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Neanderthals were doomed to fail, says new research

Who (or what) killed the Neanderthals? We still don’t know. Some anthropologists point to environmental causes – climate change or a disease epidemic, for example. Others pin the blame on our ancestors, Homo sapiens, for either introducing tropical diseases on their migration from Africa, for being intellectually and culturally superior, …

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Thousands of Jellyfish Wash Up On Australia Beach

Close Last week thousands of jellyfish known as Portuguese man o’ wars, or bluebottles, washed onto shore in New South Wales. The phenomenon is likely due to warming waters, and if you plan to visit the world down under in upcoming months you may witness it for yourself. The scene …

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What Soil Conditions Are Best to Grow Weed?

Close Medical marijuana is rapidly spreading across the country—most recently in Pennsylvania on Thursday when the state announced the launch of its patient and caregiver registry. Patients should be able to obtain the medication by May, and more than 100 physicians have been approved to participate in the new program, …

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Ozone Hole At Its Smallest Since 1988

Close The ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it has been since 1988, scientists announced on Thursday. The ozone hole, which forms over the icy continent each September, was measured at its peak this year on September 11 over an area two and half times the size of the …

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Should We Let A.I. Diagnose Suicide Ideation?

A figure from the Carnegie Melon study, which used machine learning and fMRI to distinguish between people who’d thought about suicide and people who had not. Carnegie Mellon University Earlier this week, the journal Nature Human Behaviour published a controversial study in which researchers claimed to be able to detect …

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Depression: Why Mindfulness Is Not a Proven Treatment

Close Mindfulness-based therapies might effectively treat a wide range of conditions, we’re told, including anxiety, depression and addiction. And yet, despite an influx of funding, a new analysis has found methodological issues have continued to plague the science around the field for more than a decade. Researchers analyzed 142 randomized, …

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There’s a New Species of Orangutan and It’s Already in Danger

All of the orangutans in the world would probably only fit into a college football stadium. Today, scientists are announcing that just one of the sections of that stadium is actually an entirely different species. And it’s already in danger. The international team identified Pongo tapanuliensis based on skull shape …

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