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We’re not much different than Neanderthals, new study shows

Only a small fraction of human DNA is unique to modern humans. We like to think of ourselves as special in the human family tree....

Scientists discover 15,000-year-old viruses in Tibetan glacier ice

Most of the viruses were previously unknown to humans, study finds. Scientists who study glacier ice have found viruses nearly 15,000 years old in two...

Bull sharks in the upper Mississippi? It does happen!

For many people, the idea of sharks in the upper Mississippi River would seem laughable, yet they have been caught here at least twice--...

Orbit changes help create complex life on Earth

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that changes in Earth's orbit may have allowed complex life to emerge and thrive during the...

Scientists detect signatures of life remotely

It could be a milestone on the path to detecting life on other planets: Scientists under the leadership of the University of Bern and...

We aren’t living longer: Our improved lifespan is the result of not dying young

In a new study from Oxford and elsewhere, researchers found people probably cannot slow the rate at which they get older because of biological...

Why scientists want to solve an underground mystery about where microbes live

Though it might seem inanimate, the soil under our feet is very much alive. It's filled with countless microorganisms actively breaking down organic matter, like...

DNA may have the future of digital memory storage, shows study

The color of a person's eyes, the thickness of a potato's skin, the shape of a flower: What do these seemingly disparate elements have...

What does your voice say about you?

Everyone has at some point been charmed by the sound of a person's voice: but can we believe our ears? What can a voice really...

How planets form controls elements essential for life

The prospects for life on a given planet depend not only on where it forms but also how, according to Rice University scientists. Planets like...