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3000-year-old teeth solve Pacific banana mystery

Research has found the earliest evidence of humans transporting bananas across the Pacific.

22 Jan 2020 Nature Human Behaviour

In birds, as in people, a bigger group of friends isn’t always better

Researchers have recently discovered that there is a trade-off between having too many friends and having long-lasting friendships.

23 Jan 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

First ancient DNA from West/Central Africa illuminates deep human past

Analysis of ancient human DNA from western Central Africa offers insights into African population history, including the origin of speakers of the Bantu languages.

22 Jan 2020 Nature

Pristine circumstellar material in the young supernova remnant Cassiopeia A

A group of scientists from Korea and USA detected pristine circumstellar material from the progenitor of Cassiopeia A.

23 Jan 2020 Nature Astronomy

Chinese astronomers measure geometric distance to the quasar 3C 273

Since the discovery of quasars more than a half a century ago, measuring their distances has always been a fundamental problem for cosmology.

21 Jan 2020 Nature Astronomy

Biologists recommend urgent action to protect California spotted owls

New research suggests that wildlife managers may still be able to head off similar problems in critical areas of the Golden State – if they act now.

22 Jan 2020 The Condor: Ornithological Applications

Expert in visual neuroscience has international award in his sights

Pioneering discoveries about the ‘extraordinarily strange’ visual systems of shrimps - that could improve early detection of cancer - have been recognised with an international prize.

23 Jan 2020

Interdisciplinary study reveals new insights into the evolution of signed languages

A team of scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History used phylogenetic approaches to investigate the worldwide dispersal of European sign languages

22 Jan 2020 Royal Society Open Science

Sorghum study illuminates relationship between humans, crops and the environment in domestication

The study untangles these factors to create a more complete look at crop domestication than is possible in other major crops.

24 Jan 2020 Nature Plants

Safer viruses for vaccine research and diagnosis

The researchers have effectively developed a new biotechnology platform requiring low biocontainment, to help safely develop vaccines and diagnostics against a mosquito-borne diseases.

24 Jan 2020 Science Translational Medicine