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Fossil remains of herd of 11 dinosaurs discovered in Italy

Exceptional find includes biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed in the countryA treasure trove of fossils of a herd of 11 dinosaurs has been identified for the first time in Italy, including the biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country.Although isolated dinosaur remains have been discovered in Italy since the 1990s, palaeontologists have now identified an entire group at Villaggio del Pescatore, a former limestone quarry close to the north-easter...
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Fossil remains of a herd of 11 dinosaurs discovered in Italy

Exceptional find includes biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever seen in the countryA treasure trove of fossils of a herd of 11 dinosaurs has been identified for the first time in Italy, including the biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country.Although isolated dinosaur remains have been discovered in Italy since the 1990s, palaeontologists have now identified an entire group at Villaggio del Pescatore, a former limestone quarry close to the north-eastern por...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Italy, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Villaggio del Pescatore, Trieste Continue


Covid: scientists find possible trigger for AstraZeneca jab blood clots

Experts hope better understanding of rare side effect of vaccine could help ‘turn the tide’ on pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists believe they may have found the trigger behind the extremely rare blood clot complications stemming from the Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine.According to a team of researchers from Cardiff and the US, the reaction can be traced to the way the adenovirus used by the vaccine to shuttle the coronavirus’s genetic material int...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, US, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Cardiff, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain

Sore, blurry eyes, decaying teeth, spreading feet – the strange, difficult years of coronavirus have changed us physically. Will we ever get back to our former selves?This year, out of nowhere, my left heel has started hurting. Is it the onset of some degenerative condition, a normal byproduct of ageing, or simply pandemic life, I wonder. After all, living through this period has had surprising health consequences – even for people who have not caught coronavirus. It has recently emerged, for in...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Life and style, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Beauty, Microbiology, Dentists, Hair Loss, Coronavirus


Omicron variant found around world as more nations tighten travel rules

US among more than 50 nations bringing in stricter border controls as variant is identified in 24 countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageInfections of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been identified in new countries around the globe, including in west Africa, the Gulf and Asia, as the US indicated it would further tighten its border controls over concerns that the new strain may be more transmissible.Underscoring the fast spread of the variant, the National Ins...
Tags: Asia, Biology, Africa, US, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Gulf, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Omicron, Coronavirus


Omicron Covid variant discovered in west Africa and the Gulf

US tightens border controls as more countries report first cases of coronavirus variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been identified in west Africa and the Gulf, as the US said it was further tightening its border controls.Washington’s announcement was made as more countries reported their first cases of the variant, suggesting it is spreading around the globe. Continue reading...
Tags: Biology, Washington, Africa, US, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Gulf, Coronavirus


World’s vast networks of underground fungi to be mapped for first time

Project aims to help protect some of trillions of miles of the ‘circulatory system of the planet’Vast networks of underground fungi – the “circulatory system of the planet” – are to be mapped for the first time, in an attempt to protect them from damage and improve their ability to absorb and store carbon dioxide.Fungi use carbon to build networks in the soil, which connect to plant roots and act as nutrient “highways”, exchanging carbon from plant roots for nutrients. For instance, some fungi a...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, World news, Fungi, Soil, Climate Crisis


We Need a More Biological View of Technology

GUEST POST from Greg Satell It’s no accident that Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, was published in the early 19th century, at roughly the same time as the Luddite movement was gaining momentum. It was in that moment that people first … Continue reading →
Tags: Technology, Biology, Innovation, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Greg Satell


Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures

Swiss skiing holidays in doubt as country joins Spain in tightening travel rules to contain Omicron variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant.From Saturday night Switzerland mandated 10 days of quarantine for all new arrivals, in effect wrecking skiing holidays in the Swiss...
Tags: Science, Biology, Spain, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Switzerland, Coronavirus


Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhereA Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say.Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland used modern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed by the economist Harry Markowitz in the 1950s to help risk-averse investors maximise returns, to identif...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Zoology, Coral, University Of Queensland, Harry Markowitz


Omicron’s full impact will be felt in countries where fewer are vaccinated

Analysis: the new coronavirus variant seems highly transmissible, but the big question is whether it causes severe disease. Either way, poorer nations will be hit hardestCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn early August Gideon Schreiber and a team of virologists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel began playing around with the spike protein of the Sars-CoV-2 virus – the protein that allows the virus to enter our cells – to see if they could predict future mut...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Israel, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Schreiber, Weizmann Institute of Science, Coronavirus, Gideon Schreiber


