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Cell & Microbiology May 05, 2021

Researchers analyze the host origins of SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses

Coronavirus (CoVs) infection in animals and humans is not new. The earliest papers in the scientific literature of coronavirus infection date to 1966. However, prior to SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2, very little attention ...

Paleontology & Fossils May 03, 2021

Newly identified saber-toothed cat is one of largest in history

A giant saber-toothed cat lived in North America between 5 million and 9 million years ago, weighing up to 900 pounds and hunting prey that likely weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, scientists reported today in a new study.

Earth Sciences Apr 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa: Heatwaves of up to 56 degrees Celsius without climate action

The Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) is a climate change hot spot where summers warm much faster than in the rest of the world. Some parts of the region are already among the hottest locations globally. A new international ...

Earth Sciences Apr 19, 2021

Earth's biggest mass extinction took ten times longer on land than in the water

Our planet's worst mass extinction event happened 252 million years ago when massive volcanic eruptions caused catastrophic climate change. The vast majority of animal species went extinct, and when the dust settled, the ...

Evolution Apr 06, 2021

What can we learn from vanishing wildlife species: The case of the Pyrenean Ibex

Likely the first extinction event of the 2000s in Europe, the sad history of the Pyrenean Ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) is a powerful example of the ever-increasing species loss worldwide due to causes related to human ...

Plants & Animals Mar 26, 2021

Researchers look for immunological solutions in opossums

A University of New Mexico Biology professor and second-year Ph.D. student are part of a team of scientists who have examined the immune system of an unusual group of mammals, which includes a small South American opossum, ...

Plants & Animals Mar 09, 2021

Whale and dolphin brains are special—for heat production, not for intelligence

Scientific evidence shows specialized features in the large brains of whales and dolphins that are adapted for heat production.

Space Exploration Feb 22, 2021

Bone cancer survivor to join billionaire on SpaceX flight

After beating bone cancer, Hayley Arceneaux figures rocketing into orbit on SpaceX's first private flight should be a piece of cosmic cake.

Archaeology Feb 17, 2021

Megadroughts in arid central Asia delayed the cultural exchange along the proto-Silk Road

The Silk Road was the most elaborate network of trade routes in the ancient world, linking ancient populations in East Asia to those in southwest Asia, via Central Asia. These trade routes fostered the spread of ideas, religions, ...

Cell & Microbiology Feb 17, 2021

Study predicts where new coronaviruses might originate

The potential scale of novel coronavirus generation in wild and domesticated animals may have been highly underappreciated, suggests new University of Liverpool research.

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