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Smoke signals: DNA adaptation helped early humans deal with toxic fumes

US researchers claim genetic mutation may have made our ancestors less sensitive to smoke’s harmful effects and gave them advantage over Neanderthal cousins<p>A genetic mutation may have helped early humans fend off toxic fumes that wafted into the air from ancient cave fires, a team of researchers …

Woolly mammoths' demise blamed on freshwater shortage

Clues as to the fate of animals on St Paul Island, one of the last-known groups of mammoths, revealed by sediment cores from lake<p>One of the last known populations of woolly mammoths was wiped out 5,600 years ago by a lack of freshwater, research suggests.<p>Woolly mammoths became extinct in North …

Mammoths

The Latest: French author decries attack

NICE, France (AP) — The Latest on attack that killed 84 people in Nice (all times local):<p>10:45 p.m.<p>French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio is …

DNA from ancient skeletons suggests farming was invented multiple times in the Fertile Crescent

Scientists have discovered an ancient population of farmers from the eastern part of the Fertile Crescent, and their existence is a strong sign that agriculture was invented more than once, a new study says.<p>Bones and teeth from four human skeletons clearly show that these people were eating …

Nest is finally making an outdoor Nest Cam and it’ll ship for $199 this fall

Nest Cams (formerly known as Dropcams) are handy little things — plug it in, get it on WiFi, and boom, you’ve got a low-hassle indoor security camera.<p>Want to put it outside? That’s a bit more complicated. The original Nest Cam isn’t very rugged, so you’re looking at dropping at least $50 on a …

Home Security

T. rex wasn’t the only dinosaur to evolve pitifully puny arms

One of our planet's most stereotypically ferocious beasts also had one of the animal kingdom's silliest features. Yes, we're talking about the comically short arms of <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i>. According to a study published Wednesday in PLOS One, <i>T. rex</i> wasn't the only beast to develop these arrested …

Segway creator's advanced prosthetic arm arrives in late 2016

Segway creator Dean Kamen's Luke prosthetic arm has been a long time in coming -- the FDA approved it two years ago. At last, however, it's nearly here. Mobius Bionics has revealed that it will offer the Luke arm sometime in late 2016. It's not clear what it will take to get one (you can register …

Bottlenecks expected as more Canadian oil meets tight pipe space

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Deeply-discounted prices for heavy crude from the heart of Alberta's oil sands look set to sink further, thanks to hundreds of thousands of barrels of new supply that will have difficulty finding space in crowded pipelines, traders say.<p>It would be another hit for …

Dallas mother thanks police for shielding her and her son

DALLAS (Reuters) - When the bullet struck her leg during the protest in downtown Dallas, Shetamia Taylor’s first thoughts were for her four sons.<p>A makeshift memorial at Dallas Police Headquarters is seen one day after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers at a protest decrying …

Law Enforcement

Islamic State has lost grip on 12% of territory in six months – study

The jihadist group is continuing to lose ground in Iraq and Syria after being forced out of key strongholds including Palmyra and Falluja<p>The Islamic State group lost 12% of the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria in the first half of 2016, according to an analysis by research group IHS.<p>The …