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China, Kazakhstan, Asia
Though they look nearly identical, according to the fossil record, lacewings emerged about 40 million years before butterflies.
These microscopic eight-legged creatures are best known for being almost indestructible, now scientists found out that their genome contains an unprecedented proportion of foreign DNA.
Imagine if you could unspool a diamond like a ball of yarn, pulling out microscopic threads of the hardest substances on Earth and 20,000 times thinner than a strand of hair.
Waterlogged cities might seem like stuff of the post-apocalypse, but that post-apocalypse might come as soon as a single generation.
It’s not just that the ocean is absorbing more heat than at any point over the last 10,000 years, and that its levels are rising. It’s also becoming more acidic. Its very chemical composition is changing. Ecosystems will be reordered, currents altered.
Saudi Arabia, Asia, Middle East
The glove works using five flex sensors on the fingers. These detect how the user bends their fingers as they sign, reporting the data to a serial monitor. An accelerometer keeps track of how the user orientates their hand as they sign.
The piece, titled "AS Long As Possible," is an homage to John Cage’s piece "As SLow aS Possible." The composer's 1987 organ piece has no set tempo and is intended to be played, well, as slowly as possible.
This "supertree" was compiled from about 500 previously published phylogenetic trees, and contains all named species - extinct or extant - which amounts to about 2.3 million unique entries.
Over the decades, a lethal mix of overfishing, pollution, intense ocean acidification, and climate change has increasingly endangered the ecosystems and coastal communities that they sustain.
United States, North America
According to the researchers, the power of the light could be dialed down or up, giving the mice a finely-tuned, light-induced high.
If it worsens, acidification could threaten the whole of the marine biosphere, and, obviously, the land-dwelling creatures that depend on it too.
United States, North America
The project known as DUNE will span 800 underground miles from Fermilab outside of Chicago to the Sanford Underground Research Facility.
It's always hard to top a blockbuster first season that left off with a killer surprise ending, but the team at CERN's Large Hadron Collider hopes season two will be even wilder than the first.
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of a giant oceanic creature named Aegirocassis benmoulae, which lived an astonishing 480 million years ago.
A more energy-intensive option would be to couple the building's skin with sensors that monitor changes in light intensity and cause it to stretch automatically.
Zoologist Daniel Brooks' findings about how climate change is fueling the spread of infectious diseases have been inspired despairing headlines around the world.
The Mesozoic era is so heavily associated with dinosaurs that it can be easy to forget our own mammalian lineage got its start there too.
North Korea, Asia, United States, North America
Learn the surprising story of an American computer expert who taught North Korea's next technophilic generation for a few months at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
United Kingdom, Europe
There sits, in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, a bell that has been ringing, nonstop, since 1840.
The Atlas robot has already inspired terror around the world thanks to its eerily humanoid design and impressive coordination.
The PlasCarb project aims to transform methane created by the anaerobic digestion of food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen.
The worst off are, as usual, the poor countries who lack technology, political economy and natural resources.
The new year will see at least one fresh, promising, and experimental cleantech idea put to the test.
If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won’t look like little green men, or spiny insectoids.
The move illustrates a quantum property known as spin, which happens to be one of the stranger yet less-hyped things about particles.
Brandenburg notes that Mars had two ancient civilizations which had a level of technology similar to that of the ancient Egyptians.
World, Norway, Europe
When all hell will be breaking loose, you better be on your way to Scandinavia.
Brazil, South America
In this community of over 60,000 people, almost nobody could explain where they lived.
You could call it Noah's Ark. It might be our salvation in case of global tragedy.
Forget scuba diving, you can now become a real human-fish hybrid.
Not everyone agrees with his plan, but this little genius is still bringing hope to many.