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November 26, 2014

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8:40 PM | New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland's Mysterious 'Vampires'
Unconventional burial practices to prevent vampires from rising up from the grave were common in post-medieval Poland, but historians aren't entirely sure why certain people were targeted more than others. A new study is the first to perform a chemical analysis of the remains to find out. Read more...
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6:10 PM | People ate mammoth; Dogs got reindeer
Biogeologists have shown how Gravettian people shared their food 30,000 years ago. Around 30,000 years ago Predmosti was inhabited by people of the pan-European Gravettian culture, who used the bones of more than 1000 mammoths to build their settlement and to ivory sculptures. Did prehistoric people collect this precious raw material from carcasses — easy … Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | Dizzying heights: Prehistoric farming on the ‘roof of the world’
Archaeological findings pose questions about genetic resistance in humans to altitude sickness and genetic response in crop plants to flowering times and ultraviolet radiation tolerance. Archaeological discoveries from the ‘roof of the world’ on the Tibetan Plateau indicate that from 3,600 years ago, crop growing and the raising of livestock was taking place year-round at … Continue reading →
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4:32 PM | Like Collaboration And Intelligence In Humans? Thank War
Necessity may be the mother of invention, at least if war is a necessity. And perhaps it is. In the early days of humanity, survival was a combination of hardiness, keen engineering and intelligence - and nothing spurred on technological progress and vast social changes like the need to work together to kill other people, according to a new paper in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.read more
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12:37 PM | A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention
A report in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour describes an unusual field trip made by Canadian researcher Debra W. Soh – to a furry convention, expecting to witness some kind of sexual free-for-all (or free-fur-all). Soh opens by saying that I couldn’t wait to meet a furry, someone who adopts the identity or persona […]The post A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Soh DW & Cantor JM (2014). A Peek Inside a Furry Convention., Archives of Sexual Behavior, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25408500

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November 25, 2014

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8:00 PM | Get lost! Are men really better navigators?
As a woman, it pains me to admins this: there’s good evidence that, in tests of spatial awareness, men typically outperform women. Yes, men really do tend be better navigators. But why?

November 24, 2014

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11:33 PM | Chimpanzees and the Battle Over Human Nature
Were humans born to war? Or is warfare a recent, rare development in our history? Studies of chimps and early human civilizations give clues to the origins of this kind of violence.
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7:00 PM | More Social: Loneliness Among American Teenagers Declines
There has been concern about a lessening of social engagement, mostly created by older people who see young people behaving differently than they did (and do). Last decade it was noted that young people were less likely to join clubs, had fewer close friends, and were less likely to perceive others as trustworthy. So young people don't join the Masonic Lodge in their college years. Does that mean they are less social?  No, there has been an increase in extraversion and self-esteem, […]

November 23, 2014

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7:09 PM | Love, it’s in your genes
Most kids worry about passing tests, winning games, lost phones, fractured bones—and whether or not they will ever really fall in love. While the first few things are of relatively low […]

Liu, J., Gong, P. & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between romantic relationship status and 5-HT1A gene in young adults, Scientific Reports, 4 7049. DOI: 10.1038/srep07049

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7:09 PM | Love, it’s in your genes
Most kids worry about passing tests, winning games, lost phones, fractured bones—and whether or not they will ever really fall in love. While the first few things are of relatively low […]

Liu, J., Gong, P. & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between romantic relationship status and 5-HT1A gene in young adults, Scientific Reports, 4 7049. DOI: 10.1038/srep07049

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7:09 PM | Love, it’s in your genes
Most kids worry about passing tests, winning games, lost phones, fractured bones—and whether or not they will ever really fall in love. While the first few things are of relatively low […]

Liu, J., Gong, P. & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between romantic relationship status and 5-HT1A gene in young adults, Scientific Reports, 4 7049. DOI: 10.1038/srep07049

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7:09 PM | Love, it’s in your genes
Most kids worry about passing tests, winning games, lost phones, fractured bones—and whether or not they will ever really fall in love. While the first few things are of relatively low […]

Liu, J., Gong, P. & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between romantic relationship status and 5-HT1A gene in young adults, Scientific Reports, 4 7049. DOI: 10.1038/srep07049

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7:09 PM | Love, it’s in your genes
Most kids worry about passing tests, winning games, lost phones, fractured bones—and whether or not they will ever really fall in love. While the first few things are of relatively low […]

Liu, J., Gong, P. & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between romantic relationship status and 5-HT1A gene in young adults, Scientific Reports, 4 7049. DOI: 10.1038/srep07049

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November 22, 2014

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10:40 AM | Shelf Life: 33 Million Things | @GrrlScientist
Natural history museums are many things, but they are not peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.Natural history museums are many things but they are not, as I was sometimes told, peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.In fact, most natural history museums are modern research institutions filled with a vast […]
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10:40 AM | Shelf Life: 33 Million Things | @GrrlScientist
Natural history museums are many things, but they are not peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.Natural history museums are many things but they are not, as I was sometimes told, peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.In fact, most natural history museums are modern research institutions filled with a vast […]

November 21, 2014

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8:00 PM | Settling in Tibet required a Western import
Without a frost-resistant crop, settlements in the region were temporary.
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3:59 PM | Athletes' testosterone surges not tied to winning, study finds
Kathleen Casto, number 1931 in the center, shown competing in cross country as an undergraduate in North Carolina. She is now a graduate student in psychology at Emory, studying the hormonal correlates of competition in women.By Carol ClarkA higher surge of testosterone in competition, the so-called “winner effect,” is not actually related to winning, suggests a new study of intercollegiate cross country runners.The International Journal of Exercise Science published the research, […]

November 18, 2014

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5:30 PM | How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization
Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia.

