How much do we know about our cousins in the evolutionary tree of life? A tooth belonging to a nine year old Neanderthal child was found in an area much farther from where we thought Neanderthals roamed, and its discovery has also challenged our exclusive claim to a kind of stone age technology. This discovery could mean that modern humans and Neanderthals coexisted — perhaps mingled — with each other more than we thought.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here