Six-inch human skeleton discovered with multiple disease-associated mutations

By Newsroom America Staff at 2:47 pm Eastern

In 2003, scientists made a surprising discovery of a 6-inch mummified humanoid skeleton in the Atacama region of Chile with an estimated bone age of about 6-8 years old at the time of death. The specimen's exceptionally small stature and multiple skeletal abnormalities, including a cone-shaped skull led to widespread speculation on its origin.

The path of ransomware payments exposed

2:45 pm Eastern | U.S. News

The murky ecosystem of ransomware payments comes into focus in new research led by Damon McCoy, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Ransomware attacks, which encrypt and hold a computer user's files hostage in exchange for payment, extort millions of dollars from individuals each more »

Arctic wintertime sea ice extent is among lowest on record

2:35 pm Eastern | World

Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent last week, and joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA. read more »

'We're sleepwalking into a mass extinction' say scientists

22 Mar 17:20 | World

Species that live in symbiosis with others, which often occur in the most delicately balanced and threatened marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, are the slowest to recover their diversity if damaged, according to a team of UK more »

Millions of Americans seek and find illicit marijuana online

22 Mar 15:17 | U.S. News

These days, Americans shop for nearly everything online--including marijuana. That's the conclusion of a new study by San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health associate research professor John W. Ayers. Millions are searching for and finding online marijuana retailers across the country, the researchers more »

One in 10 people have traces of cocaine or heroin on their fingerprints

22 Mar 11:08 | World

Scientists have found that drugs are now so prevalent that 13 per cent of those taking part in a test were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingerprints - despite never using more »

Online tech is changing the dynamics of gift-giving

22 Mar 09:05 | U.S. News

Online gift-giving is spreading in social networks and causing people to give more gifts - online and in person - according to a new study led by René Kizilcec, Cornell University assistant professor of information science. read more »

Radar images show large swath of Texas oil patch is heaving and sinking at alarming rates

21 Mar 17:09 | U.S. News

Analysis indicates decades of oil production activity have destabilized localities of an area about 4,000 square miles populated by small towns, roadways and a vast network of oil and gas pipelines and storage tanksread more »

Wind, sea ice patterns point to climate change in western Arctic

21 Mar 15:21 | World

A major shift in western Arctic wind patterns occurred throughout the winter of 2017 and the resulting changes in sea ice movement are possible indicators of a changing climate, says Kent Moore, a professor of physics at the University of Toronto more »

20 percent of Americans responsible for almost half of US food-related greenhouse gas emissions

21 Mar 13:20 | U.S. News

On any given day, 20 percent of Americans account for nearly half of U.S. diet-related greenhouse gas emissions, and high levels of beef consumption are largely responsible, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and Tulane more »

Do young children learn anything from YouTube videos?

21 Mar 13:18 | World

In a new study, children up to 2 years of age could be entertained and kept busy by their parents showing them YouTube clips on smartphones, but they did not learn anything from the videos. read more »

Homebuyers should expect to have less choice and pay more this spring

20 Mar 17:14 | U.S. News

Finding a home to buy is getting more difficult according to the latest Nationwide Health of Housing Markets Report. High demand and an ultra-low level of homes for sale is driving rapid price increases and – more importantly for prospective buyers – less time on the more »

Amazon deforestation is close to tipping point

20 Mar 15:01 | World

Deforestation of the Amazon is about to reach a threshold beyond which the region's tropical rainforest may undergo irreversible changes that transform the landscape into degraded savanna with sparse shrubby plant cover and low biodiversity. read more »

Americans prefer economic inequality to playing Robin Hood, study finds

20 Mar 11:30 | U.S. News

Voters in modern democracies, such as the United States and Germany, have long held the power to take from the rich, give to the poor and erase the huge economic inequalities that separate the vast majority of a nation's citizens from its super-wealthy elites. But given the chance to play Robin Hood, most people in these countries show little interest in making dramatic wealth more »

