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Roosevelt’s Barking Deer Spotted In Vietnam After 85-Year Absence

Muntiacus rooseveltorum, also known as Roosevelt’s muntjacs or Roosevelt’s barking deer — a rare species first discovered by the sons of President Teddy Roosevelt in Laos — hadn’t been observed alive anywhere since 1929. But recent camera-trap images in Vietnam’s Xuan Lien Nature Reserve show the species is prancing through pockets of deep forest, according […]

Scientists Unearth Pygmy T. Rex Dinosaur In Alaska

Paleontologists have confirmed a new species of dinosaur, a miniature cousin of the Tyrannosaur, which roamed the Arctic hunting duck-billed species at the foot of snowy peaks. The pygmy dinosaur was discovered several years ago during a dig in which another species was the specimen. But unexpected findings can never be ruled out at the […]

Paleontologists Say Ancient Sloths Transitioned From Land To Sea In Search Of Food

The giant sloth — the ancient land mammal whose modern descendants dwell in trees — apparently had a taste for seafood, and began venturing into the sea as food sources on land dried up. That according to a team of researchers from Sorbonne University, who tested the bone density of ancient sloth specimens. In their […]

Volcanoes Helped Plants And Animals Survive Ice Age, Study Finds

SYDNEY (UPI) — Australian researchers say they found evidence that shows heat and steam from volcanoes helped some plants and animals survive the ice age. A team led by Dr. Ceridwen Fraser from the Australian National University and Dr. Aleks Terauds from the Australian Antarctic Division studied tens of thousands of records of Antarctic species […]

Study: Brain Much Better At Recalling Sight And Touch, Worse At Listening

PowerPoint presentations and name tags might be cheesy, but they’re quite helpful to your brain. That’s because the brain is much better at processing and recalling sight and touch, whereas sound often goes in one ear and out the other — at least according to a new memory study. Researchers at the University of Iowa […]

‘Cyborg’ Drummer Holds Down The Beat With Prosthetic Arm

Bands and music ensembles that don’t have a human drummer often opt for a drum machine. But now there’s a third choice, a “cyborg” drummer — half man, half machine. Two years ago, Jason Barnes, an aspiring musician, was electrocuted while cleaning a restaurant vent hood. Doctors were forced to amputate his arm below the […]

Decades Later, Education Helps Stave Off Dementia

To some extent, dementia is just a part of growing old. And as more people live longer, the number of people suffering from dementia is growing as well. Some estimate the amount of people living with the condition will triple worldwide to 135 million by 2050. It’s a reality that has doctors and policymakers concerned […]

NASA To Award Asteroid-Finding Citizen Scientists With Cash Prizes

NASA wants help locating asteroids. And so they have teamed up with private company Planetary Resources Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., to offer an open platform contest for amateur asteroid hunters. The Asteroid Data Hunter challenge calls on citizen scientists to submit improved algorithms for identifying asteroids using telescope imagery. As much as $35,000 in cash […]

Researchers Find Elephants Can Tell Languages Apart

NAIROBI, Kenya (UPI) — African elephants have the ability to distinguish between human languages, researchers have determined. A team of researchers found that elephants in the Amboseli National Park region of Kenya have learned to differentiate between the dialect of the Maasai tribe, whose members have a history of killing elephants, and the languages of […]

Excessive Homework Is Counterproductive, Study Finds

Kids everywhere, rejoice! A researcher at Stanford University has determined homework to be counterproductive and unhealthy — too much of it, anyway. In a study led by Denise Pope, senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, researchers found that excessive homework proved detrimental to student well-being and engagement. The study cited previous research […]

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