New research shows how intensive instruction changes brain circuitry in struggling readers. A study found that when children with reading difficulties underwent an intensive tutoring program, their brains’ white matter strengthened, and their reading skills improved.
Researchers analyze DNA from >1.5 million people, identify points of DNA that increase risk of contracting cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Findings represent an opportunity to consider repurposing drugs that target pathways involved in lipid metabolism.
New analysis of what archaeologists call the "Swiss Army knife of prehistoric tools," suggests stone tool technology developed independently in East Asia -- and much earlier than previously thought, between 80,000-170,000 years ago. Previous origin dates were estimated at 30,000-40,000 years ago.
Facebook has come under fire for a "barbaric use of technology" that allowed the sale of a child bride to be held on its site. An auction was held on the social media platform for a 16-year-old girl in South Sudan which sought payment for her hand in marriage.
Florida ants chemically mimic the trap jaw ant in order to get close enough to spray them with formic acid that immobilizes the trap jaws. The helpless prey are then dragged into the Florida ants' nest and dismembered, leaving only the hollowed out head cases behind.
Researchers find tracks of a sparrow-sized raptor inside a dried lakebed in South Korea. Scientists believe they are the smallest dinosaur tracks ever found. The 110-million-year-old tracks date to the Cretaceous period, a time when dinosaurs shared the planet with mammals and birds.
Rare and Diverse Giant Viruses Unexpectedly Found in a Forest Soil Ecosystem. New study describes 16 new large-DNA virus species. Researchers say an expanded search would return many more never-before-seen giant virus species.
Scientists recently detected two previously unknown species of microbes in a Canadian dirt sample, and the specimens were so unusual that the researchers had to reorganize the tree of life to make room for them.