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February 16 2014

Tracing Ancestry, Researchers Produce a Genetic Atlas of Human Mixing Events


The rise and fall of empires, the march of armies, the flow of trade routes, the practice of slavery — all these events have led to a mixing of populations around the world. Such episodes have left a record in the human genome, but one that has so far been too complex to decipher on a global scale.

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February 16 2014

59,000 generations of bacteria, plus freezer, yield startling results


After 26 years of workdays spent watching bacteria multiply, Richard Lenski has learned a thing or two.

He's learned that naturalist Charles Darwin was wrong about some things. For one, evolution doesn't always occur in steps so slow and steady that changes can't be observed.

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February 16 2014

How gut bacteria communicate within our bodies, build special relationship


Communication is vital to any successful relationship. Researchers have discovered how the beneficial bacteria in our guts communicate with our own cells. This is a key step in understanding how our bodies maintain a close relationship with the population of gut bacteria that plays crucial roles in maintaining our health, fighting infection and digesting our food.

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February 16 2014

Wavier jet stream 'may drive weather shift'


New research suggests that the main system that helps determine the weather over Northern Europe and North America may be changing.

The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path.

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February 16 2014

What the West's Ancient Droughts Say About Its Future


A millennium ago—just yesterday, in geologic time—Native Americans waited all winter for rains that never came. They waited the next winter and the next. Then the marshes of their sacred San Francisco Bay turned from cattails to salt grass. Fishing declined and the Native Americans could no longer rely on the bounty of the bay. Finally, they left, hungry and thirsty, in search of water.

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February 16 2014

US drug policy fuels push for legal pot worldwide


In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world's top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use.

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February 16 2014

Study Confirms Marijuana Can Help In Arthritis


New findings confirm marijuana could be helpful for patients suffering from arthritis.

Published last month in the journal Rheumatology, the study reveals more evidence of how marijuana fights inflammation of the joints.

It seems to do this by activating pathways known as CB2 receptors, which are present at abnormally high levels in the joint tissues of arthritis patients.

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February 16 2014

Bonobos, like humans, keep time to music: study


Some animals, like humans, can sense and respond to a musical beat, a finding that has implications for understanding how the skill evolved, scientists said on Saturday.

A study of bonobos, closely related to chimpanzees, shows they have an innate ability to match tempo and synchronize a beat with human experimenters.

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February 16 2014

Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties


James Murphy, the former frontman of the band LCD Soundsystem, made what he called the biggest mistake of his life at 21, when he turned down a writing job on a sitcom that was about to launch.

The sitcom’s name was Seinfeld.

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February 16 2014

One in four Americans 'don't know the Earth orbits the Sun' and only half believe in evolution


With the possible exception of 'is the earth flat?' it is (according to Discover magazine at least) the most basic question in science: 'does the earth orbit the sun?'

The good news is that 74 per cent of Americans know the answer.

The very bad news is that means 26 per cent really don't.

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February 16 2014

Disputed study links fluoride, other chemicals to erosion of child IQs


Two public health experts warned Saturday about the stunting effects that a wide array of industrial chemicals, including toothpaste ingredient fluoride, may be having on child brain development, in a report some called alarmist.

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February 16 2014

Studies show link between speaking to babies and their future performance in school


Speaking directly to a baby or reading a bedtime story has a direct impact on how well they will do in school and possibly their career in later life, according to child psychologists who warned against using TVs and iPads as babysitters.

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February 16 2014

What do women want? It depends on time of month


A meta-analysis of research on changes in mate preferences across the menstrual cycle suggests that ovulating women have evolved to prefer mates who display sexy traits, such as a masculine body type, dominant behavior, certain body odors and masculine facial features, rather than traits that are generally desirable in a long-term mate.

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February 16 2014

Marry or Move In Together? Brain Knows the Difference


Marriage is linked with numerous health benefits that simply cohabiting doesn't seem to provide. Now, research suggests the reason why — the brain links "just" living together with a lack of commitment and can't relax.

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February 16 2014

Fathers drinking: Also responsible for fetal disorders?


Maternal exposure to alcohol in-utero is a known risk and cause of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS children suffer significant problems such as retarded intellect, stunted growth and nervous system abnormalities, social problems and isolation. Until now, fathers have not had a causal link to such disabilities.

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February 16 2014

Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, study finds


Loneliness can be twice as unhealthy as obesity, according to researchers who found that feelings of isolation can have a devastating impact on older people.

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February 16 2014

Amazon electric fish inspire underwater robotics


Electric fish from South America are opening up new ideas in robotics.

Ghost knifefish, as they are known, put a small current through the water to sense their environment, and undulate a long fin to move around.

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February 15 2014

A swarm of termite robots could be the key to building future colonies on Mars


A swarm of miniature robots acting independently of one another but cooperating as a group to build the same structure has been developed by scientists who were inspired by the team effort of termite colonies that build 8-foot mud towers above their nests. They believe that robotic swarms could one day be used to help build a space base on Mars.


Related: Will your next home be built by robot termites?

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