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April 16 2014

T. rex didn't need proper arms thanks to its neck


Tyrannosaurus rex was the most terrifying animal that ever lived, apart from its silly little arms, which were no use for anything. Now it seems this giant predator did not need proper arms, because its head and neck were so powerful.

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April 16 2014

Czech Republic: Wolves return after a century absence


A hidden camera has captured an image of a wolf crossing a wooded clearing in the Czech Republic, a hundred years after the predator disappeared from the area, it's been reported.

There have been some signs near the town of Doksy suggesting a wolf may be in the region, Radio Prague reports. But wolves haven't roamed free in Bohemia since the late 19th Century.

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April 16 2014

Male monkey cares for dying partner


A wild male marmoset has been seen and filmed embracing and caring for his dying partner.

The female accidentally fell from a tree in the forests of Brazil and the male comforted her as she lay dying.

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April 16 2014

Birds choose best building materials


Birds can learn to choose the best building materials for their nests, according to scientists.

It was previously thought that birds' choice of nest material was determined by their genes - with each type of bird having an "innate nest template".

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April 16 2014

Unusual Bacteria Gobbles Up Carbon in the Ocean


A single strain of marine bacteria called Alteromonas may consume as much dissolved carbon in the ocean as an entire, diverse bacterial community, according to a new study.

The finding may help researchers better understand how carbon cycling works in marine ecosystems.

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April 16 2014

Not Everyone Needs Probiotics, Suggests Study of Hunter-Gatherer Guts


After taking an antibiotic or catching an intestinal bug, many of us belt down probiotic drinks to restore the “natural balance” of organisms in our intestines. Probiotics are one of the fastest growing products in the food industry, now added to yogurts, drinks, and baby food. Yet, not everyone needs them to stay healthy. A new study of the gut bacteria of hunter-gatherers in Africa has found that they completely lack a bacterium that is a key ingredient in most probiotic foods and considered healthy.

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April 16 2014

Dislike: Facebook May Hurt Women's Body Image


​ It used to be magazines and TV that made some women feel badly about their bodies, but now Facebook may be doing the same thing, according to researchers.

A new study of college women in the United States shows that the more time a woman spends on Facebook, the more likely she is to dislike her appearance.

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April 16 2014

Barbie Exposure May Limit Girls' Career Imagination


The ubiquitous Barbie doll: she’s been everything from a football coach to a surgeon. But girls who play with Barbie may have their ambition stunted—that’s according to a study in the journal Sex Roles. [Aurora M. Sherman and Eileen L. Zurbriggen, “Boys Can Be Anything”: Effect of Barbie Play on Girls’ Career Cognitions].

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April 16 2014

Lashing out at your spouse? Check your blood sugar


Lower levels of blood sugar may make married people angrier at their spouses and even more likely to lash out aggressively, new research reveals. Researchers found that levels of blood glucose in married people, measured each night, predicted how angry they would be with their spouse that evening.


Related: Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

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April 16 2014

More time for saunas? Sweden tries cutting working day to 6 hours


The local government of Gothenburg, Sweden, is to begin a yearlong experiment to see if cutting the working week to 30 hours will be more efficient. It is hoped working less hours will cut down on sick leave, and save money.

Under the plan, the employees will remain on the same pay.

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April 16 2014

Are Beards About to Die Out?


Beards are everywhere these days. From the urban lumberjacks of Brooklyn to the hirsute hackers of San Francisco, men’s faces have taken a turn for the hairy. But according to one theory of evolutionary population dynamics, the look is destined to die down because of its own popularity. And now an experiment involving 3 dozen bearded men lends credence to the prediction.

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April 16 2014

Do Humans Have the Ability to Sense the Future? This Survey of Experiments So Far Says....Yes!


Can we sense the future before it happens? That question was at the heart of a set of nine experiments that sparked widespread controversy and debate when Professor Daryl Bem published his results in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2011. The reason: Bem's results were positive, suggesting that we can in some way do the seemingly impossible, and somehow 'know' (precognition) or 'feel' (presentiment) things before they even occur.

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April 16 2014

Repeated self-healing now possible in composite materials


Internal damage in fiber-reinforced composites, materials used in structures of modern airplanes and automobiles, is difficult to detect and nearly impossible to repair by conventional methods. A small, internal crack can quickly develop into irreversible damage from delamination, a process in which the layers separate. This remains one of the most significant factors limiting more widespread use of composite materials.

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April 16 2014

Five wonder materials that could change the world


"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with materials to the moment he was stabbed in the back with a razor while ambling to school one day.

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April 16 2014

Exotic hadron particles detected at CERN: Bizarre matter defies known physics


The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn't fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, scientists say.

Hadrons are subatomic particles made up of quarks and antiquarks (which have the same mass as their quark counterparts, but opposite charge), which interact via the "strong force" that binds protons together inside the nuclei of atoms.

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April 16 2014

New Evidence Suggests Pluto Has An Ocean Beneath Its Surface


Astronomers believe that Pluto and its moon were the result of two massive objects slamming into each other. The resulting gravitational dynamic may have warmed the interior of Pluto, creating an ocean comprised of liquid water. Remarkably, this underground sea could still be there.

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April 16 2014

Vegetables on Mars within ten years?


The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops – this is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR. This would prove highly practical if we ever decide to send people on a one-way trip to the red planet. After all, if we are going to live anywhere in outer space in the future Mars stands a good chance of being the place.

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April 15 2014

NASA to conduct unprecedented twin experiment


Consider a pair of brothers, identical twins. One gets a job as an astronaut and rockets into space. The other gets a job as an astronaut, too, but on this occasion he decides to stay home. After a year in space, the traveling twin returns home and they reunite.

Are the identical twins still identical? NASA is about to find out.

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