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Read up on the latest in science news on our blog, from 700,000-year-old hominin remains to gut bacteria reversing autism-related social behavior in mice.

Gut bacteria found to reverse autism-related social behavior

A new Cell Press study has found that the addition of the bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri reverses Austism-related social behavior in mice. The lead author explains what this could mean for the treatment of Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders:

Preventing the pan-drug-resistant superbug

“You can’t overemphasize the importance of surveillance,” says Emil Lesho, director and co-founder of the Multidrug-resistant organism Repository and Surveillence Network (MRSN) at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He and his team reported the first time occurrence of bacteria with the mcr-1 gene – a gene that makes the last-line antibiotic colistin useless against them – in the United States.

One third of mammals can't flee climate change, new estimate finds

A new predictive model estimates that one third of mammals will not be able to outpace the rate of climate change. We talk to the study's lead author to find out why his estimate is likely to be on the conservative side:

New material can safely and efficiently deal with nuclear waste gases

"This is in fact a rare example of computationally inspired material discovery." We spoke with an author of the study from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL.

Japan’s monkeys wash their potatoes and ride deer like horses

Did you know Japanese macaques washed their potatoes and rode deer like horses? A team of primatologists wrote a book about the animal’s behaviors to help the human and monkey populations get along.

700,000-year-old hominin remains discovered on remote island of Flores

The newly discovered remains of the Mata Menge hominin come after many years of systematic searching following the discovery of Homo floresiensis in the same region in 2004.

Researchers map 6000 years of urban settlements

"Istanbul, Turkey (formerly Constantinople) underwent a major period of population decline between AD 1057 and AD 1453. During this time the population dropped from approximately 300,000 to 45,000 due to a series of events including a city sacking by the Crusaders and a bout with the plague." We speak with the lead author from Yale University.

How terrorists are made

"I am a psychologist, so I would ask what need inside the person is this extremism meeting? What is hurting in your life that makes you want to join a terrorist group in the first place?" A terrorism expert tells us what motivates extremists:

Scientists through the eyes of children

What do children think scientists do all day? Where do these ideas come from? Researchers asked 266 children to draw scientists “doing science” to find out.

Finding cures for incurable cancers in nature

Some cancers are incurable because they’re resistant to chemotherapy. This international research collaboration is looking for alternatives in nature, and has found a few hopeful candidates… Follow their work in their project on ResearchGate and read our interview with one of the collaborators:

Stanford medical trial found stem cells injected into the brain aid stroke recovery

“Patients who couldn’t walk were walking. Some people who had problems communicating were talking.” Stanford medical trial finds significant recovery in chronic stroke sufferers injected with stem cells. Gary Steinberg, the study’s lead, told us more:


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