Megan Stroup

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Scientists Have Discovered a New Organ in the Human Body. What is the Interstitium?

It’s not a second stomach or a mini-brain. But scientists have discovered an important new organ that may play a critical role in how many tissues …

Stem Cells

FTC Is Investigating Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica

“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook.”<p>The Federal Trade Commission on Monday morning confirmed that it is investigating Facebook over the news about its mishandling of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.<p>A …

Colored Pigments and Complex Tools Suggest Humans Were Trading 100,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Believed

<i>What the heck are these?</i> thought Rick Potts. The Smithsonian paleoanthropologist was looking at a small, round, charcoal-colored lump. The stubby …

A Twist in Our Sexual Encounters With Other Ancient Humans

A new study suggests that early humans mated with the mysterious Denisovans in two separate waves.<p>Around 41,000 years ago, a young woman died in a cold cave, high up in Siberia’s Altai Mountains. Scientists uncovered one of her pinky bones in 2008. From it, they extracted her DNA. And from that, …

Massive, 6-inch hairy spider saved from mind-blowing Australian flood

It really does sound like something from a horror movie: a giant spider larger than a man’s hand, which makes loud hissing sounds and has powerful long venomous fangs.<p>While many people would run the other way when face-to-face with such an enormous arachnid, a group of North Queensland locals did …

Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a Diamond

Calcium silicate perovskite (CaSiO3) is thought to be the fourth most abundant mineral on the planet, but until recently, it had never been observed …

Ravens Evolved in a Brutal And Unexpected Way, Just Like Humans

Global domination.<p>Most people of Eurasian descent have some DNA from Neanderthals, our close relatives, strong in brow and nose.<p>Some <i>Homo sapiens</i> bred …

These Viruses Found in Brazil Are So Huge They're Challenging What We Think a 'Virus' Is

This could change everything.<p>Scientists have discovered two new kinds of virus in Brazil that display such size and genetic complexity we may need to …

New Study Finds Humans May Be Developing A Gene Which Makes Drinking Alcohol Unpleasant

Alcohol may eventually become a thing of the past as humans evolve.<p>New research has shown that different populations of humans are developing a …

New findings paint picture of Neanderthals as artists

<b>(CNN) —</b> Neanderthals may not have been that different from us, after all.<p>New evidence reveals that they created the world's oldest known cave paintings and even wore seashells as body ornaments. Both behaviors suggest that they thought symbolically and had an artistic sensibility like modern …

Archaeology

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

F.B.I. Was Warned of Florida Suspect’s Desire to Kill but Did Not Act

The F.B.I. received a tip last month from someone close to Nikolas Cruz that he owned a gun and had talked of committing a school shooting, the bureau revealed Friday, but it acknowledged that it had failed to investigate.<p>The tipster, who called an F.B.I. hotline on Jan. 5, told the bureau that Mr. …

Nikolas Cruz

Rabbit Genes Unraveled a Weird Catholic Legend About Meat-Eating

Happy Lent.<p>Today marks the first day of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter when Christians give up certain luxuries as a form of penance for their …

Rabbits

White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser

The White House struggled Tuesday to contain a widening crisis over its handling of domestic violence allegations against a senior official, as it reeled after sworn testimony by the FBI chief directly contradicted what President Trump’s aides had presented as the official version of events.<p>FBI …

Donald Trump

Naked mole rats just threw science a huge curve ball, and it might lead to the Fountain of Youth

Naked mole rats might not be the most appealing members of the animal kingdom, aesthetically speaking, but what they lack in visual appeal they more …

Monkey see, monkey 2: Scientists clone monkeys using technique that created Dolly the sheep

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time, scientists say they created cloned primates using the same complicated cloning technique that made Dolly the sheep in 1996.<p>Shanghai scientists created two genetically identical and adorable long-tailed macaques. The monkeys are named Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong, a version of …

Genetics

Brain Cells Share Information With Virus-Like Capsules

The Arc gene, which is critical for animals’ ability to learn from experiences, has an incredible origin story.<p><i>Updated: January 12, 2018, 5:05 P.M. ET</i><p>When Jason Shepherd first saw the structures under a microscope, he thought they looked like viruses. The problem was: he wasn’t studying …

Biology

Women are the stronger sex - and here's the scientific proof

Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped that a woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.<p>So the former first lady would most certainly have approved of a new study which suggests women, far from being the weaker sex, are much more likely to survive a …

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

Study reveals how alcohol permanently damages DNA and raises risk of cancer

For several decades we have known that alcohol consumption increases a person's risk of developing several types of cancer, but how this actually …

For The First Time, Scientists Have Sequenced The Genes of an Extinct Marsupial Carnivore

It died out in 1936.<p>Australia's extinct carnivorous marsupial, the thylacine, has long been held up as a tragic symbol of humanity's lack of care for …

New Evidence Is Forcing Scientists to Rewrite The History of Human Migration 'Out of Africa'

We may find our answer in Australasia.<p>Where did we humans come from?<p>Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straightforward.<p>But now we see …

Humanity

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Are Warning Humankind We Are Screwed

Human impacts on the environment are putting our future at risk, they say.<p>More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries warn the evidence is clear: Current and future human health and wellbeing are at serious risk from climate change, deforestation, loss of access to freshwater, species …

Ancient textiles reveal differences in Mediterranean fabrics in the 1st millennium BC

Textiles represent one of the earliest human craft technologies and applied arts, and their production would have been one of the most important …

Look inside a newly unearthed 15th century BC Egyptian tomb full of mummies and relics

A recently unearthed tomb in Egypt contained several mummies, sarcophagi, jewelry, and other relics.

Recording: Woman brandished shears in past police encounter

SEATTLE (AP) — Family members of a pregnant mother shot and killed by Seattle police questioned Monday why they didn't use a Taser or other …

Young Star's Roiling Gas Cloud Shows Chaotic Magnetic Field

Astronomers have mapped the tangled web woven by the magnetic field of a gas cloud as it births a star. The Earth's solar system might have looked …

Universe

This Yale biologist has a fascinating theory of how women changed human evolution

Richard Prum, the author of "The Evolution of Beauty," explains how who a female chooses to mate with can change the common traits that men show. Over time, women can change the evolutionary definition of maleness. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>I'm Richard Prum. I'm the William Robinson</i> …

How cats conquered the ancient world

<b>The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind.</b><p>Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.<p>Then, a few thousand years later, cats spread …

North Korea: Diplomatic delegation 'mugged' at JFK Airport

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea says delegates it sent to a United Nations' conference in New York were "literally mugged" by US authorities as they tried to leave John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday.<p>In a report published Sunday, Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) accused US …

North Korea