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Humans and birds share the same singing genes

Humans and birds share the same singing genes

It's not just great minds that think alike. Dozens of the genes involved in the vocal learning that underpins human speech are also active in some songbirds. And knowing this suggests that birds could become a standard model for investigating the genetics of speech production – and speech disorder

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Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

48Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome. Based on the arm bone of a 24,000-year-old Siberian youth, the research could uncover

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Now there's no excuse not to eat your greens

Now there’s no excuse not to eat your greens

Mother was right – eating your greens really can improve your health. Spinach, broccoli, cabbage, kale and even lettuce contain the beneficial chemical nitrate which can reach all parts of the body, claim British researchers. In three independent studies they found leafy green vegetables can thi

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Drug can repair spinal cord injuries

Drug can repair spinal cord injuries

A drug that can encourage nerves in the spinal cord to grow and repair injuries has been developed by US scientists. The study on rats, published in the journal Nature, showed some degree of movement and bladder control could be restored. The drug works by disrupting the "sticky glue" that preve

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In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

Meditating really is a workout for the mind, according to scientists who have found it can make the brain bigger. Practising simple meditation techniques such as concentrating on your breathing helps build denser grey matter in parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, controlling

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Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 - and raised £1m for charity

Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 – and raised £1m for charity

A 77-year-old woman has spoken of her 30 year battle with breast cancer, in which she discovered a tumour almost every six years. Pam Corrigan discovered her first tumour in 1984 and has since undergone a double mastectomy and countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She has even had can

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... and Ben wins!

… and Ben wins!

A young boy who stars in the film Nativity 3 defied the odds to become an actor and dancer after doctors warned he may never walk or talk again after brain surgery. Ben underwent a nine-hour operation because the plates in his skull had not fused correctly after birth. The youngster, from Cannock,

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Five-minute walk every hour helps against damage of sitting

Five-minute walk every hour helps against damage of sitting

40Going for a short stroll every hour can help protect against the damaging effects of sitting all day. U.S. researchers found taking three five-minute walks for every three hours spent sitting can reverse the harm caused to leg arteries. There benefits remain even when the walks are slow, the

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Bananas 'cut stroke risk for women after menopause'

Bananas ‘cut stroke risk for women after menopause’

Eating bananas could cut the risk of strokes in post-menopausal women, a study suggests. Foods high in potassium could help lower the chance by as much as a quarter, it found. Researchers studied 90,137 postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 79, for an average of 11 years. They looked at how muc

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103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

3Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki -- who holds the 100 meters world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the

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