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Men with wide faces seen as untrustworthy yet competent

Think quickly now of the most obnoxious man you know — a car salesman, boss, spouse. Does he have a wide face? A new study shows that men with wider faces are seen from two sides: aggressive and deceitful, but also competent and victorious.…

NASA: Solar storm in 2012 nearly ‘knocked modern civilization back to the 18th century’

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150…

Researchers practice living on Mars – without leaving Earth

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) – For the past four months, a team of researchers have been living in a mockup Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano practicing isolated living on the Red Planet. For the most part, expedition leader Casey Stedman and his five crewmates have stayed…

Siberian fossil discovery builds case for an age of feathered dinosaurs

The discovery of the fossilised remains of a creature that looks a little like a giant beak-less chicken has led scientists to a striking hypothesis: at one time all dinosaurs had feathers. Researchers were aware that early flesh-eating dinosaurs had feathers, but the finding of the metre-long herbivore on a…

Less than 10% of human DNA has functional role, claim scientists

Ian Sample, The Guardian More than 90% of human DNA is doing nothing very useful, and large stretches may be no more than biological baggage that has built up over years of evolution, Oxford researchers claim. The scientists arrived at the figure after comparing the human genome with the genetic…

Scientists to excavate Wyoming cave with trove of Ice Age fossils

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday. The two-week dig, set to begin next Monday…

Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer. Under certain conditions, astronomers in the next decade might be able to detect the presence of an industrialized alien society, according to a study…

Dinosaur trackways uncovered in Canada suggest tyrannosaurs hunted in packs

The collective noun is a terror of tyrannosaurs: a pack of the prehistoric predators, moving and hunting in numbers, for prey that faced the fight of its life. That tyrannosaurs might have hunted in groups has long been debated by dinosaur experts, but with so little to go on, the…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: US must ‘sink lower’ before Congress will opt to protect the planet

In an exclusive interview with Salon, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about his role as a scientist, how the media presents scientific breakthroughs, and about how climate change will have to get worse before citizens force their elected representatives to do anything about it. Tyson explained that he doesn’t see…

Scientists urge US to change its ‘national vision’ to curb coastal risks

(Reuters) – A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday. Urging a “national vision” toward addressing coastal risks, the report…

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