Oldest fossil of giant panda family discovered
New fossils found in Spain are thought to be of the oldest recorded ancestor of the giant panda.
After long-ago mass extinction, global warming hindered species' recovery
Researchers have discovered why plants and animals had a hard time recovering from the largest mass extinction in Earth's history 250 million years ago.
First ever family tree for all living birds reveals evolution and diversification
The world's first family tree linking all living bids and revealing when and where they evolved and diversified since dinosaurs walked the earth has been created by scientists from the University of Sheffield.
Genome evolution and carbon dioxide dynamics
Using the size of guard cells in fossil plants to predict how much DNA each cell contained (the genome size), researchers have discovered that variations in genome sizes over geological time correlate with ...
The co-evolution of plants and mammals examined
A report at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Raleigh, North Carolina, explores the idea that the evolution of flowering plants (angiosperms) during the Cretaceous Period had a profound ...
Air Fuel Synthesis shows petrol from air has future
Spoiled opportunity: Harvard expert bemoans squandering of model for cap and trade
In 1990, Northeastern lakes were becoming more acidic, threatening fish and other aquatic life and conjuring images of a future where lakes—even those in remote wilderness—were barren.
Martian 'blueberries' could be clues to presence of life
(Phys.org)—A discovery at The University of Western Australia that microbes helped shape rare spheres of iron-oxide on Earth may aid the newly landed Curiosity Rover in its search for the first verifiable ...
Researchers explore a sustainable bio-based chemical economy
With cyanobacteria, carbon dioxide and sunlight, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers aims to create a sustainable alternative source of commodity chemicals currently derived from an ever-decreasing supply ...
Ramgen simulates shock waves, makes shock waves across energy spectrum
One of the most pressing scientific challenges facing the United States and the world is reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Compounding that challenge is the fact that power plants burning fossil fuels account ...
Unusual reaction eschews high temperatures and water to lock carbon dioxide away
(Phys.org) -- When it comes to reducing the impact of the energy we use to cool our homes and power our computers, one option is to remove gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2), pump it into underground reservoirs ...
Researchers create carbon dioxide-separating polymer
(Phys.org) -- Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities, such as the combustion of fossil fuels for energy and transportation, and it is widely accepted that it is one of the primary greenhouse ...
Ancient human ancestor Australopithecus sediba had unique diet: study
When it came to eating, an upright, 2-million-year-old African hominid had a diet unlike virtually all other known human ancestors, says a study led by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology ...
Pollution makes carnivorous plants go vegetarian
Nitrogen pollution is giving carnivorous plants on Swedish bogs so many nutrients that they don't need to catch as many flies, new research shows.