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X-ray analysis reveals one grizzly truth about Medieval life

X-ray analysis reveals one grizzly truth about Medieval life

"Life was toughest at the bottom — but life was tough all over."Nick Saffell8 hours agoThe fall you took off the monkey bars in fourth grade may feel a lifetime ago, but to scientists who study , these pivotal — and sore — moments can be important clues as to how we lived hundreds of years after our deaths. is evidence of accumulated breaks and fractures over a lifetime. These clues are especially important when it comes to of those who lived centuries before, including the denizens of the Middle Ages. In , archeologists used X-ray analysis of 314 skeletal remains uncovered in Cambridge,...

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Neuroscience study reveals why the brains of musicians are different

Neuroscience study reveals why the brains of musicians are different

5 hours agoWhether it's singing do-re-mi or strumming a guitar, is one of the best ways to a young mind. Even if children abandon their music lessons when they hit their angsty teen years, cognitive neuroscientists say cultivating musical ability early on has lifelong benefits. Playing music children read better, store memories, and pronounce different languages. In a , scientists reveal further evidence supporting this brain-building tactic. Learning early in life actually makes the brain more connected, inducing neural plasticity capable of improving neurological capabilities beyond...

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A critical animal for Earth's survival has gone missing — study

A critical animal for Earth's survival has gone missing — study

of bees are missing.What's the buzz22 hours agoA breathtaking, new report is enough to prompt a cry of are in rapid decline — even more so than previously realized. According to a published Friday in the journal Cell Press, 25 percent of known bee species have disappeared from the public record since the 1990s. Bees are often vilified in pop culture for their terrible stings (remember My Girl?), but they actually serve a vital purpose in our ecosystem — everything from household flowers to essential crops. Reports of bees' decline — alongside the decline of in general — are alarming....

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Are depression and intelligence related? The answer may be in our genes

Are depression and intelligence related? The answer may be in our genes

Overlap"There is a genetic link between intelligence and mood disorders."1.20.2021 11:00 AMIn the scientific realm of psychiatry, researchers often navigate more unknowns than knowns. Despite decades of scientific and technological , the brain's complexity remains .Researchers are still searching for the exact behind a range of mental health conditions including . In a recent , scientists announce a crucial piece of this puzzle lies deep in our genetic code. The team discovered a "surprising" shared genetic architecture between depression and another, seemingly counterintuitive factor:...

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Cats evolved to love intoxicating plants for 1 very shrewd reason

Cats evolved to love intoxicating plants for 1 very shrewd reason

20 hours agoIn 1709, a Japanese botanist became the first person to describe how cats go wild for catnip and silver vine — plants that put felines into a state of . However, while it's very established cats are happy to rub their faces against these plants, what caused the evolution of this behavior — and why it triggers feline brains so powerfully — was not known. In a , scientists suggest they've found those answers. Engaging with a newly identified chemical in silver vine activates a cat's opioid reward system, the study claims. This encourages the cat to interact with the stimulating...

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When was money invented? Bronze Age study has the answer

When was money invented? Bronze Age study has the answer

5 hours agoThe invention of currency might pose one of humanity's oldest questions: When was it invented and who was the creator? Archaeologists curious about this ancient query have struggled to pinpoint the exact moment of money's inception. Until now.A research team based in the Netherlands has uncovered a point in Early Bronze Age history that may have been the beginning of currency as we know it. They used a new method for detecting evidence of standardized weights and measures — the telltale signs of emergent currency. Civilizations some 5,000-4,000 years ago (3,000-2,100 BC) used the...

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Personalized brain stimulation could relieve a common mental health disorder

Personalized brain stimulation could relieve a common mental health disorder

16 hours agoObsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is often dismissed as no more than a quirky handwashing obsession, or preoccupation with checking locked doors. But in reality, the mental health condition seriously affects almost 's quality of life every year. Yet effective treatments are limited, and the most common therapy — cognitive behavioral therapy — doesn't work for as many as 40 percent of people with the condition, according to .A new approach proposes taking a different tack: Bringing the directly to the brain. In a new paper, a team of neuroscientists show how directly...

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MLK Jr.'s speeches highlight the need for diversity in astronomy

MLK Jr.'s speeches highlight the need for diversity in astronomy

6 hours ago"Since I started preaching this sermon, about seven minutes ago, and you have hurtled through space more than 8,000 miles," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told the crowd during one of his 1960s sermons, as quoted in .As a leader of the civil rights movement in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, MLK often referred to the vastness of the universe, and humankind's advances in as a means to reflect on the need for equality among humans here on Earth.But as we remember his legacy today — and how he urged others to explore the "heavens" — his speeches also reveal the dire which continues...

