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August 22, 2014

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11:00 AM | Why Terrorists Behead Their Victims
Reporter James Foley's beheading in the Middle East was part of a long tradition of sending a gruesome message. Continue reading →

August 21, 2014

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4:01 PM | Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses
Autism is linked to a protein that inhibits the brain's ability to trim its synapses as it develops. Continue reading →

August 20, 2014

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6:40 PM | How the Human Brain Gets Its Wrinkles
The reason may be that the rapid growth of the brain's outer brain — the gray matter — is constrained by the white matter.
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5:00 PM | Neanderthals and Humans Overlapped for 5,400 Years
Neanderthals did not really go extinct -- they were simply absorbed into the modern human gene pool of Europeans and Asians.  Continue reading →

August 19, 2014

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7:14 PM | The Human Dynamic Clamp
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6:30 PM | Missive from ESA2014: BBB – Better Biodiversity Business?
Paraphrasing Jill Baron, ESA President, we, as ecologists, might all feel a … certain way about oil companies, but then . . .
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5:27 PM | Street Drug 15 Times Stronger Than Heroin
Apparent heroin overdoses may actually be overdoses of acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin. Continue reading →
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12:04 PM | 8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes: Study identifies genetic basis for Tibetan adaptation
In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A new study is the first to find a genetic cause for the adaptation and demonstrate how it contributes to the Tibetans’ ability to live in low oxygen conditions. “These …
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12:01 PM | Pygmy phenotype developed many times, adaptive to rainforest
The small body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, according to an international team of researchers. But all African pygmy phenotypes do not have the same genetic underpinning, suggesting a more recent adaptation than previously thought. “I’m interested in how rainforest hunter-gatherers have adapted to their very …

August 15, 2014

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6:35 PM | Ebola Crisis Worse Than Reported
The World Health Organization says the crisis has been vastly underestimated. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | 2nd Wave of Isolated People Makes Contact with Outsiders
Pushed out of their home territory by violence, a second wave of people who had been living in voluntary isolation in the Amazon rainforest has made contact with villagers in Brazil.

August 13, 2014

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11:50 AM | Boy without ears has a pair created from his ribs
Kieran was born with a condition known as microtia, which is a congenital deformity that causes the external ear, or pinna, to be underdeveloped. The condition is quite rare, and occurs in one baby out of every 8,000 to 10,000 births around the world. Kieran was born deaf because of the condition, and had previously …

August 12, 2014

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2:43 AM | Are Comedians Prone to Depression and Suicide?
The apparent suicide of Robin Williams highlights the connection between comedians and depression. Continue reading →

August 07, 2014

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12:59 AM | Snap Judgements, Face Blindness, and More
I have a confession to make.  When I’m feeling like I need to update DTS but I haven’t been inspired lately, I just google ‘SCIENCE!’ and hope to find inspiration within the internet.  Usually this fails miserably but tonight it actually worked!  I came across this study, which is not only cool  in and of […]

August 06, 2014

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11:56 PM | Meaning of Life as Defined by a Butcher
The meaning of life is listening to Pavarotti, feeling the sun on your face, drinking a bottle of wine, and then another. The meaning of life is having a safe and healthy society, a happy family life, good health, a loving wife, work that you like, smelling the smell of a new car and the […]
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8:27 PM | Scientists solve 2,000-year-old mystery of the binding media in China’s polychrome Terracotta Army
Even as he conquered rival kingdoms to create the first united Chinese empire in 221 B.C., China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuang ordered the building of a glorious underground palace complex, mirroring his imperial capital near present-day Xi’an, that would last for an eternity. To protect his underworld palaces, the First Emperor issued instructions that his …
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3:25 PM | Commuters Tilt Train to Free Trapped Passenger
Dozens of Australian commuters banded together to lift a train and free a passenger whose leg was caught between the platform and the train.

August 04, 2014

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11:00 PM | 'Hobbit' Human Had Down Syndrome
Skeletal remains found in 2004 point to a human with Down syndrome, not a new species.
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6:23 PM | Our Brains Sync Up When TV Ads Click
Brainwaves can predict an audience's reaction to television content, a new study shows. Continue reading →

August 03, 2014

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3:50 PM | Key to aging immune system: Discovery of DNA replication problem
The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and scientists have now discovered a reason why. We have found the cellular mechanism responsible for the inability of blood-forming cells to maintain blood production over time in an old organism, and have identified molecular defects that …

August 01, 2014

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9:15 PM | How Ebola Rumor and Folklore Go Viral
As doctors work to stem an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus, rumor and folklore help spread the disease. Continue reading →

July 31, 2014

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5:56 PM | Is Remembering Together Better?
Previous studies have shown independent remembering is more accurate, but new research shows benefits to couples who work together to remember something. Continue reading →
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5:56 PM | Is Remembering Together Better?
Previous studies have shown independent remembering is more accurate, but new research shows benefits to couples who work together to remember something. Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | DNews: Do Women Really Talk More than Men?
The stereotype that women talk more than men has been declared old and busted by a new study that examined just which gender was doing all of the blabbing. Trace has the study's conclusion, which you may find worth talking about.
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1:20 PM | Oetzi the Iceman Had Heart Disease Gene
Otzi the Iceman, a well-preserved mummy discovered in the Alps, may have had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, new research suggests.
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1:20 PM | Oetzi the Iceman Had Heart Disease Gene
Otzi the Iceman, a well-preserved mummy discovered in the Alps, may have had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, new research suggests.
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9:51 AM | DNews: How Many Uncontacted Tribes Are Still Out There?
Last month's news of an isolated Amazon rainforest tribe in Brazil making contact with outsiders for the first time in almost two decades prompts the question: Are there many more such tribes left?

July 30, 2014

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5:00 PM | DNews: Are White Lies Good for Society?
A new study says there may be some good that comes out of lying. Well, telling white lies anyway! Don't believe us? Watch Trace, to learn the truth.
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4:17 PM | As Skin Cancer Rates Up, Surgeon General Warns: Keep Covered
It's summer, it's beautiful outside -- keep covered! So warns the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Skipping Meals Not a Good Diet Plan, Study Shows
Forget your genes and upbringing: the bottom line is if your blood sugar is low, your brain will direct you to eat.
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