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April 24, 2015
Scientists urge moratorium after Chinese 'edit' human embryos
Miami (AFP) April 23, 2015
Global scientists on Thursday renewed calls to halt controversial research to genetically edit human embryos after a Chinese team published details of a breakthrough attempt in this new frontier in science. First reported by Nature News on Wednesday, the paper by Junjiu Huang, a gene-function researcher at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, and colleagues appears in a little known online journal called Protein and Cell. In the paper researchers describe how they changed the genomes of embryos ... read more

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World's oldest tools found near Africa's Lake Turkana
A group of archaeologists say they've uncovered the world's oldest tools. At 3.3 million years old, the newly unearthed tools predate the evolution of modern humans. ... more
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Neanderthals manipulated bodies shortly after death
Neanderthals from the French region of Poitou-Charentes cut, beat and fractured the bones of their recently deceased companions, as revealed by the fossil remains of two adults and a child found at ... more
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Mountain gorillas enter the genomic age
The first project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas has given scientists and conservationists new insight into the impact of population decline on these critically endangered apes. Wh ... more
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Complex cognition shaped the Stone Age hand axe
The ability to make a Lower Paleolithic hand axe depends on complex cognitive control by the prefrontal cortex, including the "central executive" function of working memory, a new study finds. PLOS ... more
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Why we have chins
Look at a primate or a Neanderthal skull and compare it with a modern human's. Notice anything missing? We have one feature that primates, Neanderthals, archaic humans--any species, for that matter- ... more
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The rest of the brain gets in the way
Why do some people learn a new skill right away, while others only gradually improve? Whatever else may be different about their lives, something must be happening in their brains that captures this ... more
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Ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early diversity
An ancient human skull and a jawbone found a few meters away in a cave in northern Laos add to the evidence that early modern humans were physically quite diverse, researchers report in PLOS ONE. ... more
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If your kid hates school, it just may be their genes
Some kids take naturally to the process of formal education. Others, not so much. Bad attitudes and poor teachers may often take the blame, but as a new study points out the reality is that scholastic motivation is very much a matter of genetics. ... more
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How we hear distance
Mammals are good at figuring out which direction a sound is coming from, whether it's a rabbit with a predator breathing down its neck or a baby crying for its mother. But how we judge how far away ... more
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'Little Foot' 3.67 million years old
A skeleton named Little Foot is among the oldest hominid skeletons ever dated at 3.67 million years old, according to an advanced dating method. Little Foot is a rare, nearly complete skeleton of Au ... more
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Researchers improve efficiency of human walking
Humans have evolved to be incredibly efficient at walking. In fact, simulations of human locomotion show that walking on level ground and at a steady speed should theoretically require no power inpu ... more
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Earliest humans had diverse range of body types, just as we do today
One of the dominant theories of our evolution is that our genus, Homo, evolved from small-bodied early humans to become the taller, heavier and longer legged Homo erectus that was able to migrate be ... more
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Did monkey business shape human society?
In the jungles of Sulawesi, an Indonesian island, primatologist Maura Tyrrell crouches to study the behavior of a crested black macaque, an endangered Old World monkey species. Tyrrell believes the monkeys - highly intelligent, playful and engaging - can shed light on the evolution of early human social structures. ... more
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Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time
The functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains have been isolated for the first time, following the development of a new methodology for analysing MRI scans. Developed by ... more
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Did volcanic cataclysm trigger final demise of the Neanderthals
The Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption in Italy 40,000 years ago was one of the largest volcanic cataclysms in Europe and injected a significant amount of sulfur-dioxide (SO2) into the stratosphere. ... more
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Carbon nanotube fibers make superior links to brain
Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate directly with the brain. The fibers have proven superior to metal electrodes for deep brain stimulati ... more
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Men's preference for certain body types has evolutionary roots
A psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on today's standards of beauty, attributing modern men's preferences for women with a curvy backside to prehistoric influenc ... more
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Scientist hopes vest will broaden range of human senses
Neuroscientist David Eagleman hopes that one day a special piece of clothing he has designed will let the deaf "hear" and allow wearers to sense what is happening online without looking at a computer. ... more
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Human parasites found in medieval cesspit reveal ancient links
A new analysis of a medieval cesspit in the Christian quarter of the old city of Jerusalem has revealed the presence of a number of ancient parasite eggs, providing a window into the nature and spre ... more
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Atlas of thoughts
Are humans born with the ability to solve problems or is it something we learn along the way? A research group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, is working to find answe ... more
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Magnetic brain stimulation
Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles - a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which co ... more
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Wealth and power may have played a stronger role than 'survival of the fittest'
The DNA you inherit from your parents contributes to the physical make-up of your body - whether you have blue eyes or brown, black hair or red, or are male or female. Your DNA can also influence wh ... more
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New genetic evidence resolves origins of modern Japanese
Was there a single migration event or gradual mixing of cultures that gave rise to modern Japanese? According to current theory, about 2,000-3,000 years ago, two populations, the hunter-gather ... more
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Chimpanzees will travel for preferred foods, innovate solutions
Just as humans will travel to their favorite restaurant, chimpanzees will travel a farther distance for preferred food sources in non-wild habitats, according to a new study from scientists at Chica ... more
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