Early human ancestors used their hands like modern humans
New research suggests pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought.
How do men and women respond to gender bias in STEM?
Research has revealed that gender biases limit the opportunities for women within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. But just how prevalent are these biases and how are ...
Super-Earths have long-lasting oceans
For life as we know it to develop on other planets, those planets would need liquid water, or oceans. Geologic evidence suggests that Earth's oceans have existed for nearly the entire history of our world. ...
Tropical trees may not be the carbon sink planet scientists have been hoping for
Coastal communities must plan for sea level rise
Coastal communities could be significantly damaged if authorities don't plan ahead for sea-level rise, according to University of Queensland experts studying coastal inundation.
Study 'makes the case' for RFID forensic evidence management
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags—devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people—have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured ...
Researchers report on data analysis from Planck spacecraft
Milk bottle-raiding birds pass on thieving ways to their flock
Great tits are opportunistic copycats. Entire populations can be found performing the same arbitrary behaviour simply because birds copy one another, following a fashion. And it's this behaviour, reported ...
Famous Hubble star explosion is expanding, new animation reveals
Wow! One of the most famous star explosions captured by the Hubble Space Telescope—several times—shows clear evidence of expansion in this new animation. You can see here the Homunculus Nebula getting ...
Team discovers first evidence of milk consumption in ancient dental plaque
Led by a University of Oklahoma professor, an international team of researchers has discovered the first evidence of milk consumption in the ancient dental calculus—a mineralized dental plaque—of humans ...
Ancient avian bones found in China may be oldest example of chicken domestication
Archaeologist leads the first detailed study of human remains at the ancient Egyptian site of Deir el-Medina
Ancient Egyptian workers in a village that's now called Deir el-Medina were beneficiaries of what Stanford Egyptologist Anne Austin calls "the earliest documented governmental health care plan."
Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, research shows
New Stanford research confirms that right-to-carry gun laws are linked to an increase in violent crime.
How an approach to science helps define the political centre
There was a bit of talk over the last election cycle, expressed in the usual language of political left and right, about returning the pendulum to the "sensible centre". ...