Giant worms terrorized the ancient seafloor from hidden death traps

Gigantic predatory marine worms that lived about 20 million years ago ambushed their prey by leaping at them from underground tunnels in the sea bottom, new fossils from Taiwan reveal.  These monster worms may have been ancestors of trap-jawed modern Bobbit worms (Eunice aphroditois), which also hide in burrows under the ocean floor and can […]

Simulating evolution to understand a hidden switch

IMAGE: Using computer simulations built on reasonable assumptions and conducted under careful control, computational bioscientists can mimic real biological conditions. Starting with the original founding population (ancient phase), they can evolve… view more  Credit: © 2021 KAUST; Anastasia Serin Computer simulations of cells evolving over tens of thousands of generations reveal why some organisms retain a […]

Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient artifacts

Highly magnified views of archaeological artifacts display their extraordinary hidden beauty and reveal intriguing clues about how they were crafted and used long ago.  For example, a 17th-century Persian textile contains fibers of silk thread that were individually wrapped with thin strips of metal. And the microstructure of a needle from Cyprus retains the touch […]

Remarkable new species of snake found hidden in a biodiversity collection

IMAGE: Jeff Weinell, a KU graduate research assistant at the Biodiversity Institute, is lead author of a paper describing Waray Dwarf Burrowing Snake as both a new genus and a new… view more  Credit: University of Kansas LAWRENCE — To be fair, the newly described Waray Dwarf Burrowing Snake (Levitonius mirus) is pretty great at hiding. […]

New electron microscopy technique offers first look at previously hidden processes

A schematic depiction of virtual electron–positron pairs appearing at random near an electron (at lower left). Credit: RJHall/Wikipedia Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale. The chemical process is set to transform the future of clean water and […]

How and when to shoot with Apple’s hidden new photo format

Presets like the one from Mastin Labs used here take better to raw images. (Stan Horaczek /) This week, Apple introduced iOS 14.3. Tucked in with its typical array of bug fixes and new features, the company rolled out its new ProRAW photo format for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. It’s not on […]

1,800-year-old altar to pagan god Pan hidden in a Byzantine church

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered an ancient altar honoring the Greek god Pan, the deity of flocks and shepherds, but whoever inscribed it botched the job. The inscriber basically ran out of room —  etching letters outside the altar’s rectangular frame and also shrinking letters toward the end, to make them fit.  “The inscriber was […]

Hidden symmetry could be key to more robust quantum systems, researchers find

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers have found a way to protect highly fragile quantum systems from noise, which could aid in the design and development of new quantum devices, such as ultra-powerful quantum computers. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have shown that microscopic particles can remain intrinsically linked, or entangled, over long distances […]