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Scientists say all men have 'selfish sperm'

Scientists say all men have 'selfish sperm'

1.14.2021 7:02 PM look in society—people trying to get better jobs, advantages for their children, or even risking breaking the law to get a . Competition is also rife at the biological level — evolution, after all, is essentially a competitive sport, one that humans have so far been pretty good at winning. Humans also compete with each other — like all animals, we are biologically driven to try and pass our genetic material on to the next generation, and for the males of the species, that means succeeding at mating and producing offspring, aka having kids. For men, this means passing their...

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45,000-year-old pig painting may be world's most ancient figurative artwork

45,000-year-old pig painting may be world's most ancient figurative artwork

1.13.2021 7:08 PMIt's easy to think of as occupied solely with survival. When our ancestors , they served a purely practical purpose — to help us adapt to a changing environment due to .But when it came to documenting their world, ancient peoples were just as obsessed as modern-day humans hooked to their instagram feeds. Ancient humans often depicted the natural world around them through . This connection between the ancient and modern human tale reveals our species tendency to tell stories to help make sense of our world and our place within it.Every day, scientists learn more about...

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Solar wind study explains why the northern lights are so spectacular

Solar wind study explains why the northern lights are so spectacular

1.12.2021 7:41 PMThroughout its , the Sun occasionally sends explosive streams of our way. As they travel towards Earth, these particles interact with our planet's atmosphere. In the aftermath of the collision, a beautiful display of green, purple, and red lights may twist across the sky.Near the Earth's North Pole, these lights are known as aurora borealis, or the famous . At the South Pole, the same process is called the aurora australis, or the less famous southern lights. In a new study, astronomers reveal the reason why the northern lights may be so much better known than their...

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Scientists discover the oldest supermassive black hole, and it's too big

Scientists discover the oldest supermassive black hole, and it's too big

20 hours agoAfter the universe was created, it took a few million years for the first light to shine across the cosmos. The first stars began forming, and so did ancient galaxies. As the gas and dust at the center of these galaxies began to spiral around their supermassive black holes, they formed the brightest objects in all of the universe — quasars. give us a peek into what the universe looked like during its infancy, and scientists are able to look back at these cosmic beasts through telescopic time travel.A team of researchers recently announced the discovery of the most distant quasar...

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Gut microbiome imbalances influence the likelihood of 'long-Covid'

Gut microbiome imbalances influence the likelihood of 'long-Covid'

Covid-19Gut health may make the difference between recovery or lingering symptoms.1.11.2021 11:30 PMWhen the immune system battles Covid-19 it can sometimes spin wildly out of control and cause an outsized response called a . These storms can , cause organ failure and tissue damage, jeopardize brain function, and even lead to death.In a new , researchers suggest the may mediate the immune response to , ramping up or tamping down inflammation while contributing to cytokine storms. Imbalances in the gut microbiome may also shape the severity of Covid-19, according to the study —determining...

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Study reveals why bad sleep can make you vulnerable to future stress

Study reveals why bad sleep can make you vulnerable to future stress

19 hours agoA bad night's sleep comes with a host of , some of which aren't obvious right away. This is especially true when stressful situations — like a year defined by — hit. Research suggests specific abnormal may decrease one skill that's crucial to weathering the storm.In a mouse published Tuesday in Frontiers in Neuroscience, scientists found fragmented sleep patterns – a pattern of sleep marked by more awakenings and shorter bouts of non-rapid eye movement sleep –could predict how mice responded to future stress. Mice with regular sleep patterns were resilient to bullying, while...

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New images reveal a neon-green zombie star under new light

New images reveal a neon-green zombie star under new light

13 hours agoIn May 2019, astronomers spotted what appears to be a out in the cosmos. The result of two dead stars into one another, the exact nature of this stellar being has confused and intrigued scientists — until now.Astronomers were recently able to image the remnant of the stellar merger in revealing new information about its product — a never-before-seen kind of star.The data gleaned from the image are detailed in a new published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.What’s new — The image reveals a central star surrounded by a bright, neon green nebula that encompasses the...

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Megalodon: This ancient predator gave birth to babies the size of adult humans

Megalodon: This ancient predator gave birth to babies the size of adult humans

The largest shark baby ever bornShark Attack16 hours agoThe Megalodon has terrified the hearts and captivated the minds of scientists — and — for ages. But for all the curious interest, we're still piecing together information about the ancient beast that lived some 3.6-15 million years ago. Did a kill off the Megalodon or was their demise simply due to competition over ? And just was this monster shark, exactly? Most of the research to date has focused on the Megalodon's , but a published in the journal Historical Biology turns to a surprising part of the monster shark for research: its...

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Ejaculation study debunks a longstanding theory

Ejaculation study debunks a longstanding theory

Private Googles"This means, it was just correlation."1.7.2021 1:00 PMScientists are hard data on how long it takes men to recharge after sex. But for years, they thought they at least had an explanation for why the downtime was needed.Now, it may be time to retire the existing explanation for why back-to-back ejaculations are a biological struggle.The prevailing explanation for the “post-ejaculation refractory period” (the idea that post-orgasm, men have to wait before becoming aroused again) centered around a hormone called prolactin. is perhaps most famous for sparking milk production in...

