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October 17, 2014

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7:09 PM | 'Plainclothes Man' Near Ebola Patient at Risk?
A look at guidelines concerning protective gear finds that there is a lot up to interpretation. Continue reading →

October 16, 2014

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10:14 PM | Did Deforestation Pave the Way for Ebola Outbreak?
Cutting down trees isn't just bad for the climate. It also can facilitate the spread of deadly diseases. Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

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5:53 PM | Scary Clowns Plague California Towns
Scary, mysterious clowns have been spotted stalking two California towns. And it's not the first time. Continue reading →
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3:54 PM | Second U.S. Ebola Patient Took Flight Just Before Diagnosis
The CDC is reaching out to all 132 passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13. Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Clarifying “biodiversity,” but is it enough?
Below is the another installment on the philosophical and ecological values of biodiversity motivated by the University of Oregon lecture . . .

October 14, 2014

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1:10 PM | Can You Get Ebola from a Sneeze?
Experts say Ebola could theoretically be spread by a sneeze, but that the chances of that happening are minute. Continue reading →

October 13, 2014

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5:09 PM | Mind-controlled prosthetic arms that work in daily life are now a reality
For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities. “Going beyond the lab to allow the patient to face real-world challenges is the main contribution of this work,” says Max Ortiz … Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

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12:15 PM | Seven Accused African Witches Burned to Death
Seven people in East Africa were killed earlier this week after being accused of witchcraft. Continue reading →

October 10, 2014

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11:31 AM | Greek Bronze Age ended 100 years earlier than thought, new evidence suggests
Conventional estimates for the collapse of the Aegean civilization may be incorrect by up to a century, according to new radiocarbon analyses. While historical chronologies traditionally place the end of the Greek Bronze Age at around 1025 BCE, this latest research suggests a date 70 to 100 years earlier. Archaeologists from the University of Birmingham … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Why Is Ebola So Terrifying?
Any disease is scary, but why is Ebola especially terrifying? Here are some answers. Continue reading →

October 07, 2014

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10:01 PM | Weight Discrimination Is Surprisingly Rare, Study Finds
Weight discrimination, while serious, is rarer than most people assume, new research suggests. Continue reading →
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2:09 AM | 2014 and 2004 Nobel Prize in Medicine
2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine is Awarded for Discovery of Brain’s ‘Inner GPS’ Excerpt: “At left, gray lines show the path followed by a rat as it moves around a box looking for pieces of food.” 2014 Nobel prize in...Read more

October 04, 2014

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12:44 AM | Teeth evolved: a short misrepresentation
Teeth: a Very Short Introduction Description: Presents the story of teeth – from the earliest tooth-bearing fishes hundreds of millions of years ago through amphibians, reptiles and, ultimately, mammals Teeth are amazing – the product of half a billion years...Read more

October 03, 2014

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8:09 PM | Unexpectedly speedy expansion of human, ape cerebellum
A new study could rewrite the story of ape and human brain evolution. While the neocortex of the brain has been called ‘the crowning achievement of evolution and the biological substrate of human mental prowess,’ newly reported evolutionary rate comparisons show that the cerebellum expanded up to six times faster than anticipated throughout the evolution … Continue reading →
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7:59 PM | New Study Provides Insight into How Piquing Curiosity Changes Our Brains
The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. A new study carried out by California University scientists provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued. Participants in the study first rated their curiosity about the answers to a series of trivia [...]

October 02, 2014

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2:04 PM | First Ancient Mitochondrial Human Genome from a Pre-Pastoralist Southern African
The skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tells us about ourselves as humans, and throws some light on our earliest common genetic ancestry. The man’s genome was sequenced and shown to be one of the ‘earliest diverged’ — oldest in genetic terms — found to-date in … Continue reading →

October 01, 2014

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7:17 PM | Social Media Ebola Hoax Causes Deaths
A prank message claiming that salt water can prevent or sure Ebola has sickened many and led to deaths. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Could Your First Lover Affect Your Kids' Size?
An ancient idea of non-genetic inheritance may influence offspring of flies, scientists report. Continue reading →

September 30, 2014

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11:00 AM | Deconstructing Defaunation
Science recently released a special issue on defaunation, which spanned seven articles detailing the recent decline in animal species diversity . . .

September 29, 2014

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10:17 PM | Can Your Favorite Song Make You Smarter?
Your brain functions better when listening to music you like, reports a new study. Continue reading →
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9:00 PM | Sweat-Eating Bacteria: Acne Miracle Cure?
These bacteria loved to eat sweat -- and they could leave you with glowing skin. Continue reading →
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10:50 AM | Strange New Type of Brain Cell Discovered
The discovery of a new shape of brain cell has neuroscientists scratching their heads over what the function of these neurons might be.

September 28, 2014

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5:33 PM | New analysis of human genetic history reveals female dominance
Female populations have been larger than male populations throughout human history, according to new research. The research used a new technique to obtain higher quality paternal genetic information to analyze the demographic history of males and females in worldwide populations. The study compared the paternally-inherited Y chromosome (NRY) with maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of … Continue reading →

September 27, 2014

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7:15 PM | 'Ghost' Caught on N.M. Police Video Likely an Insect
A fuzzy, moving form caught on camera at a New Mexico police station has some suspecting ghosts -- but there are other explanations. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Ancient Stone Tool-Making Sprung Up Many Times
New evidence suggests that refined stone weapons were developed in Armenia about 325,000 years ago.

September 26, 2014

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11:30 AM | FLUMP – Sargasso Sea biodiversity, penguin citizen science, criticism and more!
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .

September 25, 2014

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9:11 PM | Man Claims AIDS Scare Legend Came to Life
A visitor to Seattle says a stranger attacked him with an AIDS-infected needle, but it may be an urban legend. Continue reading →
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5:37 PM | Too Much Multitasking May Affect Your Gray Matter
Are you good at using multiple devices at once? Your gray matter may be thinning... Continue reading →
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2:55 AM | Did our adapted mind evolve? (Revisited)
Did our adapted mind evolve? In my extended comments on this topic I concluded with “Experience-dependent changes in DNA methylation can exert profound effects on neuronal function and behaviour. A single learning event can induce a variety of DNA modifications...Read more

September 24, 2014

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10:14 PM | Colombian Girls Blame Vaccine for Mysterious Symptoms
Hundreds of Colombian girls are experiencing strange symptoms and blaming a vaccine, but another explanation is more likely. Continue reading →
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