Shortly after the moon’s own genesis from a wayward planet’s cosmic crash into Earth, a second smaller planet slammed into the moon itself, suggest Meng Hua Zhu of Macau University and colleagues
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Theory maps out previously unknown molecular mechanism that regulates both so-called ‘cancer genes’ and other genes that suppress cancer
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Mediterranean peoples and their fruit flies take siestas, and now researchers at Rutgers have found the regulatory mechanism in the insect
Team calculated the probability that Australopithecus sediba, which existed 800,000 years after the earliest-known human, was ancestral to the human lineage, and concluded it isn’t very likely
Horses have only been bred for speed in the last few centuries, says the study – and the passion for breeding thoroughbreds is diminishing resistance to disease
The Suskityrannus probably weighed no more than a fat Labrador, and could have easily fit inside the skull of a true T-rex
Storms in the Mediterranean basin will be rarer but stronger as the effects of warming become more severe, a new study predicts
Jawbone found high up on the Tibetan Plateau, 2,400km from the low-lying Denisova Cave, sheds light on the mysterious origin of Sherpas' tolerance for hypoxia
Exploring not only what was, but what could have been
Everyone loves starch, but we finally have proof from the South African coast that taste for it goes back to early human history, shedding some light on how our diet evolved
Look and ye shall find: The enigmatic myxozoans may have lost most of their jellyfish genes but they found hosts everywhere, even on dry land
Two new species spotted in Sulawesi: the Wakatobi white-eye had been known, but zoology hadn’t realized it was a species in its own right, and the Wangi-wangi has finally been noticed, too
It takes a world, not a village, to fix the problem we created, but the technology (mostly) already exists, says the architect of the Paris Agreement and co-winner of this year’s Dan David Prize
Pampering the bacteria needed to treat sewage is costly and just replaces one planetary blight with another. Enter Aqwind and its algae.
But no, you shouldn’t smoke pot in order to lose weight, scientist urges
Southern California experiences a very small quake every three minutes, says Caltech big-data study that weeded out the noise from modern society
Water crisis in the Hashemite kingdom can be eased by desalinating water from the Red Sea, with brine waste used to replenish the vanishing Dead Sea — but experts don’t agree if it will succeed
‘Frankenpork’ did not regain consciousness, thank heaven, but the team had anesthetic in place just in case and learned more than expected about the post-mortem brain
UBQ invented a patented new composite material based on trash that actually decarbonizes the atmosphere in net terms, and uses no water in the process
The hull of the merchant vessel found off Antalya by Hakan Oniz and team is long gone, but the shape of the copper ingots is unmistakably the same as found in Minoan palaces, and depicted in ancient Egyptian tombs
Until now archaeologists had believed that chickens were domesticated for the sake of watching them fight, which the ancients found marvelously entertaining
Previously unknown Homo luzonensis is an enigmatic mosaic of primitive features like Australopithecus and modern ones like nobody else’s — and doesn’t seem to have descended from the same Homo erectus that we did, scientists say
Bottlenose dolphins have big clitorises, scientists discover, and they may be able to get pleasure from sex
Amphibious proto-cetacean living 50 million years ago looked like a cross between a crocodile, a dog and a beaver and could swim as well as walk on land, paleontologists say
Mazal tov: Rihanna the Ramat Gan Safari rhino had her second baby, weighing in at a mere 50 kilos
Where were the Jews of the city during the Second Temple period, and why did they disappear after 150 years?