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Crafty crows know what it takes to make a good tool
Black holes' magnetism surprisingly wimpy
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric
New species of extinct marsupial lion discovered in Australia
Separated since the dinosaurs, bamboo-eating lemurs, pandas share common gut microbes
Towards data storage at the single molecule level
New approach measures early human butchering practices
Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?
Scientists explain Rudolph, Grinch, Scrooge


Crafty crows know what it takes to make a good tool



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 11:17 AM PST


Biologists have discovered how New Caledonian crows make one of their most sophisticated tool designs -- sticks with a neatly shaped hooked tip. New Caledonian crows are the only species besides humans known to manufacture hooked tools in the wild. The study reveals how crows manage to fashion particularly efficient tools, with well-defined 'deep' hooks.


Black holes' magnetism surprisingly wimpy



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 11:16 AM PST


Black holes are famous for their muscle: an intense gravitational pull known to gobble up entire stars and launch streams of matter into space at almost the speed of light. It turns out the reality may not live up to the hype.


Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 08:49 AM PST


Scientists have developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.


New species of extinct marsupial lion discovered in Australia



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 04:37 PM PST


A team of Australian scientists has discovered a new species of marsupial lion which has been extinct for at least 19 million years. The findings are based on fossilized remains of the animal's skull, teeth, and humerus (upper arm bone) found in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of remote northwestern Queensland.


Separated since the dinosaurs, bamboo-eating lemurs, pandas share common gut microbes



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 09:24 AM PST


A new study finds that bamboo lemurs, giant pandas and red pandas share 48 gut microbes in common -- despite the fact that they are separated by millions of years of evolution.


Towards data storage at the single molecule level



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 09:19 AM PST


Similar to normal hard drives, so-called spin-crossover molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team has now managed to place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve its storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold.


New approach measures early human butchering practices



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 06:05 AM PST


Researchers have found that statistical methods and 3-D imaging can be used to accurately measure animal bone cut marks made by prehistoric human butchery, and to help answer pressing questions about human evolution.


Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?



Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:30 PM PST


Was St Nicholas, the fourth century saint who inspired the iconography of Santa Claus, a legend or was he a real person? New research has revealed that bones long venerated as relics of the saint, do in fact date from the right historical period.


Scientists explain Rudolph, Grinch, Scrooge



Posted: 05 Dec 2017 11:28 AM PST


A reindeer with a red glowing nose. A heart, two sizes two small, that suddenly grows three sizes. A trip to the past and to the future — all in one night. Researchers dug deep into their reserves of scientific expertise to explain how these inexplicable plot lines in holiday classics just might be (almost) possible.
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