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October 01, 2014
Ancient genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 30, 2014
What can DNA from the skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tell us about ourselves as humans? A great deal when his DNA profile is one of the 'earliest diverged' - oldest in genetic terms - found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago. The man's maternal DNA, or 'mitochondrial DNA', was sequenced to provide clues to early modern human prehistory and evolution. Mitochondrial DNA provided the first ev ... read more

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Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself
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New study explains the brain of multitaskers
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Innovative Stone Age tools were not African invention
A new discovery of thousands of Stone Age tools has provided a major insight into human innovation 325,000 years ago and how early technological developments spread across the world, according to re ... more
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Stone Age site challenges assumptions about human technology
The analysis of artifacts from a 325,000-year-old site in Armenia shows that human technological innovation occurred intermittently throughout the Old World, rather than spreading from a single poin ... more
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Politics Divide Coastal Residents' Views of Environment
From the salmon-rich waters of Southeast Alaska to the white sand beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast to Downeast Maine's lobster, lumber and tourist towns, coastal residents around the U.S. share a com ... more
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Do wearable lifestyle activity monitors really work?
Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness b ... more
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Chimps raised by humans don't get along with other chimps
It's estimated there are more than 700 pet chimpanzees currently living in the United States, many of them smuggled illegally from Africa. Should any of these 700 chimp owners grow disenchanted as their adorable infant quickly turns into a moody 200-pound ape - and many will - they'll likely call a local zoo or wildlife organization. ... more
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Sensing Neuronal Activity With Light
For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action-from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a ... more
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Human faces are so variable because we evolved to look unique
The amazing variety of human faces - far greater than that of most other animals - is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study ... more
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Computerized emotion detector
Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compa ... more
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Modern Europeans descended from three groups of ancestors
New studies of ancient DNA are shifting scientists' ideas of how groups of people migrated across the globe and interacted with one another thousands of years ago. By comparing nine ancient genomes ... more
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World population may hit 11 billion by 2100: study
The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday. ... more
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How learning to talk is in the genes
Researchers have found evidence that genetic factors may contribute to the development of language during infancy. Scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Integrative Epidemiology U ... more
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Chinese doctors discover woman missing cerebellum
Even without knowing much about the different parts of the brain, the "cerebellum" just sounds necessary for survival. But after a woman in China came to the emergency room complaining of dizziness and nausea, doctors were flabbergasted to find the woman was missing the small but vital portion of the brain. ... more
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Non-dominant hand vital to the evolution of the thumb
Research shows non-dominant hand is likely to have played a vital role in the evolution of modern human hand morphology. In the largest experiment ever undertaken into the manipulative pressur ... more
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Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainable development
Solving societal challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss will require evolutionary thinking in order to be effective in the long run. Inattention to this will only ... more
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Study ties groundwater to human evolution
Our ancient ancestors' ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution o ... more
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Female baboons with guy pals live longer
Research has shown strong social relationships - both with friends and significant others - to be good for human health. Now a new study shows the same holds true for baboons. ... more
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Ancient underground complex sat beneath Stonehenge
The massive hunks of granite that make up Stonehenge are just part of a much larger puzzle. As new research reveals, Stonehenge is what remains of was once a vast complex of burial mounds and shrines - some above the earth, much more buried beneath. ... more
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Demographic crisis empties out Japan's countryside
The tiny Japanese community of Mishima was desperate to reverse its shrinking population so officials came up with what they hoped would be a game-changing plan: free cows. ... more
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Research: Increased number of psychopaths in upper management
For the first time, a study has shown those with psychopathic tendencies and high intelligence can and do manipulate tests designed to reveal their true psychopathic selves. ... more
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'Telepathy' experiment sends 1st mental message
For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France. ... more
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War between bacteria and phages benefits humans
In the battle between our immune systems and cholera bacteria, humans may have an unknown ally in bacteria-killing viruses known as phages. In a new study, researchers from Tufts University, Massach ... more
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Economic forces killing 25 percent of the world's languages
Globalization and other economic forces have combined to quash roughly a quarter of the world's languages. According to a new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge, in England, some 25 percent of the world's languages are nearing extinction as a result of rapid economic growth. ... more
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Extinctions during human era worse than thought
It's hard to comprehend how bad the current rate of species extinction around the world has become without knowing what it was before people came along. The newest estimate is that the pre-human rat ... more
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Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest
What's the price of your integrity? Tell the truth; everyone has a tipping point. We all want to be honest, but at some point, we'll lie if the benefit is great enough. Now, scientists have confirme ... more
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