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October 5 2014

A man-made attempt to save the rarest fish on Earth


Olin Feuerbacher took a deep breath and plunged into the warm aquamarine water of a 100,000-gallon concrete and fiberglass tank in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

Twenty feet beneath the surface, Feuerbacher inched his way across the bottom, methodically scanning the darkened corners with a flashlight.

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October 5 2014

Neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship: Mothers' brains respond differently to images of...


How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? Researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs.

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October 5 2014

Sadist Behind the Screen: The 'Internet Troll' Personality


Internet "trolls" — people who intentionally incite discord in online communities — may have a lot in common with real-life sadists, new research suggests.

In two studies conducted online, researchers examined personality traits and the online commenting styles of 1,215 people. The investigators found that Internet trolls tended to have personality traits related to sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism – a term used by psychologists to describe a person's tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain. The link between trolling and sadism was the strongest out of all three traits, the researchers said.

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October 5 2014

Crises in childhood may create great leaders


What makes a great leader? Effectiveness? Experience? Volcanoes? It might seem unlikely, but new research from a team of academics, including Raghavendra Rau, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, suggests that experiencing a natural disaster at first hand during your early childhood can have a profound impact on your strategic and tactical decisions in later life.

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October 4 2014

First ever baby born from a transplanted womb is a healthy boy


Well, we certainly live in the future: The Associated Press is reporting that one of the women who received a transplanted womb last year has since given birth. Her baby boy, while premature, is reportedly healthy.

The mother is 36, and was born without a uterus. Her donated organ came from a close family friend -- a 61-year-old woman who'd already had two children of her own and gone through menopause.

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October 4 2014

Sleeping Brains Understand Words


Have you ever heard someone describe a task as being so easy that they ‘could do it in their sleep’? A fascinating new study from a team of French neuroscientists shows that this statement may be literally true, far more often than you’d think: Inducing Task-Relevant Responses to Speech in the Sleeping Brain.

Sid Kouider and colleagues’ elegant experiment went as follows. Volunteers were asked to perform a word categorization task: spoken words were played to them and they had to press a button with their left hand (say) if the word was a kind of animal, or press a button with their right hand if it was an object.

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October 4 2014

The Health Effects of Leaving Religion


Curtis Penfold got kicked out of his apartment, fired from his job, and left Brigham Young University all in the same week.

He left BYU—a private university operated by The Church of Latter-day Saints—because he had started to disagree with some of the Church’s views, causing tension between him and school officials. His exit from the school caused him to lose his on-campus job, and he subsequently resigned from the Mormon Church.

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October 4 2014

I visited virtual Hawaii from a hotel in Times Square


If virtual reality is as successful as its proponents hope, hotel chain Marriott is playing a dangerous game. As of earlier this month, it’s touting what it calls the "first-ever virtual travel experience." Without ever leaving your home city, you can visit tourist hotspots thousands of miles away. You can have a beach all to yourself or stand at the very top of a tower without fear of falling.


Related: Painting in virtual reality will blow your mind

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October 4 2014

Uncharted ocean mountains, trenches and ridges revealed by satellite map


Scientists have devised a new map of the Earth’s seafloor using satellite data, revealing massive underwater scars and thousands of previously uncharted sea mountains in some of the deepest, most remote reaches of the world’s oceans.

The researchers used gravity measurements of the seafloor from radar equipment aboard the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite and NASA’s Jason-1 satellite to capture underwater geological features in unprecedented detail.

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October 4 2014

13,300 year old spear made of woolly rhinoceros horn found on Arctic island


Discovery means Paleolithic man penetrated hundreds of kilometres further north than previously understood.

Studies on the intriguing rhino spear are still ongoing but this remarkable find - seen as having considerable archeological significance - was shown to Vladimir Putin on his recent visit to Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha Republic.

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October 4 2014

Dinosaur tracks in Bolivia threatened with extinction


A hill in southeastern Bolivia is crisscrossed by fossilized dinosaur tracks—a total of more than 5,000 footprints, some more than a meter long, dating back 65 million years.

But preservationists say this paleontological treasure is at risk—thanks to human activity that threatens the ground they rest on.


Related: The forgotten fossils: Huge deposit of bones discovered around tiny village in Bolivia... but locals are left to dig out remains with their bare hands

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October 4 2014

Claw Marks Possibly From Russian Yeti Found Near Moscow


It’s called the Almas and if the evidence is real, it looks like Russia’s version of Yeti and Bigfoot is checking out potential living quarters in a Moscow suburb.

The Moscow Times reports that Andrei Stroganov, a biophysical technologist at Moscow’s Agricultural Academy, found a piece of tree bark in July in the Solnechnogorsk district northwest of Moscow that had horizontal claw marks made by a primate with a 9-inch-long hand or paw that do not resemble scratches made by a bear or a human.


Related: A resurgence of “black-eyed child” sightings

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October 4 2014

Mummified Fetus Reveals Ancient Surgical Procedure


A 19th-century mummified fetus that underwent an ancient surgical procedure while in its mother's womb has been discovered by researchers in Italy, according to a new report.

The procedure was apparently done when a mother's life was in danger or the fetus had already died.

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October 4 2014

Scientist Gives Himself Fecal Transplant To Try A Hunter-Gatherer's Microbiome


It's not often we encounter a story that begins with a line like this:

“AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into my bum and injected the feces of a Hadza man – a member of one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world – into the nether regions of my distal colon.”


Related: Honey Hunters.

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October 4 2014

Can holding a magnet against your head help defeat depression?


Former GP Sue Mildred suffered from crippling depression and anxiety for 20 years.

On two occasions it was so severe that she ended up in hospital, and for 15 years she was unable to work.

Sue, 51, has tried antidepressants, talking therapies and, out of desperation, even ECT (electro-convulsive therapy), where an electric current is passed through the brain.

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October 4 2014

Self-compassion key to positive body image, coping


Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives. Research has found that this self-compassion might be an important means to increase positive body image and protect girls and young women against unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders.


Related: An apple a day could keep obesity away

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October 4 2014

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes


The word bitter can make some of us wince. In conversation, we talk of "a bitter pill to swallow" or "bittersweet" memories.

But if you're puzzled by the bad emotional rap on bitter — perhaps you even like the taste of bitter greens or bitter beer — it may say something about your genes.

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