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Island lizards are expert sunbathers, and researchers find it's slowing their evolution

If you've ever spent some time in the Caribbean, you might have noticed that humans are not the only organisms soaking up the sun. Anoles -- diminutive little tree lizards -- spend much of their day shuttling in and out of shade. But, according to a new study led by assistant professor Martha Muñoz at Virginia Tech and Jhan Salazar at Universidad Icesi, this behavioral "thermoregulation" isn't just affecting their body temperature. Surprisingly, it's also slowing their evolution, according to Science Daily.

Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

A little bone in the knee scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts.

The fabella is found in some people buried in the tendon just behind their knee.

Doctors think it is entirely pointless, and you can happily live without it - many people do.

However, people who have arthritis appear more likely to be in possession of a fabella.

Game that trains your brain can boost your mental skills

A bizarre brain training game that can boost mental skills in less than an hour has been discovered by scientists.

It relies on an effect called neurofeedback, where brainwaves are monitored and positive reinforcement is given when a desired brain state is reached, according to Daily Mail.

In the case of this study, experts gave one group of volunteers positive feedback for imagining hand movements, while another were given incorrect positive feedback.

Scientists create programmable circuits in HUMAN CELLS, in gene-editing breakthrough they claim could lead to powerful 'biocomputers'

Researchers say they've successfully created a more powerful computer-like human cell that could eventually be used to help monitor one's health or even fight against cancer and other illnesses, according to Daily Mail.

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, researchers were able to model a human cell after a computer and make what they are referring to as a 'program scalable circuits.' 

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.
Researchers in London compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found in Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.
The Neolithic inhabitants appear to have travelled from Anatolia (modern Turkey) to Iberia before winding their way north, according to BBC.
They reached Britain in about 4,000BC.
Details have been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
The migration to Britain was just one part of a general, massive expansion of people out of Anatolia in 6,000BC that introduced farming to Europe.