The Earth is smaller than assumed: German researchers

Although the discrepancy is not large, it is significant: Geodesists from the University of Bonn have remeasured the size of the Earth in a long lasting international cooperation project. The blue planet is accordingly some ...

NASA Postpones Dawn Spacecraft Launch

Saturday's scheduled launch of NASA's Dawn spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket has been postponed 24 hours.

Scientists to sequence Eucalyptus genome

An ambitious international effort has been launched today to decode the genome of Eucalyptus, one of the world’s most valuable fibre and paper-producing trees.

Young archaeologists dig up a mystery

A group of teenagers taking part in a Cambridge University archaeological dig have unexpectedly unearthed the mysterious remains of a woman who could be more than 1,000 years old.

Coaching computer canines in clambering

The mutts are metal, the size of toy poodles, with four pointy feet ending in little balls. They need to learn how to make their way on those little feet across a treacherous terrain of broken rocks. University of Southern ...

Oldest DNA Ever Recovered Suggests Earth Was Warmer

Ancient Greenland was green. New Danish research has shown that it was covered in conifer forest and, like southern Sweden today, had a relatively mild climate. Eske Willerslev, a professor at Copenhagen University, has ...

Amoebae control cheating by keeping it in the family

No one likes a cheater, even a single-celled one. New research from Rice University shows how cooperative single-celled amoebae rely on family ties to keep cheaters from undermining the health of their colonies. The research ...

Birds take cues from their competitors

The idea that animals other than humans can learn from one another and pass on local traditions has long been a matter of debate. Now, a new study reveals that some birds learn not only from each other, but also from their ...

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