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Archive for October, 2004

Posted by sprague on October 28, 2004

ABC News: Scientists Find Ancient Hobbit-Sized People:

Reports on the discovery of 18,000-year-old skeletons in Indonesia of 3-foot-tall humans.

I wonder if there’s any evidence of other human characteristics like language, fire, or tool use.

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Posted by sprague on October 15, 2004

Discovery Channel :: News :: Study: Genes, Family Size Linked to Homos

A study led by Francesca Corna and psychologists at the University of Padova compares 100 homosexual men with 100 heterosexual men and finds that none of the straight men have maternal relatives who are gay (out of 370), while on the paternal side the number was eight (out of 604). Previous studies have tried to show a link with Xq28, and the theory goes gay men are more likely to be younger brothers.

The study appears in Proceedings of The Royal Society B.

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Posted by sprague on October 12, 2004

This year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine went to a researcher who pioneered the study of human taste and smell, and now Thomas Frey from The DaVinci Institute speculates on ways the discovery of smell genes might turn into products in the future.

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Posted by sprague on October 4, 2004

The Seattle Times: Health: Scientists find coffee really is addictive

quotes Roland Griffiths, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, who published the findings with his colleague, Laura Juliano, who teaches at American University. The study results are published in the October issue of the journal Psychopharmacology.

“Griffiths and Juliano assessed the validity of 66 studies on caffeine withdrawal over many decades. Fifty percent of people had headaches, and 13 percent had clinically significant distress or impairment of function.”

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Posted by sprague on October 2, 2004

People who take vitamin supplements have a higher

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