A group of researchers discovered a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen. After a post-mortem, the scientists think it's possible that the centipede quite literally eviscerated the snake from the inside out.
The potential moon (nicknamed Peggy) is tiny, probably only about a kilometer (0.6 miles) across — really a moonlet — and is invisible in the Cassini pictures. However, its presence is betrayed by an odd clumping of material at the very edge of Saturn’s A ring, the outermost of Saturn’s main rings.
A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of graphene. No big fires, no greenhouse gases, no fuss. They created energy with just a miracle material and one of the most plentiful substances on Earth.
By recreating the setting from Aesop's Fable 'The crow and the pitcher', researchers have shown that corvids are not just capable of grasping that solid objects displace water, but more crucially, they seem to understand the causal relationship between the properties of such objects and their effectiveness.
A PBS series aims to show how humans evolved from creatures of the deep. But creationists have denounced it as an attempt to ‘package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science'.
Addressing the Paleoanthropology Society in Calgary last week, Yoel Rak and Ella Been of Tel Aviv University made the case that the bones do not represent a transitional species but instead come from two different genera.
Determining levels of consciousness in people who have severe brain injury is notoriously hard. That task may become a little easier with the finding that brain scans can help doctors identify whether patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state are likely to recover to some degree.
Clare Blackburn of Edinburgh University in Britain, and her colleagues have treated, in mice, an organ called the thymus, a part of the immune system that runs down in old age. Instead of adding stem cells they have stimulated their animals’ thymuses to make more of a protein known as FOXN1. This is a transcription factor (a molecular switch that activates genes), and for the thymus it turns out to be an elixir of life.
Animals are exceptionally complicated things. So complicated, in fact, that we've never actually built one ourselves. But the day is fast approaching when we'll be able to create digital versions of organisms on a computer — from the way they move right through to their behaviors. Here's how we'll do it.
Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collide continue to search for new particles -- and now they've found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter.