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The earliest snakes hunted in the lush nighttime forests of the Early Cretaceous, but unlike their modern relatives, ancestral snakes still bore vestiges of a four-legged lifestyle. They were equipped with tiny hind legs and itty-bitty toes.

Tools 3.3. million years old found in Kenya, oldest on record

A discovery of 3.3-million-year-old crude stone tools in Kenya has archeologists rethinking humankind's past. Hominids (that would be us) were thought to have invented tools 2.6 million years ago so the find raises the stature of an earlier relative.

Study: Boys who smoke marijuana 4 inches shorter than non-smokers

Scientists in Pakistan who conducted a study on marijuana say the drug stunts the growth of boys who use it. Alarmingly, they say their study found that heavy users of the drug at a young age grew on average four inches shorter than non-smokers.

Monster 23ft squid washed up on New Zealand beach

If you are thinking about getting some calamari, you're going to need a big freezer for this one. A gigantic 23ft (7m) squid has been found washed up on a beach near Kaikoura, on New Zealand's South Island.

Cute, colorful jumping spiders can see more colors than humans do

Sometimes surprises come in tiny packages. That's the case with jumping spiders, scientists have found. Scientists know that jumpers have excellent vision. What they didn't know until now is that these little creatures can see more colors than we do.

Lost remains of ancient Egyptian temple found at bottom of quarry

Archaeologists excavating an ancient quarry at Gebel el Silsila, dating back to the New Kingdom and Roman eras of Egypt's past, have unearthed the lost temple of Kheny.

Create home-made morphine with DIY beer kits

I remember staying with an old friend in Dublin many years ago, and I asked him if I could take a bath. Sorry, he said, "the bathtub is occupied – it's full of fermenting homemade beer."

Blink, and you will miss it — Leap second to be added June 30

At 8 a.m. on July 1 in Hong Kong, and at the stroke of midnight on June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT in the U.S., one little second will be added to our clocks. You and I won't notice it, but the leap second is surrounded with controversy.

Ant movements correspond to mysterious math

A new study shows that as ants forage for food they select routes that connect with statistical distributions of probability. This collective behavior has been shown by mathematicians.

Pacific quest: Solar pilot prepares for toughest leg

Strapped into a seat in a tiny one-man cabin, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg will have to endure extraordinary conditions as he flies over the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights, powered only by the sun.

Review: Sy Montgomery fantastic on new book 'The Octopus Scientists' Special

Sy Montgomery's new book "The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk" from the "Scientists in the Field Series" will be released on May 26, and it is a stellar scientific text.

Newly discovered rodent named after James Bond

A cat-sized rodent has been discovered on the island of Hispaniola, between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The creature belongs to a species of cavy-like rodents called Hutias. Of the 20 or so Hutia species in existence, all but two are disappearing.

New citizen science project launches in the U.K.

A huge citizen science project, utilizing more than 850,000 volunteers, has recently expanded its reach to include projects across all of the U.K.

Dark matter cloaks strange galaxies with only 1% of normal stars

Scientists are scratching their heads following the discovery of unusual galaxies in distant space, which contain only one percent of the stars found in normal galaxies.

Taking on bacterial resistance with 'resistance breakers'

As part of the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, scientists are looking at a new research stream based on so-termed "resistance breakers."

Vancouver student scoops top prize at Intel science fair

Canadian student Raymond Wang has won $75,000 at an international science and engineering fair. This is for designing a way to better protect airline passengers from pathogens.

Drug use can be revealed from fingerprints

Scientists have devised a new method for detecting if someone has been abusing drugs by examining the person's fingerprints.

Researchers genetically alter human blood vessel cells

Scientists have used the new genome-editing tool CRISPR to alter cultured human endothelial cells. These cells were taken from blood vessels.

In a pinch: Trap jaw ants use powerful jaws to escape death traps

The trap-jaw ant has earned the reputation of making short work of its prey. With herculean, spring-loaded mandibles, it crushes its prey with ease and defends its nests. Scientists have recently discovered it has another nifty use for those jaws.

Teen scientist wins Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000

A pair of precocious teenage scientists from Vancouver have been awarded this year's prestigious Intel prizes for science and engineering

Gene therapy sight restoration success fades

People who took part in two gene-therapy trials, and who experienced partial restoration of sight following treatment are now, unfortunately, losing their vision once again.

