3.3-million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine

3.3-million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine

Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The...
Wild geese in China are 'prisoners' in their own wetlands

Wild Geese in China Are ‘Prisoners’ in Their Own Wetlands

In many places in the world, goose populations are booming as the birds have moved out of their wetland habitats to exploit an abundance...
Himalayan powerhouses

Himalayan Powerhouses: How Sherpas Have Evolved Superhuman Energy Efficiency

Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce. The study...
Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior

Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth’s interior

Geologists create model with potential to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and other tectonic activity Contrary to posters you may have seen hanging on the walls in...
Researchers Discover Hottest Lavas That Erupted in Past 2.5 Billion Years

Researchers Discover Hottest Lavas That Erupted in Past 2.5 Billion Years

An international team of researchers recently discovered that deep portions of Earth's mantle might be as hot as it was more than 2.5 billion...
Understanding tornadoes

Understanding tornadoes: 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: May and June are typically peak months for tornadoes in North America. We asked Penn State meteorology professors Paul Markowski and Yvette...
Re-constructing the crew of the Mary Rose

Re-constructing the crew of the Mary Rose

For the first time in 500 years, scientists examining human remains from Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose will be able to determine if any bones come...
Genomes Reveal Cause of Disease in Rare Cats

Genomes Reveal Cause of Disease in Rare Cats

Researchers have used whole genome sequencing to identify DNA abnormalities that cause genetic diseases in cats, such as progressive retinal atrophy and Niemann-Pick type...
Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Hit In Exactly the Wrong Place

Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Hit in Exactly the Wrong Place

The asteroid that struck Earth about 66 million years ago and led to the mass extinction of dinosaurs may have hit one of the...
History of Titan's landscape resembles that of Mars, not Earth

History of Titan’s landscape resembles that of Mars, not Earth

Rivers on three worlds tell different tales. The environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the...

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