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Triceratops vs. Torosaurus: The Dinopocalypse

So you may recall that back in 2010, Jack Horner, the famous paleontologist who partly inspired Jurassic Park, co-authored a paper arguing that the dinosaur Triceratops didn’t exist — that in fact, it was the adult version of Torosaurus. Even weirder, Horner and colleagues later argued that there is a sort of teen version [...]

"Handedness" in Fish

Look closely at the two scale-eating cichlid fish Perissodus microlepis above. See how their mouths are slightly asymmetric? For example, the mouth of the fish on the left curves slightly to the right. That, translates [...]

How Dirty Is Your Keyboard Exactly?

Photo: Shutterstock Say hello to the bacteria on your keyboard: all 500 types of them! In a new study, researchers took swabs of a variety of office equipment in New York, San Francisco, and Tucson. They found more [...]

New Fossil Animal Looks Like a Tulip

A prehistoric creature found in the Canadian Rockies has been named Siphusauctum gregarium, which is both a new genus and species. It lived 500 million years ago, when the area now nickenamed the “Tulip Beds” was underwater. Siphusauctum has a long stem, with a calyx – a bulbous cup-like structure – near the top which encloses [...]

Mature Brains Led to Reckless Teenagers

It’s common sense to think that teenage recklessness come from their immaturity – but could the opposite actually be true? A team led by psychiatrist Gregory Berns of Emory University conducted a study with the paradoxical result – the more mature the teenager’s brain, the more reckless they become: In a paper just published in PLoS [...]