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WORDS IMPERFECT   Technology that rapidly presents words one-at-a-time on the screens of smart phones may affect text understanding, a new report indicates.

STAYING APART  Some European hunter-gatherers resisted taking up agriculture and didn’t breed with early farmers, suggests DNA from the skeleton of a young hunter-gatherer woman (shown) and other foragers buried at the Ajvide site on Sweden’s Gotland island.

PIANO MAN  Women may have a stronger preference for musical and other talents around the time of ovulation, which one researcher suggests could have even helped drive the evolution of musical ability.

  • Ancestry

  • Anthropology

  • Archaeology

    
    Science Ticker

    Black Death grave reveals secrets of 14th century life

    Skeletons dug up by London Crossrail excavations are giving scientists a more detailed look at the bubonic plague, or Black Death, of the 1300s.

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  • Psychology

    
    Scicurious

    That beard is only hot because it’s not cool

    There’s more to facial hair than whether you can grow it. A new study shows that attractiveness increases when your style of facial hair is rare.

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  • Science & Society

    50 Years Ago

    Millions of working mamas

    It has been a long time since millions of American women working outside the home was big sociological news. Women are now 47 percent of the U.S. workforce.
  • Networks

  • Language

    Feature

    The Tune Wreckers

    People who can’t carry a tune, or can but think they can’t, are a rich resource for researchers studying musical ability.
  • History of Science

    
    Context

    Top 10 scientists of the 13th century

    Modern science began to emerge in Western Europe centuries before the Scientific Revolution, thanks to a few scholars who were ahead of their time.

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    Context

    Medieval cosmology meets modern mathematics

    Applying modern math to Robert Grosseteste’s theory of the heavenly spheres reveals a medieval idea’s similarity to modern cosmology.

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  • Human Evolution

    
    Gory Details

    Could the menstrual cycle have shaped the evolution of music?

    A new study suggesting that women select better musicians shows how women’s role in evolution is being redefined.

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    Science Ticker

    DNA suggests humans moved back into Africa

    About 3,000 years ago, human populations from western Eurasia migrated back into eastern Africa, specifically Ethiopia.

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    Letters to the Editor

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