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December 19, 2014

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2:50 PM | Top Sierra Leone Doctor Dies From Ebola
Dr. Victor Willoughby, who contracted the disease on Saturday, was the 11th doctor in his country to die from the deadly disease.

December 18, 2014

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5:00 PM | Think You're All European or African? Most Are Mixed
Think you are all European or African? DNA reveals that many of us are actually of mixed heritage.

December 17, 2014

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5:20 PM | Strict Belief-Based Diet Contributes to Child's Death
A Canadian toddler has died from an infection that could have been easily treated. Continue reading →

December 13, 2014

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8:30 PM | San Francisco's Deadliest Shipwreck Found
In dark waters just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, archaeologists have pinpointed the final resting place of the worst shipwreck in San Francisco's history.
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8:30 PM | San Francisco's Deadliest Shipwreck Found
In dark waters just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, archaeologists have pinpointed the final resting place of the worst shipwreck in San Francisco's history.
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7:05 PM | Genes tell story of birdsong and human speech
A massive international effort to sequence and compare the entire genomes of 48 species of birds, representing every major order of the bird family tree, reveals that vocal learning evolved twice or maybe three times among songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds. Even more striking, the set of genes employed in each of those song innovations is … Continue reading →
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6:52 PM | Natural selection is furthering mutations that are making skin paler
Skin colour varies according to the latitude and, therefore, according to the intensity of incident ultraviolet light: individuals living at low latitudes have darker skin, whereas those living at high latitudes have pale pigmentation. One researcher has studied why this depigmentation has taken place, and has concluded that evolution is furthering mutations that are lightening … Continue reading →

December 11, 2014

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2:24 PM | "very much in our nature"
Invasions, whether animal, human, or a combination of the two, are very much in our nature. New Nautilus chapter. http://t.co/KE7m1eErJX— Nautilus (@NautilusMag) December 11, 2014
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11:47 AM | Top 2014 Human and Primate Biology Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Evolution and Development; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  This list was incredibly hard to narrow down to just 5 books – there are 20 more in the runners up, and each one of them is heartily recommended. Check them […] The post Top 2014 Human and Primate Biology Books appeared first on […]

December 10, 2014

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4:36 PM | X-Ray Bird, Learn About Dinosaur?
What quails can teach us about the gait of dinosaurs #zoology http://t.co/HVsNqhtbdp— Zoology AGENT (@zoology_agent) December 10, 2014 When humans "run", by definition, both legs are sometimes off the ground (the upper body is quite erect). Quail, and other birds, do "grounded running", with one leg always on the ground, as in human "walking" (and bird bodies are slanted forwards). To "run", quail are "...constantly balancing out their own bodies in order to prevent falling forwards." And […]

December 08, 2014

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9:33 PM | Is Human Poop the Ultimate Rocket Fuel?
Human waste has been a hassle for spaceflight since the dawn of the space age -- but now it could transform our push toward the final frontier. Continue reading →
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6:31 PM | Pope Francis Illuminates World's Largest Christmas Tree
Made of nearly 1,000 multi-colored lights connected by more than 5 miles of electrical cable, the tree is a lighting display laid out on the side of Mount Ingino.

December 05, 2014

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11:35 PM | Brain Games Don't Improve Memory or Cognition
Many companies offer programs to help keep your mind sharp -- but do they work?
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3:00 PM | Tommy Denied "Legal Personhood"
Court rules that chimps don't have the same rights as humans http://t.co/iRsjbH7fBH— HuffPost Science (@HuffPostScience) December 4, 2014 Only one critter is a person, three naked apes decide.

December 04, 2014

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8:21 PM | Uncovering one of humankind’s most ancient lineages
Scientists have successfully discovered one of modern humans’ ancient lineages through the sequencing of genes of the Southern African Khoisan tribespeople. This is the first time that the history of humankind populations has been analyzed and matched to Earth’s climatic conditions over the last 200,000 years. A geneticist from NTU, Professor Stephan Christoph Schuster, who led … Continue reading →
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5:20 PM | Flu Shots May Not Work Well This Year
One of the dominant flu strains infecting people now is a mutated form that the flu shot may not protect against.
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1:35 PM | 100 Brains Go Missing, But Why Were They Even Collected?
Thieves target a vast collection of human brains stored in jars at the University of Texas at Austin.

December 03, 2014

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1:02 PM | Book Review: “Firing God” by Cheryl Abram
I recently had a chance to read and review an excellent book “Firing God” by Cheryl Abram. I met Cheryl through PsychCentral (she read one of my blogs and wrote to me).  At that time I went to her website and read some of her own blogs and found a lot of existentially courageous and […]

December 02, 2014

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5:01 PM | Another Reason to Skip Late-Night Snacking
When it comes to controlling your weight, WHEN you eat can be as important as WHAT you eat, research shows.
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12:30 PM | Origins of Human Alcohol Consumption Revealed
Human ancestors may have begun evolving the knack for consuming alcohol about 10 million years ago.
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12:00 PM | This biodiversity researcher used Flickr for data, and you won’t BELIEVE what happened next!
Students of Biodiversity Science, rejoice! No more feeling guilty about spending time on Facebook while eating your lunch at your . . .

December 01, 2014

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10:30 PM | Qatar Court Acquits US Couple
A Qatari court on Sunday acquitted a US couple charged with neglect leading to the death of their adopted daughter.
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9:00 PM | Airline Changes Flight Following 'Psychic' Warning
An airline recently changed the flight number of plane that a psychic claimed was doomed -- here's why.

November 26, 2014

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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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1:55 PM | Contradictory Ferguson Eyewitnesses Not Unusual
Dozens of eyewitnesses offered evidence about the death of Michael Brown, and much of it was confusing and contradictory. Here's why.

November 25, 2014

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7:16 PM | Weak Brain Spot Links Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia
A weak region in the brain may be associated with both Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Continue reading →
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7:16 PM | Weak Brain Spot Links Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia
A weak region in the brain may be associated with both Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Continue reading →

November 24, 2014

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7:00 PM | Why Dried Whiskey Under Microscope Looks Like Art
Dried whiskey looks like fine art when magnified thanks to its chemical composition and a cool aspect of fluid dynamics known as the Marangoni Effect. Continue reading →

November 23, 2014

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10:52 AM | So a 4 Year Old Elephant Paints a Picture of Oneself and Signs His Name – Big Deal!
Here’s a video of an elephant painting an elephant.  He is 4 years old.  His name is Suda. Amazing, right? But is it?! We (“humans”) are just modern-day apes: if a monkey can (be trained to) paint itself, why couldn’t an elephant?! We are a neural tribe: a neuron is a neuron is a neuron […]
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