How punitive, omniscient gods may have encouraged the expansion of human society

For the bulk of our evolutionary history, human groups were small, tightly knit communities. Only quite recently, some human groups started evolving into the large-scale societies with vast ...

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New tool for efficiently validating the accuracy of CRISPR-Cas9 reactions

CRISPR-Cas9's popularity continues to grow ever since its first use in genome editing in January, 2013. What makes CRISPR-Cas9 so remarkable is its astonishing efficiency and availability; ...

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Go towards the light

The shadows are Synechocystis cells. The arrows indicate the direction of illumination SCEPTICS of evolution often point to the human eye and ask how such a complex object could have evolved ...

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DARPA's New Neural Implant Has a Sneaky Way of Getting Inside Heads

Researchers implanted a "stentrode" to record activity in the brains of live sheep without having to cut open their skulls.

Tue 9 Feb 16 from MIT Technology Review

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Horses Can Recognize Human Emotion, Study Shows

They can distinguish between happiness and anger

Wed 10 Feb 16 from TIME

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The wistful sigh is really a survival mechanism

A sigh may do more for your health than provide emotional relief. Researchers in California claim to have identified the source of the sigh in the brain, which they say is a life-sustaining ...

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Dutch police to counter drones with winged warriors

Dutch police are turning to a phalanx of winged predators to solve the problem of unauthorised drone flights in restricted areas such as airports and over crowds: eagles.

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Long-term benefits of 'senolytic' drugs on vascular health in mice

Building on previous studies, Mayo Clinic researchers have demonstrated significant health improvements in the vascular system of mice following repeated treatments to remove senescent cells. ...

14 hours ago from Medical Xpress

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Couch potatoes may have smaller brains later in life

Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a study published in the February 10, 2016, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal ...

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Do the seasons affect how we think?

When do you think more clearly: winter or summer? What time of year is your short-term memory at its best?

Tue 9 Feb 16 from Medical Xpress

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