Mary Anderson

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When good gut bacteria get sick

Being sick due to an infection can make us feel lousy. But what must the ecosystem of bacteria, or microbiota, colonizing our guts be going through …

Ancient Skull Reveals Human Ancestors Had Odd Neanderthal-Like Inner Ear

The remains of an ancient human in China not thought to be Neanderthal has an inner ear much like that of humans' closest extinct relatives, according to a new study. These new findings could be evidence of interbreeding between Neanderthals and other species of archaic humans in China; however, …

GMOs and the Séralini Redux

As I mentioned last week, I’m writing a few pieces here at Our Modern Plagues to accompany a print article on GMOs that I wrote for Popular Science’s July issue (now available online).<p>Today, I’d like to address a paper I mention in the original story: “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and …

Dead and Lost Boobies: Harbingers of a Growing El Niño?

Wildlife<p>A Peruvian booby was spotted on San Cristobal Island on June 20—the first ever record of the species for the Galápagos Islands. (Photograph by Walter Perez)<p><b>On June 20, naturalists aboard the National Geographic Endeavour spotted an unusual bird—a Peruvian booby—while exploring seabird</b> …

Cesarean Delivery May Cause Epigenetic Changes In Babies DNA

Babies coming into the world by cesarean section experience epigenetic changes, a study has found. So far there has not been enough follow up to know …

Shrinking human genome: New study says our genes number only 19,000

How many genes does it take to make a human? Fewer than we thought. A new estimate of 19,000 is far below initial estimates of 100,000 genes.<p>No one …

Mantis shrimp wear tinted shades to see UV light

When you look at a mantis shrimp, you see a vivid lobster-like crustacean whose forearms can strike with the force of a .22-caliber bullet. But when a mantis shrimp looks at you, we have no idea what it sees. That's because the mantis shrimp possesses one of the most complex eyeballs on the planet, …

A Convincing Theory About Human Evolution

No ape had done that before.<p>It was an important milestone in the story of human evolution.<p>The ancestor in question, Homo erectus, could use simple tools and hunt. His diet was more meat-based than plant-based. Meat has more calories than food derived from plants. Humans had transformed themselves …

Anthropology

Study: Left alone with their thoughts, people choose electric shock

"The mind is its own place, and in it self / Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n," John Milton wrote in "Paradise Lost." It seems the English poet was at least half right.<p>In a new study, people who were asked to spend a few minutes alone with their thoughts disliked it so much that they …

Psychology

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.<p>That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the …

Humans prefer an electric shock to being left alone with their thoughts

One man shocked himself 190 times<p>The experiment was simple. All the participants had to do was enter an empty room, sit down, and think for six to 15 minutes. But without a cellphone, a book, or a television screen to stare at, the assignment quickly became too much to handle. In fact, even when …

Stanley Miller’s lost samples hint at ‘spark’ of life

In 1953, chemist Stanley Miller published a landmark experiment showing how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth.<p>Miller, …