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European Cave Art Gets Older

Red disks, hand stencils and club-shaped drawings lining the walls of several Stone Age caves in Spain were painted so long ago that Neandertals might have been their makers, say researchers armed with a high-powered method for dating ancient stone...

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Debate on a Study Examining Gay Parents

Young adults from broken homes in which a parent had had a same-sex relationship reported modestly more psychological and social problems in their current lives than peers from other families that had experienced divorce and other disruptions, a new study has found, stirring bitter debate among partisans on gay marriage..

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Educators Once Opposed Raising Bilingual Children. Experts Now Say It's Beneficial.

When I was a baby, my mother gazed down at me in her hospital bed and did something that would permanently change the way my brain developed. Something that would make me better at learning, multi-tasking and solving problems. Eventually, it might even protect my brain against the ravages of old age. Her trick? She started speaking to me in French...

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Institute's Gas Drilling Report Leads to Claims of Bias

A report from a new institute at the State University at Buffalo asserting that state oversight has made natural gas drilling safer is causing tumult on campus and beyond, with critics arguing that the institute is biased toward industry and could undercut the university's reputation...

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Fish Oil Fail: Omega-3s May Not Protect Brain Health After All

Despite the widely touted benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for preserving cognitive function and memory, a new review by the Cochrane Library finds that those effects may be overstated: healthy elderly people taking omega-3 supplements did no better on tests of thinking and verbal skills than those taking placebo...

from Time

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NASA's Nustar X-Ray Telescope Rides to Orbit

The US space agency (NASA) has launched its latest orbiting X-ray observatory. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (Nustar) was sent into space on a Pegasus rocket operated out of the Kwajalein Atol in the central Pacific...

from BBC News Online

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Antibody Cocktail Cures Monkeys of Ebola

Monkeys infected with Ebola have been cured by a cocktail of three antibodies first administered 24 hours or more after exposure. The result raises hopes that a future treatment could improve the chances of humans surviving the disease caused by the deadly virus, which kills up to 90% of infected people and could potentially be used as a biological weapon. Most treatment regimes tested to date only improve chances of survival if administered within one hour of infection. There are no approved treatments for people infected with Ebola...

from Nature News

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GM Crops Good for Environment, Study Finds

Crops genetically modified to poison pests can deliver major environmental benefits, according to a landmark study spanning two decades and 1.5 million square kilometres. The benefits extended to non-GM crops grown in neighbouring fields, researchers found...

from the Guardian (UK)

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Alzheimer's Gene Found to Affect Women Over Men

A gene that's been known for two decades as the largest inheritable risk for developing Alzheimer's disease mostly affects the brains of women, not men, according to a team of researchers from Stanford and UCSF...

from the San Francisco Chronicle

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Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives

Chimpanzees now have to share the distinction of being our closest living relative in the animal kingdom. An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the bonobo for the first time, confirming that it shares the same percentage of its DNA with us as chimps do. The team also found some small but tantalizing differences in the genomes of the three species--differences that may explain how bonobos and chimpanzees don't look or act like us even though we share about 99% of our DNA...

from ScienceNOW Daily News

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