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Study shows why you shouldn’t declaw your cats

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:47:15 +0000

Having your cats declawed could increase their risk of long-term or persistent pain, and might even make them more aggressive and less likely to use the litter box, according to new research published online Tuesday in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. As part of the study, lead author Nicole Martell-Moran, a veterinary practitioner […]

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‘Space sperm’ produces healthy mice, could we reproduce in space?

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:42:22 +0000

Sperm stored on the International Space Station (ISS) for a nine-month period has successfully been used to give birth to healthy baby mice, indicating that it may possible for humans to have children while flying to other worlds, a team of Japanese researchers announced Monday. The findings, which were detailed in a Proceedings of the […]

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How did whales get so big? New study has the answer

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:05:58 +0000

We are “living in a time of giants”, according to a Stanford University researcher who has been investigating how whales got to be as huge as they now are. Once upon a time, they were much smaller. In fact, body mass in the biggest whales grew from around 10 tons to 100 tons over just […]

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3.3-million-year-old fossil shows us how the spine evolved

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:56:56 +0000

Thanks to the discovery of an astonishingly complete fossil of an ancient toddler in Ethiopia, a team of researchers has now discovered that key elements of the human spinal structure already were in place 3.3 million years ago – far earlier than experts had previously believed. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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Fossils show first human ancestor came from Europe, not Africa

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:21:04 +0000

Newly discovered pre-human remains dated to more than seven million years ago could change common assumptions about the origins of humanity, suggesting that people may have diverged from great apes hundreds of thousands of years earlier than experts had previously thought. In fact, in a pair of studies published this week in the journal PLOS […]

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Climate change causing US trees to ‘migrate’

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:19:30 +0000

It’s a well-known fact that many species of birds fly south for the winter and return north once spring arrives, but migrating trees? That’s a new one, and the authors of a new study published this week in the journal Science Advances believe that climate change is to blame. In the new study, Purdue University […]

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T. rex could destroy bones with an 8,000 pound bite

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:44:51 +0000

The Tyrannosaurus rex possessed the most powerful bite ever recorded, chomping down with nearly 8,000 pounds of force, according to a new computer model based on high-resolution CT scans of fossilized skulls and detailed in the latest issue of the journal Scientific Reports. That powerful bite was capable of pulverizing the bones of its prey […]

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Mars might have formed in the asteroid belt, study finds

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:37:43 +0000

While they are relatively close to each other, astronomically speaking, Earth and Mars are quite different in terms of chemical composition – a fact which a new study claims could be explained if the Red Planet had originally formed in a completely different part of the solar system. The study, which is currently available online […]

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Minnesota measles outbreak blamed on anti-vaxxers

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:46:11 +0000

A recent measles outbreak that has caused dozens of Somali-Americans living in Minnesota to contract the highly contagious virus has been traced to an anti-vaccination campaign linking the potentially life-saving immunizations to autism, state health officials said on Monday. According to Live Science, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) revealed Friday that it had confirmed […]

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(Video) Scientists crack mystery of how Narwhals use their tusks

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:49:47 +0000

Narwhals are superb creatures – they have a great name and a striking appearance, largely due to the long and imposing tusks protruding from their heads. But as remarkable as these whales’ tusks look, it has until recently been unknown exactly how they are used. Drone footage shot around the remote Nunavut region of Canada […]

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