Humans

  1. Archaeology

    Our species may have reached Europe while Neandertals were there

    Archaeological finds from an ancient French rock-shelter show periodic settlements by both populations, just not at the same time.

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  2. Psychology

    Addiction can develop when reward-seeking changes a teen’s brain

    Over time, the pleasure disappears and craving grows. That craving causes stress that can drive people to use drugs or pursue unhealthy behaviors again and again.

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  3. Brain

    Americans tend to see imaginary faces as male, not female

    When people see imaginary faces in everyday objects, those faces are more likely to be perceived as male than female.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Here’s how a new sleeping bag could protect astronauts’ eyesight

    A new sleeping bag could avoid vision problems on long space flights due to microgravity. It counters a fluid buildup behind astronauts’ eyes.

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  5. Psychology

    New training builds ‘mental’ muscles in athletes

    The training builds focus and resiliency while limiting the self-doubt that can cripple competitors’ ability to perform at their peak.

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  6. Animals

    Mysterious kunga is the oldest known human-bred hybrid animal

    People bred these animals — part donkey, part wild ass — some 4,500 years ago, probably for use in fighting wars.

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  7. Brain

    Nodding off may turn your creativity on

    In an experiment, people who fell into a shallow sleep were more likely than non-sleepers or deep sleepers to discover a sly math trick.

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  8. Humans

    Explainer: How loud is too loud?

    Loud sounds, be it music or noise, might seem like no big deal at the time. But permanent damage can occur without noticeable warning signs.

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  9. Psychology

    We all imagine being friends with celebrities. Is that a bad thing?

    One-sided relationships with celebrities and fictional characters are normal. They also can boost self-esteem and empathy.

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  10. Psychology

    To excel at basketball, it’s mind over matter

    Get your head in the game. Top basketball coaches value psychological traits more than physical ones when recruiting players, says a new study.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Let’s learn about snot

    For humans, snot plays a key role in fighting off diseases. Other animals have found different uses for the slimy stuff.

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  12. Humans

    Snap! High-speed video captures the physics of snapping fingers

    Inspired by the infamous snap of the Avengers rival Thanos, scientists set out to investigate the physics behind finger-snapping.

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