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What Ligers, Grolar Bears, and Mules Show Scientists About Evolution

In 2006, a hunter shot what he thought was a polar bear in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Closer examination, however, revealed brown patches …

Mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth 'solved' by scientists

New research has shed fresh light on how animals first appeared on the Earth.<p>It is a story spanning hundreds of millions of years, of entire mountain …

Can Trauma Experienced by Your Great-Great-Grandparents Be Passed on to You?

Our families pass on pieces of themselves to us in more than one way. Your eye color may be thanks to genetic inheritance, but not everything we …

Genetics

Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.<p>We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered …

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

The fountain of youth might reside deep in our brains

According to some new research, the key to living longer may reside deep in our brains. In a major breakthrough for our understanding of how the …

The Famous Easter Island Heads Have Hidden Bodies

Practically everyone has seen the iconic images of the Easter Island heads. What you may not have known is that those Easter Island heads actually have hidden buried bodies. Archaeologists have uncovered the bodies associated with the heads and found interesting discoveries that further our …

Archaeology

Can ‘chimera’ research be ethical?

Last September, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) set in place a funding moratorium for biomedical research that involved introducing human …

What science knows about homosexuality

Share:<p>By Gary Vey ©2016 for viewzone.<p>Recently I was asked to update a decade old article summarizing the scientific research on the cause of …

Neuroscience

Neanderthals mated with European humans and it made their immune systems weaker

The path to humanity as we know it was long.<p>Over about 2 million years, early human species slowly evolved beneficial mutation after beneficial (or at least benign) mutation, shaping our bodies into how they look and work today. Simultaneously, these early humans were migrating all over the planet, …

Flu

Has Xi Jinping Changed China?

Almost as soon as Xi Jinping (習近平) assumed office as president in March 2013, a few months after becoming leader of the Communist Party, it became apparent that he planned major changes for China. In particular, Xi called for carrying out further market economic reforms, improving China’s legal …

China

Thinking vs. Cognition: Hannah Arendt on the Difference Between How Art and Science Illuminate the Human Condition

“The question whether thought has any meaning at all constitutes the same unanswerable riddle as the question for the meaning of life.”<p>Art and science, despite their significant creative sympathies, have undeniably different roles in the human experience. But the question of what those differences …

Artworks

Is there life on Mars? European, Russian space agencies hold their breath as probe approaches Red Planet

Is there, or has there ever been, life on Mars? European and Russian scientists are hoping to find out, with the first test probe set to land on Mars …

European Space Agency

Satellite Eye on Earth: September 2016 - in pictures

A newly calved iceberg, an ice avalanche in Tibet and urban growth in Nairobi were among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month<p>This striking image shows the Caspian Sea, with shallow waters surrounding the Tyuleniy archipelago revealing dark green vegetation on …

‘It was an ancient form of sex tourism’

Men of antiquity worshipped Aphrodite by having sex with her temple maids at Paphos on Cyprus. Now the site is receiving new recognition, writes Andrea Watson.<p>In 2017, Paphos will enjoy the title of European Capital of Culture<i>.</i> Who would have believed that this holiday resort in Western Cyprus, a …

The Virus With Spider DNA

How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?<p>If you pick a random species of insect and look inside its cells, there’s a 40 percent chance that you’ll find bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>. And if you look at <i>Wolbachia</i> carefully, you’ll …

Who Were the Sea People?

Who Were the Sea People?<p>Written by Eberhard Zangger<br>Illustrated by Rosemary Robertson<p>Through the epics of the Greek poet Homer, tales of an "age of …

Amateur archaeologist finds ‘phenomenal’ trove of rock engravings

Scottish enthusiast George Currie’s prehistoric carvings to be included in ‘exciting’ research project<p>An amateur archaeologist has tracked down hundreds of prehistoric rock engravings in Scotland in what has been described as a “phenomenal” contribution to the understanding of Britain’s earliest …

Archaeology

Cuba reports remarkable success in containing Zika virus

HAVANA (AP) — Six months after President Raul Castro declared war on the Zika virus in Cuba, a militarized nationwide campaign of intensive mosquito …

How Does Zika Affect the Toddler Brain?

Scientists know the virus can be devastating to a developing fetus, but there are lingering questions about the risks of infection among newborns and young children.<p>Think of a developing brain the way you might think of constructing a house. First you need the physical structure—the foundation, …

Zika doubled devastating birth defects in Brazil

<b>(CNN) —</b> The pictures from Brazil are heartbreaking: baby after baby born with a small head and damaged brain after an attack by the Zika virus during pregnancy. The official numbers are equally disturbing: The rate of birth defects involving the nervous system nearly doubled across Brazil after …

Public Health

Economic Deprivation Is Oppression Too: The Case of Cuba

Communism leads to brutality and repression but also vast economic suffering.<p>Communism should be remembered first and foremost for the death, …

Cuba

Ghastly Idiocy About The Rise Of China - It's The Chinese Workers Who Have Benefited

That we might disagree about the attractions of communism or socialism, that’s fine. It would indeed be a boring world if we all had the same goals and aspirations. But to actually be entirely ignorant of who has benefited from the death of socialism, that attempt to build communism, is rather a …

Many Colombians say price too high for peace deal with FARC

Luis Emilio Arboleda stands before a line of stopped traffic at an intersection in downtown Medellin, Colombia, and holds a sign high above his …

South America

Why the Indian voter does not punish the rogue

Shaming is an arrogant word. It is effort masquerading as feat. The fact is that the consequence of shaming is not always shame. To be shamed you …

The Private Person and the Public Persona: Borges on the Divided Self

A timeless parable of the self-defeating quest for integration.<p><i>“A person’s identity,”</i> Amin Maalouf wrote as he contemplated what he so poetically called the genes of the soul, <i>“is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the whole</i> …

Farc's child soldiers start new life after peace deal

Leftist rebels turn over children to Red Cross as part of agreement ending decades of civil war in Colombia<p>Damaris picked up her first AK-47 rifle when she was 14 years old as a new member of Colombia’s leftist Farc rebels. She had barely turned 16 earlier this year when she was wounded in a …

How Horses Civilized Humanity and Shaped the Way We Love

“People no longer conducted romances as they did before… The horse revamped the limits of our personal freedom.”<p>Perhaps the most evocative and oft-invoked metaphor for human consciousness is that of the rider and the horse — the rational mind trying to bridle the irrational surge of animal …