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Long-Extinct Gibbon Found Inside Tomb Of Chinese Emperor's Grandmother

2 hours 34 min ago

A Chinese tomb has turned up evidence of a new species of long-extinct ape. The gibbon, called Junzi imperialis, lived and died alongside its imperial human caretaker.

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Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer's Disease

6 hours 10 min ago

Two herpes viruses that cause skin rashes in toddlers may accelerate Alzheimer's disease when they infect brain cells. The finding suggests antiviral drugs might help protect the brain.

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Some DNA Dismissed As 'Junk' Is Crucial To Embryo Development

6 hours 25 min ago

Formerly considered useless, or maybe a parasite, the stretch of DNA known as LINE-1 actually plays "a key role" in creating an embryo and embryonic stem cells, research shows.

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Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication

9 hours 50 min ago

Koko fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language and ability to interact with humans. She also gave people a glimpse of her emotions.

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The Science Behind The World Cup Ball

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:07am

For every World Cup, there's a custom official ball. But how does the Telstar 18 actually stack up? To find out, scientists stuck it in a wind tunnel with a bunch of sensors.

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Civil War Battlefield 'Limb Pit' Reveals Work Of Combat Surgeons

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:01pm

Scientists have been analyzing bones first uncovered by a utility crew digging at the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. The remains provide insights into surgery during the Civil War.

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Nursery For Giant Manta Rays Discovered In Gulf Of Mexico

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:07pm

Sightings of baby mantas are rare, but the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary appears to be a safe playground for newborns to adolescents.

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Report For Defense Department Ranks Top Threats From 'Synthetic Biology'

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:05am

A committee of experts examined about a dozen different synthetic biology technologies that could be potentially misused. For each, they considered how likely it was to be usable as a weapon.

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An Alternative To Foster Care For Babies Born To Opioid-Addicted Moms

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:09am

Infants do better with their parents, studies find, as long as parents have support to get and stay sober. This program starts during pregnancy, to rally and train a strong family support network.

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As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:02am

As the level of carbon dioxide in the air rises because of climate change, scientists are trying to pin down how plants are impacted. There's evidence that it's changing many important plants we eat.

(Image credit: Toshihiro Jasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan)

Summer Melt: Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 8:00pm

As many as 40 percent of students who intend to go to college don't show up in the fall. Education researchers call this phenomenon "summer melt," and it has long been a puzzling problem.

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The Science Behind South Korea's Race-Based World Cup Strategy

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:17pm

South Korea's men's soccer team tried to confuse scouts from Sweden's team by swapping jerseys so their opponent couldn't tell the players apart. But could a strategy like that actually work?

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Trump Calls For 'Space Force' To Defend U.S. Interests Among The Stars

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:13pm

The president wants a "separate but equal branch" of the military to watch over the final frontier, but only Congress can make it happen.

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'Cutting-Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 9:11am

With 113 locations in the U.S., Brain Balance says its drug-free approach has helped tens of thousands of children. But experts say there's insufficient proof for its effectiveness.

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Stay-At-Home Dads Still Struggle With Diapers, Drool, Stigma And Isolation

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 4:37pm

It's hard to find other stay-at-home dads to hang out with, and working men worry you'll hit on their stay-at-home wives. Meanwhile, bosses still expect new fathers to work full-time. What's changed?

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A Dust-Up Over Moon Dust

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 7:10am

A woman in Tennessee is suing NASA to keep the vial of moon dust she claims Neil Armstrong gave to her when she was 10 years old.

Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Faces Anger In Farm Country Over Policy

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 3:49pm

The EPA administrator met with farmers in midwestern states this week to address frustrations over the renewable fuel standard.

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Fear And Frustration Over EPA Move To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 2:34pm

The EPA intends to block rules to prevent and respond to leaks, explosions and other disasters at chemical facilities and refineries around the U.S. That scares many people who live and work nearby.

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Credibility Concerns Lead NIH To End Study Of Alcohol's Health Effects

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:03pm

Scientists and National Institutes of Health officials met with alcohol company executives and appeared to solicit money from them in violation of government policy. The NIH canceled the study.

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As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation Of Engineers Is Motivated By Climate Change

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:01am

The number of people graduating with nuclear engineering degrees has more than tripled since 2001. Many say they are motivated by climate change.

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