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‘Seoul virus’ can jump from pet rats to owners

(Reuters Health) - - People with pet rats should practice safe rodent handling and good hand hygiene to avoid catching a virus that can jump from rats to humans, infectious disease experts warn.

EPA chief suggests climate change could benefit humans

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested Tuesday that climate change could benefit humans, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

Watch humans fly in jumbo drone

Chinese startup Ehang has released footage showing its drone flying people. It is the first time the company has showed off video of the passenger flights to the public.

Animal Behavior

Basics: Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You

Numerosity is deeply embedded in species that need to track quantity, such as hungry spiders and schooling fish. But the ability seems to have faded in humans.


Cellphones Are Still Safe for Humans, Researchers Say

New studies on rats and mice suggest that if there is any cancer risk from cellphones, it is small. But the case isn’t closed yet.

Cell phone radiation study finds more questions than answers

High doses of cell phone radiation are tied to rare tumors in male rats, according to new government reports. Much more research is needed to determine whether similar findings would emerge in humans.

These ancient tools may tell a new story of human migration

Thousands of stone tools dating back as far as 385,000 years that have been uncovered in India suggest humans might have migrated from Africa much earlier than previously thought.


German university says no danger to people in auto industry funded tests

HAMBURG (Reuters) - A German university teaching hospital that has been caught up in an outcry over testing the impact of nitrogen dioxide on humans said on Friday there was no danger to the people involved.


VW suspends company lobbyist over 'repulsive' diesel fume tests

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen suspended its chief lobbyist on Tuesday in response to reports the carmaker had sponsored tests that exposed monkeys and humans to toxic diesel fumes, methods condemned by its chief executive as repulsive.


Chinese scientists break key barrier by cloning monkeys

LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans.

Black Death spread by humans, vindicating rats

One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests.

Computers are getting better than humans at reading

The proven health benefits of honey

Move over, prehistoric bears. Humans have loved honey since the Stone Age.


Bird flu found in wild birds in UK's Dorset but risk to humans, poultry low

(Reuters) - Britain's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it had found the H5N6 strain of bird flu in 17 wild birds in South Dorset for the first time in the country this winter.

Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Has Arrived in Investing. Humans Are Still Dominating.

Artificial intelligence programs increasingly help fund managers run their portfolios, but will they will be good enough to replace them?


The New Health Care: A Memory Shortcut, With a Little Help From Friends

Humans formed social networks long before social media, so why not put them to use?


Alaskan 'sunrise' girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve...


It’s So Cold That ...

A deeply frigid cold spell has North America in its grip, setting record temperatures, creating striking scenes and, in some cases, threatening the lives of humans and animals alike.

Computers and the Internet

City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto

Plans by a Google sibling for a development where robots collect trash and heated paths melt snow have generated excitement. But its data-collection sensors have spurred privacy concerns.


U.S. EPA says glyphosate not likely to be carcinogenic to people

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's top-selling weed killer Roundup, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, contradicting a World Health Organization panel.


'Downsizing' puts microscope on environment, immigration and humanity

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When filmmaker Alexander Payne and his writing partner came up with the idea in 2006 of a future in which humans could opt to be five inches tall to live better lives, little did they know how timely the story would be in 2017.

Animal Behavior

ScienceTake: Curious Orangutans, Raised by Humans, Do Better on Cognitive Tests

Orangutans who were raised around people in safe environments are more curious and score better on cognitive tests.

Drug trial shows promising results to fight Huntington's disease

For the first time, an experimental drug has reduced levels of the toxic protein that causes Huntington's disease in humans.


Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

Information overload is driving us crazy

In a famous 1927 concurrence, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis distinguished the purpose of free speech as helping humans to develop and nurture their capabilities to have meaningful discourse. Brandeis wrote: "The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty, and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government."


Walking the dog? Motion monitor to aid actors playing pooches

BATH, England (Reuters) - From a poodle's strut to a basset hound's lolloping gait, scientists plan to capture the movements of different breeds to make on-screen animated dogs played by humans more authentic.


Fixes: Where Birds and Planes Collide, a Winged Robot May Help

Some airports are testing “Robirds” to help protect both humans and birds in the air.


Trilobites: A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to This Bird’s Extinction

A new study suggests passenger pigeons were hyper-adapted to living in a large, stable population, leaving them unable to cope when humans hunted them en masse.

Humans caged, lions roam free

The Monarto Zoo in Australia features a caged enclosure that allows visitors to walk into the middle of a lion's den.