November 17, 2014

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10:50 PM | How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization
Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Populations boomed, and people began moving into large settlements full of thousands of people. And then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia. It's one of the greatest mysteries of early human civilization.Read more...
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12:58 AM | Canine science catch up: 16-30 September 2014
Gosh, it's been a busy ride since posting the excellent guest post by research, Cat Reeve, about her interesting detector dog research.  So now it's time to play catch up, starting with the canine science related things that we noticed in the second half of September, captured with the help of Storify - did you miss any of these?[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16 - 30 September 2014]" on Storify]Further reading (some of the abstracts from Canine Science Forum 2014 now […]

Westgarth C. & Hayley E. Christian (2014). How can we motivate owners to walk their dogs more?, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e6-e7. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.023

Fehringer A. (2014). Stress in shelter dogs and the use of foster care to improve animal welfare, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.038

Horowitz A. & Hecht J. (2014). Categories and consequences of dog-human play: A citizen science approach, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.052

Browne C.M., T. Mary Foster & James S. McEwan (2014). Dog training: Reinforcement timing and owner body language, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e17. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.059

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12:58 AM | Canine science catch up: 16-30 September 2014
Gosh, it's been a busy ride since posting the excellent guest post by research, Cat Reeve, about her interesting detector dog research.  So now it's time to play catch up, starting with the canine science related things that we noticed in the second half of September, captured with the help of Storify - did you miss any of these?[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16 - 30 September 2014]" on Storify]Further reading (some of the abstracts from Canine Science Forum 2014 now […]

Westgarth C. & Hayley E. Christian (2014). How can we motivate owners to walk their dogs more?, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e6-e7. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.023

Fehringer A. (2014). Stress in shelter dogs and the use of foster care to improve animal welfare, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.038

Horowitz A. & Hecht J. (2014). Categories and consequences of dog-human play: A citizen science approach, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.052

Browne C.M., T. Mary Foster & James S. McEwan (2014). Dog training: Reinforcement timing and owner body language, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e17. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.059

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November 15, 2014

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12:28 PM | How Your Facebook Updates Reveal Your Personality
The words you use in your Facebook profile reveal much about your personality, according to psychologists Gregory Park and colleagues in a new study just published. Based on a study of 71,000 Facebook users who reported their personality using an app, Park et al. found some quite unexpected words to be associated with given personality […]The post How Your Facebook Updates Reveal Your Personality appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Park G, Schwartz HA, Eichstaedt JC, Kern ML, Kosinski M, Stillwell DJ, Ungar LH & Seligman ME (2014). Automatic Personality Assessment Through Social Media Language., Journal of personality and social psychology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25365036

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12:22 AM | Human Evolution: Crash Course Big History №6 In which John...
Human Evolution: Crash Course Big History №6 In which John Green and Hank Green teach you about how human primates moved out of Africa and turned Earth into a real-life Planet of the Apes. And the apes are people! John and Hank teach you about how humans evolved, and the sort of tricks they picked up along the way like complex tool use, big brains, and fighting. Our ancestors adapted to the grasslands of Africa, and went through several iterations including Australopithecus, Homo […]

November 14, 2014

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2:58 PM | Ancient DNA shows earliest European genomes weathered the Ice Age
A genome taken from a 36,000 skeleton reveals an early divergence of Eurasians once they had left Africa, and allows scientists to better assess the point at which ‘admixture’ — or interbreeding — between Eurasians and Neanderthals occurred. The latest research also points to a previously unknown population lineage as old as the first population … Continue reading →

November 13, 2014

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10:58 PM | When It Comes To Chimpanzees And Sex, Consent Is Optional
We may talk about a battle of the sexes when it comes to our species, but in the rest of the primate world, it really is a battle. We have the luxury of cultural hand-wringing about the shirt a Rosetta mission engineer wore in a YouTube video, but when it comes to chimpanzees, a shirt is the least of female problems. Male on female violence among chimpanzees is frequent - and it has to do with sex. read more
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6:38 PM | Questions of Doom: Evolution vs. Brain Disorders? Today, I...
Questions of Doom: Evolution vs. Brain Disorders? Today, I examine why different brains might actually be good for our species! By: Archaeosoup Productions.
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6:57 AM | Men Evolved Navigation Skills To Find Mates, Say Anthropologists
An analysis of two African tribes has led anthropologists to suggest that men evolved better navigation ability than women because men with better spatial skills - the ability to mentally manipulate objects - can roam farther and have children with more mates.read more

November 12, 2014

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4:14 PM | Opportunity Is Often The Mother Of Invention, Not Necessity
Policy makers and amateur psychology pundits think "necessity is the mother of invention" - and sometimes it is, that is why that became a saying, but plain old opportunity matters a lot. Natural gas had been around for 70 years, for example, and the United States has plenty of coal, but hydraulic fracturing, a modern form of extraction, has made natural gas cheaper and led to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, a competitive advantage and a 'win' for the environment - it was developed due to […]
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2:19 PM | On The Road: Mobility of Romans in Britains
The remains of the Roman Empire are found throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East- aqueducts, stadiums, roads, temples, and cemeteries dot the modern landscapes of many European countries. Their […]

Eckardt, H., Müldner, G. & Lewis, M. (2014). People on the move in Roman Britain, World Archaeology, 46 (4) 534-550. DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2014.931821

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2:00 AM | Two ice-age infants found in Alaska are the oldest human remains ever found in the North American Ar
Two ice-age infants found in Alaska are the oldest human remains ever found in the North American Arctic, and among the oldest discovered on the entire continent. The infant remains, dated at 11,500-years-old, were deliberately buried with stone spear points and four antler rods, pointing to a sophisticated culture with complex rituals. Read more...
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