Is technology really too fast for society?
We often hear that technology is advancing so fast that society cannot keep up. But in reality, social change is intimately linked to technology changes, and that expectations of what technology can bring changes in intensity.
Studies find wild bees and insects essential to food security
Wild pollinators – primarily wild bees, flies, and other insects – are at least as important, and often more efficient, at pollinating agricultural crops than domestic honey bee colonies, according to ...
First modern dog discovered
(Phys.org) —University of Manchester historians have identified the first modern dog: a Pointer called 'Major'. A description of the animal, found by the team in a now obscure 1865 edition of a Victorian journal called ...
New study confirms plight of bumble bees, persistence of other bees in Northeast
A new study shows that although certain bumble bees are at risk, other bee species in the northeastern United States persisted across a 140-year period despite expanding human populations and changing land ...
New study suggests Neanderthals died out earlier, did not coexist with modern humans
Theories about when the last Neanderthals walked the Earth may have to be revised, according to a study that suggests they became extinct in their last refuge in Spain much earlier than previously thought.
Chimpanzees successfully play the 'ultimatum game': Confirmation of apes' sense of fairness
Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, are the first to show chimpanzees possess a sense of fairness that has previously been attributed as uniquely human. Working with ...
The world inside a Spanish globe (w/ video)
(Phys.org)—Study of a mysterious 100-year-old interactive toy – perhaps the Wikipedia of its day – is painting a vivid picture of Spain's path into the modern world.
Next scientific fashion could be designer nanocrystals
(Phys.org)—Three University of Chicago chemistry professors hope that their separate research trajectories will converge to create a new way of assembling what they call "designer atoms" into materials with a broad array ...
New findings represent extensive sample of early fossil wolf
Remains of fossil canids are not rare in China, but they have not been systematically studied. Previous studies based on dental characters caused considerable confusion on taxonomic classification. In a paper ...
A new computational method for timing the tree of life
With its deeply embedded roots, sturdy trunk and dense profusion of branches, the Tree of Life is a structure of nearly unfathomable complexity and beauty. While major strides have been made to establish ...
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.
Mummy unwrapping brought Egyptology to the public
Mummies have been objects of horror in popular culture since the early 1800s—more than a century before Boris Karloff portrayed an ancient Egyptian searching for his lost love in the 1932 film "The Mummy." Public "unwrappings" ...
New study finds evolution mostly driven by brawn, not brains
The most common measure of intelligence in animals, brain size relative to body size, may not be as dependent on evolutionary selection on the brain as previously thought, according to a new analysis by scientists.
Northern conifers youngest of the species
Dramatic shifts in the planet's climate and geography over millions of years changed the course of evolutionary history for conifer trees, according to a Yale paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.