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Tibetan Mastiff gained high altitude adaptation after domestication by wolf interbreeding
IMAGE: Ancient interbreeding with the Tibet grey wolf made the Tibetan Mastiff adapt to the high altitude. A similar evolutionary mechanism occurred in parallel in the Tibetan people, who received their… view more Credit: Zhen Wang, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, P. R. China The... Read more
WIRED’s Guide to Turning Your Kids Into Masterful Makers
This should be an officially labeled time of the year. I suggest we call it Maker Time—it’s that time after kids get out of school, but before all of the holiday festivities begin. This is the perfect time for kids (and adults) to make something. This is what I... Read more
Certain kinds of vaginal bacteria can actually boost HIV risk
Scientists are just starting to figure out how the bacteria that live in, on, and around us can influence our health—and the vagina remains one of the most mysterious human microbiomes. Now, research suggests that certain vaginal bacteria can actually their hosts more vulnerable to HIV. In a study... Read more
The Tasmanian tiger had a brain structure suited to a predatory life style
IMAGE: This photo is of a pair of Thylacines, a male and female. The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is a large, carnivorous marsupial also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf…. view more Credit: Smithsonian Institutional Archives, 1904 Scans of preserved Tasmanian tiger brains suggest that these extinct predators devoted... Read more
New England's 1816 'Mackerel Year' and climate change today
IMAGE: Penobscot Bay fishermen cleaning mackerel near their saltwater farm. The shore mackerel fishery documented in Alexander and colleagues’ paper lasted for over 100 years.  view more Credit: NOAA Library, Silver Spring, Md. AMHERST, Mass. – Hundreds of articles have been written about the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, at... Read more
UCI researchers map oceanic troughs below ice sheets in West Antarctica
IMAGE: These are West Antarctica glaciers observed during an October 2014 NASA Operation IceBridge mission. view more Credit: NASA / Michael Studinger Irvine, Calif., Jan. 18, 2017 – University of California, Irvine glaciologists have uncovered large oceanic valleys beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in... Read more
Green Sahara's ancient rainfall regime revealed
IMAGE: The multicorer device being lowered into the ocean takes eight one-foot cores from the seafloor. Scientists analyze such cores for clues to the climate of the past several thousand years…. view more Credit: Peter deMenocal Rainfall patterns in the Sahara during the 6,000-year “Green Sahara” period have been pinpointed... Read more
Victims’ Families Sue Japan for Failing to Warn of Eruption
Some updates from the world of volcanoes this week: Japan This news isn’t about new volcanic activity in Japan but rather the results of one of the most tragic volcanic events in the last few years. In September 2014, Ontake had a surprising phreatic (or phreatomagmatic) explosion. There was... Read more
This soft robot hugs your heart to help keep it pumping
About 5.7 million Americans suffer from heart failure, meaning their hearts don’t pump blood as well as they should. The affliction costs the nation about $32 billion a year, and there’s no cure. But a squishy, air-powered robot might be able to help. A team lead by engineers at... Read more
Neuro-imaging maps brain wiring of extinct Tasmanian tiger
IMAGE: Image shows the neural pathways of the Tasmanian devil (left) and the thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian tiger. view more Credit: Emory University Scientists have used an imaging technique to reconstruct the brain architecture and neural networks of the thylacine — better known as the Tasmanian tiger —... Read more