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‘Mini-brain’ cultures reveal how human brains outpace primate cousins 

Researchers studying cultures of brain cells from humans, gorillas, and chimpanzees have uncovered why human brains grow so much larger than those of other primates, CBC reports. The team found that in early development, as the brain is developing from what are called neural progenitors — which are the cells that will eventually make neurons — human tissue cultures spend more time making more of these progenitor cells, thanks to a gene called ZEB2.

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Death toll rises to six in New Caledonia riots

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Another person has been killed in France’s Pacific Islands territory of New Caledonia as security personnel try to restore order, taking...

Hell on Earth’ as violence escalates in Sudan’s el-Fasher

(Al Jazeera Media Network) The United Nations human rights chief has expressed horror over the escalating violence in Sudan’s North Darfur region as one...