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DNA confirms 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor

DNA confirms 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor

A 10,000-year-old skeleton found in a Nevada cave is the ancestor of a Native American tribe, according to a new study. The remains are known as the Spirit Cave mummy and were believed to be part of a group called "Paleoamericans" that existed before Native Americans. Genetic testing of DNA extracted from the mummy's skull changed that.

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Prehistoric art in Borneo cave includes world’s oldest figurative painting

Prehistoric art in Borneo cave includes world’s oldest figurative painting

Researchers have discovered the world's oldest known cave painting of an animal, according to a new study. The painting features a creature that looks like a bull and dates back around 40,000 years. Until now, scientists believed the world's oldest cave paintings were located in Europe, but this newly discovered art was found in Indonesia.

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Piranha barking reveals fish identities in murky water

Piranha barking reveals fish identities in murky water

Piranhas are known for their sharp teeth and carnivorous appetites, but few think about the sounds they make. These small fish "bark" by contracting their gas bladders to produce a noise. A new study reveals that these barking sounds differ based on species and offer a way for researchers to identify the fish even in dark waters.

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Verizon Prepaid plans upgraded: Auto Pay discount, extra lines, more

Verizon Prepaid plans upgraded: Auto Pay discount, extra lines, more

Verizon has updated its prepaid plans, throwing in a discount for Auto Pay customers, along with adding more data and lines. The new Verizon Prepaid range reflects just how competitive the segment has become in recent years, with what once was an afterthought compared to postpaid plans now being increasingly popular among multi-device users.

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7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores

7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores

7-Eleven is following Sam's Club and Amazon to offer a cashierless experience for its customers...some of them, at least. The company revealed plans to offer cashierless checkouts last year and now it has moved to make that a reality. As of today, more than a dozen 7-Eleven stores in Dallas will offer scan-and-go technology for mobile checkouts.

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Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

It was a little over a year ago when Amazon announced it would be looking to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America, in turn kicking off an unofficial competition with cities biding to lure the internet giant with tax and other incentives. Then in January the company announced it had narrowed down the list of candidates to 20 cities, and would pick a location for its "HQ2" before the end of 2018. The year is quickly coming to a close, and it seems Northern Virginia might be the winner.

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Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists with UC Irvine and UC Riverside have developed a new test designed to measure intelligence. Unlike some existing tests, which often require payment and take a large block of time to finish, the new test is free and can be completed in only ten minutes. The test is designed to work on tablets and smartphones.

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Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Bottlenose dolphins have been forced to simplify their speech due to a variety of noisy human activities, according to new research out of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The change in calls was discovered by researchers who placed microphones on the Atlantic Ocean's floor to monitor noise levels near Maryland.

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Gut bacteria may not fully replenish after antibiotic use: study

Gut bacteria may not fully replenish after antibiotic use: study

A new study has found that gut bacteria only partially replenishes in healthy individuals following antibiotic use. Scientists tested the effects of antibiotics on gut bacteria in heathy men, finding that it nearly eradicated the "good bacteria," which then slowly replenished over the following half-year. Unfortunately, not all of the beneficial bacteria returned and researchers found that some unwanted bacteria also established itself in the gut.

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Newly discovered Central African crocodile species has soft skin

Newly discovered Central African crocodile species has soft skin

Scientists have discovered a new crocodile species, one that has soft skin and is, unfortunately, very endangered. Called the Central African slender-snouted crocodile, this new species wasn't exactly unknown, only misidentified. Until now, experts had believed it to belong to its West African counterpart.

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Porsche and Audi’s battery supplier just invested in this ultra-fast charging tech

Porsche and Audi’s battery supplier just invested in this ultra-fast charging tech

Range anxiety may be gradually ebbing as electric cars get longer lasting batteries, but the length of time it takes to recharge remains one of the big headaches compared to gas engines. Increasingly, though, fast charging technologies are promising to address that hurdle too, and getting the attention of the big EV battery suppliers in the process.

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‘Headless chicken monster’ deep-sea creature caught on camera

‘Headless chicken monster’ deep-sea creature caught on camera

A deep sea creature known as the headless chicken monster has been caught on camera in the Southern Ocean for the first time. The sea cucumber, which is officially known as the Enypniastes eximia, was captured using a special camera developed by Australian researchers, according to the nation's government, which has announced the discovery.

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