Cícero Moraes is adding new portraits to the human family album. The 3-D designer based in Sinop, Brazil, has digitally reconstructed the faces of over 15 extinct hominid species, including Paranthropus boisei, a distant cousin to modern humans. The faces are on display at the University of Padua in Italy (see "...
One bust depicts a gaunt-faced man with a beaked nose and angular chin. Nearby, another has rounded cheeks and a softer nose and chin. But the two faces were both created based on the skull of one man, St. Anthony of Padua.
The gaunt face, a reconstruction made 20 years ago, is closer to how St. Anthony appears in religious artwork. The...
Imagine if tens of thousands of years from now, archaeologists were to dig up a pile of wrecked, 20th century cars and try to figure out what people did with the strange-looking things.
After measuring soil-encrusted automobile shells and scattered engine innards, the researchers might well announce...
“There is a lady who has a few pet crocodiles and they play tug-of-war,” says Vladimir Dinets of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This is bath time merriment, with crocs pulling on towels.
That’s just some of the fun Dinets has heard about since he published “Play...
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Out among the stars, toward the constellation Capricornus, a red sphere floats freely through space. It doesn’t have enough mass to fuse atoms for fuel, as stars do, and it’s too small to be a failed star. In nearly every way, this drifter, known as PSO J318.5-22, is like a planet. Except it fails one key test for planethood: It does not orbit...
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Atom-powered heart forecast by researcher — A reciprocating atomic steam engine, weighing 4 ½ pounds and measuring 6 by 3 inches, could be implanted in the abdominal cavity with a heat exchanger attached to the external iliac artery, reported Dr....
Imagine, if you dare, a world without P values.
Perhaps you’re already among the lucky participants in the human race who don’t know what a P value is. Trust me, you don’t want to. P stands for pernicious, and P values are at the root of all (well, most) scientific evil.
Of course, I don’t mean evil in the sense of James Bond’s villains. It’s an unintentional evil, but nevertheless...
When you eat may determine how long and strong your heart beats.
Fruit flies that limited eating to 12-hour stints had steadier heartbeats in old age than flies that ate whenever they wanted, researchers report in the March 13 Science. The study adds to a growing...