birth of an infant. Though the answer is obvious, the mechanism of sex determination is much less so. Researchers at the Univ ... more

Waterfall-climbing fish use same mechanism to climb waterfalls and eat algae
Going against the flow is always a challenge, but some waterfall-climbing fish have adapted to their extreme lifestyle by using the same set of muscles for both climbing and eating, according to res ... more

Study reveals new survival strategy for bacteria exposed to antibiotics
Researchers have uncovered a new way that some bacteria survive when under siege by antibiotics. This survival mechanism is fundamentally different from other, known bacterial strategies. Unde ... more
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The last link in the chain
For almost 30 years, researchers have sought to identify a particular enzyme that is involved in regulating electron transport during photosynthesis. An LMU team has now found the missing link, whic ... more


Best evidence yet that dinosaurs used feathers for courtship
A University of Alberta researcher's examination of fossilized dinosaur tail bones has led to a breakthrough finding: some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-da ... more
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Drainage Ditches Can Help Clean Up Field Runoff
Vegetated drainage ditches can help capture pesticide and nutrient loads in field runoff, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists report. These ditches-as common in the country as the field ... more

Big brains are pricey, guppy study shows
Bigger brains can make animals, well, brainier, but that boost in brain size and ability comes at a price. That's according to new evidence reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, in ... more
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Physicists predict nonmetallic half-metallicity

Discovery could reduce nuclear waste by chemically reengineering molecules

SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures

A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing

HZDR physicists discover optimum conditions for laser plasma acceleration

New fluorescent dyes could advance biological imaging

New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid


Rural Demand for Better Water Driving Mobile Water Treatment Growth In Asia Pacific
Rapid urbanization in the Asia Pacific is prompting the rural population to intensify its demands for a better quality of life, which includes access to cleaner and purer water. This, coupled with d ... more

Finding Chicago's food gardens with Google Earth
Urban agriculture is promoted as a strategy for dealing with food insecurity, stimulating economic development, and combating diet-related health problems in cities. However, up to now, no one has k ... more

Scientists join forces to bring plant movement to light
Elementary school students often learn that plants grow toward the light. This seems straightforward, but in reality, the genes and pathways that allow plants to grow and move in response to their e ... more
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Siberian region offers bounty for wolves
A remote Siberian region has placed a bounty on the heads of its wolf population, complaining that thousands of the predators are killing too many reindeer and horses. ... more

Counting the cost of mercury pollution
Cleaning up mercury pollution and reducing prenatal exposure to the neurotoxin methylmercury (MeHg) could save the European Union 10,000 million Euro per year, finds a new study published in BioMed ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: minister

Thales, Telespazio and Spaceflight team up to accelerate BlackSky Geospatial Platform

'The man who saved the world' dies in Russia

'Vicious' sanctions will only speed up nuclear programme: NKorea

NK crisis boosts Japan's PM; China, Russia urge end to vicious cycle

France open to post-2025 talks; Iran says US seeking to undermine deal

US has many military options in Korea as Trump, Xi agree on max pressure


Protesters gather at China newspaper in censorship row
Hundreds of people demonstrated in support of media freedom in China on Monday outside the offices of a newspaper at the centre of a censorship row, in a rare public display of anger on the issue. ... more

German reporter in China says equipment sabotaged
A German reporter investigating a case of five children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in southwest China said Monday his computer and smartphone were sabotaged after his hotel room was broken into. ... more

Stormy weather, heavy rains lash Israel, Palestinians
Stormy weather, including high winds and heavy rainfall, lashed Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday, downing powerlines and trees and causing several injuries. ... more
Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims

Congress approves $9.7 bn aid for storm Sandy victims

Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report

Space Trash May Make Radiation Shields

NASA Investigates Use of 'Trailblazing' Material for New Sensors

Liquid jets and bouncing balls combine for surprising results

US study says El Nino, climate change link fuzzy

The relationship between CO2 concentrations and sea level

Coral records suggest that recent El Nino activity rises above noisy background

As globe warms, Alaska is cooling down

Bering Sea study finds prey density more important to predators than biomass

Fiennes sails for Antarctica on first winter crossing bid


Fiennes sails for Antarctica on first winter crossing bid
Veteran adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes sailed for the Antarctic on Monday, leading a team bidding to become the first to cross the continent in winter in what he has described as a trip into the unknown with no chance of rescue. ... more

China labour camp reform revealed - then deleted
China will stop using its long-criticised "re-education" labour camps this year, state media quoted a senior official saying Monday - only for reports of the news to disappear within hours. ... more

Chinese media target provincial censor
Journalists at one of China's main liberal newspapers are calling for the resignation of a Guangdong province censor to resign after he changed an editorial in the publication. ... more

Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report
The administration of President Barack Obama is considering a broad array of measures to curb the nation's gun violence, including more than just a reinstatement of a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, The Washington Post reported Sunday. ... more
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Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims


$1.4 mln of rhino horn seized in Thailand, Vietnam


Tehran air pollution leaves 4,460 dead: health official


Statue built to reformer whose death sparked Tiananmen


Police fear deaths in Australia wildfires


6 Russians die in snowmobile plunge


7.5-magnitude quake hits off Alaska, triggers local tsunami


Thousands stuck in China airport as country freezes


Corruption threat to China housing plan: state media

Thousands flee wildfires in southern Australia

Cambodia battles to save rare Mekong dolphins

Thai 'scavengers club' turns trash to treasure

Thousands flee wildfires in southern Australia

Editing the genome with high precision

Coral records suggest that recent El Nino activity rises above noisy background

Bering Sea study finds prey density more important to predators than biomass

Rethinking bacterial persistence

Biologists unlock "black box" to underground world

Improving DNA amplification from problematic plants

Political action the biggest swing factor in meeting climate targets

Researchers develop tool to evaluate genome sequencing method

Bird watching brings new discoveries

Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs

Britain's first hand transplant a success

Google maps New Year's resolutions around the world

China closes liberal website after reform call

Congress approves $9.7 bn aid for storm Sandy victims

New antimatter method to provide 'a major experimental advantage'

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