This Is the Oldest Tree in Europe – Inkfish

This tree is not dead, despite appearances. It’s alive and happy, and it’s been clinging to this cliff in southern Italy since the eighth century A.D. Researchers invented a new dating method to figure out that the pine is the oldest known tree in Europe. Gianluca Piovesan of Università della Tuscia in Italy and colleagues spent […]

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First Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt in 40 Years Will Take Place This Fall

Update May 24, 2018: In a unanimous vote, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved the controversial hunt for Yellowstone grizzlies this fall. The move will allow the killing of up to 22 grizzlies, half of which can be females. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is currently in the throes of a debate over […]

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Coprolites Give The Straight Poop On Cretaceous Carnivores – Dead Things

Hundreds of coprolites, such as this “rosary” type,  hint at the biodiversity of an Early Cretaceous ecosystem in Spain. (Credit Barrios de Pedro, et al (2018)) Rosary, fir tree and bump-headed lace… you might think those classifications refer to different shapes of seeds or butterfly wing color patterns, or something else that inspires a touch of […]

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Why Are Our Brains So Big, Anyway? – Dead Things

Our brains are arguably our best feature, and definitely oversized compared with the brains of other mammals. (Credit Wellcome Collection) Not to give us a collective swelled head or anything, but the Homo sapiens brain is big. Really big. For years, researchers have puzzled over why our noggin-embiggening occurred: Big brains are, after all, costly […]

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Debunking the Biggest Myths About ‘Technology Addiction’

Using this many devices at once doesn’t mean a person is addicted to technology. (Credit: Shutterstock) How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be. Much of […]

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Earth Sized Anomaly Passes Our Sun

A giant object passing the Sun has been spotted by Streetcap1 in one of NASA’s satellites photographs on May 22, 2018. There is no visible Coronal Mass Ejection causing this anomaly, but it appears in line of sight on the latest Sun photograph. Theory: The object could be much further away from the Sun making […]

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