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DNA uncovers mystery migration to the Americas

<b>Two separate genetic analyses have found evidence for a surprising genetic link between the native populations of the Americas and Oceania.</b><p>The DNA of some native Amazonians shows significant similarity to indigenous inhabitants of Australia and Melanesia.<p>The two research groups, however, offer …

Anthropology

Homosexuality: It's Time We Reconcile Our Beliefs with Scientific Evidence and 21st Century Values

The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage here in the United States has caused a stir not just among conservatives and religious fanatics here but in many parts of the Muslim world as well.<p>It is a good thing we are discussing a topic rarely brought up in Muslim communities.<p>Many with same-sex …

Uh-oh, a robot just passed the self-awareness test

Roboticists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have built a trio of robots that were put through the classic 'wise men puzzle' test …

Robotics

Do the Ingredients in Energy Drinks Work?

Apparently, it doesn't take a biochemist to formulate an energy drink. No, according to Starbucks, any guy off the street is qualified. At least that's whose opinion mattered most when the coffee giant recently created the ingredient list for its own concoction.<p>"There are many energy ingredients on …

Wellness

Human Soul Found? Quantum Theory Of Consciousness ‘Orch OR’ Claims Both Science And Religion Are True

Has the human soul been found by science? A controversial quantum theory of consciousness called “Orch OR” (which stands for “orchestrated objective …

It might be possible to restore lost memories

Synapse (credit: Curtis Neveu/Wikimedia Commons)<p>New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored, offering hope for patients in the …

Neuroscience

Genomics: the revolution that’s transforming medicine

Genetic data centres across the country will save lives and offer hope to millions more<p>During a conversation I had with a doctor a couple of years ago, the subject of cancer diagnoses came up, in a tangential way. She said that not all that many decades ago, a physician who had established that a …

10 Ideas That Are About To Revolutionize Medicine

No, we're not talking about robot surgeons, implantable memory-augmentation devices, or doctors wearing Google Glass. The game-changing innovations on this list are more than distant dreams or inventions no one really knows what to with yet. Most should be available as early as 2015.<p>Every year, the …

Medicine

11 Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Android Phone

Since Android is an open platform, there's plenty of room for customization.<p>Beyond personalizing your phone, there are a few easy practices that can keep your phone neat and organized with plenty of battery life to last all day.<p>Here are some tips and tricks every Android user should know.

Apps

Why Reducing Antibiotic Resistance Is Harder Than It Seems

Just a day after President Obama announced an executive order to create a task force and action plan for confronting antibiotic resistance, the House …

Medicine

The State of Antivirus for Android

(Image credit: Shutterstock)<p>Over 80% of smartphones today run Android. With such a large amount of phones using Google’s operating system, Android has become an ever more viable target for malware developers. The question is, are currently used antiviruses effective? The answer is more complex than …

Google Play

Wrap Your Head Around This One: Potentially Immortal Bacteria That Eat Electricity and Could Become Living Batteries

One of the stranger (and little known) facts of nature is that our living cells are electric, or can carry electricity. Every thought, feeling and …

Atoms

Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?

<i>“Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.”</i> – Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca.<p>As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that’s …

The man who grew eyes

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. I met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells<p>The train line from mainland Kobe is a marvel of urban transportation. Opened in 1981, Japan’s first driverless, fully automated train pulls out of Sannomiya station, guided smoothly …

An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests Cancer Can't Be Eradicated

Since Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, the National Cancer Institute has poured some $90 billion into research and treatments. Yet a cure remains elusive. Experts have plenty of targets for blame, including a flawed emphasis on treatment over prevention, and Big Pharma betting on …