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Ancient stone tools found in China shake up human ancestor timeline (again)

Archaeologists have discovered ancient tools and bones in China that, once again, shake up the timeline of the human origin story. The items are more …

Anthropology

Trial of anti-ageing drugs that rejuvenate immune system hailed a success

Scientists have hailed the success of a clinical trial which found that experimental anti-ageing drugs may protect older people from potentially fatal respiratory infections by rejuvenating their immune systems.<p>In a trial involving people aged 65 and over, those who received a combination therapy …

Immunotherapy

Yet More Evidence that Viruses May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

For decades, the idea that a bacteria or virus could help cause Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed as a fringe theory. But not so much anymore. On …

Neuroscience

The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation.<p>But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others?<p>A common explanation …

Psychology

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed <i>Homo sapiens</i> fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique …

East Africa

Is Ghee Healthy? Everything You Need To Know About This Butter Alternative

We guarantee you'll want to replace your stock of coconut and olive oil!<p>July 06, 2018<p>Have you ever said no to that dollop of ghee in your dal(Indian …

Immune System

A novel 'smart' antibiotic may target most common bacterial infection contracted in US hospitals

The most common microbe you are likely to pick up during a hospital stay in the United States is <i>Clostridium difficile</i>. This pathogen secretes toxins …

Microbiology

Avoid Crowds at Popular Destinations and Try These Hidden Gems

Travel<p>Skip the crowds of Venice and escape to the romantic waterways of Ljubljana, Slovenia.<p>While we have the potential to positively impact the places we visit—infusing money into local economies, supporting conservation projects and local artisans, and building bridges across cultures, we also …

European Travel

What Would Happen If A Person Were Given A Blood Transfusion With The Wrong Blood Type?

<i>Medically speaking, what would happen if a person were to be given a blood transfusion using a blood type other than their own? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Ivan Zeitz,</b> …

Immune System

This Swiss straw-bale house is completely self-sufficient

Traditional building techniques and modern technology come together in the House in Berne, a self-sufficient straw bale house in Graben, a Swiss …

Architecture

Why Cooking the Perfect Steak Starts With Frozen Beef, According to Science

Don't thaw that raw!<p>At the end of a long, hard day, few things satisfy meat eaters more than a juicy, tender cut of steak — as long as they don’t …

BBQ

Culling dingoes start of 'domino effect' that may be changing the shape of Australia's landscape - Science News - ABC News

When a 5,500-kilometre dingo fence was constructed between Queensland and Western Australia in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the idea was to stop …

Yellowstone National Park

Her doctor said she had the flu. It took years to find the real, and strange, illness.

Diane A. Bates lay on the floor of her bathroom in the middle of the afternoon — weak, disoriented and afraid that she might die before someone found her.<p>Bates had been battling what she had been told was a bad case of the flu for weeks. She hoped a bath might make her feel better, but she had felt …

Medicine

All the 'Game of Thrones' players dressed up for Rose and Kit's wedding and we can't look away

Jon Snow and Ygritte finally tied the knot, everyone! And all your <i>Game of Thrones</i> faves were there to celebrate.<p>On Saturday, Kit Harington and Rose …

TV Series

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Research proves there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with speed and ease.<p>Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to …

The Brain

An evolutionary biologist designed the 'perfect' body — and the result will seriously freak you out

If you look at humans like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, or Venus Williams (and to a lesser extent, Serena), you might be forgiven for thinking we've reached our very peak as a species.<p>Yet we've got our problems. A lot of them. Over millions of years of evolution, we've picked up some less than ideal …

Weird

Engraved rock could unlock America’s oldest mystery

Scientists are planning to take a fresh look at an engraved rock purported to hold the key to the mysterious “lost colony” of Roanoke.<p>Described as …

These Gravity-Defying Hills Are One of The Strangest Natural Phenomena We've Seen

Where cars drift uphill.<p>Scattered across the world are a number of bewildering 'mystery spots' that appear to defy gravity - places where cars seem …

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

Psychology

Psychedelic Drugs Reshape Cells to "Repair" Neurons in Our Brains

Psychedelics could show the way to a new generation of medicine.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD, DMT, and psilocybin (the chemical in magic mushrooms) …

Neuroscience

Russian Skeletons Show the Bubonic Plague Has Killed People for 4,000 Years

Scientists sequence the oldest genome linked to the disease.<p>Hidden in the bones of ancient humans lies evidence of diseases that continue to distress …

Environmental Health

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe Recipe

"This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n …

These 360-Million-Year-Old Fossils Are Africa’s Earliest Four-Legged Animals — And They Are Full Of Surprises

Scientists have found the fossils of Africa’s oldest four-legged vertebrates, a strange pair of Devonian tetrapods that lived within the Antarctic …

Most people don't benefit from vaccination, but we still need it to prevent infections

A recent article in The Conversation questioned whether we should all get flu vaccinations, given 99 people would have to go through vaccination for …

Scientists Think Dolphin Name Discovery is the "Coolest"

Male dolphins use individual names throughout their life.<p>In a video released alongside a fascinating new study, scientists are on a boat in the …

'Monstrous' new Russian saber-tooth fossils clarify early evolution of mammal lineage

Both new species are named after legendary monsters from Russian folklore, befitting their menacing appearances. <i>Gorynychus</i> is named after Zmey …

The Chemistry of Depression

You may have heard that depression is caused by abnormal chemistry in the brain and that antidepressants work by altering the levels of these …

Neuroscience

Scientists are harvesting water by building fog harps and zapping the air

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink<p>The Earth is 70 percent water, but almost all of that liquid is seawater us humans can’t drink. Already, California is besieged by drought, while citizens in South Africa’s Cape Town try to push back Day Zero, the day the city runs out of water. As our …

How Special Paint On The Hood Of The World War II Jeep Protected Soldiers' Lives

If you’ve ever seen a picture of a World War II Jeep with brown paint between the points of its “invasion star,” you might have assumed it was just …

Nasa Mars rover finds organic matter in ancient lake bed

Nasa’s veteran Curiosity rover has found complex organic matter buried and preserved in ancient sediments that formed a vast lake bed on Mars more than 3bn years ago.<p>The discovery is the most compelling evidence yet that long before the planet became the parched world it is today, Martian lakes …

Chemistry