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March 19, 2014
Stirring the simmering 'designer baby' pot
Garrison, NY (SPX) Mar 16, 2014
From genetic and genomic testing to new techniques in human assisted reproduction, various technologies are providing parents with more of a say about the children they have and "stirring the pot of 'designer baby' concerns," writes Thomas H. Murray, President Emeritus of The Hastings Center, in a commentary in Science. Murray calls for a national conversation about how much discretion would-be parents should have. "Preventing a lethal disease is one thing; choosing the traits we desire is quite a ... read more

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Abandoned Spanish villages, given away for free
For sale: hamlet in Spain. Needs work. Price: zero euros. ... more
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Brain circuits multitask to detect, discriminate the outside world
Imagine driving on a dark road. In the distance you see a single light. As the light approaches it splits into two headlights. That's a car, not a motorcycle, your brain tells you. A new study ... more
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Research reveals first glimpse of brain circuit that helps experience to shape perception
Odors have a way of connecting us with moments buried deep in our past. Maybe it is a whiff of your grandmother's perfume that transports you back decades. With that single breath, you are suddenly ... more
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Cambodia's floating villages face uncertain future
Cambodia's floating villages have adapted to the ebb and flow of Southeast Asia's largest lake for generations, but modernisation and a scarcity of fish are now threatening their traditional way of life. ... more
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Oldest fortified settlement in North America discovered in Georgia
The oldest fortified settlement in North America has been discovered in Georgia, giving insights into the early colonization of the New World, researchers say. ... more
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Baylor Sheds New Light on the Habitat of Early Apes
Baylor University researchers, in collaboration with an international team of scientists, have discovered definitive evidence of the environment inhabited by the early ape Proconsul on Rusinga Islan ... more
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What makes memories last?
Prions can be notoriously destructive, spurring proteins to misfold and interfere with cellular function as they spread without control. New research, publishingin the open access journal PLOS Biolo ... more
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Thinking it through: Scientists seek to unlock mysteries of the brain
Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to this challenge, we will gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new tr ... more
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Cortical convolutions controlled in sections
Researchers have tied a particular gene to the development of cortical convolutions-the prominent but enigmatic folds covering the surface of the human brain. Their discovery should shed some light ... more
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Why did the orangutan come down from the trees?
Orang-utans come down from the trees and spend more time on the ground than previously realised - but this behaviour may be partly influenced by man, a new study has found. Dr Mark Harrison, b ... more
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Ancient settlements and modern cities follow same rules of development
Recently derived equations that describe development patterns in modern urban areas appear to work equally well to describe ancient cities settled thousands of years ago, according to a new study le ... more
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African fossil reveals clues to evolution of ape-human lineage
Scientists say evidence of an African environment inhabited by an ancient ape species provides insights into the early diversification of the ape-human lineage. ... more
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For new study, 100 people commit their bodies to science
One hundred people are about to share their live bodies for science as part of an unprecedented new study that will examine how to improve personal health, researchers said Friday. ... more
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Mobile apps shake up world of dating
Looking to meet women, 20-year-old US college student Leland turned to mobile phone app Tinder, after a friend told him about his own successful exploits. ... more
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New twists for love in age of big data
It is the ultimate test for big data - finding the secret algorithm of love. ... more
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The genetic origins of high-altitude adaptations in Tibetans
Genetic adaptations for life at high elevations found in residents of the Tibetan plateau likely originated around 30,000 years ago in peoples related to contemporary Sherpa. These genes were passed ... more
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Population bomb may be defused, but research reveals ticking household bomb
After decades of fretting about population explosion, scientists are pointing to a long-term hidden global menace. The household. More specifically, the household explosion. In this week's Ear ... more
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Dating is refined for the Atapuerca site where Homo antecessor appeared
One of the issues of the Atapuerca sites that generates the most scientific debate is the dating of the strata where the fossils are found. Therefore, researchers at the Spanish National Research Ce ... more
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Footprints found in British rocks said oldest ever outside of Africa
Footprints fund preserved in rocks on the coast of England are the earliest human footprints ever found outside of Africa, researchers say. ... more
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Experiments show human brain uses one code for space, time, distance
U.S. researchers report they've found the first evidence people use the same brain circuitry to figure out space, time and social distances. ... more
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Researchers discover how brain regions work together, or alone
Stanford researchers may have solved a riddle about the inner workings of the brain, which consists of billions of neurons, organized into many different regions, with each region primarily responsi ... more
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When populations collide
More than thirty thousand years ago, Homo sapiens migrating out of Africa began encountering Neanderthals, a lineage that had diverged from modern humans hundreds of thousands of years before. Despi ... more
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Neanderthal lineages excavated from modern human genomes
A substantial fraction of the Neanderthal genome persists in modern human populations. A new approach applied to analyzing whole-genome sequencing data from 665 people from Europe and East Asia show ... more
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Forty percent of parents learn how to use technology from their children
Just how are adults learning to use technology? Chances are if you are a parent, your child is teaching you. A recent paper published in the Journal of Communication found that between 30%-40% of pa ... more
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