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October 8 2014

High Rates of Suicide, Depression Linked to Farmer Use of Pesticides


On his farm in Iowa, Matt Peters worked from dawn to dusk planting his 1,500 acres of fields with pesticide-treated seeds. “Every spring I worried about him,” said his wife, Ginnie. “Every spring I was glad when we were done.”

In the spring of 2011, Ginnie Peters' “calm, rational, loving” husband suddenly became depressed and agitated. “He told me ‘I feel paralyzed’,” she said. “He couldn’t sleep or think. Out of nowhere he was depressed.”.

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October 8 2014

Scientists Are Farming Coral For Human Bones


It’s hard to say “coral molars” repeatedly without tripping over your tongue, but having teeth -- and other bones -- made from coral is becoming increasingly plausible.

It sounds crazy, but sea coral has actually been used in bone grafting for years as an alternative to using bone from cadavers or synthetic materials, which can introduce disease or infection. Now, recent business successes and medical research suggests that coral bone grafting could become more mainstream.

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October 8 2014

Genetics Explains Why You Drink So Much Coffee


If your favorite order at Starbucks is the “red-eye,” you can thank genetics for your ability to slog down all that caffeine without the shakes.

In a new study, scientists identified eight genetic variants that could partly explain why some people drink coffee by the pot, while others avoid the stimulating beverage altogether. By outlining the genetic foundation for coffee consumption, scientists believe they can find firmer evidence to support the positive — and negative — health effects of the popular beverage.

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October 8 2014

There are only four types of cities


Any globetrotting tourist will tell you that all cities are unique. The challenge is to figure out what they have in common. Fortunately, there's at least one thing that is nakedly apparent for every single city: the contours of its streets as seen from outer space. A team of researchers has now taken those street maps and analyzed them as mathematical networks. It turns out that all cities can be boiled down to just four different types based on the "fingerprint" of their street networks.

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October 8 2014

The extremes of Earth's Late Heavy Bombardment


On June 30, 1908 a bolide streaked across the sky in the region near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia. When it exploded, the airburst leveled more than 2,000 square kilometers of trees. It is now known as the Tunguska event. This particular region of Russia is extremely remote so the damage was limited to trees and other local flora and fauna. But the impact is estimated to have been on the order of 10 -15 megatons. If it had occurred over a major city, the bolide would have destroyed it as surely as dropping a modern nuclear weapon.

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October 8 2014

Plant-eating dinosaurs coexisted by munching different vegetation


Some huge sauropods ate ferns while others ate trees, researchers conclude from examining skulls.


Alt: How dinosaurs divided their meals at the Jurassic dinner table

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October 8 2014

Melatonin and the watery beginnings of sleep


We all need sleep, but attaining it can be delicate. Insomniacs can’t fall or stay asleep. Travelers suffer from jetlag. Anxiety keeps people up at night. Or maybe it’s just that jackhammer running across the street keeping your eyes open. Some people turn to earplugs, dark curtains or alcohol to soothe them to sleep. But others go to the supplement aisle and pick up melatonin.

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October 8 2014

In Babylon, Iraqis shield ancient symbols of identity from Islamic State


The fortunes of the ancient city of Babylon have waxed and waned with the rise and fall of empires. Today, the biggest threat to this powerful symbol of diversity are the Islamic State jihadis who swept out of Syria to capture large swathes of Iraq, looting archaeological treasure and blowing up shrines and sites they consider blasphemous along the way.

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October 7 2014

Greek Mythic Warrior Women Not Purely Imaginary


Overwhelming evidence now shows that the Amazon traditions of the Greeks and other ancient societies were based largely on historical facts, says Adrienne Mayor in this excerpt from "The Amazons," which looks at these women in myth and history.

Who were the Amazons?

In Greek myth, Amazons were fierce warrior women of exotic Eastern lands, as courageous and skilled in battle as the mightiest Greek heroes. Amazons were major characters not only in the legendary Trojan War but also in the chronicles of the greatest Greek city-state, Athens.

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October 7 2014

Tracing our ancestors at the bottom of the sea


New European Marine Board report recommends exploration of sea-submerged settlements abandoned by our ancestors.

A specialist group of European researchers are studying what remains of prehistoric settlements, which are now submerged beneath our coastal seas. Some of these submerged sites are tens of thousands of years old.

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October 7 2014

Thousands of Mountains Discovered on Ocean Floor


Scientists have discovered thousands of new mountains in the unlikeliest of places: The seafloor.

The seamounts — more specifically, underwater volcanoes — revealed themselves as part of a new ocean floor–mapping project conducted by researchers at California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and other organizations. The project also sheds light on how the continents were formed. The scientists published their research Friday (Oct. 3) in the journal Science.

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October 7 2014

Earth's ocean abyss has not warmed, NASA study finds


The cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. But scientists say these findings do not throw suspicion on climate change itself.


Alt: Different depths reveal ocean warming trends

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October 7 2014

Angry, Rolling Cloud Is First New Type in 60 Years


Undulatus asperatus isn’t some obscure anatomical structure next to your peritoneum, nor is it a minor character from the movie "Gladiator."

No, it’s actually a type of cloud formation that weather fanciers have proposed for inclusion in the next edition of the World Meteorological Organization’s “International Cloud Atlas,” the ultimate reference source on the varieties of clouds.

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October 7 2014

Scientists discover cancer-fighting berry on tree that only grows in Far North Queensland


Scientists have been surprised by the rapid cancer-fighting properties of a berry found only in Far North Queensland.

An eight-year study led by Dr Glen Boyle, from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, found a compound in the berry could kill head and neck tumours as well as melanomas.

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October 7 2014

Are leaders born or made? New study shows how leadership develops


Hardly a day passes without pundits crying for leadership in the NFL commissioner and team owners, among high-ranking government officials, and in other public figures. If experts didn’t have evidence that this valuable trait can be taught, they might join the collective swoon that’s engulfing much of the country.

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October 7 2014

Why are humans different heights? Scientists answer the long and short of height questions


Scientists have come closer to answering the question of why some children are destined to grow tall while others will end up shorter than average following a study that has identified hundreds of genetic mutations influencing human height.

Although genes have been known to be central to height for many years, researchers now believe they have found some of the key genetic elements that contribute to at least 20 per cent of the variation seen within the human population.

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October 7 2014

Why is educational achievement heritable?


The high heritability of exam grades reflects many genetically influenced traits such as personality, behavior problems, and self-efficacy and not just intelligence. The study looked at 13,306 twins at age 16 . The twins were assessed on a range of cognitive and non-cognitive measures, and the researchers had access to their GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) scores.

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