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Feathers arose 100 million years before birds

Feathers arose 100 million years before birds

New research, led by the University of Bristol, suggests that feathers arose 100 million years before birds - changing how we look at dinosaurs,...
New mineral classification system captures Earth's complex past

New mineral classification system captures Earth’s complex past

The first minerals to form in the universe were nanocrystalline diamonds, which condensed from gases ejected when the first generation of stars exploded. Diamonds that...
Godzilla is back and he's bigger than ever

Godzilla is back and he’s bigger than ever

Godzilla first made his debut in 1954. At inception, he was a 50-meter tall metaphor for indiscriminate destruction, particularly U.S. hydrogen-bomb testing in the Marshall...
Ancient supernovae prompted human ancestors to walk upright

Ancient supernovae prompted human ancestors to walk upright

Supernovae bombarded Earth with cosmic energy starting as many as 8 million years ago, with a peak some 2.6 million years ago. This initiated an...
Your diamond most likely made of recycled ocean floor

Your diamond most likely made of recycled ocean floor

The diamond on your finger is most likely made of recycled seabed cooked deep in the Earth. Traces of salt trapped in many diamonds show...
Thai dinosaur is a cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex, says new study

Thai dinosaur is a cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex, says new study

Scientists from the University of Bonn and the Sirindhorn Museum in Thailand have identified two new dinosaur species. They analyzed fossil finds that were already...
This prehistoric burial mound used for 2,000 years

This prehistoric burial mound re-used for 2,000 years

Researchers have found evidence that an unremarkable prehistoric burial mound near Bordeaux, in southwest France, was re-used by locals for around 2,000 years. The researchers...
Comets might have brought water to our planet billions of years ago

Comets might have brought water to our planet billions of years ago

The mystery of why Earth has so much water, allowing our "blue marble" to support an astounding array of life, is clearer with new...
Scientists discover ancient seawater preserved from the last Ice Age

Scientists discover ancient seawater preserved from the last Ice Age

Twenty thousand years ago, in the thick of an Ice Age, Earth looked very different. Because water was locked up in glaciers hundreds of feet...
Scientists find the oldest meteorite collection on Earth

Scientists find the oldest meteorite collection on Earth

Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. Finding enough meteorites scattered on the planet's...

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These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...
Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damaging heart and kidneys

Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

In a recent study, researchers found that a widely used type of painkiller may increase risks of heart failure and kidney disease. The type of...

Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...

Scientists confirm the main cause of dementia

In a recent study, researchers confirmed they discovered the main cause of dementia. The researchers suggest that the build-up of urea in the brain to...
Three common drugs linked to high dementia risk

Three common drugs linked to high dementia risk

In a recent study, researchers found long-term use of two antidepressants is linked to a higher risk of dementia. In addition, drugs prescribed for bladder...