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April 18 2014

Couple’s sleep position shows relationship health


Closeness between couples is reflected in the distance separating them as they sleep, a study has found.

Partners who slept less than an inch apart were more likely to be happy with their relationship than those maintaining a gap wider than 30 inches.

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April 18 2014

Chimpanzees Are Extremely Picky About Where They Sleep


Most humans have a pre-bed ritual. This might include things like showing, brushing teeth, flossing, getting a glass of water and setting an alarm. But regardless of the particulars prior to turning off the lights, night after night, those activities usually lead us to the exact same place: the comfort and familiarity of our bed.

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April 18 2014

Marshmallow-Toasting Bonobo Charms Internet After BBC Debut


Kanzi, a great ape renowned for his intelligence, demonstrated his fire-building and marshmallow-toasting skills on camera for a new BBC show, "Monkey Planet." His deliberation and dexterity may surprise even bonobo lovers — Planet of the Apes, anyone?

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April 18 2014

World’s First Female “Penis” Found, in Cave-Dwelling Bugs


Scientists have discovered the first female “penis” in the animal kingdom, a new study says.

Four new species of Brazilian cave-dwelling bugs have sex-reversed genitalia, so that the female uses her elaborate penis-like organ to penetrate the male’s vagina-like opening and collect his sperm.

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April 18 2014

Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind?


Well... maybe. In this intriguing video piece, NPR's Alix Spiegel discusses the work of Columbia psychologist Alia Crum, whose research suggests that food labels have a placebo effect on the way our bodies respond to food and experience hunger. But to what extent do these results mean that we can think ourselves thin?

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April 18 2014

These Backpacks For Cows Collect Their Fart Gas And Store It For Energy


Cows produce up to 25% of methane emissions, and methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas. It's no joke, then, to talk about limiting emissions from cow farts. We've written before about new breeding techniques and feeds, which could help cows better digest their food so they produce less gas. Now comes an idea for collecting up the gas, and making energy from it.

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April 18 2014

Methane hydrate: Dirty fuel or energy saviour?


The world is addicted to hydrocarbons, and it's easy to see why - cheap, plentiful and easy to mine, they represent an abundant energy source to fuel industrial development the world over.

The side-effects, however, are potentially devastating; burning fossil fuels emits the CO2 linked to global warming.

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April 18 2014

New “solar thermal fuel” has energy density of lead batteries


Right now, photovoltaic devices are the cheapest, most efficient way to harvest the energy in sunlight. The problem is that this energy ends up in the form of electricity, which we have difficulty storing in a cost-effective manner. An alternative approach, solar thermal energy, converts solar energy to heat and can use that heat to continue generating power for several hours after the Sun goes down. But that's not enough to make solar an around-the-clock energy source.

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April 18 2014

Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage?


Chile's Atacama Desert is as eerily beautiful as it is barren, hot, and dry. Yet this seemingly inhospitable patch of Earth might be the perfect host for a different kind of solar energy, one that has nothing to do with photovoltaic panels.

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April 18 2014

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis


When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station—that caused most of the harm.

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April 18 2014

Slow-motion tremors make Tokyo megaquake more likely


The people of Tokyo have long lived in fear of another great earthquake, and those fears are increasingly justified. Slow-motion earthquakes have become more common beneath the city in the last few years, causing tectonic stresses to build up. The after-effects of the 2011 Tohoku megaquake are also prodding the area in the direction of a big quake, but seismologists cannot predict when it might occur, nor which part of the region's complex fault system will break.

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April 17 2014

A weird black ring appeared in the sky in England and then disappeared


This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video. After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was.

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April 17 2014

'World's most haunted island' up for auction


A lease of a Venetian island described as one of the most haunted places in Italy is due to be auctioned off next month as the Italian state desperately seeks to raise revenue.

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April 17 2014

Rome's foundation pushed back 200 years


Archaeologists excavating Lapis Niger, an ancient shrine in the Roman Forum, have found a wall that predates Rome's official founding year of 753BC by up to two hundred years.

According to Italian newspaper Il Messagero, the wall was made from blocks of volcanic tuff, the product of volcanic eruptions, and was designed to channel water from the small river Spino...

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April 17 2014

Spanking May Encourage Misconduct


Spanking encourages children to misbehave, according to a new study.

New research on real-time audio recordings of parents punishing their children and found that spanking was significantly more common than parents admit.

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April 17 2014

Artists brains are 'structurally different' claims new study


It’s a truism to say that artists see the world differently from the rest of us, but new research suggests that their brains are structurally different as well.

The small study, published in journal NeuroImage, looked at the brain scans of 21 art students and 23 non-artists using a scanning method known as voxel-based morphometry.

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April 17 2014

Marijuana Physically Alters the Brain Even For 'Casual' Users


A new study has found that casual marijuana use - a relatively un-touched research topic - can alter important portions of the human brain.

According to USA Today, researchers discovered physical brain alterations in subjects who used marijuana less than four times per week on average. The changes were seen in volume, shape and density in two areas of the brain most associated with motivation and mental illness.

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April 17 2014

Historical data shows impact on Cherokee skull size


Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee have found that environmental stressors – from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War – led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people.

The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.

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