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7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

How To Teach Mosquitoes To Leave You Alone

Human skin is a cornucopia of fragrances.<p>The bacteria living on our skin emit more than 200 odor chemicals.<p>"Many of these molecules smell quite pleasant," says biologist Jeff Riffell at the University of Washington. "They smell grassy or a little bit like mushrooms. Some human scents are the same …

Microbiology

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Global register lists alien species

<b>The first global register of alien species shows that a fifth of 6,400 plants and animals catalogued are causing harm.</b><p>Some of the biggest factors in their spread are ballast water in ships for marine species and trade in ornamental plants on land, say scientists.<p>They released data for 20 countries …

Biodiversity

Google wants to use naked mole rats to conquer death

They're ugly as sin, but they could help us live longer.<p>Gompertzian Law is hard to spell, but pretty easy to understand: the older a mammal is, the more likely it is to die. That’s just a fact of life—except, apparently, for naked mole rats. A new study from Calico Labs, which has the moonshot goal …

Biology

Got a good feeling about someone? You probably just like the way they look.

Humans have a surprisingly primitive way of sizing up strangers<p>Ivan Pavlov had many research pursuits, but it’s his work with dogs that made him a household name. The Russian psychologist carried out unusual experiments on the behavior and gastric function of lovable mutts with names like Muyrka …

Psychology

Orange Cave Crocodiles May Be Evolving Into a New Species

The crocodiles are known to feast on bats and soak in guano that tans their skin orange.<p>The Abanda cave system in Gabon is not a place you want to live.<p>In the belly of the caves, it's pitch black and hot. Fumes circulating inside tend to cause nausea.<p>And cavers have to wade through sludge.<p>"It looks …

Nature

Scientists say they can predict who you're friends with based on brain patterns alone

Maybe your friends really do "just get you" after all.<p>At least, that's what a new study of graduate students at an Ivy League school suggests.<p>For that study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, a group of brain researchers and social psychologists at Dartmouth College looked at …

The Brain

Lost history of African dinosaurs revealed

<b>A new species of dinosaur found in the Egyptian desert is shedding light on Africa's missing history of dinosaurs.</b><p>Few fossils have been unearthed from the last days of the dinosaurs, between 100 and 66 million years ago, on the continent.<p>Scientists say the dinosaur, which lived about 80 million …

Dinosaurs

New 3D-Printed "Smart Gel" Is Big Step Toward Artificial Organs

It's 70 percent water, just like the human body.<p>Filed Under Biology, Engineering & Robots<p>It turns out 3D-printing objects that can change color is …

3D Printing

Orcas can imitate human speech, research reveals

Killer whales able to copy words such as ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’ as well as sounds from other orcas, study shows<p>High-pitched, eerie and yet distinct, the sound of a voice calling the name “Amy” is unmistakable. But this isn’t a human cry – it’s the voice of a killer whale called Wikie.<p>New research …

Killer Whales

Researchers Discover 'Anxiety Cells' In The Brain

Scientists have found specialized brain cells in mice that appear to control anxiety levels.<p>The finding, reported Wednesday in the journal <i>Neuron,</i> could eventually lead to better treatments for anxiety disorders, which affect nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.<p>"The therapies we have now have …

Neuroscience

Particle Physics: 'Mind-Bending' Negative Mass Device Reveals New Way to Create Lasers

Physicists have designed the first-ever device to create particles with charged negative mass. The breakthrough could lead to an entirely new way to …

Scientists are making carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum

Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.<p>Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis rackets to golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to …

North America's Waterways are Getting Saltier. That's a Big Problem.

A salty chemical cocktail could make rivers and streams more corrosive, leading to dangerous effects.<p>In the wake of a bomb cyclone that hit the Northeast U.S. in early January, many cities have sent out teams to dump fresh layers of ice-melting salt onto streets and sidewalks. But a new study shows …

Can We Build a Hack-Proof Internet Using Quantum Physics? New Breakthrough Heightens 'Technology Arms Race'

Is it possible to build a network that’s impossible to hack? Quantum physicists believe it might.<p>Scientists have previously demonstrated that quantum …

Drama Can Result in Better Decisions, New Study on Monkey Business Shows

Conflict can actually promote better problem solving in some instances.<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by …

Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

For many mammals, a busy social life can be an important contributor to a long life. But some animals need more alone time than others, and failure to get it could be lethal, according to new research.<p>Consider the marmot. After spending 13 years tracking their interactions and life spans in …

Los Angeles

Scientists are creating GMO species that can't survive

Not Made to Survive<p>Gene editing technologies are rapidly advancing. Tools like CRISPR-Cas9 have the potential to help us reverse and even eradicate …

Obesity surgery 'halves risk of death' compared to lifestyle changes alone

Latest study of long-term impact of bariatric surgery lends support to experts who say more operations should be carried out in UK<p>Obese patients undergoing stomach-shrinking surgery have half the risk of death in the years that follow compared with those tackling their weight through diet and …

Creative thought has a pattern of its own, brain activity scans reveal

People who are flexible, original thinkers show signature forms of connectivity in their brains, study shows<p>Donatella Versace finds it in the conflict of ideas, Jack White under pressure of deadlines. For William S Burroughs, an old Dadaist trick helped: cutting pages into pieces and rearranging …

Only Black Man in Early-1800s Iceland Left No Remains—But Now We Have His DNA

Re-creating a person’s DNA usually involves some sort of remains, like tissues, to use as a framework. However, a team of scientists have been able …

Moustached monkey is separate species

<b>A monkey from Ethiopia with a "handlebar moustache" has been identified as a distinct species.</b><p>Scientists took a fresh look at the distribution and physical appearance of patas monkeys in Ethiopia, confirming there were two species rather than one.<p>It was originally described as a separate species in …

Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death

A provocative new study suggests that medieval plagues spread via fleas and lice on people.<p>Rats have long been blamed for spreading the parasites that transmitted plague throughout medieval Europe and Asia, killing millions of people. Now, a provocative new study has modeled these long-ago …

The Civil Rights Activist Whose Name You've Probably Never Heard

Dion Diamond was sitting at a "whites-only" lunch counter in Arlington, Va., in 1960 when a crowd started gathering around him. At the time, he was a young black man participating in a sit-in at a local five-and-dime store with a group of black and white university students, and they were drawing …

How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)

A tiny group of political renegades is transforming one of the reddest states in the country through a surprising strategy: ignoring their own party. Could it work elsewhere?<p>On May 23, 2012, after finishing final exams at the end of his junior year at Yale, a 23-year-old named Jonathan …

Government

Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not

SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg. Another day an anonymous donor set up an $86 million Bitcoin-fortune charity called the Pineapple Fund. A Tesla was spotted with a BLOCKHN license plate. There’s a surge in people looking to …

Cryptocurrency

What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides

Five years ago, I was at a memorial. Another suicide. Our third doctor in 18 months.<p>Everyone kept whispering, "Why?"<p>That was when I decided I had to find an answer.<p>So I started counting dead doctors. I left that memorial service with a list of 10. Today I have 757 suicides on my registry.<p>And I …

Mental Health

Study Reveals The Secret to Achieving Your Work-Life Balance (And It Has Nothing to Do With Productivity)

A two-word answer that all successful people get.<p>We're all searching for that sweet work life balance in our careers.<p>But let me tell you something: most people miss the point about work-life balance. Just Google and you will see all these articles about work life balance tips....Don't eat your …

Scientists are rethinking the very nature of space and time

The Nature of Space and Time<p>A pair of researchers have uncovered a potential bridge between general relativity and quantum mechanics — the two …