21 Outstanding Yet Affordable Universities

Let’s face it - a college education never has been and never will be what you could call ‘cheap’. Of course, it’s often said that you can’t put a price on a high-quality education, but still…it seems you clearly can! While so many colleges and universities across the United States are prohibitively expensive, others aren’t…

Intact human footprints found in Tanzania near Mountain of God volcano

A set of ancient human footprints found in Tanzania has turned out to be the largest such set in all of Africa, as well as the one that remains the most intact despite the passing of time. A new study has documented how footprints found in 2008 by conservationist Jim Brett had covered the size…

Vegan mom charged with endangerment after feeding baby fruit-and-nut diet

The Vegan mom case in Pennsylvania has attracted a lot of attention, due to the unnamed 11-month-old child of the mother suffering from diet-related malnutrition. This was due to the mother's insistence on feeding the baby a rigid diet of nuts, berries, and little else. According to reports, Elizabeth Hawk, 33, had strictly followed a vegan…

Greenhouse gas emissions facilitated by hydropower reservoirs

Greenhouse gas emissions are steadily declining, but what about the problem of methane emissions in specific? A new study review  has singled out man-made hydropower reservoirs near dams as a key producer of methane, a greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide equivalent that has been cited by many as a rising contributor to climate change. The…

Humans did inherit violence, but civilization made us less murderous

If you think of all those news reports on violent killings, you'd probably think humans are the most murderous species around. And while humans are indeed quite violent, as inherited from our ancestors, we were much more so hundreds of years ago, and have civilization to thank for our mellowing down. Researchers analyzed more than a…

Drepanosaurus had peculiar claw and even stranger limbs

The chameleon-like reptile Drepanosaurus existed about 200 million years ago, and stood out from its prehistoric peers thanks to its outsized, specialized claw that it used as a digging tool. But that wasn't all that researchers discovered when analyzing the prehistoric lizard and what made it so strange for its time. In that regard, Drepanosaurus…

The plainfin midshipman: Nocturnal love song explained by scientists

The plainfin midshipman is one of the more interesting fish in the animal kingdom, as males of the species sing a nocturnal “love song” too woo females. But what makes those unusual fish only sing at night, much like your average human-fronted musical act does? A group of researchers explained this in a recent study, and…

Fracking caused recent man-made earthquakes in TX and OK

Researchers have long concluded that drilling and fracking activities have been the cause of several man-made earthquakes in the Southwest United States. A new study now adds to these findings, offering additional insights on wastewater injections and how they led to a major quake in Texas a few years ago. A team of researchers made…

New human DNA research adds to “Out of Africa” theories

It would seem that human DNA research has provided a new wrinkle, a new twist to existing theories about how non-Africans originated, and the diaspora  from Africa that took place several thousands of years ago. And it's all based on three separate studies that came up with similar, yet ultimately varying findings that agreed on one…

Rusty patched bumblebee may join U.S. endangered species list

The rusty patched bumblebee is among numerous bee species whose numbers have declined due to several factors, but the Obama administration wants to make sure it gets the protection it needs from further depletion. In an announcement made Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to have the fast-vanishing rusty patched bumblebee listed as…