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By comparison. We have sent probes to Europa before. As the moon orbits Jupiter. Kane Commentary on science in the news from the experts Van R. Forum by Van R. Europa is a compelling target. The proposed Europa funding stream punts the commitment to develop and launch a mission to a future president and Congress.

It would also scout locations for a future mission to land. Browse and download any single issue from any year— to the present. We discovered a lot in our long history. Now our award-winning Archives are available for download in digital format. Entries were matched with the Gini index. Infants are more likely to be born premature and underweight. Such disparities among teenagers. Children have higher rates of asthma. Disadvantaged adolescents reported less physical activity and more bodily aches and pains.

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In such a scenario. Under the old model. At a February demonstration in La Queue-en-Brie. The spring-autumn link most likely is bad news for humans. The remote-controlled. Ecologists struggle to model the timing of current autumn seasons. The analysis. In the nation adopted civilian drone legislation that has begun to go into effect. Earlier this year personal flying bots were spotted hovering suspiciously over cultural and diplomatic landmarks in central Paris.

Here in the U. This new thinking is hardly the final word on autumnal alterations. Leaves may be programmed to drop once they reach a certain age. Or perhaps an early spring means trees siphon more groundwater from soil. Physicists are making major advancements with planar lenses that can scatter and bend rays of light.

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Something cues the brain to produce a substance called gonadotropin-releasing hormone. Family stress and chemical exposures in the environment may also play a role. The psychological effects. As a result. Obesity appears to be the major factor sending girls into these unchartered waters.

Other studies soon reached similar conclusions in Europe as well as the U. Breast development. This process activates the pituitary gland. More and more families are finding themselves in the strange position of juggling stuffed animals and puberty talks with their first and second graders.

Among the few exceptions are pituitary disorders. The most obvious physical consequence of early puberty is a prolonged exposure to estrogen.

As for boys. Time has not resolved the puzzle. From a biological point of view. Puberty was happening earlier in most girls and again differed by race: Fat cells manufacture the hormone as well. The ovaries are not the only place in the body where estrogen is produced. That precocious development. Menstruation usually begins a few years later.

The latest studies. Pubic hair forms as the result of a different biological process. Clinicians say that slightly early development of breasts is likely not physically harmful and so does not require medical or pharmaceutical therapy for most girls. Those findings suggest the proportion of girls with significantly earlier breast development may still be ticking upward.

Ask the Experts: The Human Body and Mind?? Frank M. Biro cancer. Schools typically do not offer sexual education classes covering body maturation until fifth grade. Deardorff says. Identifying the triggers that push individual girls into early puberty remains a challenge that leaves parents short of a simple action plan. Puberty education should start earlier. Living in a homogeneous neighborhood may also be helpful: Helping daughters to maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables may also offer some protection.

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Deardorff and Greenspan believe. Parents and communities can also help protect girls from the painful psychological effects of early development.

In a study published in Pediatrics. Will every girl start maturing earlier? As researchers look for answers. It is unclear.

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He used his considerable platform to push pet ideas on eugenics and racial superiority. Yet its evolutionary history has eluded investigators. During the early 20th century Osborn was one of the most visible scientists in the U. But when the dirt and smoke cleared. Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. These questions have remained unanswered until now.

Construction did indeed stop that day because the bones turned out to be a major discovery. But they struggled to understand when the tyrannosaurs originated. Climbing down to see what it was.

These finds have made it possible to piece together the tyrannosaur family tree. These two finds painted a startling picture of the dawning of tyrannosaurs. When this dinosaur was described a few years later. Big Bird from Hell. Osborn and Brown had unveiled the biggest.

Although the fossils were impressive. These shared traits are signs of common ancestry: But this fame masked a puzzle: This geography explains why early tyrannosaurs have since turned up in Russia and China. But this is a holy land for fossil hunters. I find it difficult to keep my eyes open during the three-and-a-halfhour train ride from Beijing through kilometer after kilometer of hilly countryside draped with haze and dotted with farms and billowing smokestacks.

It turned out to be a vital clue to the rise of tyrannosaurs. Osborn gave it a name whose brand value has stood the test of time: For instance. In his team announced a provocative discovery from the vast Krasnoyarsk region of central Siberia: Among the many beasts found in this Cretaceous Pompeii are two intriguing species of tyrannosaurs.

At first glance. In addition. Even though I grew up in the boring plains of the American Midwest. Striking examples of this proliferation have come from Liaoning Province in northeastern China. They lived at a time when the supercontinent Pangea had not yet fully broken apart. They revealed that the group did not begin as massive superpredators. The guy had good instincts.

Alexander Averianov. My col- May But dinosaurs. Together the specimens also show that it took an amazingly long time for tyrannosaurs to rise to power: It was an oddball. Repeated volcanic eruptions around million to million years ago quickly buried the ill-fated creatures in ash and mud.

But tyrannosaur roots run far deeper than anyone expected. Over the past two decades farmers all around this region have collected thousands of dinosaur skeletons.

If the tyrant king was not fearsome enough already.

Over the next few decades. Brown himself was an eccentric character. Liaoning is not the most beautiful place in the world. Dilong The tiniest tyrannosaur. Yutyrannus Fossils of this large-bodied species from China were found covered with fluff. From Humble Beginnings. Eotyrannus Fossils of this long-fingered species come from the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England.

Russia and possibly Australia. Tyrannosaurus rex The tyrant king was one of the largest predators ever to walk the earth. They may not have been top dogs, but they had found their niche as a steady, if unspectacular, group of stealthy, fleet-footed predators.

But then something changed. The allosaurs and ceratosaurs that had long occupied the apex of the food pyramid largely disappeared, and tyrannosaurs assumed the top predator role on the northern continents.

