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Mind games: Do placebos have a place in modern medicine?

Ed Cara | 
Doctors in Australia commonly give their patients a placebo treatment intended mainly to ease their minds, according to a new ...
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First chimeric part-monkey piglets born in China

George Dvorsky | 
Scientists in China created piglets whose organs contained some monkey cells. The piglets all died within a week, illustrating the challenges ...
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Does ‘brain plasticity’ explain why these people can still smell, despite not having olfactory bulbs?

Ed Cara | 
Doctors there say they’ve found people who can smell just as well as anyone else, despite missing the key area ...
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9 significant archaeological discoveries of the past decade, including a Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid

George Dvorsky | 
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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Humans originated in Botswana? New research challenged for using ‘weak and inconclusive genetic analysis’

George Dvorsky | 
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

George Dvorsky | 
At some point, our ancestors harnessed the power of the flame to keep warm, cook food, produce new materials, shoo ...
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Inherited Neanderthal, Denisovan DNA may help with our metabolism, immunity and diet

George Dvorsky | 
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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Tiny, lab-grown brains allow researchers to explore what makes humans different

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
Researchers are growing human, ape, and monkey brain tissue in the lab in order to understand what makes us different ...
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‘Holy grail of medicine’: Experimental drug promises to stop flu in its tracks—if it works in humans

Ed Cara | 
We might be inching closer to a holy grail of medicine: an incredibly effective flu-killing drug that the virus can’t ...
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‘Unexpected’ marriage practices, slavery, social inequality revealed in analysis of Bronze Age remains

George Dvorsky | 
A fascinating new study chronicles the family histories of European Bronze Age households, revealing the presence of surprising marital practices, ...
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Two copies of a gene from only a single parent—This ‘genetic quirk’ may not be as rare as we thought

Ed Cara | 
A supposedly rare genetic quirk might be more common than we think, according to new research out [October 10]. The ...
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Channeling our ‘inner salamander’: Research suggests humans have ability to repair overworked cartilage

George Dvorsky | 
Our bodies have retained the capacity to repair injured or overworked cartilage in our joints, says new research published [October 9] in ...
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Would the discovery of life on Mars be ‘world-shaking’?

George Dvorsky | 
In a recent interview with the Telegraph, NASA chief scientist Jim Green said it’s possible we’ll soon find evidence of life on ...
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Animals enhanced with human brain cells—and robust levels of consciousness—create new ethical dilemmas

George Dvorsky | 
Neuroscientist Isaac Chen from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, along with his colleagues, has written ...
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Evolution in motion: Before birth, human fetuses develop—and then lose—lizard-like body parts

Ed Cara | 
The evolutionary journey of any species is littered with detours and dead-ends. Humans, for instance, have vestigial body parts that ...
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From hominids to animals: Who lived in Siberia’s famous Denisova Cave?

George Dvorsky | 
For thousands of years, Siberia’s Denisova Cave was home to various bands of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and modern humans. But as ...
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Something new to worry about: Mosquito-borne brain-infecting EEE virus may be fueled by warming climate

Ed Cara | 
Health officials in several states [have] reported more cases and deaths linked to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. The ...
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We haven’t found a Denisovan skull yet. But thanks to genetic analysis, we can predict what their faces looked like

George Dvorsky | 
A pinky finger bone, some teeth, and a lower jaw. That’s all the physical evidence we have of the mysterious ...
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Promising immunotherapy drug to treat peanut allergies may be approved although 10% of study subjects had serious side effects

Ed Cara | 
On [September 13], a panel of experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration voted that the agency should approve a drug ...
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‘Especially deadly’ mosquito-spread virus kills 3 Americans so far this year

Ed Cara | 
Rhode Island health officials reported that a resident had died after contracting the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. The death marks the ...
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Left-handed? Genes link handedness to language facility but also schizophrenia and anorexia

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
Despite its ubiquity to the human experience, there are lots of unresolved questions related to handedness, such as how lefty ...
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Thanks to IVF, 73-year-old Indian woman just became the ‘oldest new mother ever documented’

Ed Cara | 
An Indian woman named Erramatti Mangayamma has seemingly made history by becoming the oldest new mother ever documented. Her doctors ...
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First people in the Americas arrived by Pacific pathway, new evidence suggests

George Dvorsky | 
Around 14,800 years ago, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet separated from its neighboring Laurentide Ice Sheet, creating an ice-free corridor that ...
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How the brains of different dog breeds have evolved to meet our needs

Ed Cara | 
As humans have gone, so have their canine companions. But a new study shows the subtle ways our long-lasting partnership ...
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Breakthrough could help us understand why some tick bites cause bizarre red meat allergies

Ed Cara | 
Scientists at the University of Virginia have seemingly come closer to unraveling the mystery behind a strange red meat allergy ...
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Have scientists discovered a new pain-processing organ under our skin?

Ed Cara | 
It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team ...
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‘Rare and unsettling’: Young woman had undeveloped ‘twin’ in her abdomen for 17 years

Ed Cara | 
A young woman in India unknowingly lived with one of the rarest and most unsettling medical conditions for nearly two ...
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Does air pollution contribute to poor attention, memory problems for kids?

Jackie Rocheleau | 
Over the past decade or so, in both animals and humans, in the lab and in the real world, scientists ...