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August 31, 2014

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3:02 PM | Yawning wolves, face-mites and space-based lasers to fight global warming
Who’d Have Thunk It? 31.08.14 Do you ever get annoyed at having to wait for ages at border immigration? Well it could be that the time-consuming checks are not totally effective at matching photos to faces: A study on passport officers in Australia found that there was a ‘14% acceptance rate of ‘fraudulent photos’. Perhaps…
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11:20 AM | Genomic sequencing reveals mutations, insights into 2014 Ebola outbreak
In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, a team of researchers has rapidly sequenced and analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes. Their findings could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests. For the current study, researchers sequenced 99 Ebola virus genomes collected from 78 patients diagnosed …
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11:17 AM | New DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic
A new DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic. We know people have lived in the New World Arctic for about 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence clearly shows that a variety of cultures survived the harsh climate in Alaska, Canada and Greenland for thousands of years. Despite this, there are several unanswered …
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11:04 AM | Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, study suggests
Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists suggests. Researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduce the production of amyloid beta, found in a soluble form in …
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11:01 AM | Shared biology: Powerful commonalities in biological activity
Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry. The findings offer insights into embryonic development, gene regulation and other biological processes vital to understanding human biology and disease. Launched in 2007, the goal of modENCODE is to create …
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12:15 AM | Celebrities are Humans Too
I have been spending the afternoon glancing at celebrity gossip sites, and reading the many comments those kinds of sites bring. And I have to ask, have we forgotten that celebrities are human too? As members of the human race, we are allowed to make mistakes. Even entitled to make mistakes. This is what helps […]

August 30, 2014

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6:47 AM | RotM: Interview with Dr. Steven Churchill
Prof. Steven E. Churchill In continuation of our newly introduced, Researcher of the Month (RotM) series, we spoke to Professor Steven Churchill, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University.  Prof. Churchill specializes in human paleontology and his research interests include studying archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene era.  In his recently

August 28, 2014

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6:34 PM | Will Brad and Angelina Be Healthier as a Married Couple?
The health benefits of marriage range from improved mood to a stronger immune system. Continue reading →

August 27, 2014

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7:00 PM | Does Junk Food Make You Crave Junk Food?
Rats who eat junk food not only get fat, but also lose their appetite for novel foods, new research shows. Continue reading →
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3:40 PM | Ancient Stones Hint at How Humans Migrated Out of Africa
Ancient stone artifacts recently excavated from Saudi Arabia possess similarities to items of about the same age in Africa.
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12:55 PM | Short Men Divorce Less
New research shows that while tall men get married younger, short men stay married longer. Continue reading →

August 25, 2014

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4:31 PM | How You Play With Dolls Predicts Your Parenting
Researchers analyzed couples in the third trimester of pregnancy while they played with dolls and found links with real-life parenting. Continue reading →

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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