People understand that properly managing soils is key for the global food supply, and that soils are eroding. But less recognized, is the role of living organisms in soils, and how management of those organisms impacts the benefits for human health, according to a new study.
Forty-one years ago today, humans uncovered a clue to our collective past stretching back millions of years. The discovery of “Lucy,” the most-complete specimen of Australopithecus afarensis, was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray on Nov. 24, 1974 at the Hadar site in Ethiopia.
If Pleistocene megafauna -- mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others -- had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international team of anthropologists.
Mars' largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet, but rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring, like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
Molecular biologists who study nitrogen-fixing bacteria in plants have discovered a "double agent" peptide in an alfalfa that may hold promise for improving crop yields without increasing fertilizer use.
Vivid holographic images and text can now be produced by means of an ordinary inkjet printer. This new method is expected to significantly reduce the cost and time needed to create the so-called rainbow holograms, commonly used for security purposes.
New research may draw a 'curtain of fire' on dinosaur extinction theory. The role volcanic activity played in mass extinction events in the Earth's early history is likely to have been much less severe than previously thought, according to a study.
Builders of everything from cruise ships and ports to oil rigs offshore wind turbines are tasked with the same question — will their work will be strong enough to stand up to the sea? A miniature indoor ocean could make for a lot less guessing.
The fatter we are, the more our body appears to produce a protein that inhibits our ability to burn fat, suggests new research. The findings may have implications for the treatment of obesity and other metabolic diseases.
An estimated 1 million people across the world die each year from malaria. The vast majority are caused by mosquito bites in the tropics. Now scientists say they have found a way to genetically engineer a mosquito so it carries an anti-malaria gene – potentially removing the deadly transmission method, according to a new study.
In a new paper, researchers introduce a computer model of cultural evolution that reproduces all of these patterns in the archaeological record. The researchers started from a point of view that a pattern of punctuated bursts of creativity can be a feature of cultural evolution itself, as opposed to a cultural response to an external change.
The solar system might be a lot hairier than we thought. A new study proposes the existence of long filaments of dark matter, or "hairs." Dark matter is an invisible, mysterious substance that makes up about 27 percent of all matter and energy in the universe.
Hiden Analytical’s AutoSIMS is general purpose laboratory tool that can undertake routine surface analysis measurements for product monitoring, failure analysis and verification tasks.
After a decade of battling the highly destructive citrus greening bacterium, researchers have developed genetically modified citrus trees that show enhanced resistance to greening, and have the potential to resist canker and black spot, as well.
Polluted water can at times make swimming in the sea or a pool risky. On the other hand aquatic organisms, such as water boatman need the nutrients in dirty water to feed on. Taking inspiration from water beetles and other swimming insects, academics have developed the Row-bot, a robot that thrives in dirty water.