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Were human fists made for fighting?

Jennifer Viegas | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Human hands evolved, at ...

First-borns get better education, but worse eyesight

Elizabeth Preston | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  It’s bad enough for ...

What did the first humans to leave Africa look like?

Jennifer Viegas | 
The most comprehensive dataset ever assembled on our early human ancestors provides evidence that the first humans emerged in South ...

Sometimes, evolution comes with negative side effects

Jennifer Viegas | 
From rashes to irritable bowels, people today face certain health challenges because our ancestors evolved the genetic variations associated with ...

‘Fountain of youth’ likely found in genes, not lifestyle

Jennifer Viegas | 
Researchers have just sequenced the genomes of 17 “supercentarians” — people over 110 years of age — and conclude that these long-lived ...
px Homo floresiensis adult female model of head Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

‘Hobbits’ just fantasy: skeleton was human with Down syndrome, not new species

Paul Heltzel | 
Skeletal remains found in 2004 in a cave on the island of Flores in Indonesia were not proof of a ...

Proposed biotech reactor would produce enough fake meat to feed small town

Eric Niiler | 
The movement to sell locally sourced, artisanal food and drink has picked up steam in recent years as many consumers ...

Shortages may trigger food wars by 2050

Tim Wall | 
Within a few more decades, dire food shortages may lead to global-scale conflict, warned a top plant scientist in the ...

Glow-in-the-dark trees as street lights

Erin Ruberry | 
In the not-so-distant future, your evening walk could be lit by gently glowing trees rather than standard street lights. That ...

Humans and dogs evolved to listen for emotional cues

Jennifer Viegas | 
Dog and human brains turn out to be surprisingly similar, at least where communication and emotions are concerned, a new ...

OCD genes found in dogs

Emily Sohn | 
Incessant tail chasing, repetitive shadow stalking, relentless paw chewing for hours and hours every day: Dogs can suffer from obsessive ...

Being a good Samaritan could be influenced by genetics

Patrick J. Kiger | 
Everyone knows the biblical parable of the good Samaritan. A new study suggests that a single variation in a specific ...

Albino gorilla inbred, according to genome

Stephanie Pappas | 
The following is an excerpt. Snowflake was a male Western lowland gorilla. He was born in the wild and captured ...

US companies allow stem cell banking

Jesse Emspak | 
The following is an excerpt. Stem cells, the precursors to other kinds of cells in the human body, promise near-miracle ...

DNA ‘fog’ used to tag and track criminals

Jesse Emspak | 
The following is an edited excerpt. For years banks have rigged bags of money with exploding dye packs, which show ...

Three-parent monkeys may lead to improved stem cell therapy

Jill Neimark | 
The world’s first chimeric monkeys were created in a laboratory last year, and they offer surprising new insights into embryonic ...

Those idiot savant Neandertals

Razib Khan | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Another Neandertal paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Basically [it says that] the morphology ...

Lack of Sleep Messes With Your Genes

Sheila M. Eldred | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Lack of sleep has been blamed for everything from poor driving to memory problems ...

Stem cells for babies

Jesse Emspak | 
Premature babies often have to be put on breathing machines because their lungs aren't fully developed, and some develop a ...

Engineered plants and bacteria could mine platinum

Tim Wall | 
“We have access to a global dataset of plant/crop genetics and capabilities that will allow us to identify suitable native ...
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