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New gibbon genus discovered in ancient Chinese tomb

Bones of an entirely new but already extinct genus of gibbon have been discovered in China, revealing the magnitude of human-caused extinction of primates.

New new genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified

Paleontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley, South Canterbury.

Did life on Earth start due to meteorites splashing into warm little ponds?

Life on Earth began somewhere between 3.7 and 4.5 billion years ago, after meteorites splashed down and leached essential elements into warm little ponds, say scientists. Their calculations suggest that wet and dry cycles bonded basic molecular building blocks in the ponds' nutrient-rich broth into self-replicating RNA molecules that constituted the first genetic code for life on the planet.

Air pollution may disrupt sleep

High levels of air pollution over time may get in the way of a good night's sleep, according to new research.

US Olympians at 2016 Rio Games were infected with West Nile virus, not Zika

US Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya.

New insight into why Pierce’s disease is so deadly to grapevines

Scientists are gaining a better understanding of Pierce's disease and how it affects grapevines. The disease, which annually costs California more than $100 million, comes from a bacterium called Xylella fastidiosa.

Can Muesli help against arthritis?

It is well known that healthy eating increases our general sense of wellbeing. Researchers have now discovered that a fiber-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases, leading to stronger bones.

How do insects survive on a sugary diet?

Researchers show that bacteriocytes -- specific aphid cells that house the symbiotic bacteria -- have different DNA methylation patterns depending on what type of plant sap the aphid is consuming.

Gulf Spill oil dispersants associated with health symptoms in cleanup workers

Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation.

The way streets and buildings are arranged makes a big difference in how heat...

A new study shows a way to dial down the urban heat island effects that can pump up city temperatures, through different city planning based on classical physics formulas.

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Dicen que fueron abusadas sexualmente por sacerdotes y luego silenciadas. Ahora estas mujeres están...

CNN habló con mujeres que dicen ser víctimas del devastador abuso sexual, psicológico y espiritual que sufrieron dentro de la comunidad de St. John. Fuente: Cnnenespanol.com

Huawei founder says he would defy Chinese law on intel gathering

Chinese company is the largest seller of telecommunications equipment in the world

Huawei president says he would defy Chinese law on intelligence gathering

"Chinese company Huawei is the largest seller of telecommunications equipment in the world. Three billion people in 170 countries use Huawei products worldwide, and the company sells more smart phones than Apple. The Trump administration is considering banning all Huawei products from being used in the U.S., calling the company a threat to national security. Bianna Golodryga spoke with Huawei's elusive founder and president, Ren Zhengfei, who denied the allegations. "