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How 'Black Death' pathogens survived in Europe

For the study, scientists reconstructed complete pathogen genomes from victims of the Great Plague of Marseille (1720-1722).

Old World monkeys had complex brain

Brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primates, says a study of the brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull.

Human genes reflect impact of historical events

Tell-tale relics of Europe`s colonial period, the Mongol empire and the Arab slave trade can be found in the genes of modern humans, scientists said Thursday.

Sharing food boosts social bonding in chimps: Study

Food sharing promotes social bonding in chimpanzees, leading them to form cooperative relationships, a new study has found.

Brain on autopilot as you daydream

At work, while replying to an important email, you suddenly start planning your weekend or thinking about next holiday.

Exoplanet orbiting solar twin found in distant star cluster

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet orbiting a solar twin 2500 light-years away, according to a new study.

Artificial bone marrow development brings leukemia treatment closer to reality

Researchers have developed a prototype of artificial bone marrow that may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells.

Semi-analytical model created to help explain `puzzling` triple-star system

Scientists have developed a semi-analytical model, which could help resolve the puzzling formation of this exotic triple-star system.

`Tobacco eating` Hornworm caterpillar puffs nicotine to ward off predators

Researchers have found a caterpillar that has a unique defence mechanism against some of their predators such as wolf spiders.

Giant asteroid Vesta`s hidden attractions revealed

When viewed with the human eye giant asteroid Vesta, looks quite unspectacular color-wise.

Comet ISON may have lost more fragments in past few days

One or more fragments could have gotten detached from comet ISON in the past days, as two wing-shaped features in the comet`s atmosphere suggest.

3D mapping reveals Milky Way galaxy has peanut-shaped core

Scientists have produced a detailed three-dimensional map of the stars that form the inner regions of our Milky Way galaxy.

Neanderthals` tool making skills more advanced than believed

Researchers have discovered Neanderthal bone tools which were excavated at two neighboring Paleolithic sites in southwest France.

`Violent Universe` map gets updated

NASA`s Fermi space telescope has updated its catalogue of the Universe`s most violent neighbourhoods, listing the sources of the highest-energy gamma rays ever observed.

Fish larvae`s visual system plays key role in hunting prey

For most animal species, moving objects play a major role in the processing of sensory impressions in the brain, as they often signal the presence of a welcome prey or an imminent threat.

Einstein`s theory holds up in deep space

Some 7,000 light years away, Einstein`s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said on Thursday.

Chimpanzees use botanical skills to discover fruit

Chimpanzees are aware that trees of certain species produce fruit simultaneously and use this botanical knowledge during their daily search for fruit, according to a new study.

German scientists decode entire Neanderthal genome

German scientists have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a Neanderthal genome, and made it freely available online to the scientific community.

`Love hormone drives social relations in chimps`

Scientists have discovered that in chimpanzees love hormone oxytocin plays a key role in maintaining social relations with both kin and strangers.

Humans living 40,000 years ago related to present-day Asians

DNA analysis has found that ancient humans living some 40,000 years ago in the area near Beijing were likely related to many present-day Asians and Native Americans.