Kenneth Chapin with a whip spider on his back, in a cave in Puerto Rico in 2012. Credit: Courtesy of Kenneth Chapin Would you be willing to spend each night in the company of 300,000 bats — all in the service of science? UCLA biologist Kenneth Chapin did just that, for several weeks in 2012

This is a 3-D habitual and environmental reconstructions of Ponomarenkia belmonthensis restored after linedrawing of the holotype and 2-D reconstruction. The plant is Australian cycadophyt Lepidozamia hopei from the Botanical Garden of Jena University. Credit: © Evgeny V. Yan/FSU Jena He’s Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old, and he’s

Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. (Stock image) Credit: © gnagel / Fotolia Many attempts to explain how past people experienced their wider world have focused on sight at the expense of sound, but researchers from the University at Albany and the University at Buffalo have

Side view of a domestic cat skull from the Neolithic site of Wuzhuangguoliang (Shaanxi, 3200-2800 BC). Credit: © J.-D. Vigne, CNRS/MNHN Were domestic cats brought to China over 5,000 years ago? Or were small cats domesticated in China at that time? There was no way of deciding between these two hypotheses until a team from

These are several cats buried in a 6000-year-old pit in Hierakonpolis, Egypt. Credit: © Hierakonpolis Expedition DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other

Two drones work in tandem to discovered what is behind a brick wall. Credit: Image courtesy of University of California – Santa Barbara Researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have given the first demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using ordinary wireless signal. The technique, which involves two drones working

Indian women in saris. Credit: © Kokhanchikov / Fotolia In addition to its vast patchwork of languages, cultures and religions, the Indian Subcontinent also harbours huge genetic diversity. Where did its peoples originate? This is an area of huge controversy among scholars and scientists. A University of Huddersfield PhD student is lead author of an

One of the axeheads after it was dug up. Credit: Eirik Solheim Some 3,000 years ago, 24 axes were cached in Stjørdal municipality, about 44 km east of Trondheim. They’re now seeing the light of day once again. In late April, a sensational discovery was made in a field in the village of Hegra, not

This is a funerary garden discovered by CSIC’s research team. Credit: CSIC Communications The Djehuty Project, led by research professor, José Manuel Galán, from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has discovered a 4,000-year-old funerary garden- the first such garden ever to be found- on the Dra Abu el-Naga hill in Luxor, Egypt. The discovery

This is a photomicrograph of a vesicular green shard from the Onaping Formation of the Sudbury impact basin. Credit: Paul Guyett, Trinity College Dublin Meteorite impacts can produce more than craters on Earth — they can also spark volcanic activity that shapes its surface and climate by bringing up material from depth. That is the

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