Will Dunham

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13 Jun 2019 | 2:20 AM

High times in ancient China revealed in funerary cannabis discovery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500 BC, providing what may be the oldest evidence of smoking cannabis for its mind-altering properties.

6 Jun 2019 | 9:16 PM

T. rex finds a dangerous meal as Smithsonian dinosaur hall reopens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A dramatic scene from the twilight of the age of dinosaurs - a T. rex feasting upon a horned plant-eater named Triceratops - will greet visitors when an ambitious new fossil hall opens on Saturday at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

6 Jun 2019 | 1:15 AM

Scientists solve the mystery of the dragon with transparent teeth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dwelling in the dark ocean depths, the dragonfish is a frightful marvel that would fit nicely into any horror movie, boasting exotic adaptations such as virtually transparent fangs that help it thrive in this extreme environment.

23 May 2019 | 4:59 AM

Old mold - Fossil of world's earliest fungus unearthed in Canada

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microfossils of a globular spore connected to a T-shaped filament excavated in an Arctic region of northwestern Canada represent the oldest-known fungus, a discovery that sheds light on the origins of an important branch in Earth's tree of life.

14 May 2019 | 8:16 AM

Quakes show that moon, gradually shrinking, is tectonically active

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth - not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be - based on a new analysis disclosed on Monday of quakes measured by seismometers in operation on the moon from 1969 and 1977.

10 May 2019 | 5:50 AM

Unique genetic adaptation lets deep-sea fish see colour in the darkness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While people and other vertebrates are colour blind in dim light, some deep-sea fish may possess keen colour vision to thrive in the near total darkness of their extreme environment thanks to a unique genetic adaptation, scientists said on Thursday.

25 Apr 2019 | 4:10 AM

Scientists turn brain signals into speech, may help people who cannot talk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People robbed of the ability to talk due to a stroke or another medical condition may soon have real hope of regaining a voice thanks to technology that harnesses brain activity to produce synthesized speech, researchers said on Wednesday.

18 Apr 2019 | 7:14 PM

Out of a drawer and into your nightmares comes a vicious ancient beast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Ohio University integrative biologist Nancy Stevens peered into a drawer in the wooden cabinets on the top floor of a Nairobi museum in 2010, she saw a chunk of rock containing massive teeth and knew she had come across something important.

10 Apr 2019 | 10:57 PM

'Seeing the unseeable': Scientists reveal first photo of black hole

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Using a global network of telescopes to see "the unseeable," an international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics - the first-ever photo of a black hole - in an achievement that validated a pillar of science put forward by Albert Einstein more than a century ago.

A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory on April 10, 2019 shows the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers (EHT), which is the "most direct proof of their existence," one of the project's lead scientists said. - AFP
10 Apr 2019 | 1:15 PM

Scientists expected to release landmark image of black hole

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An international scientific team is expected on Wednesday to unveil a landmark achievement in astrophysics - the first photo of a black hole - in a feat that will put to the test a pillar of science: Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.