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New Chamber Reveals Most Complete Homo Naledi To Date

The skull of a Homo naledi specimen named “Neo.” (Credit: Wits University/John Hawks) With a series of papers out today, Homo naledi gets both a birthdate and more complete. Discovered in a South African cave, H. naledi first came to light in 2015, in a paper by University of the Witwatersrand anthropologist Lee Berger. …

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This stunning image of Jupiter from NASA's Juno spacecraft is simply out of this world — except it's not

The filagree of atmospheric patterns at Jupiter’s south pole bears an eerie resemblance to a phenomenon here on Earth Enhanced color view of Jupiter’s south pole, created by citizen scientist Gabriel Fiset using data from the JunoCam instrument on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. (Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gabriel Fiset) When I spotted this image of …

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Neuropeptides and Peer Review Failure

A new paper in the prestigious journal PNAS contains a rather glaring blooper. The paper, from Oxford University researchers Eiluned Pearce et al., is about the relationship between genes and social behaviour. The blooper is right there in the abstract, which states that “three neuropeptides (β-endorphin, oxytocin, and dopamine) play …

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An IBM Patent on Midair Handoffs for Delivery Drones

The IBM invention described in US Patent No. 9,561,852: In flight transfer of packages between delivery drones helps to extend the range of drones that are delivering packages from a warehouse to a customer’s home. Credit: IBM Amazon and Google’s dreams of delivery drones dropping off packages or pizza still face …

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Scientists Race to Understand Why Ice Shelves Collapse

Scientists are tracking a large crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf that will soon calve a Delaware-sized iceberg. Other floating ice shelves in the region have collapsed after similar events in recent decades.(Credit: NASA/John Sonntag) An 80-mile crack is spreading across the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf. And …

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The Liver Grows by Day, Shrinks by Night

Mouse liver cells at the end of the day (left) and the end of the night (right) after they have grown. (Credit: Ueli Schibler/University of Geneva) Among all the organs in the human body, the liver is something of a superhero. Not only does it defend our bodies against the liquid …

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