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First U.S. Woman Gives Birth From Transplanted Uterus

A woman has given birth to the first baby born in the U.S. from a transplanted uterus. The product is no doubt rewarding, but the process isn't easy.

Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Stuff To Blow Your Mind's Joe McCormick joins Stuff They Don't Want You To Know to talk the controversial theory of the bicameral mind.

Prehistoric Women Were Stronger Than Today's Elite Female Athletes

Think you could beat a prehistoric woman in an arm wrestling match? Think again.

Saudi Arabian Rock Art Depicts Prehistoric Dogs on Leashes

Saudi Arabian rock engravings could be the oldest artistic rendering of human-dog relationships ever discovered. It's certainly the oldest depiction of a leash.

Perfectly Preserved Prehistoric Lion Cub Found in Russian Permafrost

In recent years, three mummified cubs from an extinct lion species have emerged from the Russian permafrost. Cloning might be possible, but is it wise?

Humans Didn't Outsmart Neanderthals, We Just Outlasted Them

New research suggests Neanderthals went extinct, not because we outcompeted them, but because we took over their ecological niche.

Study Illuminates Genetic Origins of Skin Color Diversity

A groundbreaking study finds light skin pigmentation gene variations originating in Africa, eroding the notion of race as a biological characteristic, and shedding light on cancer and evolution, too.

Why It's Human Nature to Ignore Our Instincts

Our instincts often tell us to do certain things — or avoid others — but we don't listen. Is this wise? How do we know when to obey our instincts?

Yes, Conspiracy Theorists’ Brains Really Are Different

A new study shows that belief in perceiving patterns correlated strongly with belief in conspiracy theories and the supernatural.

Why It Feels So Good To Be Scared

It's already a scary world. Why do we seek to experience more fear?

Last Common Ape-Human Ancestor Was Likely the Size of a Gibbon

Fossils of a "missing link" may never be found, but new research shows apes' last common ancestor may have been smaller than previously thought.

Neanderthal DNA Changed the Way Modern Humans Look

Neanderthal genes may be to thank for your skin tone, hair color and even smoking habit.

Where's the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?

Rabid fans may seem crazy, but there can be good reasons why they go all out for their favorite celebrity, sport or TV show.

Pretending to Be Batman Helps Kids Focus on Boring Tasks, Study Shows

The Batman Effect, as researchers have dubbed it, allows little ones to separate themselves from temptation and stay on task.

Cancer Scientists Sniff Out the Genes Behind Durian's Famous Stink

Mapping the genome of the King of Fruits reveals the source of its smell, and may present opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals.

10 Types of Study Bias

We often think that if a drug has been studied by scientists and given a favorable outcome, then it must be safe and proven. But many kinds of biases can creep into a study, rendering it less than effective.

Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse

A series of studies showed that including the word 'sorry' in a rejection actually made the rejected person feel worse.

Intricate Ice Caves in Antarctica May Harbor Unique Life

On the surface, Antarctica may seem like a barren landscape. But underneath, in massive ice caves, life may be abundant.

10 Things Lefties Do Better

Although left-handed people were thought to be "sinister" or "unnatural" in previous eras, we now know that left-handedness is natural for 10 percent of the population. And it can have some advantages over right-handedness too.

Commercial Ancestry Tests Can Reveal How Much Neanderthal DNA You Have

At least two commercial DNA testing services offer users information on heritage coming from coupling between ancient humans and other species.

DNA Researchers Call on Bone Hoarders to Share Bone Access

A recent letter in the journal Nature claims that access to ancient human remains should be more open, especially in light of advancements in analysis techniques.

Could Gut Bacteria Become the Next Sports Drink?

The mass of microorganisms swarming inside your favorite elite athlete's body may be a great business opportunity.

Which Countries Have the Smallest Personal Space?

An extensive study looks at personal space in 42 countries, and how weather affects preferences.

Surprisingly Swift Evolution Observed in Lizard Species

Over the course of one frigid winter, green anole lizards in Texas changed up their genetic makeup to help them better tolerate cold.

Do People Tend to Walk in Predictable, Clockwise Paths?

Is there a tendency to clockwise walks around the block? Why do sports favor counterclockwise rotation? Does anything have to do with handedness, or driving habits?


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