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July 22, 2014
Study cracks how the brain processes emotions
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jul 11, 2014
Although feelings are personal and subjective, the human brain turns them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, reports a new study by Cornell University neuroscientist Adam Anderson. "We discovered that fine-grained patterns of neural activity within the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotional processing, act as a neural code which captures an individual's subjective feeling," says Anderson, asso ... read more

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Neandertal trait raises new questions about human evolution
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New water balance calculation for the Dead Sea

Sharks are Collateral Damage in Commercial Fishing

Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate

NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

Has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?

NRL Reveals New Meteorological Insight into Mid-Level Clouds

Global warming 'pause' reflects natural fluctuation

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Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains
Figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in the ancestors ... more
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Researchers say hormonal mechanism responsible for left-handedness
The vast majority of humans are right-handed. Only about ten percent are left-hand dominant. But what causes the ten percent to prefer their opposite set of digits? Scientists have long traded theories on the matter and argued whether genetics are at play. ... more
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Adaptations of Tibetans may have benefited from extinct denisovans
An international team, led by researchers from BGI and University of California, presented their latest significant finding that the altitude adaptation in Tibet might be caused by the introgression ... more
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Smithsonian scientist and collaborators revise timeline of human origins
Many traits unique to humans were long thought to have originated in the genus Homo between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago in Africa. Although scientists have recognized these characteristics for dec ... more
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Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevation
Tibetans were able to adapt to high altitudes thanks to a gene picked up when their ancestors mated with a species of human they helped push to extinction, according to a new report by University of ... more
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In human evolution, changes in skin's barrier set Northern Europeans apart
The popular idea that Northern Europeans developed light skin to absorb more UV light so they could make more vitamin D - vital for healthy bones and immune function - is questioned by UC San Franci ... more
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Consciousness on-off switch located deep in human brain
For centuries, both philosophers and scientists have been trying figure out exactly what "consciousness" is, where it comes from, and how it works. ... more
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Scientists chart a baby boom - in southwestern Native Americans from 500 to 1300 A.D.
Scientists have sketched out one of the greatest baby booms in North American history, a centuries-long "growth blip" among southwestern Native Americans between 500 and 1300 A.D. It was a tim ... more
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Monkeys' facial features evolved to prevent crossbreeding
Why do monkey populations and species living in close proximity to each other look so distinct? A new scientific study - published this week in the journal Nature Communications - suggests it is to "strengthen reproductive isolation between populations." ... more
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Advanced CLARITY Method Offers Faster, Better Views of Entire Brain
For decades, researchers' understanding of brain structure and function has remained fragmented due to difficulties integrating observations and insights at the levels of individual brain cells, neu ... more
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Skulls with mix of Neandertal and primitive traits illuminate human evolution
Researchers studying a collection of skulls in a Spanish cave identified both Neandertal-derived features and features associated with more primitive humans in these bones. This "mosaic pattern" sup ... more
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Humans have been changing Chinese environment for 3,000 years
CAPTION: Images courtesy of the Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. For thousands of years, Mother Nature has taken the blame for tremendous human suffering caused by massive fl ... more
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Feel-good hormones could cause UV addiction
Sun lovers eagerly flock to the beach every summer, despite widespread awareness of the risk of skin cancer. A study published June 19th by Cell Press in the journal Cell reveals that chronic exposu ... more
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Brain syncs blood flow to match activities
In a new study published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association June 12, 2014, researchers at Columbia Engineering report that they have identified a new component of the biological ... more
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What amino acids in shells can tell us about Bronze Age people
A new study by scientists at the University of York has shed new light on the use of mollusc shells as personal adornments by Bronze Age people. The research team used amino acid racemisation analys ... more
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Chimpanzees spontaneously initiate and maintain cooperative behavior
Without any pre-training or restrictions in partner choice among chimpanzees, researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, found for the first time that chimpanzees ... more
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Inca trails, ancient French cave vie for World Heritage status
Inca trails spanning six countries and a French cave with some of the earliest known paintings are among the sites expected to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting that started Sunday in Doha. ... more
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Seafarers brought Neolithic culture to Europe, gene study indicates
How the Neolithic people found their way to Europe has long been a subject of debate. A study published June 6 of genetic markers in modern populations may offer some new clues. Their paper, "Mariti ... more
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Serious challenges to 'New Urbanist' communities
As New Urbanist communities expand nationwide, a study from the University of Colorado Denver shows the increasing challenges of balancing complex traffic engineering systems with the ideals of walk ... more
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New paper amplifies hypothesis on human language's deep origins
On the island of Java, in Indonesia, the silvery gibbon, an endangered primate, lives in the rainforests. In a behavior that's unusual for a primate, the silvery gibbon sings: It can vocalize long, ... more
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Making artificial vision look more natural
In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remain ... more
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Did violence shape our faces?
What contributed to the evolution of faces in the ape-like ancestors of humans? The prehistoric version of a bar fight - over women, resources and other slug-worthy disagreements, according to new r ... more
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Human face built to take punches
Early humans had a lot of beef. As in they fought a lot - not cattle (yet). And all that hand-to-hand combat, scientists from the University of Utah say, helped early humans evolve a face suited to withstanding blows. ... more
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Looking for the best strategy? Ask a chimp
If you're trying to outwit the competition, it might be better to have been born a chimpanzee, according to a study by researchers at Caltech, which found that chimps at the Kyoto University Primate ... more
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