Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bald Bird Species Discovered

A rare new species of bald-headed bird, named the bare-faced bulbul, has been discovered in Laos, the first such find in over a century for Asia.

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Green Pea" Galaxies Discovered

Amateur astronomers have helped professionals by discovering a new class of "green pea" galaxies, so named because of their small shape and color, that may provide insights into the formation of early galaxies.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Found

Five well-preserved ancient Roman shipwrecks have been discovered off the coast of Italy dating from the first century B.C., their contents and cargo largely intact.

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Spanish Telescope

The Gran Telescopio Canarias, one of the most powerful telescopes in the world featuring a 34-foot reflecting mirror, opened today on Spain's Canary Islands.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ancient Mayan Conservationists

New archaeological evidence reveals that the ancient Maya in Guatemala practiced deliberate forest conservation measures with the wood they chose to use for construction.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Evidence of Clovis-Age Comet

New nanodiamond evidence has been found on California's Channel Islands of a comet impact in North America about 12,900 years ago, possibly driving many Clovis-age species to extinction.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Object Impact on Jupiter

An amateur astronomer led NASA scientists to confirm that Jupiter was struck by an unknown object, most likely a comet, leaving behind a distinctive impact scar on the planet's south polar region.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Element Named Copernicum

Discovered 13 years ago, the 112th element has been formally named Coperniucum (Cp) after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and officially added to the periodic table.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Gamma-Ray Galaxies Discovered

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered many new and different types of so-called "active" galaxies, those with bright centers emitting particles close to the speed of light.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Longest Insect Migration

The largest and longest mass insect migration has been discovered to be millions of dragonflies traveling from southern India to the coast of Africa, an annual trek of thousands of miles across open ocean.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pot-Bellied Dinosaur Discovered

A new type of pot-bellied dinosaur of the herbivorous therizinosaur group, believed to be the ancestors of carnivores like Velociraptor, has been discovered in southern Utah.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oldest Supernovae Observed

Using multiple images of distant galaxies, astronomers have recorded faint images of the two oldest known supernovae explosions to date, both occurring about 11 billion years ago.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Large Dinosaurs Found in Australia

Three new large dinosaur species have been discovered in Australia including a large carnivore similar to a Velociraptor, the first such large predator known to have lived on that continent.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Ant Colony Spans Globe

Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) living in Europe, the United States and Japan recognize each other as belonging to a single interrelated super-colony spanning the six populated continents.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Asian Primate Fossils Found

New early primate fossils recently discovered in Myanmar lend support to the idea that human ancestors originated in Asia rather than Africa.