The need to trespass: let people in to protect nature, says guerrilla botanist

Naturalist and campaigner Dave Bangs says limiting access to the countryside makes it harder to save our ancient landscapesIn a prehistoric bog where iguanodons once roamed and the early Britons first smelted ore into iron, what looks like a tiny orange candle peeps through the mire. It sends my companion into a paroxysm of joy.“That’s good! That’s new!” Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Farming, Trees and forests, Brighton, Rural affairs, Fungi, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Biodiversity


Do lobsters have feelings? – podcast

Last week the UK government confirmed it would be extending its Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill to include decapods (such as crabs, lobsters and crayfish), and cephalopods (such as octopuses, squid and cuttlefish). The move followed a government-commissioned review of the scientific evidence, which found strong evidence that cephalopods and decapods do have feelings. Madeleine Finlay spoke to Dr Jonathan Birch, who led the review, to ask what it means for lobsters to have feelings, and what diff...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Ethics, Animal Welfare, Seafood, Jonathan Birch, Madeleine Finlay


People testing negative for Covid-19 despite exposure may have ‘immune memory’

Study says some individuals clear virus rapidly due to a strong immune response from existing T-cells, meaning tests record negative resultCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWe all know that person who, despite their entire household catching Covid-19, has never tested positive for the disease. Now scientists have found an explanation, showing that a proportion of people experience “abortive infection” in which the virus enters the body but is cleared by the immune syste...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, London England, Coronavirus


‘Massage breaks the pain cycle’: the return of touch – after almost two years without it

For many people, social distancing and lockdowns left them bereft of physical contact. Here, touch experts explain why it is so essential and what we lost in its absenceIn a pandemic that has meant keeping 2 metres away from one another whenever possible, it appears that physical contact is beginning to return. Even handshakes are making a comeback: one poll found younger people were shaking hands again, although older generations are more uneasy about it. “We are wired to respond to emotional t...
Tags: Science, Biology, Relationships, Friendship, Life and style, Liverpool John Moores University, Francis McGlone, Coronavirus


‘He was adamant he didn’t want it’: the pro-vax parents with vaccine-hesitant kids

Among under-18s, vaccine uptake is low, and there is a growing issue with misinformation spread on social media and at school. Is there anything a concerned caregiver can do?Throughout the pandemic, Anna has worked for the NHS. She has seen the effects of Covid-19 first-hand and, although she worked remotely because she was in a vulnerable group, other colleagues – she is a physiotherapist – were deployed to Covid wards at the height of hospital admissions. “At the trust I work for, they’re sett...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Biology, Children, Youtube, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Young People, Vaccines and immunisation, Anna, Sam


Covid has caused 28m years of life to be lost, study finds

Oxford researchers arrive at virus’s toll in 31 countries by looking at deaths and age they occurredCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid has caused the loss of 28m years of life, according to the largest-ever survey to assess the scale of the impact of the pandemic.The enormous toll was revealed in research, led by the University of Oxford, which calculated the years of life lost (YLL) in 37 countries. The study measured the number of deaths and the age at which they...
Tags: Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford, Life Expectancy, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, YLL


Covid-19 virus does not infect human brain cells, new study suggests

Exclusive: study raises hopes that Covid-related damage to sense of smell may be more superficial than previously fearedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe virus that causes Covid-19 does not infect human brain cells, according to a new study published in the journal Cell.The findings will raise hopes that the damage caused by Sars-CoV-2 might be more superficial and reversible than previously feared. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Neuroscience, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus


Covid-19 virus does not infect human brain cells, study suggests

Exclusive: study raises hopes that Covid-related damage to sense of smell may be more superficial than previously fearedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe virus that causes Covid-19 does not infect human brain cells, according to a study published in the journal Cell. The findings will raise hopes that the damage caused by Sars-CoV-2 might be more superficial and reversible than previously feared.The study contradicts earlier research that suggested the virus infects...
Tags: Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus


Beijing school pupils in lockdown after staff tests positive for Covid

Parents alarmed as children held overnight before some sent to centralised quarantine for two weeksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren as young as seven were held for hours in a Beijing school before being sent to centralised quarantine for two weeks after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.The incident, which drew alarm from parents and observers, came amid a rush of extreme measures imposed on the city over about 40 cases of the Delta variant, part of ...
Tags: Biology, China, World news, Medical Research, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, National Health Commission, Coronavirus


Burn, baby, burn: the new science of metabolism

Losing weight may be tough, but keeping it off, research tells us, is tougher – just not for the reasons you might thinkAs the director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University, Massachusetts, Susan Roberts has spent much of the past two decades studying ways to fight the obesity epidemic that continues to plague much of the western world.But time and again, Roberts and other obesity experts around the globe have found themselves faced with a recurring problem. While getting overw...
Tags: Science, Nutrition, Biology, Obesity, Massachusetts, Genetics, Diets and dieting, Food Science, Tufts University, Roberts, Susan Roberts, Energy Metabolism Laboratory


