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How sense of smell evolved in us, cavemen

Washington DC, Jul 3 (ANI): A team of scientists has shown how our sense of smell has evolved and has even reconstructed how a long-extinct human relative would have been able to smell. There is tremendous genetic variability within and between populations for our ability to detect odours. The University of Manchester's Matthew Cobb and the other researchers studied the DNA that codes for OR7D4 …

  • Woolly Mammoth Clones Closer Than Ever, Thanks to Genome Sequencing
    Woolly Mammoth Clones Closer Than Ever, Thanks to Genome Sequencing LiveScience.com - Thu, 2 Jul, 2015

    Scientists are one step closer to bringing a woolly mammoth back to life. A new analysis of the woolly mammoth genome has revealed several adaptations that allowed the … More »Woolly Mammoth Clones Closer Than Ever, Thanks to Genome Sequencing

    Woolly Mammoth Clones Closer Than Ever, Thanks to Genome Sequencing

    Scientists are one step closer to bringing a woolly mammoth back to life. A new analysis of the woolly mammoth genome has revealed several adaptations that allowed the furry beasts to thrive in the subzero temperatures of the last ice age, including a metabolism that allowed them to pack on insulating fat, smaller ears …

  • Walker the polar bear walks in snow at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, Scotland
    Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice - U.S. study Reuters - Wed, 1 Jul, 2015

    Imperiled polar bears will see a population crash in most parts of the Arctic Ocean if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, causing accelerated … More »Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice - U.S. study

    Walker the polar bear walks in snow at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, Scotland

    Imperiled polar bears will see a population crash in most parts of the Arctic Ocean if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, causing accelerated melting of the sea ice the bruins depend on for survival, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday. A study led by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) biologists showed …

  • Wild 'Jesus Lizard' Once Walked on Wyoming's Tropical Waters
    Wild 'Jesus Lizard' Once Walked on Wyoming's Tropical Waters LiveScience.com - Wed, 1 Jul, 2015

    About 48 million years ago, a distant relative of the "Jesus lizard," named for its knack for walking on water, darted around the tropical rainforests of ancient Wyoming, … More »Wild 'Jesus Lizard' Once Walked on Wyoming's Tropical Waters

    Wild 'Jesus Lizard' Once Walked on Wyoming's Tropical Waters

    About 48 million years ago, a distant relative of the "Jesus lizard," named for its knack for walking on water, darted around the tropical rainforests of ancient Wyoming, a new study finds. From the fossil they did find — a skull with a toothy smile — in 2008, they posit the animal was likely the same size as a modern …

  • What? Hearing Aids Are Out of Range for Most Americans (Op-Ed)
    What? Hearing Aids Are Out of Range for Most Americans (Op-Ed) LiveScience.com - Wed, 1 Jul, 2015

    While Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the Affordable Care Act is good news for millions of Americans who receive subsidies from the program's health care … More »What? Hearing Aids Are Out of Range for Most Americans (Op-Ed)

    What? Hearing Aids Are Out of Range for Most Americans (Op-Ed)

    While Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the Affordable Care Act is good news for millions of Americans who receive subsidies from the program's health care exchanges, the vast majority of Americans with hearing loss will still be left with difficult choices. Hearing aids , which amplify sounds, are widely …

  • AMNH handout shows a partially fossilized jaw from an adult Smilodon fatalis saber-toothed cat
    I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed cat's teeth grew prodigiously Reuters - Wed, 1 Jul, 2015

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ferocious saber-toothed cat Smilodon was a star in Hollywood long before it became Tinseltown, with extensive remains of this … More »I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed cat's teeth grew prodigiously

    AMNH handout shows a partially fossilized jaw from an adult Smilodon fatalis saber-toothed cat

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ferocious saber-toothed cat Smilodon was a star in Hollywood long before it became Tinseltown, with extensive remains of this Ice Age predator that prowled North and South America preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. "If you think about it, Smilodon fatalis likely …

  • Discovery brightens solar's future, energy costs to be cut Reuters - Wed, 1 Jul, 2015

    The solar panel design will make it cheaper to produce hydrogen, but a simple version won't be available for average citizens for at least 10 years, scientists said. … More »Discovery brightens solar's future, energy costs to be cut

    The solar panel design will make it cheaper to produce hydrogen, but a simple version won't be available for average citizens for at least 10 years, scientists said. Splitting water molecules to create hydrogen allows the sun's energy to be more easily stored to generate electricity or power clean cars. The discovery …

  • Japan's top three automakers to spend $50 million to subsidize hydrogen stations Reuters - Wed, 1 Jul, 2015

    By Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top three automakers said on Wednesday they will spend up to 6 billion yen ($48.92 million) combined to subsidize the cost … More »Japan's top three automakers to spend $50 million to subsidize hydrogen stations