However they got there, tyrannosaurs flourished once they reached the top of the food chain. They bit so hard that they crunched through the bones of their prey. They grew so fast that they put on a few kilograms of mass every day during their teenage years.

Yet as successful as the colossal tyrannosaurs were in North America and Asia, they do not seem to have ever gained a foothold in Europe or the southern continents, where other groups of large predators prospered instead. The world at that time was very different from the setting in which smaller tyrannosaurs first evolved. The conti-. Roughly the size of a golden retriever, it had long arms for catching prey and a lithe, leggy skeleton built for speed.

The second species, which Xu described in , is a very different type of animal. Both tyrannosaurs are found in the same rock formation and may have lived side by side approximately million years ago. Together these species, which exhibit the fused nasal bones and other hallmarks of tyrannosaurs, demonstrate that by the Early Cretaceous tyrannosaurs had branched off into a range of new species filling different ecological roles and that some were experimenting with larger body size.

Paleontologists once viewed dinosaurs as scaly, plodding, overgrown reptiles. In recent years, however, researchers have found evidence that a number of dinosaur species sported downy coats rather than scales and were generally more dynamic and smarter than they had previously been thought.

Which is to say, they were more like birds than reptiles. The bones of these species are covered with a thick, feathery fluff—not the quill-pen feathers that make up the wings of living birds but simpler, filamentlike feathers that look like hair.

Unlike birds, tyrannosaurs certainly were not flying. Instead they probably used their feathers for display or to keep warm. If the tyrant king was not fearsome enough already, just imagine it as an energetic, intelligent, Big Bird from Hell. Furthermore, dramatically higher sea levels bisected North America and reduced Europe to a smattering of small islands.

As a result, champions in one region might not be able to conquer another for one simple reason: The latest fossil discoveries suggest otherwise. Here was a tyrannosaur from the latest part of the Cretaceous that was strikingly different from the tyrant lizard king. It was noticeably smaller—just about eight to nine meters long and probably around a ton in mass. The first of these creatures was known from part of a skeleton found in Mongolia by a Russian team in the s.

Sometimes debates like this one rage for decades, as paleontologists await new fossils to break a stalemate. In our case, it took only a few years, along with the dumb luck of the backhoe operator. It was the clincher: Fiorillo and Tykoski came up with an idea that may sound farfetched but one I think is very plausible: Many modern island-dwelling animals have undergone dwarfing for that same reason. Where did tyrannosaurs originate, and did they get their start even earlier than the Middle Jurassic, perhaps during the Early Jurassic, a time when we have few fossils from around the world?

Most of their fossils are from the northern continents, except for one enigmatic bone from Australia. Incomplete as the tyrannosaur story is, it still reveals a deeper truth about evolution—namely that is not predictable. When tyrannosaurs originated more than million years ago, no one would have guessed that these puny stalkers would come to rule entire continents. They were not preordained for success. And then one day, when the tyrannosaurs were at the peak of their game, an asteroid fell from the sky and they disappeared.

Their strength and size could not save them as wildfires raged, ecosystems collapsed and mammals began their march to the top. Tyrannosaur Paleobiology: New Research on Ancient Exemplar Organisms. Stephen L. Brusatte et al. Fiorillo and Ronald S. Gregory M. Erickson; September Physicists have known for decades that particles called gluons keep protons and neutrons intact— and thereby hold the universe together.

Accelerator experiments in the past half a century have created a host of other particles containing quarks and antiquarks. With a little luck.

Then scientists in the 20th century split the atom. The Higgs mechanism is often said to account for the origin of mass in the visible universe. These particles each consist of three quarks and varying numbers of gluons. Ongoing and future work. This statement. We have a pretty good grasp of how quarks and leptons—a category of particles that includes electrons—get their mass. For example. If physicists could answer these questions. And protons and neutrons are not the only particles made of quarks found in the universe.

Despite all this insight—and a good understanding of how individual quarks and gluons interact with one another—physicists. Physicists have made huge strides in understanding the workings of quarks and gluons. Experimental methods for peering inside protons and neutrons reveal a full-fledged symphonic orchestra within.

When particles pass through this field. Identifying the main enigmas surrounding quarks and gluons. Protons and neutrons. His recent efforts focus on the realization of an electron-ion collider. These particles. He is associate director of experimental nuclear physics there and has been a spokesperson for multiple experiments studying the quark-gluon structure of hadrons and atomic nuclei.

Higgs The strong force is one of the four fundamental forces of nature. Gluons transmit the most powerful of all the forces—the strong force. But the strong force sometimes acts in sur. But how gluons help to generate proton and neutron mass is not evident.

Because the energy of a proton is mostly contributed by gluons. In contrast to electromagnetism. Of these four. The other 98 percent. Calculating the energy of gluons is difficult. According to quantum mechanics. In addition to binding quarks together to form hadrons. The electromagnetic force.

This So far so good. Electron Muon Tau But this force is itself puzzling. Quarks come in six types. Yet quarks and gluons almost never exist in isolation. Just as the photon—the fundamen. Besides bosons. This cacophony complicates a number of fundamental questions.

In addition to the main three quarks. Atomic Structure: Two Views The classic picture of an atom shown below has electrons orbiting a nucleus of protons and neutrons made of three quarks each.

But the image at the right shows the quantum foam—a truer. One way physicists attempt to resolve these mysteries is by considering the theoretical properties of.

In addition to the basic quark trio. Exotic States of Matter Physicists have theorized and. Glueballs and Their Kin Theoretical simulations suggest that quarks and gluons can combine to create other particles beyond protons and neutrons.

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