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Science Moves Closer to Explaining the 'Angry Drunk'

Why do some people become more aggressive, even violent, after they've had a few drinks?

Neanderthals Were Actually Prehistoric Picassos

New research shows that homo sapiens weren't the first folks to decorate their caves with artwork. Neanderthals actually did it thousands of years earlier.

Meet Cheddar Man: Your New Stone Age Crush

Cheddar Man was a dark-skinned, blue-eyed Stone Age Brit. You don't see those every day.

Twin Monkeys First-Ever Cloned Like Dolly the Sheep

Scientists in China successfully cloned the first-ever primates using the same method that created the world's most famous sheep — a method called somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Saharan Dust: The Good, the Bad and the Gritty

Dust traveling over the Atlantic from North Africa feeds both phytoplankton that makes the oxygen we breath and the bacteria that could kill us.

Good Excuse, or Is There Actually a Cheating Gene?

The real story about the roots of infidelity and monogamy is far more complicated than whether you have the "cheating gene."

Can You Hear Something That Doesn’t Make a Sound?

In the absence of sound waves in the air, your brain will try to fill in the silence.

Scientists Find Antarctic Microbes That Live on Air Alone

Scientists have found microbes in Antarctica that somehow survive just on gases in the atmosphere. This could have some exciting possibilities for determining how alien life on other planets could stay alive.

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.

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