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Gap Between Neanderthals and Us Narrows, But Does Not Close

Were the Neanderthals evolutionary also-rans—or just like modern humans?<p>Neanderthals have traditionally been viewed as human evolution's also-rans. Yes, they had brains as big as ours, made fairly complex stone tools, and flourished across a huge expanse of Eurasia for nearly 300,000 years. But …

Egyptian Governor Blames Obama for Burned Churches

With hundreds sentenced to death in Minya, the governor blames President Barack Obama for local violence.<p>So who's responsible for all the trouble in Minya? Over the past year, this relatively obscure governorate in Upper Egypt, with a population of a little more than four million, has produced some …

Best Space Pictures: Aurora Churns, Saturn Turns, and Starburst Burns

Saturn gazes upon another world, while stars burn and northern lights gleam in the week's best space photos.<p>Sparks fly as an aurora lights up this week's sky in this gorgeous Your Shot view of nighttime Alaska.<p>A solar outburst glancing off the Earth's magnetic field spurs an aurora. With the sun …

Ocean Acidification Chipping Away at Snail Shells

Corrosive waters are damaging the shells of marine snails off the U.S. West Coast.<p>Ocean acidification isn't proceeding at a snail's pace, says new research.<p>The study finds that corrosive water off the U.S. West Coast is dissolving the shells of a marine snail, also known as a sea butterfly, that is …

Paperfold is a foldable, transformable smartphone prototype

If Kyrocera's folding smartphone Echo didn't have enough screens for you, try this on for size. The Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University has created a fully functional smartphone that uses not two, but <i>three</i> different snap-together e-ink displays. The result is a gigantic device called …

Wearable Robots on the Rise to Help Paraplegics Walk

Wearable robots that help paraplegics walk seem to be much more common these days. Just this week they helped paralyzed veterans cross the stage at a …