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Black biologist Charles Henry Turner’s groundbreaking research on animal cognition remains largely unacknowledged

A new Perspectives essay published in Science describes the contributions of biologist Charles H. Turner (1867-1923), an American zoologist whose “early discoveries ...
AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

The difference between a healthy person’s cough and the cough of someone infected with [SARS-CoV-2] is so slight that it’s ...
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Slideshow: Canine COVID detectors soon may be coming to an airport or business near you

There are various ongoing efforts to train sniffer dogs to detect covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. If dogs prove to be reliable in detecting ...
‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

Nootropics, also called smart drugs, have become one of the fastest-growing segments of the supplement industry. They’re marketed as products that can ...
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Now mostly desert, what was Arabia like when humans migrated out of Africa?

Prior to the last ice age, somewhere between 112,000 and 122,000 years ago, two humans, possibly three, walked south along the shore ...
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Magic tricks can help us better understand animal intelligence

[A]s a new Science: Perspectives article points out, it’s not just humans who get fooled by magic tricks. Many species of animals ...
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Why it will be so difficult to develop a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction

[P]atients taking opioids for chronic pain can produce antibodies to the drugs, which could help explain some of the side-effects ...
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Wooly rhinos driven to extinction by climate change not human hunters

The reign of woolly rhinos, which lasted for millions of years, came to an abrupt end some 14,000 years ago, ...
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Medieval medicine resurrected: Could a 1,000 year old potion help fight bacterial infections?

Garlic, onion, wine, and a dash of bovine bile. It’s a veritable witch’s brew, but as a new Scientific Reports paper shows, this ...
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Space Station science: Fungus found at Chernobyl could protect astronauts from galactic cosmic radiation

Galactic cosmic radiation remains a troubling impediment to a sustained human presence in space. This unresolved problem is starting to ...
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Science around coronavirus reinfection remains unsettled

[A] Vox article written by a primary care doctor in Washington D.C. laid out an imminent and frightening pandemic scenario, based on ...
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Mystery inflammation syndrome connected to COVID-19 in children results in brain damage

[Children with COVID-19] can suffer everything from headaches to muscle weakness, along with visible signs of damage to the brain ...
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Space-thriving bacteria hold key to quickly and cheaply producing innovative polio vaccine

[Molecular biologist Mike] Daly has been investigating ways to apply the lessons learned from this bacteria’s unique radiation resistance to ...
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Extraterrestrial alert: 737 places where aliens might be hiding

The Exotica Catalog was put together by researchers from Breakthrough Listen, a decade-long program seeking to find signs of intelligent ...
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We’ve successfully flattened the curve. Now get ready for an ‘agonizing’ COVID-19 plateau

As the summer gets into full swing and much of the country lifts its restrictions on distancing… it’s important to ...
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‘A misunderstanding’: WHO backtracks on claim that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus is ‘very rare’

The World Health Organization held a press conference on Tuesday [June 9] to clarify a surprising announcement it made a ...
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DNA from 14,000-year-old tooth offers oldest known link between Native Americans and southern Siberia

A 14,000-year-old genome scraped from a prehistoric tooth found in southern Siberia is now the oldest known connection linking living ...
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Challenging evolutionary psychology: Philosopher attacks the field’s underlying scientific foundation

It’s not often that a paper attempts to take down an entire field. Yet, this past January, that’s precisely what ...
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Does the coronavirus ‘linger in the air’ long enough be dangerous? Why we can’t answer that question.

Scientists are debating a key aspect of the coronavirus that causes covid-19: whether the virus lingers in the air for ...
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What’s real? Why ‘false memories’ are trouble for police, juries and judges

In 2015, memory researcher and psychologist Julia Shaw and her co-author published a study on false memories. Over the course ...
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Colonizing other planets could be the key to humanity’s long-term survival

Our species will face no shortage of existential risks in the coming decades, whether it be from nuclear war, climate ...
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Second person cured of HIV after experimental stem cell transplant

A London man living with HIV who received an experimental stem cell transplant has appeared free of the virus for ...
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Anxious dog? Here are some things that may be stressing your furry friend

Nearly three out of four dogs exhibit some kind of serious behavioral problem related to anxiety, according to a survey involving nearly ...
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Ancient tool technology passed down for thousands of generations by extinct human species, study says

When it comes to extinct human species, Neanderthals tend to hog the spotlight. But another group of early humans, Homo erectus, is ...
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Eliminating HIV by 2030 a real possibility, but ‘we’re not getting off to the right start’

During his State of the Union address in February, President Donald Trump reiterated a promise he had made a year earlier: By ...
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We have standards in place to keep junk science out of criminal trials: ‘They aren’t working’

While it’s now widely accepted that some forensic disciplines, like microscopic hair comparison, are junk science, evidence from similarly subjective ...
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‘Disaster for public trust in vaccines’: African malaria study conducted without patient consent

A scathing opinion piece in the BMJ is accusing the World Health Organization of conducting a pilot program in Africa ...
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Early humans may have mated with Neanderthals and Denisovans a lot more than we thought

Before we became the only remaining humans on the planet, Homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals and the closely related Denisovans. New research is now revealing ...