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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Autism risk genes linked to evolving brain

Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests. A g..

The making of music

These days, it's a territory mostly dominated by the likes of Raffi and the Wiggles, but there's new evidence that lullabies, play songs, and other music for babies and toddlers may have som..

New polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling

When Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: What percentage of the 78 mil..

Air pollution may have masked mid-20th Century sea ice loss

Credit: NASA WASHINGTON, DC -- Humans may have been altering Arctic sea ice longer than previously thought, according to researchers studying the effects of air pollution on sea ice growth in the mi..

Contact tracing and targeted insecticide spraying can curb dengue outbreaks

Credit: Credit: Paul Zborowski Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying ..

Tiny cavefish may help humans evolve to require very little sleep

Credit: Pavel Masek We all do it; we all need it -- humans and animals alike. Sleep is an essential behavior shared by nearly all animals and disruption of this process is associated with an array ..

Northwestern anthropologist receives grant to measure water insecurity

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Though an estimated two billion people drink unsafe water around the globe, there are currently no methods to precisely measure how many people are affected by not having enough wat..

Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends

A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. In a new study published today in Nature, researchers from UCL (Universi..

Blood ties fuel cooperation among species, not survival instinct

Credit: Derek Keats Cooperative breeding, when adults in a group team up to care for offspring, is not a survival strategy for animals living in extreme environments. It is instead a natural result ..

BU and CGMF collaborate on innovative, long-term texas water management project

(Austin and Boston) --Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (CGMF) announced the funding and pursuit of a series of studies wit..

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