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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Feb. 9, 2016 — Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have shown that chimpanzees infected with toxoplasmosis are attracted by the urine of their natural predators, leopards, but not by urine from other large felines. The study suggests that ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have been trying to figure out how it is possible for bacteria to perceive light and react to it ever since they started using microscopes 300 years ago. Scientists have now solved this ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A small but novel study of hunter-gatherers concludes that teaching is part of the human genome, that it is a part of our human nature, researchers say. The Aka are among the last of the world's ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Exposure to air pollution more than 30 years ago may still affect an individual's mortality risk today, according to new research. Highest risks were seen for respiratory disease, such as ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called Rhinconichthys have been discovered from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Cognitive scientists have found more evidence that aging brains work differently than younger brains when performing the same memory task, pointing to a potentially new direction for age-related ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A team of researchers has discovered that earthquake ruptures can jump much further than previously thought, a finding that could have severe implications on the Los Angeles area and other regions in ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Every school kid learns the basic structure of the Earth: a thin outer crust, a thick mantle, and a Mars-sized core. But is this structure universal? Will rocky exoplanets orbiting other stars have ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Two tiny clusters of neurons in the brain stem are responsible for transforming normal breaths into sighs, say researchers. The discovery may one day benefit patients who cannot breathe deeply on ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — In a randomized control trial, volunteer participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — The discovery of the world's oldest storage of fermented fish in southern Sweden could rewrite the Nordic prehistory with findings indicating a far more complex society than previously thought. ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Largest quantitative study of howling, and first to use machine learning, defines different howl types and finds that wolves use these types more or less depending on their species, resembling a ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — South Africa's Australopithecus sediba, discovered in 2008 at the renowned archaeological site of Malapa in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is again helping us to study and ... read more

Feb. 7, 2016 — Dogs have measurable IQs, like people, suggests new ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Roughly 15 years ago, a team of researchers discovered the precise malfunction of a specific protein in the heart that leads to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common culprit in cases of sudden death ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Stars do not accumulate their final mass steadily, but in a series of violent events manifesting themselves as sharp stellar brightening. Stellar brightening can be caused by fragmentation due to ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Biologists have discovered new species of fluorescent polyps living in colonies on the shells of ... read more

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