Category: Science

 

Ancient Jamaican bird used wings to go clubbing

An extinct flightless bird from Jamaica fought rivals and predators using wings evolved into clubs, scientists suggest. The boney bludgeons carried by Xenicibis xympithecus are unlike anything else known in the bird world – or in mammals, reptiles or amphibians. Writing in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B, the scientists report finding bones that had […]

 

Brain shape ‘shows political allegiance’

Neuroscientists are examining whether political allegiances are hard-wired into people after finding evidence that the brains of conservatives are a different shape to those of left-wingers. Scans of 90 students’ brains at University College London (UCL) uncovered a “strong correlation” between the thickness of two particular areas of grey matter and an individual’s views. Self-proclaimed […]

 

Reliance on Indirect Evidence Fuels Dark Matter Doubts

London, (Pal Telegraph) – Most of the matter in the universe remains missing in action—at least, that’s long been the standard cosmological paradigm. Now, however, a small but vocal group of cosmologists is challenging the dark matter tenets of the widely accepted cosmological model, which holds that the universe is composed of roughly 70 percent […]

 

Why Didn’t Obama Mention Landmark Science Legislation?

Just before Christmas, President Barack Obama celebrated a string of last-minute legislative accomplishments on tax cuts, gays in the military, the nuclear arms pact, the 9/11 responder bill, and food safety. But 2 weeks after saying that competition on innovation from overseas made this “our generation’s Sputnik moment,” the White House barely mentioned that key […]