A new startup wants to convert human blood cells into viable eggs for IVF

Thanks to the MIT Technology Review, I've learned that it is technically not impossible for a blood cell to turn into an egg cell, thanks to a process called in vitro gametogenesis: The first step is to take a cell from adult—say, a white blood cell—and convert it into a powerful stem cell. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Biology, Genetics, Stem Cells, Reproduction, MIT Technology Review, In Vitro, Sexual Reproduction, Asexual Reproduction, Gametogenesis


The Human Brain: A Free Online Course from MIT

From MIT comes The Human Brain, a series of 18 lectures presented by Professor Nancy Kanwisher. They’re from a course that “surveys the core perceptual and cognitive abilities of the human mind and asks how they are implemented in the brain. Key themes include the representations, development, and degree of functional specificity of these components of mind and brain. The course will take students straight to the cutting edge of the field, empowering them to understand and critically evaluate em...
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Human species who lived 500,000 years ago named as Homo bodoensis

Species was direct ancestor of early humans in Africa and discovery has led to reassessment of epochResearchers have announced the naming of a newly discovered species of human ancestor, Homo bodoensis.The species lived in Africa about 500,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene age, and was the direct ancestor of modern humans, according to scientists. The name bodoensis derives from a skull found in Bodo D’ar in the Awash River valley of Ethiopia. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, World news, Anthropology, Ethiopia, Evolution, Neanderthals, Awash River


‘I’m scared I’ve left it too late to have kids’: the men haunted by their biological clocks

It’s certainly not just women who worry about ageing and procreation – and now men have begun speaking about their own deep anxietiesIt was when Connor woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom that he started thinking about it. The 38-year-old civil servant from London got back into bed and couldn’t sleep: he was spiralling. “I thought: ‘Shit, I might not be able to have children. It actually might not happen,’” he says.“It started with me thinking about how I’m looking to buy a ...
Tags: Health, Family, Science, London, Biology, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Reproduction, Men, Parents and parenting, Ivf, Connor, Fertility problems


A history of humanzees, born from female chimps impregnated with human sperm

The early 20th century was a hotbed of genetic experimentation. One bizarre line of research explored human-nonhuman hybrids, such as humanzees. At least one such case of a humanzee making it to term is described in History of Yesterday: An evolutionary psychologist by the name of Gordon Gallup stated that in the 1920s the first humanzee was "born" at a secret research facility in Florida. — Read the rest
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The last great mystery of the mind: meet the people who have unusual – or non-existent – inner voices

Does your internal monologue play out on a television, in an attic, as a bickering Italian couple – or is it entirely, blissfully silent? Claudia*, a sailor from Lichfield in her late 30s, is not Italian. She has never been to Italy. She has no Italian family or friends. And she has no idea why a belligerent Italian couple have taken over her inner voice, duking it out in Claudia’s brain while she sits back and listens.“I have no idea where this has come from,” says Claudia, apologetically. “It’...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Life and style, Italy, Claudia, Lichfield, Dolmio


New study reveals that domesticated horses may have originally come from Russia

A horse is horse, of course, but what is the source of the horse we endorse? According to a recent scientific study published in Nature which analyzed the genomes of nearly 300 ancient horses over the courses of their forces, the earliest equines probably came from southern Russia, near the intersections of the Volga and Don Rivers, some 4000 years ago or so. — Read the rest
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Ivory poaching has led to evolution of tuskless elephants, study finds

Researchers say findings in Mozambique demonstrate impact of human interference in natureIvory poaching over decades has led to the evolution of tuskless elephants, researchers have found, proving that humans are “literally changing the anatomy” of wild animals.A previously rare genetic mutation causing tusklessness has become very common in some groups of African elephants after a period in which many were killed for their tusks, according to a study published in the journal Science. Continue r...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Evolution, Mozambique


Unfreezing the ice age: the truth about humanity’s deep past

Archaeological discoveries are shattering scholars’ long-held beliefs about how the earliest humans organised their societies – and hint at possibilities for our ownIn some ways, accounts of “human origins” play a similar role for us today as myth did for ancient Greeks or Polynesians. This is not to cast aspersions on the scientific rigour or value of these accounts. It is simply to observe that the two fulfil somewhat similar functions. If we think on a scale of, say, the last 3m years, there ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Climate Change, Africa, Environment, Geology, Anthropology, Evolution, Fossils, Great Rift Valley