animals
Ancient DNA Helps Trace the Origin of Domestic Cattle

Scientists have found evidence of Bronze Age human civilisation written into ancient cattle DNA, according to a new study. Read More >>

photography
A Blackbird Blowing ‘Smoke’ Rings Wins Top Prize at the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards

Like humans, birds breathe. And on a cold day, the moisture from their breath condenses into steam that emanates from their beaks. Photographer Kathrin Swoboda knew this, and was hoping to capture it on film at the park near her house. Read More >>

science
Fossilised Teeth Suggest Some Ancient Crocodiles Were Vegetarians

Alligators and crocodiles are some of the scariest carnivores on Earth today, but new research suggests their ancient relatives developed a preference for plants. Read More >>

science
Ancient Bird Weighed Nearly 1,000 Pounds but Could Still Run Like an Ostrich

Palaeontologists working in Crimea have uncovered evidence of the largest bird ever found in Europe. Standing taller than an elephant and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, this enormous bird could still run at a fast pace when threatened. Read More >>

science
Even the Flies Inside Hospitals Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Upwards of 90 per cent of insects found in British hospitals carry potentially harmful bacteria, according to new research. Alarmingly, a significant portion of this bacteria is resistant to one or more antibiotics, highlighting a previously under-appreciated health risk—though the researchers caution that chances of infection are low. Read More >>

science
Odd Skull in Museum Finally Confirmed as a Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid

Back in 1990, subsistence hunters in Greenland gave a skull to scientists. Its origin, they explained, was a strange creature, evenly grey, with flippers like a beluga but a tail like a narwhal. The specimen was larger than either a beluga or a narwhal’s skull, but seemed to contain the proportions of both. Read More >>

tv
Christian Group Claims Thousands of People Signed Its Petition Demanding Netflix Cancel Amazon’s Good Omens

A Christian group known as Return to Order has been running a campaign to urge Netflix to remove the show Good Omens, which was released on Amazon. Read More >>

science
No, Using a Mobile Phone Isn’t Causing You to Grow a Horn

You might have heard recently, from publications like the Washington Post, NBC, and of course, Newsweek, that some people are growing a “horn” or a “spike” out of the back of their skull from using a smartphone too much. Read More >>

Palaeontology
Meet the New King of Trilobites, R. rex

Nobody messes with the king. Well, except for the relentless passing of time. Read More >>

biology
A Norwegian City Wants to Abolish Time

Every day, the Earth rotates. The Sun appears on the horizon in the morning, and then some time later, it sets. We’ve built our lives and societies around this periodicity, with days that are divided into hours, minutes, and seconds, all kept track of by clocks. But in some places on Earth, the Sun rises only once per year, and sets once per year. With their concept of a day already so estranged from the rest of the world’s, one Arctic population started thinking: What if we ditched the concept of time altogether? Read More >>

science
Huge, Shaggy Head of 40,000-Year-Old Wolf Unearthed in Siberia

A well-preserved head belonging to an ancient species of Pleistocene wolf has been pulled from the permafrost of northeastern Siberia. The enormous, well-preserved head could yield important genetic information about the evolutionary history of wolves and the origin of domesticated dogs. Read More >>

science
This Compact System Lets Scientists See Biological Molecules in a Whole New Way

Researchers have combined laser techniques and an ingenious detection scheme in order to create a powerful new molecule-imaging system—a quicker, easier way to determine the identity of microscopic molecules. Basically, it’s an advanced yet surprisingly simple microscope. Read More >>

science
What Makes Things Slimy?

Probably no more than ten people on Earth have a “favourite” texture, and these are almost certainly not people you would like to know. Conversely, pretty much everyone has a least-favourite texture. What do slugs, unsightly thigh boils, and disease-ridden swamps all have in common? They are all, of course, slimy. But how did they get that way? Where does slime—and/or sliminess—come from? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of slime experts to find out. Read More >>

science
New Studies Reveal Intimate Links Between Human Microbiome And Preterm Pregnancies, IBD, And More

The newest results from the Human Microbiome Project have revealed just how connected the microbes in our gut are to our overall health. Read More >>

Palaeontology
Incredible Fossil Shows Coordinated Swimming in a School of Extinct Fish

An exquisite fossil of photographic-like quality shows nearly 260 tiny fish swimming together in what appears to be coordinated group action. The 50-million-year-old fossil is evidence that fish have been swimming together in shoals for a very long time. Read More >>