Sesame Street goes global to teach kids about money

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Translating money messages to 100 million kids around the world is not a feat for ordinary humans - you need monsters.

Global Warming

U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

A report from 13 federal agencies says humans are the main cause of global warming, a position at odds with some in the Trump administration.


In clash with Trump, U.S. report says humans cause climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rapid pace of global climate change is almost certainly driven by human activity, like burning fossil fuels, according to a U.S. government report that contradicts assertions by President Donald Trump and members of his administration.

Monkeys and Apes

Trilobites: Wild and Captive Chimpanzees Share Personality Traits With Humans

A new study confirms early research by Jane Goodall, who first attributed such traits to chimps about 60 years ago.

Area Planning and Renewal

Dream City?: Google’s Founders Wanted to Shape a City. Toronto Is Their Chance.

Here’s an opportunity to develop “the world’s first neighborhood built from the internet up,” but will humans be put first?


Matter: Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

Humans have long shared a genetic palette for skin pigmentation, slightly tweaked by evolution, scientists report.

Why do humans long for gems?

Humankind's fascination with precious stones long predates the establishment of gemology. The Romans believed that diamonds were splinters of falling stars, while the ancient Greeks considered them to be the tears of the gods. Inc

Robots and Humans Team Up at Amazon

Amazon’s warehouses, which now employ more than 125,000 people across the United States, are being outfitted with the latest in robots and tech, but not at the expense of human jobs.

Hurricane Irma (2017)

Dolphins, Flamingos and Pigs: The Animals Rescued From Hurricane Irma

While millions of humans are evacuating ahead of the storm, the relocation of animals is an extra challenge.


Banned pesticides from illegal pot farms seep into California water

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Toxic chemicals from illegal marijuana farms hidden deep in California's forests are showing up in rivers and streams that feed the state's water supply, prompting fears that humans and animals may be at risk, data reviewed by Reuters show.

A world map in human faces

"People living on the other side of the world are just the same humans as people living next door," says photographer Alexander Khimushin.

'Inhumans' Imax leap tests Marvel's power

Marvel is going to test its powers this weekend, asking committed fans to pony up cash to see the premiere of "Inhumans" in Imax theaters, a TV series that they'll be able to catch on ABC beginning September 29.

Asteroid to orbit Earth's moon?

NASA says its Asteroid Redirect Mission will allow it to conduct tests that are essential to preparing humans for future deep-space flights.


Shrunken Matt Damon opens 74th Venice film festival

VENICE (Reuters) - Alexander Payne's "Downsizing", a satire about shrinking humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population and global warming, opened the Venice film festival on Wednesday.


Philippines watching suspected bird flu cases in humans

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines started monitoring suspected bird flu cases in humans on Friday after 34 farm workers in two towns north of the capital Manila developed flu-like symptoms after direct exposure to infected fowl.


Trilobites: Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin

Turtle-headed sea snakes that live closer to humans develop darker skin, which may be like a pollution trap that they shed.

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Teaches Autonomous Gliders to Make Decisions on the Fly

Microsoft is building gliders that adapt to surprises. The goal is to teach autonomous vehicles of all sorts to deal with uncertainty the way humans do.


Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

(Reuters) - Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday.

High-Speed Rail Projects

Going Places: Why Even the Hyperloop Probably Wouldn’t Change Your Commute Time

Humans have historically tended to travel about half an hour to work, regardless of how fast the travel.

Genetic Engineering

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

Geneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients.

Scientists fear Trump will bury their report

A not-yet-released federal report on climate change finds that humans are already witnessing the effects of a warming globe -- and the report's authors are fearing that the White House will intervene before it's published. CNN's Rene Marsh reports.

Scientists fear WH will bury federal climate change report

A not-yet-released federal report on climate change finds that humans are already witnessing the effects of a warming globe -- and the report's authors are fearing that the White House will intervene before it's published.

'Inhumans' seeks to add TV power to Marvel

Marvel's powerful track record in movies is no secret, but until now, the studio has largely avoided producing traditional superhero shows for television. "Agents of SHIELD" was only peripherally connected to the Avengers franchise, while the studio's "street level" dramas for Netflix -- including the upcoming "The Defenders" -- feature a gritty, almost film-noir style.

Why eclipses have inspired terror and awe

Since ancient times, humans have looked up at the sky with both reverence and fear. When the United States experiences a total solar eclipse August 21, many astronomers expect that it will evoke a sense of awe, excitement and even unity.

