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Recreating the Neanderthal Y chromosome helps explain how modern humans emerged

Rasha Aridi | 
One hurdle in deciphering human prehistory is the absence of evidence of a Neanderthal Y chromosome in the genetic record ...

Colorants used in tattoos could play a role in detecting cancer

Courtney Sexton | 
Currently, only three dyes with fluorescent properties used as optical imaging contrast agents—methylene blue, indocyanine green and fluorescein—are approved for ...
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‘Everything smells like a more disgusting version of Spaghetti O’s’: Recovered COVID patients report awful phantom smells

Stephanie Feuer | 
Instead of a scentless world, an increasing number of people who lost their sense of smell because of Covid-19 are ...
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After prehistoric asteroid destroyed most life on Earth, why were birds able to survive?

Riley Black | 
With hindsight, birds can be categorized as avian dinosaurs and all the other sorts—from Stegosaurus to Brontosaurus—are non-avian dinosaurs. The ...
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What’s happening to viruses, bacteria and mites that exist in our socially-isolated home islands?

Rob Dunn | 
We may feel isolated now, in our homes, or apart in parks, or behind plexiglass shields in stores. But we are ...

‘From pipsqueaks to titans’: The complicated evolution of dinosaurs

Riley Black | 
For tens of millions of years, even as other dinosaur species grew to huge sizes, 40-foot carnivores weren't around. How, ...
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7 things we learned about human evolution in the past decade, including that we are older than we thought

Briana Pobiner, Rick Potts | 
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s “David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins,” here are some of the ...
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How a 19th-century typhus outbreak helped doctors fight the coronavirus and other pandemics

Timothy Kent Holliday | 
It was a truism among 19th-century physicians that, in the words of German epidemiologist August Hirsch, “[t]he history of typhus ...
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These 2 ‘crucial and very different’ tests could help us contain the coronavirus

Katherine Wu | 
Amidst a slew of shortages and logistical hurdles, American researchers are now slowly rolling out two crucial and very different ...
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If you survive the coronavirus, do you gain immunity? And for how long?

Katherine Wu | 
Scientists don’t yet have definitive answers about SARS-CoV-2 immunity. For now, people who have had the disease appear unlikely to ...

Searching for signs of Earth’s earliest life more than ‘a needle-in-the-haystack’ problem

Riley Black | 
The search for signs of Earth’s earliest forms of life isn’t quite like looking for dinosaur bones protruding out from ...
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Strange cave-fellows? Unexpected discovery suggests 3 early human species lived together in South Africa

Brian Handwerk | 
Two million years ago, three different early humans—Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and the earliest-known Homo erectus—appear to have lived at the same time in ...
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Warm weather won’t solve COVID-19 pandemic by itself

Katherine Wu | 
Many infectious diseases wax and wane with the changing months. Some, like flu, spike when the weather turns cold, while others, ...

How a few pioneering botanists prepared us to battle the coronavirus outbreak

Theresa Machemer | 
When German pathologist Robert Koch discovered the bacterium behind tuberculosis in 1882, he included a short guide for linking microorganisms ...
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Chance of extraterrestrial contact will multiply by 1,000 in coming decade, says SETI scientist

Tom Siegfried | 
[H]owever small the probability of seeing a signal from E.T. is, those chances are soon going to be a lot ...
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1918 Spanish flu redux? ‘Unprepared for the deluge of death’, politicians rejected ‘social distancing’ in bungled handling of the pandemic

Kenneth Davis | 
It was a parade like none Philadelphia had ever seen.... When the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive parade stepped off on September ...
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Trends that will shape the 2020s: Psychedelics as medicine, diagnostic cell phone apps and AI prediction of disease outbreaks

Katherine Wu, Rachael Lallensack | 
Clearly, a lot can happen in a decade—but innovation has to start somewhere. Based on what’s breaking through now, here ...
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Before Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop: 19th century’s Madame Yale and her ‘Religion of Beauty’

Emmeline Clein | 
On an April afternoon in 1897, thousands of women packed the Boston Theatre to see the nation’s most beguiling female entrepreneur, ...
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Exploring the uneasy relationship between Charles Darwin and his skeptical publisher

Dan Falk | 
Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution shook up Britain’s Victorian establishment upon the release of On the Origin of Species, the 1859 ...
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‘Simple blood test’ could give us an early warning system for cancer

Sarah Richards | 
As of 2020, there are now targeted therapy drugs for 30 kinds of cancer. As part of this whirlwind of innovation, ...

Palm trees grown from 2,000-year-old date seeds reinforce existence of ancient Judea’s ‘sophisticated’ crop domestication culture

Brigit Katz | 
In ancient times, the region of Judea was known for its plump, delicious dates, which delighted the palates of classical ...
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This year’s flu season may be just as bad as last year’s—and we still don’t have a universal vaccine

Andrea Michelson | 
With the deadly 2017-2018 flu season still fresh in public health officials’ minds, this year’s outbreak is shaping up to be ...
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‘Living, self-healing xenobots’ made from frog stem cells could lead to new drug delivery system

Katherine Wu | 
They’re perfect strangers: biological entities that, up until this point, had no business being together. And yet, [microbiologist Michael] Levin ...

‘Chilling’ solution to Fermi paradox: Are intelligent life forms destined to destroy themselves?

James Trefil, Michael Summers | 
If we compress the history of the universe into a single year, Earth and our solar system formed around Labor ...
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Genetic analysis reshapes our understanding of when humans first arrived in North America

Fen Montaigne | 
For more than half a century, the prevailing story of how the first humans came to the Americas went like ...
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How whales got so big eating tiny krill. And why they don’t get bigger

Katherine Wu | 
Pound for pound, the blue whale’s reign is indisputable. At around 100 feet long and 100 tons in size, these ...
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Pea-sized mini brains just developed brain waves for the first time

Thiago Arzua | 
Mini-brains are just the size of a pea but capable of reproducing key brain functions. They are currently a hot research topic because scientists think they ...

Our ancestors may have evolved the ability to talk 27 million years earlier than we thought

Brian Handwerk | 
Some scientists have theorized that it only became physically possible to speak a wide range of essential vowel sounds when ...