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Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:01pm

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:55pm

People living with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses say a pet can be not just a comforting companion but a reason to stay engaged with other people — and with life.

Adding A Funny Form Of Carbon To Silly Putty Creates A Heart Monitor

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 7:36am

Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is an extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.

A Mummy's DNA May Help Solve The Mystery Of The Origins Of Smallpox

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:24am

Scientists have found the oldest complete set of smallpox genes in a sample of skin from a mummified child in a crypt underneath a Lithuanian church.

99-Million-Year-Old Baby Dinosaur's Tail, Encased In Amber, Surfaces In Myanmar

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:08am

Millions of years ago, a dinosaur about the size of a sparrow had a bad day. It got stuck in resin. Paleontologists recently came across the rare amber fossil containing its tail in Myanmar.

Giraffe Now Listed As 'Vulnerable' To Extinction As Population Plummets

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:57am

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years, and could face extinction if the trend is not reversed.

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:02pm

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.

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