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Dogs don’t seem to care much about human faces, counterintuitive study finds

Laura Sanders | 
Dogs’ brains aren’t especially impressed by faces, either those of other dogs, or of people, a new study suggests. People’s brains ...
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Genetic engineering reveals how Venus flytrap spots prey, shedding light on plant’s short-term ‘memory’

Curtis Segarra | 
A Venus flytrap’s short-term “memory” can last about 30 seconds. If an insect taps the plant’s sensitive hairs only once, ...
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Puberty resets the brain, giving preteens facing stress and hardship a second chance

Esther Landhuis | 
A childhood characterized by hardship, negligence or abuse can also alter the neuroendocrine system that regulates how the body responds ...
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How one person was spontaneously cured of HIV—and what that may mean in the fight against AIDS

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Twice, people infected with HIV have had levels of the virus in their bodies drop to undetectable levels after bone marrow ...
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Are facial expressions universal?

Bruce Bower | 
Faces depicted in sculptures crafted between 3,500 and 600 years ago in Mexico and Central America convey five varieties of ...
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Redrawing the line between life and brain death

Laura Sanders | 
Brain death has been a recognized concept in medicine for decades. But there’s a lot of variation in how people ...
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In the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, ethical concerns abound

Bethany Brookshire | 
How do we ethically test it in people? Can people be forced to get the vaccine if they don’t want it? ...
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Why haven’t we been contacted by alien civilizations? Maybe because most have extinguished themselves, as we likely will

Tom Siegfried | 
For some reason, civilization is not a self-perpetuating state of affairs on this planet. And perhaps not on other planets, ...
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Ethical pros and cons of infecting healthy volunteers in quest for COVID-19 vaccine

Jonathan Lambert | 
Instead of vaccinating hundreds to thousands of people and waiting to see if they naturally catch the virus, scientists would ...
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Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs created perfect conditions for microbial life to thrive

Carolyn Gramling | 
The massive Chicxulub crater on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula is the fingerprint of a killer, probably responsible for the destruction of ...
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‘Overly simplistic’: Women may have been more than just ‘gatherers’ in ancient times, studies suggest

Bruce Bower | 
Sexual divisions of labor characterized ancient societies, but were not as rigidly enforced as has often been assumed, [two] new ...
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‘The Idea of the Brain’: Book explores the struggle to understand the human brain

Laura Sanders | 
Neuroscientists love a good metaphor. Through the years, plumbing, telegraph wires and computers have all been enlisted to help explain ...
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Borrowing a trick from cancer cells could be key to improving organ and limb transplants

Erin Garcia de Jesus | 
To help rats adopt transplanted limbs as their own, researchers have harnessed a ruse that cancer cells use to hide ...
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Experiments on living brain tissue unearth ‘ethical quandaries’

Karen Rommelfanger, Laura Sanders | 
Live bits of brain look like any other piece of meat —  pinkish, solid chunks of neural tissue. But unlike ...
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Iraqi excavation rekindles debate over whether Neanderthals buried their dead

Bruce Bower | 
The excavation of an adult Neandertal’s partial upper-body skeleton in Iraqi Kurdistan has revived a decades-long debate over whether Neandertals intentionally buried ...
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This robotic face will wince if you hit it. How does it process pain?

Laura Sanders | 
Sensors embedded in soft, artificial skin that can detect both a gentle touch and a painful thump have been hooked ...
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Dreaming of hypoallergenic cats and how CRISPR could ‘come to the rescue’

Erika Engelhaupt | 
Given that just two genes are responsible for making cats a problem for many people, it seemed like a no-brainer ...
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Viewpoint: Booming stem cell market ‘conflates hype with reality’, damaging legitimate research

Laura Beil | 
Stem cells sold at clinics are driving what’s thought to be a $2 billion global industry. Facebook pages announce seminars ...
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‘Intrepid explorers’: Neanderthals hunted their way across thousands of miles in Europe

Bruce Bower | 
Neandertals were epic wanderers. These ancient hominids took a 3,000- to 4,000-kilometer hike from Eastern Europe to the Altai Mountains ...
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DNA from 4 ancient children shed light on diversity of humankind’s African origins

Bruce Bower | 
Four ancient youngsters, one pair from around 8,000 years ago and another from about 3,000 years ago, have opened a ...
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Dementia’s ‘biological weak spot’: A single mutation helped this woman evade Alzheimer’s for decades

Laura Sanders | 
A cruel twist of genetic fate brought Alzheimer’s disease to a sprawling Colombian family. But thanks to a second twist, ...
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Dangers of CAR-T treatments linked to ‘particularily messy’ method of killing tumors

Erin Garcia de Jesus | 
Techniques to genetically modify patient immune cells have revolutionized the fight against hard-to-treat cancers. But they can come with dangerous ...
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Why infected patients should be put on multidrug cocktails to head off antibiotic tolerance and resistance

Tina Saey | 
Infectious bacteria that are down but not quite dead yet may be more dangerous than previously thought. Even as one ...
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Does the pill cause depression? Why its too soon to be worried

Laura Sanders | 
“Does the pill cause depression?” the news headline asked. Prompted by a recent study that described a link between taking birth ...
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Single dose of ketamine could weaken the desire to drink beer

Laura Sanders | 
A single dose of ketamine may cut down problematic drinking. Taken in the right context, the hallucinogenic drug may be able ...
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Can we take AI to the next level by building robots that fear for their own safety?

Tom Siegfried | 
There might be a way, though, to give robots feelings, say neuroscientists Kingson Man and Antonio Damasio. Simply build the ...
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‘Self-eating’ mitochondria may make the brain vulnerable to Lou Gehrig’s disease

Tina Saey | 
A newly discovered type of mitochondrial self-destruction may make some brain cells vulnerable to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s ...
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Tree planting can help slow global warming, but it’s no panacea, climate experts say

Susan Milius | 
.... There’s room to plant enough trees, albeit many, many, many trees, to counter a big chunk of the planet-warming ...