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Last updated November 1, 2010.
Migraine Risk Linked to Gene
August 30, 2010
A variant of a particular gene has been linked with a significantly higher risk for developing migraines, according to a new study. The results could shed light on what triggers the recurring, intense headaches and may lead to new migraine therapies.
Sniff-Controlled Keyboards, Wheelchairs Invented
July 28, 2010
People who are paralyzed from the neck down might soon be leading themselves around by the nose—literally. A new electric wheelchair allows the severely disabled to guide their movements by sniffing into tubes.
Brain Cells in a Dish Keep Time
June 16, 2010
Networks of brain cells in a petri dish can be trained to keep time like hourglasses, a new study says.
Giant Sea Reptiles Were Warm-Blooded?
June 10, 2010
Giant reptiles that ruled dinosaur-era seas might have been warm-blooded, a new study says.
Dinosaur Feathers Changed With Age
April 28, 2010
Newfound fossils of a feathered dinosaur suggest that the extinct reptiles might have possessed a diversity in plumage types that puts modern birdsto shame.
Japanese Guts Are Adapted to Sushi
April 8, 2010
Japanese intestines are adapted to sushi, says a new study that found genes from an ocean microbe in the gut bugs of long-term seaweed eaters.
See-Through Vision Invented
March 10, 2010
Scientists have figured out how to "see" through opaque barriers by unscrambling what little light passes through.
8-Horned T. Rex Cousin Found--Dinosaur Was "Ballerina"
October 5, 2009
A sleek cousin of Tyrannosaurus rexhas been unearthed in Asia's Gobi desert.
Human Pee With Ash Is a Natural Fertilizer, Study Says
September 18, 2009
When it comes to cultivating a green thumb, gardeners perhaps need only look to their urinals and fireplaces.
Pterosaur's Wing, "Hairs" Unlike Any Living Animals'
August 4, 2009
By literally shining new light on a Chinese pterosaur fossil, researchers have found that the membranes in the creature's wings contain a complex pattern of fibers not found in any living animal.
Thighbones Were Scepters for Ancient Zapotec Men?
July 15, 2009
For men of the ancient Zapotec civilization, ancestral thighbones may have been carried as status symbols.
Nut-Size Ancient Skull Explains Our Brains' Bigness?
June 30, 2009
By scanning a 54-million-year-old skull roughly the size of a walnut, scientists have created the first virtual 3-D model of an early primate brain, a new study says.
Universe Filled With Particles Larger Than Galaxies?
June 2, 2009
Subatomic particles called neutrinos created when the universe was just one second old might have ballooned over time so that each one now encompasses a space larger than thousands of galaxies, researchers suggest.
New (and Improved?) Ears Found in Deep Fish
May 12, 2009
In the sunless abyss of the deep ocean, fish have evolved ears like no others, a new study says.
Oldest Seahorses Found; Help Solve Mystery
May 4, 2009
The oldest seahorse fossils discovered to date have been uncovered.
Spider "Resurrections" Take Scientists by Surprise
April 24, 2009
Spiders in a lab twitched back to life hours after "drowning"—and the scientists were as surprised as anyone.
First Tool Users Were Sea Scorpions?
April 6, 2009
The first tool-users in the world may have been scorpion-like sea beasts. The extinct animals used other creatures' shells to help them breathe on land 500 million years ago, new research suggests.
Dog Sacrifices Found in Medieval Hungarian Village
April 6, 2009
A medieval Hungarian town full of ritually sacrificed dogs could shed light on mysterious pagan customs not found in written records from the era, a new study suggests.
Viruses Used to Grow "Greener" Batteries
April 3, 2009
With the help of a common virus, scientists have built a battery that rivals the state-of-the-art rechargeable models now powering personal electronics and hybrid vehicles.
Monkeys That Floss With Human Hair Learn From Mom?
March 12, 2009
Long-tailed macaque monkeys teach their babies to clean their teeth, according to a new study that says females slow down and exaggerate their motions when they notice their young watching them floss.
First Extinct-Animal Clone Created
February 10, 2009
An extinct animal has been resurrected by cloning for the first timeï¿1⁄2though the clone died minutes after birth. Findings revealed January 23 in the journal Theriogenology describe the use of frozen skin in 2003 to clone a bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, a subspecies of Spanish ibex that went extinct in 2000.
Oldest Human Hair Found in Hyena Poop Fossil?
February 7, 2009
The oldest known human hairs could be the strands discovered in fossil hyena poop found in a South African cave, a new study hints.
Drugs Found in Hair of Ancient Andean Mummies
October 22, 2008
The first hard evidence of psychoactive drug use in the ancient Andes has been discovered in mummies' hair, a new study says.
First Dinosaur Feathers for Show, Not Flight?
October 22, 2008
One of the oldest known dinosaur relatives of birds had "bizarre" anatomy, including long, ribbon-like tail feathers that suggest plumage may have first evolved for show rather than for flight, scientists say.
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