Scientists with NASA’s New Horizons mission have released the sharpest view yet of Pluto. Four images from the LORRI instrument (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager) aboard New Horizons were combined with color data from the spacecraft’s Ralph instrument to create this global view of the dwarf planet. The images were obtained at a distance of 280,000 […]Read more "NASA Releases New Portrait of Dwarf Planet Pluto"
Chilesaurus diegosuarezi was related to Tyrannosaurus rex, but was vegetarian and has other curious features Fossil hunters in Chile have unearthed the remains of a bizarre Jurassic dinosaur that combined a curious mixture of features from different prehistoric animals. The evolutionary muddle of a beast grew to the size of a small horse and was […]Read more "‘Bizarre’ Jurassic dinosaur discovered in remarkable new find"
A team of paleontologists, led by Dr Dave Martill from the University of Portsmouth, UK, has found a unique four-legged specimen in the Crato Formation of Brazil. The snake, named Tetrapodophis amplectus, lived during the Early Cretaceous, around 110 million years ago. At the time, South America was united with Africa as part of a […]Read more "Tetrapodophis amplectus: Paleontologists Find Four-Limbed Snake Fossil"
Modern forensic techniques show the victim was probably killed by two blows to the head before being tossed into a cave 430,000 years ago According to The Bible, Abel was the world’s first murder victim, killed at the hands of his brother Cain. But now archaeologists have discovered a skull dating from 430,000 years ago […]Read more "Was this the world’s first murder victim?"
An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has identified the molecular “lock” that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings, made in mice, suggest that drugs blocking entry to this lock […]Read more "Study Identifies Ebola Virus’s Achilles’ Heel"
Since the Marillac site in France was unearthed, the discovery of fossil remains of animals (90% belonging to reindeer), humans and Mousterian tools has enabled the site to be identified as a hunting area for Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). But the most surprising thing about the site is the presence of a large quantity of bone […]Read more "Strange rituals or cannibalism? Neanderthals manipulated bodies of adults and children shortly after death"
The Milky Way galaxy is at least 50 percent larger than is commonly estimated, according to new findings that reveal that the galactic disk is contoured into several concentric ripples. The research, conducted by an international team led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Heidi Jo Newberg, revisits astronomical data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey […]Read more "The Corrugated Galaxy—Milky Way May Be Much Larger Than Previously Estimated"