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17,000-year-old route to North America could redefine human migration history

The first people to cross into North America from Eurasia did so by traveling through the Bering Strait, or so ...
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Astronomical cycles may have influenced animal evolution on Earth

A team of researchers from the United States and New Zealand took a look at how likely species were to ...
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Viewpoint: I know my skin better than a ‘DNA-optimized’ skincare routine does

LifeDNA purports to take your DNA data from companies like 23andMe, and, relying on findings from “over 1,100 peer-reviewed studies,” ...
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Does birth control affect who women are attracted to?

A commonly touted theory about how women’s attraction to men works might be all wrong, suggests a new paper published this week ...
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DNA health and and ancestry test for pets? Why would you want to do that?

The market for at-home DNA tests has exploded. Curious to find out about their ancestry, risk of disease, diet, and athletic ...
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Writer agrees to be biohacked. Now she wonders if it was worth it

Grinders are hackers, but the hardware they aim to hack is the human body. They are transhumanist in the most ...
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Neanderthals’ brains may have doomed them to extinction

Using computers and MRI scans, researchers have created the most detailed reconstruction of a Neanderthal brain to date, offering new ...
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Quest to figure out why our hair turns gray yields new answer

Scientists think they’ve stumbled upon a newly discovered mechanism that could explain why some people’s hair turns gray and others ...
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44 genetic variants linked to depression — and we may all carry some of them

Depression is a tricky beast. Symptoms vary widely from person to person, as does the response to treatment. But there’s no ...
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The ambitious effort to sequence the DNA of earth’s 1.5 million animals, plants and fungi

In what will undoubtedly be the largest genomic sequencing effort of all time, an international consortium of researchers is organizing ...
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How artificial intelligence could push us closer to nuclear war

As AI slowly erodes the foundations that made the Cold War possible, we may find ourselves hurtling towards all-out nuclear ...
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AI personhood? European Parliament under fire for proposing recognizing legal status of robots

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the ...
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Night owls more likely to eat poorly, use drugs, die earlier

Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine based on white populations could ‘reinforce existing societal and economic inequalities’

Sequencing the human genome has shown us that we are mostly all made up of the same stuff, but it’s ...
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Discovery of ancient finger in Saudi Arabia suggests humans left Africa 20,000 years earlier than assumed

It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil ...
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Why humans and Neanderthals look so different

Compared to modern humans, Neanderthals had heavy eyebrows, huge noses, and large, long faces that bulged forward. Using 3D computer ...
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Could LSD treat schizophrenia and depression?

A small new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience seems to offer some insight into what’s happening in the brain while we’re on ...
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75% of transgender women report ‘positive changes in their life satisfaction’ after surgery

While many transgender people opt for gender-affirming surgeries, little research has been done to examine how such operations may affect ...
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Possible breakthrough in one-a-day male birth control pill?

One of the latest experimental candidates for a male birth control drug is a compound that would be taken much ...
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