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Toddlers are 'tiny apes' who share 96 per cent of same gestures, scientists find

Parents often describe young children as little monkeys, but now scientists have confirmed that toddlers are "just tiny apes" sharing 96 per cent of the same gestures.<p>Researchers at the University of St Andrews in Scotland have discovered that before children learn how to talk, they use a range of …

St Andrews

'It always comes down to money': How a nonprofit is changing lives by paying bail

Crime & Courts<p>TULSA, Okla. — Last year, veteran public defender Robin Steinberg launched The Bail Project, a nationwide charitable fund for pretrial defendants who can't afford to pay bail. Since the launch, NBC News has had an exclusive, frontline view of how Steinberg's vision is playing out, …

Crime

CDC issues first guidelines to treat youth concussions

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for the first time on treating children with concussions, saying they will provide doctors with the "tools they need to ensure the best outcomes for their young patients" with mild traumatic brain injury.<p>More than 800,000 …

Concussion

Why Hasn’t Science Solved Acne Yet?

Dermatologists are cautiously optimistic that a new vaccine could work better than so many other flawed treatments.<p>There are dozens, if not hundreds, of theories on preventing and treating acne. Some people swear by supplements. Others sing the gospel of giving up dairy or even drinking dog pee in …

Birth Defects

Serving Time Should Not Mean ‘Prison Slavery’

Since Aug. 21, prisoners across the United States have been on one of the largest prison strikes the nation has seen in years. They have several demands, but at the top is the end of the forced labor the state coerces out of them. Up to 800,000 prisoners a day are put out for work without their …

Black History

Y Combinator Learns Basic Income Is Not So Basic After All

In January 2016, technology incubator Y Combinator announced plans to fund a long-term study on giving people a guaranteed monthly income, in part to …

YCombinator

U.S. judge rejects Trump directives easing ability to fire federal workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Saturday rejected key elements of President Donald Trump's May executive orders that would make it easier to fire federal employees and reduce their ability to bargain collectively.<p>Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the U.S. District Court for the …

Donald Trump

The Equation That Will Make You Better at Everything

As an athlete, if you want to improve something—your 100-meter time, say, or your deadlift PR—you’ve got to apply a challenge, some sort of “stressor,” and then follow it with a period of rest and recovery. Too much stress without enough rest and you get injury, illness, and burnout. Not enough …

San Antonio

The 14 Best Calorie-Burning Exercises, Ranked In Order of Effectiveness

What does the science say about the best way to burn?<p>If you’re dedicating valuable time in your day to a staying in shape, you want to know it’s actually worth your time, right? You’ve probably heard some people say cardio is the ultimate calorie-burner, while others swear by weight lifting—so what …

It’s Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political

The average woman has her period for 2,535 days of her life. That’s nearly seven years’ time of making sure you have a pad or tampon, finding a makeshift solution if you don’t, and managing pain and discomfort.<p>And lately, women — and transgender and nonbinary people who menstruate — are talking …

U.S. Politics

Your Earliest Memories Might Never Have Actually Happened

Your brain is a liar.<p>In one of the largest studies of its kind, scientists have made a fascinating discovery. Nearly 40 percent of people have a …

Welcome to the Meghalayan Age - a new phase in history

<b>The official history of Earth has a new chapter - and we are in it.</b><p>Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct age in the story of our planet.<p>They are calling it the Meghalayan Age, the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilisations …

Ice Age

Scientists discover 12 more moons of Jupiter, including a really weird one

Space<p>The discovery was made during a search for the mysterious Planet X.<p>Twelve new moons have been discovered orbiting Jupiter, raising the number of natural satellites known to be circling our solar system's biggest planet to 79.<p>One of the newfound moons, provisionally named "Valetudo" for the …

Webcomics

Rising Seas Could Cause Your Next Internet Outage

<i>This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>You probably didn’t give much thought to how exactly you loaded …

There's over a quadrillion tons of diamonds below Earth's surface, scientists estimate - CNN Style

Diamonds

Meet The “Kratom Warriors” Who Say This Plant Will End The Opioid Epidemic

Is kratom the answer to the opioid crisis — or the start of a new one?<p><b>By the time Courtney True</b> found the Reddit thread about kratom in December 2016, she hadn’t touched an opioid for 48 hours. She was in bad shape — stomach cramps, diarrhea, jitters, hot sweats, cold sweats, and body aches that …

Chernobyl's Radioactive 'Wildlife Preserve' Spawns Growing Wolf Population

Gray wolves from the radioactive forbidden zone around the nuclear disaster site of Chernobyl are now roaming out into the rest of the world, raising …

Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?

It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last night.<p><b>TORONTO—Even with a chilly mid-May</b> breeze blowing off Lake Ontario, this city’s western waterfront approaches idyllic. The lake laps up against the boardwalk, …

Long-form Journalism

Flight attendants are more likely to get cancer than most, according to a new Harvard study

Almost every commercial flight begins with a member of the cabin crew delivering a spiel to passengers about inflight safety. And yet, for the attendants themselves, the job is particularly dangerous when considering the cancer risks.<p>A new study published in the journal Environmental Health …

Ocean spray on Saturn moon contains crucial constituents for life

Blasts of ocean spray that erupt from a moon of Saturn contain complex organic molecules, making it the only place beyond Earth known to harbour crucial constituents for life as we know it.<p>Astronomers detected the compounds in plumes of water and ice that shoot from huge fractures in the south pole …

Astronomy

U.S. judge tosses climate lawsuits by California cities, but says science is sound

A federal court judge yesterday threw out lawsuits from two California cities seeking to make oil companies pay for worsening sea-level rise and …

List of US States With the Most Psychopaths Isn't That Surprising

We're looking at you, DC, and California.<p>Try as they might, some states can’t shake their reputations. Some are friendly (hi, Minnesota!), others …

Psychology

Why voters don't trust climate science

Despite the solid scientific consensus that human activity is driving climate change, acknowledgement of that across the political spectrum has …

Climate

Climate change is here to stay, so deal with it

Everyone who wants to keep pushing climate policies in the vacuum of Washington leadership should start thinking more about how to adapt to a warmer …

Where climate change will hit the U.S. hardest

Left unmitigated, rising temperatures from climate change will increase inequality and mortality rates in the U.S. by the end of the 21st century, a …

How climate change will bring more extreme weather

One way we're each experiencing climate change today is in the form of extreme weather.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> According to numerous studies, climate change …

Special report: A 30-year alarm on the reality of climate change

Three decades have passed since then-NASA scientist James Hansen testified before the Senate Energy committee and alerted the country to the arrival …

How big corporations are — and aren't — fighting global warming

Major companies in the U.S. and worldwide are increasingly taking steps to lower the carbon footprint of what they produce, how they ship goods, and …

Electric Vehicles

The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools

In 1991, scientists in the Italian Alps came across a frozen, caramel-colored corpse face down in the melting ice. They named him Ötzi, or the Iceman. And since that time, researchers have been learning more and more about the Iceman’s life in the Copper Age in Europe some 5,300 years ago.<p>The …

What does running do to your brain?

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matter<p>It may seem obvious – as you push on through a long run, veering wildly between sensations of agony and elation – that running can have a huge …