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Veggie dinosaurs also liked a shellfish snack, says new study

Veggie dinosaurs also liked a shellfish snack, says new research

Researchers have discovered ancient dung that shows some dinosaurs previously believed to have been strict vegetarians often ate shellfish, as well as fungus and insects living in rotten logs. A new report says that the fossilized feces, called coprolites, contained crab and mollusk shells and rotted wood that date back to between 74 and 76 million years ago. A team ... Read More »

Researchers Discover Jellyfish Sleep Even Though They Don’t Have Brains (Video)

Researchers Discover Jellyfish Sleep Even Though They Don't Have Brains

It turns out even brainless creatures such as jellyfish need to sleep. This extraordinary discovery, reported on by researchers at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, makes sleep even more mysterious than it already is. In a paper published in the journal Current Biology, a team led by Caltech biologist Paul Sternberg show that jellyfish from the genus Cassiopea – ... Read More »

Scientists report breakthrough in material design

Scientists report breakthrough in material design

Offering some potentially game-changing applications for engineering, a team of researchers has forged a new type of ultra-light aluminium. If you restructure the common household metal at the molecular level, as Utah State University chemist Alexander Boldyrev and colleagues did using computational modeling, you could produce an ultra-light crystalline form of aluminum that’s lighter than water. Boldyrev, along with scientists ... Read More »

Beelzebufo: Giant frogs capable of eating dinosaurs

Beelzebufo: Giant frogs capable of eating dinosaurs

Researchers have discovered a ‘devil’ frog, which was the size of a giant beach ball, had a ferocious bite that let it feed on small dinosaurs and crocodiles. Beelzebufo ampinga — the largest frog to have ever lived — boasted a bite strong enough to snap up small dinosaurs, according to a team of scientists. The research, published in the ... Read More »

Woman, 86, using walker dead after crash in east end

Woman, 86, using walker dead after crash in east end

A woman is dead after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street using a walker in the city’s east end. According to police, the collision occurred in the area of Broadview and Mortimer avenues around 8 p.m. Emergency responders rushed the victim to a downtown trauma centre, where she was pronounced dead. Read More »

Researchers decode butterfly pattern secret

Researchers decode butterfly pattern secret

Scientists use CRISPR to show how a key gene has orchestrated the evolution of butterfly wing patterns. Scientists led by George Washington University’s Arnaud Martin report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to knockout the WntA signaling gene in seven butterfly species. Removing this one gene led to a variety ... Read More »

Scientists identify three new craters near Mercury’s north pole

Scientists identify three new craters near Mercury's north pole

A study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, reports three new craters near Mercury’s north pole that appear to harbour large surface ice deposits. The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden ... Read More »

Biblical doomsday? Christian “Researcher” says this Saturday will be the end of the world

Biblical doomsday? Christian ‘Researcher’ says this Saturday will be the end of the world

If you had big plans this weekend, David Meade regrets to inform you that the world will be ending Saturday. A Christian numerologist has proclaimed that the world will end over the weekend. David Meade, a self-proclaimed “researcher,” is predicting that a series of apocalyptic events will begin on September 23 and “the world will not be the same.” According ... Read More »

EchoStar 105/SES-11: Satellite to be launched on flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket

EchoStar 105/SES-11: Satellite to be launched on flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket

SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. The first satellite that EchoStar has constructed with manufacturer Airbus, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be launched by SpaceX on a ... Read More »

NASA: GRACE mission making plans for final science data collection

NASA: GRACE mission making plans for final science data collection

With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth’s ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. On Sept. 3, one of 20 battery cells aboard the ... Read More »