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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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1:00 PM | We Continually Fall as We Walk
We manage not to fall by placing our foot in a way that counteracts the direction we are falling in, explains research.

September 23, 2014

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6:12 PM | Four-Year-Old Girl Sleepwalks to Nearby Town
Recent strange cases of sleepwalking shed light on this mysterious condition. Continue reading →
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3:29 PM | Brain Wave Could Prove What People Have Seen
Scientists have pinpointed a specific brain wave that responds to details it has encountered. Continue reading →
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3:29 PM | Brain Wave Could Prove What People Have Seen
Scientists have pinpointed a specific brain wave that responds to details it has encountered. Continue reading →
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2:50 PM | Worst-Case Ebola Prediction: 1.4 Million Cases in Four Months
The virus is also found to be deadly in more than 70 percent of cases.

September 19, 2014

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2:43 PM | Earth’s Population Could Reach 12.3 Billion by 2100, Scientists Say
A team of researchers led by Dr John Wilmoth of the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced yesterday in the journal Science that, according to their estimates, world population, now 7.2 billion, could hit 12.3 billion by 2100. World population projections are based mostly on two things: future life expectancy and fertility rates. [...]

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
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