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January 16 2015

Hibernating hints at dementia therapy


Neurodegenerative diseases have been halted by harnessing the regenerative power of hibernation, scientists say.


Related: Remarkable Stories of Humans Who Hibernated
Related: Chinese man in a coma was woken up by the smell of money
Related: Siberian woman becomes latest victim of unexplained mass sleep epidemic

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January 15 2015

Stone Age man wasn't necessarily more advanced than the Neanderthals


A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It was found at an archaeological site in France. "This is the first time a multi-purpose bone tool from this period has been discovered. It proves that Neanderthals were able to understand the mechanical properties of bone and knew how to use it to make tools, abilities usually attributed to our species, Homo sapiens.

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January 15 2015

The sex toys dating back 28,000 years


For thousands of years, phallic objects have been used symbolically as a means to boost fertility and ward off evil spirits - but their use as sexual aids has a long history, too.

A 28,000-year-old phallus found in Germany recently, for example, is quoted as being the oldest known 'sex toy' ever found.

While phalluses made from stone, wood, leather and even camel dung have all be found during excavations, or referenced throughout historical text and images.

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January 15 2015

How Bread, Beer, And Soy Sauce Changed The Human Microbiome


Something funny happened when people began consuming beer and wine. That something funny—perhaps there are others, but we will not comment—was that the little critters that live inside healthy human guts seem to have adapted. Certain bacteria species that commonly live in human bowels have the genes to help them digest yeast, a new study finds.

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January 15 2015

Cocaine antidote closer than ever


Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new insight into the mechanism behind a protein dopamine transporter that could help in the development of future medical treatment against cocaine addiction.

"If we have a better understanding of the dopamine transporter function we will become more proficient in developing an antidote against cocaine addiction," says Associate Professor Claus Juul Loland from the department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology. Currently there is no available medical treatment for cocaine addiction.

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January 15 2015

Music Festival Linked to Party Drugs in Waterways


The drugs that people take at music festivals may leave a mark on the environment: A new study finds that levels of drugs such as ecstasy and ketamine may spike in a region's rivers after music events.

The new findings add to the wider issue of what scientists call "emerging contaminants," which are the chemicals in medications and personal-care products that end up in the natural environment.


Related: Scientists raise concerns about tiny plastic fibers discovered in Great Lakes waters and fish

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January 15 2015

Workaholics are more likely to drink too much alcohol, study says


A long workweek may drive you to drink, new research shows.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 430,000 people and found that those who worked at least 49 hours a week were up to 13% more likely to engage in “risky alcohol use” compared with those who were on the job for only 35 to 40 hours a week, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal BMJ.

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January 15 2015

Tired of London? Maybe it’s time to change postal districts


“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” observed the writer Samuel Johnson in the eighteenth century. In fact, research published today suggests such a man may be merely living in the wrong postcode. A study of 56,000 Londoners found that a person’s life satisfaction depends, at least in part, on whether their personality suits the place where they live.

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January 15 2015

Feeling cold is contagious, scientists find


Just looking at somebody shivering is enough to make us feel cold, new research has found. Volunteers who watched videos of people putting their hands in cold water found their own body temperature drop significantly, investigators report.

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January 15 2015

Can Pigs Empathize?


There are a handful of traits that scientists and philosophers would argue would make us human, including self-awareness and language. Another key part of being human is thought to be our ability to empathize (although I sometimes find myself doubting some humans’ abilities to empathize). I also doubt that we are the only animal that has empathy. However, this can be tricky to test. If we define empathy as Franz de Waal does as ‘‘the capacity to be affected by and share the emotional state of another, assess the reasons for the other’s state and identify with the other, adopting his or her perspective’’ how would we go about testing this in a non-human animal?

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January 15 2015

Seattle Dog Figures Out Buses, Starts Riding Solo To The Dog Park


Seattle's public transit system has had a ruff go of things lately, and that has riders smiling.

You see, of the 120 million riders who used the system last year, one of them is actually a dog.


Related: A Dog Rolling Over During Play Is a Combat Tactic, Not Submission

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January 15 2015

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Makes Temperature Connection


A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but some zebras change their stripes. Zebras in warmer places have more stripes, a new study shows, which might help answer an age-old question: Why stripes?

The answer probably comes down to keeping zebras cool and fending off disease-causing insects that are more common in hotter climates, researchers reported Tuesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

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January 15 2015

Riddle of flying bird's weight solved by scientists


Scientists at Stanford University in the US have developed a super-sensitive device that can measure the weight of a bird in flight.

It has also answered a physics riddle.

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January 15 2015

The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral


Mathematicians like to come up with new stuff. A theorem, perhaps, a lemma or even just a corollary.

Edmund Harriss discovered a curve.

Harriss teaches maths at the University of Arkansas. He’s also an artist and his intellectual quest began with a shape that famously belongs to both science and art: the golden rectangle.

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January 15 2015

Language Translation Tech Starts to Deliver on Its Promise


The tech industry is doing its best to topple the Tower of Babel.

Last month, Skype, Microsoft’s video calling service, initiated simultaneous translation between English and Spanish speakers. Not to be outdone, Google will soon announce updates to its translation app for phones. Google Translate now offers written translation of 90 languages and the ability to hear spoken translations of a few popular languages. In the update, the app will automatically recognize if someone is speaking a popular language and automatically turn it into written text.

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January 15 2015

First Contracting Human Muscle Grown in a Lab


For the first time, researcher have grown human skeletal muscle in the lab that contracts and responds to electrical pulses and medicine just like living tissue.

The tissue, created by Duke University biomedical engineering Nenad Bursac and postdoctoral researcher Lauran Madden, represents a entirely new, more humanlike medium in which to study disease and use for drug testing.

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January 15 2015

Pay a robot scribe to pen letters in your handwriting


HANDWRITTEN notes can be a joy to receive, but a real chore to send. There's the search for a stamp, the trip to the mailbox, and the pain of attempting joined-up writing with fingers more used to texting.

Enter a handful of start-ups that make robots do the chore for you. For a fee, a machine holding an ordinary pen will ink out your message – sent via an app – in a deceptively human hand, even varying the size and shapes of characters for added realism.

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