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Hobbit-sized humans appear to have lived as recently as 50,000 years ago

Hobbit-sized humans appear to have lived as recently as 50,000 years ago

George Dvorsky | 
Fossil evidence of [Homo floresiensis and Homo luzonensis found in Southeast Asia], described in 2004 and 2019 respectively, suggests these ...
How animals perceive time

How animals perceive time

Daniel Kolitz | 
[Are animals] entirely free from the temporal plane? Do they perceive it in any way? Do some species perceive it ...
Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

George Dvorsky | 
[The 14-day limit for human embryo research was originally] chosen because it’s only after this stage that the central nervous ...
A nasal spray to fend off the common cold?

A nasal spray to fend off the common cold?

Ed Cara | 
[An] experimental drug—delivered via nasal spray—could help the immune system fend off all sorts of respiratory infections. The treatment is ...
Morbid curiosity? This study records what some people’s last moments alive were like

Morbid curiosity? This study records what some people’s last moments alive were like

Ed Cara | 
There’s no shortage of morbid curiosity surrounding death. But according to the researchers behind this project, known as the Death ...
We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

Daniel Kolitz | 
First: Could we populate another planet with genetically modified organisms? Second: Should we? … Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Professor of Planetary Habitability and Astrobiology ...
Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

Ed Cara | 
[A new] disease, caused by the Chapare virus, killed three people and is thought to have sickened at least five during [an] ...
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Black biologist Charles Henry Turner’s groundbreaking research on animal cognition remains largely unacknowledged

George Dvorsky | 
A new Perspectives essay published in Science describes the contributions of biologist Charles H. Turner (1867-1923), an American zoologist whose “early discoveries ...
AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

Alyse Stanley | 
The difference between a healthy person’s cough and the cough of someone infected with [SARS-CoV-2] is so slight that it’s ...
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Plant-based burgers….now milk? Impossible Foods aims to make realistic dairy alternative without cows

Andrew Liszewski | 
.... Impossible Foods, makers of the Impossible Burger and other plant-based meat alternatives, are working on another food replacement that ...
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Slideshow: Canine COVID detectors soon may be coming to an airport or business near you

Jody Serrano | 
There are various ongoing efforts to train sniffer dogs to detect covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. If dogs prove to be reliable in detecting ...
‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

Ed Cara | 
Nootropics, also called smart drugs, have become one of the fastest-growing segments of the supplement industry. They’re marketed as products that can ...
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Now mostly desert, what was Arabia like when humans migrated out of Africa?

George Dvorsky | 
Prior to the last ice age, somewhere between 112,000 and 122,000 years ago, two humans, possibly three, walked south along the shore ...
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Magic tricks can help us better understand animal intelligence

George Dvorsky | 
[A]s a new Science: Perspectives article points out, it’s not just humans who get fooled by magic tricks. Many species of animals ...
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Why it will be so difficult to develop a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction

Ed Cara | 
[P]atients taking opioids for chronic pain can produce antibodies to the drugs, which could help explain some of the side-effects ...
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Wooly rhinos driven to extinction by climate change not human hunters

George Dvorsky | 
The reign of woolly rhinos, which lasted for millions of years, came to an abrupt end some 14,000 years ago, ...
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Medieval medicine resurrected: Could a 1,000 year old potion help fight bacterial infections?

George Dvorsky | 
Garlic, onion, wine, and a dash of bovine bile. It’s a veritable witch’s brew, but as a new Scientific Reports paper shows, this ...
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Space Station science: Fungus found at Chernobyl could protect astronauts from galactic cosmic radiation

George Dvorsky | 
Galactic cosmic radiation remains a troubling impediment to a sustained human presence in space. This unresolved problem is starting to ...
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Science around coronavirus reinfection remains unsettled

Ed Cara | 
[A] Vox article written by a primary care doctor in Washington D.C. laid out an imminent and frightening pandemic scenario, based on ...
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Mystery inflammation syndrome connected to COVID-19 in children results in brain damage

Ed Cara | 
[Children with COVID-19] can suffer everything from headaches to muscle weakness, along with visible signs of damage to the brain ...
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Space-thriving bacteria hold key to quickly and cheaply producing innovative polio vaccine

Matthew Phelan | 
[Molecular biologist Mike] Daly has been investigating ways to apply the lessons learned from this bacteria’s unique radiation resistance to ...
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Plants are conscious? Some evidence says yes, but not all experts are convinced

Sofia Quaglia | 
Plants are conscious, according to LINV director Stefano Mancuso, an arboriculture professor at the University of Florence. Mancuso’s case for ...
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Extraterrestrial alert: 737 places where aliens might be hiding

George Dvorsky | 
The Exotica Catalog was put together by researchers from Breakthrough Listen, a decade-long program seeking to find signs of intelligent ...
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We’ve successfully flattened the curve. Now get ready for an ‘agonizing’ COVID-19 plateau

Ed Cara | 
As the summer gets into full swing and much of the country lifts its restrictions on distancing… it’s important to ...
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‘A misunderstanding’: WHO backtracks on claim that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus is ‘very rare’

Ed Cara | 
The World Health Organization held a press conference on Tuesday [June 9] to clarify a surprising announcement it made a ...
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DNA from 14,000-year-old tooth offers oldest known link between Native Americans and southern Siberia

George Dvorsky | 
A 14,000-year-old genome scraped from a prehistoric tooth found in southern Siberia is now the oldest known connection linking living ...
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Challenging evolutionary psychology: Philosopher attacks the field’s underlying scientific foundation

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
It’s not often that a paper attempts to take down an entire field. Yet, this past January, that’s precisely what ...
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Does the coronavirus ‘linger in the air’ long enough be dangerous? Why we can’t answer that question.

Ed Cara | 
Scientists are debating a key aspect of the coronavirus that causes covid-19: whether the virus lingers in the air for ...
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