    By Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top three automakers said on Wednesday they will spend up to 6 billion yen ($48.92 million) combined to subsidize the cost of operating hydrogen fuelling stations as the country aims to lead the world in developing cars that use the fuel. Japan is set to miss an ambitious …

  • Buildings are pictured on a hazy day in Beijing
    China to cap rising emissions by 2030 in boost to Paris U.N. deal Reuters - Tue, 30 Jun, 2015

    By Julien Ponthus PARIS (Reuters) - China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years on Tuesday, in a much anticipated … More »China to cap rising emissions by 2030 in boost to Paris U.N. deal

    Buildings are pictured on a hazy day in Beijing

    By Julien Ponthus PARIS (Reuters) - China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years on Tuesday, in a much anticipated strategy to help build a U.N. climate deal in 2015. The world's top greenhouse gas emitter said it would invest more in clean energy and plant more …

  • 'Top predator' humans causing catastrophic ecosystem shifts: study Reuters - Tue, 30 Jun, 2015

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Never before has a single species become the top predator on land and sea, and human dominance over the natural … More »'Top predator' humans causing catastrophic ecosystem shifts: study

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Never before has a single species become the top predator on land and sea, and human dominance over the natural environment has caused shifts in world ecosystems unprecedented in the last 500 million years, researchers said on Tuesday. The biggest immediate losers …

  • Iron Age Warrior Lived with Arrowhead in Spine
    Iron Age Warrior Lived with Arrowhead in Spine LiveScience.com - Tue, 30 Jun, 2015

    A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, … More »Iron Age Warrior Lived with Arrowhead in Spine

    Iron Age Warrior Lived with Arrowhead in Spine

    A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds. "This found individual was extremely lucky to survive," said study researcher Svetlana Svyatko, …

  • Armored Spiky Worm Had 30 Legs, Will Haunt Your Nightmares
    Armored Spiky Worm Had 30 Legs, Will Haunt Your Nightmares LiveScience.com - Mon, 29 Jun, 2015

    A spiky, wormlike creature with 30 legs — 18 clawed rear legs and 12 featherlike front legs that likely helped it filter food from the water — once lived in the ancient … More »Armored Spiky Worm Had 30 Legs, Will Haunt Your Nightmares

    Armored Spiky Worm Had 30 Legs, Will Haunt Your Nightmares

    A spiky, wormlike creature with 30 legs — 18 clawed rear legs and 12 featherlike front legs that likely helped it filter food from the water — once lived in the ancient oceans of the early Cambrian period, about 518 million years ago, a new study finds. "It's a bit of a large animal for this time period," said one of the …

  • Mice of Mars: Rodents Pave Way to Red Planet
    Mice of Mars: Rodents Pave Way to Red Planet SPACE.com - Mon, 29 Jun, 2015

    Such experiments began as far back as the late 1940s in initial tests to see if living things could withstand the extreme g-force of a rocket launch. Mice continue to … More »Mice of Mars: Rodents Pave Way to Red Planet

    Mice of Mars: Rodents Pave Way to Red Planet

    Such experiments began as far back as the late 1940s in initial tests to see if living things could withstand the extreme g-force of a rocket launch. Mice continue to play a critically important part in space experiments, mainly because the animals make excellent test subjects. Finally, because mice are mammals, they …

  • Look after fossil fuel workers in shift to clean energy: union chief Reuters - Mon, 29 Jun, 2015

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Coal, oil and gas workers need a secure future as the world moves away from fossil fuel use, and governments … More »Look after fossil fuel workers in shift to clean energy: union chief

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Coal, oil and gas workers need a secure future as the world moves away from fossil fuel use, and governments and companies must plan to ensure any new global climate change deal is fair for all those impacted, a top trade unionist said. "We know that if governments …

  • Will Fake Rhino Horns Curb Poaching?
    Will Fake Rhino Horns Curb Poaching? LiveScience.com - Mon, 29 Jun, 2015

    A new company is engineering a synthetic rhino horn that could be indistinguishable from the natural kind. The goal is to flood the black market for rhino horn, which … More »Will Fake Rhino Horns Curb Poaching?

    Will Fake Rhino Horns Curb Poaching?

    A new company is engineering a synthetic rhino horn that could be indistinguishable from the natural kind. The goal is to flood the black market for rhino horn, which is prized in some parts of Asia for its purported medicinal value, according to the company, called Pembient. By decreasing the amount of money the horn …

  • A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California
    Oil companies played hardball in bid to defeat climate outsiders Reuters - Mon, 29 Jun, 2015

    Led by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and proposed at 75 U.S. companies in various industries this year, the so-called proxy access measure would give investor … More »Oil companies played hardball in bid to defeat climate outsiders

    A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California

    Led by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and proposed at 75 U.S. companies in various industries this year, the so-called proxy access measure would give investor groups who own 3 percent of a company for more than three years the right to nominate directors. At the 19 oil and gas companies targeted, the aim was …