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USC Scientist Identifies New Species of Giant Flying Reptile

A University of Southern California (USC) scientist and colleagues have identified a new species of giant flying reptile that once soared over what is now North America. The creature is similar to the largest pterosaurs known, yet key characteristics gleaned from a cache of bones unearthed in Canada show it’s actually part of a new...

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Prehistoric AC: Study Suggests T. Rex Had an Air Conditioner in Its Head

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists from the University of Missouri, Ohio University and University of Florida, while challenging over a century of previous beliefs. In the past, scientists believed two large holes in the roof of a T. rex‘s skull —...

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Ancient Civilizations Were Already Messing Up the Planet

As issues like climate change, global warming, and renewable energy dominate the national conversation, it’s easy to assume these topics are exclusive to the modern world. But a huge collaborative study in Science reveals that early humans across the entire globe were changing and impacting their environments as far back as 10,000 years ago. “Through this crowdsourced...

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Extracting Clean Fuel from Sunlight

Securing enough energy to meet human needs is one of the greatest challenges society has ever faced. Previously reliable sources–oil, gas and coal–are degrading air quality, devastating land and ocean and altering the fragile balance of the global climate, through the release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Meanwhile, earth’s rapidly industrializing population is projected...

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Comparing Primate Vocalizations

The utterances of Old World monkeys, some of our primate cousins, may be more sophisticated than previously realized — but even so, they display constraints that reinforce the singularity of human language, according to a new study co-authored by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) linguist. The study reinterprets evidence about primate language and concludes...

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Clickbait Secrets Exposed! Humans and AI Team Up to Improve Clickbait Detection

Humans and machines worked together to help train an artificial intelligence — AI — model that outperformed other clickbait detectors, according to researchers at Penn State and Arizona State University. In addition, the new AI-based solution was also able to tell the difference between clickbait headlines that were generated by machines — or bots —...

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Millennials, Think You’re Digitally Better Than Us? Yes, According to Science

Emails, instant messaging, app notifications, RSS feeds, and a plethora of social networks inundate almost every aspect of daily life from work to home or just keeping in touch socially. Some people average more than four information technology (IT) switches per minute. This barrage of IT interruptions makes it increasingly difficult to focus on the...