Global map of the sickle cell gene supports 'malaria hypothesis'
At a global scale, the sickle cell gene is most commonly found in areas with historically high levels of malaria, adding geographical support to the hypothesis that the gene, whilst potentially deadly, avoids ...
Scientists say the Big One could be even bigger
The Big One predicted for the San Andreas fault could end up being bigger than earthquake experts previously thought.
Scientist proves Braess paradox 'disappears' under high traffic demands
The Secret of Life May Be As Simple As What Happens Between the Sheets -- Mica Sheets
(PhysOrg.com) -- That age-old question, "where did life on Earth start?" now has a new answer. If the life between the mica sheets hypothesis is correct, life would have originated between sheets of mica that ...
A person's language may influence how he thinks about other people
The language a person speaks may influence their thoughts, according to a new study on Israeli Arabs who speak both Arabic and Hebrew fluently. The study found that Israeli Arabs' positive associations with their own people ...
A butterfly effect in the brain
Next time your brain plays tricks on you, you have an excuse: according to new research by UCL scientists published today in the journal Nature, the brain is intrinsically unreliable.
New theory for magnetic stripes on Mars
Some like it hot: Site of human evolution was scorching
If you think summer in your hometown is hot, consider it fortunate that you don't live in the Turkana Basin of Kenya, where the average daily temperature has reached the mid-90s or higher, year-round, for the past 4 million ...
'Votes' of sub-cellular variables control cell fate
Members of a population of identical cells often "choose" different fates, even though they exist in identical conditions.
Do pressures to publish increase scientists' bias?
The quality of scientific research may be suffering because academics are being increasingly pressured to produce 'publishable' results, a new study suggests. A large analysis of papers in all disciplines shows that researchers ...
Scientists find errors in hypothesis linking solar flares to global temperature
Ancient remains put teeth into Barker hypothesis
Ancient human teeth are telling secrets that may relate to modern-day health: Some stressful events that occurred early in development are linked to shorter life spans.
Ion exchange may be most important driver of gill development in fish
Biologist Shows Female Birds of a Feather Compete Together
(PhysOrg.com) -- With its flamboyantly decorated plumage, the peacock is a classic example of how males among many bird species are more visually eye-catching than their female partners. But new research, ...