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Early Human Ancestor Didn’t Have the Jaws of a Nutcracker, Study Finds

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Research published in 2012 garnered international attention by suggesting that a possible early human ancestor had lived on a diverse woodland diet including hard foods mixed in with tree bark, fruit, leaves and other plant products. But new research by an international team of researchers now shows that Australopithecus sediba didn’t have the jaw and tooth structure necessary to exist on a steady diet of hard foods.

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Wichita State University Releases New Kansas Population Forecast

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Between 2014 and 2064, the Kansas population is expected to increase from 2,904,321 to 3,538,277, a 21.8 percent increase, according to a forecast released by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. Twenty of Kansas' 105 counties are projected to have increases in population, while the other 85 are projected to have population declines.

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Record Missouri Flooding Was Manmade Calamity, Scientist Says

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Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but Robert Criss, PhD, professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis says analysis of the flood data shows much of the damage was due to recent modifications to the river.

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Pioneering Discovery Leads to Potential Preventive Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Death

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A team of Harvard scientists and colleagues has used University of Vermont findings from 2000 to develop a possible treatment to prevent hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an inherited disease that can cause the heart to thicken and stop pumping blood effectively, leading to heart failure

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A Football Helmet Design That Listens to Physics

A shock-absorbing football helmet system being developed at the University of Michigan could blunt some dangerous physics that today's head protection ignores.

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Discovery: Many White-Tailed Deer Have Malaria

By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It’s the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America.

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UT Southwestern Recognized for Innovative System to Help Ensure Best Practices, Quality Care for Patients

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UT Southwestern Medical Center has received the 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator of the Year Award for developing a comprehensive and agile system to identify, track, and report clinical quality and patient-reported outcomes across all ambulatory clinics in support of UT Southwestern’s patient-centered care.

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Climate Change's Frost Harms Early Plant Reproduction

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Climate change may harm early-flowering plants not through plant-pollinator mismatch but through frost damage, a Dartmouth College-led study shows.

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Former NAACP Chief’s Endorsement Signals Lackluster Clinton Support, Expert Says

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders’ standing among black voters could receive a boost with the expected endorsement of Benjamin Jealous, who served as president of the NAACP from 2008 to 2013. Darren Davis, a professor of political science and an associate vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, notes that political endorsements are primarily symbolic, but Jealous’ endorsement is more symbolic than most.

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons Announces New Executive Director

AANS announces Kathleen Craig as new Executive Director for the association.

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A First Time for Everything: Thoughts on Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf's Upcoming Budget Address

Political blogger covers the ongoing Pennsylvania budget saga in this edition of Weekly Capitol Update Blog.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Milestone Anniversary at World’s Largest Cyclotron

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TRIUMF will commemorate the 40th anniversary of commissioning of the world’s largest cyclotron on Tuesday, February 9. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science will join the celebration.

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Scripps-Led Team Discovers Four New Deep-Sea Worm Species

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A pink flatworm-like animal known by a single species found in waters off Sweden has puzzled biologists for nearly six decades. New discoveries half a world away by a team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Western Australian Museum, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have helped properly identify these elusive creatures through genetic analysis.

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'Cannibalism' Between Stars

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tars are born inside a rotating cloud of interstellar gas and dust, which contracts to stellar densities thanks to its own gravity. Before finding itself on the star, however, most of the cloud lands onto a circumstellar disk forming around the star owing to conservation of angular momentum.

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Cells That Show Where Things Are Going

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Neurobiologists characterize nerve cells that detect motion by light changes.