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Podcast: Sneaky sheep, substandard stallions and sperm wars

Stories of sneaky sheep, substandard racing stallions, and news from the front lines of the sperm wars ...
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Is frozen 18,000-year-old puppy missing link between wolves and dogs?

An 18,000-year-old puppy unearthed in Siberia could prove to be the missing link between dogs and wolves, scientists believe. The puppy ...
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Podcast: Researchers implanted false memories in birds to figure out how humans learn language

Babies are constantly surrounded by human language, always listening and processing. Eventually they put sounds together to produce a "daddy," or a ...
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Infographic: 13 ways artificial intelligence will help us live to 100

We've long been searching for ways to extend the human lifespan, which currently sits around 79 years.  Of course, there ...
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Universal ecology: Laws of physics and mathematics apply across the universe. Are there biological laws?

On Earth, bacteria grow exponentially, lynx eat hares, and red panda populations decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation. How ...
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First plants didn’t evolve flower color to attract pollinators, study suggests

Flowering plants feature a wondrous array of colors, the primary purpose of which is to attract insect pollinators. But this ...
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What to make of ‘photographic proof’ of insect life on Mars? More than likely, they’re just rocks

William Romoser, a professor emeritus who specializes in arbovirology (the study of viruses transmitted by arthropods) and entomology at Ohio ...
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First plants that moved from water to land were natural GMOs, research reveals

Natural genetic engineering allowed plants to move from water to land, according to a new study by an international group ...
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Ancient Rome was genetic crossroads for many European lineages, DNA analysis suggests

Ancient Rome was the capital city of an empire that encompassed some 70 million inhabitants. An international research team now ...
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Why it’s so challenging to determine ‘how and when’ humans first set foot in the Americas

A deluge of new findings are challenging long-held scientific narratives of how humans came to North and South America ...
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This ancient ape may tell us when our ancestors started walking on two legs

Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how and when walking on two legs evolved. The ability ...
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Paper popular with creationists retracted 30 years after publication

A paper by a Russian researcher who has been dogged by allegations of fraud has been retracted, 30 years to ...
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Chicxulub asteroid impact sparked mammal growth surge, fossil ‘trove’ shows

After an asteroid crashed into what is now Chicxulub, Mexico 66 million years ago, a chain of events occurred that ...
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9 significant archaeological discoveries of the past decade, including a Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid

Here’s a look back at some of the most significant archaeological and anthropological discoveries of the past decade that fundamentally ...
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Enduring misconception: Why are we still drawing evolution as a straight line?

Evolution has no final endpoint in mind ...
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Extra copies of Denisovan, Neanderthal DNA helped humans adapt to ancient environments

University of Washington geneticist PingHsun Hsieh and his colleagues found Neanderthal and Denisovan versions of some genes in the genomes ...
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Humans originated in Botswana? New research challenged for using ‘weak and inconclusive genetic analysis’

A new paper claiming that modern humans originated in northern Botswana some 200,000 years ago is being criticized by experts, ...
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Humans ‘are not so special after all’: Neanderthals also knew how to start fires, evidence suggests

At some point, our ancestors harnessed the power of the flame to keep warm, cook food, produce new materials, shoo ...
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Neanderthals were well suited for ‘explosive’ short sprints, not long-distance marathons

Homo sapiens are well-designed for loping along for long distances across open landscapes—especially when compared to Neanderthals. They had legs and ...
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If we aren’t careful, we could miss the chance to learn cancer-fighting secrets from threatened whales and elephants

The loss of vulnerable mammals means scientists could miss out on useful quirks in their genetics ...
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‘Puzzle of a million pieces’: New study traces humanity’s birthplace to northern Botswana

[A] study, appearing [October 28] in the journal Nature, uses genetic, archaeological, linguistic and climatic evidence to argue that the ancestral homeland ...
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‘De novo genes’: How natural selection creates new genes from nothing

In the depths of winter, water temperatures in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean can sink below zero. That’s cold enough to ...
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Inherited Neanderthal, Denisovan DNA may help with our metabolism, immunity and diet

Neanderthals and Denisovans went extinct some 35,000 to 40,000 years ago, but not before these closely related hominins interbred with ...
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Podcast: The untold story of Edith Rebecca Saunders—’mother of British plant genetics’

We unearth the story of Edith Rebecca Saunders, co-founder of The Genetics Society and the ‘mother of British plant genetics’ ...
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Inherited learning appears to be real, through epigenetics. But we still aren’t sure how it happens

[S]ome researchers have found evidence that even some learned behaviors and physiological responses can be epigenetically inherited. None of the new ...
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Medieval Europe’s devastating Black Death was caused by just two strains of the disease

The Black Death ravaged medieval Western Europe, wiping out roughly one-third of the population. Now researchers have traced the genetic ...
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‘Neither animal nor plant’: Smart, brainless ‘blob’ gets home at Paris zoo

A brainless, bright-yellow organism that can solve mazes and heal itself is making its debut at a Paris zoo. … ...
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Podcast: Genes from long-lost cows could introduce important diversity into US dairy cattle

Chad Dechow, a geneticist at Pennsylvania State University who studies dairy cows, is explaining how all of America's cows ended ...