‘Frankenstein Dinosaur’ May Be Missing Link in Evolutionary Tree

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A creature that looked like something created by Doctor Frankenstein might be a missing link in the dinosaur family tree. Scientists think the Chilesaurus bridges the gap between plant-eating dinosaurs and their meat-eating brethren. Fossils of the Chilesaurus were found in Chile years ago, but a new study published in the … Continued

Scientists Solve Mystery of How Magic Mushrooms Make Hallucinogen

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists say they’ve unlocked the truly mind-blowing secret recipe behind magic mushrooms, and the discovery could mean big things for the future of mental health treatment. German researchers sequenced the genomes of two magic mushroom species. They pinpointed exactly which genes are in charge of the enzymes that produce psilocybin — … Continued

Goldfish Make Their Own Alcohol to Survive Winter, Study Says

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — One animal’s secret to surviving harsh, frozen winters? Alcohol. No, we’re not talking about humans. Scientists say goldfish can make alcohol inside their bodies to keep themselves alive in frozen water. According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, when goldfish and their wild relatives, crucian carp, are low … Continued

13-Million-Year-Old Skull Uncovered in Kenya

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists say they’ve discovered a 13-million-year-old fossilized ape skull that may answer questions about humankind’s evolution. Humans reportedly split from a lineage shared with apes about 7 million years ago and evolutionary details before that time are hard to come by. But scientists who discovered this well-preserved infant ape skull say it’s … Continued

Report: 2016 Was Hottest Year on Record

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new report says 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded. The American Meteorological Society published the report on Aug. 10. It was authored by nearly 500 scientists from 60 countries around the world. The report says 2016 was the third consecutive year of record warmth on Earth. Land and sea temperatures … Continued

Scientists Teach Chimpanzees How to Play Rock-Paper-Scissors

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists say chimpanzees can test their mental mettle in a game of rock-paper-scissors as well as any 4-year-old human child. Researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University taught seven chimps how to play the game using a computer program. They also taught the rules to a few dozen young children. Rock-paper-scissors is a … Continued

Fossils of Earliest Known Gliding Mammals Found in China

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Some ancestors of modern mammals might have glided over the heads of dinosaurs. That’s according to scientists who found fossils of two glider species in northeastern China’s Hebei province. According to new research published in the journal Nature, one was about the size of a squirrel while the other was mouse-sized. … Continued

4 Earth-Sized Exoplanets Found Orbiting Nearby Sun-Like Star

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — We might not need to look far in our search for life beyond Earth. Astronomers say a star that’s a lot like our own sun is likely orbited by four rocky planets and two of them could have liquid surface water. The star is called Tau Ceti. It’s just 12 light … Continued

Scientists Unveil ‘Biggest Dinosaur of All Time’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists have unveiled a dinosaur that made most other dinosaurs look puny in comparison. Introducing Patagotitan mayorum — thought to be the largest dinosaur ever discovered and possibly the largest animal to ever walk the Earth. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this … Continued