Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

May 28, 2016

Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

Sharks swim around a platform off Mexico’s east coast as scientists drill deep into the ocean floor, extracting the remains of the asteroid widely blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs. Some 30 meters (98 feet) above the ocean floor, the researchers pull out ...

May 20, 2016

Researchers solve mystery of red color in birds

Scientists said Thursday they have solved a long-standing mystery about what makes some birds red — a color that, when found in beaks and feathers, shows strong sex appeal. The genes affecting coloration belong to a wider family of genes involved in detoxification, said ...

Bacteria the yin and yang of dandruff, says study

May 13, 2016

Bacteria the yin and yang of dandruff, says study

Dandruff is not caused by a fungus, as many believe, but by an imbalance between two competing bacteria that naturally colonize the human scalp, according to a study released Thursday. Think of propionibacterium and staphylococcus as the yin and yang of healthy hair: when ...

Apr 27, 2016

Brainless slime can 'learn,' study finds

What is intelligence? Definitions vary, but all infer the use of gray matter, whether in a bee or a human, to learn from experience. On Wednesday, scientists announced a discovery that turns this basic assumption on its head. A slime made up of independent ...

Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

Apr 23, 2016

Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

Wearing black headsets with tentacle-like sensors stretched over their foreheads, the competitors stared at cubes floating on computer screens as their small white drones prepared for takeoff. “Three, two, one … go!” the announcer hollered, and as the racers fixed their thoughts on pushing ...

Apr 14, 2016

Human cloning with Chinese characteristics

China’s top geneticists say the country should set its own standards and regulations on human genome research, state-run media reported Wednesday, as ethical debate erupted over a Chinese study on modified human embryos. Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University said they used a gene-editing technique ...

Apr 12, 2016

Brain scans show how LSD mimics mind of a baby

Scientists have for the first time scanned the brains of people using LSD and found the psychedelic drug frees the brain to become less compartmentalized and more like the mind of a baby. A research team led by scientists at Imperial College London said ...