En los medios

It was November 24, 1974, around noon, and Donald Johanson, a 31-year-old associate professor of anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, had just spotted an elbow in Ethiopia. “Oh my God,” he thought as his eyes moved up the slope. One by one, he recognized a thigh bone, a skull and a piece of jaw that still had teeth in it. The scientist had just discovered a 3.2 million-year-old fossil who would come to be known as Lucy.

Some 40 million years ago around the Baltic Sea coast, an insect-killing plant was busy trapping bugs. Its leaves, about as long as a pencil eraser, eventually fell into sticky sap, which hardened to amber and stayed there until miners scooped it up, cut it with a dental drill, polished it up and sold it to a collector in Hamburg, Germany.

What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Those people looking for proof to come from any research in science will be sadly disappointed.

Climate change played a pivotal role in the extinction of mastodons in North America, new radiocarbon dating of fossils has revealed – though hunting by people may have been the last straw.

Naloxone can reverse an otherwise fatal heroin overdose within minutes. Carrie Arnold meets the doctors who put this remarkable drug in the hands of the police, families and addicts—and saved thousands of lives.

El cielo de Pekín puede ser azul. Eso es lo que acaban de descubrir los habitantes de la capital china. Y todo gracias al decidido plan que emprendieron las autoridades locales a principios de noviembre para recibir en el mejor de los ambientes posibles a Putin, Obama, Bachelet y demás líderes de la cumbre Asia Pacífico (APEC, según rezan sus siglas en inglés). Se restringió el tráfico de coches privados, el 70 % de los vehículos públicos dejaron de circular, se frenaron las obras, se paró la producción de las fábricas más contaminantes que rodean la ciudad. ¿Resultado? Desaparición de esa niebla eterna que flota sobre las cabezas de los pekineses y aparición de un cielo límpido que ya ha recibido un nombre: APEC blue.

Un investigador español ha colaborado en un análisis matemático, publicado recientemente en la revistaScience Translational Medicine, que concluye que la terapia conjunta frente al VIH en pacientes que además tienen hepatitis C aumenta el éxito en la lucha contra ambas infecciones. Entre ocho y nueve millones de personas en el mundo sufren sida y hepatitis C al mismo tiempo.

When the World Health Organization recently named blood transfusions from Ebola survivors as its priority experimental therapy for the disease ravaging west Africa there was only one major problem: no data indicating that such transfusions work.

The mineral that makes up more than a third of our planet finally has a name, thanks to tiny samples found, ironically, in a meteorite that fell to Earth in Australia in 1879.

DARPA’s made all types of robots, from «Big Dog» to «Wild Cat,» and soft robots to flying robots. Their latest creepy invention is a robotic «cheetah» that can run, bound, and jump obstacles in its path all while running on a quiet electric motor, giving the robot its stealthy cat-like quality.