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Octopus research yields insight into the evolution of sleep

Octopus research yields insight into the evolution of sleep

The octopus is an extraordinary creature — and not only because of its eight limbs, three hearts, blue blood, ink squirting, camouflage capacity and the tragic fact that it dies after mating.A study by researchers in Brazil published last week shows that this animal, already considered perhaps the smartest invertebrate, experiences two major alternating sleep states eerily similar to those in humans — and it even might dream.The findings, the researchers said, provide fresh evidence that the octopus possesses a complex and sophisticated neurobiology that underlies an equally sophisticated...

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Painstaking study of ‘Little Foot’ fossil sheds light on human origins

Painstaking study of ‘Little Foot’ fossil sheds light on human origins

ADSophisticated scanning technology is revealing intriguing secrets about Little Foot, the remarkable fossil of an early human forerunner that inhabited South Africa 3.67 million years ago during a critical juncture in our evolutionary history.Scientists said last week they examined key parts of the nearly complete and well-preserved fossil at Britain’s national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source. The scanning focused upon Little Foot’s cranial vault — the upper part of her braincase — and her lower jaw, or mandible.The researchers gained insight into not only the biology of Little...

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Scientists extract from Siberian mammoth molars the oldest DNA ever recovered

Scientists extract from Siberian mammoth molars the oldest DNA ever recovered

ADScientists have recovered the oldest DNA on record, extracting it from the molars of mammoths that roamed northeastern Siberia up to 1.2 million years ago in research that broadens the horizons for understanding extinct species.The researchers said last week they had recovered and sequenced DNA from the remains of three individual mammoths — elephant cousins that were among the large mammals that dominated Ice Age landscapes — entombed in permafrost conditions conducive to preservation of ancient genetic material.While the remains were discovered starting in the 1970s, new scientific...

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Feb 19
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Sheldon Adelson, casino mogul who made big bets on Trump and Netanyahu, dies at 87

Sheldon Adelson, casino mogul who made big bets on Trump and Netanyahu, dies at 87

By (Reuters) - American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who built lavish gambling palaces that made him one of the world’s richest men and became a potent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is dead at the age of 87.Adelson, who headed the world’s largest casino company, Las Vegas Sands, died Monday night from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Las Vegas Sands said in a statement on Tuesday.A combative self-made man raised in a poor Jewish immigrant family in Boston, Adelson established hotels and casinos in Las...

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Dinosaur-era bird with scythe-like beak sheds light on avian diversity

Dinosaur-era bird with scythe-like beak sheds light on avian diversity

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A delicate but exquisitely preserved skull of a crow-sized bird with a scythe-like beak that inhabited Madagascar 68 million years ago is showing scientists that they have a lot of learn about avian diversity during the age of dinosaurs.Slideshow Scientists on Wednesday said the bird, called Falcatakely forsterae, possessed a face unlike any other known bird from the age of dinosaurs - the Mesozoic Era - not only because of the beak shape but because of its underlying anatomy.Its beak looked superficially like that of a small toucan though the two species are not...

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Sean Connery, former ‘James Bond’ actor, dead at age 90 - National | Globalnews.ca

Sean Connery, former ‘James Bond’ actor, dead at age 90 - National | Globalnews.ca

Want to discuss? Please read our first.AdvertisementClose XAAScottish movie legend , who shot to international stardom as the suave, sexy and sophisticated British agent James Bond and went on to grace the silver screen for four decades, has died aged 90.“His wife Micheline and his two sons Jason and Stephane have confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family,” family spokesperson Nancy Seltzer said on Saturday.Connery was raised in near poverty in the slums of Edinburgh and worked as a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before his bodybuilding hobby helped launch...

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Brash and pugnacious, Trump has presided over a tumultuous presidency

Brash and pugnacious, Trump has presided over a tumultuous presidency

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Businessman-turned-politician Donald Trump has promoted “America First” nationalism, withstood impeachment and a bout with COVID-19, and taken contentious stands on race and immigration during a turbulent presidency that detractors say has flouted U.S. democratic norms.After decades of fame first as a brash and media-savvy New York real estate developer and then as a reality TV personality, the pugnacious Trump tapped into discontent among many Americans to become a political phenomenon unique in the country’s 244 years.Seeking re-election on Tuesday against...

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Potential sign of alien life detected on inhospitable Venus

Potential sign of alien life detected on inhospitable Venus

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists said on Monday they have detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth’s inhospitable neighbor, a tantalizing sign of potential life beyond Earth.The researchers did not discover actual life forms, but noted that on Earth phosphine is produced by bacteria thriving in oxygen-starved environments. The international scientific team first spotted the phosphine using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii and confirmed it using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio...

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Dwarf planet Ceres is 'ocean world' with salty water deep underground

Dwarf planet Ceres is 'ocean world' with salty water deep underground

India WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an “ocean world” with a big reservoir of salty water under its frigid surface, scientists said in findings that raise interest in this dwarf planet as a possible outpost for life. Research published on Monday based on data obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which flew as close as 22 miles (35 km) from the surface in 2018, provides a new understanding of Ceres, including evidence indicating it remains geologically active with cryovolcanism - volcanoes oozing icy material. The findings...

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'Gnarly' tumor shows dinosaurs got cancer, too

'Gnarly' tumor shows dinosaurs got cancer, too

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When scientists first unearthed fossils of a horned dinosaur called Centrosaurus in the badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Canada’s Alberta province in 1989, they spotted a badly malformed leg bone they figured was a healed fracture. A fresh examination, researchers said on Monday, shows something different. The malformation was a manifestation of osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, making this Centrosaurus, which lived 76 million years ago, the first known example of a dinosaur afflicted by malignant cancer. About 20 feet (6 meters) long,...

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