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Music can cement social bonds, making babies more likely to help someone after they’ve grooved to a song, a new study finds. 

Niels Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum physics, suspected that it could provide insights into human psychology. Now a new field called quantum cognition is exploring how quantum math can explain some seemingly irrational human behavior.

A fungus extracted from tainted Chobani yogurt may pose a bigger threat to humans than initially presumed.

  • Ancestry

  • Anthropology

    
    Gory Details

    Neanderthals reveal their diet with oldest excrement

    50,000-year-old fossil poop hints at Neanderthals’ omnivorous, but meat-heavy, diet.

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    Science Ticker

    Richard III to be reburied in Leicester Cathedral

    The remains of Richard III will be reburied in Leicester, a British court ruled on May 23.

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  • Archaeology

    Feature

    Written in bone

    Researchers are reconstructing the migrations that carried agriculture into Europe by analyzing DNA from the skeletons of early farmers and the people they displaced.
  • Psychology

    
    Growth Curve

    Babies are kinder after you dance with them

    Babies who grooved in sync with an adult were more likely to be little helpers later.

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  • Science & Society

    
    Scicurious

    Main result of Facebook emotion study: less trust in Facebook

    Facebook’s controversial manipulation of emotional posts raises key questions about how to study online behavior.

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  • Networks

  • Language

    
    Scicurious

    There's more to acing interviews than holding the vocal fry

    A new study of vocal fry, a low razz in human speech, suggests job interviewees might want to hold the fry. But there's more to a job interview than a little vocal sizzle.

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  • History of Science

    
    Context

    Top 10 desert island books for science fans

    Some books that require your undivided attention offer substantial intellectual rewards.

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  • Human Evolution

    
    Science Ticker

    Neandertals' inferiority to early humans questioned

    Early modern humans may not have been smarter or more technologically or socially savvy than their Neandertal neighbors.

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    Letters to the Editor

    Feedback

    Readers respond to disco clams, flying ibises and the changes pot makes on the brain.
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