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Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap

The newly identified Jurassic period creature, a species named Kryptodrakon progenitor that was unearthed in the Gobi desert in northwestern China, was modest in size, with a wingspan of perhaps 4-1/2 feet. But later members of its branch of the flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were truly colossal, including Quetzalcoatlus, whose wingspan of about 35 feet was roughly the same as that of an F-1…

  • Kryptodrakon progenitor: Oldest Species of 'Hidden Dragon' Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in China
    Kryptodrakon progenitor: Oldest Species of 'Hidden Dragon' Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in China IB Times - 4 hours ago

    An international group of scientists have discovered the remains of the earliest and most primitive species of pterosaur in northwest China, providing a vital missing … More »Kryptodrakon progenitor: Oldest Species of 'Hidden Dragon' Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in China

    Kryptodrakon progenitor: Oldest Species of 'Hidden Dragon' Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in China

    An international group of scientists have discovered the remains of the earliest and most primitive species of pterosaur in northwest China, providing a vital missing link in the evolution of flight. The eagle-sized reptile, dubbed Kryptodrakon progenitor, lived in China around 163 million years ago, longer than scientists …

  • 'Hidden Dragon' Beast Gave Rise to Fearsome Flying Reptiles
    'Hidden Dragon' Beast Gave Rise to Fearsome Flying Reptiles LiveScience.com - 5 hours ago

    "This guy is the very first pterodactyloid — he has the last features that changed before the group radiated and took over the world," said paleontologist Brian Andres … More »'Hidden Dragon' Beast Gave Rise to Fearsome Flying Reptiles

    'Hidden Dragon' Beast Gave Rise to Fearsome Flying Reptiles

    "This guy is the very first pterodactyloid — he has the last features that changed before the group radiated and took over the world," said paleontologist Brian Andres of the University of South Florida, a co-author of the study detailed today (April 24) in the journal Current Biology. (Researchers avoid calling pterodactyloids …

  • A Switzerland national flag flies in front of a building of Swiss drugmaker Novartis in Zurich
    Novartis sales miss forecast as readies overhaul Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis posted a weaker-than-expected 1 percent rise in quarterly sales, underscoring the pressures from generic … More »Novartis sales miss forecast as readies overhaul

    A Switzerland national flag flies in front of a building of Swiss drugmaker Novartis in Zurich

    By Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis posted a weaker-than-expected 1 percent rise in quarterly sales, underscoring the pressures from generic competition and tighter healthcare budgets that led it to announce a radical business overhaul earlier this week. On Tuesday, Novartis unveiled a series …

  • A man cleans panels installed at a solar plant at Meerwada village of Guna district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh
    Green groups urge U.S. to drop solar trade case against India Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India's massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt … More »Green groups urge U.S. to drop solar trade case against India

    A man cleans panels installed at a solar plant at Meerwada village of Guna district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh

    Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India's massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt the growth of renewable energy resources. The United States is taking action at the WTO over the domestic content requirements in India's program, which …

  • The Costs of Fresh Water in a Changing World (Op-Ed) LiveScience.com - 23 hours ago

    Lynn Wilson is academic department chair for public administration at Kaplan University, a science journalist and an academic author. She is also the founder and CEO … More »The Costs of Fresh Water in a Changing World (Op-Ed)

    Lynn Wilson is academic department chair for public administration at Kaplan University, a science journalist and an academic author. She is also the founder and CEO of the SeaTrust Institute, a delegate and organizational NGO Focal Point for the UNFCCC and other United Nations regimes, a reviewer for IPCC AR5 and the …

  • Spectrum Pharma to seek cancer drug approval in third quarter Reuters - Wed, 23 Apr, 2014

    Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc said it expects to seek U.S. marketing approval for its blood cancer drug in the third quarter, after the treatment was shown to be safe … More »Spectrum Pharma to seek cancer drug approval in third quarter

    Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc said it expects to seek U.S. marketing approval for its blood cancer drug in the third quarter, after the treatment was shown to be safe and effective in a key mid-stage trial. The injectable drug, Captisol-enabled melphalan, an improved form of common chemotherapy drug melphalan, is being …

  • Is Global Warming a Giant Natural Fluctuation? (Op-Ed)
    Is Global Warming a Giant Natural Fluctuation? (Op-Ed) LiveScience.com - Tue, 22 Apr, 2014

