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The animals that lived through the great extinction event had a range of survival strategies to get them through.
Dino doomsday took out early birds too, but a lucky few survived.
Dinosaurs and others faced massive losses 66 million years ago from an asteroid impact, volcanic eruptions or maybe a mix of the two.
The Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV proved effective at stopping the spread of the virus in a clinical trial in West Africa.
Most sea spiders have hearts, but what really gets their blood flowing are gut contractions.
A pain-sensing protein also regulates activity of pain-relieving opioids.
Hagfish skin that easily slips and slides can be a lifesaver in crises such as shark attacks.
A team of chemists has a new explanation for the Mpemba effect, while other scientists debate if it is even real.
Hunter-gatherers may have been Asia’s first year-round, high-altitude settlers.
For the first time, astronomers pinpoint a precise position on the sky for a fast radio burst, revealing that the outburst originated in a galaxy about 2.5 billion light-years away.
Blood tests may detect prion disease in people even before onset of symptoms.
Forget birds. 3.5 trillion insects, spiders and mites a year fly over the southern United Kingdom.
Ancient enzymes kept their speed at lower temperatures.
Scientists confirm structure of unusual molecule in which carbon bonds to six other carbon atoms.
Pregnancy can sculpt a mother’s brain in a way that may help her tune in to her baby.
Graph isomorphism result still stands, despite error.
Gas blobs formed in the wake of stars shredded by the black hole in the center of the galaxy could pass within several hundred light-years of Earth on their way to intergalactic space.
The XENON100 experiment found no evidence of an annually varying dark matter signal.
Galaxies in the early universe might have emitted lots of green light, powered by large populations of stars much hotter than most found today.
A fast-growing crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf could soon break off a 5,000-square-kilometer hunk of ice into the ocean.
Two pulsars spend most of their time switched off, hinting at a large population of part-time pulsars hiding in the Milky Way.
Starfish larvae use hairlike cilia to stir up water whorls and suck prey in close.
A study in mice pinpoints a force-detecting protein that regulates breathing, previously implicated in touch.
Two 52-million-year-old tomatillo fossils in Patagonia push the origin of nightshade plants back millions of years, to the time when dinosaurs roamed.
The larvae of one type of acorn worm are basically “swimming heads,” according to new genetic analyses.
Growth lines on teeth indicate a surprisingly long incubation period.
Heralded as the “answer to heroin addiction,” methadone is still used to treat opiate addiction, despite risks.
The human-made technosphere weighs 30 trillion tons and surpasses the natural biosphere in mass and diversity, researchers estimate.
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Letters to the Editor
Animal math, dinosaur digestion and more in reader feedback from our December 10, 2017, issue.
Bony headwear, like bumps and horns, is tied to bigger bodies in the theropod dinosaur family tree.