Category: Science

New dinosaur found in the wrong place, at the wrong time

New dinosaur found in the wrong place, at the wrong time

Researchers have discovered a new dinosaur which roamed the Ningxia Autonomous Region, northwest China, approximately 174 million years ago. This is in a place they were never thought to roam and 15 million years earlier than this type of dinosaur was thought to exist. …read more

Exoplanets where life could develop as it did on Earth

Exoplanets where life could develop as it did on Earth

Scientists have identified a group of planets outside our solar system where the same chemical conditions that may have led to life on Earth exist. …read more

Money talks when trying to influence climate change legislation

Money talks when trying to influence climate change legislation

Climate lobbying is big business. A new analysis shows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion dollars on influencing relevant legislation in the US Congress. Unsurprisingly, sectors that could be negatively affected by bills limiting carbon emissions, such as the electrical utilities sector, fossil fuel companies and transportation corporations had the deepest pockets. …read more

Use of nicotine during pregnancy may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Use of nicotine during pregnancy may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Nicotine exposure during pregnancy, whether from smoking cigarettes, or nicotine patches and e-cigarettes, increases risk of sudden infant death syndrome — sometimes known as ‘cot death’ — according to new research. …read more

Forty percent of people have a fictional first memory

Forty percent of people have a fictional first memory

Researchers have conducted one of the largest surveys of people’s first memories, finding that nearly 40 per cent of people had a first memory which is fictional. …read more

Expanding primary care buprenorphine treatment could curb opioid overdose crisis

Expanding primary care buprenorphine treatment could curb opioid overdose crisis

Physicians write that expanding the availability of medication treatment for opioid use disorder in primary care settings would be a major step toward reducing overdose deaths. …read more

Brain study paves way for therapy for common cause of dementia

Brain study paves way for therapy for common cause of dementia

Scientists have uncovered a potential approach to treat one of the commonest causes of dementia and stroke in older people. Studies with rats found the treatment can reverse changes in blood vessels in the brain associated with the condition, called cerebral small vessel disease. Treatment also prevents damage to brain cells caused by these blood vessel changes, raising hope that it could offer a therapy for dementia. …read more

Our human ancestors walked on two feet but their children still had a backup plan

Our human ancestors walked on two feet but their children still had a backup plan

More than 3 million years ago, our ancient human ancestors, including their toddler-aged children, were standing on two feet and walking upright, according to a new study. …read more

Anti-Bat-Signal: Moths with larger hindwings and longer tails are best at deflecting bats

Anti-Bat-Signal: Moths with larger hindwings and longer tails are best at deflecting bats

Each night, dramatic aerial battles are waged above our heads, complete with barrel rolls, razor-sharp turns, sonar jamming, cloaking devices and life-or-death consequences. …read more

New gibbon genus discovered in ancient Chinese tomb

New gibbon genus discovered in ancient Chinese tomb

Bones of an entirely new but already extinct genus of gibbon have been discovered in China, revealing the magnitude of human-caused extinction of primates. …read more