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November 26 2014

Little understood chemicals cut men’s fertility


A new study suggests that chemicals in sunscreen may impair men’s ability to father children, government scientists say.

But other experts question whether the chemicals wound up in men’s urine from sunscreen or through another route. The FDA has not authorized the substances – benzophenone-2, known as BP-2, and 4-hydroxybenzophenone, known as 4-OH-BP – for use in sunscreens.

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November 26 2014

Going bald? According to these scientists, you can blame your beard.


Let’s face it, the vast majority of people who both go bald and have beards are men. Is this a coincidence?

These scientists think not! In fact, they believe that the reason men go bald is to compensate for the heat they retain by growing a beard.


Related: You're More Likely To Inherit Your Dad's Social Status Than His Height

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November 26 2014

Web-savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy'


Older people who are active Internet users and who regularly indulge in a spot of culture may be better able to retain their health literacy, and therefore maintain good health, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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November 26 2014

Did ADHD once have an evolutionary advantage? Traits linked with disorder may have helped nomads


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is today labelled as a problem in society, with diagnoses surging by as much as tenfold in some countries.

But it may not have always been considered as something that needs treating. In fact, one scientist claims ADHD may have helped the human species survive.


Related: New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism

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November 26 2014

Can stress management help save honeybees?


Honeybee populations are clearly under stress—from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors—but it's been difficult to pinpoint any one of them as the root cause of devastating and unprecedented losses in honeybee hives.


Related: More problems for bees: we’ve wiped out their favorite plants
Related: Why you’re so stressed out: Your brain transforms remote threats into anxiety

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November 26 2014

Why Dogs Are Sloppier Drinkers Than Cats


Cats and dogs both lap up liquids with their tongues, but new research describes in detail why dogs are inherently sloppier drinkers.

The findings also help to explain why large, hefty dogs produce more backsplash mess than tinier ones. This and more related info was discussed today during the presentation "How Dogs Drink Water," made at the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting held in San Francisco.


Related: Giant otters hum, scream, say ‘hah’ and more

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November 26 2014

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?


You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.

We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, vultures have a strong preference for that kind of food.

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November 25 2014

People ate mammoth; Dogs got reindeer


Biogeologists have shown how Gravettian people shared their food 30,000 years ago. Around 30,000 years ago Predmosti was inhabited by people of the pan-European Gravettian culture, who used the bones of more than 1000 mammoths to build their settlement and to ivory sculptures. Did prehistoric people collect this precious raw material from carcasses -- easy to spot on the big cold steppe -- or were they the direct result of hunting for food?

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November 25 2014

Three stunning ancient Greek mosaics unearthed on the Syrian border


Archaeologists have unearthed three stunning mosaics in southern Turkey. The beautifully preserved works have been dated to the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, founded more than 2,000 years ago by one of Alexander the Great’s generals.

Three new mosaics have been excavated by archaeologists in Turkey's southern province of Gaziantep, as part of a seven-year expedition to discover the secrets of Zeugma - an ancient Greek city founded in 300 BC.

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November 25 2014

Ants Regularly Pack Up and Dig New Nests, and Nobody Knows Why


You might think ant colonies dig a set of tunnels and stay in them forever. If so, here’s what you know about ants: Nothing. A new paper published today in PLoS One describes the roving nests of harvester ant colonies in a pine forest on the Florida panhandle.

Entomologists have known for decades that ant colonies frequently move nests. But they have little idea why. A new study makes a valiant effort to solve this mystery. It ultimately comes up short on the question of why ants move, but it makes some interesting discoveries about how they do it.

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November 25 2014

Among chimps, mothers of boys are more outgoing than mothers of girls


When it comes to raising their young, chimpanzee mothers are more socially outgoing and gregarious if they are caring for a boy, as opposed to a girl, according to a new study.

In a paper published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers concluded that chimpanzee mothers in Gombe National Park in Tanzania were far more likely to spend time with larger groups of chimps if their offspring were male, especially during their offspring's first six months.

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November 25 2014

Children will change behavior that’s rewarded in order to conform


If you know how to do something and people around you start doing it differently, you have two options: stick to what you know, or change to use their strategy. If the new strategy is more efficient than yours, or gets better results, it’s a no-brainer, so you switch. But if it’s exactly as efficient and produces the same results, the decision to switch is based on another factor—conformity.

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November 25 2014

Babies remember nothing but a good time, study says


Researchers performed memory tests with 5-month-old babies, and found that the babies better remembered shapes that were introduced with happy voices and faces. Past studies have shown that babies are very tuned to emotions, including the emotions of animals.


Related: Lost languages leave traces on the brain

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November 25 2014

Bad marriage, broken heart?


Older couples in a bad marriage – particularly female spouses – have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind.

The findings suggest the need for marriage counseling and programs aimed at promoting marital quality and well-being for couples into their 70s and 80s, said lead investigator Hui Liu, a Michigan State University sociologist.

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November 25 2014

Environmental good deeds give people a 'warm glow'


Doing an environmentally good deed gives you a warm feeling - quite literally.

Psychologists found that when volunteers thought they were helping the environment their perception of temperature changed.

It was as if they were enveloped in a ''warm glow'', said the scientists.

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November 25 2014

Unearthed: Thanks to science, we may see the rebirth of the American chestnut


It was nearly 400 years ago that the Pilgrims sat down with the Wampanoag to share the feast that is immortalized as Thanksgiving. We don’t know the exact menu. According to Kathleen Wall, foodways culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, venison, fowl and corn were documented by attendees, but, beyond that, we can only speculate. I asked if we could speculate about chestnuts.

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November 25 2014

UK 'to lead moon landing' funded by public contributions


A British-led consortium has outlined its plans to land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years' time.


Alt: Crowdfunded Moon Mission Is Serious about Science [Video]
Related: Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?

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