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‘Ghost population’ of ancient humans may have mated with ancestors of modern humans

by Ryan W. Miller, USA Today

Ancestors of people living in what is today West Africa may have reproduced with a species of ancient humans unknown to scientists, new research suggests.

Scientists know Europeans mated with Neanderthals and people in Oceania with Denisovans, but a new study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances found that genetic variation within West African populations is best explained by the presence of a new ancient human species altogether.

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Your phone talks about you behind your back. These researchers are listening in

by Alfred Ng, c|net

They’re keeping track by tracking the trackers that track you.

When you download an app, the permissions requests and privacy policy are usually the only warnings you’ll get about the data it’s taking. Usually, you just have to take the app’s word that it’s grabbing only the data you’ve agreed to give it.

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Antarctica sheds another chunk of glacier, alarming scientists anew

by Theresa Braine, New York Daily News

Yet another chunk of Antarctic glacier sheared off over the weekend, shattering into iceberg shards and causing continued consternation among scientists observing what they fear to be the disintegration of the most frozen place on Earth.

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