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What sparked the exodus of early humans from Africa?

What sparked the exodus of early humans from Africa?

Jesse Hawley | 
Why, exactly, did our ancestors leave their homeland? Short of catching a time machine back some 60,000 years and witnessing ...
Nipples seem useless in men – so why do they have them?

Nipples seem useless in men – so why do they have them?

Cody Cottier | 
Males and females do, in fact, start from the same genetic blueprint. Embryos, in their first weeks, develop structures with ...
We know the birthplace of humanity was in Africa but we still don’t know where

We know the birthplace of humanity was in Africa but we still don’t know where

Luke Taylor | 
Pinpointing the place from which we steadily evolved into the strange, upright, over-sized brain creatures we are today would help ...
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COVID vaccine roulette: Here’s why so many people are wary of a coronavirus shot

Linda Marsa | 
A June poll by University of Miami researchers found that 42 percent of Black respondents agreed with the statement: “The coronavirus is ...
Bog bodies of Europe: 2500-year-old, naturally preserved humans provide astonishing insight into ancient cultures

Bog bodies of Europe: 2500-year-old, naturally preserved humans provide astonishing insight into ancient cultures

Nathaniel Scharping | 
The peat bogs of Ireland, Denmark, the U.K. and other European countries have yielded human remains for well over a ...
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Why your brain wants to believe in ghosts, the supernatural – and maybe God

Luke Taylor | 
While many scoff at tales of the supernatural, academia has not fully dismissed them. Specialists, like Christopher French, a psychologist ...
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Quack or fact: Can a copper bracelet cure arthritis or other pains?

Jack Feerick | 
Although people have adorned themselves with copper since prehistory, the marketing of copper bracelets as a treatment for arthritis pain appears to date back only to ...
How to choose the best DNA tests to understand your health risks

How to choose the best DNA tests to understand your health risks

Jeanne Erdmann | 
The at-home genetic testing market for health conditions is soaring, and the kits are more affordable than ever. The process ...
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Intricate high synergy brain regions likely explanation for complex thinking

Neuroskeptic | 
[Researchers at the University of Cambridge are studying] a new aspect of brain organization: synergy between brain regions. Some networks ...
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Neanderthals probably were not full time cave dwellers

Leslie Nemo | 
Genetic, chemical and geological analysis tools help teams extract as much information as they can from the bones and tools ...

Gene editing may soon be able to cure inherited deafness. Here’s why some deaf parents oppose it

Sarah Katz | 
In June, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard and MIT announced that, using mice, they figured out how to use ...
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Athletic evolution: Comparing modern athletes to ancestral warriors

Bridget Alex | 
Scholars have long argued that Neanderthal weapons were too hefty to hurl and, therefore, had to be thrust directly into ...
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Why do we dream?

Here's [David] Eagleman​​ and [Don] Vaughn​'s theory in nutshell: The role of dreams is to ensure that the brain's visual ...
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How do antidepressants work? We still don’t know

Jillian Mock | 
[A]bout a third of Americans are showing signs of depression or anxiety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s about ...
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Why IQ tests still matter

Allison Whitten | 
[A]re IQ tests valid, unbiased measures of general intelligence? They certainly didn’t start out that way, says Stefan C. Dombrowski, ...

Homeopathic remedies are just water – so how did this sex-enhancing ‘treatment’ get peer reviewed and published?

Chu et al. studied the effectiveness of a compound called Impaza, which they hoped would enhance erectile function in male ...
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Why do some people never get sick? How genes, habits and your surroundings can make or break immune health

Elizabeth Svoboda | 
“People get exposed to the same virus, the same dose, even the same source. One gets very sick, and the ...
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We’re still searching for a key piece of our evolutionary tree—our most recent ancestor

Nathanial Scharping | 
Humans’ most recent ancestor, the species that predated our kind, remains shrouded in mystery. Anthropologists still don’t know what species ...
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Shedding light on ‘bizarre’ 1930s procedure in which doctors injected malaria into human brains

A new paper in a neurosurgery journal sheds light on one of the most bizarre and shocking medical procedures ever ...
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Searching for a genetic ‘tattletale’ for heart attack risk

Jeanne Erdmann | 
If you want a sneak peek into your risk of heart disease, here are your options: Your doctor can measure ...
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Buy organic, local and non-GMO? 9 popular practices that aren’t so eco-friendly after all

Anna Funk | 
We all care about the environment, at least a tiny bit. Many of us recycle all we can and own ...
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Viewpoint: Despite ‘hope and hype’, genome sequencing hasn’t given us revolutionary medical treatments

Ari Berkowitz | 
An emergency room physician, initially unable to diagnose a disoriented patient, finds on the patient a wallet-sized card providing access ...
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Video: Look inside Siberia’s Denisova cave, where researchers discovered bones of our mysterious relatives

Anna Funk | 
The Denisovans are named after Denisova Cave in Siberia. Until 2019, it was the only place where archaeologists found bones ...
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Evolutionary quirk: Humans are defined by ‘singular vulnerability’ to heart attacks

Cody Cottier | 
There are many things that set us humans apart from other species: large brains, bipedalism, a predilection for puns. But ...

Human carelessness one of the ‘biggest risks if we encounter extraterrestrial life’

Erica Naone | 
As humans explore the solar system, the tantalizing possibility of discovering extraterrestrial life continues to pop up. But the goal ...
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Unraveling the genetic mystery of Skeleton Lake, an ancient Indian site filled with hundreds of human bones

Gemma Tarlach | 
At the mysterious Skeleton Lake in northern India, the dead are talking, revealing surprises through centuries-old DNA. And it’s not ...
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Fecal transplant industry needs a lot of ‘quality’ poop. Where does it come from?

Cody Cottier | 
To reset the microbiome, the best medicine comes from the last place you’d expect: a fecal transplant, in which a ...
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98.5% of our DNA is ‘junk’: But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t play a key role in disease, evolution

Daniel Blanco | 
Would you purchase a book with over 98 percent of the text written in gibberish? Biology has no business in ...
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