Microscopic critter can survive almost anything

Tardigrades, often called the "water bears" or "moss piglets," are starting to reveal more secrets about their ability to survive extreme conditions that humans can't, according to a new study in the journal PLOS.


Scientists find sunscreen potential in Antarctic plants

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Scientists in Chile have discovered molecules in two species of Antarctic flowers that protect the plants from solar radiation and could potentially be used in products such as sunscreen for humans and protection for vulnerable crops.


Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia's far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday.


Trilobites: Living Another Day, Thanks to Grandparents Who Couldn’t Sleep

Age-related changes in sleep patterns may have helped early humans survive by ensuring at least one person was always alert to nighttime threats.


Pet owners more likely to find ticks on themselves

Having a pet dog or cat more than doubles the odds that humans will find a tick on themselves, and that could raise the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases like Lyme, researchers say.

Evolution (Biology)

Trilobites: They Were Shorter and at Risk for Arthritis, but They Survived an Ice Age

A genetic mutation that knocks a centimeter off height and increases the risk for arthritis may have helped early humans in Europe and Asia to survive, a new study shows.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Insights Into the Brain, in a Book You’ll Wish You Had in College

In “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst,” Robert M. Sapolsky serves up his neurobiology with a big dose of hipster humor.

Religion and Belief

Peter Berger, Theologian Who Fought ‘God Is Dead’ Movement, Dies at 88

Professor Berger was known for his work in what is called the sociology of knowledge — understanding how humans experience everyday reality.


Volkswagen, Nvidia to cooperate on artificial intelligence

FRANKFURT, June 27 (Reuters) - German carmaker Volkswagen said on Tuesday it would cooperate with U.S. chipmaker Nvidia on deep learning software that could be used to manage traffic flows or make it easier for humans to work with robots.


South Africa bans sale of live hens to contain bird flu

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa has banned the sale of live hens throughout the country in a bid to control an outbreak of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu, but no humans have been affected, the government said on Monday.

Where the next disease could emerge

Some of the world's worst diseases -- think Ebola or AIDS -- start in animals, jump the hurdle of species to enter humans and then get passed from person to person. These are called zoonotic or animal-origin infectious diseases. What if you could predict the location on this vast and spinning globe where the next of these potentially deadly diseases will emerge?

People are signing up to be citizens of a nation on space

Coming soon: a nation in space for humans.


INSIGHT-Radiation, risk and robots: Ripping out a reactor's heart

MUELHEIM-KAERLICH, Germany, June 12 (Reuters) - As head of the Muelheim-Kaerlich nuclear reactor, Thomas Volmar spends his days plotting how to tear down his workplace. The best way to do that, he says, is to cut out humans.

Snake venom is key in experimental drug for heart patients

An experimental antiplatelet drug has surprising bite. Based on a protein found in snake venom, the new drug prevented blood clotting in mice without causing excessive bleeding after an injury, according to research published Thursday in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. The drug has yet to be tested in humans.

Haley: President believes climate is changing

President Donald Trump does believe in climate change and that humans have a role in it, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview on "State of the Union."


U.S. environmental agency chief says humans contribute to global warming

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, said on Friday he believes human activity plays a role in global warming, but measuring that contribution with precision is difficult.

Opinion: Americans know climate is changing. Do they care?

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that the climate is changing and getting warmer, and that humans are contributing.


Google's AlphaGo clinches series win over Chinese Go master

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, beat Chinese Go master Ke Jie for a second time on Thursday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in a best of three series meant to test the limits of computers in taking on humans at complex tasks.


UPDATE 1-Google's AlphaGo clinches series win over Chinese Go master

SHANGHAI, May 25 (Reuters) - Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, beat Chinese Go master Ke Jie for a second time on Thursday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in a best of three series meant to test the limits of computers in taking on humans at complex tasks.


Google's Alpha Go beats Chinese master again to clinch series win

SHANGHAI, May 25 (Reuters) - Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, beat Chinese Go master Ke Jie for a second time on Thursday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in a best of three series meant to test the limits of computers in taking on humans at complex tasks.

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for A.I.

The software’s victory over the world’s best player of the Chinese game demonstrates how artificial intelligence can increasingly outperform humans at complex tasks.

Burmese python

Feature: When the Lab Rat Is a Snake

Why Burmese pythons may be the best way to study diabetes, heart disease and the protective effects of gastric-bypass surgery in humans.


The Health Issue: The Genetics of Pooched-Out Pooches

A mutation in some obesity-prone dog breeds might reveal new risk factors for obesity in humans — and perhaps give rise to new drugs.

