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A single gene mutation may have helped humans become optimal long-distance runners

Two to three million years ago, the functional loss of a single gene triggered a series of significant changes in what would eventually become...

Scientists discover human gut bacteria can produce electricity

While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer...
Seeds in space

Seeds in space: How well can they survive harsh, non-Earth conditions

Will we someday colonize space? Will our children visit other planets? To achieve goals like these, we’ll need to crack one crucial challenge: how to...
Why Earth has remained stable so long for life to evolve over billions of years

Why Earth has remained stable so long for life to evolve over billions of...

Famous theory of the living Earth upgraded to 'Gaia 2.0' A time-honored theory into why conditions on Earth have remained stable enough for life to...
Scientists use bear saliva to rapidly test for antibiotics

Scientists use bear saliva to rapidly test for antibiotics

The super-fast screening technology could help to discover new treatments If you're looking into the mouth of a brown bear, one of the world's top...

Genes are key to academic success, says new study

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will...

Estimating when life could have arisen on Earth

The question how life began on Earth has always been a matter of profound interest to scientists. But just as important as how life emerged...

Super short protein may have existed when life began

How did life arise on Earth? Researchers have discovered evidence that simple protein catalysts—essential for cells, the building blocks of life, to function—may have existed...
The more pesticides bees eat, the more they like them

The more pesticides bees eat, the more they like them

Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food as they become more exposed to it, a behaviour showing possible symptoms of addiction. This study of bumblebee...

Scientists clone virus to help stop overwhelming grape disease

A new discovery by Washington State University scientists could help grape growers roll back a devastating virus that withers vines and shrivels harvests. Named for...