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February 01, 2015
Did genetic links to modern maladies provide ancient benefits?
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Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition, can cause rashes that itch and sting. So why would a genetic susceptibility to this and other ailments persist for hundreds of thousands of years, afflicting our ancient ancestors, and us? That's the question scientists are asking after discovering that genetic variations associated with some modern maladies are extremely old, predating the evolution of Neanderthals, Denisovans (another ancient hominin) and contemporary humans. The study was published this mont ... read more

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Ancient skull from Galilee cave offers clues to first modern Europeans
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Australopithecus africanus: Strong hands for a precise grip
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Easter Island mystery
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China defends aid role in Africa

Global warming won't mean more stormy weather

Picking up on the smell of evolution

Ancient 'genomic parasites' spurred evolution of mammalian pregnancy

Tracking fish easier, quicker, safer with new injectable device

Baleen whales hear through their bones

H5N1 bird flu spreads to 11 states in Nigeria: govt

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Fossil skull connects continents
Manot is a karstic cave in the North of Israel, very close to the Lebanese border. The first excavations began in 2010 and are continued up to day. Countless archaeological objects were discovered w ... more
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Livermore research finds early Mesoamericans affected by climate
Scientists have reconstructed the past climate for the region around Cantona, a large fortified city in highland Mexico, and found the population drastically declined in the past, at least in part b ... more
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Scientists map brains of the blind to solve mysteries of specialization
Studying the brain activity of blind people, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are challenging the standard view of how the human brain specializes to perform different kinds of tasks ... more
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Scientists extend telomeres to slow cell aging
Will extending telomeres lead to longer, healthier lives? Researchers have taken an important step toward answering this question by developing a new treatment used in the laboratory that extends te ... more
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Early human ancestors used their hands like modern humans
New research suggests pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought. Anthropologists from the Uni ... more
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A mother's baby talk isn't easier to understand
Slow and sing-song, with a diminutive -y added onto plenty of the words (yummy, tummy, potty) - these are a few of the characteristics of baby talk, the way so many parents communicate with their young ones. ... more
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ENIGMA consortium aims to crack brain's genetic code
In the largest collaborative study of the brain to date, researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) led a global consortium of 190 institutions to id ... more
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ORNL model explores location of future US population growth
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a population distribution model that provides unprecedented county-level predictions of where people will live ... more
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Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'
An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed b ... more
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Dog-human cooperation is based on social skills of wolves
Commonly accepted domestication hypotheses suggest: "Dogs have become tolerant and attentive as a result of humans actively selecting for these skills during the domestication process in order to ma ... more
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Planetary dashboard shows massive acceleration in human activity
Human activity, predominantly the global economic system, is now the prime driver of change in the Earth System (the sum of our planet's interacting physical, chemical, biological and human processe ... more
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Success at work influenced by personality of your spouse
You can thank your wife for that new promotion. You can also blame your boyfriend for getting canned. That's according to a new research suggesting the personality and behavior of a person's significant other has a strong influence on their success on the job. ... more
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Did the Anthropocene begin with the nuclear age?
An international group of scientists has proposed a start date for the dawn of the Anthropocene - a new chapter in the Earth's geological history. Humans are having such a marked impact on the Earth ... more
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First human conversations were probably about rocks
Sometime around two million years ago, a primitive proto-language was invented. And researchers say the first topic of conversation was almost certainly rock - not just any old boulder, but the rocks early man was turning into tools. ... more
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Stress and social media: it's complicated
Using digital technologies does not directly cause stress, but social media can increase awareness of problems facing friends and family, and this stress is "contagious," researchers said Thursday. ... more
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World's oldest butchering tools gave evolutionary edge to speech
Two and a half million years ago, our hominin ancestors in the African savanna crafted rocks into shards that could slice apart a dead gazelle, zebra or other game animal. Over the next 700,000 year ... more
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NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

Japan Successfully Launches New Spy Satellite

The tell-tale signs of a galactic merger

Lofar's record-sharp image gives new view of galaxy M 82

Could a new proposed particle help to detect dark matter?

Satellites can improve regional air quality forecasting

NASA's New Radiometer Tunes In to Soil's Frequency

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People conform to the norm, even if the norm is a computer
Often enough it is human nature to conform. This tendency makes us follow the lead of computers, even if the machines give us the wrong advice. This is the finding of a study in Springer's journal P ... more
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No benefit from nutrient additions to water and energy drinks
A new study by researchers working at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University investigated the nutritional benefits of novel beverages (vitamin waters, energy drinks, and novel juices) sold ... more
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Summer no sweat for Aussies but winter freeze fatal
Australians are more likely to die during unseasonably cold winters than hotter than average summers, QUT research has found. Across the country severe winters that are colder and drier than normal ... more
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Sun may determine lifespan at birth: study
Could the Sun be your lucky - or unlucky - star? ... more
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'Belty' offers tech solution to weighty problem
Wearable tech can sometimes cut right to the chase: that's the case with "Belty," a smart belt unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show which aims to help people lose weight. ... more
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Tech never sleeps in quest for better slumber
This new technology is staying up all night, so you don't have to. ... more
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Study: Brain scans could predict future behavior
Brain scans have been widely employed and remarkably useful in correlative and experimental research, helping scientists better understand the human brain structure and its relationship to biological systems and the diseases that disrupt them. But can brain imaging also be used to predict human behaviors? ... more
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New research dishes the dirt on the demise of a civilization
Two researchers are taking a new twist on long-published research about what an ancient civilization did for a living. W. Flint Dibble, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in the Department ... more
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