Jul 25, 2014

As humans multiply, bugs decline and conflict spikes

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 percent, researchers said Thursday. Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may ...

Jul 15, 2014

Friends share DNA similarities, study finds

You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers. That’s beyond the effect of shared ethnicity, researchers say. And it could be important for theories ...

Bigfoot claims stepped on by DNA analysis

Jul 2, 2014

Bigfoot claims stepped on by DNA analysis

DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, ...

Jun 14, 2014

Adviser to Riken unit to quit over 'STAP' controversy

A special adviser to the biological research center at the state-backed Riken institute said Saturday that he will resign, two days after an outside panel recommended disbanding the entity after two high-profile studies led by staff member Haruko Obokata had to be withdrawn from ...

Were dinosaurs cold-blooded killers? Perhaps not

Jun 13, 2014

Were dinosaurs cold-blooded killers? Perhaps not

The hot question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals or cold blooded, like reptiles, fish and amphibians, finally has a good answer. Dinosaurs, for eons Earth’s dominant land animals until being wiped out by an asteroid 65 million years ago, were ...