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February 2 2015

Soviet Union collapse 'affected region's wildlife'


The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, researchers have suggested.

A study of large mammal species in Russia found that most experienced a sharp decline in numbers from 1991.


Related: Urban rabbits downsize to smaller, 'studio' warrens

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February 2 2015

Lonely ants die young and hungry


What happens when ants get lonely? They're unable to digest their food properly and walk themselves to an early death, a study has found.

The findings may provide an insight into the negative impact of isolation on a range of social animals, even humans, say scientists.


Related: When attacked, some scorpions discard their stinger—and their anus

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February 2 2015

'Live fast, die young' galaxies lose the gas that keeps them alive


Galaxies can die early because the gas they need to make new stars is suddenly ejected, new research suggests. Most galaxies age slowly as they run out of raw materials needed for growth over billions of years. But a pilot study looking at galaxies that die young has found some might shoot out this gas early on, causing them to redden and kick the bucket prematurely.


Related: Stunning supernova has a bubbly interior

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February 2 2015

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains


In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.

"Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, 'Oh, I better not do this,' " Dr. Frances Jensen tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Jensen, who's a neuroscientist and was a single mother of two boys who are now in their 20s, wrote The Teenage Brain to explore the science of how the brain grows — and why teenagers can be especially impulsive, moody and not very good at responsible decision-making.

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February 2 2015

Saying 'ow' really can ease pain


From birth, we instinctively yelp whenever we are hurt.

Now, scientists say there is a reason behind our spontaneous groans as being vocal helps us tolerate pain.

In a study, 56 people were asked to immerse their hands in painfully cold water.

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February 2 2015

Here Is What War Looks Like From Space


This image, taken by Expedition 41 aboard the International Space Station, looks like the fine artwork of some extra-terrestrial, but it's actually decades old scarred earth and entrenchments of warfare along the Iraq/Iran border.

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February 2 2015

Globalization’s first wave wasn’t all positive


150 years ago, the steamship made international trade possible for many countries. Only a few countries benefited from this first wave of globalization, however.

Most ended up worse-off, according to a new study.

This is proof that international trade doesn’t automatically lead to economic prosperity, says Luigi Pascali, a professor of economics in the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick.

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February 2 2015

Here's what the world looks like when you map countries by population


This new cartogram scales each country's geographic area by its population, and it's taught us so much.

Before we begin, you're going to have to click here to access the zoomable, high res version. Because without it, countries like Iceland, Mongolia, and Vanuatu are going to be too tiny to even see.


Related: Why Racism is Bad For Your Health

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February 1 2015

Regular Walking Can Help Ease Depression


Moderate-intensity exercise, or even just walking, can improve quality of life for depressed middle-aged women, a large Australian study suggests.

Women who averaged 150 minutes of moderate exercise (golf, tennis, aerobics classes, swimming, or line-dancing) or 200 minutes of walking every week had more energy, socialized more, felt better emotionally, and weren't as limited by their depression when researchers followed up after three years.

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February 1 2015

Sync your sport to your body clock for a personal best


From diet to running shoes to volcanic crater training, there are lots of ways to maximise sporting performance. For the most committed, there might be another option: timing the activity to suit your body clock.

Natural early risers, or larks, hit peak performance around noon, according to a study that tested elite hockey players at different times of the day. The night owls among them did best at around 7 pm – irrespective of what time they got up that day.

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February 1 2015

Future passwords will use typing style and other ‘cognitive fingerprints’


New password systems could look for physical clues about users instead of relying on passwords or fingerprint sensors.

New technologies are being developed by the US military that could recognise users by the rhythm and speed of their typing or the errors they make, or how they move mice.


Related: These Are The Worst Passwords You Could Have

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February 1 2015

Smart scarf carries multimodal language to convey emotions


A rise in wearables reflects an interest by designers and engineers to tread in self-help, fitness territory—smart watches to measure heart rates, medallions strapped to chests, biometric shirts. Now research from a University of Maryland researcher and Microsoft Research team has come up with a wearable concept that could aid in interpreting emotions. They are exploring the potential of wearable "affective technology" that may help people reflect on their own emotional state, modify their affect, and interpret the emotional states of others.

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February 1 2015

Forensic holodeck to transport jury to the crime scene


Guilty or innocent? To help them decide, judges and juries are often presented with reams of evidence: crime scene photos, medical documents or suspected bullet trajectories – all on paper. But could allowing people to watch the crime unfold from the comfort of the courtroom lead to more informed judgments?


Related: I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future

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February 1 2015

'Cold plasma' kills off norovirus


Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with "cold plasma," researchers in Germany have reported.

The virus, which elicits vomiting and diarrhea, has gained international notoriety for causing outbreaks on cruise ships. However, such incidents represent merely a fraction of the tens of millions of cases that occur around the world each year.

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February 1 2015

Some potentially habitable planets began as gaseous, Neptune-like worlds


Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets -- tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity -- might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, University of Washington astronomers have found.

In a paper published this month in the journal Astrobiology, UW doctoral student Rodrigo Luger and co-author Rory Barnes, research assistant professor, say the two forces could combine to transform uninhabitable "mini-Neptunes" -- big planets in outer orbits with solid cores and thick hydrogen atmospheres -- into closer-in, gas-free, potentially habitable worlds.

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February 1 2015

Mysterious Planet X May Really Lurk Undiscovered in Our Solar System


"Planet X" might actually exist — and so might "Planet Y."

At least two planets larger than Earth likely lurk in the dark depths of space far beyond Pluto, just waiting to be discovered, a new analysis of the orbits of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" (ETNOs) suggests.

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February 1 2015

How 40,000 Tons of Cosmic Dust Falling to Earth Affects You and Me


Astrophysics and medical pathology don't, at first sight, appear to have much in common. What do sunspots have to do with liver spots? How does the big bang connect with cystic fibrosis?

Astrophysicist Karel Schrijver, a senior fellow at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, and his wife, Iris Schrijver, professor of pathology at Stanford University, have joined the dots in a new book, Living with the Stars: How the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars.

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