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World War I gave us our first personality test—to assess soldiers for risk of shell shock

Lila Thulin | 
Shell shock ultimately sent 15 percent of British soldiers home. Their symptoms included uncontrollable weeping, amnesia, tics, paralysis, nightmares, insomnia, heart ...
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Can we treat Alzheimer’s by ‘seeding our guts’ with beneficial bateria?

Jenna Sternberg | 
In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine earlier this year, microbiologist Hemraj Dodiya of the University of Chicago and ...
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‘Permanent fix’ for melanoma, blindness, sickle cell? CRISPR gene editing tackles diseases

Lila Thulin | 
In the past 12 months, four clinical trials launched in the United States to use CRISPR to treat and potentially cure patients ...
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3.8-million-year-old Australopithecus anamensis skull found in Ethiopia may redefine branches of human evolution

Brian Handwerk | 
Spotting the intact Australopithecus skull in the Ethiopian dirt caused paleoanthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie to literally jump for joy. … The ...
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Why the USDA employed taste testers to change how Americans eat

Michael Waters | 
Lucy Alexander boasted one of the strangest jobs on the federal payroll. Her official title was the innocuous “chief poultry ...
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Much more than an ‘itchy pest’: Mosquitoes have played a major role in human history

Emily Toomey, Timothy Winegard | 
Fifty-two billion people—almost half of the cumulative human population—are thought to have perished at the hands of a creature no ...
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Activist group Friends of the Earth study reports farms 48 times more toxic than 25 years ago, blames neonicotinoids

Meilan Solly | 
[T]he United States’ agricultural landscape is 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 25 years ago. Per a ...
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How fragile egg shells could help us repair, grow new bones

Emily Matchar | 
We think of eggshells as fragile. Yet these thin, easily breakable shells may be the key to making better, stronger ...
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Biblical Philistines came from southern Europe, suggests analysis of ancient DNA

Megan Gannon | 
“[P]hilistine” is still sometimes lobbed as an insult for an uncultured or crass person. But who were the Philistines, exactly? ...
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Studies of ancient DNA offer new insights into human migration between Siberia and North America

Brain Handwerk | 
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that humans migrated to the North American continent via Beringia, a land mass ...
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Redefining the Neanderthal: Were they more sophisticated than we thought?

Franz Lidz | 
A new body of research has emerged that’s transformed our image of Neanderthals. Through advances in archaeology, dating, genetics, biological ...
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An Italian family’s curious insensitivity to pain

Matthew Shaer | 
Shortly after her sixth birthday, while climbing a pole in a neighbor’s yard in the Tuscan city of Siena, [scientist ...
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North Dakota fossil site may be ‘most sensational’ glimpse of final minutes of dinosaur reign

Riley Black | 
Sixty-six million years ago, an immense asteroid smacked into what is now the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, triggering global devastation ...
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Hues of the past: How we determine the colors of prehistoric animals

Maria McNamara, Rachael Lallensack | 
[Paleontologist Maria McNamara] studies tissues from insects and vertebrates in order to envision what these critters looked like and how ...
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‘Super smeller’ woman boosts effort to create early diagnosis tool for Parkinson’s disease

Meilan Solly | 
Long before Les Milne began exhibiting the telltale signs of Parkinson’s disease, his wife Joy—a so-called “super smeller” capable of detecting ...
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Making the case for early human migration into rain forests

Lorraine Boissoneault | 
In the past, researchers believed humans were almost exclusively adapted to savanna environments. Previous hypotheses suggested Homo sapiens ... spread ...
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DNA as a crime fighting tool: Why we may be in danger of putting too much faith in it

Clive Thompson | 
What happens to a society when there’s suddenly a new way to identify people—to track them as they move around ...
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Dozens of new species found in Chinese fossil site provide window into ancient life

Brian Switek | 
Fossil-packed sites like the Burgess Shale in Canada have revealed the unique nature of early animals around 508 million years ...
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DNA from museum artifacts could help solve ancient mysteries—but there’s a risk

Jess Romeo | 
To fill some of the gaps in our understanding of aurochs evolution, [paleogenomics researcher Mikkel] Sinding looks for genetic clues ...
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Gut bacteria could play key role in patient response to new cancer treatments

Sarah Richards | 
Does the quality and diversity of human gut bacteria determine whether people will successfully respond to cancer treatment? “When we ...
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Is depression affected by bacteria in the gut?

Jane Recker | 
The human microbiome—a collection of bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses commingling in the gut and intestines—has been linked to a ...
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Regenerating tissues and limbs: What we can learn from the the amazing axolotl salamander’s genome

Joshua Learn | 
Saving the salamander that Nature called “biology’s beloved amphibian” takes on a special significance given the animal’s remarkable traits. Axolotls are neotenic, ...
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Meet Alice Lee, the woman who disproved myths about skull size, sex, intelligence

Leila McNeill | 
On the morning of June 10, 1898, Alice Lee marched into the all-male Anatomical Society meeting at Trinity College in ...
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Why don’t humans have fur? We have theories, but no answers

Jason Daley | 
Evolutionary theorists have put forth numerous hypotheses for why humans became the naked mole rats of the primate world. Did we adapt ...
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‘Interesting puzzle’ created by hand tools found near long-vanished Arabian rivers

Brian Handwerk | 
Nearly 200,000 years ago, at the confluence of two long-vanished river systems in the heart of Arabia, people climbed a ...
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You sound down: Using AI to spot depression in a person’s voice

Randy Rieland | 
[T]he notion that artificial intelligence could help predict if a person is suffering from depression is potentially a big step ...
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New ‘scuba rice’ could protect 49 million acres of rice fields from flooding

Jason Daley | 
According to some estimates, half the world depends on rice as its staple food. But as the climate changes, rice cultivation ...
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450,000-year-old teeth help piece together human family tree

Brian Handwerk | 
Crime-drama fans know that forensic scientists can ID the remains of long-missing persons by examining their teeth. To solve even ...
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