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How long do most mammal species survive before going extinct?

Tara Santora | 
How long do species usually last before they go extinct? It turns out the answer we find now could be ...
COVID immunity could last years, even decades, study suggests — but we can’t know for sure

COVID immunity could last years, even decades, study suggests — but we can’t know for sure

Nicoletta Lanese | 
[W]e won't know exactly how long immunity lasts without continuing to study those who have recovered from COVID-19. However, [a] new study, ...
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How the brain bends our sense of time

Yasemin Saplakoglu | 
Time in the brain doesn't follow the steady ticking of the world's most precise clocks. Instead, it seems to fly by ...
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‘From plate to poop’: Why corn survives digestion and what it means for your health

Donavyn Coffey | 
Corn has a way of staying intact from plate to poop. The bright yellow kernels found in our favorite summer ...

Can you change your personality as you age?

Isobel Whitcomb | 
Personality is the pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviors unique to a person. People tend to think of personality as fixed. But ...
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What would life on Earth be like if humans were wiped out?

Emma Bryce | 
What would happen to our planet — to our cities, to our industries, to nature — if humans disappeared? There ...
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DNA shows Neanderthals mated with humans in two waves, not just once

Stephanie Pappas | 
[A]ncient humans mated with Neanderthals between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago, well before the more recent, and better-known mixing of the two ...

Discovery of fire lit up human evolution. When did it occur?

Tara Santora | 
Scientists suspect that without a control over fire, humans probably would never have developed large brains and the benefits that ...
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Are we any closer to understanding what consciousness is?

Grant Currin | 
Thinkers have spent an immense amount of time and ink trying to unravel mysteries, such as how consciousness works and ...

How humans might play a role in our own extinction

Emma Bryce | 
[W]hat if human extinction was less a cinematic scenario, and instead, a looming reality? That might seem like a sensational ...
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To this man, numbers look like scrambled “spaghetti” but his brain works fine. What’s going on?

Yasemin Saplakoglu | 
RFS is the first patient with an inability to see numbers. "He sees something … a scramble of lines and ...
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Zealandia revealed: Maps and interactive tools uncover backstory of Earth’s ‘lost’ eighth continent

Brandon Specktor | 
Earth's eighth continent is 94% underwater.... ... Zealandia — or Te Riu-a-Māui, as it's referred to in the indigenous Māori ...
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Century-old lung helps scientists trace measles back to now-eradicated cattle virus

Nicoletta Lanese | 
For years, the lung sat in the basement of the Berlin Museum of Medical History along with hundreds of other ...
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Why were these 1,000-year-old skulls shaped like ‘sci-fi aliens’?

Mindy Weisberger | 
Tight wrapping in childhood produced deliberately deformed skulls ...
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Battling antibiotic resistance by stopping evolution

Nicoletta Lanese | 
One of the ways that bacteria evolve to become "antibiotic resistant" is by picking up free-floating genetic material from their environments. They ...
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Zika virus could offer new way to attack deadly brain cancers

Nicoletta Lanese | 
New research has revealed that the Zika virus breaks into brain cells by using a special molecular key, and scientists ...

Distinctive ‘Habsburg jaw’ of medieval kings and queens was created by centuries of inbreeding, study suggests

Yasemin Saplakoglu | 
Many of the kings and queens of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, which ruled across Europe from the 16th to the ...
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Aggressive cancer adapts quickly thanks to odd ‘doughnut-shaped’ DNA

Yasemin Saplakoglu | 
Cancer cells may owe some of their destructive nature to unique, "doughnut-shaped" DNA, according to a new study. The study, published ...

Gene editing used in China in a failed but promising attempt to cure HIV

Rachael Rettner | 
Scientists in China have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to treat a patient with HIV, but it didn't cure the patient, ...
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How Nazi Germany pioneered the use of performance enhancing drugs in WWII

Mindy Weisberger | 
The remarkable endurance of German and Allied soldiers during World War II had a secret ingredient: performance-enhancing drugs. During the ...

Destructive diets: Are we eating Earth’s large animals to extinction?

Brandon Specktor | 
In new research published [February 6] in the journal Conservation Letters, scientists surveyed the populations of nearly 300 species of megafauna ...
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Can aggressive cancer cells be transformed into ‘harmless fat’?

Rachel Rettner | 
Imagine if you could turn aggressive cancer cells into harmless fat. Scientists in Switzerland say they've done just that, in ...
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Not so-sterile brains? Researchers find harmless bacteria living there

Rachael Rettner | 
In the latest example of bacteria being "literally everywhere," scientists appear to have found evidence of microbes living harmlessly in ...

‘People are primed for ET’: Why the discovery of alien life won’t frighten us

Mindy Weisberger | 
On [October 30] 80 years ago, actor Orson Welles announced to audiences in a chilling radio performance that Martians were ...

Longer lives for humans? Here’s what it will take

Yasemin Saplakoglu | 
How healthy will the world be in 2040? If things continue as they are now, the answer is better off ...
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Medieval graves yield genetic clues about kinship of Germanic warrior family

Laura Geggel | 
A dozen lavish medieval graves holding the remains of 13 people have finally spilled their genetic secrets, now that researchers ...
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Here’s why so many of us are spooked by artificial intelligence?

Mindy Weisberger | 
[N]ot everyone is ready to welcome AI with open arms. In recent years, as computer scientists have pushed the boundaries ...
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Why dreams are so hard to remember and what you can do about it

Bahar Gholipour | 
In waking life, [quickly] forgetting recent experiences would surely land you in a doctor's office. With dreams, however, forgetting is ...