Cutting carbon emissions sooner could save 153 million lives

20 Mar 09:06 | World

As many as 153 million premature deaths linked to air pollution could be avoided worldwide this century if governments speed up their timetable for reducing fossil fuel emissions, a new Duke University-led study more »

Poll: Social media makes it both easier and more challenging to parent tweens

19 Mar 17:07 | U.S. News

As children hit the "tween" stage between early elementary grades and the teenage years, parents may struggle balancing the need for independence with appropriate supervision, a new national poll more »

Adults' political leanings linked with early personality traits

19 Mar 15:35 | World

Our political attitudes in adulthood have roots in early childhood temperament, according to new findings. Analyses of data from more than 16,000 participants in two longitudinal studies in the United Kingdom reveal links between conduct problems at ages 5 and 7 and economic and political discontent 25 years more »

Assaults spiked on Trump rally days during 2016 election

19 Mar 11:32 | U.S. News

Cities experienced 2.3 more assaults than average on days when hosting presidential campaign rallies for Donald Trump during the lead-up to the 2016 United States Presidential Election, according to a first of its kind study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. read more »

Volcanic eruption influenced Iceland's conversion to Christianity

19 Mar 09:29 | World

emories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the island's conversion to Christianity, new research more »

Scientists discover evidence of early human innovation, pushing back evolutionary timeline

16 Mar 16:05 | World

Anthropologists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and an international team of collaborators have discovered that early humans in East Africa had--by about 320,000 years ago--begun trading with distant groups, using color pigments and manufacturing more sophisticated tools than those of the Early Stone Age. read more »

Researchers find space radiation is increasingly more hazardous

16 Mar 11:02 | U.S. News

It might sound like something from a science fiction plot - astronauts traveling into deep space being bombarded by cosmic rays - but radiation exposure is science fact. read more »

Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people

16 Mar 09:13 | World

The 2015 Paris climate agreement sought to stabilize global temperatures by limiting warming to well below 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue limiting warming even further, to 1.5 more »

Blunt products more popular in states where marijuana is legal

15 Mar 17:26 | U.S. News

A study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health finds that cigars commonly used to roll blunts--hollowed out cigars that are filled with marijuana and smoked--dominate the cigar marketplace in states where recreational marijuana is legal compared to more »

Eastern Mediterranean summer will be two months longer by end of 21st century

15 Mar 15:24 | World

The eastern Mediterranean -- an area that covers Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and southern Turkey -- is experiencing monumental climate changes poised to significantly affect regional ecosystems and human more »

Candidate voice pitch influences voters, but does not lead to better leaders

15 Mar 11:12 | U.S. News

Voters may prefer voting for candidates with lower sounding voices but they are not necessarily better leaders, a paper recently published by University of Miami Professor Casey Klofstad and Professor Rindy Anderson from Florida Atlantic University has more »

Global warming increases the risk of avalanches

15 Mar 09:21 | World

The impacts of global warming are felt especially in mountainous regions, where the rise in temperatures is above average, affecting both glacierized landscapes and water resources. read more »

Study debunks fears of increased teen suicide risk from popular flu drug

14 Mar 17:20 | U.S. News

A new study published by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that the drug oseltamivir -- commonly known as Tamiflu -- does not cause an increased risk of suicide in pediatric more »

Study finds smokers at greater risk of hearing loss

14 Mar 15:19 | World

Smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss, according to a study of over 50,000 participants over 8 more »

Warm Arctic means colder, snowier winters in northeastern US, study says

14 Mar 10:14 | U.S. News

Scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) have linked the frequency of extreme winter weather in the United States to Arctic more »

World's largest cities depend on evaporated water from surrounding lands

14 Mar 08:11 | World

Urbanization has taken billions of people from the rural countryside to urban centers, adding pressure to existing water resources. Many cities rely on renewable freshwater regularly refilled by precipitation, rather than groundwater or desalinated more »

Off-the-shelf smart devices found easy to hack

13 Mar 18:06 | U.S. News

Off-the-shelf devices that include baby monitors, home security cameras, doorbells, and thermostats were easily co-opted by cyber researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).read more »

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