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The most underrated action series of the century is finally streaming on HBO Max

The most underrated action series of the century is finally streaming on HBO Max

1.5.2021 12:30 PMIn 1971, martial arts legend Bruce Lee pitched a television show that was passed over for a simple and unfortunate reason: his race. At the time (and even now), Hollywood didn't have faith an American show with an Asian lead would attract an audience to satisfy costs. Lee died two years later in 1973, his dream unfulfilled.Now, nearly 50 years later, , and it's As of January 1, both seasons of the Cinemax action-drama Warrior are streaming on HBO Max. Based on an original pitch by Bruce Lee and produced by Jonathan Tropper (Banshee), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) and Bruce...

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Why early human eating habits led to dog domestication

Why early human eating habits led to dog domestication

wolves became man's best friend. Origin story8 hours agoHumans love . We talk to them , we literally on their Halloween costumes. We smother them with so much love that they from all the extra treats.But there was one time when wolves — the ancestors of dogs — and humans were more adversaries than friends. Yet, at some point, wolves became into pets. and scientists have wondered: Exactly how did become domesticated? A published in the journal Nature may have the answer to that longstanding question — and it has to do with Arctic humans' eating habits near the end of the last Ice Age, nearly...

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This ancient Siberian DNA may have changed the world

This ancient Siberian DNA may have changed the world

Age of remains excavated from Khaiyrgas Cave.We go way back1.6.2021 7:00 PMWhen you think of Siberia, you probably conjure up images of a sparsely populated, — albeit one that's these days.But from this remote place came a group of ancient peoples whose DNA may have changed the course of human history. According to published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, scientists were, for the very first time, able to trace the dramatic migration of different ancient Siberian peoples — individuals who share DNA with living Inuits and Native Americans. Some background— By analyzing ancient...

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New research reveals the wild evolutionary origins of the platypus

New research reveals the wild evolutionary origins of the platypus

16 hours agoMost humans probably think very little of the platypus — if at all. But this strange Australian mammal, with its webbed feet and beaver-like tail, is actually a treasure trove of genetic information.Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) are part of a unique mammalian group known as monotremes. This group also includes (think Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog but real). They are the only group of mammals to lay eggs. As such, monotremes are a prime candidate for the study of . published Wednesday in the journal Nature provides a complete overview for the first time of the platypus'...

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The origin of 'sunquakes' could be a mysterious submerged source

The origin of 'sunquakes' could be a mysterious submerged source

off the richter7 hours agoIn July 2011, a short-lived disturbance originating from the interior of the resulted in a series of unusually sharp circular ripples on the star's surface. The event was sort of like an earthquake but on a boiling ball of plasma.This particularly powerful sunquake's ripples emanated from a rather strong . Recently, scientists tracked down the source of these powerful surface disturbances — shocked to find they stemmed from beneath the Sun's surface.The new findings are detailed in a published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. This information marks a critical...

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Study illuminates a key factor behind Trump's rise to power

Study illuminates a key factor behind Trump's rise to power

1.4.2021 8:37 PMIn the last five years, much has been made over catapult from businessman and reality television star to president of the United States of America. How, exactly, did a judge of The Apprentice ascend to the highest political office in the country? Why do some Americans ?A recent psychology including over 2,000 people provides new insight into Trump's meteoric rise to power. While it's previously been suggested Trump supporters are drawn to factors like his position as an anti-establishment outsider or his , this study pinpoints a more powerful influence: how much people buy...

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Longevity hack: 1 emotional ability can slow brain aging over a lifetime

Longevity hack: 1 emotional ability can slow brain aging over a lifetime

7 hours agoTo navigate life's stresses, the ability to control one's emotions, thoughts, and actions is essential. Research suggests makes the difference between spiraling after a personal failure or moving forward thoughtfully. This goes beyond skipping dessert or snapping at a loved one— it actually relates to the likelihood we'll achieve our educational and career goals, or stave off disease.According to a on human behavior published Monday, researchers discovered this ability pays dividends over a lifetime. Based on the findings, people who exhibit high self-control in childhood...

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Neuralink: Meet your new robot brain

Neuralink: Meet your new robot brain

12.28.2020 2:29 PMNeuralink, a four-year-old company founded by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, makes some lofty promises. By developing a chip that may allow us to control a computer with our mind, the team hopes to one day heal debilitating brain conditions and even allow us to rewind human memories — or at least download them into robots.Musk aims to eventually achieve “AI symbiosis,” which merges the human brain with artificial intelligence, by implanting this chip into a person’s brain. All the while, groundbreaking neuroscience innovations are showing us how a computer can already decode the...

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