Scroll that mentions Jesus's wife is ancient, scientists confirm
A ancient piece of papyrus that contains a mention of Jesus' wife is not a forgery, according to a scientific analysis of the controversial text, US researchers said Thursday.
When science and philosophy collide in a 'fine-tuned' universe
When renowned scientists now talk seriously about millions of multiverses, the old question "are we alone?" gets a whole new meaning. ...
New method confirms humans and Neanderthals interbred
Technical objections to the idea that Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of Eurasians have been overcome, thanks to a genome analysis method described in the April 2014 issue of the journal Genetics. The te ...
World's oldest weather report could revise Bronze Age chronology
(Phys.org) —An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world's oldest weather reports—and could provide new evidence about the chronology of events in the ancient Middle ...
Researchers create methylation maps of Neanderthals and Denisovans, compare them to modern humans
Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years old
The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record. Also dubbed the "Cambrian explosion," fossilized records from this time provide glimpses into evolutionary ...
Researchers suggest Vikings used crystals with sun compass to steer at night
Professor notes wait for Nobel science prizes is growing alarming long
Pseudo-mathematics and financial charlatanism
Your financial advisor calls you up to suggest a new investment scheme. Drawing on 20 years of data, he has set his computer to work on this question: If you had invested according to this scheme in the past, which portfolio ...
Neanderthal variants in genes involved in lipid catabolism
Contemporary Europeans have as many as three times more Neanderthal variants in genes involved in lipid catabolism than Asians and Africans.
In blind test, soloists like new violins over old (Update)
Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors, but the new instruments won handily.
London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black Death
You can learn a lot from a tooth. Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death—and of its victims.
Revealing strange fossils from the first carnival of animals on Earth
In a recent paper in Nature, we described a strange marine animal, called Tamisiocaris. They were giants that swam in the oceans over 500 million years ago. They had strange looking appendages on their fa ...
Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secrets (w/ video)
Stunning images of a 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil reveal ancestors of the modern-day arachnids had two sets of eyes rather than one.