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Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Biology

Gather around, screwed millennials: You must see this

There are no jobs. We deal with the quiet frustration of our recession’s Lost Generation. A new movie gets it<p>Jennifer Phang’s indie science fiction film "Advantageous," a darling of 2015’s Sundance, came to Netflix Instant Streaming earlier this week. If you’re a millennial, you have Netflix. If …

Blockbusters

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Humanity

Does Terrorism Work?

Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions—but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds.<p>Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the …

Political Science

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in aging mice. Harvard reported …