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September 18, 2014

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6:00 PM | Furious Monkeys Rejecting Unequal Pay Explained
Nearly every primate, including humans, hates getting ripped off, finds research.
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6:00 PM | Furious Monkeys Rejecting Unequal Pay Explained
Nearly every primate, including humans, hates getting ripped off, finds research.
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11:00 AM | How Ebola and Other Viruses Mutate
Viruses can disguise themselves in order to fool host cells and survive. Continue reading →
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8:58 AM | Watching and waiting for more retractions
Brain Genetics Paper Retracted A study that identified genes linked to communication between different areas of the brain has been retracted by its authors because of statistical flaws. By Anna Azvolinsky | September 4, 2014 Excerpt: “This retraction raises the...Read more

September 17, 2014

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8:00 PM | Artificial Sweeteners May Boost Blood Sugar
Zero-calorie sweeteners may alter metabolism and increase blood-sugar levels, at least in mice and some people.
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5:00 PM | Killer Chimps Reveal Why Violence Persists
Chimps and humans share violent tendencies, with a new study showing that the evolutionary roots of warfare exist in our primate ancestry.
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12:05 PM | Bring Back Our Girls? Boko Haram and the Forgotten Captives
Five months after the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the prospects for their safe return seem more remote than ever. Here's why. Continue reading →

September 16, 2014

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4:23 PM | Vegetative Man's Brain Responds to Hitchcock Movie
Brain scans of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years match brain scans of healthy viewers. Continue reading →

September 15, 2014

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9:35 PM | 'Um' vs. 'Uh' May Reveal Where You Live
Twitter data reveals a geographic basis for what 'filler' words people tend to use. Continue reading →

September 14, 2014

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8:49 AM | Groundwater tied to human evolution
Our ancient ancestors’ ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species, a new study shows. The research — published in the journal PLOS ONE — combines geological evidence from … Continue reading →

September 12, 2014

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11:30 AM | Photos Show Another Troubling Contact with Isolated Tribe
An apparent missionary and other outsiders are shown giving clothes and other gifts to children from an isolated indigenous tribe.

September 11, 2014

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9:17 PM | "...a strange obsession...'
Humans seem to need to feel unique.How 'unspecial' are you? What other animals have taught us about human uniqueness http://t.co/XtFZWo1brE my first piece at @EarthTouch!— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) September 11, 2014

September 10, 2014

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3:55 PM | Are You More Ethical in the Morning?
New research shows you're more likely to make better ethical decisions when you're most alert. Continue reading →

September 09, 2014

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6:45 PM | Ebola Can Attack from Hazmat Suit Surfaces
Health care workers can be at risk of contracting the Ebola virus during removal of their protective suits, doctors warn. Continue reading →
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5:37 PM | Why Each New 'Jack the Ripper' Suspect Is Compelling
Each new Jack the Ripper suspect seems very convincing and compelling, until the next one comes along and seemingly closes the case. Continue reading →

September 08, 2014

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6:15 PM | Enterovirus: What You Need to Know
Hundreds of children in the United States are being hospitalized for with a serious respiratory illness known as Enterovirus D68. Continue reading →

September 07, 2014

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1:46 AM | Epigentically-effected sensory sensitivity and affects on behavior
Sensory-Related Neural Activity Regulates the Structure of Vascular Networks in the Cerebral Cortex A video abstract is available via the above link to the article abstract information. Reported as: Sensory Sensitivity Neuroscience News September 5, 2014 Excerpt: “…lowering neural activity...Read more

September 05, 2014

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11:37 PM | MicroRNA de novo Creation manifested in ecological adaptation
Linking ‘natural mutants’ and evolution Reservoir of mutations enabled cichlid fish to adapt to varied environments September 3, 2014 | Popular By Leah Eisenstadt, Broad Institute Communications Excerpt: “…the East African cichlid genomes possess an excess of gene duplications; alterations...Read more
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7:55 PM | Modern population boom traced to pre-industrial roots
The foundation of the human population explosion, commonly attributed to a sudden surge in industrialization and public health during the 18th and 19th centuries, was actually laid as far back as 2,000 years ago, suggests an extended model of detailed demographic and archeological data. The Public Library of Science One (PLOS ONE) recently published the … Continue reading →
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6:46 PM | Second Madoff Son Dies: Why Some Blame Karma
Is karma responsible for the misfortunes of the famous and infamous? Many people think so -- here's a closer look. Continue reading →

September 04, 2014

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2:00 PM | Understanding Our Desire to Explore and Invent
Recently we’ve been chatting (via blog posts at least) about a number of, well, less “naturally desirable” character traits and where they might have come from. And why. And how. And what (if anything) we can do to get them to go away. The other morning I was snoozing as usual. The night before I had […]
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12:07 PM | Extinctions during human era one thousand times more than before
The gravity of the world’s current extinction rate becomes clearer upon knowing what it was before people came along. A new estimate finds that species die off as much as 1,000 times more frequently nowadays than they used to. That’s 10 times worse than the old estimate of 100 times. The newest estimate is that … Continue reading →

September 03, 2014

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11:10 PM | Why Did Apollo Astronauts Keep Wiping Out on the Moon?
When watching NASA’s historic video footage of the Apollo astronauts on the moon, it becomes clear that the alien lunar gravity was a little troublesome. The moonwalkers would often trip, stumble and wipe out as they explored the dusty landscape. … Continue reading →
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3:55 PM | Get Your Shovel: Artist Buries 30 Gold Bars in Beach
Thirty gold bars have been buried in a beach in England for anyone who wants to try and find some. Oh, and it's art. Continue reading →

September 02, 2014

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7:45 PM | Ebola Crisis Prompts New Use For Infrared Cameras
New airport Ebola creening procedures in some countries include using infrared cameras to take body temperature. Continue reading →

September 01, 2014

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8:00 PM | Gulp! People Snack More During Action Movies
People eat more when watching more stimulating programs, new research shows. Continue reading →

August 31, 2014

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3:57 PM | Diverse Introspectives: a conversation with John Harte
Some may know UC Berkeley professor John Harte from his work developing the MaxEnt Theory of Ecology (check out July’s TREE . . .
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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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