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Brazil identifies disease that killed South African

10 years ago from Physorg

Brazilian authorities said Monday they have identified a mysterious disease that killed a visiting South African businessman last week as spotted fever, a tick-borne malady.

Discovery Of A Debilitating Genetic Syndrome

10 years ago from Science Daily

Canadian researchers announce the discovery of MEDNIK Syndrome, a debilitating genetic syndrome. Scientists have demonstrated that this syndrome is caused by a newly found mutation in the AP1S1 gene.

Rock and Roil: Meteorites Hitting Early Earth's Oceans May Have Helped Spawn Life

10 years ago from Scientific American

Many theories about the origins of life on Earth posit that prebiotic compounds may have arrived from outer space on asteroids or comets. But a new study suggests that extreme...

'As we clambered off the yacht, we felt like explorers'

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The baby sea lion looked as if it was sleeping, resting peacefully under a mangrove tree seemingly hiding from the sun.

New genetics study reveals Spain's forced conversions in 15th and 16th centuries

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

An international team of scientists has uncovered striking evidence that mass conversions to Catholicism by Sephardic Jews and Muslims took place in the 15th and 16th centuries in Spain and...

Ceramic That Mimics Mother of Pearl

10 years ago from Science Blog

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have mimicked the structure of mother of pearl to create what may well be the toughest ceramic...

Past Religious Diversity And Intolerance Have Profound Impact On Genetics Of Iberian People

10 years ago from Science Daily

New research suggests that relatively recent events had a substantial impact on patterns of genetic diversity in the southwest region of Europe. The study shows that geographical patterns of ancestry...

Ancient Stone Age art found in Russia

10 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Russian archaeologists say they've uncovered a group of Stone Age art objects that appear to have been part of an ancient hunting ritual.

Decline Of Roman And Byzantine Empires 1,400 Years Ago May Have Been Driven By Climate Change

10 years ago from Science Daily

The decline of the Roman and Byzantine Empires in the Eastern Mediterranean more than 1,400 years ago may have been driven by unfavorable climate changes.

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: New Giant Toothless Pterosaur Found

10 years ago from National Geographic

The ancient winged reptile is the first of its kind found outside of China, according to a researcher who named the species based on a partial skull fossil from Brazil.

Eucalypt buds survive any fires

10 years ago from Science Alert

Researchers have found that our native eucalypts have at least two fire survival strategies in place and are even better at bouncing back than thought.

Ancient roman oil lamp 'factory town' found

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Italian researchers have discovered the pottery center where the oil lamps that lighted the ancient Roman empire were made.

VIDEO: Odd Zebra Recreated?

10 years ago from National Geographic

The quagga, a zebra subspecies that is only partly striped, has been crossbred back into existence after a hundred years of extinction, scientists say.

Gene Test Shows Spain’s Jewish and Muslim Mix

10 years ago from NY Times Science

A study of genetic signatures has provided new evidence of the mass conversions of Sephardic Jews and Muslims to Catholicism in the 14th and 15th centuries.

A book of common prayers

10 years ago from

In times of economic distress and plenty, ninety percent of Americans pray, more than half of us once a day or more. We pray for big things - to stay...

Wounded Iceman Made Epic Final Journey, Moss Shows

10 years ago from National Geographic

The prehistoric Otzi apparently dressed his own wounds with species of moss from different environments, allowing scientists to track his last days, a new study found.

U.K. science group lobbies for female Doctor Who

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Amid speculation in the U.K. over who will replace David Tennant on TV's Doctor Who, a group representing women in science is calling for a female Time Lord.

Sask. farmers dealing with hordes of meteorite hunters

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

With hundreds of amateur meteorite hunters descending on the area around Marsden, Sask., near the Alberta border, some farmers are being kept hopping dealing with the crowds.

EU money to help Southern scientists compete for funding

10 years ago from SciDev

African, Caribbean and Pacific scientists can for the first time get EU support for building resources to vie for international research funds.

Spanish Inquisition couldn’t quash Moorish, Jewish genes

10 years ago from

Finding suggests modern history, not just prehistory, can leave a strong mark on a region’s genetic signature

Humans 80,000 Years Older Than Previously Thought?

10 years ago from National Geographic

Stone tools found in Ethiopia, likely crafted by the earliest Homo sapiens, have been dated to at least 276,000 years ago—80,000 years before our earliest relatives were thought to roam...

Rolling 'Sea Grape' Rocks The Fossil Record

10 years ago from Science Daily

A submarine expedition that went looking for visually flashy sea creatures instead found a drab, mud-covered blob that may turn out to be truly spectacular indeed.

Discovery Provides New Perspective on Animal Evolution

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

A new discovery challenges one of the strongest arguments in favor of the idea that animals with bilateral symmetry--those, that like us have two halves that are roughly mirror images...

Fossil provides glimpse of giant flying reptile

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Soaring overhead in the Cretaceous skies with taut, leathery wings longer than a family car, it would have made an unnerving sight.

World's oldest marijuana stash totally busted

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Nearly two pounds of still-green plant material found in a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert has just been identified as the world's oldest marijuana stash, according to a paper...

Invasive garden ants as new pest insects in Europe

10 years ago from Physorg

Northern Europe has so far been free from invasive pest ants, but it seems just a matter of time until Lasius neglectus, a new ant that was discovered in 1990,...

Solar-powered Sea-slugs Live Like Plants

10 years ago from Science Daily

The lowly sea slug, "Elysia chlorotica," may not seem like the most exciting of creatures, but don't be fooled: It behaves like a plant and is solar-powered, says a biologist...

Millions of birds could die from oilsands development: report

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Millions of birds could be lost over the next 30 to 50 years due to oilsands development in northern Alberta, according to a report released Tuesday in Edmonton.