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Bye-bye, birdie: Study finds North American birds getting smaller

04 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON Since 1978, researchers have scooped up and measured tens of thousands of birds that died after crashing into buildings in Chicago during spring and fall migrations. Their work has documented what might be called the incredible shrinking bird.

With suction cups and lots of luck, scientists measure blue whale's heart rate

28 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology.

With suction cups and lots of luck, scientists measure blue whale's heart rate

26 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology. | Video

Study reveals music's universal patterns across societies worldwide

21 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music.

'Possibility of life': scientists map Saturn's exotic moon Titan

18 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Scientists on Monday unveiled the first global geological map of Saturn's moon Titan including vast plains and dunes of frozen organic material and lakes of liquid methane, illuminating an exotic world considered a strong candidate in the search for life beyond Earth.

China's huge mysterious extinct ape 'Giganto' was an orangutan cousin

13 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans.

Prehistoric ape from Germany was a pioneer of two-legged walking

06 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.

Humankind's ancestral 'homeland' pinpointed in Botswana

28 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON A large ancient wetlands region spanning northern Botswana - once teeming with life but now dominated by desert and salt flats - may represent the ancestral homeland of all of the 7.7 billion people on Earth today, researchers said on Monday.

Long-serving former Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers dies at age 90

28 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for more than half a century, died on Sunday at the age of 90. | Video

Post-apocalyptic fossils show rise of mammals after dinosaur demise

24 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON A revelatory cache of fossils dug up in central Colorado details as never before the rise of mammals from the post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid smacked Earth 66 million years ago and annihilated three-quarters of all species including the dinosaurs.

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