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Research News

High-tech analysis of proto-mammal fossil clarifies mammalian family tree

November 16, 2015—A new analysis of the jaw of Haramiyavia clemmenseni, one of the earliest known proto-mammals, clarifies the timeline of early mammalian evolution. Through high-resolution computer tomography, scientists from the University of Chicago, Harvard University and Brown University were able to examine the Haramiyavia type specimen in unprecedented detail.

Giant Magellan Telescope Organization breaks ground in Chile

November 11, 2015—Leading scientists, senior officials and supporters from an international consortium of universities and research institutions are gathering Nov. 11 on a remote mountaintop high in the Chilean Andes to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Giant Magellan Telescope. The ceremony marks the commencement of on-site construction of the telescope and its support base.

New ultra-sensitive instrument aims to detect hints of elusive dark matter particles

November 11, 2015—There is five times more dark matter in the universe than “normal” matter—the atoms and molecules that make up the familiar world. Yet, it is still unknown what this dominant dark component actually is. On Nov. 11 an international collaboration of scientists inaugurated the new XENON1T instrument designed to search for dark matter with unprecedented sensitivity at the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory in Italy.

Religious upbringing associated with less altruism, study finds

November 5, 2015—Many families believe religion plays an essential role in childhood moral development. But children of religious parents may not be as altruistic as those parents think, according to a new international study from the University of Chicago published Nov. 5 in Current Biology.

Prof. Dana Suskind’s Thirty Million Words research is reaching parents through book, programming

November 4, 2015—Prof. Dana Suskind’s research on how language affects children’s brain development is reaching the very population that can apply it in the real world: parents.