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Scientists Just Added a Shocking 20 New Branches to The Tree of Life

We had no idea they existed.<p>Scientists have identified the genomes of close to 8,000 microorganisms from samples taken out in the field – and around …

Ben Finney, Anthropologist Who Debunked Theory on Island Settlement, Dies at 83

On June 4, 1976, the Hokulea, a double-hulled sailing canoe of ancient design, glided into Papeete Harbor in Tahiti, greeted ecstatically by a crowd of 17,000 — more than half the population of the city of Papeete. For the first time in six centuries, a traditional Polynesian sailing vessel had …

Ancient DNA shakes up the elephant family tree

Fossil DNA may be rewriting the history of elephant evolution.<p>The first genetic analysis of DNA from fossils of straight-tusked elephants reveals …

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in Maryland. She was 89.<p>She lived in a retirement community in Silver Spring and died at a nearby hospital after a brief illness, said …

Is Consciousness in the Physical World? We May Be About to Find Out.

Physicist Lucien Hardy of the Perimeter Institute for Quantum Physics in Canada has an experiment he wants to try. His believes his experiment could …

Traders are using a clever trick to make money from the most boring market in years

That's according to Macro Risk Advisors, a firm that arranges volatility trades. While the vehicle in question, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN, or VXX, was originally conceived as a way to bet on future price swings in US equities, most of the interest in trading comes from investors …

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Common sequence variants affect molecular function more than rare variants?

Abstract<p>Any two unrelated individuals differ by about 10,000 single amino acid variants (SAVs). Do these impact molecular function? Experimental …

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