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August 27, 2014
A long childhood feeds the hungry human brain
Evanston IL (SPX) Aug 26, 2014
A five-year old's brain is an energy monster. It uses twice as much glucose (the energy that fuels the brain) as that of a full-grown adult, a new study led by Northwestern University anthropologists has found. The study helps to solve the long-standing mystery of why human children grow so slowly compared with our closest animal relatives. It shows that energy funneled to the brain dominates the human body's metabolism early in life and is likely the reason why humans grow at a pace more ty ... read more

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8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes
In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air on the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A University of Utah led discovery that hinged a ... more
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Flores bones evidence of Down syndrome, not new species
In 2004, archaeologists found the remains of an ancient human in Flores, Indonesia, that some suggested was proof of a new species - a relative of early man known as Homo floresiensis and dubbed the "hobbit." ... more
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6,500-year-old human skeleton found in museum storage
Clean out your closets, people! Every week, there's a new story about someone finding something remarkable in their storage closets - one week it's prehistoric amber, another time it's smallpox vials, and now it's 6,500-year-old human remains. ... more
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Engineering a protein to prevent brain damage from toxic agents
Research at New York University is paving the way for a breakthrough that may prevent brain damage in civilians and military troops exposed to poisonous chemicals-particularly those in pesticides an ... more
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OkCupid admits toying with users to find love formula
OkCupid on Monday said it messed with members' minds a bit in a bid to refine the formula for finding love at the online matchmaking service. ... more
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China's ageing millions look forward to bleak future
As she nears retirement along with millions of other Chinese, He Xiangying is too busy sending her son money and raising a stranger's child to worry about who will eventually look after her. ... more
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Study cracks how the brain processes emotions
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 ... more
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Neandertal trait raises new questions about human evolution
Re-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found 35 years ago in Northern China has revealed the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in ... more
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Low back pain? Don't blame the weather
Australian researchers reveal that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation. Finding ... more
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Virtual crowds produce real behavior insights
William Warren's research group is advancing virtual reality technology in the service of studying the science of the swarm: how patterns of crowd movement emerge from individual behaviors. He descr ... more
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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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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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