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January 28, 2015

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3:13 PM | An homage to the writing style of Dr. Peter Adler -Or- How to write good science well.
Although I’ve been a graduate student for more than four years, I’ve been a peer-reviewed author for just a few . . .
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12:00 PM | $9 Million Fine for Green Coffee Bean Deception
The manufacturer of a coffee bean extract promoted on 'The Dr. Oz' show has been fined $9 million for false claims and deceptive practices. Continue reading →

January 27, 2015

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8:48 PM | Itchy Skin, Diarrhea Evolved to Promote Good Health
Flatulence, diarrhea, rashes and other health issues have been with some humans and their ancestors for up to a million or more years.
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8:48 PM | Itchy Skin, Diarrhea Evolved to Promote Good Health
Flatulence, diarrhea, rashes and other health issues have been with some humans and their ancestors for up to a million or more years.
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4:00 PM | Big-Toothed Fossil May Be Primitive New Human
The human history plot thickens with the discovery of a new archaic human from Taiwan that might have coexisted and interbred with our species.
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3:34 PM | Judging who, or what, judges people best
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January 24, 2015

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9:43 PM | Chilean Farmer Finds 'Chupacabra'; Probably Cat Mummy
A farmer in Chile has found two mummified animals and claims they may be the remains of the mythical chupacabra.

January 23, 2015

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5:34 PM | Fossil ankles indicate Earth’s earliest primates lived in trees
Earth’s earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles. A new study has found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects, was a tree dweller. Paleontologists made the discovery by analyzing 65-million-year-old ankle bones collected … Continue reading →

January 21, 2015

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5:20 PM | Boy's 'Spontaneous Combustion' May Be Child Abuse
The parents of a boy claimed to be a victim of spontaneous human combustion in 2013 now have a second child with the same 'problem' and police are skeptical.

January 20, 2015

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12:43 PM | Why People Believed Boy's 'Visit to Heaven' Story
A boy who wrote a best-selling book about visiting heaven has admitted the story is false. Here's why it was widely believed.

January 17, 2015

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12:01 PM | East Africa Tries to Stem Albino Magic Murders
Tanzania is taking legal steps to stem the murder of albinos for their body parts in magic rituals. Continue reading →

January 16, 2015

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8:50 PM | Cool New Papers from Nature 517.7534
These are my three favourite papers from the latest issue of Nature. Just highlights, full discussions available on request. The first paper is an innovative evolutionary genetics study by Plata et al., entitled Long-term phenotypic evolution of bacteria. The cladogram above shows the phylogenetic scope of the study: in total, 322 species from 100 bacterial families were analysed, and 40 […] The post Cool New Papers from Nature 517.7534 appeared first on Teaching […]
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6:08 PM | Nearly half the systems crucial to stability of planet compromised
Almost half of the processes that are crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet have become dangerously compromised by human activity. That is the view of an international team of 18 researchers who provide new evidence of significant changes in four of the nine systems which regulate the resilience of the Earth. “People depend … Continue reading →
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5:58 PM | World’s oldest butchering tools gave evolutionary edge to human communication
Two and a half million years ago, our hominin ancestors in the African savanna crafted rocks into shards that could slice apart a dead gazelle, zebra or other game animal. Over the next 700,000 years, this butchering technology spread throughout the continent and, it turns out, came to be a major evolutionary force. Combining the … Continue reading →

January 14, 2015

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12:00 PM | Mystery of 'Human Finger' Found on Beach Solved
The weird fingerlike thing wasn’t from a bear or other wild mammal, but it also wasn’t human.

January 12, 2015

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2:50 PM | Did High School Digitally Slim Girls' Yearbook Photos?
A viral news story claiming that an all-girls high school digitally altered their students' yearbook photos to make them thinner isn't quite accurate.

January 06, 2015

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7:59 PM | App Records Dreams, 'Tests' ESP
A new phone app is designed to help record dreams and interpret their significance -- some say it might reveal ESP.
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3:00 PM | Why Viruses Prefer a Cold Nose
Cold viruses thrive in the cooler environs of the nose where the immune response of the body's cells is weaker, research shows.
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January 03, 2015

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11:18 PM | Consider This
Humans see themselves as distinct from other animals, but science is forcing us to reconsider http://t.co/T5HrtnO9rw pic.twitter.com/MAtjPW7aXi— Natalie Cargill (@NatalieRCargill) December 23, 2014

December 29, 2014

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8:41 PM | Was Hypnosis to Blame in Bizarre Sex Case?
A woman says she was assaulted while under hypnosis, but there is reason to question the claim. Continue reading →
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2:48 PM | The value of life
Episode 3 / Season 13 of WNYC’s Radiolab asks, “What is the value of human life?” in a story titled, Worth. This article questions how much life is actually worth to us. On the street, they put the question to passers-by in the form of, “What would one year of healthy, productive life be worth […]
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