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Study: Choanaflagellates navigate to oxygen
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:01:03 -0500 - CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Single-celled organisms called choanaflagellates, the closest relatives of animals, can sense oxygen levels.

Indigenous people eat 15 times more seafood than non-indigenous people
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:28:19 -0500 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Per capita seafood consumption among indigenous people living on or near the coast is 15 times greater than non-natives from the same country.

Study finds birthplace of largest galaxies in the universe
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:40 -0500 - MADRID, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- New astronomical observations suggest "supergalaxies," the largest galaxies in the universe, are born of cosmic clouds of cold gas.

Scientists attempt to measure what makes a voice unique
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:19:53 -0500 - HONOLULU, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- What are the acoustic qualities that make a voice unique? What makes a voice recognizable over the telephone?

Middle Eastern bitumen found in 7th century British ship burial
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:05:48 -0500 - ABERDEEN, England, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have recovered Middle Eastern bitumen from the Sutton Hoo ship burial in East Anglia.

Scientists identify genes behind Darwin theory of heteromorphism
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:26:46 -0500 - NORWICH, England, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Biologists have revealed the supergene responsible for the heteromorphy of Primula flowers, a reproductive trait first observed and noted by Charles Darwin.

Chimpanzees recognize buttocks like humans recognize faces
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:15:28 -0500 - LEIDEN, Netherlands, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- New research suggests chimps recognize buttocks just as well as humans recall familiar faces.

Notre Dame astronomer claims Star of Bethlehem was an alignment of planets
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:54:17 -0500 - SOUTH BEND, Ind., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Astronomer Grant Mathews suggests the "Star of Bethlehem" wasn't a star at all, but a exceedingly rare planetary alignment -- one that may never happen again.

NASA scientists working to develop 'intelligent' underwater drones
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:26:58 -0500 - PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working to improve submersible technologies by bolstering their artificial intelligence.

Russian space station cargo ship experiences anomaly, burns up
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:07:33 -0500 - BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Russia's Soyuz-U cargo vehicle experienced an anomaly and was lost in the atmosphere shortly after its launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Survey details thread-like structure of Brightest Cluster Galaxy
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:51:00 -0500 - CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Hubble images have rendered the filaments of NGC 4696 in remarkable detail, offering scientists a new appreciation for the galaxy's unique structure.

Archaeologists find 14th century Black Death 'plague pit' in England
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:45:22 -0500 - NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE, England, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have discovered a rare 14th century 'plague pit' in Lincolnshire, a mass grave containing the remains of 48 villagers claimed by the Black Death.

Climate record reveals cruelty of an unusually cold decade in 15th century
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:23:31 -0500 - BERN, Switzerland, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Evidence from tree rings, ice cores and lake sediments corroborates the historical record: the 1430s were unusually cold in Europe's Low Countries.

How did the Sahara Desert get so dry?
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:16:24 -0500 - COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- New research helps explain how the Sahara was transformed from grasslands to desert.

Ceramics offer insights into Iron Age trade in Eastern Mediterranean
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:11:21 -0500 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Chemical analysis of Turkish pottery suggests a complex pattern of trade existed in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Iron Age.

New sensor to help scientists study inside avalanches
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:41:52 -0500 - BOCHUM, Germany, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Scientists believe a new sensor will enable them to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the insides of an avalanche.

Fossils reveal origins of filter feeding in baleen whales
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:52:30 -0500 - MELBOURNE, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- New research offers evidence of the evolutionary transition from biting to filtering among baleen whales.

Cold plasma kills the stench of greasy spoons
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:45:30 -0500 - GARCHING, Germany, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Researchers in Germany are developing cold plasma technology capable of killing the smells created by commercial deep fryers.

Coral survey reveals 5,000-year-old genotypes
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:18:32 -0500 - STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- New research suggests coral colonies can persist for thousands of years, much longer than previously thought.

Google celebrates scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose's 158th birthday with new Doodle
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:51:34 -0500 - MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Google is paying homage to scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose with a new Doodle on what would have been his 158th birthday.

Ancient rocks offer glimpse of life before oxygen
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:29:37 -0500 - CINCINNATI, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Scientists have found fossil evidence of sulfur-eating bacteria in ancient rocks at two separate locations in South Africa.

Scientists unveil first 'water-wave laser'
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:54:57 -0500 - HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Scientists in Israel have developed the world's first 'water-wave laser,' proof light and water waves can combine to generate laser radiation.

New model to help ships avoid collisions with blue whales
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:00:50 -0500 - LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a new forecasting model to help large ocean vessels avoid collisions with blue whales, the largest species on the planet.

Grass with new genes sucks up pollution from explosives
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:45:32 -0500 - A new transgenic grass species can neutralize and eradicate RDX, a toxic compound widely used in explosives since World War II.

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