Top stories a wave of fraud an ancient tryst and hope for

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Top stories: a wave of fraud, an ancient tryst, and hope for treating Huntington disease By Frankie SchembriAug. 24, 2018 , 2:20 PM Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country A piece of bone unearthed in a Siberian cave in Russia is providing the most direct evidence of a tryst between extinct human species. The 2-centimeter-long fragment contained enough ancient DNA for scientists to conclude that it belonged to a woman whose mother was a Neanderthal and whose father was a Denisovan, a mysterious group of ancient humans discovered in the same cave in 2011.‘I feel so much hope’—Is a new drug keeping this woman’s deadly Huntington disease at bay?For the first time, a drug being tested in humans has been shown to suppress the toxic protein behind Huntington disease, a brutal brain malady that inexorably robs victims of control of their movements and their minds. Michelle Dardengo of Coquitlam, Canada, was the first patient in the first human trial, which showed the drug is safe for human use. Now, the company behind the treatment is getting ready to launch another trial in hundreds of patients, which could finally answer the question on Dardengo’s—and doctors’—minds: Can it slow or stop the disease?What does Trump’s pick for science adviser think about climate science? A 2014 talk offers clues In a 2014 talk at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Kelvin Droegemeier, the meteorology professor picked to advise President Donald Trump on science-related matters, offered his thoughts on the state of climate science, the capacity of the planet to withstand environmental disasters, and the way in which many climate scientists present their findings. Said Droegemeier of planet Earth’s resilience: “You can kick it in the butt really, really, hard and it will come back.”This bright purple ribbon—named STEVE—is an entirely new celestial phenomenon Aurorae—those bright waves of color that light up high-latitude skies—have a lower-latitude cousin named Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement (STEVE). But this dazzling purple-and-white ribbon in the sky, recently discovered by citizen scientists, is in fact an entirely new celestial phenomenon, researchers report in a new study. Scientists aren’t yet sure how STEVE’s light is created, but one theory is that low-energy protons may be heating the upper atmosphere. Researcher at the center of an epic fraud remains an enigma to those who exposed himJapanese bone researcher Yoshihiro Sato fabricated dozens of clinical trials before a group of researchers from the United Kingdom and New Zealand exposed the fraud in 2016. But by then, new trials with thousands of real patients had been held to follow up the faked studies, and several professional societies had based medical guidelines about bone fractures on his papers. Exposing Sato’s lies, correcting the literature, and tracing the effects of the fake studies has been a bruising struggle for the whistleblowers.This ancient bone belonged to a child of two extinct human species Email (Left to right): SARA GIRONI CARNEVALE; THOMAS HIGHAM, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD; JOHN LEHMANN Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwelast_img read more

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