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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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January 31 2015

650-Year Drought Triggered Ancient City's Abandonment


A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts that largely prompted people to abandon the city for greener opportunities, a new study finds.

Scientists have long debated whether it was drought or cultural forces that led to the abandonment of Cantona, a once-fortified city located just east of modern-day Mexico City.

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January 31 2015

Body Art: Otzi the 5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Had 61 Tattoos


Four thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study.

Finding the new body art, located on the lower side of Ötzi's right ribcage, "was a big surprise because we didn't expect to see a new tattoo," said Albert Zink, the study's senior researcher and head of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman at the European Research Academy in Italy.

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January 31 2015

How did humans evolve? Taiwan fossil complicates picture


Found sitting at the depths of a submarine channel off the shores of Taiwan, a recently discovered fossil may add another small piece to the puzzle of how humans evolved.

The fossil, a partial jaw with still­-attached teeth, is the first of an ancient hominin – a member of a taxonomic group that includes the genus Homo and its extinct relatives – found in Taiwan. And by exhibiting subtle differences between characteristics of the uncovered fossil and others located across the region, the discovery may provide further evidence that a variety of human lineages existed in eastern Asia thousands of years ago.

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January 31 2015

Hair Loss Cure Isn't Here Yet, But Experimental Stem Cell Approach Looks Promising


Hats off to researchers in California. They've taken what appears to be a big step toward the development of a cure for hair loss, a condition that affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. alone.

The scientists, working at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., showed that stem cells derived from human skin can be used to grow hair--at least in mice.

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January 31 2015

DNA clues could predict when people will die


A biological clock in people's DNA could tell could tell scientists how long they will live.

Researchers have found that chemical changes in DNA can help us understand people’s “biological age” — a measure of how old their body is that seems to be able to predict when people are going to die.

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January 31 2015

Animal DNA on the Go Seen for First Time


A type of DNA for the first time has been observed moving from one cell to another in animals.

Genetic material called mitochondria convert energy from food into a form that can be used by cells. In the experiment, a tumor cell without mitochondrial DNA formed tumors after pulling in DNA from normal cells.

“Our findings overturn the dogma that genes of higher organisms are usually constrained within cells except during reproduction,".

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January 31 2015

Baby chicks think small numbers belong on the left, just like us


A new study found that chicks associate the left side with smaller numbers and the right side with higher numbers.

To see how this relates to you, let's begin with our own, short experiment. Imagine the numbers 1-10 in a horizontal line.


Alt: Bird brain? Study says chicks count like we do

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January 31 2015

Baleen whales hear with their bones, study finds


A biologist and an engineer have published a study in the journal PLOS ONE that suggests the skulls of baleen whales have evolved the ability to feel sound in their bones.


Related: Ageing whales: Scars reveal social secrets - "By following them over four years and cataloguing them based on each individual's numerous scars, the scientists were able to reveal new social insights.Most striking were the long-term relationships the whales appeared to form."
Related: A rare megamouth shark just washed up in the Philippines

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January 31 2015

When Ant-Eating Bears Arrive, A Native Plant Thrives


Biologist Josh Grinath seized a rare chance to study an ecosystem from top to tiny bottom when a black bear blundered through his Rocky Mountain meadow research plot, gobbling up ants and gnawing on equipment.

When the hungry bear appeared, wreaking havoc on ant nests for a high-protein snack, Grinath decided to track the cascading effects of this top predator.


Related: Polar bear penises are getting weaker

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January 31 2015

Pitcher Plant Captures Prey in Batches


Carnivorous plants hold a place of special fascination in elementary science classrooms and botany labs alike. Many of these plants have an obviously predatory look about them (think: Venus flytrap). But pitcher plants, as successful as they are at capturing insects for their nutrients, don't make a lot of sense at first glance. A new study aims to make sense of the fact that the plants’ traps aren’t always slippery along the edges, even though a slippery edge would, in theory, catch more insects not sure of their footing.

A new study, published this month in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that design quirk may be intentional.

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January 31 2015

New flower discovered in Australia smells like rotting fish


A new species of plant has been found in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, and it sure does not smell like roses. Identified by local botanist Greg Steenbeeke from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, this little sunset-coloured, 2-centimetre-tall flower has been named Thismia megalongensis.

T. megalongensis belongs to a genus of plants commonly known as 'fairy lanterns', because their shape and warm, glowing colour make them look like you could just pick one up and light a room with it - if you were the height of an iPhone.

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