Archive: 07/09/2008

Fossil feathers preserve evidence of color

The traces of organic material found in fossil feathers are remnants of pigments that once gave birds their color, according to Yale scientists whose paper in Biology Letters opens up the potential to dep ...

Jul 09, 2008 4.5 / 5 (13) 0

Do we think that machines can think?

When our PC goes on strike again we tend to curse it as if it was a human. The question of why and under what circumstances we attribute human-like properties to machines and how such processes manifest on a cortical level ...

Jul 09, 2008 4.4 / 5 (11) 1

Superfast muscles in songbirds

Certain songbirds can contract their vocal muscles 100 times faster than humans can blink an eye – placing the birds with a handful of animals that have evolved superfast muscles, University of Utah researchers ...

Jul 09, 2008 4.7 / 5 (3) 0

The way to a virus' 'heart' is through its enzymes

The arrival of bluetongue virus (BTV) in the UK last year posed a major threat to the economy and the increasing temperatures of our changing climate mean it is here to stay. If we are to fight this disease, which has had ...

Jul 09, 2008 not rated yet 0

Will our future brains be smaller?

The speed at which we react to threatening situations can have life or death implications. In the more primitive past, it could have meant escaping a wild animal; today it might mean swerving to avoid a head-on ...

Jul 09, 2008 3 / 5 (9) 1