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January 10 2015

E-books Go Out of Fashion As Book Sales Revive


U.K. bookstores report increased demand for physical books

British book stores have good news for bibliophiles, reporting that more people have been buying physical books recently. What’s more, sales of e-readers have apparently slumped according to their reports.


Alt: Kindle sales have 'disappeared', says UK's largest book retailer

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January 10 2015

iPhone ‘withdrawal’ really makes people anxious


Separation from iPhones can cause users serious psychological and physiological effects, including poor performance on cognitive tests, according to new research.

The researchers say these findings suggest that iPhone users should avoid parting with their phones during daily situations that involve a great deal of attention, such as taking tests, sitting in conferences or meetings, or completing important work assignments, as it could result in poorer cognitive performance on those tasks.


Related: How Dwelling on a Breakup Might Help You Get Over It

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January 10 2015

Study Finds More Reasons to Get and Stay Married


A new economics paper has some old-fashioned advice for people navigating the stresses of life: Find a spouse who is also your best friend.

Social scientists have long known that married people tend to be happier, but they debate whether that is because marriage causes happiness or simply because happier people are more likely to get married. The new paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, controlled for pre-marriage happiness levels.

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January 10 2015

Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds


People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.

"Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts," said lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

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January 10 2015

We’ve been led to believe that ‘selfish genes’ drive evolution. Maybe we were wrong


Since the discovery that DNA encodes genetic information, research on the evolution of life has focused on its genetic origins. Following this “genes-first” approach, Oxford University evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has argued in his book The Selfish Gene that cells and organisms evolved simply as packages to ever-more efficiently protect and transmit genes.

But this genes-first point of view ignores much.

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January 10 2015

Deep bacteria may evolve even without passing genes on


Is evolution possible without reproduction? Bacteria living hundreds of metres below the seafloor carry more genetic changes than their peers nearer the surface – even though the deep microbes are unlikely to reproduce and undergo natural selection in its traditional sense.

Investigations over the last 30 years have revealed that life exists several kilometres below both the land surface and the seafloor.

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January 10 2015

Are Polar Bears Saving Themselves?


Polar bears and other Arctic animals are shifting their distributions toward icier regions, according to new research suggesting that at least some species are attempting to adapt to climate-related changes in their habitat, such as dramatic losses of sea ice.

The bears, as well as certain other animals, literally are trying to go with the flow.


Related: Japanese whalers leave harpoons at home as they head for Antarctic

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January 10 2015

An ant, a plant, and a bear, oh my


In a mountain meadow in Colorado, ecologists have come across yet another example of the amazing interconnectedness of nature’s flora and fauna. Black bears, by eating ants, help one of the meadow’s key plant species thrive.


Related: Reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone changed the entire geography of the park: as elk were displaced, saplings that would have been eaten by elk were spared, riverbank erosion was brought under control, and streams and rivers shifted their courses.

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January 10 2015

Timid rats use the buddy system


A friend can make even the shiest creature bold. Rats usually fear strange open spaces, but having a companion by their side makes the rodents more intrepid, scientists report in the current issue of Animal Cognition. Researchers tracked rats’ exploration of a large, unfamiliar room, first alone, then again 2 days later either alone or paired with a familiar cagemate.

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January 10 2015

Fully functioning human intestine grown in mouse


Soon you'll be able to grow your own gut. Take a small sample of human intestine, grind it up and soak it in a digestive enzyme solution, pipette the mixture onto a polymer scaffold and implant it into the abdominal cavity of a mouse. A few weeks later, you'll have a tiny segment of fully functioning human gut.

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January 10 2015

Rare Butterfly Is Half Male, Half Female


An unusual butterfly that is half male and half female recently caught the eyes of a volunteer at a butterfly exhibit at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Chris Johnson, a retired chemical engineer from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, was volunteering at the exhibit when he stumbled across the unusual sight.

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January 10 2015

Chimpanzees drum with signature style


Sometimes a male chimp just needs to drum. Hooting and hollering, he gallops up to the giant buttress root of a tree, grips its crest with his hands, and beats on its wall-like surface with both feet, making a racket that can be heard more than a kilometer away. Now, new research from Uganda suggests these drum solos contain signature rhythmic patterns that may telegraph an individual’s whereabouts to distant troopmates. The findings could provide insight into how rhythm first evolved in humans.

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January 9 2015

Orangutan Figures Out How to Communicate Like a Person


Tilda, a female orangutan at the Cologne Zoo in Germany, appears to have figured out that if she communicates like a person, she can better grab the attention of zookeepers.

She is the first wild-born Bornean orangutan known to produce novel human-like vocalizations, according to a paper published in PLOS ONE. She is also the only wild born orangutan that can whistle tunes, just as humans do.


Related: Cows communicate using individual sounds like human names

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January 9 2015

Monkeys can learn to see themselves in the mirror


Unlike humans and great apes, rhesus monkeys don't realize when they look in a mirror that it is their own face looking back at them. But, according to a new report, that doesn't mean they can't learn. What's more, once rhesus monkeys in the study developed mirror self-recognition, they continued to use mirrors spontaneously to explore parts of their bodies they normally don't see.

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January 9 2015

Humans, sparrows make sense of sounds in similar ways: Complex set of cognitive skills


The song of the swamp sparrow -- a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America -- is a simple melodious trill. But according to a new study swamp sparrows are capable of processing the notes that make up their simple songs in more sophisticated ways than previously realized -- an ability that may help researchers better understand the perceptual building blocks that enable language in humans.

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January 9 2015

Seeing Electricity, Hearing Magnetism & Other Sensory Feats


It’s pretty obvious that dogs have sharper ears and cats a keener sense of smell than we do. But as powerful these senses are, they are merely keener versions of the ones we humans possess. The animal kingdom also boast some senses that are arguably more impressive—senses that are far more exotic than our pets’, and that seem unfathomable to the human brain.


Related: Human Eye Sometimes Sees the Unseeable - "Under certain conditions people can catch a glimpse of usually invisible infrared light"

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January 9 2015

Rave Drug "Special K" Holds Promise for Treating Depression Fast


Ketamine, a psychoactive ‘party drug’ better known as Special K, has pharma­ceutical companies riding high. Used clinically as an anaesthetic in animals and humans, it has proved an extremely effective treatment for depression, bipolar disorder and suicidal behaviour.

It also works incredibly fast. Unlike conventional antidepressants, which generally take weeks to start working, ketamine lifts depression in as little as two hours. “It blew the doors off what we thought we knew about depression treatment,” says psychiatrist James Murrough at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

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