    Shaun Lovejoy is a professor of physics at McGill University and president of the Nonlinear Processes Division of the European Geosciences Union. Last year, the Quebec … More »Is Global Warming a Giant Natural Fluctuation? (Op-Ed)

    Is Global Warming a Giant Natural Fluctuation? (Op-Ed)

    Shaun Lovejoy is a professor of physics at McGill University and president of the Nonlinear Processes Division of the European Geosciences Union. Last year, the Quebec Skeptics Society threw down the gauntlet: "If anthropogenic global warming is as strong as scientists claim, then why do they need supercomputers to demonstrate …

  • Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet
    Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet LiveScience.com - Tue, 22 Apr, 2014

    When the first Earth Day was held in 1970, geologists were still putting the finishing touches on plate tectonics, the model that explains how the Earth's surface takes … More »Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet

    Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet

    When the first Earth Day was held in 1970, geologists were still putting the finishing touches on plate tectonics, the model that explains how the Earth's surface takes shape. For today's Earth day, here are some of Earth's biggest unsolved mysteries. Scientists think Earth was a dry rock after it coalesced 4.5 billion …

  • Ancient Assassin Flies Found in Amber
    Ancient Assassin Flies Found in Amber LiveScience.com - Tue, 22 Apr, 2014

    An extinct species of assassin fly that lived during the age of the dinosaurs has been discovered inside a translucent tomb of amber. B. bruckschi joins more than 7,500 … More »Ancient Assassin Flies Found in Amber

    Ancient Assassin Flies Found in Amber

    An extinct species of assassin fly that lived during the age of the dinosaurs has been discovered inside a translucent tomb of amber. B. bruckschi joins more than 7,500 species of assassin flies that are alive today.

  • Ancient Antarctica was as warm as today's California coast ANI - Tue, 22 Apr, 2014

    Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): Using a new way to measure past temperatures, scientists have claimed that parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today's California coast, … More »Ancient Antarctica was as warm as today's California coast

    Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): Using a new way to measure past temperatures, scientists have claimed that parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today's California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat. Led by scientists at Yale, the study focused on Antarctica during …

  • Polish PM calls for EU energy union to end dependence on Russian gas Reuters - Mon, 21 Apr, 2014

    By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes … More »Polish PM calls for EU energy union to end dependence on Russian gas

    By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial Times. Russia, which provides around one third of the EU's oil and …

  • Humans May Have Dispersed Out of Africa Earlier Than Thought
    Humans May Have Dispersed Out of Africa Earlier Than Thought LiveScience.com - Mon, 21 Apr, 2014

    Modern humans may have dispersed in more than one wave of migration out of Africa, and they may have done so earlier than scientists had long thought, researchers now … More »Humans May Have Dispersed Out of Africa Earlier Than Thought

    Humans May Have Dispersed Out of Africa Earlier Than Thought

    Modern humans may have dispersed in more than one wave of migration out of Africa, and they may have done so earlier than scientists had long thought, researchers now say. Modern humans first arose between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago in Africa. But when and how the modern human lineage then dispersed out of Africa has …

  • A SpaceX rocket Dargon cargo ship lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, April 18, 2014. The rocket will deliver research equipment, food and other supplies to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    SpaceX making Easter morning delivery of space station supplies, Fri. launch after month delay The Canadian Press - Fri, 18 Apr, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking … More »SpaceX making Easter morning delivery of space station supplies, Fri. launch after month delay

    A SpaceX rocket Dargon cargo ship lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, April 18, 2014. The rocket will deliver research equipment, food and other supplies to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. It's transporting 2 1/2 tons of goods, including a new spacesuit, spacesuit replacement parts, much-needed food, legs …

  • A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Nebraska
    U.S. further delays final decision on Keystone XL pipeline Reuters - Fri, 18 Apr, 2014

    By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion … More »U.S. further delays final decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Nebraska

    By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November. President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the …

  • TransCanada CEO 'disappointed' with Keystone XL pipeline delay Reuters - Fri, 18 Apr, 2014

    (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with yet another delay in making a decision on … More »TransCanada CEO 'disappointed' with Keystone XL pipeline delay

    (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with yet another delay in making a decision on a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The statement followed the decision by the U.S. State Department to extend the government comment period …