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March 24 2015

Flower-friendly farms 'boost bee populations'


Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, a study has confirmed.

Not only does it attract foraging bees, but it also encourages nesting, say researchers at University of Sussex.

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March 24 2015

Gold in faeces 'is worth millions and could save the environment'


Fortunes could be saved from going down the drain by extracting gold and precious metals from human excrement, scientists suggest.

Sewage sludge contains traces of gold, silver and platinum at levels that would be seen as commercially viable by traditional prospectors. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit,” said Kathleen Smith, of the US Geological Survey.

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March 24 2015

Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health


Your gut is the site of constant turf wars. Hundreds of bacterial species—along with fungi, archaea and viruses—do battle daily, competing for resources. Some companies advocate for consuming more probiotics, live beneficial bacteria, to improve microbial communities in our gut, but more and more research supports the idea that the most powerful approach might be to better feed the good bacteria we already harbor. Their meal of choice? Fiber.

Fiber has long been linked to better health, but new research shows how the gut microbiota might play a role in this pattern.

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March 24 2015

Do we need to end the 'war' on cancer?


Fight cancer. Beat cancer. Stand up to cancer. Aggressive militant language pervades discourse on the illness. Yet it is questionable whether there is a health benefit in conceiving of cancer as a monolithic enemy.

When people label cancer as an enemy, preventative behaviors that involve limitation and restraint – such as eating less red meat and not smoking – get disregarded or dismissed because fighting involves little self-control.


Related: Monsanto weed killer can 'probably' cause cancer: World Health Organization

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March 24 2015

Sushi parasite inspires worm test for cancer


Dogs do it. Rats do it. Even some people seem to be able to sniff out cancer and other diseases. Now we can add the humble roundworm to the list of super-smellers.

Japanese researchers have discovered that Caenorhabditis elegans worms can detect cancer in people's urine. They are working with technology companies Hitachi and Johnan to turn the finding into a diagnostic test that can be used to catch the disease in its early stages.

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March 24 2015

Peacock feathers don't just look good - they produce infrasound noises to talk to other birds


Peacock tails may be hard to miss, but humans are unaware of the noise created by the bird's pretty plumage. Scientists have shown that peacocks shake their tails to make a noise that is too low for us to hear.

Male birds may make the infrared rumble to scare off an approaching rival or to attract a mate.


Related: A flashy little hummingbird in the Bahamas could get upgraded to full species status, thanks to research that began with noise-making tail feathers

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March 24 2015

Shape-shifting frog discovered in Ecuadorian Andes


A frog in Ecuador's western Andean cloud forest changes skin texture in minutes, appearing to mimic the texture it sits on.

Originally discovered by a Case Western Reserve University PhD student and her husband, a projects manager at Cleveland Metroparks' Natural Resources Division, the amphibian is believed to be the first known to have this shape-shifting capability.

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March 24 2015

Researchers just photographed this extremely cute, endangered mammal for the first time in 20 years


This furry ball of cuteness is an endangered mammal closely related to rabbits and hares. The species was first discovered in 1983 and individuals have rarely been seen since.


Related: River Otter beavers 'native to UK', tests find - "River Otter beavers 'native to UK', tests find"

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March 24 2015

Giant ancient salamander was bigger than a human


Before dinosaurs came along, one of Earth’s top predators was a salamanderlike amphibian that lived in tropical areas of the supercontinent Pangaea. Fossils unearthed from a 30- to 40-centimeter-thick bone bed in southern Portugal suggest the creature was more than 2 meters long, weighed as much as 100 kilograms, and had a broad flat head the size and shape of a toilet seat.

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March 23 2015

Mammoth step forward? Scientists splice Woolly DNA into elephant cells


Scientists at Harvard University are one step closer to bringing Woolly mammoths back to life, after successfully inserting some sequences of mammoth DNA into an elephant genome. The study is yet to be published, though, as there is still work to do.


Alt: Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

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March 23 2015

Feathered apes who say thanks with shiny trinkets


Recent reports of crows bestowing oddly touching gifts on people who feed them suggest that there is something rather special about these big-brained, beady-eyed birds. It seems the term "bird brain" may not be synonymous with stupidity after all.

Some find this avian intelligence disturbing. Members of the crow family – which includes ravens, jays and magpies – generally get a bad press for their trickery and thievery. They steal eggs and eat chicks and are thought to be a nuisance to farmers. Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 movie The Birds didn't help their image either.

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March 23 2015

Humans may harbor more than 100 genes from other organisms


You’re not completely human, at least when it comes to the genetic material inside your cells. You—and everyone else—may harbor as many as 145 genes that have jumped from bacteria, other single-celled organisms, and viruses and made themselves at home in the human genome. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which provides some of the broadest evidence yet that, throughout evolutionary history, genes from other branches of life have become part of animal cells.

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March 23 2015

Men's preference for certain body types has evolutionary roots


A psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on today's standards of beauty, attributing modern men's preferences for women with a curvy backside to prehistoric influences.


Related: Believing Beauty Is Attainable Causes Pain

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March 23 2015

Can buckyball ‘bombs’ blow up cancer?


In 1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene–soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties.

Now, 20 years later, scientists have figured out how to turn them into buckybombs.

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March 23 2015

Loud Booms in North Carolina Followed by Massive Fish Kill


Those mysterious booms that have been heard around the world with increasing frequency may have claimed some innocent victims. On March 16, 2015, loud booms were heard and felt by people living along the U.S. Atlantic coast from North Carolina north to Delaware. Less that 24 hours later, thousands of dead fish began washing up on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Coincidence, catastrophe or conspiracy?


Related: Thousands of Geese Mysteriously Fall From the Sky Over Idaho

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March 23 2015

Believers Flock to Weeping Statue in Malaysia


Hundreds of people are visiting a home in Kampung Mahandoi, Malaysia, where a statue has suddenly appeared to be crying tears. Miracle, hoax or something else?

Michael George, owner of the home and the statue, says it was brought from the Philippines about a year ago by his sister-in-law. The 13 inch (33 cm) statue was recently taken to be blessed by Archbishop John Wong at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at Kg Kobusak.

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March 23 2015

Rare Copy of Old Testament Reunited with 'Twin' in Israel


A rare, 338-year-old copy of the Old Testament has been reunited with its twin, a copy of the same edition that was printed in Frankfurt, Germany, in the 1600s.

The biblical text's journey was long and circuitous. After its publication in 1677, the book bounced among scholars, landed in Egypt and finally fell into the hands of Micha Shagrir, an Israeli film producer and director.

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