Humans

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    Humans

    DNA indicates how ancient migrations shaped South Asian languages and farming

    Farming in the region may have sprung up locally, while herders from afar sparked language changes.

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  2. Denisovan finger bone
    Anthropology

    This ancient Denisovan finger bone is surprisingly humanlike

    Despite Neandertal ties, extinct hominids called Denisovans had a touching link to humans, a new study finds.

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  3. peanuts
    Health & Medicine

    Liquid mouth drops could one day protect people from peanut allergies

    An immune treatment given as liquid mouth drops helped allergic children eat the equivalent of a few peanuts without having a reaction.

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  4. pancreatic cancer cells
    Health & Medicine

    Pancreatic cancer tumors attack the blood vessels that deliver chemo drugs

    Pancreatic cancer is nearly impossible to treat, but now we may know why. New research shows that the tumors destroy nearby blood vessels, making it harder for drugs to reach them.

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  5. stone points
    Humans

    Stone tools may place some of the first Americans in Idaho 16,500 years ago

    Newly discovered stone artifacts support the idea that North America’s first settlers traveled down the Pacific coast and then turned eastward.

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  6. gay couple
    Genetics

    There’s no evidence that a single ‘gay gene’ exists

    Many genetic factors with small effects combine with one’s environment to influence sexual behavior, researchers say.

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  7. hominid skull reconstruction
    Humans

    A 3.8-million-year-old skull reveals the face of Lucy’s possible ancestors

    A fossilized hominid skull found in an Ethiopian desert illuminates the earliest-known Australopithecus species.

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  8. vase depicting women weaving
    Humans

    Textile archaeologists use ancient tools to weave a tapestry of the past

    Using tools leftover from ancient spindles and looms, textile archaeologists are starting to understand the fabrics of the past.

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  9. Opioid pills
    Humans

    A historic opioid trial highlights what we know about the deadly drugs

    An Oklahoma judge finds that Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million to the state for the company’s role in the epidemic.

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  10. strep virus brain illustration
    Health & Medicine

    How strep throat may spark OCD and anxiety in some kids

    A potential link between strep throat and sudden mental disorders in children raises questions about how infections can alter the brain.

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  11. Vaping materials
    Health & Medicine

    An Illinois patient’s death may be the first in the U.S. tied to vaping

    Officials have announced one death among nearly 200 patients with severe lung illnesses that are potentially related to vaping.

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  12. money and marijuana
    Health & Medicine

    Marijuana and meth are getting more popular in America, but cocaine has declined

    In 2006, drug users spent more on cocaine than on heroin, marijuana or methamphetamine. By 2016, marijuana expenditures had exceeded the other drugs.

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