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Your Body Fights Sickness Like a Caveman — And That’s a Good Thing

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Thousands of years ago, modern humans met Neanderthals in Europe at whatever the equivalent of a singles bar was. They started having a bunch of sex, and now we exist. In the throes of creating the future of humanity, Neanderthals gave us two things: their kickass, pterodactyl-fighting immune systems and allergies.

Those are the discoveries of two papers published Thursday from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Institut Pasteur and the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris.

We’ve already heard that 1% to 6% of modern Eurasian genomes came from two forms of early man, the Neanderthals and the Denisovans. But the new studies explore how our inherited traits affected genes, specifically Toll-like receptors, which detect and respond to things like bacteria, fungi and parasites.

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Planet Earth is Actually Two Planets, Study Suggests

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Earth isn’t one planet.

It’s two, according to a study from UCLA published in “Science.”

As the study contends, a “planetary embryo” named Theia collided with the early Earth and split evenly into two parts: one subsumed by the Earth, and another that became the Earth’s moon.

Scientists already knew about Earth and Theia’s collision, but they thought it was a “glancing side blow.” This new research suggests that the crash was much more violent.

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You’ll Never Be Spider-Man, Science Says

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Science tells us a lot of things, in many cases things we didn’t even know we needed to know. Without science, we’d be ignorant to the brain functions of dead salmon, the complex physical properties of the human ponytail and the most and least painful areas of the human body to be stung by a bee. 

Now, a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has officially determined that, no, you cannot be Spider-Man.

A team of researchers from four universities concluded that as animals grow, they require more and more adhesive padding on their bodies to climb surfaces the way an insect or a frog does, and that for a human to successfully ascend a smooth vertical would require 40% of the person’s surface area covered in adhesive material like that which pads gecko feet.

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Flint Residents Bring Brown Water And Clumps Of Hair To Washington

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Gladyes Williamson paced the halls of Congress on Wednesday, armed with a bottle of brown water and clumps of her own hair.

She’d traveled with a group from Flint, Michigan, where high lead levels have made the water irritating to the skin and unsafe to drink since 2014. Williamson trekked 14 hours on a packed bus, with no sleep, to remind Washington of what’s happening in a poor, embattled, industrial town nearly 75 miles north of Detroit.

“Not only do we feel like the Republicans hate us, but now that the Democrats don’t care either,” Williams, 62, told The Huffington Post. “We just need something tangible to make us believe that politicians care about us. The wards in Flint haven’t seen any of this federal aid, but we do all the tax paying and all the dying.”

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Trains Plowing Through Snowy Railway Tracks

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Ever wondered how snow is cleared from train tracks? Well here’s a compilation of powerful trains doing just that. Amazing!

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Winter Storm Kayla Spreads Blizzard Conditions Through the Plains, Upper Midwest (FORECAST)

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Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions will continue to spread through the Upper Midwest into early Wednesday as Winter Storm Kayla advances northeast through those regions.

Blizzard warnings continue in portions of the Plains and Upper Midwest into early Wednesday, due to a dangerous combination of snow and wind will lead to whiteout conditions at times.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories continue in parts of the Upper Midwest as well. Snow will also be accompanied by gusty winds here.

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David Bowie Wanted Ashes Scattered in ‘Buddhist Ritual’: Report

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Rock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali “in accordance with the Buddhist rituals,” and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow, the supermodel Iman, according to his will filed Friday in Manhattan.

The 20-page document, filed under his legal name David Robert Jones, said the estate was worth about $100 million, but didn’t break down the finances.

The singer left the SoHo home he shared with Iman to her, and half of the rest of his worth. His son from a previous marriage, Duncan Jones, received 25 percent and his daughter Alexandria also received 25 percent as well as his Ulster County mountain home.

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