Neanderthal DNA May Still Affect Our Health and Habits

If you’re of Eurasian descent, about 3 percent of your DNA probably came from Neanderthals, and new research suggests that it could have a small effect on your health. Roughly 50,000 years ago, when the ancestors of modern Eurasian people migrated north and east out of Africa, they encountered other hominins – members of different, but closely related, species. Researchers believe Neanderthals died out largely thanks to humans, through a combination of violence and competition for resourc

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Decade of rising seas slowed by land soaking up extra water

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise. A new study shows that while ice sheets...

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Carbon dioxide stored underground can find multiple ways to escape

When carbon dioxide is stored underground in a process known as geological sequestration, it can find multiple escape pathways due to chemical reactions between carbon dioxide, water, rocks and cement from abandoned wells, according to researchers.

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Fish larvae are better off in groups, study finds

A recent study provides new evidence that larvae swim faster, straighter and more consistently in a common direction when together in a group. The research is the first to observe group orientation behaviors of larval fish.

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A metal that behaves like water

Researchers have made a breakthrough in our understanding of graphene's basic properties, observing for the first time electrons in a metal behaving like a fluid. This research could lead to novel thermoelectric devices as well as provide a model syste...

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Mommy and me: Study shows how affectionate mothering can combat the effects of maternal depression

Certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant, suggests the first study of its kind. The work sought to investigate how a depressed mother's neuroendocrine response to stress can program the infant's h...

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First nationwide survey of climate change education

How is climate change being taught in American schools? Is it being taught at all? And how are teachers addressing climate change denial in their classrooms, schools, and school districts? Until today's release of NCSE's comprehensive nationwide survey...

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‘Boxing’ Ants Can Trade Over 40 Blows a Second

To settle a labor dispute, ants put up their dukes. And when the bell rings, they can unleash a flurry of punches in the blink of an eye. A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois and North Carolina State University used slow-motion v...

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