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6-28-2018 strange planet

Search for alien life gets boost from new NASA project

George Dvorsky | 
The ability to detect life on distant worlds still eludes us, but a new project coordinated by NASA now takes ...
6-26-2018 newedermisbr

Synthetic ‘skin’ could return pain sensations to users of prosthetic limbs

George Dvorsky | 
Current prosthetic limbs aren’t yet capable of transmitting complex sensations like texture or pain to the user, but a recent ...
6-21-2018 a-photograph-of-the-ancient-panda-fossil

Giant panda discovery: DNA from 22,000-year-old skull suggests unknown lineage in China

Jessica Boddy | 
DNA from a 22,000-year-old fossilized panda skull suggests an entirely separate lineage of giant pandas once roamed the area that ...
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This legal squabble is challenging the way we handle DNA ownership

Kristen Brown | 
Toronto businessman Harold Peerenboom and Marvel Entertainment chairman Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter were locked in an absurd suburban skirmish, bickering over ...
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Rethinking the search for alien life: Let’s look for their space junk

George Dvorsky | 
SETI enthusiasts have devised all sorts of complicated ways for us to find signs of alien life, but a new ...
6-6-2018 kathymydlachberofb_hdv

Cancer patient’s ‘spontaneous remission’—not her diet—will be included in Harvard study

Ed Cara | 
Over the past few weeks, multiple media outlets have written about Kathy Bero, a 54-year-old woman who claims her breast cancer 12 years ago ...
5-31-2018 nmjwnfwncs9fy4h8cvrb

17,000-year-old route to North America could redefine human migration history

George Dvorsky | 
The first people to cross into North America from Eurasia did so by traveling through the Bering Strait, or so ...
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Are plants conscious? Here’s what the experts think

Daniel Kolitz | 
Michael Marder Ikerbasque Research Professor, Philosophy, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz and author of Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life, ...
5-17-2018 6a0120a610bec4970c015392d3c383970b

Astronomical cycles may have influenced animal evolution on Earth

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
A team of researchers from the United States and New Zealand took a look at how likely species were to ...
5-16-2018 skincare

Viewpoint: I know my skin better than a ‘DNA-optimized’ skincare routine does

Kristen Brown | 
LifeDNA purports to take your DNA data from companies like 23andMe, and, relying on findings from “over 1,100 peer-reviewed studies,” ...
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Does birth control affect who women are attracted to?

Ed Cara | 
A commonly touted theory about how women’s attraction to men works might be all wrong, suggests a new paper published this week ...
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DNA health and and ancestry test for pets? Why would you want to do that?

Kristen Brown | 
The market for at-home DNA tests has exploded. Curious to find out about their ancestry, risk of disease, diet, and athletic ...
5-2-2018 Biohacking-pic-685x368

Writer agrees to be biohacked. Now she wonders if it was worth it

Kristen Brown | 
Grinders are hackers, but the hardware they aim to hack is the human body. They are transhumanist in the most ...
5-1-2018 skulls

Neanderthals’ brains may have doomed them to extinction

George Dvorsky | 
Using computers and MRI scans, researchers have created the most detailed reconstruction of a Neanderthal brain to date, offering new ...
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Quest to figure out why our hair turns gray yields new answer

Ed Cara | 
Scientists think they’ve stumbled upon a newly discovered mechanism that could explain why some people’s hair turns gray and others ...
4-30-2018 depression (1)

44 genetic variants linked to depression — and we may all carry some of them

Kristen Brown | 
Depression is a tricky beast. Symptoms vary widely from person to person, as does the response to treatment. But there’s no ...
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The ambitious effort to sequence the DNA of earth’s 1.5 million animals, plants and fungi

Kristen Brown | 
In what will undoubtedly be the largest genomic sequencing effort of all time, an international consortium of researchers is organizing ...
4-25-2018 nuclear

How artificial intelligence could push us closer to nuclear war

George Dvorksy | 
As AI slowly erodes the foundations that made the Cold War possible, we may find ourselves hurtling towards all-out nuclear ...
AI personhood? European Parliament under fire for proposing recognizing legal status of robots

AI personhood? European Parliament under fire for proposing recognizing legal status of robots

George Dvorsky | 
Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the ...
Night owls more likely to eat poorly, use drugs, die earlier

Night owls more likely to eat poorly, use drugs, die earlier

Ed Cara | 
Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine based on white populations could ‘reinforce existing societal and economic inequalities’

Kristen Brown | 
Sequencing the human genome has shown us that we are mostly all made up of the same stuff, but it’s ...
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Discovery of ancient finger in Saudi Arabia suggests humans left Africa 20,000 years earlier than assumed

George Dvorsky | 
It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil ...
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Why humans and Neanderthals look so different

George Dvorsky | 
Compared to modern humans, Neanderthals had heavy eyebrows, huge noses, and large, long faces that bulged forward. Using 3D computer ...
Could LSD treat schizophrenia and depression?

Could LSD treat schizophrenia and depression?

Ed Cara | 
A small new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience seems to offer some insight into what’s happening in the brain while we’re on ...
3-26-2018 transgender-paige-master768

75% of transgender women report ‘positive changes in their life satisfaction’ after surgery

Ed Cara | 
While many transgender people opt for gender-affirming surgeries, little research has been done to examine how such operations may affect ...
3-20-2018 gettyimages-758292097

Possible breakthrough in one-a-day male birth control pill?

Ed Cara | 
One of the latest experimental candidates for a male birth control drug is a compound that would be taken much ...
Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

Kristen Brown | 
In men and women diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the same genes show the opposite changes. In other words, the ...
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Staying ‘highly physically fit’ could stave off dementia by nearly 90%

Ed Cara | 
The intricacies behind what can cause dementia are still largely a mystery and highly debated. But a new study published [March ...