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500 Million-Year-Old Embryos may Provide Key to Early Evolution

Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered rare, fossilized embryos that may provide valuable insight into a time of rapid expansion and diversification among the world's first organisms, according to a release from the school. Known as the "Cambrian explosion," most of the world's marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil [...] Read more

Scientists Detect A Particle That Could Be A New Form Of Matter

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have spotted a long sought-after exotic particle that's the strongest evidence yet for a new form of matter called a tetraquark. Here's what the discovery could mean to astrophysics. You may have heard that CERN announced the discovery of a strange particle known as Z(4430). A paper summarizing the [...] Read more

Climate-changing microbes 'made 90% of species on earth extinct'

Climate-changing microbes may have caused the biggest mass extinction in history 252 million years ago, scientists believe. Volcanic eruptions had previously been blamed for the sudden loss of 90 per cent of all species on earth at the end of the Permian era. But new research suggests volcanoes played only a bit part in the catastrophe. The chief [...] Read more

Scientists solve the riddle of zebras’ stripes

Why zebras have black and white stripes is a question that has intrigued scientists and spectators for centuries. A research team led by the University of California, Davis, has now examined this riddle systematically. Their answer is published today, April 1, in the online journal Nature Communications. The scientists found that biting flies, [...] Read more

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