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humans still evolving

Humans are still evolving, and here’s the hard proof

October 10th, 2020

Scientists have been monitoring the development of a new evolutionary change in humans. More people are being born with an “extra” artery running down their forearms. The change is likely to be present in most humans by 2100. As much as we’d like to believe that we’re the end-all, be-all of the natural process of …

ancient cooking

These researchers spent a year cooking meals that nobody ate

September 15th, 2020

Researchers have discovered that pots like those found at some archaeological sites may hold the clues to revealing ancient cooking habits. The pots were found to hold chemical signatures of food that was cooked in them, even after multiple meals. The meals cooked by the scientists were made of donated food, including roadkill deer. When …

microplastics

There might be plastics inside you right now

August 18th, 2020

Researchers have found evidence of microplastics in human body tissue for the first time. Using a new technique, scientists sampled 47 pieces of organ tissue from human donors and found microplastics present in every single sample. The researchers hope to draw links between diets, jobs, and locations in order to see who is most at …

science news

Scientists just found something new in our mouths

August 15th, 2020

Researchers have discovered a new type of taste cell that can detect the full rank of taste stimuli. The cells are different from the previously known taste bud cells in that they have multiple pathways to send signals to the brain, regardless of the type of taste stimuli. The research was conducted using mouse models. …

neanderthal dna

Some human brain tissue holds traces of Neanderthal DNA

June 18th, 2020

Neanderthals mixed with humans a long time ago, but after they died out their DNA lived on in a large segment of the human population. A new study reveals that lab-grown brain tissue contains bits of Neanderthal DNA that could be used in future studies to reveal more about the ancient people and how their …

neon artificial humans

Man, Samsung’s new ‘Neon’ artificial humans really suck

January 8th, 2020

In the quest to make robots more human-like, the holy grail has always been a humanoid machine that is as indistinguishable from a real person as possible. It’s a high bar to clear, and we’re obviously not there yet, but a Samsung-backed startup called Neon is aiming to impress with a cast of unreal virtual …

raven intelligence

Ravens have emotional quirks similar to humans, study finds

May 21st, 2019

Humans have very advanced brains — or at least we think that’s the case based on what we know about life from an admittedly small sample size of a single planet — but we’re not the only creatures on the planet that exhibits complex emotional traits. Ravens, which are known to be incredibly intelligent, are …