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Study suggests Neanderthals and modern humans never crossed paths

A new study has thrown a wrench into the theory that modern humans interacted and mated with Neanderthals after placing the extinction of the latter species much earlier than earlier findings. According to the Associated Press, the study by a team of Australian and European researchers, published Monday in the…

Study: Moles sniff in stereo to locate food underground

Moles need both nostrils to locate food underground, in the way that humans see and hear in stereo, according to research reported on Tuesday. The common mole (Scalopus aquaticus) has tiny eyes tucked between fur and skin and is nearly blind, with small ears attuned only to low frequency sounds.…

Chinese clinic infected dozens with hepatitis C

A clinic in China’s Liaoning province is suspected of infecting dozens of patients with the liver disease hepatitis C. According to the BBC, some 120 patients have been screened for exposure, 95 of whom are now hospitalized and believed to be infected. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that police…

King Richard III’s face revealed for first time in 500 years

The face of England’s king Richard III was revealed for the first time in more than 500 years on Tuesday following a reconstruction of his skeleton found underneath a carpark. A three-dimensional plastic model has been made from the skull of the king, who was killed in 1485 after just…

Django Unchained and the racist science of phrenology

Phrenology really was used to justify slavery, as portrayed in Django Unchained. But it was also used to justify abolition “Why don’t they kill us?” asks Calvin Candie, the southern slave owner in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He wants to know why the African slaves he brutalises do not rise…

Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef

Furry crabs once thought to be damaging the Great Barrier Reef may in fact be helping save the coral by stopping the spread of disease, a researcher said Tuesday. Scientists at James Cook University studied the impact of furry coral crabs on fragments suffering from white syndrome, a deadly disease…

Fake tuberculosis drugs manufactured by both legitimate companies and fraudsters are rampant: survey

Africa, India and other developing countries are awash in fake or sub-standard drugs for tuberculosis, fuelling the rise of treatment-resistant strains of TB, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Investigators in the United States asked local people in 19 cities in 17 countries to purchase isoniazid and rifampicin, the…

Scientists ‘print’ 3D object with stem cells

Scientists on Monday said that for the first time they had printed 3D objects using human embryonic stem cells, furthering the quest to fabricate transplantable organs. Once fine-tuned, the technology should allow scientists to make three-dimensional human tissue in the lab, eliminating the need for organ donation or testing on…

NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record

After more than 55 days flying over Antarctica, NASA’s huge Super-TIGER scientific balloon has broken the record for the longest flight of its kind, bringing back a wealth of data, the US space agency said Monday. The Super-TIGER balloon spent 55 days, one hour and 34 minutes aloft at an…

Couch potatoes have lower sperm count

Men who watch television for 20 hours per week have almost half the sperm count of those who watch very little television or none at all, according to a study published on Tuesday. US researchers recruited 189 young men aged between 18 to 22, questioned them about their exercise, diet…

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