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Did Developmental Timing Give Birds an Edge?

A new study suggests that retained juvenile traits may have helped birds outlive dinosaurs through a process known as paedomorphosis.

In other news of the ancient past, a study of more than 300 Neolithic skeletons suggests evidence of "hereditary inequality" among farmers 7,000 years ago. Archaeologists from Cardiff University led a team who studied the skeletons from across Europe. They say evidence suggests that farmers buried with tools had access to better land than those buried without.

The slow eastward migration of monsoons across the Asian continent initially supported the formation of the Harappan civilization in the Indus valley by allowing production of large agricultural surpluses, then decimated the civilization as water supplies for farming dried up, researchers reported last week.


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VIDEO: The Promise and Peril of Drones

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The automation of tasks at work and at home is just around the corner, including driving cars, piloting planes, delivering packages, and transporting weapons. Unmanned aerial vehicles are rapidly evolving to meet both society’s and the military’s needs in automation and better efficiency.
During her time as one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy, Dr. Missy Cummings observed that computers could take off and land a plane more precisely than humans. Because of this breakthrough and her fascination with this growing technology, she began human–drone interaction research.

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