Russian space agency has two rocket 'glitches' in same day

Russia's Roscosmos space agency has been having a "very bad day." The latest events include a rocket attached to the International Space Station that malfunctioned, and the loss of a satellite in a failed launch, both occurring within hours of each other.

Two leading scientists pass away in the same week

The world of science has lost two leading figures within the same week. These were cytoskeleton specialist Alan Hall and molecular biologist Alexander Rich.

Scientists hope to destroy HIV with special molecules

Scientists are hopeful that small molecules that mimic the immune cell surface receptor CD4 could expose HIV to antibody-based immune responses, thereby destroying the virus.

Mouse mind control achieved

Taking mind control to its fullest, scientists have used a mix of different chemicals to the control the minds and behaviors of laboratory mice.

Russia loses Mexican satellite after rocket failure

Russia on Saturday lost a Mexican satellite on launch just hours after a glitch with a manoeuvre involving the International Space Station, the latest in a string of embarrassing failures for its troubled space programme.

Op-Ed: You can now go to jail for practicing citizen science in Wyoming

If you love to take photographs and participate in citizen science projects, they sure don't want you in Wyoming, and if you unknowingly take photos, perhaps for a photography contest for The National Weather Service, you may wind up in jail.

'Cicadas': U.S. military's new swarm of mini-drones

U.S. military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.

Octopus-inspired robot could save your life in the future

Taking its cue from the agile and transient form of an Octopus robotics engineers have created a prototype arm that could perform invasive surgery.

Move over mammals, here comes the Opah, a warm-blooded fish

It seems we are going to have to rewrite our science books. We all know about mammals and birds being warm-blooded animals, but we will now have to add a fish. The deep-sea dwelling Opah, or Moonfish is actually a warm-blooded creature.

Advancing wearable tech with graphene

Scientists have developed a wearable, electronic textile using graphene. Here transparent, flexible graphene electrodes have been embedded into textile fibers. The development could spearhead a new generation of wearable tech.

Study says Canadians have a shorter attention span than goldfish

I am Canadian so take umbrage at the newly-released Microsoft study that found us Canucks have a shorter attention span than...hi. Um. Yes. Shorter attention span than goldfish. Goldfish can focus for nine seconds, one full second more than Canadians.

Water was abundant in universe’s early years

Researchers attached to the Harvard Astronomy Program at Tel Aviv University in Israel discovered that water was plentiful in the early universe, finding evidence that water vapor formed much earlier than previously believed.

3D bioprinting regenerates nerve cells

In the latest technological leap with 3D printing, scientists are close to using a device to regenerate neurons. This is through the use of a tissue-printing machine.

Will anesthesiologists be a thing of the past?

A new machine, piloted in the U.S., could one day replace the need for anesthesiologists. The machine has been piloted at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo.

Plane records flight through mysterious antimatter thundercloud

In what sounds like a tale from the Bermuda Triangle, an atmospheric physicist, called Joseph Dwyer, was flying through a massive thunderstorm, when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a huge cloud of antimatter.

Ancient Egyptian animal mummy 'scandal' revealed

Animals and pets held a special significance in the afterlife in ancient Egypt. Animal and pet mummies were often buried with the dead as offerings and to help the deceased on their journey to the afterlife. But not all the mummified animals were real.

Op-Ed: Gene patents and old laws – UCLA/ MIT dispute shows the faults

Gene editing is as fundamental as the expression itself. It’s the new horizon plus of genetic science. It’s also right in the middle of yet another patent battle. The “law vs. science” issue needs to be shut down, for everyone’s sake.

Robot squid to search for life in underground seas of alien moons

NASA scientists have come up with a pretty cool piece of machinery to fish around for alien life that may exist in subterranean seas found on many nearby moons.

New way to forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks

A new study has correlated weather conditions and the incidences of West Nile virus disease in the U.S. This could lead to a new means for predicting outbreaks and tracking the spread of the disease.

How Viagra can prevent malaria transmission

Viagra, the well-known drug for men with sexual problems, may have another use: fighting the malaria parasite. This is, in all seriousness, by increasing the stiffness of infected erythrocytes (red blood cells).