Genome of Oldest Flowering Plant Sequenced
By sequencing the genome of a plant whose evolutionary lineage traces back to the last common ancestor of all flowering plants, scientists say they have found the answer to a question that so baffled Charles Darwin, he dubbed it the "abominable mystery."
Newly Discovered Cause of Aging in Mammals Possibly Reversible
Researchers have uncovered a cause of aging in mammals that may be reversible.
Apple a Day Could Save Thousands, As Could an Increase Use of Statins
An apple a day really does keep the doctor away, according to a new study that found prescribing a daily apple to adults over the age of 50 could prevent about 8,500 vascular deaths each year in the UK. The effect, the researchers found, would be roughly the equivalent of assigning the drugs designed to lower cholesterol levels to everyone 50 years old and up who is not already taking them.
Vodka Used to Send Text Message Across Lab [VIDEO]
Vodka and texting, though not always the safest combination, could allow people to communicate when conventional wireless technology fails, according to scientists who used an evaporated form of the drink to text the message "O Canada" across their lab.
Double Take: Second Look at Giant Asteroid Reveals a Stunning New Picture
At first glance, the giant asteroid Vesta wasn't much to look at. Gray and dull, the space object looked like any other asteroid pitted by craters large and small. New images re-analyzed by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Solar Research reveals an entirely different world.
Neanderthal Genome Reveals Incest, Interbreeding and Mystery
For Neanderthals, finding that special someone could have meant looking as far as the next species over - or a close as a cousin, according to the most complete sequencing yet of the Neanderthal genome.
Motor Made from DNA Transports Nanoparticles Down Tube
A new kind of molecular motor constructed from DNA could lead to future designs capable of performing a range of a complex tasks, including drug delivery, manufacturing and chemical processing.
Portion of Neanderthal Genome Linked to Sunlight Adaption Discovered in Japan, South China
A portion, also known as region, of Neanderthal DNA related to sunlight adaption was selected and enriched in East Asians, a study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution found.
Poop-eating Pikas More Resilient to Climate Change than Previously Believed, Study Suggests
Pikas, a relative of rabbits, are determined not to become climate refugees, going so far as to shake up their diet in an effort to withstand rising temperatures, according to a new study published in the Journal of Mammalogy.
Cargo Launch Postponed as ISS Crew Prepare for Spacewalks to Fix Faulty Hardware
NASA officials postponed the launch of Orbital Sciences' unmanned cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to no later than mid-January as engineers and crew members continue to work to repair a faulty pump module on the outside of the station.
Astronomers Pull Back the Curtain to Discover an Embryonic Star Cluster
For the first time, astronomers have peeled away the dust fog encapsulating a star-forming region known as W49A, and in doing so have uncovered a site of frantic star formation fed by infalling gas.
Freshwater Loss Could Double Agricultural Losses Tied to Climate Change
Freshwater shortages could double the effects of climate change on agriculture yields, a new study combining climate, agricultural and hydrological models found.
FDA Curtailment of Antibacterial Soap Could Save Lives, Ecosystems
The Food and Drug Administration is giving manufacturers of antibacterial soaps and body washes a year to prove their products are safe and more effective than regular soap at preventing infection. Those that fail to make the cut risk being reformulated, relabeled or removed.
Deep-sea Corals Reveal Shift in Pacific Ocean Ecosystem Dating Back 150 Years
By dissecting deep-sea corals capable of living for thousands of years, scientists were able to trace a massive shift in the open Pacific Ocean ecosystem back to around 1850.
Distortion in Universe's Oldest Light Offers Peek into the Past
For the first time, scientists have detected twisting patterns in the polarization of the universe's oldest light, or cosmic microwave background (CMB) - an observation that could hold clues to the universe's early formation, according to researchers.