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March 05, 2015

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3:47 PM | LD 350-1: Oldest Known Fossil of Genus Homo Found
In two papers published in the journal Science, an international team of anthropologists reported the discovery of a partial hominin jaw with teeth from the Ledi-Geraru area, the Afar region of Ethiopia, that establishes the presence of our human genus at 2.8 – 2.75 million years ago. Labeled LD 350-1, the fossil – the left [...]
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1:54 PM | Jimmy Kimmel Taps Doctors to Mock Anti-Vaccine Deniers
ABC talk show host Jimmy Kimmel recently reminded his audience about the importance of vaccination. Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | World's Oldest Person Misao Okawa Turns 117
She's a mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six.

March 04, 2015

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6:00 PM | Humans Emerged Much Earlier Than Thought
The very first human dates to at least 2.3 million years ago, a new study concludes, suggesting that the origins of our genus could go back 3 million years ago.
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6:00 PM | Remains of First Known Human Found in Ethiopia
Newly unearthed remains push back the origin of our genus by an incredible 400,000 years.
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2:20 PM | Why Conformity Is So Hard to Resist
Breaking the stranglehold of conformity only takes a few outliers.

March 03, 2015

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7:00 PM | Adults Only Really Catch Flu About Twice a Decade
Think you have the flu? If you're over 30, chances are you don't.
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5:24 PM | A gene for brain size makes the difference in humans
About 99 percent of human genes are shared with chimpanzees. Only the small remainder sets us apart. However, we have one important difference: The brain of humans is three times […]

March 02, 2015

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10:30 PM | Albino Toddler in Africa Killed for Witchcraft
An albino toddler was abducted and butchered for his body parts in Africa for use in magic spells, possibly on behalf of politicians. Continue reading →

February 28, 2015

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11:25 PM | DNA evidence shows surprise cultural connections between Britain and Europe 8,000 years ago
DNA evidence shows surprise cultural connections between Britain and Europe 8,000 years ago. Researchers found evidence for a variety of wheat at a submerged archaeological site off the south coast […]

February 26, 2015

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8:06 PM | First Film of Surgery and Use of Anesthesia Identified
The earliest known filmed surgery and use of anesthesia isn't for the faint of heart.
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8:06 PM | First Film of Surgery and Use of Anesthesia Identified
The earliest known filmed surgery and use of anesthesia isn't for the faint of heart.
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7:45 PM | 'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps
A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region.
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4:59 PM | Heads Up! Human Head Transplant in the Works
A human head transplant is within our reach, claims a doctor who's looking to form a team to try it. Continue reading →
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2:11 PM | Sinkhole Swallows South Korean Couple: Video
The sinkhole suddenly opened up at their feet on a paved sidewalk in Seoul. Fortunately they were not seriously hurt.

February 25, 2015

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1:30 PM | Why You Need to Socialize Your Puppy
The importance of socialization can’t be stressed enough.These days, more and more people understand that puppies need to be socialized. But sometimes people wonder, how do we know this? It’s based on classic research in canine science.Many papers contribute to our understanding of puppies. In 1950, J.P. Scott and Mary-‘Vesta Marston published a study of 17 litters, including the earliest age at which they opened their eyes for the first time, began to walk, and engaged in […]

Fox, M. (1969). Behavioral Effects of Rearing Dogs With Cats During the 'Critical Period of Socialization', Behaviour, 35 (3) 273-280. DOI: 10.1163/156853969X00242

Freedman, D., King, J. & Elliot, O. (1961). Critical Period in the Social Development of Dogs, Science, 133 (3457) 1016-1017. DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3457.1016

Pfaffenberger, C. & Scott, J. (1959). The Relationship between Delayed Socialization and Trainability in Guide Dogs, The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 95 (1) 145-155. DOI: 10.1080/00221325.1959.10534251

Scott, J. & Marston, M. (1950). Critical Periods Affecting the Development of Normal and Mal-Adjustive Social Behavior of Puppies, The Pedagogical Seminary and Journal of Genetic Psychology, 77 (1) 25-60. DOI: 10.1080/08856559.1950.10533536

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12:00 PM | 'Witchcraft' Used to Fight Sex Trafficking in Africa
An innovative British effort to stem sex trafficking in Africa uses belief in magic and witchcraft to help victims. Continue reading →

February 24, 2015

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5:00 AM | Pregnancy Has an Odor that Reveals Unborn Baby's Sex
A pregnancy perfume broadcasts whether a female is pregnant, and even reveals the sex of her unborn infant. Continue reading →

February 23, 2015

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6:18 PM | New insights into origins of the world’s languages
Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as ‘Indo-European languages’, are the modern descendants of a language family that first emerged from a common ancestor spoken thousands of years ago. Now, a new study gives us more information on when and where it was most likely used. Using data … Continue reading →
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6:11 PM | Sexual Division of Labor Among Neanderthals
Neanderthals divided some of their tasks according to their sex. A new study analyzed 99 teeth of 19 individuals from three different sites (El Sidron, in Asturias – Spain, L’Hortus in France, and Spy in Belgium), reveals that the dental grooves in the female fossils follow the same pattern, different to that found in male … Continue reading →
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4:44 PM | Saunas May Help You Live Longer
Sweating it out in the sauna is good for your heart, suggests new research, which links saunas to the longer lives, at least among men.

February 21, 2015

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10:55 PM | Man and Ape – an ancient hybrid population?
In 1865 in his book On the Origin of Species* Charles Darwin first described the idea of evolution by natural selection, suggesting that every biological population is subject to constant change. This change occurs via the influence of the environment in favouring traits which increase the likelihood of an organism surviving and reproducing. His proposal […]
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3:15 PM | Quotable Science: Claude Levi-Strauss
Claude Levi-Strauss, a French anthropologist and philosopher, revolutionized modern anthropology. Continue reading →

February 19, 2015

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5:00 PM | Fast-Evolving Human DNA Leads to Bigger-Brained Mice
Between 5 and 7 million years of evolution separate us humans from our closest relatives—chimpanzees. During that time, …

February 17, 2015

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4:27 PM | Pot Smokers 5 Times More Likely To Develop Psychosis
Regular pot smokers are at five times more risk for developing severe mental health issues, says a new study. Continue reading →

February 13, 2015

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3:00 PM | Shark Attacks on the Rise, But Fewer Deaths
Florida once again tops the list of states where shark attacks are reported -- but it just may be because people swim there year-round.
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12:30 PM | Artificial Brain Edges Closer to Reality
We're getting closer to making 'wet' brains as well as making computers smarter.

February 12, 2015

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5:00 PM | Dogs Understand Human Smiles, Scowls
With a brief glance, your dog can figure out your mood.

February 11, 2015

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8:24 PM | Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced to 16 Years Jail
The 54-year-old former captain of the Costa Concordia is also banned from operating a ship for five years.
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11:12 AM | Does brain size matter?
How do we compare to other animals in terms of braininess, and why are researchers still looking for the best brain test?
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