First Confirmed Piece of a Denisovan Skull Discovered – D-brief

(Credit: IAET SB RAS/Sergei Zelensky) A chunk of a Denisovan skull has been identified for the first time — a dramatic contribution to the handful of known samples from one of the most obscure branches of the hominin family tree. Paleoanthropologist Bence Viola from the University of Toronto will discuss the as-yet-unpublished discovery at the […]

Two Russian Volcanoes Erupting in Tandem – Rocky Planet

The long ash plume from Bezymianny seen stretching across the Pacific Ocean on March 17, 2019 by Terra’s MODIS imager. The smaller plume from Sheveluch can be seen just above the darker Bezymianny plume. NASA. The Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia is one of the most active volcanic areas on Earth. It isn’t surprising […]

Scientists Find That Anesthetics Can Weaken Traumatic Memories – D-brief

(Credit: PopTika/shutterstock) Some memories can leave us scarred for life. For example, the memory of a dog attack may leave even the most canine-loving person terrified of every pooch they come across. Fortunately, traumatic memories may not be permanent. In a new study, researchers have discovered that a general anesthetic can weaken emotionally disturbing memories. The find means […]

How Did Dinosaurs Hear The World? Alligators Give Us Clues – D-brief

(Credit: AmeliAU/shutterstock) How did dinosaurs hear? Researchers now have an idea thanks to alligators. In a new study, researchers have discovered that American alligators process sounds the same way that barn owls and chickens do. And because birds and reptiles last shared a common ancestor nearly 250 million years ago, the finding means the shared […]

Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease During the Megathon: Spotlight on Three Citizen Scientists – Citizen Science Salon

Stall Catchers, a gamified way of contributing to Alzheimer’s research, is going big! Working with SciStarter, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, the Citizen Science Association, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, and other partners, Stall Catchers is activating the Megathon (register at during […]

Independent Discussion Sections? – Neuroskeptic

Scientific papers should have two Discussion sections – one written by the authors, and the other by an independent researcher. According to a new paper from Michael S. Avidan, John P. A. Ioannidis and George A. Mashour, this “second discussant” system could help ensure more balanced and objective inference in science. The authors begin by […]