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‘Mind blindness’ makes it hard to remember the past and picture the future

Natalie Parletta | 
[R]ecent studies have found that 2% to 5% of people will see nothing at all [when they try to imagine ...
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Invading armies not to blame for fall of ancient Andean cultures, genetic analysis shows

An international team has conducted what it says is the first in-depth, wide-scale study of the genomic history of ancient ...

‘Stealth’ technology could mean universal blood transfusions—regardless of blood type

Paul Biegler | 
Scientists have created a “stealth” red blood cell that camouflages its immune status, meaning it could potentially be transfused into ...
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Malfunctioning brain ‘hubs’ could be responsible for dyslexia, ADHD

Nick Carne | 
Different learning difficulties do not, as previously thought, correspond to specific regions of the brain, new British research suggests. Instead, ...
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Evidence mounts that marijuana smokers more vulnerable to false memories

Mark Bruer | 
Cannabis not only induces forgetfulness, it also opens the door for false memories, according to new research. And that’s serious, ...
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Is your personality shaped by your gut bacteria? Study suggests sociable people have more diverse microbiome

Natalie Parletta | 
A new study from Oxford University, published in the journal Human Microbiome, has linked gut bacteria strains and diversity with people’s personalities. That ...

Reforestation: Climate change solution or ‘ecosystem disservice’? Depends where you plant the trees

Nick Carne | 
Reforestation is an important part of tackling climate change, but it seems we need to think carefully about where we ...
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Electrical stimulation can ‘starve’ brain cancers, early study shows

Paul Biegler | 
Researchers have shown that electrical stimulation to the skull can starve brain cancers of vital nutrient-rich blood, opening the door ...
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‘Cancer lab’ on a chip could move diagnosis into our homes

Phil Dooley | 
Finding out you have cancer is bad enough, but to then have to go to hospital for a painful and ...

Another mystery of our brains: ‘Why are we not hallucinating all the time?’

Nick Carne | 
It’s a question they might have asked for different reasons in the ’60s, but neuroscientists from Stanford University in the ...
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Forget batteries and wires. Can we build robots out of synthetic DNA?

Drew Turney | 
It's long been a dream of many to build robots that look and act like humans. After all, there's a ...

International group of economists, geneticists calls for relaxed crop gene-editing rules to promote food security

Natalie Parletta | 
With renewed attention to implementation and regulation, new plant breeding technologies such as gene editing could make an important contribution ...
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New study claims first farmers in Europe were direct descendants of region’s hunter-gatherers, challenging belief migrants introduced agriculture

Andrew Masterson | 
For several years it has been broadly acknowledged that agriculture in Europe was first established in the Anatolian peninsula in modern day ...
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‘Second genesis’: Assessing the evidence for life on Mars

Richard Lovett | 
Today, the burning question isn’t whether Mars might once have been habitable – at various times in its distant past, ...

Genetic analysis reveals mysterious evolution of brewer’s yeast that makes beer possible

Andrew Masterson | 
The strain of brewers’ yeast used to make beer, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, derives from versions used over thousands of years to ...
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Can frequent exercise epigenetically slow the aging process?

Paul Biegler | 
Research under way in Melbourne is showing that exercise can, literally, make your body younger. … [Researcher Sarah] Voisin tells ...
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Searching for keys to cancer resistance in the genome of giant tortoise Lonesome George

Nick Carne | 
An international research team has discovered several variants in tortoise genomes that potentially affect six of the nine hallmarks of ...
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Human, Neanderthal mating was more than just a ‘one night stand’, study suggests

Dyani Lewis | 
Once upon a time, prehistoric humans and our ancient Neanderthal cousins met and procreated. Except, that ‘once upon a time’ ...

Why Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’ may not be all that mysterious

Nick Carne | 
For 140 years, scientists have been trying to explain what Charles Darwin described as “an abominable mystery”. Darwin was bothered by evidence ...
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Nothing to fear from hallucinations linked to macular degeneration, study shows

Nick Carne | 
Hallucinations linked to vision loss from macular degeneration are caused by abnormally heightened activity in the visual cortex of the ...
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‘Cradles of diversification’: Lagoons played key role in evolution of first vertebrates

Lauren Fuge | 
Scientists have discovered that shallow, lagoon-like environments were the cradle for vertebrate evolution, giving rise to our distant ancestors. A ...
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Controversial study: Humans were in Madagascar 6,000 years earlier than previously thought

Dyani Lewis | 
The butchered remains of extinct elephant birds could push back the date of human habitation of Madagascar by 6,000 years, according ...
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Poppy genome reveals ‘bizarre’ biological errors that gave us ‘intoxicating medicines’

Stephen Fleischfresser | 
A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medicines found inside the ...
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From dinosaur to bird: How did the transformation take place?

Paul Willis | 
[I]n Bavaria, the Jurassic-aged limestone deposits yielded a near-perfect fossil of Archaeopteryx. It had blade-like serrated teeth and many other features ...

Here’s why we now believe Neanderthals were able to create fire

Fiona McMillan | 
New research shows that Neanderthals were able to start fires using stone tools. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, present ...
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Medical marijuana and pain control: Study casts doubt on drug’s effectiveness

Paul Biegler | 
Depending on who you listen to, medical cannabis is either a rising star in the world of therapeutics or an ...

233 scientists call on world’s governments to ‘greatly restrict’ use of neonicotinoid insecticides to protect biodiversity

Andrew Masterson | 
Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scientists in a tightly ...
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Evading Alzheimer’s: ‘Cognitive reserve theory’ suggests early education may be the best defense

Norman Swan | 
One great hope – for vitamin fans and researchers alike – is that dietary supplements could prevent the worsening of ...