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Research finds that orangutans can communicate about the past just like humans

The evolution of language converted a defenceless naked ape into a world-dominating force. It fundamentally transformed how humans transmit information and knowledge. A large and potent component of language is our ability to communicate about things that are not here, that happened in the past, or that will happen in the future. This feature of language is known as “displaced reference”.

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Could This Device End the Use of Animals in Medical Research?

They're about the size of a computer memory stick, yet they could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. They're called "organs-on-chips"—and they just might change the way researchers model diseases, develop drugs and approach personalized medicine. And in the process, they'll save the lives of countless animals.

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I’m an Expat U.S. Scientist - I’m Returning to Trump’s America to Stand up for Science

Editor’s note: With the second March for Science scheduled for April 14, The Conversation is publishing articles in which scientists share their perspectives, including this one, on the role of scientists in society.

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Massive Minimum Wage Study Finds Significant Gains for Low-Income Workers and Few Downsides

A new study on the minimum wage confirms previous research that found the policy raises wages for low-income workers without reducing total employment. The paper may finally start to convince conservative critics of the minimum wage to reconsider their views.

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Is Something Fishy Going on Between the University of Florida and the Agrichemical Industry? Consumers Have a Right to Know

The food and agrichemical industries have over decades funneled billions of research dollars into the nation's universities—a relationship that has led to observable bias in industry-funded university studies, as well as concerns that findings favorable to the sponsor’s interests are cherry-picked for public consumption. An impending court case involving the University of Florida could further lift the veil on the particulars of this dynamic.

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DEA Asked for Applications to Grow Marijuana for Research, But It Doesn't Approve Them

Almost a year after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would consider granting additional licenses to cultivate cannabis for research purposes — and despite drawing 25 applicants so far — the agency has yet to greenlight a new grow operation.

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3 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Humans' Ancient Relationship With Dogs

Dogs were the first animal to cohabit with humans, and modern research increasingly reveals the many ways in which humans and dogs have grown in tandem for thousands of years. New research out this week reveals that has likely been the case since the Early Neolithic period in ancient Europe, which dates the canine-human relationship back much further than previously theorized. New DNA research published this week in the journal Nature Communications shows modern dogs likely came from a single pack of wolves between 20,000–40,000 years ago in Eurasia.

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How the Cold War Spurred Arctic Research

On the agenda at the secret meeting of scientists and the top brass of the U.S. military was the increased melting of Arctic ice and changes in the climate.

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More Young Adults Live With Parents Than Their Partners - for the First Time in 130 Years

Live with your parents again? Chances are you’re not lazy, or a loser, or any other stigma that might be hovering in your subconscious due to cultural stereotyping; you’re just a normal millennial responding to the economic realities of the age. For the first time in 130 years, more Americans between ages 18-34 are living with their parents than in any other living situation. That is according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center published May 24 based on national census data from 2014.

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