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Contraceptive use helps teen pregnancy rate hit record low

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:03:06 +0000

Teenage pregnancy rates are down and birth rates among 15-19 year old females have reached an all-time low in the US, and increased contraceptive use appears to be the reason why, two studies published last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have revealed. According to Saludmovil, a health and lifestyle news […]

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Study finds signs of CTE in 99% of NFL players’ brains

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:53:39 +0000

Evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have received repeated blows to the head, was discovered in the brains of 110 out of 111 (99%) former National Football League players, a newly published study has revealed. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, […]

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Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Under Antarctic Ice Sheet

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 15:59:26 +0000

Nearly 100 previously unknown volcanoes, some of which are more than 12,000 feet tall, have been discovered hidden more than a mile beneath the extensive ice sheets of western Antarctica, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences. Using data from  a digital elevation model known as Bedmap 2 DEM and radar […]

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Sexual rivals can influence the size of a duck’s penis

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:44:20 +0000

Odds are, most people haven’t spent a lot of time pondering the specifics of duck penises, but a researcher from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts has spent more than a decade investigating their genitalia and has published a new study detailing her findings. As study author Patricia Brennan, a visiting lecturer of biological […]

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‘Lazy’ ants found to be ‘bench players’ in ant colonies

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:31:35 +0000

While ants have a reputation for being intensely hard workers, previously published research has actually shown that at any given time, more than one-third of the ants in any given colony spend most of their time doing absolutely nothing – and now scientists think they know why. In 2015, researchers from the University of Arizona […]

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Researcher puts his own body on the line to test eel’s shock power

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:33:38 +0000

For the first time, a scientist has found concrete evidence supporting a old tale by famed German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in which he described electric eels leaping up from the water to attack horses – and the author of the new study put his own body on the line to do so. That brave […]

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Researchers find ‘intriguing’ DNA in warm Antarctic caves

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:21:21 +0000

Traces of DNA discovered in soil samples collected from warm caves located beneath the ice of Antarctica suggest that the region may be home to never-before-seen plant and animal species, a new study published earlier this week in the journal Polar Biology has revealed. According to BBC News, a team of researchers from the Australian […]

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African wild dogs sneeze to cast their votes, study finds

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:25:58 +0000

One of the world’s most endangered mammals uses an rudimentary (and highly unusual) brand of democracy when attempting to decide whether or not to go on a hunt: they come together in a social gathering and cast their votes by sneezing, according to newly-published research. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, […]

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Scientists looking to weaponize the Zika virus against brain cancer

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:28:52 +0000

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been feared because of the damage it can do to the brains of developing fetuses, but a new study published this week in the Journal of Experimental Medicine has discovered that the pathogen could actually be used to treat brain cancer in adults. According to BBC News, researchers from the […]

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Researchers reveal how Neanderthals made the first glue

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:52:13 +0000

Long before modern man discovered the first glue, Neanderthals were using tar made from tree bark as an adhesive to craft weapons and other tools, according to a new study led by researchers from the Netherlands and published in a recent edition of the journal Scientific Reports. In fact, as Ars Technica explained, lead investigator […]

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