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"Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

Oldest human genome reveals less of an East Asian ancestry than thought.<p><b>Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome.</b><p>Based on the arm …

Hillary Clinton hails Latino efforts, urges immigration overhaul

Past and perhaps future presidential candidate<p>Hillary Rodham ClintonpressedCongresson Saturday to passcomprehensive immigration reform, which has been bottled up in the Republican-held House.<p>"You go around the world, we are so lucky as a nation that we have the talents of people from everywhere," …

Immigration Reform

Gray area: unraveling the inner worlds of vegetative state patients

Research suggests that some are more aware than we think — and raises questions about how we treat them<p>For a patient who sustains devastating brain damage, the outcome is often exceedingly grim: if they don't show signs of improvement within a few weeks, they'll be diagnosed as vegetative — unaware …

Nobel prizewinning neuroscientist David Hubel dies aged 87

Neuroscientist David Hubel, who shared a Nobel Prize for his work on information processing in the visual cortex, has died at the age of 87<p>Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist David Hubel died of kidney failure on Sunday, 22nd September, aged 87. Hubel shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or …

The Way You Walk is Tied to a Hole in Your Skull

On the bottom of your skull, there is a distinctive hole. The technical name for the opening is the foramen magnum – the “great hole” that the spinal cord and other critical soft tissues run through. This bone aperture has taken on great importance in the ongoing investigation into when the human …

How Studying Mummies Could Cure Modern Diseases

By comparing diseases from then and now, researchers can learn how they spread. Maybe they can learn how to stop them, too.<p>Earlier this year, scientists published a study of whole-body CT scans of 137 mummies: ancient Egyptians and Peruvians, ancestral Puebloans of southwest America, and Unangan …

Healthful Living May Lengthen Telomeres And Lifespans

As Heard On Morning Edition<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>Scientists claim they have evidence that explains why lifestyle changes known to be good for you — low-fat diets, exercise, reducing stress — can lengthen your life.<p>Based on a small, exploratory study, researchers say these good habits …

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …