[related]As you prepare to celebrate the new year, enjoy these 10 most popular stories from 2014.
U. CHICAGO ─ The first known semiaquatic dinosaur had giant thighs, blade-like claws, interlocking teeth, and other “alien” features.
U. WARWICK ─ New research confirms what Google already knows—greater employee happiness results in higher productivity without sacrificing quality.
YALE ─ Smartphone cases made out of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are 50 times stronger than plastic, 3 times stronger than steel, lightweight, and thin.
PENN STATE ─ A parasitic fungus manipulates its ant victims to die in the vicinity of their colony, ensuring a constant supply of new hosts.
STANFORD ─ Even the most sophisticated microcopter available can’t hover as efficiently as some hummingbirds.
TULANE ─ The current Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa likely began at the funeral of a healer in Sierra Leone.
GEORGIA TECH ─ Animals—from cats to elephants—need the same amount of time to urinate, according to new research that could help engineers.
PENN STATE ─ All instances of a gene mutation that contributes to light skin color in Europeans came from the same chromosome of one person, report researchers.
CALTECH ─ Collectively, “Sea Monkeys” and other tiny creatures could add as much as a trillion watts of power to the oceans to drive global circulation.
U. FLORIDA ─ Scientists are officially debunking the myth that megalodon sharks still exist.