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Rodent-like creature may be our earliest ancestor

Rodent-like creature may be our earliest ancestor

Charles Choi | 
The earliest known ancestors of the mammal lineage that includes everything from humans, to blue whales, to pygmy shrews may ...
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1 in 4 cancer patients turn to medical marijuana for relief

Sara Miller | 
One of the most well-known purported uses for medical marijuana is to alleviate symptoms related to cancer treatment, and a ...
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Mystery Norwegian jelly-like blobs stump marine biologists

Stephanie Pappas | 
Giant, jelly-like blobs have been sighted off the western coast of Norway, but the identities of these mysterious objects have ...
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Weakened Zika virus might help fight brain cancer in adults

Rachael Rettner | 
A new study suggests that the same properties that make Zika a dangerous virus for unborn children could be useful ...
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Did life originate ‘naturally’ or are we a cosmic mistake?

Ian O'Neill | 
Understanding the origin of life is arguably one of the most compelling quests for humanity. This quest has inevitably moved ...
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Does talcum baby powder cause ovarian cancer?

Cari Nierenberg | 
Some people may sprinkle on powder after showering and never think much of it. But recent court cases have shined ...
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Microbiome and health: Stress, diet and genetics responsible for how bacteria influences our immune system

Christopher Wanjek | 
Could the idea that there are "good" and "bad" bacteria be a false dichotomy? … In a study on mice, scientists found ...
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‘Tissue paper’ made from organs could repair damage, restore function

Charles Choi | 
Scientists have created paper-like biomaterials from organs such as the ovaries, uterus, heart, liver and muscle that are thin and ...
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5 facts on Trump’s transgender military ban

Sara G. Miller | 
President Donald Trump said [July 26] that transgender individuals could not serve in the military. "After consultation with my Generals ...
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Bacteria-induced inflammation may contribute to Alzheimer’s

Rachael Rettner | 
People with Alzheimer's disease may have higher levels of bacteria in their brains compared to people without the condition, a ...
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Genetics of Harry Potter: What wizardry can tell us about our DNA

Mindy Weisberger | 
[In the world of "Harry Potter,"] magic appears to follow some of the same rules as other traits that are ...
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Eyeborg: Man has video camera inserted to replace damaged eye

Tia Ghose | 
Rob Spence, a documentary filmmaker from Canada, has a prosthetic eye that doubles as a video camera. Spence, who is ...
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Heroin vaccine could neutralize drug high using body’s immune system

Amanda Onion | 
As heroin-related deaths soar in the United States, a group of researchers said they may be one step closer to ...
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Sexy swimmers: Sperm cell tails use elastic springs to control movement

Laura Geggel | 
Human sperm cells get an extra oomph forward as they swim, thanks to interconnected elastic springs in their tails that ...
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Why men are faster runners than women

Laura Geggel | 
Given that both men and women train equally hard, why is it that men, on average, are faster runners than ...
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Homo Sapiens 2.0: National Geographic TV series explores what life on earth will look like in 1 million years

Jesse Emspak | 
In the year 1 million, Earth's continents will look roughly the same as they do now and the sun will ...
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Infection-causing, antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ originated 500 million years ago

Rachael Rettner | 
The bacteria, called Enterococcus, is a so-called superbug, meaning it is resistant to antibiotics and cleaning products. In the new ...
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Ice age mammal bones discovered during subway construction in Los Angeles

Laura Geggel | 
The discovery of ice age mammal bones — one belonging to an extinct camel and the other to either a ...
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Tired all the time? Chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to gut bacteria

Rachael Rettner | 
People with chronic fatigue syndrome may have imbalances in their gut bacteria, a new study suggests. The study found that ...
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CRISPR primer: Explaining the powerful gene-editing tool

Aparna Vidyasagar | 
CRISPR technology is a simple yet powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and ...
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Disease trade-off: Malaria resistance comes with higher risk for multiple sclerosis, lupus

Amanda Onion | 
When it comes to human evolution and survival, fighting off one disease can sometimes mean that a person becomes more ...
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Shocking: Electrical zaps to your brain may improve memory

Agata Blaszczak-Boxe | 
Zapping the brain with just a bit of electricity at the right time may help to improve memory function in ...
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Average looking? Displaying your creativity may make you more attractive

Sara Miller | 
Showing a bit of creativity on your online dating profile could make you appear more attractive to potential dates, a ...
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Two halves better than one: Why our brain evolved to be symmetrical

Agata Blaszczak-Boxe | 
The human brain evolved to have two halves — and a new review of previous research suggests that this dual ...
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Human de-extinction: If we disappear from the planet, should our species be revived?

Laura Geggel | 
It's a tough call, but maybe not, according to a panel of five experts who debated "de-extinction" during the annual ...
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Criminal intent: Brain scans could show whether someone meant to do bad

Sara Miller | 
What if lawyers could prove that a person knowingly committed a crime by looking at scans of his or her ...
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Science of Star Trek: Would ‘Vulcans’ really look like humans?

Nola Redd | 
After studying scenes from [the Star Trek fictional universe], Mohamed Noor, an evolutionary biologist at Duke University in North Carolina, ...
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Woman’s rare disorder causes her immune system to attack her brain

Sara Miller | 
A young woman's weeklong bout of "strange behavior" was caused by a rare disease in which the immune system attacks ...
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