Factories and Manufacturing

Where It’s Made: A Ford Car in China

Step inside the Ford factory in Hangzhou and get a 360 view of one of China’s most automated factories, where 650 robots work alongside humans.


Trilobites: Humans Have a Poor Sense of Smell? It’s Just a Myth

The belief that the human nose isn’t very acute is not based on empirical evidence, a scientist says in a new review.


Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago

KROMDRAAI, South Africa (Reuters) - Scientists unveiled the first evidence on Tuesday that early humans co-existed in Africa 300,000 years ago with a small-brained human-like species thought to already be extinct on the continent at that time.

‘I Never Dreamed of a World in Which I Was Uninsurable’

Our Top 10 Comments of the Week: Readers debate the health care vote, “lunch shaming” and whether cats are capable of loving humans.

Climate confusion is back, and it's dangerous

Until Friday night, the eve of the People's Climate March on Washington, the US government website explained how humans are warming the planet by burning fossil fuels and why that is a huge deal for us and for future generations.

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

Before the machines become smart enough to replace humans, as some people fear, they need to be taught.


Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators

Modern genetic tools have provided new details of how domestication changes animals as they become entwined with humans.


California fossils, stone tools may rewrite New World human history

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In what may be one of the most significant discoveries ever in archeology in the Americas, researchers on Wednesday said stone tools and broken mastodon bones unearthed in California show humans had reached the Americas by about 130,000 years ago, far earlier than previously known.

Neanderthal Man

Matter: Humans Lived in North America 130,000 Years Ago, Study Claims

If early humans smashed mastodon bones found in California in 1992, scientists will have to rethink how humans came to the Americas.

See lamb move in artificial womb

A research team created a device that mimics a pregnant mammal's womb. Nature Communications reports that a fetal lamb successfully grew in the device for weeks. Ultimately, they hope to test this on humans.


RPT-Hedge funds lose on UK election shock, but man less than machines

LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - Hedge funds lost out on Tuesday after British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked markets by calling a snap election, but those led by humans outsmarted those led by machines, in a reversal of fortunes from the Brexit referendum.


Hedge funds lose on UK election shock, but man less than machines

LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - Hedge funds lost out on Tuesday after British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked markets by calling a snap election, but those led by humans outsmarted those led by machines, in a reversal of fortunes from the Brexit referendum.

How to know if a GoFundMe page is legit

It's a natural instinct, and one of our better qualities as humans: We see something unspeakable happen, even to a stranger, and we want to help.


Smithfield makes move on market for pig-human transplants

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans.

Japanese want to drill into Earth's mantle

Humans have been to the Moon and explored almost every corner of the planet -- but there's one place they have never been.


Trilobites: Ancient Cannibals Didn’t Eat Just for the Calories, Study Suggests

An archaeologist’s fascination with the nutritional value of humans aims to understand the complexities of early relatives of our species.


BRIEF-BlackRock CEO on CNBC: We are not substituting machines for humans

* BlackRock CEO Fink on CNBC - we are not substituting machines for humans

Rocket Science and Propulsion

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance Race to Space

Standing with a reusable booster and a model of a capsule for carrying humans into space, the billionaire disclosed that he had been financing his rocket company by selling shares in his company.


German illustrator wins top prize with drawings of animals mimicking humans

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - With his family of cats celebrating Christmas, bears arm-in-arm and even a crocodile in a sailor suit, German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch on Tuesday won the Astrid Lindgren...


Investors want advice from both robots and humans: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial advisers across Wall Street's biggest brokerages have fretted over their professional futures in recent years as their firms worked to develop "robo" services for...

'Superhuman' sailors in 'brutal' workouts

Some see sailing as a sedate sport, but you know the game has changed when the "athletes" are described as "superhumans" and undergo special forces training.


BlackRock cuts fees and jobs; stockpicking goes high-tech

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Tuesday said it would overhaul its actively managed equities business, cutting jobs, dropping fees and relying more on computers to pick stocks in a move that highlights how difficult it has become for humans to beat the market.


UPDATE 1-BlackRock cuts fees, jobs; stockpicking goes high-tech

NEW YORK, March 28 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Tuesday said it would overhaul its actively managed equities business, cutting jobs, dropping fees and relying more on computers to pick stocks in a move that highlights how difficult it has become for humans to beat the market.


California paves way to self-driving car tests without humans

DETROIT (Reuters) - California, the largest U.S. car market, plans to allow testing on public roads of self-driving vehicles without human backup drivers by the end of the year, state officials said Friday.